Football Language: Super CupThe UEFA Super Cup is a match between the previous season’s winners of the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League and this game is usually played at the start of the following season – around August time. The first ever Super Cup match was played over two legs in 1972 between European Cup winners Ajax and Scottish side Rangers. Ajax won that one and also the first UEFA-run official tournament which was held the following year when the Dutch side thrashed AC Milan 6-1 on aggregate.
The final is no longer a two-legged affair – this change to only one game happened in 1998 when it was also decided to hold the final in Monaco each year. This changed in 2014 and the Super Cup is now played at a different venue each year, for example the 2018 version was held in Talinn in Estonia and the 2019 final took place in Istanbul. Barcelona and AC Milan have both won the trophy on five occasions with Liverpool and Real Madrid having won it four times, while Daniel Alves and Paolo Maldini have also won the trophy on five occasions as players!
- Example: Champions League holders Liverpool won the 2019 Super Cup after defeating UEFA Cup winners Chelsea on penalties in Istanbul.
- Example: The winners of the Champions League have won more Super Cup titles than the winners of the UEFA Cup.