The match represents a meeting of the two most successful teams in European Cup history, as Real Madrid has won the cup on nine occasions (1956-60, ‘66, ’98, 2000, ’02) while A.C. Milan has been crowned champion of Europe seven times (1963, ’69, ’89, ‘90, ’94, 2003, ’07).
Earlier in the summer on Sunday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m., the 2012 European champion, Chelsea FC, will take on Paris Saint-Germain in the first-ever soccer match at the current Yankee Stadium.
Individual-game tickets for the two matches, as well as bundle packs that include tickets for both games, are on sale at www.yankees.com/soccer. Suite rental information is also available on the website.
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The current Yankee Stadium carries on the great soccer tradition of the original Yankee Stadium, which hosted some of the most famous teams in world soccer, including Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona, Juventus, Napoli, Celtic, Benfica and Sparta Prague, along with the national teams of England, Israel, Italy and the United States. Pele, who many consider the greatest player of all time, called Yankee Stadium home in 1976, when he played for the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League.
Both clubs appearing in the August 8 match previously played at the original Yankee Stadium. Real Madrid defeated the New York Generals of the National Professional Soccer League, 4-1, on August 21, 1968, and A.C. Milan won both of its matches, defeating Panathinaikos, 4-0, on June 27, 1969, as well as arch-rival Inter Milan, 6-4, just two days later.
The matches between Chelsea FC and Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid and A.C. Milan, are part of the Herbalife World Football Challenge, which is taking place throughout North America from July 18 through August 11.