World Football Challenge

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World Football Challenge
WFClogo.jpg
Founded 2009
Abolished 2013
Region CONCACAF
UEFA
Canada
United States (hosts)
Number of teams Varies
Television broadcasters ESPN
Univisión
Website www.mlssoccer.com/wfc

The World Football Challenge was an international club association football exhibition competition featuring club teams from Europe and North America, that was held from 2009 until 2012, when it was replaced by the International Champions Cup.[1]

History[edit]

The 2009 World Football Challenge was the first World Football Challenge event, featuring Chelsea from the Premier League in England, América from the Primera División de México in Mexico, and Internazionale and AC Milan from Serie A in Italy. Chelsea were the 2009 champions.[2]

The 2011 World Football Challenge was held in July and August 2011. It featured thirteen different squads meeting up in fourteen matches across the United States and Canada. The tournament format was a considerably different than the 2009 event, due to the increase in number of teams, including five MLS teams. Four of the MLS teams played one match at home while L.A. Galaxy played one match on their home pitch and one at the larger Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Real Madrid emerged as the World Football Challenge winners for 2011 with 17 points, narrowly edging-out Manchester United on goal differential.[3] The only European clubs to play against each other in this tournament were Juventus and Sporting CP. This was Sporting CP's only match in the exhibition.

The 2012 World Football Challenge was held in seven American and one Canadian stadium in July and August 2012. Eleven clubs competed from UEFA and CONCACAF. Real Madrid played the most matches and went undefeated.[4]

On April 15, 2013, it was announced that the International Champions Cup would be replacing the World Football Challenge.[5]

Winners[edit]

Tournament Winner Nation Runner-Up Nation Third Nation
2009 Chelsea F.C.  England América  Mexico Internazionale  Italy
2011 Real Madrid  Spain Manchester United  England Manchester City  England
2012 Changed to unbalanced format

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