2012 World Football Challenge

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2012 World Football Challenge
World Football Challenge
Country Canada
United States
Teams 11 (from 2 confederations)
Matches played 9
Goals scored 30 (3.33 per match)
Attendance 304,285 (33,809 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Spain José Callejón
(3 goals)

The 2012 World Football Challenge was the third World Football Challenge event, a series of friendly soccer matches played in the United States and Canada in July and August 2012. The series opened on July 18, 2012.[1] The opening match was between the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer (MLS) and Chelsea of the English Premier League, which Chelsea won 4–2.[2] Real Madrid, who had won the equivalent tournament the previous year, were the only team to win all their matches in normal play.

Participants[edit]

The following eleven clubs took part in the 2012 World Football Challenge.

Nation Team Location Confederation Professional League Notes
 Scotland Celtic Glasgow, Scotland UEFA Scottish Premier League 2011–12 Scottish Premier League champions
 England Chelsea London, England UEFA Premier League 2012 FA Cup and 2011–12 UEFA Champions League winners
 United States D.C. United Washington, D.C. CONCACAF Major League Soccer 4-time MLS Cup Champions
 Mexico Santos Laguna Torreón, Mexico CONCACAF Liga MX 2011–12 Mexican Primera División Clausura champions
 England Liverpool Liverpool, England UEFA Premier League 2012 Football League Cup winners
 United States Los Angeles Galaxy Los Angeles, California CONCACAF Major League Soccer 2011 MLS Cup champions
 Italy Milan Milan, Italy UEFA Serie A 18-time Serie A champions
 France Paris Saint-Germain Paris, France UEFA Ligue 1 Ligue 1 runners-up
 Spain Real Madrid Madrid, Spain UEFA La Liga 2011–12 La Liga champions
 United States Seattle Sounders Seattle, Washington CONCACAF Major League Soccer 2011 U.S. Open Cup winners
 Canada Toronto FC Toronto, Ontario CONCACAF Major League Soccer 2012 Canadian Championship champions

Venues[edit]

Eight venues were selected for the 2012 World Football Challenge.

Carson, California Miami, Florida Whitney, Nevada The Bronx, New York City
The Home Depot Center Sun Life Stadium Sam Boyd Stadium Yankee Stadium
Capacity: 27,000 Capacity: 74,918 Capacity: 36,800 Capacity: 52,325
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Toronto, Ontario Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Seattle, Washington Washington, D.C.
Rogers Centre Lincoln Financial Field CenturyLink Field RFK Stadium
Capacity: 49,808 Capacity: 67,594 Capacity: 67,000 Capacity: 56,692
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Matches[edit]

All times are in the EDT time zone (UTC-4) (Local Times in parentheses).[3]

July 18, 2012
21:30 (18:30 UTC-7)
Seattle Sounders FC 2–4 Chelsea
Montero Goal 14'32' Report Lukaku Goal 3'44'
Hazard Goal 11'
Marin Goal 40'
CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Attendance: 53,309
Referee: Ricardo Salazar (California)

July 21, 2012
16:00 (16:00 UTC-4)
Toronto FC 1–1 Liverpool
Amarikwa Goal 58' Report Morgan Goal 69'
Rogers Centre, Toronto
Attendance: 33,087
Referee: Paul Ward (Vancouver)

July 22, 2012
19:00 (19:00 UTC-4)
Chelsea 1–1 Paris Saint-Germain
Piazon Goal 82' Report Nenê Goal 30'
Yankee Stadium, New York
Attendance: 38,202
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic (Nebraska)

July 28, 2012
18:00 (18:00 UTC-4)
Chelsea 0–1 Milan
Report Emanuelson Goal 68'

July 28, 2012
19:30 (19:30 UTC-4)
D.C. United 1–1 Paris Saint-Germain
De Rosario Goal 33' (pen.) Report Ibrahimović Goal 3'
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Attendance: 13,176
Referee: John McCloskey (Delaware)

August 2, 2012
22:30 (19:30 UTC-7)
Los Angeles Galaxy 1–5 Real Madrid
Lopes Goal 23' Report Higuaín Goal 2'
Di María Goal 11'
Callejón Goal 36'
Morata Goal 49'
Jesé Goal 84'
The Home Depot Center, Carson
Attendance: 30,317
Referee: Ricardo Salazar (California)

August 5, 2012
23:00 (20:00 UTC-7)
Real Madrid 2–1 Santos Laguna
Alonso Goal 14'
Khedira Goal 72'
Report Suárez Goal 25'
Sam Boyd Stadium, Whitney, Nevada
Attendance: 29,152
Referee: Baldomero Toledo (California)

August 8, 2012
20:00 (20:00 UTC-4)
Real Madrid 5–1 Milan
Di María Goal 24'
Ronaldo Goal 49'66'
Ramos Goal 81'
Callejón Goal 89'
Report Robinho Goal 33'
Yankee Stadium, New York
Attendance: 49,474
Referee: Jair Marrufo (Texas)

August 11, 2012
13:30 (13:30 UTC-4)
Real Madrid 2–0 Celtic
Callejón Goal 22'
Benzema Goal 67'
Report
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Attendance: 34,018
Referee: Sorin Stoica

Summary of results[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA
Celtic 1 0 0 1 0 2
Chelsea 3 1 1 1 5 4
D.C. United 1 0 1 0 1 1
Liverpool 1 0 1 0 1 1
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 0 0 1 1 5
Milan 2 1 0 1 2 5
Paris Saint-Germain 2 0 2 0 2 2
Real Madrid 4 4 0 0 14 3
Santos Laguna 1 0 0 1 1 2
Seattle Sounders 1 0 0 1 2 4
Toronto FC 1 0 1 0 1 1

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of August 11, 2012.
Rank Name Team Goals
1 Spain José Callejón Real Madrid 3
2 Belgium Romelu Lukaku Chelsea 2
Argentina Ángel Di María Real Madrid 2
Colombia Fredy Montero Seattle Sounders 2
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 2
6 Spain Xabi Alonso Real Madrid 1
United States Quincy Amarikwa Toronto FC 1
France Karim Benzema Real Madrid 1
Netherlands Urby Emanuelson Milan 1
Belgium Eden Hazard Chelsea 1
Argentina Gonzalo Higuaín Real Madrid 1
Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović Paris Saint-Germain 1
Spain Jesé Real Madrid 1
Germany Sami Khedira Real Madrid 1
Brazil David Lopes Los Angeles Galaxy 1
Germany Marko Marin Chelsea 1
Spain Álvaro Morata Real Madrid 1
England Adam Morgan Liverpool 1
Brazil Nenê Paris Saint-Germain 1
Brazil Lucas Piazon Chelsea 1
Spain Sergio Ramos Real Madrid 1
Brazil Robinho Milan 1
Canada Dwayne De Rosario D.C. United 1
Ecuador Christian Suárez Santos Laguna 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Borg, Simon (April 24, 2012). "WFC: 2012 World Football Challenge kicks off July 18". MLS. MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ Borg, Simon. "WFC: Sounders to host English giants Chelsea on July 18". MLS. MLSSoccer.com. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "World Football Challenge Schedule". MLS. Major League Soccer. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 

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