Relevent and Catalyst Media Group (CMG) announced that the International Champions Cup will return to Singapore with three of Europe’s top clubs in a global tournament.
Arsenal, Atlético de Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain who do not often encounter each other in Europe, will take delight in the match-ups in front of their Asian fans at the National Stadium on 26 July, 28 July and 30 July.
In its sixth installment, the 2018 International Champions Cup takes on a new global format, featuring the largest number of clubs, matches and venues to date. This year’s chase for the Cup features 18 of the best clubs in the world playing 27 matches across the United States, Europe and Singapore.
Whereas past Tournaments recognized a winner within each participating continent, this year’s competitive structure will take on a more cohesive format, reigning one overall global champion.
“The support we witnessed in Singapore at the International Champions Cup last year was phenomenal, and we are excited to return to the National Stadium as this year’s only Asian stop in a revamped global tournament format. We are committed to bringing the best of football to the people here and look forward to working with the Singapore Tourism Board to grow and create exclusive experiences for the fans in Singapore and the region,” – Patrick Murphy, Chairman and President of Catalyst Media Group.
2018 International Champions Cup in Singapore will see Paris Saint-Germain, France’s most successful team with 36 trophies to their name, make its first visit to the city state. While Arsenal and Atlético de Madrid played in Singapore in 2015 and 2013 respectively, both Clubs will relish meeting on neutral ground as they continue to fight for UEFA Champions League qualification.
Kicking off on Thursday, 26 July, Atlético de Madrid will play Arsenal in a highly anticipated meeting after the teams’ hard-fought campaign in Europe this season.
The two teams have been drawn to play each other in the semi-finals of the Europa League and are one step closer to qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season.
Arsenal will tackle Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday, 28 July in a rematch of their 2016/ 2017 UEFA Champions League group stage. Almost all four of the previous meetings between Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal have ended in draws except one in 1994, where the North London team beat the French outfit by one goal.
The final match on Monday, 30 July, will pit the champions of Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain, against Atlético de Madrid as both teams will line-up against each other for only the second time. The two Clubs have seen steady success in their current season and fans in Asia will savour the opportunity of watching the teams continue their amazing form at the National Stadium.
This year, UnionPay, the Official Payment Brand of 2018 International Champions Cup in Singapore will be the first sponsor to offer their Cardholders the option to purchase tickets.
Customers with UnionPay cards will also enjoy a 10% discount starting on April 24th and throughout the on-sale period. Official on-sale to the public will begin on 10am April 30th at www.sportshub.com.sg, Sports Hub Box Offices as well as other physical locations.