This year marks the third year that the International Champions Cup will be held in Singapore, and this year promises an exciting roster of teams. English giants Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, together with the Italian powerhouses Juventus and Inter Milan, all announced their visit to the Lion City.
The matches will be played on the weekend of 20th and 21st July, with Manchester United facing Inter Milan on the first day and Juventus and Tottenham playing each other on the next with both games being played at the Singapore National Stadium in Kallang at 7.30p.m. There will only be two feature games this year as there are four teams visiting this time around.
With no major competitions like the World Cup or Euros happening this summer, fans can expect the teams to bring the majority of their senior squad.
Household names like David De Gea, Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Harry Kane, and Ivan Perisic are all potentially set to feature during the pre-season tournament. However, pre-season is also a time for the teams to experiment with fringe and academy players to get them valuable experience against bigger sides.
Last year’s teams fielded several academy products, most notably Paris St Germain, who only had Gianluigi Buffon and Layvin Kurzawa making appearances.
The tournament also marks the return of Manchester United to Singapore as their last visit was in 2001 when current caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær was still a player. The fan base of the Manchester club is colossal in Singapore, and tickets are bound to be sold out faster than last year.
For the Bianconeri, players like Paulo Dybala are also highly likely to feature as he had previously played in Singapore for Argentina’s national team against the Singapore selection beating them 6-0 back in 2017. The Turin club’s marquee star Ronaldo is also touted to travel with the squad as he has a good relationship with Singaporean tycoon businessman, Peter Lim. The Portuguese made headlines when he visited Lim’s daughter at Thomson Medical Centre after she gave birth.
Tottenham are no strangers to Asia as they have had many pre-season tours in neighboring countries like Malaysia, China and Hong Kong in recent years. But Spurs fans will wait in excitement for their Asian star, Son Heung-min, who might make an appearance seeing that the country is relatively close to his native South Korea.
Inter Milan last made their appearance when the ICC competition made its debut in Singapore back in 2017 when they played with Chelsea and Bayern Munich. Their time in Singapore will be remembered by their former midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia scoring that infamous 40-yard own goal against Chelsea.
Attending the launch event in Singapore on behalf of their former club were Fabrizio Ravanelli, Teddy Sheringham, Dwight Yorke and Francesco Toldo.
The dates of the opening of ticket sales and their prices have yet to be released but according to last year, tickets could be available towards the end of April and can be purchased at the official sports hub website (https://www.sportshub.com.sg/).Leave a comment