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World Football Challenge
Tournament details
Host country  United States
Dates July 19 – July 26
Teams (from 2 confederations)
Venue(s) (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions England Chelsea (1st title)
Runner-up Mexico América
Tournament statistics
Matches played 6
Goals scored 14 (2.33 per match)
Top scorer(s) Côte d'Ivoire Didier Drogba (2 goals)
Argentina Diego Milito

The World Football Challenge was an exhibition international club football (soccer) competition featuring football club teams from Europe and North America, which was held in the summer of 2009. Each team played the other three teams in the tournament once in a round-robin tournament format, with each game played at a neutral venue in the United States. Chelsea F.C. emerged as the World Football Challenge champion for 2009.

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Teams

The following four clubs participated in the 2009 tournament:[1][2][3]

Venues

Six cities served as the venues of the 2009 World Football Challenge.[3]

Palo Alto, California Pasadena, California Atlanta, Georgia Baltimore, Maryland Foxborough, Massachusetts Arlington, Texas
Stanford Stadium Rose Bowl Georgia Dome M&T Bank Stadium Gillette Stadium Cowboys Stadium
Capacity: 50,000 Capacity: 92,542 Capacity: 71,228 Capacity: 71,008 Capacity: 68,756 Capacity: 80,000
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Rules

Chelsea vs Club America at the Cowboys Stadium

Clubs received one point for each goal scored in regulation (up to three goals per game). Clubs earned three points for a win that does not go into penalty kicks. After 90 minutes of play, if the match was tied, each team received one point and the winner of the penalty kicks received an additional point. The team with the highest overall number of points determined the World Football Challenge champion.[4]

Standings

Team Pld W WPk LPk L GF GA GD Pts
England Chelsea 3 3 0 0 0 6 1 +5 15
Mexico América 3 1 1 0 1 3 4 −1 8
Italy Internazionale 3 1 0 1 1 3 3 0 7
Italy Milan 3 0 0 0 3 2 6 −4 2

Fixtures

July 19, 2009
19:00 EST
América Mexico 1 – 1 Italy Internazionale Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, CA
Attendance: 31,026
Referee: Baldomero Toledo (United States)
Silva Goal 51' Report Córdoba Goal 61'
    Penalties  
Chitiva Scored
Mosquera Scored
Silva Scored
Márquez Scored
Ó. Rojas Scored
5 – 4 Scored Balotelli
Scored Milito
Scored Ibrahimović
Missed Vieira
Scored Burdisso
 

July 21, 2009
23:00 EST
Chelsea England 2 – 0 Italy Internazionale Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
Attendance: 81,224
Referee: Ricardo Salazar (United States)
Drogba Goal 11'
Lampard Goal 50' (pen.)
Report

July 22, 2009
19:00 EST
América Mexico 2 – 1 Italy Milan Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
Attendance: 53,600
Referee: Alex Prus (United States)
Esqueda Goal 56'
Márquez Goal 84'
Report Inzaghi Goal 66'

July 24, 2009
20:00 EST
Chelsea England 2 – 1 Italy Milan M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
Attendance: 71,203
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
Drogba Goal 7'
Zhirkov Goal 69'
Report Seedorf Goal 38'

July 26, 2009
17:00 EST
Internazionale Italy 2 – 0 Italy Milan Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Attendance: 42,531[5]
Referee: Jorge González (United States)
Milito Goal 4'75' Report

July 26, 2009
19:00 EST
Chelsea England 2 – 0 Mexico América Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX
Attendance: 57,229
Referee: Paul Ward (Canada)
Di Santo Goal 76'
Malouda Goal 78'
Report

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Côte d'Ivoire Didier Drogba England Chelsea 2
Argentina Diego Milito Italy Internazionale
3 Colombia Iván Córdoba Italy Internazionale 1
Mexico Enrique Esqueda Mexico América
Italy Filippo Inzaghi Italy Milan
England Frank Lampard England Chelsea
France Florent Malouda England Chelsea
Mexico Daniel Márquez Mexico América
Argentina Franco Di Santo England Chelsea
Netherlands Clarence Seedorf Italy Milan
Mexico Juan Carlos Silva Mexico América
Russia Yuri Zhirkov England Chelsea

References

  1. ^ Scime, Adam (24 March 2009). "Inter, Chelsea And Milan Enter World Football Challenge 2009 Tournament". Goal.com. http://www.goal.com/en/news/13/united-states/2009/03/24/1173130/inter-chelsea-and-milan-enter-world-football-challenge-2009-tour. Retrieved 21 July 2009. "Chelsea, Milan and Inter have entered the World Football Challenge 2009 tournament along with Mexican entrants Club America."  
  2. ^ Cardillo, Michael (24 March 2009). "World Football Challenge Coming to a City Near You". Fanhouse. http://soccer.fanhouse.com/2009/03/24/world-football-challenge-coming-to-a-city-near-you/. Retrieved 21 July 2009. "... which brings super clubs Chelsea, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Club America to a six-match 'series' this summer..."  
  3. ^ a b "Chelsea, Inter, Club America and AC Milan to face off in U.S.". ESPN Soccernet. 24 March 2009. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=630912&cc=5901. Retrieved 21 July 2009.  
  4. ^ "World Football Challenge". World Football Challenge. http://www.worldfootballchallenge.com/. Retrieved 21 July 2009.  
  5. ^ http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=276251&cc=5901

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