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SOUTH CHINA

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CLUB INFORMATION

 Club Name South China Athletic Association
 Founded  1910
 Home Stadium Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground
 Manager Dejan ANTONIC
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.

OFFICIAL UNIFORMS 2016/17
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STADIUM INFORMATION

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.

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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.


 CLUB MEMBERSHIP

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 Benefits
  • Priority order for official club jersey and name printing.
  • Priority ticketing for AFC Cup matches and other important league or cup matches.
  • 10% off club merchandise (including official jersey – RRP $539; discount price $485))
  • Paying an additional $60 will allow membership of the South China Athletic Association, allowing use of facilities or to enroll in sports courses.
  • Invitations to special activities and celebrations.
  • Teenagers under 18 can gain free admission to HKPL home matches if they wear a fan t-shirt (Youth membership required)
  • 1 year of SCAA youth membership (Youth membership required)
Cost
  •  Adult Membership: $120
  • Youth Membership: $80
 Application Method
  • Apply on their official website here.
  • Apply at home games at Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground (or Mong Kok Stadium), or contact info@scaaft.com.

2016/17 FIXTURE LIST

April 1, 2017
Hong Kong 20:00 South China
April 8, 2017
South China 17:30 Wofoo Tai Po
April 22, 2017
South China 17:30 Kitchee


OFFSIDE.HK’S ONE TO WATCH

Nikola Komazec

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This towering 6 ft 3 Serbian striker (right) joins the Caroliners this season, boasting previous stints at clubs Maribor, FK Sarajevo and Pattaya United. With his new team facing the prospect of no AFC continental cup competitions this year, he will no doubt be relied upon heavily to make sure that the same does not happen next year. (Photo courtesy of South China Athletic Association)

 HISTORY

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.

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