West Ham United

Two-time HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens runners-up West Ham United return to Hong Kong Football Club seeking the Cup trophy that has so far proved elusive for the tournament regulars.  

Back-to-back final defeats at the hands of Atletico Madrid and Aston Villa in 2015 and 2016 were followed up by a win in the Shield competition in 2017, when West Ham defeated Cagliari Calcio 2-0 in the final.  

Their 2015 final defeat was the most heartbreaking as Atletico snatched a 3-2 win after extra-time.  

West Ham also won the Plate in 2012 after beating hosts Hong Kong Football Club 3-0 in the final.  

Last year, West Ham lost to eventual champions Rangers in the Cup quarter-finals before missing out on another piece of silverware following a defeat by Aston Villa in the Shield final.   

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.