For two weeks during the Summer of 2003, the eyes of the soccer world were focused on America, watching as team after team of superstars entertained legions of fans in the United States.
The inaugural ChampionsWorld Series brought some of the biggest names in soccer to America last summer for a two-week stretch of games that was viewed by more than 420,000 fans in seven cities. Manchester United, Celtic, Juventus, AC Milan, Barcelona, Boca Juniors, Club America. The roster of teams read like a Who's Who of world soccer powers. And the teams didn't disappoint, fielding their best players in matches that were filled with exciting goals, remarkable flair, and unbelievable atmosphere.
From the opening kick at Seattle's Seahawks Stadium on July 22, through the final whistle in Philadelphia, the 2003 ChampionsWorld Series was filled with memorable moments. Who can forget Ruud van Nistelrooy scoring in each of Manchester United's four games, or Ronaldinho's Barcelona debut against Italy's Serie A champions Juventus? What about the legion of dedicated Celtic supporters, who brought all the color and excitement the Scottish Premier League to the stands in Seattle and Cleveland? And were you among the record crowd of more than 79,000 to witness Tim Howard win the starting goalkeeper job at Man Utd?
Charlie Stillitano, the Chief Executive Officer of ChampionsWorld, planned and developed the ChampionsWorld Series in order to bring the best teams in the world to play in North America's greatest venues. And the vision that was brought to life in 2003 will again be realized in 2004, on an even grander scale. This year The ChampionsWorld Series will feature even more of the best teams and players, with more games in more cities.
So get ready. This summer ChampionsWorld will again deliver the best of the best - great teams with great tradition and exciting players with unbelievable skill - coming soon to a stadium near you!
Saturday, July 24, 2004 Seahawks Stadium, Seattle, WA
Celtic vs. Chelsea
Sunday, July 25, 2004 Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich
Monday, July 26, 2004 Rentschler Field, E. Hartford, CT
Celtic vs. Liverpool
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Manchester United vs. Celtic
Thursday, July 29, 2004 Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Chelsea vs. AS Roma
Friday, July 30, 2004 SkyDome, Toronto, ON
FC Porto vs. Liverpool
Saturday, July 31, 2004 Giants Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ
Manchester United vs. AC Milan
Saturday, July 31, 2004 SkyDome, Toronto, ON
Celtic vs. AS Roma
Sunday, August 01, 2004 Giants Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ
FC Porto vs. Galatasaray
Monday, August 02, 2004 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
AC Milan vs. Chelsea
Tuesday, August 03, 2004 Giants Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ
AS Roma vs. Liverpool