AEG has unveiled plans for the inaugural Soccer Champions Tour, a club football tournament that will take place at four US stadiums next month.
The tournament will feature Spanish LaLiga clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona, Italian Serie A outfit Juventus, and Mexican Liga MX teams Club América and Club Deportivo Guadalajara.
The first match will take place between Juventus and Guadalajara on July 22 at Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders. The following day, Allegiant Stadium will host the El Clasico match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Oracle Park, home of Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants, will then host Real Madrid vs Club América on July 26, with Barcelona and Juventus facing off at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas on the same day. The tournament will conclude on July 30 at Los Angeles’ Rose Bowl Stadium as Real Madrid takes on Juventus.
The Soccer Champions Tour will mark the first time Barcelona and Real Madrid have played in the US since 2019. Juventus last played in the US in 2018. Tickets for the tournament will go on sale later this week.
Tom Braun, AEG’s senior vice-president of soccer and business operations and business development, said: “AEG is excited to launch this unparalleled soccer tour as five of the most exceptional soccer clubs in the world return to the United States this summer.
“Following several years without seeing some of these teams in the United States, we are thrilled to provide the opportunity for soccer fans in the US to once again watch their favourite European and Mexican clubs play in person.”
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are the three clubs still committed to the European Super League project, which was first proposed last year. Nine other clubs were initially involved but quickly pulled out of the project following widespread criticism from supporters.
The three clubs have previously been involved in the International Champions Cup, a pre-season tournament featuring Europe’s top clubs in matches played around the world. The men’s ICC has not been held since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent fallout from the failed ESL project.