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Lionel Messi's Barcelona to face Celtic at the Aviva Stadium in International Champions Cup tournament

Barcelona and Celtic will meet at the Aviva Stadium on July 30 as part of the International Champions Cup tournament.

The tournament which began in 2013 was based mainly in North America but last year, games took place in the US, Canada, Australia, China, England and Italy.

The Hoops will play against Premier League champions-elect Leicester on July 23 at Parkhead, they will then take on the Catalans in Dublin seven days later and in the 50th anniversary season of Celtic’s 1967 European Cup triumph, it’s fitting that Celtic will take on Inter Milan in their final game.

That encounter will take place on Saturday, August 13, with the venue to be confirmed.

Celtic Chief Executive Peter Lawwell said: “We are delighted to be invited to take part in such a unique and prestigious international tournament and join together with the other great names in world football in what we know will be a fantastic sporting occasion.

“Celtic is proud to enjoy its own global profile and we are sure our involvement with the biggest names in the game will only increase interest in the club on a global stage.

“It is magnificent news that our supporters in Scotland and Ireland will be able to enjoy such exciting matches and we are sure our participation will be warmly welcomed by our fans who will look forward to Celtic meeting such a high calibre of opposition in Barcelona, Inter Milan and Leicester City.”

This year's International Champions Cup features some of the most successful clubs in the world, including many of the world's top players. The 10 participating teams have won a total of total of 190 domestic league titles, 246 domestic cup titles and 36 UEFA Champions League titles.

The 10 teams are: Celtic, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Liverpool, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Leicester City and Chelsea. Matches will be played in stadia throughout North America and Europe.

The full list of matches which will be played in stadia throughout North America and Europe are:

Saturday, July 23

Celtic v Leicester City, Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland

Sunday, July 24

Paris Saint-Germain v Inter Milan, Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon

Wednesday, July 27

Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain, Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio

Bayern Munich v AC Milan, Soldier Field,  Chicago, Illinois

Liverpool v Chelsea, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

Saturday, July 30

Celtic v Barcelona, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland

Chelsea v Real Madrid, TBA, United States venue

Bayern Munich v Inter Milan, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Liverpool v AC Milan, Levi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, California

Paris Saint-Germain v Leicester City, Los Angeles, California. TBA venue

Wednesday, August 3

Barcelona v Leicester City, Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden

Bayern Munich v Real Madrid, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Chelsea v AC Milan, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saturday, August 6

Liverpool v Barcelona, TBA European venue

Saturday, August 13

Celtic v Inter Milan, TBA European venue


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