The International Champions Cup, which brought premier teams such as Real Madrid, Manchester City and Roma to Australian shores, will return next year with Melbourne Victory representing the A-League for the first time.
The tri-team tournament, which saw over 220,000 click through the turnstiles during the Australian leg at the Melbourne Cricket Ground earlier this year, will see English Premier League mainstay Tottenham Hotspur and Serie A giants Juventus compete for the title alongside Victory.
Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro believe his side will be no pushovers when the teams grace the park next July.
“It will create challenges for us to build on our depth and the talent within the squad and that creates an enormous excitement for Kevin and the football department and our supporters,’’ Di Pietro told Fox Sports.
Australia won't be foreign soil for either side with both teams having toured in recent years, although this will be the second time Juventus lock horns with Victory after they fielded an understrength side in a friendly back in 2008.
After a year where the Victory collected a clean sweep of trophies – the Premiers Plate, Championship and the FFA Cup – Di Pietro believes the performances of his side warranted inclusion in next year's event.
“We would hope that our performance has brought us to the forefront of being invited, so we’ve got a lot of work to do to be playing against the Champions League runners-up and the enormously followed Tottenham,” he said.
In addition to the two teams, football fans can also look forward to the announcement of a fourth team to compete in the competition, with another possible glamour club to be unveiled.
"It's a massive feather in the cap of the football club that we've been recognised as the club that they want involved in that tournament," Muscat said.
"We've seen what a success it was last season,"
Victorian Sport Minister John Eren told the Herald Sun: “The International Champions Cup is fast becoming a flagship date on our calendar of events and the 2015 instalment of the ICC shows it’s a hit with visitors and a boost to the economy.