It’s a bloody good time to be a fan of federation football in Australia, I tell you.
Following on from the massive success of last year’s International Champions Cup series, which brought global club giants Manchester City, FC Roma, and Real Madrid to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, this year’s iteration has now got its roster locked in.
Spanish La Liga heavyweights Atletico Madrid have been announced as the fourth and final team for this year’s mini-round robin tournament.
They’ll join EPL title contenders Tottenham Hotspurs, Italian Serie A ladder-leaders Juventus, and A-League reigning champions Melbourne Victory (entering the competition like lambs to the slaughter, TBH).
Atletico Madrid is the third-most successful club in Spanish footballing history, and boasts a roster stocked with impressive talent such as Antoine Griezmann, Tiago Mendes, Koke, and the on-loan Fernando Torres.
The club’s charismatic manager Diego Simeone stated that the series of matches will serve as a vital cog in Atletico’s pre-season training campaign.
The round-robin tournament is scheduled for July, again at the MCG, and is expected to draw huge crowds.
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