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The UEFA Super Cup is an established part of the European soccer calendar. Each August (with the occasional exception) the winner of the Champions League meets the winner of the Europa League in a one-off match at a neutral venue.
Real Madrid will be taking part in the UEFA Super Cup for an eighth time after they beat Liverpool in the Champions League final last season. This will be Eintracht Frankfurt’s debut in the UEFA Super Cup following their Europa League triumph in 2021/22.
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It is hard to see Eintracht Frankfurt overcoming Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup 2022.
Los Blancos are not immune to defeats in this match, having lost three of their seven appearances up to now. But Madrid beat some fantastic teams on the way to Champions League glory last term, including Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool. They should have too much quality for Frankfurt, who only managed an 11th-place finish in the Bundesliga in 2021/22.
Frankfurt did pull off a major shock in overcoming Barcelona on the way to their Europa League success last season, so we should not dismiss their chances out of hand. However, it is fair to say that Frankfurt would need Madrid to have an off-day if they are to lift the trophy at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki.
Carlo Ancelotti has already won the UEFA Super Cup three times: twice with AC Milan and once in his first spell in charge at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Currently tied with Pep Guardiola, he will become the most successful manager in the Super Cup’s history if his team defeats Frankfurt.
The UEFA Super Cup is an annual match between the winners of the Champions League and the winners of the Europa League. The first official edition was held in 1973, with Ajax getting the better of AC Milan. Initially staged over two legs, it became a one-off game in 1998.
The UEFA Super Cup was the brainchild of Anton Witkamp, a Dutch journalist. He pushed for the addition of a match to definitively determine which team was the best in Europe. UEFA initially resisted the idea but ultimately decided it would be a good addition to the calendar.
The UEFA Super Cup 2022 will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, on Wednesday 10 August. It is the first time that Finland has ever hosted the UEFA Super Cup.
The UEFA Super Cup is played between the Champions League holders and the Europa League holders – ie. the winners of Europe’s two biggest club competitions. However, it was not always this way.
The predecessor of the Europa League was the UEFA Cup, just as the European Cup came before the Champions League. But between 1973 and 1999 it was the Cup Winners’ Cup champions who faced the European Cup/Champions League winners in the UEFA Super Cup.
The Europa League winners have lifted the UEFA Super Cup trophy eight times: Galatasaray in 2000, Liverpool in 2001, Valencia in 2004, Sevilla in 2006, Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2008, and Atletico Madrid in 2010, 2012 and 2018.
The Cup Winners’ Cup winners triumphed in the UEFA Super Cup on 12 occasions: Dynamo Kyiv in 1975, Anderlecht in 1976 and 1978, Valencia in 1980, Aberdeen in 1983, Juventus in 1984, Mechelen in 1988, Manchester United in 1991, Parma in 1993, Barcelona in 1997, Chelsea in 1998 and Lazio in 1999.
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The UEFA Super Cup is increasingly seen as a major trophy, although that view is usually pushed by clubs that have won it and therefore have a vested interest. Since it is just a 90-minute match rather than a full tournament, it will never be on the same level as the Champions League or perhaps even the Club World Cup.
The winner of the UEFA Super Cup receives a full-size replica of the tournament’s official trophy, the current version of which was created in 2006.
The winning team also receives 40 medals to distribute to their players and coaching staff. The prize money as of 2020 is €5m for the winners and €3.8m for the runners-up.
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|Teams||Real Madrid vs Eintracht Frankfurt|
|Location||Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland|
|Time||Wednesday, 10 August 2022, 3.00PM EST|
|How to watch||CBS|
Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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