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What to Know Before You Go: A Guide to the Guinness International Champions Cup in Charlotte

Where to get gear, the lingo to know and fast facts about the match

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 30, 2014) – Just off the heels of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the Guinness International Champions Cup brings dozens of soccer stars stateside for 10 days of tournament play. European soccer giants Liverpool FC (the Reds) and AC Milan (the Rossoneri, or “the red and blacks”) will go head-to-head in Match 12 of the Champions Cup at the newly renovated Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Here’s what you need to know before you go so you can 'experience greatness' as a different kind of football comes to the Queen City.
 
Where to Get Tickets
A limited number of tickets are still available for the Liverpool FC vs. AC Milan soccer match online at www.ticketmaster.com. A limited time deal is also available on Living Social at www.livingsocial.com.
 
Where to Get Gear
Liverpool fans can find all of their favorite Liverpool gear at the Official Liverpool Merchandising Center at Whisky River at the EpiCentre from July 25 – Aug. 2. Liverpool FC and AC Milan gear is also available at DICK’S Sporting Goods at SouthPark Mall. 
 
The Lingo
You’ll Never Walk Alone: Known as the anthem of Liverpool FC, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is sung at the beginning of Liverpool FC games. Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein for the 1945 musical “Carousel,” it was covered by the Liverpool group Gerry & The Pacemakers in 1963. Liverpool fans quickly adopted the song and began singing it at games in 1964.

Dribble: To move and control the soccer ball with one’s feet while it remains on the ground.
 
FC/AC: FC is an abbreviation for Football Club. AC is an Italian abbreviation for “Associazione Calcio,” which means Football Association in English. 
 
Header: The act of striking the ball with one’s head.
 
Olé, Olé, Olé: This familiar chant is sung by international soccer fans at matches around the world to celebrate an exceptional play or game.
 
Reds: Reds is the nickname for Liverpool FC and is the color of the team jerseys.
 
Rossoneri: This is the popular Italian nickname used for AC Milan, which translates to “the red and blacks” in English. It is a reference to the colors of the stripes on the team jerseys. 
 
Scouser: Scouser is a nickname used for Liverpool natives.
 
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: Stoppage time is the amount of time added to the end of the full time of a match to account for stoppages during the game. 
 
Fast Facts
Liverpool FC World Cup Players: Twelve Liverpool players on the Champions Cup roster participated in the FIFA World Cup in Brazil including goalkeepers Simon Mignolet (Belgium) and Pepe Reina (Spain); defenders Sebastian Coates (Uruguay), Glen Johnson (England), Mamadou Sakho (France) and Kolo Touré (Ivory Coast); midfielders Steven Gerrard (England), Adam Lallana (England), Jordan Henderson (England) and Raheem Sterling (England); and forwards Rickie Lambert (England) and Daniel Sturridge (England). 
 
AC Milan World Cup Players: Eight AC Milan players on the Champions Cup roster participated in the FIFA World Cup in Brazil including defenders Ignazio Abate (Italy), Mattia De Sciglio (Italy), and Cristián Zapata (Colombia); midfielders Michael Essien (Ghana), Nigel De Jong (Netherlands) and Sulley Muntari (Ghana, released from team during the World Cup); and forwards Mario Balotelli (Italy) and Keisuke Honda (Japan).

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 Guinness International Champions Cup was held in 2013. Created by Relevent Sports, the Champions Cup innovatively transforms the traditional European club preseason tours into a competitive tournament.
 
Champions Cup Format: The 2014 Champions Cup is a 10-day, eight-team tournament consisting of two groups of four in a round-robin format. Each team will play a total of three matches in group play and the two group leaders will face off on Aug. 4 in the final at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
 
Champions Cup Points System: In regular time, the winning team receives three points while the losing team receives zero points. There is no overtime in this tournament, so if there is a tie the game goes straight to a penalty shootout. If a team wins in the penalty shootout, they receive two points while the losing team receives one point. The teams with the most points from their three matches will go to the final.
 
Liverpool FC and AC Milan’s Historic Match: In the 2005 Champions League final, AC Milan was leading 3-0 at halftime but Liverpool FC came back in the second half scoring three times. During the extra time at the end of the game, the teams were tied so they went to a penalty shootout to determine the winner. Liverpool FC won the match that became known as one of the greatest in the sport’s history. The teams met again for the 2007 Champions League final with AC Milan wining 2-1.
 
Liverpool’s Charlotte Connections: Liverpool FC and Boston Red Sox owner John Henry controls 50 percent of locally based NASCAR team Roush Fenway Racing.
 
Broadcast Schedule: Can’t make it to the match? Watch the game live on NBCSN, online using your cable or satellite provider login at www.nbcsports.com/liveextra or on your mobile device using the NBCSports Live Extra App available for download for IOS and select Android devices.
 
Additional Resources
International Champions Cup Official Site: www.internationalchampionscup.com
EpiCentre Liverpool FC Fan Headquarters Events: www.epicentrenc.com/gameday
Charlotte’s Official Liverpool Fan Club: www.lfcclt.com

For more information about the Guinness International Champions Cup, visit www.internationalchampionscup.com. To stay up-to-date on the Liverpool FC Fan Central events at the EpiCentre, visit www.epicentrenc.com/gameday. For the most current listing of Champions Cup events, visit charlottesgotalot.com/championscup.

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