West Ham United will hope to finally claim the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens title in 2018 as the London club have narrowly missed out on success during their most recent visits to Hong Kong.
Back-to-back final defeats at the hands of Atletico Madrid and Aston Villa in 2015 and 2016 respectively were followed up by a win in the Shield competition last year, when the Hammers defeated Cagliari Calcio. After finishing as runners-up to Olympique Marseille in the group phase, West Ham needed extra-time to see off the HKFA U-23s before beating the Italians. Prior to their defeat in the 2015 final, West Ham’s best performance at the tournament came in 2010 when they were eliminated by eventual champions Villa in the semi-finals, while they also defeated hosts Hong Kong Football Club 3-0 to lift the Plate in 2012.
West Ham have a reputation for producing future England internationals with stars such as Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Joe Cole all graduates of their famed academy. Both Glen Johnson and Anton Ferdinand, meanwhile, appeared at the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens in previous years. West Ham’s favourite sons include FIFA World Cup winners Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.