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Kitchee
Kitchee SC crest
Full name Kitchee Sports Club
Founded 1931; 90 years ago (1931)
Ground Mong Kok Stadium
Ground Capacity 6,769
President Ken Ng
Head Coach Chu Chi Kwong
League Hong Kong Premier League
2018–19 4th

Kitchee Sports Club is a Hong Kong football team based in Kowloon. It was founded in 1931 and currently competes in the Hong Kong Premier League. The Club has dominated football in Hong Kong in recent years.

Since 2010, Kitchee has won the League titles six times in the last 8 years, while coming 2nd in the remaining 2 years. In the last 5 years, Kitchee won slightly more than 50% of all possible trophies being competed in Hong Kong. The club has won the Hong Kong Premier League three times in the League's 4-year history, the Hong Kong First Division six times, and the Hong Kong FA Cup four times in their history.

History

In the late 1920s, a group of Hong Kong men formed a football team in order to compete in the Hong Kong Third Division. It was not until 1931, however, that the team was established as Kitchee Sports Club.

Kitchee was founded as a grassroots organization, as such, they lacked the funding to pay the administrative and facilities costs necessary to become a multi sports club. It was not until 1934 when the club were able to raise the money to rent an office at 130 Johnston Road in Wan Chai, that they were admitted as members of the Hong Kong Football Association.

In 1939, Japanese bombs accidentally hit Hong Kong during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The club's records during this time were destroyed during the bombing.

As the Pacific War began, Hong Kong fell to the Japanese on 25 December 1941, therefore the club's operations were suspended during the three-year, eight-month Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.

After the Japanese surrender of Hong Kong in August 1945, former members of Kitchee returned to the club. They resolved to help revitalize the Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation of Hong Kong and establish the Chinese Football Association of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Chinese Football Referees’ Association and the Hong Kong Chinese Footballer's Fraternity.

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