When is the 2019 Community Shield? Who is playing and why?

What is the Community Shield?

Custom demands that this is answered with the words ‘traditional curtain-raiser of the English football season’. It used to be called the Charity Shield, and it pits the winners of the Premier League against the winners of the FA Cup – or as close as you can get to it – at Wembley.

The Community Shield is essentially an opening ceremony of sorts for the new season – a showpiece occasion that tells you that it’s ok to get excited about the return of football.

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When is the 2019 Community Shield?

This year’s edition takes place on Sunday August 4 and kicks off at 3pm BST. In years gone by it was a Saturday occasion, but nowadays it takes the Sunday slot so as not to share the spotlight with the Football League season, which starts a week before the Premier League.

Who will play in the 2019 Community Shield and why?

Perhaps fittingly, this year’s Community Shield will be contested by the best two teams in the country, Manchester City and Liverpool.

Last season, City swept all the domestic trophies, so Liverpool, as League runners-up, have been invited to take the spot usually reserved for the FA Cup winners.

Liverpool have an exceptional record in this competition, with only two teams – Manchester United (17) and Arsenal (14) – able to better their haul of 10 outright wins.

City, on the other hand, have just five wins, but are the defending champions having bested Chelsea 2-0 last year thanks to a Sergio Aguero brace.

For Liverpool this will be, perhaps surprisingly, their first Community Shield appearance for 13 years. The Reds faced the then-Premier League champions Chelsea as FA Cup winners back in 2006, with a late Peter Crouch winner giving them a 2-1 success.

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