The 2015 International Champions Cup will feature a star-studded group of clubs from around the globe, including several of the world's top leagues. Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are set to headline the event. A series of satellite events are also planned, featuring other prominent clubs.
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ICC China Announced
Wednesday, April 22
Organizers announced that Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Inter Milan will take part in the ICC China event which will be held from July 25 through July 30. The full schedule can be found here:
|ICC China Schedule|
|Date||Home Team||Visiting Team||Venue|
|July 25||AC Milan||Inter Milan||Longgang Stadium, Shenzhen|
|July 27||Inter Milan||Real Madrid||Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou|
|July 29 or 30||Real Madrid||AC Milan||Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai|
ICC Field Revealed
Wednesday, April 15
An announcement from the Los Angeles Galaxy, one of three Major League Soccer teams taking part, on their official site noted the tournament will take place from July 11 through August 5. Here's a complete list of participating sides:
|Clubs for 2015 International Champions Cup|
|Manchester United||English Premier League|
|Chelsea||English Premier League|
|Paris Saint-Germain||Ligue 1|
|Club America||Liga MX|
|New York Red Bulls||Major League Soccer|
|LA Galaxy||Major League Soccer|
|San Jose Earthquakes||Major League Soccer|
The report notes there will be separate offshoot events around the world featuring clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester City and Roma.
Also included were comments from David Tyler, the CEO of organizers Relevent Sports, about the United States' interest in the budding summer tournament. Tyler said:
The last two years have demonstrated the thirst for soccer in the United States. The clubs participating in the International Champions Cup this year are some of the most storied and well-known in the entire world. Through our tournament and commitment to putting the best product and teams on the pitch, we will continue to grow soccer both domestically and abroad.
The ICC began in 2013 as a chance to bring marquee clubs together with some North American sides for a major summer showcase. The timing makes it perfect for European clubs to use it as preparation for their new campaigns.
Real Madrid won the inaugural title with a victory over Chelsea in the first championship match. Last year, it was Manchester United edging Premier League rivals Liverpool for the crown.
Obviously, there is no shortage of contenders in this year's field. Further details about the schedule and locations for the matches will be announced at a later date.