The Citi All Stars secured back-to-back Masters Cup titles with victory in the 2017 final over Wallsend Boys Club to add to their success in the 2016 edition of the competition.
The Professional Footballers’ Association representatives have, over the years, brought with them a team tipped for success yet a runners-up finish in 2011 had been the best they had managed before their consecutive victories.
In 2016, they lived up to their billing when, despite a 1-0 opening-game defeat to Yau Yee League Masters, they team went on to top their group. A narrow win over HKFC Chairman’s Select in the semi-finals saw them advance to a second HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens final, before lifting the trophy for the first time after a 3-1 victory against USRC.
It was a similar story last year with Citi All Stars losing to HKFC Masters in their second game in the opening phase before going on to win their group. A 2-0 win over Yau Yee League Masters put them back in the final, where they edged a five-goal decider against Wallsend to successfully defend the title, leaving them aiming to emulate Lorenz All Stars and their three titles in a row when this year’s tournament kicks off.