The International Champions Cup is back with most of Europe and Mexico’s prominent clubs featuring in the warm-up kind of tournament. The Cup is a pre-season tournament that gives vital insights to how the teams will stack come the regular season.
International Champions Cup: Dates and format
The Champions Cup this year will feature 11 European clubs and one Mexican team. The seventh edition of the International Champions Cup will last from July 16 up till August 10. There’s treat for women soccer fans too with the Women’s 4 team edition beginning from August 15th-18th.
The tournament will have a winner by the end but won’t be a knockout kind of tournament. Every team will play 3 games in the International Champions Cup. The winner will be decided by league style factors.
Goals, number of wins, goal differentials, goals conceded, tiebreakers and fouls committed will all come into play in deciding the winner.
The teams will look at the tournament as a platform to mark their strategies. The fans will also know what to expect from their favourite clubs this season. How will Eden Hazard fare or will Atletico perform well without Griezmann are some of the questions this season?
International Champions Cup 2019 teams
Real Madrid Tottenham Hotspur AC Milan Arsenal Juventus Manchester United Fiorentina Guadalajara Benfica Bayern Munich Atletico Madrid
How to watch
ESPN has the complete rights of this season’s broadcast of the International Champions Cup. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN+ will broadcast the live matches. Other options are listed below and include a free 7-day trial for the first-timers.
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Viewers can catch all the tournament matches live on ESPN+. The charges are nominal at $4.99/month and the app provides a host of other popular sports matches like NHL.
Sling TV is another good choice for regular viewers. Although the cost is much more expensive than ESPN+ but does offer more than just one channel. Sling Orange costs $25/month and includes 3 ESPN channels.
The Sony channel is a good option for PlayStation owners. The Vue is also available on other devices like Android, Chromecast etc. And offers vast variety of channels including FS1 and ESPN1. The cost of this service starts from $45/month
4. Youtube TV
Youtube TV has all ESPN channels and much more. The variety of channels include Special partnership with TNT for Champions League, NBCSN for Premier League etc. The complete package starts from $50.