The last time Juventus made their way over to Australia, it wasn't necessarily to sit around and play with kangaroos. The time before that, they were set to make their return to Serie A. So to say that Australia has been Juve's home away from home wouldn't necessarily be true, but there's certainly a reason Juve keep going back to the land of Crocodile Dundee and the world-renowned Sydney Opera House.
This next time, about four months from now, will be the International Champions Cup.
Don't worry, it won't be like the last time Juve took part in the International Champions Cup a few years ago. Or, at least, we hope it won't be like a couple of years ago. At least there won't be any MLS teams as far as we know right now.
But Juventus are heading back to Australia for the first time since they faced Alessandro Del Piero and the Australian League All-Star in the late-summer months of 2014. There will be no kind of reunion, rather a pair of friendlies against an Australian side, Melbourne Victory, and a team that maybe, just maybe, Juve will see in the Champions League group stage come the fall in the form of Tottenham Hotspur.
The complete schedule — as it stands right now — is below:
Match 1: Juventus vs. Melbourne Victory, Saturday, July 23rd, 7 p.m. AEST, 11 a.m. in Italy, 5 a.m. ET, 2 a.m. PT
Match 2: Juventus vs. Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Tuesday, July 26th, 8 p.m. AEST, 12 p.m. in Italy, 6 p.m. ET, 3 a.m. PT
Match 3: Tottenham Hotspur F.C. vs. Atético Madrid, Friday, July 29th, 8 p.m. AEST, 12 p.m. in Italy, 6 p.m. ET, 3 a.m. PT
Whether we get a Juventus-Atléti matchup is unclear at this point, but it seems like both Juventus and Tottenham will be playing two games and then likely heading out somewhere else to complete their summer preseason tour. Nothing has been officially announced through the Juventus channels just yet, but maybe we're just a little bit of time away from that knowing that the International Champions Cup folks have now released what looks like the entirety of the schedule both in Australia and the United States.