Get the live coverage of UEFA Super Cup final 2017 between Real Madrid and Manchester United from Macedonia’s Philip II Arena on Tuesday 8 August 2017. Here is all you need to know about Real Madrid vs Man United and how to watch Super Cup final online.
Holders Madrid are appearing in the competition for the second year in succession, having successfully defended their Champions League title, and it is their third appearance in the last four seasons. Manchester United, meanwhile, are making their fourth appearance in the Super Cup after winning last season’s Europa League.
The UEFA Super Cup is an annual competition played between the winners of the Champions League and the winners of the Europa League.
Founded in 1972, the Super Cup was initially contested by the winners of the European Cup (later the Champions League) and the Cup Winners Cup. This format was standard until 1999, when the latter competition was discontinued. From 2000 on, the UEFA Cup (which later became the Europa League) winners provided the opposition.
The format of the Super Cup featured two legs from its inception until 1998, when it was changed to a single match played at a neutral venue. Monaco’s iconic Stade Louis II was used as the venue from 1998 to 2012, with UEFA opting to use a variety of stadia since 2013.
Interestingly, the 1972 Super Cup, in which Ajax defeated Rangers, is considered unofficial by UEFA because the Scottish side were banned from UEFA competitions. As a result, the 1973 edition, which saw Ajax beat Inter, is deemed the first official UEFA Super Cup.
Who has won the most Super Cup titles?
Barcelona and AC Milan are the most succesful teams in the history of the UEFA Super Cup, having each won the trophy five times. Liverpool and Real Madrid follow with three titles each, while inaugural winners Ajax have won it twice, albeit the first was unofficial.
Belgian giants Anderlecht lifted the trophy twice in the 1970s, while Juventus, Valencia and Atletico Madrid have all won the competition twice. Manchester United have featured in the Super Cup on three occasions, with their only triumph coming in 1991 against Red Star Belgrade.