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Match against Inter Milan an N.C. homecoming for Bayern Munich soccer star Julian Green

FC Bayern Munich's Julian Green, left, and SV Lippstadt´s Marvin Joswig battle for the ball during an exhibition July 16 in Germany. Green and Bayern Munich will play Inter Milan Saturday at Bank of American Stadium.
FC Bayern Munich's Julian Green, left, and SV Lippstadt´s Marvin Joswig battle for the ball during an exhibition July 16 in Germany. Green and Bayern Munich will play Inter Milan Saturday at Bank of American Stadium. AFP/Getty Images

Bayern Munich forward Julian Green will likely see at least one familiar face in the stands at Bank of America Stadium during Saturday’s International Champions Cup soccer match against Inter Milan.

Green’s father, Jerry Green, is a native of Greensboro, having grown up in the Benbow Park neighborhood that produced such athletes as former NBA star Bob McAdoo and Harlem Globetrotters legend Curley Neal.

After graduating from Ben L. Smith High, the elder Green attended Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, with plans to transfer across town to Johnson C. Smith. Instead, Green enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving 20 years in Special Forces before retiring to Tampa, Fla.

Here’s five more facts about Julian Green:

▪ He holds dual citizenship. In addition to his American citizenship (he was born in Tampa), 21-year-old Green is also a German citizen thanks to his mother Ursula, a German national. That’s allowed him to play for the U.S. and German junior national teams as a teenager.

▪ He was a dual-sport athlete. Green was a highly-regarded youth hockey player in Germany, starting the sport after tagging along with older brother Justin to practices. But when Justin began playing soccer, Julian tagged along as well, and hockey soon took a backseat.

▪ He’s been with Bayern Munich since 2010. Green began with the highly-regarded German team’s youth program, which led to appearances with the German U-16, U-17 and U-19 national teams in international competition.

▪ He signed his first pro contract with the team in 2013. Green has spent most of his career playing for Bayern Munich’s reserve team in Germany’s fourth division Regionalliga Bayern, but he’s also played on loan with Bundesliga team Hamburger SV and its reserve team.

▪ He’s a record-setter in international competition. Green’s goal in the United States’ 2-1 overtime loss to Belgium at the 2014 World Cup not only made him (at age 19) the youngest player in U.S. history to score in a World Cup match, he’s also the youngest player to score in the tournament since Lionel Messi in the 2006 World Cup.

Saturday’s matchup

Bayern Munich: Arguably the most successful German team in history. Founded in 1900, Bayern Munich (officially FC Bayern Munchen) has won a record 26 German league championships and five UEFA Champions League titles. The team also won the FIFA Club World Cup in 2013.

Inter Milan: This is one of Italian soccer’s most storied teams. Founded in 1909, Inter Milan (officially F.C. Internazionale Milano) has won 18 Serie A championships and the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup titles three times each. The team also won the FIFA Club World Cup title in 2010.

Notes

▪ Both teams enter Saturday’s match coming off losses. Inter Milan fell 3-1 to Paris Saint-Germain in Eugene, Ore., in their ICC opener on July 24. Bayern Munich lost in a penalty-kick shoot-out to AC Milan in Chicago on Wednesday.

▪ After Saturday’s game, the teams have one more ICC match each. Bayern Munich will play Real Madrid on Aug. 3 in East Rutherford, N.J., while Inter Milan will play Celtic FC on Aug. 13 in Limerick, Ireland.

▪ Saturday’s match, which begins at 5 p.m., will be the first test of Bank of America Stadium’s security improvements, including walk-through body scanners at each entrance. The NFL’s bag policy will also be in effect.

▪ Tickets can be purchased at http://www.internationalchampionscup.com, by calling Ticketmaster or at Bank of America Stadium’s ticket office.

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