Hong Kong tournament continues to grow - giving opportunities for young and old players alike
Held within the infield of Happy Valley racecourse and showcasing retired greats and world football's next generation, the 18th Hong Kong Soccer Sevens took place between May 26-28 before a crowd of predominantly British expats and local supporters of English Premier League clubs.
In addition to the likes of Leicester City, Aston Villa and West Ham United, there was A-League interest in the event through Wellington Phoenix's participation.
The Hong Kong Soccer Sevens was played with a stunning city backdrop
Phoenix would ultimately make the final of the secondary plate competition, beaten 2-1 by German club Bayer Leverkusen, while a Wallsend Boys Club side featuring former A-League players Daniel McBreen, Paul Ifill, Michael Bridges and Patrick Zwaanswijk made the Masters final.
For McBreen, who took part in the 2016 Sevens and also finished his professional career in Hong Kong, participation in the tournament is a chance for people to unite through football.
“It's the camaraderie, everyone is here and has a laugh and you get to play a bit of football and basically that's what it's about,” he said.
“The more times you come, the more you meet different people and even people from different teams so it's always good to catch up.”