A look into The 2019 International Champions Cup Singapore
Plus, small yet meaningful things to do while you're in the Lion City.
The 2019 International Championships Cup Singapore (ICCS) will kick off from 20 to 21 July 2019 at Singapore National Stadium in Singapore. The ICCS will feature four of Europe’s top clubs: Manchester United, Juventus, Inter Milan, and Tottenham Hotspur, much to the delight of their Asian supporters who will no doubt travel to the Lion City just to see them in action. Aside from Singapore, ICCS’s series of pre-season tournaments will also be held in China, England, Sweden, the United States, and Wales, to name a few. Here’s what to expect in the Singaporean leg of the series, brought to you by our football-loving team members at Fayyaz Travels.
The big buzz
Manchester United will face Inter Milan on July 20; Juventus, on the other hand, will play against Tottenham Hotspur on July 21. Expect to see big names such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, Robert Lewandowski, and football veteran and Manchester United’s new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær to make their formal presence this weekend. Since the ICCS does not offer the same bearing as the Champions League and Europa League, the matches will be more exhibitional in nature. In this sense, up-and-coming players such as Angel Gomes (Man Utd) and Moise Kean (Juventus) will have their spotlight on the field. Sensational? You bet!
Now, what else to enjoy in Singapore besides the ICCS?
1. Be amazed by the Merlion.
For those of you non-Singaporeans who haven’t met the Merlion yet, this is your chance. The Merlion is Singapore’s national mascot. With the head of a lion and the body of a fish as its aesthetics, the statue symbolises the country’s humble beginnings as a fishing village. The head represents Singapore’s original name, ‘Singapura’, which in Malay means ‘lion city’. The body, meanwhile, represents Singapore back when it was called ‘Temasek’, which means ‘sea town’ in Old Javanese.
2. Relax and unwind at the Marina Bay Waterfront.
Strolling around the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade is a fun and cost-free activity tourists will enjoy. All sorts of crowds can be found strolling around its breathtaking facade. From romantic picnics to public fitness sessions, there is definitely room for everyone’s favourite lazy activity here. Want to cap a day well spent? Just sit at the Bayfront, and enjoy the beautiful Singaporean sunset to come.
3. Walk through the Orchard Road.
The glitz and glamour of Singapore is in its high fashion street, Orchard Road. This stretch of land displays the creative side of the city in every sense of the word. Without a doubt, it is a shopper’s haven. You will soon find that it could take you more than a trip to the shops to scoop all the potential good finds you will no doubt go crazy over. But believe us when we say it’s worth it!
A huge tip: watch out for Singapore’s annual Great Singapore Sale taking during this particular weekend to make the most of your shopping budget.
4. Cruise on a bumboat along downtown Singapore.
The bumboat is a perfect way to explore the sights in downtown Singapore. It also is the most convenient way to travel fast and cheap around the area. If you are not in any way rushing, then remember to take in the clean air of Singapore in your lungs as the boat cruises along the Singapore river. The meditative action is simple but relaxing, but we believe it is the best way for you to make the most of your time in this vividly breathtaking city. When best to ride the boat? Well, we say anytime between late afternoon to after dusk are the best times to ride the bumboat. Views of the sunset and the light show at Marina Bay on the boat make for a softer atmosphere of Singapore.
5. Swim around Sentosa Island.
Another popular destination in Singapore is Sentosa Island. This huge fun island playground is filled with activities for kids and adults alike who love the sea without cutting themselves off from the city. The trip to the island will be especially thrilling when you go there via cable car. Sentosa offers a wide array of things to do, depending on your taste. Activities such as enjoying the beach, exploring nature and wildlife, fun family activities, museum trips, and amazing shows are all designed to fill an entire day’s itinerary. Spending your time at Sentosa Island will probably be the most colourful of your Singapore trip to cure post-ICCS withdrawals.
Want to catch the International Champions Cup Singapore live, and then discover more beautiful ways to spend your short weekend in the Lion City? Give our team at Fayyaz Travels a shoutout today, and we’ll get back to you with helpful tips and tricks in no time!