Two of the most historic clubs in European, or the world, football clash on Wednesday in New Jersey, when four-times-consecutive German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich face a challenge from Real Madrid, the Spanish titans and current UEFA Champions League cup holders in a showdown that will stream live from MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL New York Giants and New York Jets.
International Champions Cup organizers are expecting a near-sellout of the 82,500-seat football stadium for the mid-week preseason friendly showcase, bringing the two high-glamor clubs to an American audience.
Of course, the European champions are still far from a full-strength squad as the conclude their schedule of preseason friendlies, a schedule dominated by International Champions Cup games in the United States, including a loss to French title holders Paris Saint-Germain and a victory over English Premier League side Chelsea F.C.
Real Madrid megastar Cristiano Ronaldo is still recovering from a knee injury suffered early in the final of the 2016 European Championships, which was won by his national team, Portugal, despite Ronaldo’s absence for most of the match.
More pictures of Cristiano Ronaldo cuddling with fitness model Cassandre Davis in Miami. pic.twitter.com/7TUmf2iRvR
— Football Paparazzi (@FutbalPaparazzi) August 2, 2016
On Tuesday, Ronaldo was spotted sunning himself in Miami, Florida, as his team prepared to face down the powerful and machine-like Bayern Munich squad in New Jersey.
Now, striker Karim Benzema has also been scratched from taking part in the match at MetLife Stadium, as Real Madrid Manager Zinedine Zidan hopes that Benzema, who missed the Champions League final in May and all of France’s run to the 2016 Euro Final, as well as Real Madrid preseason, will be ready by next Tuesday to face UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup.
Watch highlights of the latest meeting between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, in an international friendly at Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on May 8, 2015, in the video below.
To watch a live stream of the real Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid International Champions Cup match, click on the video below or see the streaming links at the bottom of this article.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. United States Eastern Daylight Time at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey — 4:30 p.m. Pacific — on Wednesday, August 3.
Fans on the European continent can watch the live stream at 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 4, Central European Summer Time, while in the United Kingdom, the match will stream live at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, British Summer Time.
Xabi Alonso [Bayern Munich]: “Facing Real Madrid will be a special match for me. It’ll be a beautiful game we hope.” pic.twitter.com/k0KJPTZtkc
— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome_) August 2, 2016
The International Champions Cup showdown concludes the preseason schedule of friendlies for both teams. Next up for Bayern Munich is Bundesliga arch-rival Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup on August 14.
For Real Madrid, following the UEFA Super Cup on August 9, Los Galacticos face French side Stade de Reims in the 37th annual invitational Santiago Bernabéau Trophy match before opening the 2016-2017 La Liga campaign away to Real Sociedad on August 21.
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To watch the Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid International Champions Cup match stream live from MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL New York Giants and New York Jets, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Wednesday, use the stream provided by WatchESPN at this link or download the WatchESPN app to watch the clash between two of Europe’s most legendary and historic teams on mobile devices.
Fans without an ESPN cable subscription with access to WatchESPN can view the match live via the Sling TV internet streaming package at this link. The package, which carries a variety of channels, including ESPN, which carries the Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid 2016 International Champions Cup match, costs $20 per month. But Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial, so subscribers can choose whether or not to keep the streaming service after watching the Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid International Champions Cup match stream live online.
A Spanish-language live stream of the Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid International Champions Cup showdown is also available via WatchESPN at this link. Canadian fans can watch a live stream via TSN Go at this link, while viewers in the United Kingdom can use Sky Go by clicking here.
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