The schedule for this summer's pre-season International Champions Cup involving the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern Munich has been revealed, per the tournament's Twitter feed:
Int Champions Cup @IntChampionsCup
Your #ICC2016 Schedule! https://t.co/XEspFPDKHa3/22/2016, 2:21:06 PM
Surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City will also be involved, along with Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Celtic, Liverpool and Inter Milan, with matches set to be played across the United States, and in various European cities.
Indeed, the high-flying Foxes will take on two of Europe's best sides, Barcelona and PSG, at the tournament, as well as Scottish giants Celtic.
It is quite some turnaround for a club who only narrowly avoided relegation back to the Championship at the end of the 2014-15 Premier League campaign.
Luis Enrique's superlative Barcelona will meet Leicester on Aug. 3 in Stockholm, Sweden, after a Dublin clash with Celtic and before a meeting with Liverpool.
Arguably the standout fixtures of the tournament all feature Real, who will face Chelsea, PSG and Bayern in cities across the United States.
The July 27 match between Liverpool and the Blues in Pasadena, California, should also be a thrilling clash. But given the Premier League clubs' relatively poor seasons in 2015-16, the scheduling could cause an issue in terms of UEFA Europa League qualifiers, per ESPN FC's Dale Johnson:
Dale Johnson @DaleJohnsonESPN
Europa League 3QR is on July 28 and August 4. Liverpool will play Chelsea on July 27 and Barcelona on Aug 6 in the USA. Possibly clash.3/22/2016, 2:17:24 PM
The 2016 tournament will be the fourth edition of the ICC, with the competition having expanded its reach and profile every year.
PSG won last year's U.S.-based tournament, with Manchester United prevailing in 2014 and Real in 2013.