2009 World Football Challenge

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2009 World Football Challenge
CountryUnited States
Teams4 (from 3 federations)
ChampionsEngland Chelsea[1]
Runners-upMexico América
Matches played6
Goals scored14 (2.33 per match)
Attendance336,813 (56,136 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Ivory Coast Didier Drogba
Argentina Diego Milito
(2 goals)

The 2009 World Football Challenge was the first World Football Challenge event, an exhibition international club football competition featuring football clubs from Europe and North America, which has been held first in summer of 2009. Chelsea are the 2009 champions.


In 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 emerged as the World Football Challenge champion for 2009. The following four clubs participated in the 2009 tournament:[2][3][4]


Six cities served as the venues of the 2009 World Football Challenge.[4]

Atlanta, Georgia Baltimore, Maryland Foxborough, Massachusetts Arlington, Texas
Georgia Dome M&T Bank Stadium Gillette Stadium Cowboys Stadium
Capacity: 71,228 Capacity: 71,008 Capacity: 68,756 Capacity: 80,000
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Chelsea vs Club America at the Cowboys Stadium

Clubs received one point for each goal scored in regulation time (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.[5]


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


Chelsea2–0Inter Milan
Drogba Goal 11'
Lampard Goal 50' (pen.)
Attendance: 81,224

Esqueda Goal 56'
Márquez Goal 84'
Report Inzaghi Goal 66'
Attendance: 53,600
Referee: Alex Prus (South Carolina)

Drogba Goal 7'
Zhirkov Goal 69'
Report Seedorf Goal 38'

Inter Milan2–0Milan
Milito Goal 4'75' Report
Attendance: 42,531[6]
Referee: Jorge González (New York)

Di Santo Goal 76'
Malouda Goal 78'
Attendance: 57,229
Referee: Paul Ward (Vancouver)

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Nation Club Goals
1 Didier Drogba  CIV Chelsea 2
Diego Milito  ARG Inter Milan
3 Iván Córdoba  COL Inter Milan 1
Enrique Esqueda  MEX América
Filippo Inzaghi  ITA Milan
Frank Lampard  ENG Chelsea
Florent Malouda  FRA Chelsea
Daniel Márquez  MEX América
Franco Di Santo  ARG Chelsea
Clarence Seedorf  NED Milan
Juan Carlos Silva  MEX América
Yuri Zhirkov  RUS Chelsea


  1. ^ "The US tour has been concluded with the World Football Challenge bowl and a fourth win in four". Chelsea. chelseafc.com.
  2. ^ Scime, Adam (March 24, 2009). "Inter, Chelsea And Milan Enter World Football Challenge 2009 Tournament". Goal.com. Retrieved July 21, 2009. Chelsea, Milan and Inter have entered the World Football Challenge 2009 tournament along with Mexican entrants Club America.
  3. ^ Cardillo, Michael (March 24, 2009). "World Football Challenge Coming to a City Near You". Fanhouse. Archived from the original on June 15, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2009. ... which brings super clubs Chelsea, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Club America to a six-match 'series' this summer...
  4. ^ a b "Chelsea, Inter, Club America and AC Milan to face off in U.S." ESPN Soccernet. March 24, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2009.
  5. ^ "World Football Challenge". World Football Challenge. Archived from the original on July 16, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2009.
  6. ^ "Report: AC Milan v Internazionale - World Football Challenge - ESPNFC". Soccernet.espn.go.com. July 26, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2012.

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