2016 International Champions Cup

The International Champions Cup is an annual competition, predominantly made up of European teams with matches played out across the United States and Europe. Since 2015 they have expanded the competition, now also holding matches in Australia and China.

In 2014 we saw a new record for the highest attendance at a football game (or should i say soccer) in the United States. A huge 109,318 spectators turned up to witness the clash of European heavyweights Manchester United and Real Madrid. This really should be unsurprising since both clubs are revered and followed the world over. Take their twitter accounts for instance, Manchester United are closing on 8 million followers with Real Madrid currently having 19.8 million followers!

2016 International Champions Cup Fixtures:

China

22 July 2016 – Manchester United v Borussia Dortmund [Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai]
25 July 2016 – Manchester City v Manchester United [National Stadium, Beijing]
28 July 2016 – Borussia Dortmund v Manchester City [Longgang Stadium, Shenzhen]

Australia

23 July 2016 – Melbourne Victory v Juventus [Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne]
26 July 2016 – Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur [Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne]
29 July 2016 – Tottenham Hotspur v Atletico Madrid [Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne]

United States and Europe

23 July 2016 – Celtic v Leicester City [Celtic Park, Glasgow]
24 July 2016 – Internazionale v Paris Saint-Germain [Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon]
27 July 2016 – Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain [Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio]
27 July 2016 – Bayern Munich v Milan [Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois]
27 July 2016 – Chelsea v Liverpool [Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California]
30 July 2016 – Celtic v Barcelona [Aviva Stadium, Dublin]
30 July 2016 – Real Madrid v Chelsea [Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan]
30 July 2016 – Inter v Bayern Munich [Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina]
30 July 2016 – Liverpool v Milan [Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California]
30 July 2016 – Paris Saint-Germain v Leicester City [StubHub Center, Carson, California]
3 August 2016 – Barcelona v Leicester City [Friends Arena, Stockholm]
3 August 2016 – Bayern Munich v Real Madrid [MetLife Stadium, New Jersey]
3 August 2016 – Milan v Chelsea [U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota]
6 August 2016 – Liverpool v Barcelona [Wembley Stadium, London]
13 August 2016 – Inter v Celtic [Thomond Park, Limerick]

Leicester City

This year we will see a brand new entrant in Premier League Champions Leicester City. The continue their meteoric rise in the football world as the three teams they will face in the “Group stages” are Celtic, Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Barcelona. Who would have thought this time last year Leicester City, written off as anything but relegation candidates, would be playing against Barcelona! An absolutely incredible rise for the Midlands based club.

Their announced fixtures are:

23/7/16 – Celtic vs Leicester [Glasgow, Scotland]
30/7/16 – PSG vs Leicester [Cargon, California]
03/8/16 – Barcelona vs Leicester [Stockholm Sweden]

2016 Champions Cup Entrants

China

NationTeamLocationLeague
EnglandManchester CityManchesterPremier League
EnglandManchester UnitedManchesterPremier League
GermanyBorussia DortmundDortmundBundesliga

 

Australia

NationTeamLocationLeague
AustraliaMelbourne VictoryMelbourneA-League
EnglandTottenham HotspurLondonPremier League
ItalyJuventusTurinSerie A
SpainAtletico MadridMadridLa Liga

 

United States and Europe

NationTeamLocationLeague
EnglandChelseaLondonPremier League
EnglandLeicesterLeicesterPremier League
EnglandLiverpoolLiverpoolPremier League
FranceParis Saint-GermainParisLigue 1
GermanyBayern MunichMunichBundesliga
ItalyInter MilanMilanSerie A
ItalyMilanMilanSerie A
ScotlandCelticGlasgowScottish Premiership
SpainBarcelonaBarcelonaLa Liga
SpainReal MadridMadridLa Liga

 

One thing is for sure, with the quality of teams entering this years edition of the International Champions Cup, fans are sure to be entertained with some exciting games of football, packed full of goals, goals and more goals!

Which match are you looking forward to most? Or maybe you’re heading off to watch a game? Let us know over on our Twitter Page, we’d love to hear from you!

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