Ben Schaefer


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

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