|Club Name||South China Athletic Association|
|Home Stadium||Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground|
|Chairman||Mr. Wallace CHEUNG|
|Position Last Season||3rd|
|Links||Official Website Facebook|
WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT THEM?
- With currently 41 championship titles and 31 Senior Shield victories, South China are by far the most successful team in Hong Kong’s football history.
- Being part of the larger South China Athletic Association, the football club is one of few in Hong Kong with an actual regional identity. Their headquarters are based on Caroline Hill in Causeway Bay, hence the nickname “Caroliners”.
- They always have the ambition to win trophies, and a year without any title would be a disaster.
TSEUNG KWAN O SPORTS GROUND (Capacity: 3,500)
*NOTE: Due to maintenance works going on at Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground, South China will only use the stadium for their first two HKPL home matches. From then on, they will use Mong Kok Stadium for the rest of the season as their home stadium.
TICKETS & MERCHANDISE: Tickets are priced at up to $80 whenever they play Kitchee, Eastern and Pegasus, and $60 when playing all other teams. Official merchandise can be also be purchased outside the ground on match days or from their official club shop.
BRING YOUR OWN BEER?: Canned drinks and beers are allowed to be brought inside. Glass bottles, however, are not permitted. At times a small kiosk selling light refreshments is open during match days.
HOW TO GET THERE: Take the MTR to either Tseung Kwan O (Exit A) or Hang Hau (Exit B). From both stations you can reach the ground within a 10 minute walk. Alternatively you might want to take a short ride with the Green Minibus (101M, direction Sai Kung) from Hang Hau MTR Station.
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Initially known as the “Chinese Football Team”, South China joined the HKFA as early as 1916. Commonly referred to as SCAA, the dominance of the club started in the early 1920s, when they secured their first championship title. With the help of Lee Wai-Tong, often regarded as the best Chinese football player in history, South China soon began taking title after title, winning both the championship and the Senior Shield 9 times before the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. After the war, South China once again became the city’s leading football force, and between 1948 and 1978 they won the 1st Division 19 times. In 1953 the club opened its own stadium on Caroline Hill, which was able to accommodate about 12,000 people and became the arena for heated derbies against Caroline Hill FC (now dissolved). The stadium was demolished in 1997 and has been waiting ever since for the realization of much-discussed renovation plans. Meanwhile, South China have played their home games on other grounds across the territory, with Hong Kong Stadium in Causeway Bay becoming their preferred venue due to its immediate proximity to the former ground. During the 1980s and 1990s South China was an established brand in the Asian football region and also attracted many well-known players from overseas such as Tommy Langley, Brian McDermott and Arie Haan. After a few years of struggle in the early 2000s, the club once again found its way to the top, mainly thanks to the generous investment by local business-mogul Steven Lo, whose entertainment company BMA also sponsored Hong Kong’s top flight for several seasons. In 2009 South China reached the semi-finals of the AFC Cup, losing to the eventual winners Al Kuwait 1-3 on aggregate. In recent years, the Caroliners were also associated with some of the most spectacular signings in local football. In 2010 they acquired the services of Newcastle and Manchester United legend Nicky Butt for one season and in 2014 Daniel McBreen, former A-League top scorer, ended his professional football career with the club.