UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid will lock horns with UEFA Europa League champions Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup 2022 at Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium in Finland in the early hours of Thursday, August 11. The match will kick off at 12:30 Indian Standard Time (IST).
Organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the UEFA Super Cup is an annual super cup football match that acts as a curtain raiser to the European football season, contested by the winners of the two main European club competitions - the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
Under the tutelage of Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid qualified for the UEFA Super Cup after beating Liverpool 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League 2021-22 final to clinch their 14th title - the most by any team in European football’s most prestigious competition.
This will be Real Madrid’s eighth appearance in the UEFA Super Cup final. The Spanish club has previously won the UEFA Super Cup four times in 2002, 2014, 2016 and 2017. However, Los Blancos suffered a 2-4 defeat against arch-rivals Atletico Madrid in their last UEFA Super Cup final in Estonia in 2018.
Ahead of the 2022-23 season, Real Madrid have played three pre-season friendlies so far. While Ancelotti’s men lost 0-1 to rivals Barcelona in their opening fixture, the La Liga outfit drew 2-2 against Club America and later defeated Juventus 2-0.
On the other hand, German side Eintracht Frankfurt pipped Rangers on penalties in the UEFA Europa League 2021-22 final to claim their second title.
Frankfurt will make their debut in the UEFA Super Cup and will become the 39th club to feature in the annual super cup.
Under Austrian manager Oliver Glasner, Eintracht Frankfurt registered three wins as well as one draw in their 2022-23 pre-season friendlies.
The UEFA Europa League holders will look to bounce back after being hammered by Bayern Munich 1-6 in their opening fixture of Bundesliga 2022-23 on Saturday, August 6.
Barcelona and AC Milan are the most decorated clubs in UEFA Super Cup history, having clinched the title five times each.
Chelsea are the defending champions of the UEFA Super Cup, having defeated Spanish club Villareal on penalties in 2021 final.
Real Madrid vs Eintracht Frankfurt head-to-head
Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 in their only meeting in the 1960 European Cup final at Hampden Park in Glasgow. This was Madrid’s fifth European Cup title in as many seasons.
Where to watch Real Madrid vs Eintracht Frankfurt UEFA Super Cup 2022 live in India?
The UEFA Super Cup 2022 between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt will be telecast live on Sony TEN 2 and Sony TEN 2 HD TV channels in India.
Live streaming of Real Madrid vs Eintracht Frankfurt UEFA Super Cup 2022 will be available on SonyLiv and JioTV.
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