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Chelsea and Manchester City to challenge Leicester in HKFC Sevens

English Premier League teams will descend on the city in May hoping to wrestle HKFC trophy from holders

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 March, 2014, 8:45pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 March, 2014, 8:45pm
 

English Premier League sides Manchester City, Chelsea, Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Sunderland, as well as Scottish giants Rangers, will be among the teams challenging holders Leicester City in this year's HKFC Citibank Soccer Sevens at Hong Kong Football Club.

It was revealed yesterday that the 15th edition of the tournament - at which the British clubs field players between the ages of 17 and 21 - will be held from May 23-25.

Villa have won the event a record five times, while Chelsea will compete for only the second time after making their debut two years ago.

To win the main tournament in only our second appearance was a feat everyone at the club was extremely proud of
John Rudkin

The six other British clubs competed last May, when Leicester beat 2012 champions Newcastle 2-0 in the final.

Jon Rudkin, Leicester City's Academy Director, said: "It's a terrific tournament to be involved in and we're delighted to be coming back to defend the title.

"To win the main tournament in only our second appearance was a feat everyone at the club was extremely proud of."

Rudkin and his young charges hope to be representing a newly promoted club by the time they head for Hong Kong, with Leicester's first team currently leading the second-tier Championship.

The remaining sides in the 16-team main competition and the line-up for the 12-team Masters tournament - which features retired players - have yet to be announced. Ticket details will be announced in April.

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