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Chelsea, whose squad features national team players from 11 different countries, won England’s FA Cup on Saturday and recently defeated the defending European club champions, Barcelona, to earn the right to play in this year’s UEFA Champions League final. Since its founding in 1905, the London-based team has won four domestic league titles (1954-55, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2009-10), seven FA Cups (1970, ‘97, 2000, ‘07, ‘09, ’10, ‘12), and has finished either first or second in England’s Premier League in seven of the eight seasons prior to this year.
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) was founded in 1970 and represents France’s capital city. The club is a two-time winner of the Ligue 1 title (1985-86 and 1993-94), an eight-time winner of the French Cup (1982, ’83, ’93, ’95, ’98, 2004, ’06, ’10) and a two-time winner of France’s Champions Trophy. PSG is also one of only two French clubs to win a major European trophy, claiming the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1996. Currently in first place in France’s top-level soccer division with 73 points from 36 games played, PSG has aggressively recruited top international talent on and off the field, including manager Carlo Ancelotti and director of football Leonardo Araújo.
The current Yankee Stadium will carry on the great soccer tradition of the original Yankee Stadium, which hosted some of the most famous teams in world soccer, including Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid, Barcelona, A.C. Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Napoli, Celtic, Benfica, Sparta Prague and Panathinaikos, along with the national sides of England, Israel, Italy and the United States. Pele, who many consider the greatest player of all time, called Yankee Stadium home in 1976, when he played for the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. The upcoming match will mark the first time that a French club will play in the home of the Yankees.
The match between Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain is part of the World Football Challenge, which is taking place throughout North America from July 18 through August 11.