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History of the Premier League Asia Trophy

23 Mar 2019
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Hong Kong's 2017 tournament is won by Liverpool for the first time

The Premier League Asia Trophy returned for its eighth edition in 2017 with Liverpool, Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace competing in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong hosted the tournament for the fourth time. Liverpool featured in the first competition there, and marked their second Asia Trophy appearance by claiming the Trophy.

Crystal Palace, Leicester and West Brom were all making their debuts.

Here we look back at the previous tournaments, which have been won by seven different clubs.

Kuala Lumpur, 2003

The inaugural competition was held at the Bukit Jalil Stadium, in Kuala Lumpur, and Chelsea emerged as the first winners after a penalty shoot-out over Newcastle United in the final. Birmingham City and Malaysia also competed as the west London club won their first silverware under Roman Abramovich’s ownership.

2003 Asia Trophy winners Chelsea
John Terry and manager Claudio Ranieri, then of Chelsea, lift the inaugural PL Asia Trophy
Bangkok, 2005

Bolton Wanderers took the title at the Rajamangala National Stadium, in the Thai capital, seeing off challenges from Everton, Manchester City and Thailand’s Under-23 team.

Bolton Wanderers win 2005 Premier League Asia Trophy
Jay Jay Okocha gets a hero's reception from fans after helping Bolton win the 2005 Asia Trophy
Hong Kong, 2007

Again, penalties were needed to find a winner, with Portsmouth beating Liverpool 4–2 on from the spot in the Hong Kong Stadium, while Fulham and South China FC also took part.

Fernando Torres, Liverpool
Liverpool signing Fernando Torres couldn't stop Portsmouth winning the 2007 competition
Beijing, 2009

Tottenham Hotspur took the title after a commanding 3-0 victory over Hull City in the final at the Beijing Workers Stadium, also finishing ahead of West Ham United and Beijing Guoan.

Tottenham Hotspur celebrate winning 2009 PL Asia Trophy
Spurs earned a 3-0 win against Hull to triumph in the Beijing edition of the tournament
Hong Kong, 2011

Chelsea secured their second Premier League Asia Trophy title, this time at the Hong Kong Stadium, after overcoming Aston Villa 2-0. Blackburn Rovers and Kitchee also featured.

2011 Premier League Asia Trophy winners Chelsea
Players and fans alike celebrate after Chelsea score in the 2011 Asia Trophy final
Hong Kong, 2013

Hong Kong hosted the tournament again as Edin Dzeko struck the decisive goal in Man City’s 1-0 victory over Sunderland in the final. Spurs and South China were beaten in the semi-finals.

Edin Dzeko with the 2013 Asia Trophy
Edin Dzeko lifts the 2013 PL Asia Trophy after scoring Man City's winner
Singapore, 2015

Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 at the Singapore National Stadium to win the tournament for the first time. Stoke City and a Singapore XI also competed.

Arsenal v Everton, 2015 Premier League Asia Trophy
Theo Walcott scored as Arsenal beat Everton 3-1 to claim the 2015 PL Asia Trophy
Hong Kong, 2017

Philippe Coutinho scored one and made another in Liverpool's 2-1 win against Leicester City in the final. Crystal Palace and West Brom were beaten in the semi-finals.

Premier League Asia Trophy
Philippe Coutinho's stunner gives Liverpool a 2-1 lead

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