2012 FA Community Shield

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2012 FA Community Shield
The match programme cover
Date12 August 2012
VenueVilla Park, Birmingham
Man of the MatchYaya Touré (Manchester City)
RefereeKevin Friend (Leicestershire)[1]
WeatherRain showers
19 °C (66 °F)[2]

The 2012 FA Community Shield (also known as The FA Community Shield sponsored by McDonald's for sponsorship reasons) 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) or the Millennium Stadium. Manchester City won the game 3–2 to claim their first Community Shield since 1972.[4][5][6]


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]


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.[citation needed] 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.


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 was unavailable, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff was used to host major events; this was not viable in 2012 as it was also being used as a venue for Olympic football matches. Venues that were also considered included the Olympic venues of St James' Park in Newcastle and Old Trafford in Manchester, as well as the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, Anfield in Liverpool and Villa Park in Birmingham.[9]

On 1 August 2011, however, 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".[10] 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 halfway between the two competing clubs from London and Manchester.[11]


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 the East Riding of Yorkshire, while the fourth official was Anthony Taylor of Cheshire, and Charles Breakspear (Surrey) was the reserve assistant referee.[1]



Chelsea2–3Manchester City
Torres 40'
Bertrand 80'
Report Y. Touré 53'
Tevez 59'
Nasri 65'
Manchester City[13]
GK 1 Czech Republic Petr Čech
RB 2 Serbia Branislav Ivanović Red card 42'
CB 26 England John Terry (c)
CB 4 Brazil David Luiz
LB 3 England Ashley Cole Yellow card 62'
CM 8 England Frank Lampard Yellow card 45+1'
CM 12 Nigeria Mikel John Obi Yellow card 45+1'
RW 7 Brazil Ramires Yellow card 32'
AM 10 Spain Juan Mata downward-facing red arrow 75'
LW 17 Belgium Eden Hazard downward-facing red arrow 72'
CF 9 Spain Fernando Torres
GK 22 England Ross Turnbull
DF 24 England Gary Cahill
DF 34 England Ryan Bertrand Yellow card 80' upward-facing green arrow 72'
MF 5 Ghana Michael Essien
MF 16 Portugal Raul Meireles
FW 23 England Daniel Sturridge upward-facing green arrow 75'
FW 40 Brazil Lucas Piazon
Italy Roberto Di Matteo
GK 30 Romania Costel Pantilimon Yellow card 80'
CB 15 Montenegro Stefan Savić Yellow card 11' downward-facing red arrow 46'
CB 4 Belgium Vincent Kompany (c) Yellow card 49'
CB 5 Argentina Pablo Zabaleta
RM 7 England James Milner
CM 42 Ivory Coast Yaya Touré
CM 34 Netherlands Nigel de Jong
LM 13 Serbia Aleksandar Kolarov
AM 8 France Samir Nasri downward-facing red arrow 77'
CF 16 Argentina Sergio Agüero
CF 32 Argentina Carlos Tevez downward-facing red arrow 89'
GK 63 Norway Eirik Holmen Johansen
DF 22 France Gaël Clichy upward-facing green arrow 46'
DF 28 Ivory Coast Kolo Touré
MF 11 England Adam Johnson
MF 21 Spain David Silva upward-facing green arrow 77'
MF 62 Ivory Coast Abdul Razak
FW 10 Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Džeko upward-facing green arrow 89'
Italy Roberto Mancini

Man of the match Yaya Touré (Manchester City)

Assistant referees:
Michael McDonough (Northumberland)[1]
Richard West (East Riding of Yorkshire)[1]
Fourth official:
Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)[1]
Reserve official:
Charles Breakspear (Surrey)[1]

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores level after 90 minutes
  • Seven named substitutes, of which six may be used


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[14]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Stone, Simon (15 February 2011). "FA must find new venue for 2012 Community Shield". independent.co.uk. Independent Print. Archived from the original on 4 June 2019. 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.
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  6. ^ "City edge ten-man Blues". ESPN Soccernet. 12 August 2012. Archived from the original on 14 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. ^ Stone, Simon (16 February 2011). "Old Trafford in pole for 2012 Community Shield". independent.co.uk. Independent Print. Archived from the original on 1 May 2022. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
  10. ^ Kelso, Paul (1 August 2011). "England hope to broker friendly against Brazil as centrepiece of 2013 summer tour to South America". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
  11. ^ Pascoe, Thomas (18 May 2012). "Community Shield switched to Villa Park as Wembley hosts Olympics". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  12. ^ "Chelsea 2012 Community Shield kit". chelseamegastore.com. Chelsea FC. Archived from the original on 28 July 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  13. ^ "Manchester City 2012 Community Shield kit". mcfc.co.uk. Manchester City FC. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  14. ^ "Chelsea 2-3 Man City". ITV Sport. ITV. 12 August 2012. Archived from the original on 14 August 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012.