30.07.10 / 10:39

Pirelli Cup: for the 1st time in Baltimora

Story of a increasingly global trophy on his 14th edition and debut at Inter for Benitez

BALTIMORA (Maryland, U.S.A) - European Champions exports the Pirelli Cup in the United States of America. One of the most important traditional events of the football's summers, now in its 14th edition and thought by the Inter-Pirelli marriage dated 1996, goes beyond new borders. It has always been an international event, but Saturday, July the 31st 2010, will become global. In fact it will be played on the banks of Patapsco River, a few miles from the Chesapeake Bay, East Coast: founded in 1729, a city of sailors and artists (Edgar Allan Poe, Frank Zappa, Billie Holidy, DMX ...), Baltimore hosts a friendly game that worths at least twice: it will be the debut of Rafael Benitez and then the Pirelli Cup in USA.

The opponent, as the tradition wants, is an high profile team; this year Manchester City. So, for the first time, the "M&T Bank Stadium, usually the theater of american football of Baltimore Ravens football, structure opened in September '98, which can accommodate 71 thousand viewers and is located within walking distance from Oriole Park at Camden Yards - one of the temples of baseball - Inter will find, but as opponent, Roberto Mancini, beloved former coach with which we are linked by indelible memories and successes: 3 "Scudetto" (Italian league title), two Italian Cups and two Italian Super Cups.

For history, in the previous thirteen years, the "Pirelli Cup" has been won nine times by Inter (against Manchester United in 1996 and '97, Olympiakos Piraeus, Watford, Roma and Real Sociedad respectively editions from 2000 to 2003, then against Mallorca in 2006, Bayern Munich in 2008, then Monaco in 2009) and in four editions by the opponent teams (Liverpool at Anfield in 1998, Real Madrid in 1999, Fiorentina to penalties in 2004 and in 2005 Udinese at the Stadio Friuli).

To remember the appointment with the 2010 edition of the Pirelli Cup in Baltimore, 20 hours local time: Inter-Manchester City will be broadcast live by Sky Sports in the night between Saturday and Sunday, and replicated in several stages on August the 1st, by Sky Sports and Inter Channel, direct on exclusive news and images of the event.

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