July 22, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Paris St. Germain forward Guillaume Horau (9) goes up to control the ball during the second half against Chelsea FC at Yankee Stadium. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

World Football Challenge 2012: AC Milan, Real Madrid Play At Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium hosted the second of two World Football challenge matches to be played there on Wednesday night.

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AC Milan, Real Madrid Square Off In Yankee Stadium

AC Milan and Real Madrid do battle on Wednesday at venerable Yankee Stadium.


World Football Challenge 2012: Chelsea Vs. Paris Saint-Germain At Yankee Stadium

The 2012 World Football Challenge got underway on July 18 with MLS' Seattle Sounders hosting European champions Chelsea. Chelsea won that match, 4-2, and will play their next match in the competition at Yankee Stadium on July 22.

Chelsea will face Ligue 1 runners-up Paris Saint-Germain in the third match of the World Football Challenge on Sunday. While PSG recently signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he will not be with the club for the match. However, defender Thiago Silva will be available. Two of Chelsea's signings, Marko Marin and Eden Hazard have already scored in the World Football Challenge. Both clubs could put out strong lineups on match day and provide plenty of fireworks for the Yankee Stadium crowd in the first match played at the venue. Historic seasons await both clubs as Chelsea looks to become the first team to win back-to-back European championship titles since AC Milan (1989-1990) while PSG will try to claim its first European title.

Both teams have released the rosters they will have available for the match.

Chelsea Position Paris Saint-Germain Position
1 Petr Cech GK 1 Nicolas Douchez GK
2 Branislav Ivanovic DF 2 Thiago Silva DF
3 Ashley Cole DF 3 Mamadou Sakho DF
4 David Luiz DF 4 Milan Biševac DF
5 Michael Essien MF 5 Siake Tiéné MF
7 Ramires MF 6 Zoumana Camara DF
8 Frank Lampard MF 7 Jérémy Ménez FW
9 Fernando Torres FW 8 Péguy Luyindula FW
12 John Mikel Obi MF 9 Guillaume Hoarau FW
14 Kevin De Bruyne MF 10 Nené MF
15 Florent Malouda MF 11 Ezequiel Lavezzi FW
16 Raul Meireles MF 12 Mathieu Bodmer MF
17 Eden Hazard MF 13 Alex DF
18 Romelu Lukaku FW 14 Blaise Matuidi MF
19 Paulo Ferreira DF 15 Diego Lugano DF
20 Josh McEachran MF 16 Alphonse Aréola GK
21 Marko Marin MF 17 Maxwell DF
22 Ross Turnball GK 19 Kevin Gameiro FW
21 Gary Cahill DF 20 Clément Chantôme MF
26 John Terry DF 22 Sylvain Armand DF
27 Sam Hutchinson DF 23 Mohamed Sissoko MF
30 Yossi Benayoun MF 24 Marco Verratti MF
31 Gael Kakuta FW 25 Jean-Christophe Bahebeck FW
30 Henrique Hilario GK 26 Christophe Jallet DF
41 Jamal Blackman GK 27 Javier Pastore MF
45 Nathaniel Chalobah DF 28 Thiago Motta MF
46 Lucas Piazon FW 29 Neeskens Kebano MF
47 Todd Kane DF 30 Salvatore Sirigu GK
48 George Saville MF 31 Adrien Rabiot MF
49 Patrick Bamford FW 32 Loïck Landré DF
33 Jean-Eudes Maurice FW
40 Ronan Le Crom GK

Managers: Chelsea, Roberto Di Matteo; Paris Saint-Germain, Carlo Ancelotti

Game Info:

Time: 7 p.m.

Venue: Yankee Stadium

TV: Fox Soccer/Univision Deportes

Pitch Dimensions: 110 yards x 70 yards

2012 World Football Challenge Records: Chelsea 1-0-0, Paris Saint-Germain 0-0-0

Last match: Chelsea 4, Seattle Sounders 2, July 18, CenturyLink Field

Chelsea took a 2-0 lead just 11 minutes into the match on goals by Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard. The Sounders capitalized on a giveaway near the top of the penalty area in the 14th minute. Fredy Montero intercepted a lazy pass and beat Henrique Hilario to get one back for Seattle. Montero scored again a couple of minutes after the half hour mark. Marko Marin scored in the 40th minute and Lukaku finished off his brace in the 44th minute to close the scoring.

To see the full schedule of matches in the World Football Challenge, click here.

For more on the World Football Challenge and the matches which will be played at Yankee Stadium, stay tuned to our StoryStream.


World Football Challenge 2012: Yankee Stadium Conversion Underway

The process of converting the Yankee Stadium baseball diamond into a soccer pitch has begun. Yankee Stadium will be the site of two matches in the ongoing 2012 World Football Challenge, the first of which will be Sunday, June 22, when European champions Chelsea will take on Ligue 1 runners-up Paris-Saint Germain at 7 p.m. ET.

A look at the beginning of the creation of the Yankee Stadium pitch is below:


(Photo courtesy of the New York Yankees)

The second match at Yankee Stadium will pit Real Madrid against AC Milan on August 8.

You can see the layout of what the pitch will look like and the complete World Football Challenge schedule in our StoryStream.

This version of Yankee Stadium, opened in 2009, has hosted boxing and college football in addition to baseball. These will be the first soccer matches at the Stadium.

The Yankees will be on the West Coast for the next week for a total of seven games against the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners. The first of those games is Thursday night.

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