Premier League Asia Trophy

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Premier League Asia Trophy
Founded 2003
Region AFC (Asia)
Current champions England Manchester City
(1st title)
Most successful club(s) England Chelsea
(2 titles)

The Premier League Asia Trophy (known as the Barclays Asia Trophy for sponsorship reasons, previously the FA Premier League Asia Cup) is a friendly four-team pre-season football tournament held in Asia every two years. The competition is contested by three Premier League football clubs and the home team. In 2011, the trophy was won by Chelsea. In 2013 the trophy was won by Manchester City after beating Sunderland 1-0 in the Final of the Asia Cup on Saturday 27 July 2013 at 13:30 BST.

History[edit]

Due to the immense popularity of the Premier League in Asia, the league has held pre-season tournaments in Asia since 2003. Originally known as the FA Premier League Asia Cup, the tournament is the only Premier League-affiliated competition to have been held outside England.

The Asia Trophy is held once every two years in odd years, to avoid conflicts with the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Football Championship tournaments.

2003 Malaysia[edit]

In July 2003, the competition was held in Malaysia, and featured three Premier League clubs (Chelsea, Newcastle United and Birmingham City) and the Malaysian National Team. All matches were played in the 80,000 capacity Bukit Jalil Stadium. The final was won by Chelsea after a penalty shootout. Chelsea beat Newcastle United, having beaten the Malaysian National Team 4-1 with goals from Glen Johnson, Frank Lampard, Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.[1]

2005 Thailand[edit]

In 2005, the Asia Trophy featured a similar format, but was held in Thailand and featured the Thailand national football team competing against Everton, Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers, with Bolton winning the competition.[1]

2007 Hong Kong[edit]

The competition was held in Hong Kong in 2007, South China as the host team by winning the Hong Kong FA Cup 2006-07 while Liverpool, Portsmouth, Fulham took part. The first semi-final was won by Portsmouth 1-0 after a goal by Benjani in the 45th minute. Liverpool won 3–1 against South China in the other semi-final thanks to a Riise free-kick and an Alonso penalty. South China pulled a goal back with a 40-yard Li Haiqiang free-kick, but was made irrelevant when Daniel Agger scored to make it 3–1. Fulham beat South China 4–1 in the third place play-off. Portsmouth beat Liverpool 4–2 on penalties to win the Barclays Asia Trophy after a goalless draw in normal time, with Pompey goalkeeper David James saving penalties from Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres.[1]

2009 China[edit]

Teams Competing: Hull City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Chinese Super League team Beijing Guoan. Tottenham Hotspur beat West Ham United 1–0 in the first semi final,[2] with Hull City joining them in the final after a 5–4 penalty shootout over Beijing Guoan following a 1–1 draw in regular time.[3]

Both the third / fourth playoff and the final were played on Friday 31 July. West Ham United won the third / fourth playoff 2-0 against Beijing Guoan.[4] Tottenham went on to beat Hull 3-0 in the final. Goalscorers, Robbie Keane (2) and Aaron Lennon.[5]

Champion 2011: Chelsea

2011 Hong Kong[edit]

The Barclays Asia Trophy returned to Hong Kong in 2011. Chelsea, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and the 2010-11 Hong Kong First Division League champions, Kitchee, played in the Barclays Asia Trophy. The four team knock-out tournament took place over two match days on Wednesday 27th and Saturday 30 July 2011, with a final to determine the winner and a play-off to decide third place. All matches took place in the Hong Kong Stadium. The final was held between Chelsea and Aston Villa, with Chelsea winning 2–0, thus securing a record 2nd trophy. [6]

2013 Hong Kong[edit]

The 2013 Premier League (EPL) Asia Trophy was played in Hong Kong from 24 to 27 July 2013.

The participating teams were Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland and South China.

The semi-finals took place on 24 July, but with torrential rain, the games were played over 80 minutes, rather than the usual 90 minutes. In the first game, Sunderland beat Tottenham Hotspur 3–1 to proceed to the final. Manchester City defeated South China 1–0 in the other semi-final.

Manchester City won the trophy after beating Sunderland 1–0 on 27 July 2013. Edin Džeko scored the game's only goal.

Winners[edit]

Year Final Third Place Venue
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
2003
Details
Chelsea England 0 – 0
(5 – 4 pens.)
England Newcastle United Birmingham City England 4 – 0 Malaysia Malaysia Malaysia National Stadium,
Kuala Lumpur
2005
Details
Bolton Wanderers England 1 – 0 Thailand Thailand Manchester City England 1 – 1
(4 – 2 pens.)
England Everton Thailand National Stadium,
Bangkok
2007
Details
Portsmouth England 0 – 0
(4 – 2 pens.)
England Liverpool Fulham England 4 – 1 Hong Kong South China Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium,
Hong Kong
2009
Details
Tottenham Hotspur England 3 – 0 England Hull City West Ham United England 2 – 0 China Beijing Guoan China Workers Stadium,
Beijing
2011
Details
Chelsea England 2 – 0 England Aston Villa Blackburn Rovers England 3 – 0 Hong Kong Kitchee Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium,
Hong Kong
2013
Details
Manchester City England 1 – 0 England Sunderland Tottenham Hotspur England 6 – 0 Hong Kong South China Hong Kong Hong Kong Stadium,
Hong Kong

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Premier League Asia Trophy". Soccerlens. 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  2. ^ "West Ham v Tottenham - 29th Jul 2009 | Commentary | Barclays Asia Trophy | Sky Sports Football". Skysports.com. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  3. ^ "Hull City v Beijing Guoan - 29th Jul 2009 | Commentary | Barclays Asia Trophy | Sky Sports Football". Skysports.com. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  4. ^ "West Ham United 2-0 Beijing Guoan FT | News | Latest News | News | West Ham United". Whufc.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  5. ^ "Robbie Keane strikes twice as Spurs beat Hull to win Asia Trophy | Football". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  6. ^ Barclays Asia Trophy returns to Hong Kong Premierleague.com Retried 19 October 2010