Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion return for their second consecutive appearance at the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens after an impressive debut last year as the Seagulls continue an upward trajectory that has seen them join the elite of English football with promotion to the Premier League from the 2017-18 season. 

The Seagulls beat defending champions Leicester City to top their group with an unbeaten record last year only to see their run ended in the Cup quarter-finals by Italy’s Cagliari Calcio.  

Founded in 1901, the club from the south coast famously reached the FA Cup final in 1983, where they drew 2-2 with Manchester United before the Red Devils claimed a 4-0 win in the replay.  

The Seagulls have endured a rollercoaster ride through the divisions of English football in the years since, dropping as low as the fourth tier and almost surrendering their Football League status in the mid-1990s.  

Since then, however, the club has made steady progress and, after a series of promotions, sit established in the top tier of English football after gaining promotion from the English Championship with a second-place finish in May 2017 under manager Chris Hughton.