The international Champion Cup fixtures was released on Tuesday, we anticipate Leicester City’s involvement in European competition and playing against European giants.
Mahrez and Co joins the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Chelsea in an elite group of 10 clubs invited to the pre-season tournament.
What is the International Champions Cup?
It’s a pre-season competition contested across the USA and Europe by some of the biggest clubs in the world since 2013. In 2015, small tournaments in China and Australia was added to the schedule.
So, How does it work?
Each team in the main tournament plays three or four matches in a variety of grounds across the two continents, earning £1million-plus per game. The team with most points are crowned champions.
Who won it in 2015?
Paris Saint-Germain bagged the title after beating Benfica in Toronto, Fiorentina in New Jersey and Manchester United in Chicago, plus a penalty shootout victory over Chelsea in North Carolina. The French side finished level with New York Red Bulls on 10 points, and won the tournament by virtue of goals scored. Real Madrid won both the Chinese and Australian mini-tournaments.
Who’s in it?
The big names in this year’s edition include Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, AC Milan and — for the first time — Leicester.
Full list of fixtures for the International Champions Cup:
Saturday 23rd July – Celtic FC vs Leicester City
Sunday 24th July – Inter Milan v Paris Saint-Germain
Wednesday 27th July – Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain
Bayern Munich v AC Milan Chelsea v Liverpool
Saturday 30th July – Celtic FC v Barcelona AC Milan v Liverpool
Paris Saint-Germain v Leicester City
Wednesday 3rd August- Barcelona v Leicester City
Bayern Munich v Real Madrid
AC Milan v Chelsea
What about teams like Spurs and Manchester City?
Tottenham take part in the Australian edition, facing Juventus and Atletico Madrid in Melbourne in late July. Manchester City are, so far, the only team announced for the Chinese tournament.
And what about Manchester United?
United and German heavyweights Borussia Dortmund are expected to participate in China, with the line-up due to be confirmed this morning.
Leicester Playing Barcelona in Sweden? Why?
Locations are chosen based on interest from the venue and the teams’ touring wishes. Given that Barcelona’s other two fixtures are both in Europe, it would seem the competition’s star attraction were not in favour of travelling to the States. Leicester — who play PSG in Los Angeles just four days earlier — appear to have accommodated the wishes of their more illustrious opponents, and a spokesperson told Sportsmail that Stockholm was deemed a ‘suitable and neutral European venue’.