Real, Juventus headline new tournament in U.S.MIAMI, Florida - European giants Real Madrid and Juventus are among eight leading clubs who will take part in the first edition of the tournament-style International Champions Cup in the United States starting in July.
Spanish giants Real and Italian champions Juventus will be joined by Inter Milan and Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy, tournament organizers said on Tuesday.
The United States has become a leading destination for European clubs to play lucrative pre-season friendly tours but the eight-team tournament, which will be held at venues across the country, promises to add a competitive edge.
RSE Ventures, headed by billionaire Stephen Ross, also owner of the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins, said the tournament will differ from other pre-season friendlies by using a knock-out format and offering significant prize money.
Seven-time European champions AC Milan, Turkish club Galatasaray and two leading English Premier League clubs are said to be in talks aimed at joining the tournament.
A television deal has been struck with the Fox Soccer Channel in the United States, with worldwide broadcasting deals expected. Reuters