In the summer of 2013, Stephen M. Ross and Relevent Sports Group revolutionized the international soccer landscape by organizing the Guinness International Champions Cup (ICC), transforming the standard European club preseason tour into something remarkable: a competitive, world-class tournament.
The inaugural edition featured eight top clubs across six U.S. cities - Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea FC, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Valencia, Everton and the LA Galaxy - culminating with a spectacular final in Miami won by Real Madrid over Chelsea FC in front of nearly 70,000 fans.
Now in its 8th year, the ICC has grown into the premiere international summer tournament and the unofficial start to the European football season. The ICC has become a fixture on the international soccer calendar. Over 5 million fans have attended ICC matches since its inception and more than 150 million people watch the tournament worldwide annually.
The tournament schedules historic matchups and bitter rivalries in iconic venues across the US and Asia. Winners of the Champions League, Premier League, Serie A, LaLiga, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 have all participated in the tournament. Messi, Ronaldo, Suarez, Salah, Bale, Modric, Kane, and Neymar are just a handful of the international superstars that have participated in the tournament.
In 2014, 109,318 fans packed the University of Michigan's "Big House" as Manchester United defeated Real Madrid in the largest soccer match in U.S. history. In 2017, the ICC hosted the famed “El Clásico” held at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. This was only the second time Barcelona and Real Madrid ever played outside of Europe.