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Last year’s Masters Cup was won by the Citi All-Stars. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Hong Kong Soccer Sevens to feature new crop of masters stars as former internationals make their bow

Debutants Playonpros will feature Emile Heskey, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mikael Silvestre in a star-studded side

Soccer Sevens debutants Playonpros have confirmed an all-star squad for this month’s Masters Tournament with Emile Heskey, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Mikael Silvestre, David James and Colin Hendry set to head to Hong Kong Football Club.
Regi Blinker, Des Walker, Phil Babb, Paul Dickov, Lee Hendrie and Michael Hughes complete Playonpros’ squad, which is compiled entirely of former internationals, for the annual HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens from May 26-28.
Playonpros, an initiative by former England international Viv Anderson offering current and former professionals the chance to save for their futures and build a life outside of the game, have been drawn in group B alongside Wallsend Boys Club, Kowloon Cricket Club Veterans, HKFC Chairman’s Select and Yau Yee League Masters.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will be in Hong Kong representing Playonpros. Photo: AP

“The Hong Kong Soccer Sevens is, I know, a fantastic event in a fantastic city,” said former Chelsea and Netherlands striker Hasselbaink. “I can’t wait to take part.”

Playonpros are set to challenge defending champions Citi All-Stars, who have already confirmed a squad that includes Frank Sinclair, Michael Mols, Luis Boa Morte, Marvin Andrews and 2016 Masters Tournament MVP David Thompson, for the title.

“As a ‘Playon’ ambassador, I’m delighted that the company will take part in its first tournament in Hong Kong, and we are in it to win it,” said former Liverpool and England striker Heskey.
Former England striker Emile Heskey will lead the line for Playonpros. Photo: AFP

Citi All-Stars line-up in group A alongside 2016 finalists USRC, Singapore Cricket Club Tigers, HKFC Masters and Discovery Bay.


“It’s going to be like old times again taking part in the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens,” said former Manchester United and France defender Silvestre.

“It’s a prestigious tournament and I am very much looking forward to taking part. It is going to be lots of fun.”
Former Liverpool star Patrik Berger was a big hit at last years Hong Kong Soccer Sevens. Photo: Kevin Kung

“It’s great to feel part of a team again,” said former Feyenoord and Netherlands midfielder Blinker. “I hope the Hong Kong fans will enjoy watching Playonpros.”

“The Playon concept is one of the most exciting opportunities ever offered to players – either those still with clubs or those who are retired,” said former Nottingham Forest, Arsenal, Manchester United defender Anderson.
Aston Villa claimed a sixth Main Cup title at last year’s Soccer Sevens. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

“We offer a savings scheme, the chance to play on, the kind of connection and camaraderie that so many lose when they hang up their boots.

“This will be Playon’s debut at a tournament, and we are delighted that it will be at the Hong Kong Soccer Sevens.

“Our Playonpros are very excited about visiting Hong Kong and making our public bow at the Hong Kong Sevens.”

This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as: Sevens to showcase new crop of all-stars