The Guinness International Champions Cup is a unique tournament featuring eight of the world's best and most recognizable soccer clubs: Real Madrid CF, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool FC, AS Roma, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Olympiacos. Twelve round robin contests will be hosted across North America with matches in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Charlotte, Denver, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Dallas and one additional city from July 24-August 2. The tournament will crown an overall champion Monday, August 4 at Miami's Sun Life Stadium. For more information on the full Guinness International Champions Cup, including the tournament bracket and team information, visit www.internationalchampionscup.com.
"We are thrilled to return to Yankee Stadium, one of the most iconic sporting venues in the world," said Relevent Sports Chief Executive Officer Charlie Stillitano. "We have no doubt that the area's soccer fans will be excited to watch two of England's top teams face off in the Bronx."
Founded in 1880, Manchester City has become one of the world's top clubs after being purchased in 2008 by the Abu Dhabi United Group. The club went on to qualify for the UEFA Champions League in 2012 and win the FA Cup the same year. A year later, The "Citizens" won the Premier League, its first league title in 44 years. For more information on City, visit www.mcfc.co.uk.
The club is coached by Chilean Manuel Pellegrini and features Belgian defender Vincent Kompany and also features stars such as Argentine goalscorer Sergio Aguero, Spanish creative midfielder David Silva and three-time consecutive African player of the year Yaya Toure.
Manchester City and Belgium national captain, Vincent Kompany, said "Manchester City has always enjoyed terrific support across the five boroughs having visited the states many times. The passion of our New York fans was clear for all to see when we played at Yankee Stadium last year. It was the highlight of our post-season tour and the players are relishing the opportunity to return for the Guinness International Champions Cup."
Founded in 1892, Liverpool FC is one of the world's most historic and famous football clubs having won 18 League Titles, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups, five European Cups, three UEFA Cups, three European Super Cups and 15 Charity Shields. Their five championships are tied for third, only behind Real Madrid (9) and AC Milan (7), both of whom are also participating in the Guinness International Champions Cup. Liverpool FC has one of the best records in all of European football and has the most top-flight wins than any other English team. For more information on the Reds, visit www.LiverpoolFC.com.
"I travelled with the team when we were last in the USA in 2012. It was a phenomenal experience. We did a lot of work in local communities and saw first-hand some fantastic charitable projects in this country. To top it off, thousands of fans travelled to see Liverpool play, it was a humbling experience to be part of one of the world's greatest football families" said Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler. "We know we have massive support in this country with over 21 million followers and 22 official supporters clubs with the New York branch being one of the biggest"
Further details about the Guinness International Champions Cup can be found at www.internationalchampionscup.com. Teams required to qualify for 2014-15 international competition based on 2013-14 domestic league finishing position may be subject to change.