Qualification history
Despite finishing third in the inaugural AFC Asian Cup in 1956, Hong Kong have yet to make a real impact in FIFA World Cup™ qualifying competitions. They have participated in qualifying for the world football extravaganza since 1974 only to see their qualifying hopes shattered on each occasion.

The team
Nearly the entire squad are home-based playing in the Hong Kong Premier League, with only striker Godfred Karikari plying his trade with Beijing Enterprise. Seven players hail from newly-crowned league champions Kitchee including midfield duo Lam Ka Wai and Huang Yang. Also notable is captain and defender Chan Wai Ho while his club-mate Chan Siu Ki remains the team's most trustable goal-scorer.

The coach
A former Jeonbuk Motors left-winger, Kim Pangon started coaching with Hong Kong Rangers, a club with which he had spent the twilight of his playing career. His biggest feat was taking South China to third in the 2009 AFC Cup. He has been in charge of Hong Kong since 2012.

The stat
19 - The number of victories Hong Kong have gained in the qualifying competitions.

The former stars
Kwok Ka Ming, Leung Sui Wing, Lee Kin Wo