Leicester City return to the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens as defending champions after defeating Aston Villa 3-0 in the final to claim the club’s second title having previously claimed the crown in 2013.
Leicester have been regular participants at the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens, winning the Shield following a 3-2 victory over Chelsea in the 2012 final in their maiden tournament. A year later, the Foxes returned to lift the Cup with a 2-0 win against holders Newcastle United, before successive Plate finals – victory in 2014 over BC Rangers and defeat on penalties the year after to Hong Kong Football Club – followed as Leicester’s record read four finals in four tournaments.
In 2016, Leicester advanced to the quarter-finals before going down 2-1 to New Zealand’s Wellington Phoenix, only to reach a fifth straight final after defeating Kashima Antlers 6-5 in the Shield semi-final. A 3-2 victory over Hong Kong’s Eastern in the final means Leicester lifted four trophies in five HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens tournaments and an impressive showing in 2017 extended that record further.
The club, famously won the English Premier League for the first time in 2016 with a team featuring one-time HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens winner Marc Albrighton.