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Real Madrid: Isco

Spain's new "golden boy" will have a lot to prove to the notoriously short-on-patience Real fans, but there's no doubting his impeccable talent. After playing for under-appreciated and -- to Americans -- unknown Malaga, the ICC might be his official coming out party to the world.

 

LA Galaxy: Gyasi Zardes

With the Galaxy in the midst of the MLS season don’t expect the best available team to represent LA in the ICC. Instead, look out for its promising youngsters, most of all Zardes. The 21-year old rookie has all the tools (strength, speed) to become an elite player. He still has plenty to learn first, but what better way to grow up than facing off against mighty Real?

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Thursday, August 1, 530p ET at Univ. of Phoenix Stadium, Phoenix

 

Tale of the Tape

2013 finish

LA: MLS Champions; Real: 2nd, La Liga       

Domestic titles  

LA: 4x MLS Cups; Real: 32x La Liga, 18x Copa del Rey

Continental titles

LA: 1x CONCACAF CL;  Real: 9x UEFA CL

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Juventus: Carlos Tevez

Tevez fled Manchester City to join the Italian champions, and a close eye will be cast on him and how he links up with playmaker Andrea Pirlo. The two should complement each other very nicely, and the ICC may serve as the foundation to a lethal partnership.

 

Everton: Tim Howard

Howard’s homecoming to the US should get him action in the ICC, but don’t be surprised to see some of Joel Robles as well. Robles joined Everton this summer, following new coach Roberto Martinez from Wigan. Howard doesn’t fear the first significant goalkeeper competition he's faced at Everton, and he can cement his starting role at the ICC.

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Wednesday, July 31, 11p ET at AT&T Park, San Francisco

 

Tale of the Tape

2013 finish         

Juve: 1st, Serie A; Everton: 5th, BPL

Domestic titles    

Juve: 29x Serie A, 9x Coppa Italia; Everton: 4x FA Cups

European titles    

Juve: 2x UCL;

Everton: 1x Cup Winner's Cup

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Chelsea: Romelu Lukaku

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea has an embarrassment of riches in midfield, but the competition to watch in the ICC is the one at striker. Demba Ba and Fernando Torres are still there, but Mourinho wouldn't let Lukaku go on loan again after a breakout season with West Brom. Can Lukaku break through in the first team? It could hinge on his play in the ICC.

 

Inter: Mauro Icardi

After a disappointing year, Inter hope new man Icardi can help shoot the club back to the upper echelon of Italian football where they belong. The young striker scored 10 goals last season for Sampdoria and could vie for a starting job. Funny: Icardi became the 11th Argentinian national to join the Nerazzurri, giving Inter now the option to field an entire team out of Argentinians.
 

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Thursday, August 1, 8p ET at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

 

Tale of the Tape

2013 finish       

Chelsea: 3rd, BPL; Inter: 9th, Serie A

Domestic titles  

Chelsea: 3x BPL, 7x FA Cup; Inter: 18x Serie A, 7x Coppa Italia

European titles  

Chelsea: 1x UCL; Inter: 3x UCL

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AC Milan: Mario Balotelli

Big things are expected of Milan this season with Super Mario embarking on his first full season with the Rossoneri. Balotelli had to leave June’s Confederations Cup early due to injury, but one of the biggest draws in the ICC field will be ready to go against Valencia.
 

Valencia: Roberto Soldado

Soldado has been in the papers all summer as a transfer target for top Premier League clubs, most of all Tottenham. Time will tell if Valencia can hang on to their goal machine, but a good performance at the ICC might just be enough to convince a club to pull the trigger on his €30m price tag.


 

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Saturday, July 27, 2p ET at the Estadio Mestalla, Valencia

 

Tale of the Tape

2013 finish      

Milan: 3rd, Serie A; Valencia: 5th, La Liga

Domestic titles 

Milan: 18x Serie A, 5x Coppa Italia;  Valencia: 6x La Liga, 7x Copa del Rey

European titles 

Milan: 7x UCL; Valencia: 3x UEFA Cup

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Some of the world's brightest stars will be on show at the first annual International Champions Cup, from Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Balotelli and Andrea Pirlo to Tim Howard and yes, even Jose Mourinho (he would count himself too).

 

The one-of-a-kind tournament will span across two continents and eight different cities, so it could become a little hard to keep track of it all. Good thing we got you covered with this first round primer. For who to watch for, when, and how, click on through.

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