For the third straight year, soccer will be played at Bank of America Stadium, the home of the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, it was announced today. The match will pit European giants FC Bayern Munich and F.C. Internazionale against each other on Saturday, July 30 as part of the 2016 International Champions Cup. Kickoff is at 5:00 p.m.
In the previous two matches, Liverpool F.C. defeated A.C. Milan 2-0 in 2014 while Chelsea beat Paris Saint-Germain in penalty kicks in a rematch of the Round of 16 in Champions League, a year ago. Both drew more than 60,000 fans.
“Bringing an International Champions Cup match to Charlotte for the third consecutive year highlights the relationship we have with the city, Panthers and fans in the Queen City” said Charlie Stillitano, Chairman of Relevent Sports, in a release. “FC Bayern Munich and F.C. Internazionale are two of the world’s most accomplished clubs and should put on another great match for the city. We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the city and are excited to have Charlotte as an ICC home.”
Additional matches will take place across the globe including San Francisco, Los Angeles Area, Eugene, Columbus, Chicago, Glasgow, New York, Minneapolis, Dublin and Stockholm.
The 2016 International Champions Cup will run from July 23 – August 13 and play matches across the United States and throughout the world. Each team will play three contests and the club with the most points at the end of the tournament will be crowned champion. Each win in regulation will result in three points and a tie will go straight to a shootout; the winning team in a shootout will receive two points and the losing team will receive one.
In total, 10 teams from around the globe, including England (Liverpool, Chelsea F.C. Leicester City), Italy (AC Milan, F.C. Internazionale), France (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.), Spain (Barcelona, Real Madrid), Germany (FC Bayern Munich) and Scotland (Celtic F.C.) will compete in the 2016 International Champions Cup.
This year’s International Champions Cup features the most storied and successful clubs in the world, including many of the world’s top players. The ten participating teams have won a total of 190 domestic league titles, 246 domestic cup titles and 36 UEFA Champions League titles. The teams feature 18 of the 2015-2016 FIFA Ballon d’Or nominees, as well as 50 of the top 100 players in the world as chosen yearly by renowned English magazine FourFourTwo.
Exclusive presale tickets for the FC Bayern Munich and F.C. Internazionale matchup will be available beginning Tuesday, March 29 at 10 a.m. ET while general public will have access to tickets on Tuesday, April 5. Fans can sign up at internationalchampionscup.com for access to the presale. All venue-specific and other ticket information is available at the same website.
About the International Champions Cup
The International Champions Cup is an annual summer soccer tournament organized by Relevent Sports, featuring the best clubs from around the world. A staple property of Relevent Sports and RSE Ventures, the International Champions Cup brings the best in soccer to iconic sports venues across North America, Australia, Europe and China.
The International Champions Cup has hosted some of the most iconic matchups in the world, including the largest attended soccer match in U.S. history, when 109, 318 fans saw Real Madrid and Manchester United play at the “Big House” at the University of Michigan. In its four-year history, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have all won installments of the tournament.
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