2009 World Football Challenge

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2009 World Football Challenge
Country United States
Teams 4 (from 3 federations)
Champions England Chelsea[1]
Runners-up Mexico América
Matches played 6
Goals scored 14 (2.33 per match)
Attendance 336,813 (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.

Format[edit]

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]

Venues[edit]

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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Rules[edit]

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]

Standings[edit]

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

Matches[edit]

July 19, 2009
19:00 EST
América 1–1 Inter Milan
Silva Goal 51' Report Córdoba Goal 61'
  Penalties  
Chitiva Penalty scored
Mosquera Penalty scored
Silva Penalty scored
Márquez Penalty scored
Ó. Rojas Penalty scored
5–4 Penalty scored Balotelli
Penalty scored Milito
Penalty scored Ibrahimović
Penalty missed Vieira
Penalty scored Burdisso
Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, CA
Attendance: 31,026
Referee: Baldomero Toledo (California)

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

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

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

July 26, 2009
17:00 EST
Inter Milan 2–0 Milan
Milito Goal 4'75' Report
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Attendance: 42,531[6]
Referee: Jorge González (New York)

July 26, 2009
19:00 EST
Chelsea 2–0 América
Di Santo Goal 76'
Malouda Goal 78'
Report
Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX
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

References[edit]

  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 (24 March 2009). "Inter, Chelsea And Milan Enter World Football Challenge 2009 Tournament". Goal.com. Retrieved 21 July 2009. Chelsea, Milan and Inter have entered the World Football Challenge 2009 tournament along with Mexican entrants Club America. 
  3. ^ Cardillo, Michael (24 March 2009). "World Football Challenge Coming to a City Near You". Fanhouse. Archived from the original on June 15, 2009. Retrieved 21 July 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. 24 March 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "World Football Challenge". World Football Challenge. Archived from the original on July 16, 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Report: AC Milan v Internazionale - World Football Challenge - ESPNFC". Soccernet.espn.go.com. 2009-07-26. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 

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