Since its inception in 2013, the International Champions Cup has become synonymous with the biggest fixtures in world soccer.
In 2014, 109,318 supporters packed into Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor to watch Manchester United take on Real Madrid.
Just a year later, fans in Shenzhen in China were treated to the Derby della Madonnina between rivals Inter Milan and AC Milan. We had the memorable Miami Clásico between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona in 2017, a five-goal thriller that lives long in the memory.
And just last year, Michigan Stadium was again the host as Liverpool beat Manchester United 4-1 in the latest thrilling instalment of one of soccer’s most notorious rivalries in front of more than 100,000 supporters.
This year will be no different. The first Madrid derby to take place outside of Europe between headlines another exciting line-up of matches as Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid do battle at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
But El Derbi Madrileño isn’t the only mouthwatering clash at the 2019 International Champions Cup. Let’s dive into the rest of the fixtures.
AS Roma v Chivas - Tuesday, July 16
International Champions Cup regulars AS Roma face off with tournament debutants Chivas at the SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois. The Romans showed their mettle last year, recovering from going a goal down to eventually beat FC Barcelona 4-2 at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX. Chivas aren’t easily intimidated though. After all, they are the reigning CONCACAF Champions League winners.
Arsenal v FC Bayern - Wednesday, July 17
There are usually fireworks when these two meet. The Germans have come off better in recent encounters, knocking the Gunners out of the UEFA Champions League in 2013, 2014 and 2017. The North Londoners were able to exact revenge during the 2017 International Champions Cup, however, prevailing in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in Shanghai.
Manchester United v Inter - Saturday, July 20
The Red Devils take on the Nerazzurri at the National Stadium in Singapore. The most memorable meeting between the sides came in 1999 as United beat the Italians 3-1 on aggregate to book their spot in the UEFA Champions League semi-final en route to winning their historic Treble. United also came out on top when the sides met in the 2014 International Champions Cup, prevailing in a penalty shootout as part of a triumphant campaign.
Arsenal v AS Roma - Saturday, July 20
Two International Champions Cup veterans do battle at the iconic Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.
The sides have not faced each other since Arsenal knocked Roma out of the UEFA Champions League in March 2009. Ten years on, the Giallorossi will have revenge on their minds.
FC Bayern v Real Madrid - Saturday, July 20
A real clash of the titans sees the reigning Bundesliga champions take on the kings of Europe at the NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. These sides are used to meeting in dramatic circumstances; their last encounter was an absorbing contest as Real won 4-3 on aggregate to reach the UEFA Champions League final. Los Blancos also got the better of the sides at the 2016 International Champions Cup, with Danilo’s late strike enough to seal a 1-0 win.
Benfica v Chivas - Saturday, July 20
The Lisbon giants take on the Mexicans at the wonderful Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. This will be the first time these sides have met and the first time Liga MX giants Chivas have played at the International Champions Cup. Both teams play free-flowing, attacking football, so expect a thrilling game in the Californian heat.
Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur - Sunday, July 21
A mouthwatering clash is in prospect at the National Stadium in Singapore as Italian champions Juventus take on International Champions Cup holders Tottenham. When they met in the UEFA Champions League in February 2018, two second-half goals secured the tie for Juve. The Bianconeri also edge their International Champions Cup rivalry, having beaten Spurs 2-1 in 2016.
Real Madrid v Arsenal - Tuesday, July 23
FedExField in Landover usually hosts memorable International Champions Cup matches and, with Real Madrid taking on Arsenal this year, it’ll be no different. The only meeting between these sides came back in 2006 when the Gunners memorably toppled the Spanish giants en route to reaching the UEFA Champions League final. With some of the greatest players in the world on display, this should be a humdinger.
FC Bayern v AC Milan - Tuesday, July 23
Bayern and Milan, giants of the German and Italian games respectively, renew their International Champions Cup rivalry at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Die Roten and the Rossoneri have met in the tournament twice before; Milan ran out 4-0 winners in 2017 while, in 2016, they edged a thrilling contest on penalties after a 3-3 draw. Let’s hope for something similar this time around.
Chivas v Atlético Madrid - Tuesday, July 23
For their second tournament game, Chivas are handed a tough test against Atleti at Globe Life Park in Arlington. This will be the Spaniards’ opener, though, so they will be keen to get their campaign off to a winning start. With their pedigree in LaLiga, as well as Europe, they'll provide a stern test for the Liga MX outfit.
Juventus v Inter - Wednesday, July 24
One of the highlights of this year’s tournament sees the Derby d’Italia take place in China. A fierce rivalry between two titans of Northwest Italy, this will be the second time Juve and Inter have faced each other in the International Champions Cup. In 2013, Inter won on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Miami, FL.
AS Roma v Benfica - Wednesday, July 24
Two tournament regulars, AS Roma and Benfica, meet at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. This is Roma’s third and final tournament game in 2019 and Benfica’s second. The sides were involved in hugely entertaining International Champions Cup games in 2018. Roma beat Barcelona 4-2 while Benfica drew 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund.
Tottenham v Manchester United - Thursday, July 25
Reigning International Champions Cup champions Tottenham face off with Premier League rivals Manchester United at Hongkou Football Stadium in Shanghai. This will be the first time these titans of the English game have faced each other in the tournament. Spurs will be keen to defend their crown but United have never been a side to accept anything other than victory.
Real Madrid v Atlético de Madrid - Friday, July 26
This has the makings of an International Champions Cup blockbuster. Star-studded teams and an intense city rivalry always ensure engrossing encounters when these sides meet, but the fact that this El Derbi Madrileño takes place at the stunning MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, makes it that extra bit special. This is one fixture you simply do not want to miss!
AC Milan v Benfica - Sunday, July 28
A fixture featuring two of the most decorated sides in European soccer, AC Milan v Benfica should be a treat for the supporters at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Milan and Benfica have both built their rosters around exciting young players and this match-up is your chance to see some of the stars of tomorrow in person.
Manchester United v AC Milan - Saturday, August 3
Another International Champions Cup rivalry is renewed as the Red Devils take on the Rossoneri at the spectacular Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Last year, these sides produced one of the most memorable games in the tournament’s history. After a 1-1 draw at the StubHub Center, CA, United prevailed 9-8 on penalties on a night of high drama. Supporters in Wales this year will definitely want more of the same!
Tottenham Hotspur v Inter - Sunday, August 4
Defending champions Spurs round off their campaign with a mouthwatering clash against Inter. These sides know each other well, having met twice during this season’s UEFA Champions League. Although Inter always pose a significant threat, Spurs will hope to cap their 2019 International Champions Cup journey with a victory on their home patch at their brand-new home, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Atlético de Madrid v Juventus - Saturday, August 10
This year’s climactic International Champions Cup game sees two of Europe’s biggest sides go head-to-head at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Atleti will have revenge on their minds after Juve completed a spectacular comeback to knock the LaLiga side out of the Champions League in March. It’s set to be a seriously intense tournament clash in Sweden.