After a thrilling and memorable tournament in 2018, the International Champions Cup returns this year with more action and drama from the biggest names in the world of soccer.
The 2019 edition promises to be one to savour. With reigning European champions Real Madrid, Italian kings Juventus and German powerhouses FC Bayern among those trying to wrestle the title away from 2018 winners Tottenham Hotspur, club soccer’s premier summer tournament is not to be missed!
And, of course, the superstars of soccer love to strut their stuff in the most glamorous cities in the world. Thankfully, the 2019 International Champions Cup has them well and truly covered.
Let’s have a look at the cities hosting this year’s tournament.
The City of Angels will once again provide a fittingly glamorous backdrop for the biggest names in soccer.
Los Angeles is no stranger to the International Champions Cup buzz, though. In 2018, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena in LA County hosted FC Barcelona vs Tottenham Hotspur while the StubHub Center in Carson saw AC Milan take on Manchester United – a game which ended in an epic penalty shootout.
Made famous by its part in the history of space travel, Houston is one of two cities set to add a little Texan flavour to this year’s International Champions Cup.
The most populous city in Texas and home to Major League Soccer side Houston Dynamo, Houston hosted one of the most famous tournament matches in International Champions Cup history in 2017 with the NRG Stadium providing the scene for the Manchester Derby between Manchester United and Manchester City.
The capital of Wales, Cardiff will host International Champions Cup action for the first time as the tournament heads to Europe.
As the birthplace of Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale and Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs, the city has a proud sporting heritage – but not only in soccer. Athletics stars Colin Jackson and Tanni Grey-Thompson hail from the city, as well as numerous Welsh rugby icons.
Home to the Red Sox, Celtic, Bruins and Major League Soccer franchise New England Revolution, Boston is one of the proudest and most illustrious sporting cities in the United States.
The state of Massachusetts has a pedigree for hosting International Champions Cup matches in the past with AS Roma vs Juventus taking place at Gillette Stadium in 2017.
The bustling cultural centre of Northern California, the International Champions Cup always loves coming to the San Francisco Bay Area.
Last year, at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, two soccer titans went toe-to-toe as AC Milan edged out FC Barcelona in front of more than 50,000 supporters. In 2017, Real Madrid clashed with Manchester United in a match for the ages.
Tri State Area
As the home of Relevent, there is added excitement for this year’s matches in the Tri State Area.
Last year, the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, hosted two enormous tournament clashes: Manchester City vs Liverpool and Real Madrid vs AS Roma. The Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, home to the New York Red Bulls, was the venue for Juventus vs Benfica.
Joining Houston in the Texan corner of the 2019 International Champions Cup, there will be plenty of excitement around the International Champions Cup’s return to Arlington.
Last year the stunning AT&T Stadium proved a dramatic backdrop for one of 2018’s most thrilling tournament matches as AS Roma beat FC Barcelona 4-2. Fingers crossed we get another goal-filled encounter this time around!
A stalwart of the International Champions Cup circuit, Chicago has relished in hosting the biggest names in soccer.
The city’s famous Soldier Field stadium, home to the NFL's Chicago Bears, first hosted an International Champions Cup match in 2014 and the tournament has returned in three out of the four years since, staging a mouthwatering clash between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund in 2018.
The nation’s capital has a rich history and its relationship with the International Champions Cup is no different.
FedExField, situated just five miles east of DC and home to the NFL's Washington Redskins, last year hosted a re-run of the 2017 UEFA Champions League final as Real Madrid beat Juventus. In 2017, the city hosted a blockbuster clash between FC Barcelona and Manchester United.
The Chinese city of Shanghai makes its International Champions Cup return. As one of the most spectacular cities on the planet, there is always a great deal of excitement when club soccer’s premier summer tournament rolls into Shanghai.
The beautiful Shanghai Stadium has hosted three tournament matches in the past, the most recent of which saw FC Bayern take on Arsenal, a clash the Gunners edged after a tense penalty shootout.
Making its tournament debut, the iconic Midwestern city will be a welcome addition to the International Champions Cup family.
Soccer has become an extremely popular sport in KC, with Major League Soccer side Sporting Kansas City topping the Western Conference in 2018.
The North Carolina city has been a regular fixture throughout International Champions Cup history, with its Bank of America stadium having hosted matches in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.
In 2016, United States international Julian Green wowed the supporters in Charlotte when he netted a stunning hat-trick for FC Bayern as they defeated Inter 4-1.
It’s fitting that club soccer’s premier summer tournament returns to one of the great soccer cities. London, home to no fewer than six English Premier League sides including giants such as Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, has seen its fair share of International Champions Cup drama too.
Last year, Stamford Bridge hosted Chelsea vs Olympique Lyonnais. Before that, in 2016, Wembley Stadium hosted Liverpool’s win over FC Barcelona.
Singapore returns as a host International Champions Cup nation. In 2018, three tournament matches were played on the island-city state: Atlético de Madrid v Arsenal, Arsenal v Paris Saint-Germain and Paris Saint-Germain v Atlético de Madrid, with the Kallang Stadium proving to be a wonderful house for the energetic tournament supporters.
For the first time since 2016 the International Champions Cup is heading to the Swedish capital. The tournament hasn't been to Sweden since a fixture between FC Barcelona and Leicester City took place in Solna three years ago.
Comprised of 14 islands, the metropolitan area of Stockholm is the most populous city in the Nordic region with 2.3 million inhabitants.