Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat says inclusion in the International Champions Cup is a recognition of the reigning Hyundai A-League champions' rise as a force in Australia.Italian giants Juventus, EPL club Spurs and Melbourne Victory have reportedly been confirmed for the International Champions Cup to be played at the MCG in 2016.
It’s expected the fourth team for the tournament in Melbourne in late July will be named in February.
The tournament is set to be played in the last week of July.
It comes at a time when Victory will be preparing for their defence of the Westfield FFA Cup and, potentially, the latter stages of the Asian Champions League.
"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.
"We've seen what a success it was last season," Muscat said.
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.”
Earlier this year, a stunning crowd of 99,000 saw Ronaldo’s Real Madrid play in the ICC at the MCG against Manchester City, a game in which the Spanish side thumped the EPL outfit 4-1.
The inaugural tournament in Australia last July, which also featured Roma and Manchester City, attracted a total of 220,000 fans to the iconic venue and strong ratings on Channel 9.