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The Football Association Community Shield is the traditional curtain-raiser for the new season of English top flight football. The match is usually contested by the winner’s of the Premier League and the FA Cup – two of the biggest club competitions in the world The 88th Community Shield will see double-winners Chelsea take on Premier League runners-up Manchester United at Wembley Stadium. If you can’t get a ticket to watch the Community Shield live, why not settle down and watch it via live online streaming courtesy of Live Sports Network.
The Football Association Community Shield is the traditional curtain-raiser for the new season of English top flight football. The match is usually contested by the winner’s of the Premier League and the FA Cup – two of the biggest club competitions in the world
The 88th Community Shield will see double-winners Chelsea take on Premier League runners-up Manchester United at Wembley Stadium. If you can’t get a ticket to watch the Community Shield live, why not settle down and watch it via live online streaming courtesy of Live Sports Network.
The FA Community Shield is one of FA's major fund raising events, benefiting various charity organisations across the country. Receipts from ticket and match day program sales are used by the FA to distribute to good causes, many of which are nominated by the participating clubs
History of the Community Shield
The origins of the competition date back over 100 years. It was first played in 1908 between Manchester United and Queens Park Rangers. The competition was regarded as the replacement for the Sheriff of London Charity Shield and has undergone a number of changes in the format since its inception. The competition was known as the Charity Shield for a large part of its history, before the name was changed to Community Shield in 2002.
Initially the match was seen as an informal end of the season clash and not much importance was given to the competition. While at first, the match was played between Football League and Southern League champions, the format changed in 1913 when the match was played between Amateurs and Professionals XIs.
The first modern day format, match between Football League and FA Cup winners, was played in 1921. However, the competition did not have a fixed format and was randomly played between Amateur and Professional XIs or between the League and FA Cup winners.
The present format began to take shape during the 1930s and since the 1930 season, the format has remained in place with a few changes. In 1950, the competition was played out between the England World Cup team and an FA team.
In 1959 the competition was rescheduled to be played at the start of a new season than being played at the end of a season. The FA was in a quandary when Tottenham Hotspur won the double, both the league title and the FA Cup, in 1960. A short term solution was reached and the 1961 Shield was played between Tottenham and a Football Association XI.
When Arsenal won the double in 1971, the FA was once again in a fix. However Arsenal withdrew from the competition due to European commitments and the competition was instead played between Division Two champions, Leicester City and FA Cup runners-up Liverpool. Leicester City became the first team to win the competition without winning either the FA Cup or the Premier League title.
The present format of the competition took birth in 1974 when the FA secretary Ted Croker declared that the competition will always be held in the Wembley Stadium. Croker went on to add that in case a league winning team performs a double, then the league runners-up will play in the match.
Till 1993 if the match was drawn, then the trophy was shared between the two teams. In fact Aston Villa and West Ham United are the only two teams in the tournament's history to have shared the trophy without winning it outright.
The first time that the competition was decided in penalties was in 1993 between Manchester United and Arsenal when United took home the trophy with a 5-4 penalty shootout win after being held to a 1-1 draw.
In recent years, teams participating in the competition regard it as a competitive friendly and use it to give much needed competitive matches for their new signings. With as many as 5 substitutions available, managers make sure that most of their first team members get a run in.
For some time since the later part of the 1990s, the competition was regarded unlucky, since the team winning the Community Shield was unable to win the English Premier League title in that season. In fact, during the period from 1997 to 2005 no team that had won the Community Shield managed to win the league title. However Chelsea managed to break the barren run during the 2005-06 season as the team won the Community Shield as well as the league title.
Carlo Ancelotti will lead his Chelsea side into the Community Shield against Manchester United hoping to start the 2010/11 season as he finished the 2009/10 – with a trophy. Despite the annual season curtain raiser being perhaps the least important trophy available, an early win against their closest rivals will automatically give the reigning champions a psychological advantage ahead of the Premier League kick-off.
Manchester United picked up the League Cup last year – a poor return given the stature and investment of the squad and Sir Alex Ferguson will expect much more from his charges this time around. An ideal time to set the tempo for the new season would be the first clash with the team that pipped them to the title last year and the bitter rivalry between the two clubs may well be evident from the off.
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