The Guinness International Champions Cup will kick off Thursday, July 24 in Toronto, Canada with the first matchup being a battle between AC Milan vs. Olympiacos. The match is set for 8 p.m. ET at Toronto’s BMO Field.
This year, the format consists of two groups of four in a round-robin tournament. Each team will participate in three matches in group play and the two group leaders will meet in Miami on August 4 for the final match at Sun Life Stadium.
We will begin our ICC team previews with a look at Greek “legend” Olympiacos. Olympiacos is known to be the most successful club in Greek football. The “Red and Whites” have won 41 Greek League titles, 26 Greek Cups, 16 Doubles and four Greek Super Cups.
The team is coached by Spain and Real Madrid legend, Michel. Former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker Javier Saviola takes the spotlight alongside Greek defender Avraam Papadopoulos and Spanish goalkeeper Roberto Gago.
Javier Saviola is known for his speed and ability to score from any position on the field. In 2010, he was named one of the greatest living footballers in Pelé’s FIFA 100 list. Saviola represented his home country, Argentina, in the 2006 World Cup and the 2004 Copa America. He also earned a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics.
Captain Avraam Papadopoulos plays as a central defender for Olympiacos. His aggressive playing style has reflected his abilities as “the best defender on the team.” He played for Greece in the 2010 World Cup. After suffering an injury in 2012 at the Euro, he made his return with the national team in 2013 during the 2014 World Cup qualification game.
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