Gophers to Host International Soccer Match
Feb. 20, 2014
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MANCHESTER CITY AND OLYMPIACOS TO MEET SATURDAY AUGUST 2 AT TCF BANK STADIUM AS PART OF GUINNESS INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP
Match Set for 2 p.m. CDT Kickoff on Fox Sports 2. Exclusive VIP Pre-Sale Begins Today, February 20 at 12PM CST.
MINNEAPOLIS (February 20, 2014) – Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, today announced that top international clubs Manchester City and Olympiacos will face off at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, August 2 as part of the Guinness International Champions Cup. Kickoff for the contest, which will be broadcast internationally on Fox Sports 2, is set for 2 p.m. CDT.
“The University of Minnesota and its Athletic Department are proud to be a part of such a prestigious series and to host two of the most famous clubs in the world,” said University of Minnesota Director of Athletics Norwood Teague. “TCF Bank Stadium has hosted some of the most exciting events in recent Twin Cities history and we look forward to welcoming another memorable event.”
Exclusive presale tickets for the Manchester City v. Olympiacos contest will be available beginning today, February 20 at 12 p.m. CST. General public will have access to tickets beginning February 22 at 10 a.m. CST. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster and in person at the TCF Bank Stadium Box Office. Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to purchase an Ultimate Fan Pack which includes one supporters section ticket, team gear and priority access to select team training. Also available are VIP Team Travel Packs that allow fans to experience the games alongside their favorite teams, providing VIP tickets, charter travel and world-class accommodations to all of their teams’ Guinness International Champions Cup games. All tickets and packages are available at www.internationalchampionscup.com.
The Guinness International Champions Cup is a unique tournament featuring eight of the world’s best and most recognizable soccer clubs: Real Madrid CF, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool FC, AS Roma, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Olympiacos. Twelve round robin contests will be hosted across the United States with matches in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Charlotte, Denver, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Dallas and one additional city from July 24-August 2. The tournament will crown an overall champion Monday, August 4 at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium. For more information on the full Guinness International Champions Cup, including the tournament bracket and team information, visit www.internationalchampionscup.com.
“TCF Bank Stadium is one of the most aesthetically pleasing venues in the United States and we’re honored to host the first international soccer games there,” said Relevent Sports Chief Executive Officer Charlie Stillitano. “What better welcome for Minnesotans than to see Manchester City and Olympiacos play on their own home field. We know the Gophers and the Minnesota soccer community has been waiting years to see a game of this caliber played in their backyard.”
Founded in 1880, Manchester City has become one of the world’s top clubs after being purchased in 2008 by the Abu Dhabi United Group. The club went on to qualify for the UEFA Champions League in 2012 and win the FA Cup the same year. A year later, the “Citizens” won the Premier League, its first league title in 44 years.
The club is coached by Chilean Manuel Pellegrini and features stars such as Belgian defender Vincent Kompany and Argentine goalscorer Sergio Aguero, creative Spanish midfielder David Silva and three-time defending African Player of the Year, Yaya Toure.
“I’m really looking forward to the Olympiakos game in Minneapolis. I love visiting the USA, and I know the players are all looking forward to playing in Minneapolis for the first time. TCF Bank Stadium looks an unbelievable venue, and it will be fantastic to show our skills for our fans out there. The fans are in for a great occasion, and we look forward to seeing as many of them as possible in Minneapolis,” said Manchester City and England goalkeeper, Joe Hart.
One of the most successful teams in all of Europe, Olympiacos has won a total of 40 league titles, 26 Greek Cup titles and four Greek Super Cups. The club recently reached the Round of 16 of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League where it will face Manchester United.
Coached by Michel, Spain National Team and Real Madrid legend, the club’s diverse roster includes former Barcelona striker Javier Saviola, Greek defender Aavram Papadopolous and Paraguayn striker Nelson Haedo Valdez.
“Εven the name of the city is intriguing. Minneapolis; a complex word deriving from MIN, which means water and from the Greek word POLIS, which stands for city. It is therefore in the water city, where Olympiacos will face the great Manchester City. We promise to honor all football fans who will come to the TCF Bank Stadium and celebrate with us during this great match. We are really looking forward to it,” said Olympiacos FC head coach and Real Madrid legend, Michel.
Further details about the Guinness International Champions Cup can be found at www.internationalchampionscup.com. Teams required to qualify for 2014-15 international competition based on 2013-14 domestic league finishing position may be subject to change.
About Relevent Sports
Relevent Sports brings the excitement and intensity of international soccer to the United States by showcasing the best clubs in the world through premier tournaments and events. Going beyond the game, Relevent provides an innovative approach to building international soccer presence by utilizing brand development, grassroots planning, corporate sponsors, international touring and philanthropic initiatives for the soccer organizations.
About RSE Ventures
Founded in 2012 by Stephen M. Ross and Matt Higgins, RSE Ventures operates in four interrelated verticals: Sports, Entertainment, Digital, and New Ventures. The company’s growing roster of companies, venues and events includes the NFL's Miami Dolphins, Sun Life Stadium, Relevent Sports and Insignia Sports & Entertainment
About TCF Bank Stadium
TCF Bank Stadium, on the Twin Cities Campus of the University of Minnesota, opened in 2009 and since that time has hosted NCAA and NFL football games, major concerts, outdoor hockey games and other memorable events. With a seating capacity of more than 50,000, the open-air stadium and its indoor facilities host more than 300 events each year.