Tickets are still available for the International Champions Cup game between Liverpool and Olympiacos, who will face off in Chicago on July 27th at Soldier Field. Both teams have been placed in Group B with Manchester City and AC Milan.
Soldier Field has been the home to the National Football League’s Chicago Bears since 1971 and holds up to 61,500 fans. Soldier Field was also home to five games during the 1994 FIFA World Cup as well as the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final.
After a superb 2013-14 Premier League season, Liverpool will be looking forward to playing its preseason in the United States ahead of a 2014-15 season where the expectations placed on the club will be much greater.
The 2013-2014 season also brought success for Olympiacos who won the Superleague Greece and advanced to the 2014-2015 Premier League Group Stage.
Both teams have enjoyed recent success and as such have large international fan bases. Olympiacos have the highest game attendance in Greek football and is considered the most popular Greek club according to UEFA. Liverpool has supporters from over 30 countries including 200 official branches in the Association of International Branches.
As many know, Liverpool F.C. is one of the premier clubs in the world with the motto, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” recognized almost everywhere. Their home field of Anfield was built in 1884 and originally used by English club Everton before they moved to Goodison Park. Club founder John Houlding started Liverpool in Anfield and they’ve played there ever since. The Reds have won more European titles than any other English team including 18 League titles, seven FA Cups, eight League Cups, five European Cups, three UEFA cups, three European Super Cups and 15 Charity Shields.
The Greek football club Olympiacos is the most successful club in Greek history with a total of 40 League titles and 26 Greek Cup titles. Their iconic red and while stripped kits have been a staple for the club since its founding in 1925 when a merger of Piraeus, Athlitikos Podosfairikos Syllogos Pireos and Omilos Filathlon Pireos created Olympiacos Club of Fans of Piraeus. The Τhrylos have played at Karaiskakis Stadium for the majority of their time as a club. Their unprecedented success started when they won consecutive titles in the 1950’s and has continued to attract successful players such as Javier Saviola the former Barcelona striker and the Greek defender Avraam Papadopoulos. They were the first Greek team to compete in a European competition when they played Milan in the 1959-1960 season for the European Cup.