2012 FA Community Shield

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2012 FA Community Shield
2012 FA Community Shield programme.jpg
Villa Park was the venue for the 2012 Community Shield
Date 12 August 2012
Venue Villa Park, Birmingham
Man of the Match Yaya Touré (Manchester City)
Referee Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)[1]
Attendance 36,394
Weather Rain showers
19 °C (66 °F)[2]
2011
2013

The 2012 FA Community Shield was the 90th FA Community Shield, a football match played on 12 August 2012 between the winners of the previous season's Premier League and FA Cup competitions. The match was contested by the 2012 FA Cup winners, Chelsea, and the champions of the 2011–12 Premier League, Manchester City.

The 2012 Community Shield was not played at its usual venue, Wembley Stadium, as the stadium hosted the final of the 2012 Olympic football tournament on the same weekend as the proposed date for the Community Shield.[3] It was played instead at Aston Villa's home ground, Villa Park, in Birmingham. It was the first time since the fixture was played at Maine Road in 1973 that the Community Shield had been hosted at a venue other than Wembley (old and new) and the Millennium Stadium. Manchester City won the game 3–2 to claim their first Community Shield since 1972.[4][5][6]

Pre-match[edit]

The 2012 Community Shield was broadcast live in the United Kingdom on ITV1.[7] Traditionally, the Community Shield has started at 15:00 BST, but the match was due to be played on the final day of the 2012 Olympics, and therefore started at 13:30 BST.[8]

Entry[edit]

Chelsea qualified by winning the 2012 FA Cup Final, beating Liverpool 2–1 in the final at Wembley. Chelsea beat Portsmouth 4–0, Queens Park Rangers 1–0, Birmingham City 2–0, Leicester City 5–2 and Tottenham Hotspur 5–1 en route to the final. The 2012 victory was Chelsea's seventh FA Cup triumph and consequently gained a berth in the 2012 Community Shield. The 2012 Community Shield will be Chelsea's tenth appearance in the fixture.

Manchester City qualified for their second consecutive Community Shield by clinching the Premier League title in the final minutes of the season. City made a strong start to the league season, beating rivals Manchester United 6–1 at Old Trafford in October and maintained the lead in the league for the majority of the season. However, a drop in form in March and April meant they fell eight points behind leaders Manchester United who would later drop points to Wigan Athletic and Everton. City won the last six league matches of the season, including a crucial 1–0 victory over United at the Etihad Stadium on 30 April which put City top of the league with a superior goal difference. City needed to now win the final two matches to win the league, irrespective of what United did. They beat Newcastle at St James Park, meaning victory against Queens Park Rangers would seal the title for City. Although taking an early lead, QPR scored twice in the 48th and 66th minute. It looked as if City had blown their chance to win the league with United winning 1–0 at Sunderland. However, two stoppage time goals – one from Edin Džeko and a last-minute goal from Sergio Agüero – completed a remarkable comeback to give City a 3–2 win.[9] The league being decided on goal difference was the closest finish since Arsenal and Liverpool in 1989 and ensured Manchester City won their first top-flight league title since 1968. The 2012 Community Shield was Manchester City's ninth appearance in the fixture.

Venue[edit]

Villa Park was selected as the venue for the Community Shield as Wembley Stadium was unavailable during the 2012 Summer Olympics.

In order to avoid clashing with the Olympics, The Football Association (FA) agreed that the Community Shield would not be played in London, igniting speculation that the Community Shield would follow suit with the Supercoppa Italiana and Trophée des Champions and be played overseas. Despite the financial incentive, the FA announced that Community Shield would be held in England.

In previous years when Wembley has been unavailable, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff was used to host major events; however, its use was not seen as viable due to its hosting of other Olympic football matches in the days leading up to the Shield. Venues that were also considered included the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, which hosts its final match at the 2012 Olympics on 7 August, St James' Park in Newcastle, the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, the Etihad Stadium, Anfield in Liverpool and Villa Park in Birmingham.[10]

However, on 1 August 2011, it was announced that Villa Park was the interim choice to host the Shield, as the other, larger venues would "still be in Olympic mode".[11] This decision was confirmed on 18 May 2012 after the football season had concluded and it became clear Villa Park would be an ideal neutral venue half-way between the two competing clubs from London and Manchester.[12]

Officials[edit]

The match officials for the game were confirmed on 3 July 2012. Kevin Friend of Leicestershire was named as referee, having previously been the fourth official at both the 2011 League Cup Final and the 2011 Community Shield, and refereed the 2009 FA Vase Final. Friend was assisted by Michael McDonough of Northumberland and Richard West from East Riding of Yorkshire, while the fourth official was Anthony Taylor of Cheshire, and Charles Breakspear (Surrey) was the reserve assistant referee.[1]

Match[edit]

Details[edit]

12 August 2012
13:30 BST
Chelsea 2–3 Manchester City
Torres Goal 40'
Bertrand Goal 80'
Report Y. Touré Goal 53'
Tévez Goal 59'
Nasri Goal 65'
Villa Park, Birmingham
Attendance: 36,394
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)[1]
Chelsea[13]
Manchester City[14]
GK 1 Czech Republic Petr Čech
RB 2 Serbia Branislav Ivanović Red card 42'
CB 26 England John Terry
CB 4 Brazil David Luiz
LB 3 England Ashley Cole Booked 62'
CM 8 England Frank Lampard Booked 45+1'
CM 12 Nigeria Mikel John Obi Booked 45+1'
RW 7 Brazil Ramires Booked 32'
AM 10 Spain Juan Mata Substituted off 75'
LW 17 Belgium Eden Hazard Substituted off 72'
CF 9 Spain Fernando Torres
Substitutes:
GK 22 England Ross Turnbull
DF 24 England Gary Cahill
DF 34 England Ryan Bertrand Booked 80' Substituted in 72'
MF 5 Ghana Michael Essien
MF 16 Portugal Raul Meireles
FW 23 England Daniel Sturridge Substituted in 75'
FW 40 Brazil Lucas Piazón
Manager:
Italy Roberto Di Matteo
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GK 30 Romania Costel Pantilimon Booked 80'
CB 15 Montenegro Stefan Savić Booked 11' Substituted off 46'
CB 4 Belgium Vincent Kompany (c) Booked 49'
CB 5 Argentina Pablo Zabaleta
RM 7 England James Milner
CM 34 Netherlands Nigel de Jong
CM 42 Ivory Coast Yaya Touré
LM 13 Serbia Aleksandar Kolarov
AM 8 France Samir Nasri Substituted off 77'
CF 16 Argentina Sergio Agüero
CF 32 Argentina Carlos Tévez Substituted off 89'
Substitutes:
GK 63 Norway Eirik Holmen Johansen
DF 22 France Gaël Clichy Substituted in 46'
DF 28 Ivory Coast Kolo Touré
MF 11 England Adam Johnson
MF 21 Spain David Silva Substituted in 77'
MF 62 Ivory Coast Abdul Razak
FW 10 Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Džeko Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Italy Roberto Mancini
Man of the match
Match officials
Match rules
  • 90 minutes
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores level after 90 minutes
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of six substitutions

Statistics[edit]

Chelsea Manchester City
Total shots 9 13
Shots on target 5 9
Ball possession 46% 54%
Corner kicks 5 9
Fouls committed 14 14
Offsides 0 0
Yellow cards 5 3
Red cards 1 0

Source: ITV Sport[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "A Friend in me". TheFA.com (The Football Association). 3 July 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "History for Birmingham, United Kingdom". wunderground.com. Weather Underground. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Stone, Simon (15 February 2011). "FA must find new venue for 2012 Community Shield". independent.co.uk (Independent Print). Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Samir Nasri helps Manchester City win Community Shield against Chelsea". guardian.co.uk (Guardian News and Media). 12 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Chelsea 2 Man City 3". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 12 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "City edge ten-man Blues". ESPN Soccernet. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Villa Park to host curtain-raiser". 18 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Villa Park kick-off confirmed". TheFA.com (The Football Association). 18 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Miracles do happen in Manchester: Kompany stunned after City's incredible finish". Daily Mail. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Stone, Simon (16 February 2011). "Old Trafford in pole for 2012 Community Shield". independent.co.uk (Independent Print). Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  11. ^ Kelso, Paul (1 August 2011). "England hope to broker friendly against Brazil as centrepiece of 2013 summer tour to South America". Telegraph. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  12. ^ Pascoe, Thomas (18 May 2012). "Community Shield switched to Villa Park as Wembley hosts Olympics". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Chelsea 2012 Community Shield kit". chelseamegastore.com. Chelsea FC. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Manchester City 2012 Community Shield kit". mcfc.co.uk. Manchester City FC. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Chelsea 2-3 Man City". ITV Sport. ITV. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.