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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

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
22px Flag of Spain.svg Peace Cup 2009 Sevilla 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22px Flag of Italy.svg Peace Cup 2009 Juventus 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22px Flag of South Korea.svg Peace Cup 2009 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009-07-24
22:30
Sevilla 22px Flag of Spain.svg Peace Cup 2009 22px Flag of Italy.svg Peace Cup 2009 Juventus La Cartuja, Seville

2009-07-26
20:30
Sevilla 22px Flag of Spain.svg Peace Cup 2009 22px Flag of South Korea.svg Peace Cup 2009 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville

2009-07-28
20:30
Juventus 22px Flag of Italy.svg Peace Cup 2009 22px Flag of South Korea.svg Peace Cup 2009 Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma Chapín, Jerez

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
22px Flag of Spain.svg Peace Cup 2009 Real Madrid 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22px Flag of Ecuador.svg Peace Cup 2009 LDU Quito 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22px Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Peace Cup 2009 Al-Ittihad 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009-07-24
20:30
LDU Quito 22px Flag of Ecuador.svg Peace Cup 2009 22px Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Peace Cup 2009 Al-Ittihad Chapín, Jerez

2009-07-26
22:30
Real Madrid 22px Flag of Spain.svg Peace Cup 2009 22px Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Peace Cup 2009 Al-Ittihad Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid

2009-07-28
22:30
Real Madrid 22px Flag of Spain.svg Peace Cup 2009 22px Flag of Ecuador.svg Peace Cup 2009 LDU Quito Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
22px Flag of Spain.svg Peace Cup 2009 Málaga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22px Flag of England.svg Peace Cup 2009 Aston Villa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22px Flag of Mexico.svg Peace Cup 2009 Atlante 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009-07-25
22:30
Málaga 22px Flag of Spain.svg Peace Cup 2009 22px Flag of England.svg Peace Cup 2009 Aston Villa La Rosaleda, Málaga

2009-07-27
20:30
Málaga 22px Flag of Spain.svg Peace Cup 2009 22px Flag of Mexico.svg Peace Cup 2009 Atlante La Rosaleda, Málaga

2009-07-29
20:30
Aston Villa 22px Flag of England.svg Peace Cup 2009 22px Flag of Mexico.svg Peace Cup 2009 Atlante La Rosaleda, Málaga

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
22px Flag of France.svg Peace Cup 2009 Lyon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22px Flag of Turkey.svg Peace Cup 2009 Beşiktaş 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22px Flag of Portugal.svg Peace Cup 2009 Porto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009-07-25
20:30
Lyon 22px Flag of France.svg Peace Cup 2009 22px Flag of Turkey.svg Peace Cup 2009 Beşiktaş Estadio Colombino, Huelva

2009-07-27
22:30
Lyon 22px Flag of France.svg Peace Cup 2009 22px Flag of Portugal.svg Peace Cup 2009 Porto Estadio Colombino, Huelva

2009-07-29
22:30
Beşiktaş 22px Flag of Turkey.svg Peace Cup 2009 22px Flag of Portugal.svg Peace Cup 2009 Porto Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville

Final Round

Semi Finals

2009-07-31
20:30
1st Group A 1st Group B Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville

2009-07-31
22:30
1st Group C 1st Group D La Rosaleda, Málaga

Third Place

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

Final

2009-08-02
22:30
Winner Semi 1 Winner Semi 2 La 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.

Madrid’s summer splurge pays dividens with a summer Cup victory.

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Comments (6)

  1. “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.”

    Wrong prediction, sorry. FCPorto is definitely the strongest squad in group D and i think they’ll win the group without much effort.

  2. Look 4 LDU Quito in group B. They are the south American champions and u know the best futbol comes from South America! Real M will be put to the test.

  3. Once again soccerlens is proving to be ignorant of the capabilities of FC Porto

  4. I predict Porto to take it. With a player named Hulk on the team c’mon!

  5. Villa vs Juve in the final then!? You’ll see Villa conquer the Italian Stallions I’m afraid! Up The Villa!!! Young and Carew are the Dog’s B….

  6. Wrong again fella’s, with a biased ref, and half-strength team Villa beat Porto in the semi’s to face Juve in the final.. Watch out for Marc Albrighton.. future steven gerrard!