The US has not been a football loving country over the years and over the years there have been plenty of events in the country to increase the reach of the sport within the country.
As a part of this fight, eight teams will travel to the states this summer to participate in the International Champions Cup 2016 to be held in North America.
The ICC tournament began in 2013 and will enter its 4th year this campaign. It is played over China, Australia and Europe with up to 17 teams taking part in these competitions.
Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Bayern Munich are the teams from Europe who will travel to the US for this competition while Leicester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are the clubs from England who will make the trip.
Celtic and Barcelona are the two other clubs that are a part of this North American wing of the competitions but both the clubs are not scheduled to leave Europe and play most of the games in the UK.
The competition is set to start in North America from July 23rd and will run through late August all over Europe.
The schedule was released earlier today at a press conference in New York and with the quality of the teams involved, there are a lot of sizzling fixtures to look forward to.
Here is the fixture list in the whole for the International Champions Cup 2016:
Celtic vs. Leicester City – Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland: July 23
Inter Milan vs. Paris Saint-Germain – Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon: July 24
Real Madrid vs. Paris Saint-Germain – Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio: July 27
Bayern Munich vs. AC Milan – Solider Field, Chicago, Illinois: July 27
Chelsea vs. Liverpool – Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California: July 27
AC Milan vs. Liverpool – Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California: July 30
Real Madrid vs. Chelsea – Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan: July 30
Inter Milan vs. Bayern Munich – Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC: July 30
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Leicester City – Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Los Angeles, CA: July 30
Celtic vs. Barcelona – Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland: July 30
Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid – MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ: Aug. 3
AC Milan vs. Chelsea – U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN: Aug. 3
Barcelona vs. Leicester City – Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden: Aug. 3
Liverpool vs. Barcelona – European venue TBA: Aug. 6
Inter Milan vs. Celtic – European venue TBA: Aug. 13
Though big stars might not play too huge a role in these competitions, when such big names are involved, it rarely remains a friendly tournament and will surely bring the best out of every team.
Which game do you think is the best in the fixtures above?