What is the International Champions Cup? We explain.


Posted: July 27, 2016

Updated: October 6, 2017

It’s the only way we can see big teams this summer, but many people will be asking… What is the International Champions Cup?

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What is the International Champions Cup and does it matter?

Well, when it comes to quality football… it doesn’t really matter. It’s a great opportunity to make money betting. But you probably won’t make as much money as the clubs who take part. Pre-Season is one big marketing opportunity, and the International Champions Cup is a tournament shaped around money making. The participating clubs would be touring potentially profitable areas anyway, and this tournament gives the illusion of legitimacy. However, there is still a lot of great footballers on show.

The tournament began in 2013, and is the successor to the World Football Challenge which occurred in 2009, 2011, and 2012. That format featured more American sides, whereas the International Champions Cup is filled with more star names. While US-based teams have competed in the ICC, none participate in this year’s edition. In fact, the only non-European team is Melbourne Victory. In 2014

How does the International Champion’s Cup work?

The unique thing about the International Champions Cup is that is now takes place on four continents, and is essentially three different competitions. Four teams play in Australia, three in China, and ten in the area known as the “United States and Europe”. The tournament features all the biggest names in European football, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich. Less prestigious teams involved include Celtic, champions of Scotland, and Leicester, who of course won the premier league last season.

One of the showpiece matches, the Manchester derby, was due to take place in Beijing but was called off, much to the disappointment of those who had bet on the result atonline sportsbooks in China. However, there is still many matches to be played; the tournament continues until 13th August.

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