Newcastle United

Newcastle United return to the HKFC Citi Soccer with an eye on defending the title they won 12 months ago with a 1-0 win over Scotland’s Rangers in the final.  

Making their return to the tournament after a one-year absence last year, Newcastle finished second in their group last year behind Rangers before needing penalties to edge out Japan’s Kashima Antlers in the quarter-finals.  

They needed extra-time to defeat defending champions Leicester City in the semi-finals, before Callum Roberts struck the only goal of the final against Rangers, with Newcastle again needing extra-time to seal the win.  

Last year’s win added to their 2012 success, when they defeated Aston Villa 2-1 in the final.  

They also reached the 2013 Cup final, only to lose 2-0 to Leicester.  

Newcastle have a pair of FA Youth Cup successes on their honour list and the club has been home to some of the most exciting talent in the English game, with Paul Gascoigne, Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley and Chris Waddle amongst many stars to pull on the famous black-and-white striped shirt.