RM To Play In New International Champions Cup In US This Summer

15 Apr

real_madrid_logoThanks to watishista P who found this on SI.com today. It’s a piece by Grant Wahl about the new International Champions Cup which will take place this summer in the US.

U.S. will host new International Champions Cup this summer
by Grant Wahl

Real Madrid, Juventus and the Los Angeles Galaxy are three of the eight teams that will take part in the U.S. this summer in the first edition of an annual knockout tournament involving some of the world’s top soccer clubs, SI.com has learned.
The new tournament, which is being called the International Champions Cup, will take place all around the U.S., with the final at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. There will be two groups of four — Eastern and Western groups. The tournament, which has a major title sponsor and a TV deal, will be officially announced on Tuesday in Miami, with figures from several of the participating clubs on hand.

The European teams involved will be in the preseason for their 2013-14 club campaigns.
The ICC marks the first big splash into soccer of Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and his RSE Ventures firm, whose CEO is former New York Jets executive Matt Higgins. In October, they hired Charlie Stillitano and Jon Sheiman from CAA Sports in a deal that included the acquisition of rights to the World Football Challenge, a series of preseason exhibitions with European clubs they had organized in the U.S. in recent years.

The World Football Challenge is now morphing into the International Champions Cup. After several years of one-off summer exhibitions, it will be a change of pace to see top teams in a tournament in which the winner takes home a trophy. In an additional wrinkle, one of this year’s group games will take place in Europe.


– Lozil

12 Responses to “RM To Play In New International Champions Cup In US This Summer”

  1. CinematiqueChic April 15, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Torn about this The chance to see Madrid AND Juve in a competition in the States is pretty awesome. But on the other hand, is this really necessary? Between club and international football there’s no real off season. It’s great for fans but I feel for the players. They’re not machines. It must be exhausting – physically and emotionally – to work at the pace they do.

    • headbandsandheartbreak April 15, 2013 at 11:09 am #

      I said pretty much the same thing. They’re going to be freaking knackered.

    • Mehreh April 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

      not that i really feel BAD for them, but don’t you need like a month or two off to eat a little junk food and veg on the beach? they already have world cup qualifying right after the CL final (hope, hope) and the cdr final. sheeeeeesh!

  2. panama April 15, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    My thoughts exactly. They do deserve (and need) some rest and time off…

  3. mygypsyspirit April 15, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    I think this might come across as really cynical, snide, or mean (perhaps all of the above). But do we get as much time off from our work as these guys get? Probably not, in most cases.
    They train a couple of hours a day and then have the rest of it to do whatever. And I know they all have their obligations with the sponsors and the other things the clubs do.
    They don’t eat healthy all the time either. These guys eat a lot worse than all of us think they do, but they also burn an insane amount of calories too. Except CR. I think he probably just is a machine. He’s like the terminator. But Marcelo eats at Burger King on an almost daily basis.
    I’m not saying they don’t deserve the time off. But I don’t think this will be looked at as a serious tournament. Against Milan last summer Real Madrid wasn’t playing 100% even though they were up by 3 at half time.

    They’ll get a couple of weeks off. And years with international tournaments are always weird anyway. This season is ending so late because it got pushed back because of Euros. They only had a week or two off after World Cup and Euros too.

    They’re not machines (except CR) but heck, who is? And yet all of us (Especially Lozil who I swear needs a clone) do just as much, if not more, than these guys do. And none of us have nannies, maids, or personnel chefs to take care of the stuff we barely have the time to do. So I do feel for them, but I feel for all of us too…

    • mygypsyspirit April 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

      Um… Pretty sure that was my inner marine… Like, “if I don’t get time off then no one does!” haha

    • Mehreh April 15, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

      now i’m picturing CR not sleeping, but resting on a charging dock at night. he plugs in like my ipad. (i also think marcelo indulges in the occasional alcoholic beverage as well, not that there’s anything wrong with that. it’s definitely not as unwise as coentrao’s smoking.)

      • mygypsyspirit April 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

        Pretty much all of the indulge in the alcoholic beverages. Iker takes pics and posts them on Facebook and Instagram. Mahou isn’t chocolate milk… lol

        I know CR doesn’t drink. But I mean… Drunk Xabi anyone? LOL (God I love drunk Xabi. He makes me giggle. Who am I kidding? Xabi just makes me giggle)

        • headbandsandheartbreak April 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

          Drunk!Xabi is the best Xabi. We need to win the CL so we can see some more of that action.

        • Mehreh April 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

          i’m torn between my love for drunk xabi and disdainful xabi when he steps over/pets messi having a fit. eh, drunk xabi wins. esp euro 2012 drunk xabi when he couldn’t even talk. ❤

          • headbandsandheartbreak April 15, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

            And 32nd Liga Xabi, drunkenly slip sliding through people’s legs. Classic.

            • mygypsyspirit April 15, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

              Euro Xabi spilling beer on David Silva. That also wins

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