World Football Challenge Preview: Chelsea, AC Milan, Inter, Club America

Four top clubs clash in North America...

What: World Football Challenge
Where: United States of America - Palo Alto, CA; Pasadena, CA: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Foxboro, MA; Arlington, TX
When: July 19-July 26


July 19 - 19:00 EST - Palo Alto
Club America - Inter

July 21 - 23:00 EST - Pasadena
Chelsea - Inter

July 22 - 19:00 EST - Atlanta
Club America - Milan

July 24 - 20:00 EST - Baltimore
Chelsea - Milan

July 26 - 17:00 EST - Foxboro
Inter - Milan

July 26 - 19:00 EST - Arlington
Chelsea - Club America



The sole American continent representative is, appropriately enough, Club America of Mexico City. They're one of Mexico's Big Four, jostling with Chivas Guadalajara for the title of the country's favourite team, but they come to the United States in a period of difficulty, having only managed a mid-table finish in the 2009 Clausura.

However, there are definitely players who can give the likes of Inter and Chelea a test, not least Paraguayan hitman Salvador Cabanas and home-grown talent Oscar Rojas, an impressive ful-back.

By kicking the tournament off against Inter, America will have the eyes of the world upon them. It's time for this popular, wealthy club to deliver on its promise.


For the Blues, this tournament represents not only another chance to break into the US market, but also some meaningful action prior to another Premier League and Champions League season.

The fact that they drew a packed house in Seattle for a friendly against the Sounders suggests that they're already well en route to doing the first part, but the second is arguably even more key.

Their first game, against Inter, is a real curtain-raiser, Jose Mourinho facing his former charges as he bosses the Nerazzurri.

It's also a chance for Chelsea's new signings to impress. Granted, they've made very few transfers so far, but one - Daniel Sturridge - has already scored on US soil. Big things are expected of him.

For the likes of Ricardo Carvalho, meanwhile, the game against AC Milan and the closer versus America could be a farewell...


Next up are Serie A champions Inter, who will grace the tournament after winning the last four successive Scudetto crowns.

Under Jose Mourinho, who will get a chance to have a peek at how the Chelsea squad he assembled has since developed, the Nerazzurri are aiming high this season as they set their sights on Champions League glory. Coming in first in Serie A is no longer enough for success-craving president, Massimo Moratti.

The World Football Challenge may not be a powerhouse competition, but it will give the 'Special One' a chance to gauge his squad. It will also be an opportunity for the newcomers such as Diego Milito and Thiago Motta to prove themselves, while others such as Ricardo Quaresma and Mario Balotelli will also be desperate to impress. 

Milito is a proven goalscoring machine and he must surely be eager to show that he can take over Zlatan Ibrahimovic's place as the team's main hitman if and when the Swede leaves. 


The Rossoneri will usher in a brand new era following the departure of coach, Carlo Ancelotti to one of their rivals in this tournament, Chelsea, as well as Kaka to Real Madrid, and ofcourse the retirement of a certain Paolo Maldini.

Life after the legendary trio starts here. New coach, Leonardo really does have a tough act to follow and he needs all his remaining superstars who have decided to stay with Milan, Andrea Pirlo, Alexandre Pato and Ronaldinho, to step up to the plate.

New singing Oguchi Onyewu will may feel like an outside man when he joins up with the rest of the squad for the first time later in the week but he will feel quite at home on US soil.

A clash with ferocious foes, Inter on July 26 will give the world a prelude to another season of the 'Derby della Madonnina'.