Some of the best clubs in the world will compete this summer in The 2015 International Champions Cup North America Presented by Guinness. Tournament will take place in Canada, Mexico, England, Italy and the United States. World famous English powerhouse Manchester United will face another Spanish giant FC Barcelona, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, as one of the most wanted game of the tournament. Jose Mourinho teams facing FC Barcelona always guarantee some electric atmosphere, this time likely English Premier League 2o15 Champions Chelsea FC, will face current La Liga and very possible this year Spanish champions Barca at FedEx Field in Washington D.C.
Chelsea FC will also face French League leader Paris Saint-Germain at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, a rematch of the Champions League round of 16.
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“These matchups speak to the immense success and quality of the International Champions Cup,” said Charlie Stillitano, Chairman of Relevent Sports. “Not only are three of the quarter-finalists for the Champions League participating, but the Chelsea vs. Paris Saint-Germain finish in the round of 16 was spectacular. Showcasing this rematch, along with the multitude of other high quality and competitive contests, is truly exciting and shows these games are more than just friendlies.”
Each team will play four 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. The results from in-season Major League Soccer contests involving tournament participants will be used as part of official tournament scoring.
The ICC will be played across two continents, as games will be held at Stamford Bridge in London, Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence and multiple iconic venues throughout North America.
“The 2015 International Champions Cup North America will be an international affair,” said Matt Higgins, CEO of RSE Ventures. “Multiple matches in two continents with the best clubs in the world demonstrates the demand for our property both in the United States and abroad. We expect to see more fans, more excitement and more sell-outs than ever before.”
In total, 10 teams from around the globe, including England (Manchester United F.C., Chelsea F.C.), Portugal (FC Porto), France (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.), Mexico (Club América), Spain (Barcelona), Italy (ACF Fiorentina) and the United States (San Jose Earthquakes, Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls) will compete in the 2015 International Champions Cup North America. The participating teams have won a total of 91 domestic league titles, 98 domestic cup titles, six CONCACAF Champions League titles and 10 UEFA Champions League titles. The teams feature nine of the 2014-2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or nominees, as well as 31 of the top 100 players in the world as chosen yearly by renowned English magazine FourFourTwo.
Founded in 2012 by Stephen M. Ross and Matt Higgins, RSE Ventures is a multi-national sports and entertainment venture firm with a focus on new technologies. RSE builds, owns and operates companies in sports, media, entertainment and technology, including Catalyst Media Group, VaynerMedia, Vayner/RSE, Relevent Sports, Ascendent Sports Group and the International Champions Cup.
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