The UEFA Super Cup is an annual continental cup competition which is contested between the winners of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.
First contested in 1973, the competition was played between the winners of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League and the winners of the European/UEFA Cup Winners' Cup until 1999.
However, following the discontinuation of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, it was staged between the winners of the UEFA Champions League and the winners of the UEFA Cup, which was rebranded to the UEFA Europa League in 2009.
Between 1973 and 1997, the competition was played in a two-legged format, with the matches played at the teams’ respective home grounds. It was later changed to a single-match format at a neutral venue in 1998.
Between 1998 and 2012, the UEFA Super Cup was held at Stade Louis II in Monaco but since the 2013 edition, it has been played at different stadiums across Europe.
UEFA Super Cup records
Most wins (by clubs): La Liga sides Real Madrid and Barcelona and Serie A giants AC Milan have won the joint-most UEFA Super Cup titles (5). Barcelona, meanwhile, have also ended as the runners-up on four occasions meaning that they have made the most appearances in this super clash between Europe’s best sides.
Most wins (by nations): Teams from Spanish La Liga hold the record for winning the most number of UEFA Super Cup titles, having done so on a whopping 16 occasions. This includes wins from Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Sevilla.
Most wins (by players): The Real Madrid quartet of Karim Benzema, Dani Carvajal and Toni Kroos, former Barcelona defender Dani Alves and legendary Milan captain Paolo Maldini have won the UEFA Super Cup four times.
Most wins (by managers): Carlo Ancelotti holds the record for winning the UEFA Super Cup the most times as a manager. The Italian tactician has won it four times (twice each with AC Milan and Real Madrid) in his career.
Most goals: As many as nine different players have scored three goals in the UEFA Super Cup, which to date, remains a record.
The list of players include Oleh Blokhin (Dynamo Kyiv), David Fairclough (Liverpool), Radamel Falcao (Atlético de Madrid), Arie Haan (Ajax, Anderlecht), Terry McDermott (Liverpool), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich), Rob Rensenbrink (Anderlecht), Francois Van der Elst (Anderlecht)
Most appearances (by player): Milan’s Alessandro Costacurta and Roberto Donadoni hold the joint record for making the most appearances in the UEFA Super Cup (8).
UEFA Super Cup winners list
|1975||Dynamo Kyiv||Bayern Munich|
|1986||Steaua Bucuresti||Dynamo Kyiv|
|1991||Manchester United||Red Star Belgrade|
|2008||Zenit St Petersburg||Manchester United|
|2017||Real Madrid||Manchester United|
|2018||Atletico Madrid||Real Madrid|
|2022||Real Madrid||Eintracht Frankfurt|
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