The International Champions Cup returns to China this summer with one of European soccer's fiercest rivalries, the Derby d'Italia between Juventus and Inter, coming to Nanjing.
Two of world soccer's proudest, most historic clubs will slug it out at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Complex on Wednesday, July 24.
Juventus claimed their 35th Scudetto earlier this year, extending their supremacy as the most decorated side in Serie A, while reaching the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
Inter, meanwhile, have racked up 18 Serie A titles and are the only team in the history of Italian soccer to complete the 'Treble' – winning the title, Champions League and Coppa Italia under legendary coach José Mourinho in 2010.
Fixtures between these two behemoths of Calcio rarely disappoint and they will meet once more in Nanjing this year.
“We are happy to participate in the International Champions Cup once again this year and to return to China after our great experience in the Italian Super Cups in 2012 and 2015,” said Giorgio Ricci, Chief Revenue Officer of Juventus.
“We are also proud and aware that this game can be an excellent driving force for Italian football in China. The international development strategy is fundamental for the growth of Juventus, while a key pillar of this strategy is also to build our presence in China.
"We aim to interact with a huge number of fans and offer unique experiences that are distinctive to the Chinese football enthusiasts.”
Luca Danovaro, Chief Marketing Officer of Inter, added: "We’re happy and proud to be able to bring the Derby d’Italia spectacle to China, our Chinese fans will be really enthusiastic.
"Nanjing is a unique and special place to host such an important match. It’s a city rich in history and has a strong link to our club. There are many Inter fans there and they always follow and support us in every match we play.
"We’re convinced that the game on 24 July will be a unique event that will combine a highly expectant atmosphere with the passion of Chinese fans. FC Internazionale’s brand is global: our club has 390 million fans, 120 million of which live in China. The country will now have an opportunity to support our team live. There’s no doubt about it: they’ll make us feel at home."
The two sides met on April 27 in a 1-1 draw which saw Cristiano Ronaldo score his 600th club career goal. Earlier in the campaign, Juve were 1-0 winners in the Derby D'Italia thanks to a Mario Mandžukić strike.
"Every year, we try to get the best sides involved," said Charlie Stillitano, Executive Chairman of Relevent Sports Group. "With Inter vs. Juventus, we’re pitting two sides together whose rivalry is one of the most historic in world football. It’ll be a game that Chinese fans will never forget."