The 2019 International Champion’s Cup (ICC) will be known for a few things – great matchups, historic venues, and most of all, its impact on the sport. Since it began, the ICC has seen over 4.8 million attendees at its matches, and this year, ESPN and Relevent Sports Group are teaming up to bring the seventh installment of the tournament. The ICC will be presented across ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNU and ESPNEWS from July 16th to August 10th.
The tournament is still months away, however that didn’t stop Relevent from generating the hype. Last week they held their launch event, which featured Jason Sudeikis as emcee, as well as other notable guests, including Javier Zanetti, Robert Pires, Diego Forlan, among others.
This year’s tournament will feature a diverse group of teams from Spain, England, Italy, Germany, Portugal, and Mexico. Charlie Stillitano, the executive director of Relevent Sports, highlights the tournament’s à la carte autonomy in pairing globally-recognized club teams, making it one of the most exciting annual soccer events in the world. In the past, the ICC has boasted some epic matchups, like Real Madrid versus Manchester United at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. The 2014 matchup between European giants saw over 109,000 fans in attendance. This year, the tournament will try to rival those numbers by featuring the first ever Madrid Derby played outside of Europe.
The ICC features 12 teams playing in 6 different countries on 3 different continents – cementing it as one of the most global tournaments in the world.
For a look at the complete ICC schedule, see below.
Tuesday, July 16
Roma vs. Chivas – Bridgeview, Ill., SeatGeek Stadium
Wednesday, July 17
Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich – Carson, Calif., Dignity Health Sports Park
Saturday, July 20
Manchester United vs. Inter Milan – Singapore, National Stadium
Arsenal vs. Roma – Charlotte, N.C., Bank of America Stadium
Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid – Houston, NRG Stadium
Benfica vs. Chivas – Santa Clara, Calif., Levi’s Stadium
Sunday, July 21
Juventus vs. Tottenham – Singapore, National Stadium
Tuesday, July 23
Real Madrid vs. Arsenal – Landover, Md., FedEx Field
Bayern Munich vs. AC Milan – Kansas City, Mo., Arrowhead Stadium
Chivas vs. Atlético Madrid – Arlington, Texas, Globe Life Park
Wednesday, July 24
Juventus vs. Inter Milan – China, Location TBD
Roma vs. Benfica – Harrison, N.J., Red Bull Arena
Thursday, July 25
Tottenham vs. Manchester United – Shanghai, Hongkou Football Stadium
Friday, July 26
Real Madrid vs. Atlético Madrid – East Rutherford, N.J., MetLife Stadium
Sunday, July 28
AC Milan vs. Benfica – Foxborough, Mass., Gillette Stadium
Saturday, August 3
Manchester United vs. AC Milan – Cardiff, Wales, Principality Stadium
Sunday, August 4
Tottenham vs. Inter Milan – London, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Saturday, August 10
Atlético Madrid vs. Juventus – Stockholm, Friends Arena