Guinness International Champions Cup
The International Champions Cup in America marks the first competitive tournament in which Chelsea will be participating after the recently concluded EPL 2012-13 campaign and the triumphant Europa League.
The tournament begins on July 27 and will take place in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, Indianapolis and New York. All eight teams will play in Miami's Sun Life Stadium.
The International Champions Cup which starts on July 27th includes eight teams split in two groups with AC Milan, Inter and Valencia the other teams on our East side of the draw, and Real Madrid, Juventus, LA Galaxy and Everton making up the West side.
This will also mark the first competitive outing for Chelsea players but most importantly it will mark the entry of the new manager at Chelsea Football Club. Jose Mourinho seems to be the answer here and its all over the media that he is the Chosen One for Chelsea but for now its only to speculate until officially confirmed. But if he truly comes on board (announcement of which is expected in the next few days) then it will mark a return to Jose Mourinho to his formerly managed clubs Real Madrid and Inter Milan.
Everton will be the second English team in this competition, again a club who is still to announce their manager for upcoming season. Similar to Chelsea, Martinez (ex-Wigan manager) seems to the hot favorite to take this job but nothing is official yet. Inter, AC Milan and Juventus are the three Italian sides participating in this competition, with Inter and AC Milan in same group as Chelsea. LA Galaxy will be the sole MLS side representing American contingent in the International Champions Cup. The last two teams include Real Madrid and Valencia who will be playing their last domestic matches today on 1st June, which will conclude the 2012-13 La Liga campaign for both teams. It will also mark the last game in-charge for Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.
Chelsea finished the season on a strong note by winning the Europa League in an emphatic manner and also sealing third spot in the English Premier League table thereby confirming automatic qualification in next season's Champions League.
It marked an end for Rafa Benitez who left Chelsea on a very good note and later joined Italian team Napoli. Benitez who was rumored to take on Everton as his managerial club decided to join Italian side Napoli where his first task will be to keep hold of Italian striker Cavani who seems bound to Manchester City.
On behalf of majority of the Chelsea fans worldwide, we would like to THANK Benitez for his valuable contribution and CONGRATULATE him for his new venture at Napoli.
Everton finished sixth in the Premier League and had to part ways with longtime Manager David Moyes who has recently joined Manchester United. David Moyes spent 10 years at the Toffes before his move to Manchester this season following Alex Ferguson's retirement. Just like Benitez, the first task at hand for Moyes will be keep hold of Rooney who has already handed over a transfer request and is on the wish list of Real Madrid, PSG and Chelsea.
Chelsea's participation in the Guinness International Champions Cup in America will begin when we meet Inter Milan at Indianapolis's Lucas Oil Stadium on August 1.
On August 4, we will travel to the MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants to meet either AC Milan or Valencia. Valencia, Milan, Chelsea and Inter will play the tournament's "eastern" semifinals at MetLife Stadium in New York on 4 August; Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, Everton and Juventus will contest the "western" semifinals at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on 3rd August.
All eight teams then descend on Miami, Florida, and the Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, for a two-day final festival. From August 6-7, four matches will be played where each first, second, third and fourth-placed team meet their corresponding opponents from the opposite group, with the finalists meeting at 9pm on Wednesday, August 7.
Guinness International Champions Cup Schedule
July 27 - Valencia v AC Milan - Mestalla Stadium, Valencia
July 31 - Everton v Juventus - AT&T Park, San Francisco
August 1 - Chelsea v Inter - Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis (8pm)
August 1 - Real Madrid v LA Galaxy, University of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix
August 3 - West side semis - Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
August 4 - East side semis - MetLife Stadium, New Jersey
August 6 - 7th place and 5th place matches - Sun Life Stadium, Miami
August 7 - 3rd place and 1st place matches - Sun Life Stadium, Miami
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