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2018 International Champions Cup on ESPN

ESPNESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNU and ESPNEWS will combine to cover the 2018 International Champions Cup (ICC) presented by Heineken July 20-August 12. The series of 27 international club soccer matches between 18 championship teams will be played in eight countries across North America, Europe and Asia over a three-week period.

In addition, ESPN2 and the ESPN App (in Spanish) will televise the first Women’s International Champions Cup Final event on Sunday, July 29, at 9 p.m. ET, from Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. The Women’s ICC Final will culminate a four-match series (semifinals, third-place and final) between four teams.

The ICC begins Friday, July 20 with Spain’s La Liga club Sevilla vs. Portuguese Premeira Liga’s Benfica, live from Letzigrund, Switzerland, at 2 p.m., on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. It concludes on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. with Atletico Madrid hosting Inter Milan at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. The five-year-old international soccer showcase will feature all eight teams – AS Roma, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Sevilla – in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

The 2018 ICC features highly anticipated matchups in international club football. Highlights:

  • Wednesday, July 25 – Manchester City vs. Liverpool FC: A preseason rematch of the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League quarterfinal round matchup between the two teams on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes
  • Saturday, July 28 – Manchester United vs. Liverpool FC (North West Derby): Two of English football’s most successful teams renew their rivalry at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., on ESPN, ESPN Deportes
  • Sun, July 29 – Women’s ICC Final: ESPN2 and the ESPN App (in Spanish) will present the inaugural Women’s ICC Final. Participating teams: Manchester City, Paris St. Germain, National Women’s Soccer League’s North Carolina Courage, and a fourth team to be confirmed
  • Saturday, August 4 – Arsenal vs. Chelsea: London’s two most-successful teams will kickoff the 2018-2019 football season with a pre-season matchup at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes
  • Saturday, August 4 – Real Madrid vs. Juventus: UEFA Champions League titleholders Real Madrid face Juventus, Italian Serie A champions for six straight years, in a rematch of their 2017-2018 Champions League quarterfinal round matchup on ESPNEWS and ESPN Deportes.

This marks the third year in a row ICC matches will be on ESPN, the ICC’s exclusive media partner in the United States. Last year, the company televised 19 matches capped by a special El Clásico Miami  onJuly 29 – the first-ever meeting in North America between Spain’s powerhouse teams Barcelona and Real Madrid.intl champions cup celebration

About Jerry Milani

Jerry Milani is a freelance writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 30 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and now is the PR manager for FAN EXPO, which runs pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America. Milani is also the play-by-play announcer for Caldwell University football and basketball broadcasts. He is a proud graduate of Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.

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