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Aston Villa forced to dig deep to progress to quarter-finals

Defending HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens champions Aston Villa survived a scare to advance to a quarter-final against Italian newcomers Cagliari Calcio after topping Group C at Hong Kong Football Club on Saturday. After defeating Singapore Cricket Club 1-0 in their tournament opener, Villa drew 2-2 with local side HKFA U-23 as the group went down […]

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Hosts shine on opening day at HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens

Hosts HKFC Masters made the perfect start to the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens with wins over former finalists USRC and defending champions Citi All Stars in Group A on Friday at Hong Kong Football Club. The hosts began with a 1-0 victory over 2016 runners-up USRC before returning to secure a hugely impressive win by […]

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Aston Villa eye HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens title defence

Captain Harry McKirdy insists Aston Villa are determined to mount a successful defence of their HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens title as the most diverse edition of the annual tournament kicks-off on Friday at Hong Kong Football Club. Six-time winners Villa are joined by English Premier League duo Leicester City, who were champions in 2013, and […]

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Preview: Continents Collide

Defending champions Aston Villa return to the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens looking to win the tournament for a record seventh time, but will face arguably their toughest test yet as the competition adds an even greater international flavour to its line-up. Olympique Marseille, Bayer Leverkusen and Cagliari Calcio will become the first sides from France, […]

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Preview: Masters of the Game

Defending champions Citi All Stars will once again face off with USRC after last year’s Masters Tournament finalists were paired in Group A of the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens, while competition newcomers playonPros have been drawn in Group B alongside 2015 runners-up Wallsend Boys Club. Citi All Stars have been a regular feature at Hong […]

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Referee Roger heads East for HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens

Premier League referee Roger East joins a long and distinguished list of officials from England’s top flight to officiate at the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens as the former timber merchant returns to the city having worked as an assistant referee during the Asia Trophy in 2007. How did you start refereeing and why?  A referee […]

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Diverse and inclusive HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens underlines community impact

The HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens’ position as “the most diverse and inclusive events of its kind” will be underlined even further this year as teams from nine countries take part on the same pitch as young and special needs players watched by around 200 underprivileged children from the local community. The debuts of French Ligue […]

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Olympique Marseille: French Flair

Ahead of becoming the first side from the top-flight Ligue 1 in France to appear at the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens, Olympique Marseille have reinvigorated their commitment to youth development, with their trip to Hong Kong Football Club a key part of that progress. It is arguably the most surreal match ever played in France’s […]

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Cagliari Calcio: Italian Flavour

Cagliari Calcio are the first side from the top-flight Italian Serie A to feature at the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens this year as the Primavera look to make an impression at Hong Kong Football Club.  Cagliari Calcio are the first Italian side to compete in the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens, and they will be hoping their youngsters can follow the […]

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Bayer Leverkusen: Young at Heart

Bayer Leverkusen look to add the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens to an already impressive trophy cabinet as the Bundesliga side with a history of youth development become the first German team to feature in the tournament at Hong Kong Football Club. At no club is the ethos of hard work more ingrained than at German […]

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HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens debutants playonPROS confirm all-star squad

HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens debutants playonPROS have confirmed an all-star squad for this month’s Masters Tournament with Emile Heskey, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Mikael Silvestre, David James and Colin Hendry set to head to Hong Kong Football Club. Regi Blinker, Des Walker, Phil Babb, Paul Dickov, Lee Hendrie and Michael Hughes complete playonPROS’ squad, which is […]

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Andy Townsend hails HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens as ‘invaluable’ experience for young players

Former Republic of Ireland midfielder and current television pundit Andy Townsend insists playing at the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens can play an “invaluable” role for any young player looking to make an impact on the modern global game. Ex-Southampton, Norwich City, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough midfielder Townsend will make his first-ever trip to Hong […]

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Defending champions Aston Villa to face German newcomers Bayer Leverkusen

Defending HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens champions Aston Villa will face German newcomers Bayer Leverkusen, HKFA U-23 and competition regulars Singapore Cricket Club in an intriguing looking Group C after the draw for the May 26-28 tournament took place at Hong Kong Football Club on Tuesday. Villa defeated West Ham United 2-0 in last year’s final […]

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