Tournament officials announced Thursday that first-team rosters from Arsenal, Inter, Everton and Millonarios are expected to participate in the 2021 edition of the Florida Cup at Camping World Stadium in Orlando. The event will be played across a pair of evening doubleheaders on July 25 and 28, with each beginning at 6 p.m. ET.
Headliners include an impressive collection of stars from each club, including Everton midfielder James Rodriguez and defender Ben Godfrey, Arsenal forwards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, Inter forward Romelu Lukaku and new attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, and Millonarios midfielder David Silva and forward Chicho Arango.
"We're thrilled to have these top stars coming to Orlando this month," said Florida Cup CEO Ricardo Villar. "Not only will we have the only men's international club competition in the United States this summer — we'll also be hosting some of the best players and professional teams in the world."
The Florida Cup semifinals, set for Sunday, July 25, will begin with a long-awaited contest between Italy's defending Serie A champion, Inter, and legendary English Premier League side Arsenal, winners of the 2020 F.A. Cup. The clubs have met just once since their epic clash in the 2003 Champions League group stage, with the most recent tilt between the Gunners and Nerazzurri coming in 2007.
Sunday's second match features another historic EPL squad, Everton, along with Colombian powerhouse Millonarios FC. Everton have spent a record 118 seasons in England's top flight. Millonarios' visit comes on the heels of a strong showing in Categoría Primera A, which concluded with the club's 25th finals appearance in Colombia's top league last month.
The winners from Sunday will then meet for the 2021 Florida Cup championship on Wednesday, July 28. The runners-up square off in a third-place match the same night. The third-place match will be played first, with the championship to follow.
Tickets to the Florida Cup are on sale now at FloridaCup.com. Single-day passes for either date include both contests of the doubleheader. Two-day passes comprising all four Florida Cup matches are also available.