International Champions Cup comes to Dublin

The 2016 edition of the International Champions Cup was announced today. This will be the tournament’s forth installment and is set to be played in the last week of July and first week of August. Heads have been turned though on these shores though, as Barcelona have been confirmed to take on Celtic at the Aviva Stadium on July 30th.

This is obviously of big interest with the vast numbers of Celtic fans in this country, as well as the colossal worldwide interest that Barcelona bring. All of the online publications screamed that Messi and Neymar are coming to Dublin this afternoon. I would be surprised if Barcelona’s full starting XI feature. I’d be surprised if even Messi, Neymar or Suarez will at all feature. I’d put money on that you’re more likely to see Rafinha, Munir and Sergi Roberto as opposed to MSN. I could be wrong, and hope I am for football fans’ sake in this country. I doubt it however.

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The fixture list in full:

Saturday, 23 July
Celtic v Leicester City, Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland

Sunday, 24 July
Paris Saint-Germain v Inter Milan, Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon

Wednesday, 27 July
Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain, Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Bayern Munich v AC Milan, Soldier Field,  Chicago, Illinois
Liverpool v Chelsea, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

Saturday, 30 July
Celtic v Barcelona, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Chelsea v Real Madrid, TBA, USA venue
Bayern Munich v Inter Milan, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Liverpool v AC Milan, Levi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, California
Paris Saint-Germain v Leicester City, Los Angeles, California. TBA venue

Wednesday, 3 August
Barcelona v Leicester City, Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden
Bayern Munich v Real Madrid, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Chelsea v AC Milan, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saturday, 6 August
Liverpool v Barcelona, TBA European venue (reports suggest that it will be Aviva Stadium)

Saturday, 13 August
Celtic v Inter Milan, TBA European venue

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