With the news that AC Milan have hired Filippo Inzaghi as the team’s Head Coach, soccer fans in the United States will get a first chance to see the AC Milan great in person this summer when the club plays against Olympiacos in the 2014 International Champions Cup.
Tickets are still available for game between A.C. Milan and Olympiacos in New York’s Citi Field on July 24. This is the first match in the second International Champions Cup and will kick off the tournament to be played by eight teams in stadiums across America starting July 24 and ending at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on August 4 between winners of Group A (Manchester United, Real Madrid, Inter Milan, A.S. Roma) and Group B (Liverpool F.C, Manchester City, Olympiacos, A.C. Milan).
Olympiacos won the Superleague Greece this past 2013-2014 season and are preparing to play in the 2014-2015 Premier League Group Stage. With manager Michel signed on until 2015, Olympiacos looks forward to the 2014-2015 season.
AC Milan struggled during the most recent season, the Italian squad changed managers halfway through January going from Massimiliano Allergri to Mauro Tassotti and despite the change Milan finished 8th in Serie A.
The opening game for the International Champions Cup will take place at Citi Field located in Queens, New York and is home to the Mets of the MLB. Citi has hosted four soccer games since opening in 2009, including three friendlies and one World Football Challenge. The stadium was built as an answer to Shea Stadium closing and can seat over 45,000 including standing room. Citi Field is often praised for its aesthetics, Business Insider named it one of the top 100 venues in sports.
Olympiacos is the most successful club in Greek history with a total of 40 League titles and 26 Greek Cup titles. The Τhrylos have played at Karaiskakis Stadium, which seats 33,334, for the majority of their time as a club. 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. They are the most supported team in Greece with 2.5 million supporters in Greece and millions outside the country as well.
Associazione Calcio Milan, or A.C. Milan, has spent their entire history playing in Serie A except for the 1980-1901 and 1982-1983 seasons. They are the second most successful club in world football with 18 UEFA and FIFA titles as well as winning the Champions League seven times. Milan shares their home stadium with their biggest rivals, Inter Milan at San Sirio that can hold 80,018 people. They are the seventh most supported team in Europe, more than any other Italian team and the third most supported team in Italy.