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ICC Announces Paris Saint-Germain F.C. And Juventus F.C. To Square Off On July 26
March 21, 2017 11:41 PM
Relevent Sports, a division of RSE Ventures, today announced that four-time defending Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain F.C. and five-time defending Serie A champions Juventus F.C. will match up at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fl., on Wednesday, July 26 as part of the 2017 International Champions Cup presented by Heineken. The match is set to kick off at 8:30PM ET on ESPN2 and ESPNews.

Both Paris Saint-Germain F.C. and Juventus F.C. rank among the leaders in their respective domestic leagues. Paris Saint-Germain F.C. features a dynamic mix of young talent and veteran leadership. New acquisition Julian Draxler joined an already lethal attack lead by Ligue 1's current leading goal scorer and Uruguayan national Edinson Cavani. Juventus F.C. continues their dominance in Serie A as they chase an astounding sixth consecutive league championship. The club features a strong defensive unit which begins with Italian goalkeeper and 16-year veteran of the club, Gianluigi "Gigi" Buffon.

Hard Rock Stadium returns as a venue for the ICC after hosting the championship match in each of the first two years of the tournament. The renovations to Hard Rock Stadium have made it possible to host the highest caliber of soccer competition while serving as the home of the Miami Dolphins. The venue also serves as home to the University of Miami football team, Orange Bowl, Super Bowl LIV, the College Football Playoff Semifinals and a host of world class events. This match will be the first of two hosted by Hard Rock Stadium as part of the 2017 International Champions Cup presented by Heineken, with El Clasico Miami featuring Real Madrid C.F. and FC Barcelona to take place three days later.

Tickets for the Paris Saint-Germain F.C. v. Juventus F.C. matchup at Hard Rock Stadium will go on sale to the general public beginningTuesday, April 4. VIP travel and ticket packages are available now via the Fontainebleau Miami Beach at www.fontainebleau.com/elclasico. Fans can find all venue-specific and other ticket information at www.internationalchampionscup.com.

"Nearing the end of each league season, Paris Saint Germain and Juventus are among the top teams of their respective leagues" said Charlie Stillitano, Chairman of Relevent Sports. "This matchup of likely league champions adds a level of excitement to the host of events occurring that week in Miami. We are thrilled to have them kick start the first of two matches held at Hard Rock Stadium."

The 2017 International Champions Cup presented by Heineken will run from July 19 - 30 and feature 12 matches played across 11 cities throughout the United States. In total, eight teams from around the globe, including England (Manchester United F.C., Manchester City F.C., Tottenham Hotspur F.C.), Italy (Juventus F.C., AS Roma), France (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.) and Spain (FC Barcelona, Real Madrid C.F.) will compete in this year's tournament. 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.

Since being purchased by Qatar Sports Investment in 2011, Paris Saint-Germain F.C. has re-established its position as one of the top teams in the world. Founded in 1970, the club is one of the most successful in French history, having won ten French Cups and Ligue 1 six times, including each of the previous four seasons. The club claimed three more soccer cups in the 2015-16 campaign: Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue & Trophée des Champions. With key addition such as Julian Draxler joining veterans. Angel di Maria and Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain F.C. continues to put its stamp on the global soccer landscape. For more information on Paris Saint-Germain F.C., please visit www.psg.fr.

Juventus F.C., also known as "Juve," was founded on November 1, 1897 in Turin, Italy. Since then, the club has dominated Italian football with a record 34 Serie A championships. The awards continue with a record 11 Coppa Italia Cups, seven Supercoppa Italia Cups and two European cup/UEFA Champions League championships. Famous for their black-and-white striped uniforms, the 2016-17 Juventus F.C. squad continues to carry on the club's legacy in pursuit of a sixth consecutive Serie A title. The current roster features a strong defensive unit, led by Italian nationals Gianluigi Buffon who has 612 total appearances for the club, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci. Brazilian Dani Alves rounds out the back while German midfielder Sami Khedira mans the midfield. Argentine goal scorer Gonzalo Higuain leads the attack along with Croatian star Mario Mandžukić. The club plays its home matches in Juventus Stadium where is unbeaten since August 2015. For more information on Juventus F.C., please visit www.juventus.com.

For the second consecutive year, Heineken is the presenting sponsor of the 2017 International Champions Cup. In addition to Heineken, the 2017 tournament features a leading line-up of sponsors, including Ally, Nike, Orlando, Chevrolet, AON, Groupon, VividSeats, Gatorade and Xyience. Additional partners will be announced in the coming months. All matches for the International Champions Cup will be carried on ESPN networks including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and streaming network ESPN3, accessible through WatchESPN and the ESPN App.

Fans can follow the ICC on social media at @intchampionscup for exclusive content and announcements, and join the conversation using #2017ICC. Fans can sign up for up news, updates and ticket information at www.internationalchampionscup.com.
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