Aston Villa are the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens’ most successful club having won the tournament a record six times and been in the final on a further two occasions.
The Midlands-based outfit won all three of their group matches in 2016 to advance to the quarterfinals ahead of Newcastle United, Kitchee and Hong Kong Football Club before Japan’s Kashima Antlers and Wellington Phoenix of New Zealand were put to the sword in the last eight and last four respectively. A 2-0 victory over West Ham United in the final – the Villains’ first title since defeating Rangers 3-2 in 2010 – moved the club to six titles as young stars such as Khalid Abdo, Harry McKirdy and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy showcased their footballing potential.
Villa looked set for a repeat performance in 2017 with another run to the final, only to fall at the final hurdle when they lost 3-0 as Leicester City claimed their first-ever crown. Historically, Villa have brought with them an array of talent that had gone on to appear for the first team including current players Gabriel Agbonlahor and Jack Grealish, Chelsea defender Gary Cahill and Leicester City’s title-winning winger Marc Albrighton, who scored in the 2010 win over Rangers.