Notre Dame Athletics | July 23, 2019
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame Stadium had never seen football quite like this.
Sure, in the literal — American — sense, the storied venue had rarely seen anything but. When it came to the world’s game, however, Friday’s preseason friendly between Liverpool FC of the English Premier League and Borussia Dortmund of the German Bundesliga, it became nothing less than another crackling arena playing home to some of the world’s best.
When Liverpool, announced its American tour in April — scheduling stops at Notre Dame Stadium, Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium — no one knew just how successful a season the Reds would be wrapping up. The club, in fact, lost just one match in the Premier League and finished one point behind the champions Manchester City. In June, Liverpool defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League final to capture its sixth European Cup Championship and first since 2005.
That success only sweetened the prospect of bringing international soccer to Notre Dame. Difficult though it is to believe, Friday’s match — won 3-2 by Dortmund — represented the first of its kind in the venue’s 89 years. Not even a Fighting Irish soccer team had played a match inside the stadium before.
By all accounts — heat and humidity notwithstanding — Notre Dame delivered. The Reds boast one of the world’s best home-turf advantages in Anfield Stadium, but found the Irish home-base quite to their liking.
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