Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, announced today that Scottish Premiership champions Celtic F.C. will take on Italian powerhouse F.C. Internazionale on Saturday, August 13 at Thomond Park in Limerick, Ireland as part of the 2016 International Champions Cup. The match will kickoff at 5 p.m. local time.
The 26,000 capacity Thomond Park is the home of Limerick’s top rugby club, Munster and has previously hosted international soccer matches, featuring the Republic of Ireland and Manchester City.
Tickets will go on sale in early July and more information will be released shortly.
“This first-class matchup at Thomond Park is an exciting addition to this year’s International Champions Cup roster of matches,” said Charlie Stillitano, Chairman of Relevent Sports. “In our first year expanding to Ireland, we are thrilled to be showcasing top-tier global matchups that are made possible by introducing the International Champions Cup format. Scottish champions Celtic F.C. will take on F.C. Internazionale for a unique competition in front of Ireland’s great soccer fans.”
Founded in 1888, Celtic F.C. is widely recognized as one of Scottish football’s most famous clubs. The Celts have a longstanding and famed history, having just claimed their 47th Scottish League Championships to go along with 36 Scottish Cups and 15 League Cups. Their Old Firm Derby with Rangers F.C. is regarded as one of the sport’s most storied rivalries. Celtic is also known to have one of the most passionate and wide-reaching fanbases within the professional sport. Playing in Celtic Park, or more commonly known to Celtic fans as “Paradise”, Celtic F.C. is led by new manager Brendan Rodgers and the 2015-2016 Scottish Premier League’s leading goalscorer, Leigh Griffiths. For more information on Celtic F.C., visit www.celticfc.net.
F.C. Internazionale Milano, popularly known as Inter, is one of the most famous clubs in world football. Since its foundation in 1908, it has always played in Serie A and has captured 18 Serie A titles, three European Cups/UEFA Champions League, two Intercontinental Cups, One FIFA Club World Cup, three UEFA Cups, seven Italian Cups and five Italian Super Cups. In late 2013, Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir became the majority shareholder of the club. Thohir also owns Major League Soccer club D.C. United. The club is currently managed by Roberto Mancini, who returned in November of 2014 for his second stint as club manager. The roster is led by their exciting Argentine captain and leading goal scorer Mauro Icardi along with his countryman Rodrigo Palacio and Croatian national Ivan Perišić. For more information on Inter, please visit www.inter.it.
The 2016 International Champions Cup will run from July 23 – August 13. Each team will play three contests and the club with the most points at the end of the tournament will be crowned champion. Each win in regulation will result in three points and a tie will go straight to a shootout; the winning team in a shootout will receive two points and the losing team will receive one.
In 2016, the International Champions Cup will once again be played across the globe, including standalone tournaments in both China and Australia. Clubs participating in the Australia are Juventus F.C., Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Atletico de Madrid and Melbourne Victory F.C. Competing in China will be Manchester United and Manchester City, playing the first Manchester derby to be held outside of England, as well as Borussia Dortmund.