2019 International Champions Cup: Teams, Fixtures And Venues

2019 International Champions Cup: Teams, Fixtures And Venues – originally posted on Sportslens.com

The International Champions Cup (ICC) is an annual pre-season competition featuring the world’s biggest clubs.
First staged in 2013, the ICC offers fans across the globe the opportunity to watch football’s greatest stars in action.
The 2019 edition of the ICC starts on July 16 as Serie A side AS Roma take on Mexican outfit Chivas de Guadalajara in Chicago.
Read on as we provide you with an in-depth guide to the 2019 International Champions Cup.
The competition was the brainchild of Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and Matt Higgins, a former executive with the New York Jets.
It replaced the World Football Challenge, which had mostly featured an even mix of European and American-based sides.
The ICC has achieved some notable landmarks during its existence, including setting the all-time record for attendance at a soccer game in the United States in 2014.
A match between Manchester United and Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium attracted 109,318 spectators – a record that still stands today.
In 2017, Barcelona and Madrid played in the second El Clasico ever held outside of Spain, with Barca winning 3-2.
The 2018 edition was the first to run to a worldwide format, with Tottenham Hotspur finishing top of the standings ahead of Borussia Dortmund.
There will be 16 venues for the 2019 International Champions Cup spread across the United States, Europe and Asia.
The MetLife Stadium in New York has the biggest capacity of the US venues, with the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets able to hold 82,500 people.
Kansas City, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles are amongst the other US locations set to host ICC games this summer.
Cardiff’s Principality Stadium will stage the first ever ICC fixture to take place in Wales when Man Utd go head-to-head with AC Milan on August 3.
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Stockholm’s Friends Arena and two venues in Asia complete the line-up.
A total of 12 teams will participate in the tournament from England, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Mexico and Spain. The competition is a single table format guaranteeing each team three games.
Teams receive three points for a win, two for a penalty shoot-out win, one point for a shoot-out defeat and zero points for a loss. If a match is tied at the end of normal time, it will be decided by a penalty shoot-out in accordance with FIFA rules.
The match schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, July 16
AS Roma vs Chivas de Guadalajara – Chicago, SeatGeek Stadium
Wednesday, July 17
Arsenal vs FC Bayern – Los Angeles, Dignity Health Sports Park
Saturday, July 20
Manchester United vs Inter – Singapore, National Stadium
Arsenal vs AS Roma – Charlotte, Bank of America Stadium
FC Bayern vs Real Madrid – Houston, NRG Stadium
Benfica vs Chivas de Guadalajara – Bay Area, Levi’s® Stadium
Sunday, July 21
Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur – Singapore, National Stadium
Tuesday, July 23
Real Madrid vs Arsenal – Washington, D.C, FedEx Field
FC Bayern vs AC Milan – Kansas City, Arrowhead Stadium
Chivas de Guadalajara vs Atletico Madrid – Arlington, Texas, Globe Life Park in Arlington
Wednesday, July 24
Juventus vs Inter – Nanjing, Nanjing Olympic Sports Complex
AS Roma vs Benfica – New York, Red Bull Arena
Thursday, July 25
Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United – Shanghai, Hongkou Football Stadium
Friday, July 26
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid – New York, MetLife Stadium
Sunday, July 28
AC Milan vs Benfica – Boston, Gillette Stadium
Saturday, August 3
Manchester United vs AC Milan – Cardiff, Principality Stadium
Sunday, August 4
Tottenham Hotspur vs Inter – London, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Saturday, August 10
Atletico Madrid vs Juventus – Stockholm, Friends Arena
Many broadcasters around the world will offer live online screening of games throughout the International Champions Cup.
In the United Kingdom, Man Utd games will be shown only on MUTV while the rest will be aired by FreeSports TV and Premier Sports.
ESPN holds exclusive multi-platform broadcast rights in the United States, with the networking covering the entire tournament on its portfolio of channels on television, online, radio as well as its app.
The ICC has historically attracted numerous high-profile sponsors including Coca-Cola, TAG Heuer, Gatorade, Nike, Vivid Seats, Xyience energy drink, Groupon, Thomas Cook Sport and Heineken.
The Madrid derby between Real and Atletico will be played outside of Europe for the first time ever as part of this year’s competition.
The match, scheduled for July 26 at the MetLife Stadium, is just one of many top-class fixtures taking place during the 2019 ICC.
Juventus versus Spurs in Singapore on July 21 will certainly be one to watch, while Arsenal’s clash with Real Madrid in Washington could be a cracker.
Spurs will get the chance to make a statement against one of their Premier League rivals when they meet Man Utd in Shanghai on July 25.
United’s game against AC Milan should draw a massive crowd to Cardiff on August 3, while Spurs’ meeting with Inter on home soil the following day is likely to be an entertaining encounter.
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Tottenham fans would hate Ronaldo de Lima's Champions League final prediction

Tottenham fans would hate Ronaldo de Lima's Champions League final prediction – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to secure their first ever Champions League trophy when they face Liverpool on Saturday.
The Reds are aiming for a sixth title, and after coming close last term only to lose 3-1 to Real Madrid in the final, Jurgen Klopp’s men will fancy their chances this time around.
Liverpool lost out on the Premier League title to Manchester City by just a single point, and that should provide extra motivation against Spurs.
However, the North Londoners can’t be underestimated given their achievements in recent seasons, and despite losing both home and away to the Anfield outfit in the league, Saturday’s clash is a different ball game entirely.
The predictions for the final continue to pour in, and former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo de Lima has weighed in with his.
Spurs fans won’t like it.

🇧🇷🔥 @Ronaldo is backing @liverpoolfc 🔴
Agree? 🤔🤔🤔#UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/4jGZA6DRiz
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 30, 2019

It’s Tottenham’s best chance to do the impossible after last winning a silverware in 2008, and manager Mauricio Pochettino will be pulling out all the stops tactically to pip Klopp to the prize.
The all-English final will most likely live up to the expectations, and it will be interesting to see how it goes down.
Spurs are the underdogs heading into the clash, but Liverpool will know they can’t afford to belittle them.
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Report: Leeds eye move for 23-year-old forward, club ready to offload

Report: Leeds eye move for 23-year-old forward, club ready to offload – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Southampton striker Sam Gallagher has made only 23 appearances for the Saints in all competitions since breaking into the senior team in 2013.
He has spent loan spells at MK Dons, Blackburn Rovers, and Birmingham City, and now looks almost certain to leave the club permanently this summer.
The 23-year-old doesn’t seem to be a part of Ralph Hasenhüttl’s future plans, and a move away from the club is the more likely outcome.
It is at Rovers that he made a strong impact, scoring 12 goals in 47 games, and it is no surprise that Blackburn are once again vying for his signature.
However, they could be joined by Leeds who will spend the upcoming season in the Championship after narrowly missing out on promotion.
Marcelo Bielsa will be looking to bolster his strike department and the Whites could make a move for the Southampton striker.
Although Gallagher is not the type of signing that should exude confidence among the fans, he is still a gamble worth taking, given his age, experience, and quality.
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Report: Celtic in the hunt to sign in-demand defender, player out of contract this summer

Report: Celtic in the hunt to sign in-demand defender, player out of contract this summer – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Scottish champions Celtic are reportedly showing interest in signing the highly rated Ipswich right-back Dylan Crowe in the summer transfer window.
According to reports from The Mail, the versatile 18-year-old has been targeted by Huddersfield Town and Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig.
Ipswich have turned down a £300,000 bid from Huddersfield, as they are holding out for a £500,000 compensation fee for the teenager who is out of contract this summer.
The right-back has also attracted interest from Manchester United and Arsenal. Surely, he has the ability and talent to play for a big club.
Celtic will be looking to bolster their defence this summer and the right-back is one area where investment is required.
Both Mikael Lustig and Cristian Gamboa are out of contract, while Jeremy Toljan will return to Borussia Dortmund after his loan spell. Thus, the Bhoys are crying out for a right-back this summer, and it comes as no surprise that they are linked with Crowe.
While Crowe has the potential to develop into a fine defender but whether he is ready to play regularly for a big club like Celtic remains to be seen.
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Alexander-Arnold reveals the Liverpool star that helps new signings to settle in

Alexander-Arnold reveals the Liverpool star that helps new signings to settle in – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Liverpool are 90 minutes away from being crowned European Champions for the season, and securing the trophy at the expense of Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday will make up for the disappointment of narrowly losing the Premier League title to Manchester City.
Manager Jurgen Klopp’s squad remains one of the best on the continent, and the quality of its depth was highlighted during the 4-0 semi-final win over Barcelona at Anfield.
Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were both out injured, while Andrew Robertson was withdrawn after half-time.
Nevertheless, the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Divock Origi stepped up, while Brazilian midfielder Fabinho ran the show in the middle of the park.
The 25-year-old struggled during the first-half of the season after arriving from AS Monaco last summer, but has since established himself as a key player for Liverpool.
Adapting to a new league and dressing room takes time for new players, and Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed that Wijnaldum helps a lot of the new signings to settle in.
“Gini is the joker in the dressing room. He’s someone who is loud but not too loud,” the right-back told ECHO.
“He’s always really focused on the training pitch but off it he’s laid-back, relaxed and likes to joke around. He speaks with everyone in the team.
“Whoever walks into the changies, Gini will always be there to have banter with them and to make life easier for them. I’d say he’s someone who has helped a lot of the new signings to settle in.”
The Dutch has been an important player since moving to Anfield from Newcastle United in the summer of 2016, and his influence in the dressing room will continue to help incoming players adapt quickly to their new surrounding.
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Opinion: Defender leaving Swansea this summer, could solve Rangers’ left-back crisis

Opinion: Defender leaving Swansea this summer, could solve Rangers’ left-back crisis – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Rangers may need a new left-back this summer, with Lee Wallace leaving at the end of his contract and Borna Barisic having an uncertain future. Andy Halliday and Gareth McAuley have operated at left-back in makeshift roles, but the pair aren’t naturals in the position which could lead to at least one player being brought in the opposite direction.
If Rangers want an experienced left-back who won’t break the bank, they should consider Martin Olsson. The Swedish international is out of contract this summer and will leave Swansea City in the coming weeks. Since joining the Swans from Norwich City, Olsson has gone on to make 75 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating four goals.
Olsson was a regular for Swansea until he ruptured his achilles in December 2018. The former Blackburn Rovers man didn’t play for City again and will have to recover to put himself in the shop window for a new club over the summer. Rangers need a reliable left-back and have the opportunity to sign a player with Premier League and brief Europa League experience.
Rangers won’t need to pay a transfer fee required, they’ll just have to agree personal terms with Olsson if he’s interested in a move to Scotland.
Stats from Transfermarkt.
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Champions League Final: Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview, Team News & Live Coverage

Champions League Final: Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview, Team News & Live Coverage – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Liverpool vs Tottenham HotspurChampions League Final 2018/19Venue: Wanda Metropolitano, MadridDate: Saturday, June 1, 2019Kick-off time: 8:00pm GMT
The 2018/19 Champions League Final will be an English lockout as Liverpool face Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on June 1.
Both sides will be eager to end the season on a high note after failing to pick up any silverware during the current campaign.
The two teams mounted stunning comebacks to reach the final, each recovering from three goals down to win their respective last four ties.
Liverpool were 3-0 down after their first leg of their semi-final against Barcelona, but a 4-0 victory in the reverse fixture kept them in with a chance of a sixth Champions League success.
Spurs’ fightback was perhaps even more remarkable, particularly with Ajax holding a three-goal advantage after 35 minutes of the second leg of their tie.
However, Lucas Moura’s second half hat-trick sent the London club through on away goals to their first ever Champions League Final.
Liverpool’s only long-term absentee heading into the game is Naby Keita, while Harry Kane is Spurs’ major injury concern.
There have been six previous Champions League finals between clubs from the same country, all since 2000.
Real Madrid triumphed in all-Spanish affairs in against Valencia (2000) and Atletico Madrid (2014 & 2016), while AC Milan beat fellow Italian side Juventus on penalties in 2003.
Bayern Munich overcame Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 all-German final and Manchester United beat Chelsea 6-5 on penalties in the only previous all-English final back in 2008.
The two sides have met just only once previously in European competitions in the semi-finals of the 1972/73 UEFA Cup.
Liverpool progressed to the final on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw and went on to claim the trophy by beating Borussia Monchengladbach.
The only previous final meeting between the two sides came in the 1982 League Cup at Wembley, when Liverpool came from behind to win 3-1 after extra-time.
The Reds have dominated Spurs in recent times, losing just one of their last 14 meetings in all competitions.
They completed the double over Spurs during the Premier League season and are understandably favourites to win the Champions League.
However, it would be foolish to write off Spurs’ chances and it would be no surprise to see them take the game to a penalty shoot-out.
Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur predicted starting line-ups:
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Milner, Mane, Firmino, Salah.
Tottenham: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Sissoko, Dele, Eriksen, Son, Lucas.
Follow our live blog on Saturday for updates throughout the match.

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'What a singing this would be': Some Celtic fans react after knowing who Lennon wants this summer

'What a singing this would be': Some Celtic fans react after knowing who Lennon wants this summer – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Celtic fans have taken to social networking site Twitter to express their reaction after reports broke out that the Bhoys are interested in signing Cristhian Stuani this summer.
According to the Mexican website Radio Formula, the Scottish champions are exploring the possibility of signing Stuani in the summer transfer window.
The 48-cap Uruguay international enjoyed a superb 2018-19 campaign, scoring 19 goals in La Liga. However, he is almost certain to leave the club following Girona’s relegation.
The report claims that the Bhoys are interested in signing the 32-year-old striker who is also wanted by Championship outfit Nottingham Forest and La Liga champions Barcelona.
Stuani would cost in the region of £6-£7m, and many Celtic fans feel that he would be a fantastic signing for the club. He is a proven goalscorer and will bring a wealth of experience to the side.
Neil Lennon should be looking to bolster his strike department in the summer, and Stuani will provide depth and quality to the squad.
Here are some of the best reactions from the Celtic fans on Twitter:

What a singing this would be
— Ben (@bnmknz) May 29, 2019

That would be a cracking signing!!
— keith finn (@ikeitho1888) May 29, 2019

33 no thanks
— Nick Checketts 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇪🇺 (@CheckettsDJ) May 29, 2019

Can he share a cab with Roberts?
— Paul J. Laverty (@pauljlaverty) May 29, 2019

had a cracking season tae after being alex totten at boro just shows u should never write a player off
— 🇮🇪Paul🍻 (@snidey_bhoy) May 29, 2019

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Report: Gerrard hopeful of signing in-demand winger for Rangers…but there's a catch

Report: Gerrard hopeful of signing in-demand winger for Rangers…but there's a catch – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Glasgow Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is still hopeful of bringing Ryan Kent to Ibrox this summer, according to reports from the Daily Record.
The 22-year-old impressed heavily under Gerrard during his loan spell last season. The Gers are looking to sign him again on loan, but they may not succeed in doing so.
The report claims that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to take a close look at Kent during his club’s pre-season schedule. He has received glowing reports on Kent’s performance at Rangers and wants to have a look at him before making a decision.
Kent won Scotland’s young player of the year award last season, and Gerrard remains hopeful of signing him for another season, albeit temporarily.
The Sun earlier this week reported that Aston Villa, who will play in the Premier League next season, are keen to purchase Kent in a £10m deal.
The Liverpool legend has already stated his case to the Anfield hierarchy, and as it stands, Kent’s future largely depends on how Klopp perceives him.
Rangers are also hoping to secure a loan deal for England Under-21 international Sheyi Ojo. While Klopp is open to letting Ojo leave, he is more reluctant to make any quick decision over Kent’s future.
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Villa fans will absolutely love latest Sky Sports transfer update about £25m Spurs target

Villa fans will absolutely love latest Sky Sports transfer update about £25m Spurs target – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham Hotspur made as many as three bids of up to £25m to sign Jack Grealish during the January transfer window, but Villa managed to keep hold of their star player.
He has been repeatedly linked with a move to Spurs post-January, and it has been reported many times that the north London club would be looking to sign him in the summer transfer window.
However, Spurs will have to look for options elsewhere, as latest reports from Sky Sports claim that Grealish will turn down any further advances from Tottenham this summer.
Villa have secured promotion to the Premier League next season, and Grealish, a lifelong Villa fan who joined the club aged six, wants to stay at Villa Park.
The report claims that he has said he wants to be a focal point of their return to the Premier League.
Grealish signed a new five-year deal to stay at Villa Park last September. The news will come as a huge boost for the Villa fans, and they can now look forward to an excellent summer transfer window.
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