Now it their 18th year as hosts of the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens, Hong Kong Football Club will welcome the most diverse line-up to date as teams from England, Germany, Italy, France, Scotland, South Korea and Japan all descend on Happy Valley.
Last year, the hosts performed admirably in a tough group when they lost 1-0 and 3-0 to Newcastle United and Aston Villa before seeing off local side Kitchee 3-1 to finish third in the standings. Hong Kong Football Club then beat Thai Youth Football Home 1-0 in the Plate quarter-finals, but saw their run ended by the same score to eventual winners Stoke City in the semi-finals.
Two years ago , the Happy Valley side put in their best ever performance at the tournament when they lifted the Plate after a penalty shootout victory over Leicester City followed a goalless draw in the final. Hong Kong Football Club had earlier defeated Singapore Cricket Club and HKFC Captain’s Select to reach their first Plate final since 2012.
Back in 2012, the hosts lost 3-0 to West Ham United in the final of the Plate, while they also reached the same stage in 2005 before Kitchee ran out 2-0 victors.
The club’s first team has spent most its recent existence in Hong Kong’s second tier, but last year won promotion to the Premier League after finishing runners-up to Tai Po in the First Division.