International Champions Cup 2018: Fixtures, Dates, Schedule for Pre-Season Tour
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The International Champions Cup specialises in pitting some of the worlds’ biggest sides against one another in marquee pre-season friendlies, and the 2018 edition will be no different as Manchester United take on Liverpool and Real Madrid.
Among the other top fixtures announced on Tuesday will be Bayern Munich’s clash with Paris Saint-Germain in Klagenfurt, Austria, and a meeting between Juventus and Bayern in Philadelphia.
The pre-season tournament will begin when Benfica takes on Sevilla on July 20 and end when Atletico Madrid faces Inter Milan on August 12.
ESPN provided the complete fixture list:
- 2 p.m. ET: Sevilla vs. Benfica (Letzigrund Stadion)
- 9 p.m. ET: Borussia Dortmund vs. Manchester City (Soldier Field)
- Noon ET: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Bayern Munich (Worthersee Stadion)
- 4 p.m. ET: Borussia Dortmund vs. Liverpool (Bank of America Stadium)
- 7 p.m. ET: Juventus vs. Bayern Munich (Lincoln Financial Field)
- 8 p.m. ET: Manchester City vs. Liverpool (MetLife Stadium)
- 8 p.m. ET: Borussia Dortmund vs. Benfica (Heinz Field)
- 10 p.m. ET: Roma vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Qualcomm Stadium)
- 11 p.m. ET: AC Milan vs. Manchester United (Rose Bowl)
- 7:30 a.m. ET: Atletico Madrid vs. Arsenal (Singapore National Stadium)
- 7:30 a.m. ET: Arsenal vs. Paris Saint-Germain (Singapore National Stadium)
- 11 a.m. ET: Chelsea vs. Sevilla (National Stadium)
- 1 p.m. ET: Benfica vs. Juventus (Red Bull Arena)
- 5 p.m. ET: Manchester United vs. Liverpool (Michigan Stadium)
- 7 p.m. ET: Bayern Munich vs. Manchester City (Hard Rock Stadium)
- 11 p.m. ET: Barcelona vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Rose Bowl
- 7:30 a.m. ET: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Atletico Madrid (Singapore National Stadium)
- 8 p.m. ET: Manchester United vs. Real Madrid (Hard Rock Stadium)
- 8:30 p.m. ET: Tottenham Hotspur vs. AC Milan (US Bank Stadium)
- 10 p.m. ET: Barcelona vs. Roma (AT&T Stadium)
- 1 p.m. ET: Chelsea vs. Inter Milan (Ullevi Stadium)
- 2 p.m. ET: Arsenal vs. Chelsea (Friends Arena
- 6 p.m. ET: Real Madrid vs. Juventus (FedEx Field)
- 8 p.m. ET: AC Milan vs. Barcelona (Levi’s Stadium)
- 1 p.m. ET: Inter Milan vs. Sevilla (Via del Mare)
- 8 p.m. ET: Real Madrid vs. Roma (MetLife Stadium
- 2 p.m. ET: Atletico Madrid vs. Inter Milan (Wanda Metropolitano)
Last year, matches were split between the United States, China and Singapore, but this summer the tournament will take on even more of a global feel as venues around Europe will come into play.
The ICC recently revealed the host cities:
International Champions Cup @IntChampionsCup
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Included in the venues once again is Michigan Stadium, known as “The Big House,” which is the world’s second-largest stadium.
Per BBC Sport’s Simon Stone, the Ann Arbor venue has a capacity of 107,000 and was filled with a record-breaking 109,000 people when United played Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup in 2014.
The tournament will also grant a look at some of the world’s best players ahead of the new season, with the lineup packed with UEFA Champions League talent.
Champions League semi-finalists Roma are eagerly awaiting their participation:
AS Roma English @ASRomaEN
Excited to see old friends… and make some new ones too! 🐺⚽️🇺🇸
#ASRoma #ICC2018 #ChampionsMeetHere https://t.co/jvvBtYAgnL
He’ll be taking part in the ICC on the back of attending the World Cup with Portugal, and he’ll potentially have picked up his third Champions League title in a row by then, too.
Per OptaJohan, he has lit up Europe’s premier competition once again this season:
15 – 15 or more goals in a single Champions League campaign:
Cristiano Ronaldo in 2013/14 (17)
Cristiano Ronaldo in 2015/16 (16)
Cristiano Ronaldo in 2017/18 (15).
He’s set to take on former club United, as well as Roma and Juventus, against whom he scored one of the goals of his career earlier this month with a spectacular bicycle kick.
While the stakes and drama in such clashes cannot be replicated in pre-season friendlies, there’s still plenty of entertainment to be had.
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April 17, 2018 at 08:02AM