AC Milan is coming back to the United States to in this summer’s International Champions Cup, and in a slight twist, they’ll also be going to Cardiff, Wales, to face off against English giants Manchester United.
Milan will be facing off against Bayern Munich in Kansas City, MO, in Arrowhead Stadium, where the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL play their home games. The stadium has a seating capacity of over 76,000, and was opened in 1972, although it has gone through various renovations over the years.
Milan has played Bayern ten times over the years in European competitions, with Milan holding the edge with six victories, three draws and one defeat. Milan last played Bayern in the Champions League in the 2006-07 season, where Milan prevailed 4-2 on aggregate in a quarterfinal match-up.
Milan will also be facing off against one of Portugal’s most successful teams, Benfica, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, home of the NFL’s New England Patriots. Benfica has played Milan six times in European competitions, with Milan holding a fantastic record against them, having won four and drawn two matches against them. Milan beat Benfica twice in the finals of the European Cup in both 1963 and 1990.
Gillette Stadium seats around 65,000 people, and is also home to MLS team New England Revolution, although the seating is vastly reduced for MLS matches, usually to about 20,000. The stadium has hosted a variety of important matches over the years, including multiple Gold Cup matches, Copa América matches, and even the MLS Championship match between the Revolution and the LA Galaxy in 2002.
Finally, Milan will take on Manchester United in Cardiff Wales, at the Principality (formerly Millennium) Stadium. The stadium holds over 78,000 people, and was used as the venue for the FA Cup and League Cup finals by the English FA while Wembley was redeveloped in 2002 to 2006. The stadium has hosted a variety of high-profile football matches and has also hosted a number of rugby matches as well.
Milan has faced off against Manchester United in competitive matches a total of ten times, and both teams have won five matches and drawn none. The last meeting in European competition came in 2010, when Manchester United won both legs of a Champions League round of 16 tie. Before that, however, Milan had won both two-legged ties in the Champions League era in both 2007 and 2005, with Milan winning the 2007 semifinal against Manchester United in dramatic fashion. Milan had lost the first leg 2-3 in Manchester, only to win 3-0 at the San Siro to advance to the final where they defeated Liverpool.
So, American fans, are you excited to see Milan back in the states? Will you be able to see any of the matches? And European-based fans, will you travel to Wales to see Milan against Manchester United? Let us know in the comments!