Newcastle United

Newcastle United return to the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens after a four-year absence, with the two-time defending champions aiming to secure an unprecedented third title in Happy Valley. The young Magpies won their first Cup in 2012, when they defeated Aston Villa 2-1 in the final before lifting the trophy for a second time six years later after beating Rangers 1-0 in the final.

Newcastle retained the trophy 12 months later after beating the same opponent in a dramatic final, recovering from two goals down to claim a 4-3 extra-time victory against the Scottish giants. Newcastle United have a pair of FA Youth Cup successes on their honours list and the club has been home to some of the most exciting talent in the English game, with the likes of Paul Gascoigne, Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley and Chris Waddle amongst many stars to pull on the famous black-and-white striped shirt whilst the likes of Sean Longstaff and Elliot Anderson have both progressed from the Magpies’ Academy to first-team level in recent years.