Audi Cup laid its foundation in 2009 as a promotional event to mark the 100th year of trading by car manufacturer Audi AG. It is primarily a two-day pre-season football tournament that features four teams and is staged at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. From the very first season itself, this event became one of the most coveted pre-season fixtures in the football calendar. The 2009 edition was won by the host Bayern Munich.
This biennial tournament has become very popular in the circuit with amazing enthusiasm and impeccable action of the finest football players. During the next season in the year 2011, the excitement was brimming at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany to celebrate the festival of football. The four teams participating were Bayern Munich (Germany), AC Milan (Italy), Barcelona (Spain), Internacional (Brazil). It got further refined and took the format of a regular knock-out competition. The winners of each of the two matches on the first day competed against each other for the Audi Cup, whilst the two losing sides played in a third-place match. The trophy contested over two days, each day seeing two matches played back-to-back.
In the knockouts of 2011 Audi Cup, Barcelona faced the Internacional which turned out to be a draw 2-2, but finally Barcelona ended off in style at the penalty shootout with the scores 4 – 2, while the other side of the knockout was with the defending champions Bayern Munich facing AC Milan which also turned out to be a 1-1 draw, the penalty resulted in the win of Bayern Munich 5-3. Even though the stories of both the teams seemed quite similar facing off in the final was eventually exciting for the audience. The final of Audi Cup 2011 concluded with the win for Barcelona making it a mark for the world.
The 2013 edition of the Audi Cup too, was sensational. The football fans, once again, witnessed a display of high-class talent and techniques on the field and once again, Bayern Munich emerged as the winner.
The 2013 Audi Cup was the third edition of the Audi Cup. The competition hosted the 2009 Audi Cup winners Bayern Munich, the 2012 Copa Sudamericana champions São Paulo, the 2011–12 Premier League champions Manchester City and perennial Serie A contenders Milan. The English and Brazilian clubs made their first appearances in the competition, while Bayern, as hosts, and Milan have been present in every Audi Cup so far. In the finals, Bayern Munich beat Manchester City 2–1. Whereas, Milan defeated São Paulo 1–0 in the third place play-off.
When the Audi Cup entered into its fourth edition in the year 2015, Bayern Munich was, as expected, the hot favourites. And to everyone’s expectations, Bayern Munich won the title for the third time.
The fourth edition of the Audi Cup hosted the 2009 Audi Cup winners Bayern Munich, the 2014 UEFA Champions league winners Real Madrid, 18-time Italian champions Milan, and eight-time FA Cup and two times UEFA Cup winners Tottenham Hotspur. The hosts did the majority of the attacking in the match, created the better chances, and had the star performer in the shape of their new signing Douglas Costa, a Brazilian international.
As the fifth edition of the championship is about to begin in a week’s time, the excitement has already reach the zenith. Fans and followers have already booked their berth to live the legendary moments, to feel the heal and to experience the roar emerging out of the Allianz Arena. You can catch all the live action back in India on August 1st and 2nd exclusively on DSport.