Peace Cup 2009

Can Kaka, Ronaldo and Benzema co-exist on the same football pitch?

The Peace Cup returns to the summer football schedule with the fourth edition of the event hosted by Spain. The first three Peace Cup’s were played in South Korea, and the event is usually played every other year.

This year’s marquee story will of course be the addition of Real Madrid to the Peace Cup. The Spanish giants have been in the news all season with the addition of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema to the squad. The moves by Florentino Perez were made in the hopes of building a new version of the Galacticos for the future. The tournament will give viewers the chance to see just how well the three superstars play when they’re on the same team.

Aston Villa, Juventus and Sevilla will try topple Madrid and show the rest of the world that the richest squad in football isn’t worth the hype.

2009 Peace Cup Venues

6 venues will serve as hosts for this year’s event.

Madrid, Spain
Santiago Bernabeu, 80,354

Seville, Spain
La Cartuja, 57,619

Seville, Spain
Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, 45,500

Malaga, Spain
La Rosaleda, 28,963

Jerez, Spain
Chapin, 20,300

Huelva, Spain
Estadio Colombino, 13,000

Spain is of course hosting this year’s Peace Cup, and two of the venues being used house some of Spain’s best clubs (Sevilla and Real Madrid). The venues range in size from 13,000 seats, all the way up to 80,354.

Peace Cup 2009 Fixtures

The Peace Cup commences on 24 July, followed by the semi-final round on 31 July. The final will be played at La Cartuja in Seville, Spain, on 2 August.

Group A

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of SpainSevilla00000000
Flag of ItalyJuventus00000000
Flag of South KoreaSeongnam Ilhwa Chunma00000000
2009-07-24
22:30
Sevilla Flag of SpainFlag of Italy JuventusLa Cartuja, Seville

2009-07-26
20:30
Sevilla Flag of SpainFlag of South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa ChunmaRamón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville

2009-07-28
20:30
Juventus Flag of ItalyFlag of South Korea Seongnam Ilhwa ChunmaChapín, Jerez

Group B

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of SpainReal Madrid00000000
Flag of EcuadorLDU Quito00000000
Flag of Saudi ArabiaAl-Ittihad00000000
2009-07-24
20:30
LDU Quito Flag of EcuadorFlag of Saudi Arabia Al-IttihadChapín, Jerez

2009-07-26
22:30
Real Madrid Flag of SpainFlag of Saudi Arabia Al-IttihadSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid

2009-07-28
22:30
Real Madrid Flag of SpainFlag of Ecuador LDU QuitoSantiago Bernabéu, Madrid

Group C

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of SpainMálaga00000000
Flag of EnglandAston Villa00000000
Flag of MexicoAtlante00000000
2009-07-25
22:30
Málaga Flag of SpainFlag of England Aston VillaLa Rosaleda, Málaga

2009-07-27
20:30
Málaga Flag of SpainFlag of Mexico AtlanteLa Rosaleda, Málaga

2009-07-29
20:30
Aston Villa Flag of EnglandFlag of Mexico AtlanteLa Rosaleda, Málaga

Group D

TeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
Flag of FranceLyon00000000
Flag of TurkeyBeşiktaş00000000
Flag of PortugalPorto00000000
2009-07-25
20:30
Lyon Flag of FranceFlag of Turkey BeşiktaşEstadio Colombino, Huelva

2009-07-27
22:30
Lyon Flag of FranceFlag of Portugal PortoEstadio Colombino, Huelva

2009-07-29
22:30
Beşiktaş Flag of TurkeyFlag of Portugal PortoRamón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville

Final Round

Semi Finals

2009-07-31
20:30
1st Group A1st Group BRamón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville

2009-07-31
22:30
1st Group C1st Group DLa Rosaleda, Málaga

Third Place

2009-08-02
20:30
Loser Semi 1Loser Semi 2Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville

Final

2009-08-02
22:30
Winner Semi 1Winner Semi 2La Cartuja, Seville

2009 Peace Cup Predictions

Rules: The winner from each group will advance to the semi-final round. From there, the winner of each semi-final will advance to the final, with the losing clubs advancing to the Third Place match.

Group A: Sevilla, Juventus, Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma
Group B: Real Madrid, LDU Quito, Al-Ittihad
Group C: Malaga, Aston Villa, Atlante
Group D: Lyon, Besiktas, Porto

In Group A I fully expect the winner of the Sevilla/Juve match to advance to the semi-final round. It’s going to be hard to choose one over the other based on the fact that you really can’t predict who will be starting, so I’ll take Sevilla to advance with the home stadium behind them.

In Group B should be the most entertaining of the tournament. I’m sure the sponsors and tournament officials are over the moon knowing they’ll get the chance to showcase the most talked about club in the world. Ronaldo and Kaka should play, as should Benzema. I think you’ll see a squad that’s just trying to find their groove before the league campaign starts. Regardless, I think Real Madrid is a lock to advance.

In Group C look for Aston Villa to advance out of this group. The last time the Peace Cup was played back in 2007, Bolton managed to make it all the way to the final against Lyon. Whilst I wouldn’t say English clubs have a knack for making it to the final round, I will say that Villa’s style of play (and the English style in general) should prove to be too much for Malaga and Atlante.

In Group D look for 2007 Champions, Lyon, to advance to the semi-final round. Porto and Besiktas should prove to be great foils for a club that will surely be looking for a new identity without star striker Karim Benzema.

Predicted Semifinals: Juventus v Real Madrid and Aston Villa v Lyon

Predicted Final: The first semi-final should be an absolute cracker, with Real Madrid showcasing their superstar talent against Juve. I’ll take Real Madrid to get past one of the great keepers in the world (Buffon) and make it to the final with some considerable flare.

From there I think you’ll see a tough battle between Aston Villa and Lyon. Whilst I’d love to see Lyon go up against Benzema in the final, I think Villa’s duo of Agbonlahor and Young should prove to be too much for Lyon to handle.

Once again, I think you’ll see an English team in the final for the second straight time. Look for Real Madrid to push the tempo early and often and grab a goal in the first half match. From there I think you’ll see Villa press and give up on the counter late in the match. Whilst I really like Young against Madrid’s defence, I think Ronaldo, Kaka, Benzema, and the rest of the Madrid squad will prove to be too much for Villa’s backline.

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