Manchester City are about to play a game against Chelsea, but the commentators are probably going to spend a lot of time talking about Jack Rodwell, a player who City just had a bid accepted for. Poor, poor Everton. Anyway, Rodwell isn't actually playing in the 2012 Community Shield, so onto the players who actually will be playing in the game.
In case you were wondering whether or not this is a glorified friendly, City are starting Costel Pantilimon and Stefan Savic, so yes, it is. Chelsea are playing their first team, including Ramires, who is probably going to be playing for Brazil on Wednesday. Stinks for you, Daniel Sturridge.
Kickoff is at 8:30 a.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. local time from Villa Park in Birmingham, England. Wembley Stadium and the Millennium Stadium were in use for Olympic play, so Chelsea and City were forced into a bit of an unorthodox venue for the game. You can catch the Community Shield on FOX Soccer Channel in the U.S., ITV in the U.K. and Sportsnet World in Canada.
We'll have live coverage of the game in our Chelsea vs. Manchester City, 2012 Community Shield StoryStream. For more on the Blues, head over to Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History. For more on the Citizens, head over to Manchester City blog Bitter And Blue. For more from around the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.