Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion will be making their debut appearance at the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens this year as the club continues an upward trajectory that has seen them join the elite of English football with promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Under head coach Chris Hughton, the Seagulls gained promotion from the English Championship with a second place finish in May 2017 and they have since established themselves in the upper tier.

Founded in 1901, the club from the south coast famously reached the final of the FA Cup in 1983, where they drew 2-2 with Manchester United before the Red Devils claimed a 4-0 win in the replay. Steve Foster, who captained Brighton during that run to the final, went on to play for England, as did Gary Stevens, another member of that Brighton side.

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-Nineties. Since then, however, the club has made steady progress and, after a series of promotions, sits at the top table of English football.