Home: Kowloon Bay Sports Ground, Hong Kong
BC Rangers have only lost one out of 12 matches in the last two Soccer Sevens. Last year the Hong Kong club lost 2-0 to Leicester City in the Plate final, but had been unfortunate not to make it into the Cup competition for the first time after finishing level on five points in Group C with eventual champions Manchester City and Rangers, having drawn with both British clubs before beating Singapore Cricket Club 2-1 only to finish third on goal difference.
In 2013, BC Rangers won the Plate by going undefeated in all six of their games, a feat not even achieved by eventual Cup winners Leicester. BC Rangers finished third in Group D after a scoreless draw with Aston Villa followed 1-1 draws with fellow First Division side Citizen and Kowloon Cricket Club. BC Rangers then routed Southern 5-0 and beat HKFA U-21 on penalties to set up a rematch with KCC, edging the amateurs 1-0 in the final.
On their debut in 2011, they finished third in their group and exited in the Plate quarters.
BC Rangers have had a middling 2014/15 Premier League campaign, having finished fifth in the 2013/14 First Division, one place better than the previous season, which was their first year back in the top flight after being relegated to the Second Division in 2008.
One of the territory’s most storied clubs, the team were founded as Hong Kong Rangers more than 50 years ago by a Scottish expatriate called Ian Petrie, who named his new team after the more famous Rangers in his homeland.
Rangers changed the face of local football in 1970, becoming the first team to recruit overseas players by bringing in Scottish professionals Derek Currie and Walter Gerrard – both of whom remain revered in Hong Kong to this day – a move that brought the club their only league title in 1971.
- MANAGEMENT -
- Chan Hung-ping - Team Manager
- Yan Lit-kin - Head Coach
- PLAYERS -
- 27. Paulo Cesar da Silva Argolo (Brazil; 29) - Goalkeeper
- 2. Tse Wai-chun -
- 6. Chow Cheuk-fung (Hong Kong; 25) - Midfielder
- 7. Chuck Yiu-kwok (Hong Kong; 21) - Midfielder
- 10. Han Jae-woong (South Korea; 30) - Forward
- 14. Marco Wei -
- 16. Jason Eng (Hong Kong; 19) - Defender
- 22. Ko Shing-chi -
- 23. Roberto ‘Beto’ Fronza (Brazil; 30) - Defender
- 28. Hiromichi Katano (Japan; 33) - Defender
Group A (2nd)
Beat Leicester City 1-0
Drew with Newcastle United 0-0
Beat Singapore Cricket Club 2-0
Cup quarter-finals: Lost to Wellington Phoenix 3-0
Shield semi-finals: Beat Kitchee 2-1
Shield final: Beat Yau Yee League Select 3-1
Group C (3rd)
Drew with Rangers 1-1
Drew with Manchester City 2-2
Beat Singapore Cricket Club 2-1
Plate quarter-finals: Beat Guangzhou Evergrande 1-0
Plate semi-finals: Beat Yau Yee League Select 1-0
Plate final: Lost to Leicester City 2-0
Group D (3rd)
Drew with Citizen 1-1
Drew with Kowloon Cricket Club 1-1
Drew with Aston Villa 0-0
Plate quarter-finals: Beat Southern 5-0
Plate semi-finals: Beat HKFA Dragons (U-21) 1-1 (2-1 pens)
Plate final: Beat Kowloon Cricket Club 1-0
Group D (3rd)
Lost to Kitchee 1-0
Drew with Ajax 1-1
Beat Hong Kong Football Club 2-1
Cup quarter-final: Lost to HKFA U-21 1-0