Aston Villa are the most successful club in the history of the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens having won the tournament a record six times and been in the final on a further two occasions.
Over the years, Villa have brought with them an array of talent that went on to appear for the first team including current midfielder Jack Grealish and former striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, as well as Chelsea defender Gary Cahill and Leicester City’s Premier League title-winning winger Marc Albrighton, who scored in the 2010 final win over Scotland’s Rangers.
Their last title at Hong Kong Football Club, and first since 2010, arrived in style in 2016 as the likes of Khalid Abdo, Harry McKirdy and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy starred for Villa, who beat fellow English side West Ham 2-0 in the final to make it six wins from six games.
Villa looked set for a repeat performance in 2017 with another run to the final, only to lose 3–0 to Leicester City.
Last year, Villa won their group with a perfect record but lost 2-0 to Leicester in the last eight, and had to settle for a 2-1 win over West Ham in the Shield final.