Spanish Champion Real Madrid to face Italian powerhouse AC Milan at Yankee Stadium in the 2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge
SPANISH CHAMPION REAL MADRID TO FACE ITALIAN POWERHOUSE AC MILAN AT YANKEE STADIUM IN THE 2012 HERBALIFE WORLD FOOTBALL CHALLENGE
Herbalife to Serve as the Title Sponsor of the Event
For The Second Consecutive Year
NEW YORK / LOS ANGELES (Thursday, May 31, 2012) – La Liga champion Real Madrid and 18-time Serie A champion AC Milan will face-off at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, August 8 as part of the 2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge. The event, which takes place July 18 through August 11 across North America, features 11 teams from around the world, including Real Madrid, AC Milan, Chelsea FC, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Celtic FC, and Paris Saint-Germain, along with MLS sides LA Galaxy, D.C. United, Seattle Sounders FC, and Toronto FC.
Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) continues its support of the World Football Challenge for the second consecutive year by serving as title sponsor and official nutrition company of the event. The global nutrition company will activate around the robust sports marketing platform with promotional opportunities in and around participating venues across North America. As the “Official Nutrition Company" of the event, Herbalife will also provide teams its latest line of comprehensive performance nutrition products that help power athletes on and off the field.
Tickets for the match go on sale Thursday, June 7 in a bundle package with tickets to the previously announced Chelsea FC vs. Paris Saint-Germain match scheduled for Sunday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Remaining individual game tickets for Real Madrid vs. A.C. Milan, if available, will go on sale at a date to be determined. For updates and further details, please visit www.worldfootballchallenge.comor www.yankees.com/soccer.
Real Madrid, one of the most decorated teams in soccer, clinched the La Liga title in early May, the latest accolade in the club’s storied history, which includes a record nine UEFA Champions League trophies. In 2000, the team was voted the most successful club of the 20thcentury by FIFA, the international governing body of soccer. Real Madrid will also visit the LA Galaxy (August 2 in Carson) and face Juventus FC (August 5 in Las Vegas) as part of theHerbalife World Football Challenge.
AC Milan is also one of the most successful soccer clubs in the sport having won 18 officially recognized UEFA and FIFA titles, including the Intercontinental Cup three times and the FIFA Club World Cup. Milan won the Champions League on seven occasions, second only to Real Madrid. Milan will also face Chelsea FC on July 28 in Miami in the Herbalife World Football Challenge.
One of the largest and most successful soccer exhibitions ever staged in North America, the Herbalife World Football Challenge brings together many of the world’s most accomplished and celebrated soccer clubs to play in major sports venues across the region. The event gives soccer fans the unique opportunity to see global superstars play live and experience first-hand the fast-paced, skillful competition that has made soccer the most popular sport in the world. Now in its third year, the Herbalife World Football Challenge is hosted in partnership by CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading entertainment and sports agency, and Major League Soccer (MLS), the top-flight professional soccer league in the U.S. and Canada. More than half a million fans attended the event last year and sports fans across North America will once again enjoy a summer of top international matches in 2012.
All details regarding the Herbalife World Football Challenge including ticket information, teams, and match schedule are posted on the event’s official site, www.WorldFootballChallenge.com. Additional event sponsors and broadcast information will be announced in the coming weeks.
2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge Schedule (as of May 31, 2012)
Date Game Venue City Time (ET)
July 18 Seattle Sounders FC v Chelsea FC CenturyLink Field Seattle, WA 9:30 p.m.
July 21 Toronto FC v Liverpool FC Rogers Centre Toronto, ON 4:00 p.m.
July 22 Chelsea FC v Paris Saint-Germain Yankee Stadium New York, NY 7:00 p.m.
July 28 D.C. United v Juventus FC RFK Stadium Washington, D.C. 6:00 p.m.
July 28 Chelsea FC v AC Milan Sun Life Stadium Miami, FL 6:00 p.m.
Aug. 2 LA Galaxy v Real Madrid Home Depot Center Carson, CA 10:30 p.m.
Aug. 5 Real Madrid v Juventus FC Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas, NV 11:00 p.m.
Aug. 8 Real Madrid v AC Milan Yankee Stadium New York, NY 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 11 Real Madrid v Celtic FC Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, PA 1:30 p.m.
Media accreditation information for the 2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge will be announced the first week of June.
Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) is a global nutrition company that sells weight-management, nutrition, and personal care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in 81 countries through a network of independent distributors. The company supports the Herbalife Family Foundation and its Casa Herbalife program to help bring good nutrition to children. Herbalife's website contains a significant amount of information about Herbalife, including financial and other information for investors at http://ir.Herbalife.com. The company encourages investors to visit its website from time to time, as information is updated and new information is posted.
About Major League Soccer
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. MLS features many stars from the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Major League Soccer’s 17th season will feature 19 clubs. Those clubs include Chicago Fire; Chivas USA; Colorado Rapids; Columbus Crew; D.C. United; FC Dallas; Houston Dynamo; 2011 MLS Cup champion LA Galaxy; New York Red Bulls; New England Revolution; Philadelphia Union; Portland Timbers; Real Salt Lake; San Jose Earthquakes; Seattle Sounders FC; Sporting Kansas City; Toronto FC; Vancouver Whitecaps FC; and, in their inaugural season, Montreal Impact. For more information about MLS, log on to the League’s official website at www.MLSsoccer.com.
About CAA Sports
CAA Sports represents more than 700 of the world's best athletes in such sports as baseball, football, hockey, basketball, soccer, tennis, and golf, in addition to coaches, on-air broadcasters, and sports personalities. Beyond traditional athlete representation, CAA Sports provides unique opportunities for clients off the field, in areas including licensing, endorsements, speaking, philanthropy, and video games. CAA Sports also works in the areas of broadcast rights, corporate marketing initiatives, and sports properties for sales/sponsorships. CAA Sports is a division of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world’s leading full-service agency. CAA represents the most creative and successful artists working in film, television, music, theatre, and video games, and provides a range of strategic marketing services to corporate clients. For more information about CAA Sports, visit www.sports.caa.com.