West Ham United will hope to make it third time lucky following runners-up finishes in the previous two editions of the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens after last year’s final defeat to Aston Villa came on the back of losing out to Atletico Madrid in 2015.
After drawing two and winning one of their group stage matches in 2016, the Hammers then turned on the style to see off Hong Kong’s Eastern in the quarter-finals and FC Seoul of South Korea in the semi-finals, before suffering a 2-0 loss to Villa in the final.
But the London-based side came even closer in 2015, when Spanish side Atletico had to come from behind in the final to claim a 3-2 victory after extra time.
Prior to that defeat, West Ham’s best performance at the tournament came in 2010 when they were eliminated by eventual champions Aston 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 Martine Peters. The current generation, managed by former Hammer Slaven Bilic, have been part of the huge transition that has seen them swap the much-loved Boleyn Ground for the London Stadium in a move aimed at securing the club’s long-term future.