Newcastle United

After winning the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens on their debut in 2012, Newcastle United have never failed to make it to at least the semi-finals in their three appearances since.

Now fully established as one of the star attractions of the tournament, Newcastle will return for the fifth successive year again under the guidance of club legend Peter Beardsley.

Newcastle won the tournament at the first time of asking after beating five-time champions Aston Villa 2-1 in the 2012 final having won all six games.

The club may have been unable to repeat that feat since, but a runners-up performance the following year and back-to-back semi-final appearances in 2014 and 2015 shows a team with strong tournament pedigree.

Newcastle gained a reputation for being among the most watchable sides in the early years of the English Premier League, with Kevin Keegan’s ‘Entertainers’ featuring the likes of David Ginola, Les Ferdinand, Rob Lee and Beardsley.

And although recent times have not been so fruitful, the club from England’s North East with their instantly recognisable black-and-white stripes remains a huge name worldwide.

Jackie Milburn, Beardsley and Paul Gascoigne are just some of the local heroes to have come through the club’s academy.

Sammy Ameobi, who featured at the 2013 HKFC Citibank Soccer Sevens, is among the more recent graduates.

RECORD

  • 2015

    Group A (1st)

    Beat Singapore Cricket Club 3-0

    Drew with BC Rangers 0-0

    Beat Leicester City 1-0

    Cup quarter-finals: Beat Aston Villa 2-0

    Cup semi-finals: Lost to West Ham United 3-1

  • 2014

    Group A (1st)

    Beat Hong Kong Football Club 2-0

    Drew with HKFA U-23 0-0

    Beat Guangzhou Evergrande 3-0

    Cup quarter-final: Beat Rangers 3-0

    Cup semi-final: Lost to Kitchee 3-2 (a.e.t)

  • 2013

    Group A (1st)
    Beat HKFC Captain’s Select 2-0
    Beat Southern 5-0
    Beat Leicester City 2-0

    Cup quarter-final: Beat Citizen 2-0
    Cup semi-final: Beat Rangers 3-2
    Cup final: Lost to Leicester City 2-0

  • 2012

    Group D (1st)
    Beat HKFA Dragons (U-23) 2-0
    Beat Hong Kong Football Club 1-0
    Beat Aston Villa 1-0

    Cup quarter-final: Beat Celtic 2-1
    Cup semi-final: Beat Sunderland 1-0
    Cup final: Beat Aston Villa 2-1

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