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Guinness International Champions Cup Teams, Venues, Bracket Announced

By on May 29, 2013 at 11:17 am

ICCRelevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, the sports, entertainment and technology company co-founded by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and Matt Higgins, announced complete details for the 2013 Guinness International Champions Cup.  The tournament begins July 27thin Valencia, Spain with A.C. Milan taking on Valencia, with other opening round matches played at University of Phoenix Stadium, AT&T Park and Lucas Oil Stadium. The tournament will culminate on August 6-7 as all eight teams descend upon Miami’s Sun Life Stadium for a pair of exciting doubleheaders including the championship match on August 7.

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Following is a list of all the participating squads participating in the one-of-a-kind tournament including club teams from Spain, Italy, England, and the United States:

  • Chelsea
  • A.C. Milan
  • Valencia
  • Everton
  • Real Madrid
  • Inter Milan
  • Juventus
  • LA Galaxy

“The combination of these eight marquee teams takes this tournament to a caliber never seen before in international soccer,” said Charlie Stillitano, Relevent Sports CEO. “Fans across the globe will be able to witness the beautiful game in their own backyards at some of the most iconic venues in America.”

Teams will be divided into East and West regions with Chelsea, A.C. Milan, Valencia and Inter Milan playing in the East while Real Madrid, Juventus, the LA Galaxy and Everton battle in the West.

The East region will begin July 27 as A.C. Milan and Valencia face off in the Estadio Mestalla.  Five days later, August 1, Chelsea and Inter Milan will meet in Indianapolis.  The four teams will face-off in the tournament semifinals on August 4 in New York.  The West region will kick-off as Juventus meets Everton on July 31 in San Francisco while a day later Real Madrid plays against the LA Galaxy in Phoenix.  On August 3 the four West region teams will face off in the semifinals in Los Angeles.

Below is a complete list of host cities and venues:

  • Estadio Mestalla, Valencia, Spain – Opening Round East Region Host
  • Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN – Opening Round East Region Host
  • University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ – Opening Round West Region Host
  • AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA – Opening Round West Region Host
  • Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA – Semifinal West Region Host
  • Met Life Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ – Semifinal East Region Host
  • Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL – Finals Host

The tournament will be seen in 151 countries across the world. FOX Soccer will televise 11 of the prestigious tournament’s 12 matches live, including the championship.  FOX Sports will also add to the coverage and broadcast a live match Saturday Aug, 3 at 8:00PM ET.  In future years the tournament will be televised by FOX Sports 1, FSMG’s newly minted national multi-sport cable channel launching in August.

The eight teams featured in the tournament represent some of the world’s largest and most successful clubs.  Real Madrid is Spain’s winningest club with a total of 32 league titles and nine European Championships.  Likewise, the Galaxy is Major League Soccer’s most successful club and has won the last two league titles.  Inter Milan, A.C Milan and Juventus together have on a total of 64 Serie A titles while Milan is tied for the most international cup trophies.  Spain’s Valencia has won six La Liga titles and reached a total of seven European tournament finals.  Lastly, Chelsea has four English Premier League titles, including three since 2004 and seven F.A. Cup titles while Everton has lifted the F.A. Cup five times in its history.

“This tournament will set the gold standard for club soccer in the United States,” said Matt Higgins, CEO of RSE Ventures, the sports, entertainment and technology company co-founded by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.  “A year ago, Stephen Ross had the vision to create a meaningful preseason tournament that would bring the world’s best teams and top talent to venues all across the United States, culminating in an unprecedented celebration of the sport at Sun Life Stadium. The Guinness International Champions Cup is more than a soccer tournament; it will make it possible for Americans across the country to experience competitive international soccer first hand.”

Miami’s Sun Life Stadium will host all eight teams for the championship and consolation rounds on August 6 and 7.  The four games over two days will not only highlight the world-class level of the sport, the continued growth and passion for soccer in the United States but also Miami’s thriving food, arts and music scene with a two-day fan festival.

“As the newly appointed Chairperson of the Miami Dade County Sports Commission, I am thrilled to help welcome the International Champions Cup, which is scheduled to take place in August at Sun Life Stadium,” said Commissioner Lynda Bell. “Events like these help to stimulate the local economy, create hundreds of temporary jobs, and provides for world-class sporting to be enjoyed both by local and international fans. I applaud Stephen Ross and the Dolphins organization for leading the charge in attracting world class events to Miami-Dade County.”

Pre-sale tickets for all matches are available today, May 29 and will be made available to the general public Friday, May 31.  Fans can visit www.internationalchampionscup.com purchase tickets.

“Guinness is a globally iconic beer brand so it’s only fitting that we help bring these globally iconic soccer clubs together,” said Doug Campbell, Guinness Brand Director.  “Guinness is more than just a beer, we believe that soccer is more than just a sport and this will certainly be more than just a tournament.  We’re excited to be such a big part of it and hope our adult fans enjoy Guinness responsibly whether watching matches in-person or on television.”

All teams will play at least three matches in the bracketed tournament, including one match at Sun Life.  Further details about the Guinness International Champions Cup can be found at www.internationalchampionscup.com. Teams required to qualify for 2013-14 international competition based on 2012-13 domestic league finishing position may be subject to change.

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