Lincoln Financial Field will host a big-time soccer exhibition this summer, as Italy’s Juventus faces Germany’s Bayern Munich on July 25 in a matchup of soccer superpowers. The game is part of the International Champions Cup, the annual exhibition tournament that brings top European clubs to American shores.
It’s the first time since 2014 that the ICC has come to town. The game should be one of the tournament’s better matchups. Bayern has won five European Cups, and clinched its 28th German Bundesliga championship last weekend — with five games to spare in the season. Juventus has won the European Cup twice and Italy’s Serie A 33 times, and is in first place this season with seven games to go.
As for which star players will come to town, it’s tough to tell right now. Some big names will get well-deserved time off after the World Cup, and the longer a team plays in Russia, the more likely it is that rest will extend into late July. If Argentina makes a deep run, Juventus’ Gonzalo Higuaín and Paulo Dybala might not come here. If Germany does so (and they’re expected to), Bayern’s Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer might stay home.
Other players might get traded away, such as Bayern’s scoring machine Robert Lewandowski. And arguably the biggest star on either team, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, might retire when the season ends next month.
But the rest of Juve’s Italian contingent should be here, since the Azzurri didn’t qualify for the World Cup. That includes midfielder Claudio Marchisio and defender Giorgio Chiellini. Bayern should have midfield commander Arturo Vidal, since Chile won’t be in Russia. It would be Vidal’s second visit to Philadelphia, following the 2016 Copa América Centenario.
Lincoln Financial Field is one of 14 U.S. venues hosting ICC games this summer. Others close to Philadelphia include MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.; Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.; FedEx Field in Landover, Md.; and Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Heinz Field welcomes Hershey native Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund for a game against Benfica that’s also on July 25. Dortmund will likely feel right at home in the Steelers’ black-and-gold surroundings.
It’s a shame that Pennsylvania soccer fans have to choose between Pulisic and Juventus-Bayern, but the choice is even tougher than that. MetLife Stadium hosts Manchester City vs. Liverpool on the same night.
MetLife Stadium also gets Real Madrid vs. AS Roma on August 7. Red Bull Arena hosts Benfica-Juventus on July 28. FedEx Field hosts Real Madrid-Juventus on August 4.
In addition to the many games in the United States, there will be others played in Europe and Asia.
This year’s ICC includes a first-ever women’s tournament, with participating teams including Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and the NWSL’s North Carolina Courage. There will be two semifinals, a third place game and a final, with all four games to be played at Hard Rock Stadium outside Miami.
2018 International Champions Cup schedule
In addition to listed television coverage, all games are streamed live in English and Spanish on ESPN’s website and apps. All times below are Eastern.
Friday, July 20
2 p.m.: Sevilla vs. Benfica at Letzigrund, Zurich, Switzerland (ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes)
9 p.m.: Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund at Solder Field, Chicago, Ill. (ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes)
Sunday, July 22
4 p.m.: Liverpool vs. Borussia Dortmund at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C. (ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
Wednesday, July 25
7 p.m.: Juventus vs. Bayern Munich at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa. (ESPNU)
8 p.m.: Borussia Dortmund vs. Benfica at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa. (ESPNews)
8 p.m.: Manchester City vs. Liverpool at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)
10 p.m.: AS Roma vs. Tottenham Hotspur at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium, San Diego, Calif. (ESPN2)
11 p.m.: AC Milan vs. Manchester United at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)
Thursday, July 26
7:30 a.m.: Atlético Madrid vs. Arsenal at National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore (ESPNU, ESPN Deportes)
Saturday, July 28
7:30 a.m.: Arsenal vs. Paris-Saint Germain at National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)
11 a.m.: Chelsea vs. Sevilla at PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)
1 p.m.: Benfica vs. Juventus at Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J. (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)
5 p.m.: Manchester United vs. Liverpool at Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich. (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)
7 p.m.: Bayern Munich vs. Manchester City at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla. (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)
11 p.m.: Barcelona vs. Tottenham Hotspur at the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)
Sunday, July 29
9 p.m.: Women’s ICC Final at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla. (ESPN2)
Monday, July 30
7:30 a.m.: Paris Saint Germain vs. Atlético Madrid at National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore (ESPNU, ESPN Deportes)
Tuesday, July 31
8 p.m.: Manchester United vs. Real Madrid at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla. (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)
8:30 p.m.: Tottenham Hotspur vs. AC Milan at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn. (ESPNews)
10 p.m.: Barcelona vs. AS Roma at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)
Wednesday, August 1
2 p.m.: Chelsea vs. Inter Milan at Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg, Sweden (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)
Saturday, August 4
2 p.m.: Arsenal vs. Chelsea at Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)
6 p.m.: Real Madrid vs. Juventus at FedEx Field, Landover, Md. (ESPNews, ESPN Deportes)
8 p.m.: AC Milan vs. Barcelona at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif. (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)
Tuesday, August 7
1 p.m.: Inter Milan vs. Sevilla at Stadio Via del Mare, Lecce, Italy (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes)
8 p.m.: Real Madrid vs. AS Roma at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)
Sunday, August 12
2 p.m.: Atlético Madrid vs. Inter Milan at Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)