With the World Cup put behind, football fans now find themselves in the awkward window that ends with the beginning of the season. What often passes under the radar, however, is the International Champions Cup. Structured with the European style of scoring and ranking where the team on top of the table wins the tournament, fans are served with this exhibition of professional competition, especially for the Americans audiences.
Considered to be more of a tour, the competition aims to please football fans around the world with teams like Juventus F.C., Paris Saint-Germain, FC Bayern Munich, etc. Spread out throughout the world, there are matches place top clubs on opposite ends of the pitch to bring players close to fans, who throughout the regular season have to watch their favorite teams’ matches at odd times of the day (European time zones are not football-friendly).
With more matches taking place in the United States, this makes the country as the main venue for some of the world’s most competitive clubs. For the curious ones, teams to look out for are Liverpool F.C., Juventus F.C., FC Bayern Munich, and Barcelona. Watching them live would not only be an entertaining 90-minute commitment, but also a witnessing of the highest level of professional football. For these teams, these matches are tests for their prospective plans of how to unfold a campaign that would be successful domestically and in Europe.
For Liverpool, the defeat in the 2018 UEFA Champions League final served as a shake-up for the whole club, as they have been making detrimental changes this summer. After their June offering of Emre Can to Juventus and stand-out acquisitions of forward Xherdan Shaqiri and keeper Alisson, they look to make an impression this pre-season. With the goal of reappearing in the 2019 Final in mind, the matchup against Borussia Dortmund promises for a display of interesting football. This will be Jürgen Klopp managerial attempt at debuting new arrangements for the team.
After declaring themselves winners of the transfer window through signing Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus will use the match against Bayern Munich to prove their worth by looking for goals against an evenly strong team. The Bavarians have to also push the Italians to their limits, as their crashing 2017-2018 UEFA run will have to be redeemed during this new season’s chapter.
Now considered one of the greatest clubs in the world, Barcelona faces its own issues within the lineup before the game against Tottenham on the 28th. While their Champions League campaign disappointed with AS Roma’s stunning comeback in April, Messi and co. have a lot to recover from. In their matchup against the Hotspurs they have the perfect chance to put on a show for the American audience that has heard about them.
The upcoming football season promises for great displays of talent, making the International Champions Cup the perfect chance to see contenders before August’s tip-off. The following list contains the abovementioned clubs’ matches for the upcoming week, with the venues beside them.
07/22 Liverpool FC vs Borussia Dortmund – Charlotte, Bank of America Stadium
07/25 Juventus vs FC Bayern – Philadelphia, Lincoln Financial Field
07/25 Manchester City vs Liverpool FC – East Rutherford, MetLife Stadium
07/28 Benfica vs Juventus FC – Harrison, Red Bull Arena
07/28 Manchester United vs Liverpool FC – Ann Arbor, Michigan Stadium
07/28 FC Bayern Munich vs Manchester City – Miami, Hard Rock Stadium
07/28 FC Barcelona vs Tottenham Hotspur – Pasadena, Rose Bowl
Matches’ details: internationalchampionscup.com
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Stadium photo: performgroup.com
Shaqiri photo: caughtoffside.com
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