INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP PRESENTED BY HEINEKEN ANNOUNCES MANCHESTER CITY F.C. AND TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR F.C. TO SQUARE OFF ON SATURDAY, JULY 29 AT NISSAN STADIUM
Kickoff set for 5:00PM CT on ESPN2
Additional Matches to Take Place Across the United States Including
New York, San Francisco, Southern California, Miami, Boston,
Washington D.C. and Orlando
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NASHVILLE, TN (March 21, 2017) – Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, today announced that English Premier League powers Manchester City F.C. and Tottenham Hotspur F.C. will face off at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, July 29 as part of the 2017 International Champions Cup presented by Heineken. The match is set to kick off at 5:00PM CT on ESPN2.
The two powerhouse clubs feature some of the top international talent from around the world. Manchester City F.C. features Argentinian superstar Sergio Aguero and Belgian national Kevin De Bruyne while English stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli lead the attack for Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. In addition to competing at the top of their respective league tables this year, both clubs also participated in this year’s UEFA Champions League. This is Tottenham Hotspur F.C.’s first year in the US leg of International Champions Cup and the fourth ICC appearance for Manchester City F.C. who participated in the Australian and Chinese legs of the tournament in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The Club announced their participation in this summer’s event with German midfielder İlkay Gündoğan and Brazilian international Gabriel Jesus making the trip to New York to share the news.
In addition to being the home of the Tennessee Titans, Nissan Stadium has been host to a number of major events including college bowl games, major music concerts and top tier international and club soccer matches. Starting with Nissan Stadium’s inaugural soccer match between the LA Galaxy and Tecos UAG, Nissan Stadium has hosted the men’s and women’s United States national teams and numerous CONCACAF and Olympic qualifying matches. In 2011, Nissan Stadium hosted a between the United States and Paraguay that held the record for the largest attended match in state history until recently topping that record in 2015 with the match between the United States and Guatemala.
Tickets for the Manchester City F.C. v. Tottenham Hotspur F.C. matchup at Nissan Stadium will go on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, April 4. Fans can find all venue-specific and other ticket information at www.internationalchampionscup.com.
“Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are two of the best clubs in English soccer with some of the most exciting competitors in the sport” said Charlie Stillitano, Chairman of Relevent Sports. “Both clubs facing off in a such a unique and exciting city will be a once in a lifetime experience for the clubs and fans alike.”
“Manchester City has a unique bond with the United States and our players and staff are looking forward to visiting this summer and playing in front of our fans,” said Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City F.C.. “The International Champions Cup is a fantastic tournament, and we are delighted to be invited to compete in it once again. We have some great games lined up in some amazing stadiums. We know all about the strength of our English opponents Tottenham, for the game in Nashville.”
“We are delighted to be taking part in the International Champions Cup this summer – a competition that will provide our players with ideal preparation for the season ahead and give our passionate US fanbase a unique chance of seeing the team test themselves against top European opposition in their home country.” said Daniel Levy, Chairman, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
“The International Cup of Champions has been on our radar for a few years and we are thrilled to be hosting a game in this year’s edition of the tournament,” said Titans President & CEO Steve Underwood. “This is yet another step forward for our region as a soccer market. Fans have been able to see some of the best national teams in the world play in Nissan Stadium and now they will have an opportunity to see two of the best club team in the world in Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. We look forward to showing them our southern hospitality, hosting a great game and showing off Nissan Stadium to the international community as a home for world-class soccer.”
“Nashville’s march towards being a premier soccer destination in the Southeast continues with this exciting matchup between two British powerhouses,” said Nashville Mayor Megan Barry. “We are excited to welcome these teams and all of their fans to Nissan Stadium, where I’m sure we’ll show further evidence that Nashville is ready to welcome the USL next year and should be a destination city for the next MLS franchise.”
The 2017 International Champions Cup presented by Heineken will run from July 19 – 30 and feature 12 matches played across 11 cities throughout the United States. In total, eight teams from around the globe, including England (Manchester United F.C., Manchester City F.C., Tottenham Hotspur F.C.), Italy (Juventus F.C., AS Roma), France (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) and Spain (FC Barcelona, Real Madrid C.F.) will compete in this year’s tournament. Each team will play three contests and the club with the most points at the end of the tournament will be crowned champion. Each win in regulation will result in three points and a tie will go straight to a shootout; the winning team in a shootout will receive two points and the losing team will receive one.
Manchester City is an English Premier League club whose roots began in East Manchester in 1880 as St Mark’s West Gorton. It officially became Manchester City F.C. in 1894 and has since then gone on to win the European Cup Winners’ Cup, four League Championship titles, including two Premier League titles, and five FA Cups. Manchester City F.C. is one of four teams comprising the City Football Group and counts New York City FC, Melbourne City FC and Yokohama F-Marinos among its sister clubs.
Under manager Pep Guardiola, one of the most highly decorated managers in world football, the Club plays its domestic and UEFA Champions League home fixtures at the Etihad Stadium, a spectacular 55,000 seat arena that City have called home since 2003. Today, the Stadium sits on the wider Etihad Campus, which also encompasses the City Football Academy, a world-leading first team training and youth development facility located in the heart of East Manchester. Featuring a 7,000 capacity Academy Stadium, the CityFootball Academy is also where Manchester City Women’s Football Club and the Elite Development Squad train on a daily basis and play their competitive home games. For more information, please visit www.mancity.com.
Founded in 1882, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has a tradition of playing an entertaining and attacking style of football. The team finished in the Premier League’s top three in the 2015/2016 season, achieving qualification for the UEFA Champions League, and has a multi-national squad of players. Tottenham Hotspur also has:
- A global following in excess of 400 million, with strong supporter bases across the UK, the USA, China, Asia and Southern Africa, including over 150 Official Supporters Clubs worldwide
- Commercial partnerships with globally-recognised brands including AIA Group Limited (AIA) - one of the world's leading providers of insurance services
- A state-of-the-art training centre with the ongoing construction of a new world class stadium development that will sit at the heart of a major regeneration for North London
- An award winning Foundation that has created 2.75 million opportunities to help enhance the lives of people in its local community through education, employment, health and social inclusion programmes.
For more information on Tottenham Hotspur F.C., please visit www.tottenhamhotspur.com.
For the second consecutive year, Heineken is the presenting sponsor of the 2017 International Champions Cup. In addition to Heineken, the 2017 tournament features a leading line-up of sponsors, including Ally, Nike, Orlando, Chevrolet, AON, Groupon, VividSeats, Gatorade and Xyience. Additional partners will be announced in the coming months. All matches for the International Champions Cup will be carried on ESPN networks including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and streaming network ESPN3, accessible through WatchESPN and the ESPN App.
Fans can follow the ICC on social media at @intchampionscup for exclusive content and announcements, and join the conversation using #2017ICC. Fans can sign up for up news, updates and ticket information at www.internationalchampionscup.com.
About Relevent Sports
Relevent Sports provides an innovative approach to building a soccer presence in the United States and around the globe. Relevent Sports showcases the best match-ups and tournaments in soccer featuring the top clubs, international teams and players. Since 2013, Relevent Sports has organized the International Champions Cup; the premier preseason tournament featuring the top European clubs with matches in North America, Europe and Asia. Utilizing brand development, grassroots planning, corporate sponsors, international touring and philanthropic initiatives, Relevent Sports promotes and grows the love of soccer worldwide.
About the International Champions Cup
The International Champions Cup is the world’s premier summer soccer tournament organized by Relevent Sports, featuring the best clubs from around the world. A staple property of Relevent Sports and RSE Ventures, the International Champions Cup works with leading sponsors such as Heineken, Nike, Orlando, and Ally, among others, to bring the best in soccer to iconic sports venues across North America, Europe and China.
The International Champions Cup has hosted some of the most iconic matchups in the world, including the two most attended soccer matches in U.S. history. First came when Real Madrid C.F. and Manchester United F.C. drew 109,318 fans to Michigan Stadium at the University of Michigan. Real Madrid C.F. returned to the “Big House” to take on Chelsea F.C. in front of 105,826 fans, second all-time, as part of the 2016 tournament. The International Champions Cup also has hosted the most attended soccer matches in Minnesota (64,101 at U.S. Bank Stadium) and Ohio (86,641 at Ohio Stadium) state history. In its four-year history, Real Madrid C.F., Manchester United F.C., Juventus F.C. and Paris Saint-Germain F.C. have all won installments of the tournament.
About RSE Ventures
Founded in 2012 by Stephen M. Ross and Matt Higgins, RSE Ventures is a multi-national sports and entertainment venture firm with a focus on new technologies. RSE builds, owns and operates companies in sports, media, entertainment and technology, including Catalyst Media Group, VaynerMedia, Vayner/RSE, Relevent Sports, Ascendent Sports Group and the International Champions Cup.
About HEINEKEN USA
HEINEKEN USA Inc., the nation's leading upscale beer importer, is a subsidiary of HEINEKEN International NV, the world's most international brewer. European brands imported into the U.S. include Heineken®, the world's most international beer brand, Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders, Amstel Light, and Newcastle Brown Ale. HEINEKEN USA also imports the Dos Equis Franchise, Tecate Franchise, Sol, Indio, Carta Blanca and Bohemia brands from Mexico. For the latest information on our company and brands, follow us on Twitter @HeinekenUSACorp, or visit HEINEKENUSA.com.