By Torie Robinette
The International Champions Cup brings dozens of soccer stars stateside for 10 days of tournament play. European soccer powerhouses FC Bayern Munich/FC Bayern München and FC Inter Milan/FC Internazionale Milano will go head-to-head in Match 8 of the Champions Cup at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Saturday, July 30 at 5 p.m. ET. Here’s your guide to ‘experience greatness’ when a different kind of football comes to the Queen City.
Where to Get Tickets
Tickets for the FC Bayern Munich vs. FC Inter Milan match are available online at ticketmaster.com.
Where to Celebrate
Charlotte FC Bayern Munich Pre-Match Party at Draught Charlotte: Organized by the FC Bayern Charlotte fan club, join fellow Stern des Sϋdens-singing FC Bayern Munich comrades for pre-game tailgating and fun from noon to 5 p.m. (kickoff) at Draught Charlotte. The event will feature Bavarian-themed food and drink specials, raffles and giveaways, a DJ and special guest appearances.
Pre-game Session Tailgate at The Unknown Brewing Co.: Get ready for the big game brewery-style. Among the pre-game festivities on deck at The Unknown Brewing Co. are live music by DJ Festivus, tasty fare from SOCA mobile eatery, soccer-themed games, a special beer release and a gear giveaway sponsored by the Queen City Bavarians. The fun runs from noon until 5 p.m. (kickoff).
GMP Performance Tailgate at Bank of America Stadium: Join the city, along with local European car enthusiasts, in a pre-game celebration leading off to the 5 p.m. kickoff of the International Champions Cup’s eighth match at Bank of America Stadium. The tailgate convenes at the stadium, where the fun and fanfare culminates with grilled bratwursts, games, music, mingling and lots of chanting of the team anthem.
International Champions Cup at Slate Charlotte: Watch the game on Slate’s big screen TVs while enjoying drink specials. Whether you’re rooting for FC Inter Milan or FC Bayern Munich, the viewing party begins at 5 p.m. (kickoff) and runs until 2 a.m.
US Fan Club Watch and After-Game Party at Courtyard Hooligans, Hosted by the Queen City Bavarians: Win or lose, post up with FC Bayern Munich’s biggest fans for post-game festivities at Courtyard Hooligans. The fanfare, featuring jersey, hat and T-shirt giveaways provided by Premier Sports, runs from 5 p.m. (kickoff) until last call. Though the bar doesn’t serve food, fans can order bites from neighboring restaurants in Latta Arcade.
Super Fan Spotlight
The Charlotte area is home to Bayern Munich’s self-proclaimed biggest fan, Queen City Bavarians Chairman Ryan Gibson, or as he is nicknamed, “Bayern Ryan.” He’s even branded himself—quite literally. Gibson, who was diagnosed with ocular melanoma, wears the first-ever hand-painted glass eye bearing the FC Bayern Munich crest. When asked about his diagnosis, Gibson says, “Being a fan is more important now than ever. For 90 minutes at a time, I can watch my favorite club and feel normal and forget the fact it quite possibly could be the last time.” Gibson is a regular at Courtyard Hooligans sports bar.
Where to Get Gear
The official International Champions cup online store is packed with jerseys, hats, team merchandise and apparel to get fans ready for the game. FC Bayern Munich gear is also available at DICK’S Sporting Goods at SouthPark Mall, and both teams’ gear is available at DICK’s Sporting Goods’ online store.
Mia San Mia: FC Bayern Munich’s motto translates to “We are who we are.”
Stern des Sϋdens: FC Bayern Munich’s club anthem, “Star of the South,” can be heard belted out by fans during matches.
Die Bayern: FC Bayern Munich’s team nickname translates to “The Bavarians.”
Inter Sempre: The club motto for FC Inter Milan is “Inter forever,” which is a nod to the team name’s typical abbreviation: “Inter.”
Pazza Inter Amala: FC Inter Milan’s club anthem, “Craziness for Inter, Love It,” is sung passionately by Inter Milan fans in the midst of competition.
Nerazzurri: FC Inter Milan’s team nickname translates to “The blacks and blues.”
Dribble: To move and control the soccer ball with one’s feet while it remains on the ground.
FC: An abbreviation for “Football Club.”
Header: The act of striking the ball with one’s head.
Olé, Olé, Olé: This familiar chant is hummed by international soccer fans at matches around the world in celebration of an exceptional play or game.
Soccer vs. Football: Dating back to the late 1800s in Europe, the term “socca” was used as a shortened version of “association football.” The term helped differentiate the game from rugby football. The version evolved from “socca” to ”socker” and eventually to “soccer” as it is known today predominately in the U.S. and Canada.
Stoppage Time: The amount of time added to the end of the full time of a match to account for stoppages during the game.
FC Bayern Munich Euro Cup Players: Manuel Neuer (Germany), Jerome Boateng (Germany), Joshua Kimmich (Germany), Thomas Muller (Germany), Mario Gotze (Germany), Thiago Alcantara (Germany), Robert Lewandowski (Poland), Kinglsey Coman (France) and David Alaba (Austria).
FC Inter Milan Euro Cup Players: Eder Citadin Martins (Italy), Ivan Perisic (Croatia) and Marcelo Brazovic (Croatia).
The Length of a Soccer Game: The full time of a soccer match is 90 minutes. The game has two 45-minute halves. Stoppage time is added to the full time of the match.
Champions Cup History: The inaugural International Champions Cup was held in 2013. Created by Relevent Sports, the Champions Cup innovatively transformed the traditional European club preseason tours into a competitive tournament. 2015 began the International Champions Cup’s global expansion, with the tournament kicking off three team editions in both Australia and in China. Following up on the success of 2015’s global tournament, the 2016 International Champions Cup continues its expansion into Australia, China and Europe in addition to the U.S. to bring the best clubs in the world into four different continents. The International Champions Cup in 2016 includes Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, Leicester City FC, AC Milan, FC Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC, Inter Milan and Celtic FC, all across North America and Europe. Read more.
Champions Cup Format: The International Champions Cup is the first tournament of the 2016-2017 soccer season. It features 10 of the best clubs in the world competing across the U.S. and Europe. Each team will play three matches, and the club with the most points at the end of the tournament will be crowned champion. Read more.
Champions Cup Points System: Each win in regulation will result in three points, and a tie will go straight to a shootout; the winning team in a shootout will receive two points, and the losing team will receive one point. Read more.
Queen City Bavarians (local FC Bayern Munich fan club)
FC Bayern Charlotte (local FC Bayern Munich fan club)