UEFA Super Cup

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UEFA Super Cup
UEFA Super Cup 2013.png
Founded 1972
(official since 1973)
Region Europe (UEFA)
Number of teams 2
Current champions Spain Barcelona
(5th title)
Most successful club(s) Italy Milan
Spain Barcelona
(5 titles each)

The UEFA Super Cup is an annual football match organized by UEFA and contested by the reigning champions of the two main European club competitions, the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. It takes place at the start of the domestic season, in mid-August, normally on a Tuesday.

From 1972 to 1999, the UEFA Super Cup was contested between the winners of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League and the winners of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. After the discontinuation of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, it has been contested by the winners of the UEFA Champions League and the winners of the UEFA Cup, which was renamed the UEFA Europa League in 2009.

The current holders are Spanish club Barcelona, who won 5–4 against Sevilla in 2015. The most successful teams in the competition are Barcelona and Italian side Milan, who have each won the trophy five times.


The European Super Cup was created in 1971 by Anton Witkamp, a reporter and later sports editor of Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. The idea came to him in a time when Dutch total football was Europe's finest and Dutch football clubs were living their golden era (especially Ajax). Witkamp was looking for something new to definitely decide which was the best team in Europe and also to further test Ajax's legendary team, led by their star player Johan Cruyff. It was then proposed that the winner of the European Cup would face the winner of the Cup Winners' Cup.

Older logo
Former logo used until 2012.

All was set for a new competition to be born. However, when Witkamp tried to get an official endorsement to his competition, the UEFA president turned it down.

The 1972 final between Dutch team Ajax and Scotland's Rangers is considered unofficial by UEFA,[1] as Rangers were banned from European competition due to the behaviour of their fans during the 1972 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final. As a result, UEFA refused to endorse the competition until the following season.[2] It was played in two legs and was financially supported by Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. Ajax defeated Rangers 6–3 on aggregate and won the first (albeit unofficial) European Super Cup.

The 1973 final, in which Ajax defeated Milan 6–1 on aggregate, was the first Super Cup officially recognised and supported by UEFA.

Although the two-legged format was kept until 1997, the Super Cup was decided in one single match because of schedule issues or political problems in 1984, 1986, and 1991. In 1974, 1981 and 1985, the Super Cup was not played at all.

In the 1992–1993 season, the European Cup was renamed the UEFA Champions League and the winners of this competition would face the winners of the European Cup Winners' Cup in the UEFA Super Cup.

In the 1994–1995 season, the European Cup Winners' Cup was renamed the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

After the 1998–1999 season, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was discontinued by UEFA. The 1999 UEFA Super Cup was the last Super Cup contested by the winners of the Cup Winners' Cup. Lazio, winners of the 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, defeated Manchester United, winners of the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League, 1–0.

Since then, the UEFA Super Cup was contested between the winners of the UEFA Champions League and the winners of the UEFA Cup. The 2000 UEFA Super Cup was the first Super Cup contested by the winners of the UEFA Cup. Galatasaray, winners of the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup, defeated Real Madrid, winners of the 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League, 2–1.

In the 2009–10 season, the UEFA Cup was renamed the UEFA Europa League and the winners of this competition would face the winners of the UEFA Champions League in the UEFA Super Cup.

To date, Chelsea is the only club to contest the Super Cup as holders of all three UEFA club honours, having entered as holders of the Cup Winners' Cup (1998), the Champions League (2012) and Europa League (2013).

After 15 consecutive Super Cups being played at Stade Louis II in Monaco between 1998 and 2012, from 2013 onwards, the Super Cup is now played at various stadiums (similar to the finals of the Champions League and the Europa League), starting with the 2013 UEFA Super Cup, which was played at Eden Stadium in Prague, Czech Republic.[3]

Starting in 2014, the date of the UEFA Super Cup was moved from Friday in late August, to Tuesday in mid-August, following the removal of the August international friendly date in the new FIFA International Match Calendar.[4]


The competition was originally played over two legs, one at each participating club's stadium, except in exceptional circumstances; for instance in 1991 when Red Star Belgrade were not permitted to play the leg in their native Yugoslavia due to the war which was taking place at the time, so instead Manchester United's home leg was only played. Since 1998, the Super Cup was played as a single match at a neutral venue.[5] Between 1998 and 2012, the Super Cup was played at the Stade Louis II in Monaco. From 2013 onwards, various stadiums will be used.

List of venues since 1998[edit]


The UEFA Super Cup trophy is retained by UEFA at all times. A full-size replica trophy is awarded to the winning club. Forty gold medals are presented to the winning club and forty silver medals to the runners-up.[10]

The UEFA Super Cup trophy has undergone several changes in its history. The first trophy that was presented to Ajax in 1973 and 1974 was extremely large; in fact, it was bigger than the European Cup. This was replaced by a plaque with a gold UEFA Emblem. The next trophy was the smallest and lightest of all the European club trophies, weighing 5 kg and measuring 42.5 cm in height (the UEFA Champions League trophy weighs 8 kg and the UEFA Europa League trophy 15 kg). The new model weighs 12.2 kg and measures 58 cm in height.[11]

A team which wins 3 times in a row or 5 in total, receives an original copy of the trophy and a special mark of recognition. Only Milan and Barcelona have achieved this honour so far, winning the trophy a total of 5 times: Barcelona taking part as the winner of UEFA Champions League 4 times and another one as the winner of UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, and Milan always taking part as Champions League Winner.[12]


Currently, the rules of the UEFA Super Cup are the same as any other UEFA club competition. It is a single match final, contested in a neutral venue. The match consists of two periods of 45 minutes each, known as halves. If the scores are level at the end of 90 minutes, two additional 15-minute periods of extra time are played. If there is no winner at the end of the second period of extra time, a penalty shoot-out determines the winner. Each team names 18 players, 11 of which start the match. Of the 7 remaining players, a total of 3 may be substituted throughout the match. Each team may wear its first choice kit; if these clash, however, the previous year's Europa League winning team must wear an alternative colour. If a club refuses to play or is ineligible to play then they are replaced by the second finalist from the competition through which they qualified. If the field is unfit for play due to bad weather, the match must be played the next day.[10]


UEFA Super Cup's sponsors are the same as the sponsors for the UEFA Champions League. The tournament's current main sponsors are:[13]

Adidas is a secondary sponsor and supplies the official match ball and referee uniform, as they do for all other UEFA competitions. Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer is also a secondary sponsor as the official Super Cup video game.

Individual clubs may wear jerseys with advertising, even if such sponsors conflict with those of the Europa League; however, only one sponsorship is permitted per jersey (plus that of the manufacturer). Exceptions are made for non-profit organisations, which can feature on the front of the shirt, incorporated with the main sponsor, or on the back, either below the squad number or between the player name and the collar.

Media coverage[edit]

UEFA packages the UEFA Super Cup match with the UEFA Champions League, so, UEFA Champions League broadcasters are also the official broadcasters of the UEFA Super Cup.

Prize money[edit]

As of 2012, UEFA awards 2.2 million to the runners-up and €3 million to the winners of the Super Cup.[21]


60% of the stadium capacity is reserved for the visiting clubs. Seats are also reserved for VIP guests. The remaining seats are sold by UEFA through an online auction. There are an unlimited number of applications for tickets given out. The 5 euro administration fee is deducted from each applicant and there is no limit to the number of applications each individual can make.[22]

Records and statistics[edit]


Club Winners Runners-up Years won Years runners-up
Spain Barcelona 5 4 1992, 1997, 2009, 2011, 2015 1979, 1982, 1989, 2006
Italy Milan 5 2 1989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 2007 1973, 1993
England Liverpool 3 2 1977, 2001, 2005 1978, 1984
Spain Real Madrid 2 2 2002, 2014 1998, 2000
Netherlands Ajax 2[A] 1 1973, 1995 1987
Belgium Anderlecht 2 0 1976, 1978
Italy Juventus 2 0 1984, 1996
Spain Valencia 2 0 1980, 2004
Spain Atlético Madrid 2 0 2010, 2012
Portugal Porto 1 3 1987 2003, 2004, 2011
Germany Bayern Munich 1 3 2013 1975, 1976, 2001
Spain Sevilla 1 3 2006 2007, 2014, 2015
England Manchester United 1 2 1991 1999, 2008
England Chelsea 1 2 1998 2012, 2013
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 1 1 1975 1986
England Nottingham Forest 1 1 1979 1980
England Aston Villa 1 0 1982
Scotland Aberdeen 1 0 1983
Romania Steaua București 1 0 1986
Belgium Mechelen 1 0 1988
Italy Parma 1 0 1993
Italy Lazio 1 0 1999
Turkey Galatasaray 1 0 2000
Russia Zenit St. Petersburg 1 0 2008
Germany Hamburg 0 2 1977, 1983
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0 1 1988
Italy Sampdoria 0 1 1990
Serbia Crvena Zvezda 0 1 1991
Germany Werder Bremen 0 1 1992
England Arsenal 0 1 1994
Spain Real Zaragoza 0 1 1995
France Paris Saint-Germain 0 1 1996
Germany Borussia Dortmund 0 1 1997
Netherlands Feyenoord 0 1 2002
Russia CSKA Moscow 0 1 2005
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0 1 2009
Italy Internazionale 0 1 2010


  • A. ^ The 1972 final is not recognised by UEFA as an official title.[1]

Individual Records[edit]

All-Time Top Scorers[edit]

Player Team Goals [24] Appearances Scored Edition(s)
Colombia Radamel Falcao Spain Atlético Madrid
Soviet Union Oleh Blokhin Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv
West Germany Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich
England Terry McDermott double-dagger England Liverpool
Argentina Lionel Messi Spain Barcelona
2011, 2015
Netherlands Rob Rensenbrink Belgium Anderlecht
1976, 1978
Belgium François Van der Elst Belgium Anderlecht
1976, 1978
Netherlands Arie Haan dagger Netherlands Ajax & Belgium Anderlecht
1973, 1976

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "UEFA Super Cup - History". UEFA. 2005-07-13. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  2. ^ "Dynamo bring happy memories". BBC Sport. 2001-10-16. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  3. ^ Prague celebrates 2013 Super Cup honour
  4. ^ a b c "UEFA EURO 2020, UEFA Super Cup decisions". UEFA.org. Union of European Football Associations. 30 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "UEFA Super Cup: Competition format". UEFA. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Wembley, Amsterdam ArenA, Prague get 2013 finals". UEFA.org. 16 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Georgia’s Dinamo Arena embraces UEFA Super Cup 2015". Agenda.ge. 5 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Milan to host 2016 UEFA Champions League final". UEFA.org. 18 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "FYR Macedonia to host 2017 UEFA Super Cup". UEFA.com. 30 June 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Regulations of the UEFA Super Cup 2015-18 Cycle" (PDF). UEFA. March 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "The trophy". UEFA. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA Super Cup 2009, Page 3, III Trophies and Medals, Article 4, Trophy" (PDF). UEFA. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "UEFA Champions League - UEFA.com". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Heineken extends as Champions League sponsor". SportsPro. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "MasterCard renews its UEFA Champions League sponsorship". UEFA. UEFA.org. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Champions League: Uefa signs Nissan as new sponsor". BBC News. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "PepsiCo partners with Champions League". SportsProMedia.com. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015. 
  18. ^ http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Global/Issues/2015/06/10/Marketing-and-Sponsorship/Pepsi-Champions-League.aspx
  19. ^ "Sony Computer Entertainment Europe extends UEFA Champions League sponsorship". UEFA. UEFA.com. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  20. ^ "UniCredit renews its UEFA Champions League sponsorship and becomes a new partner of the UEFA Europa League". UEFA.org. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  21. ^ "UEFA Champions League revenue distribution". uefa.com. UEFA. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  22. ^ http://www.uefa.com/MultimediaFiles/Download/Competitions/SuperCup_/83/96/59/839659_DOWNLOAD.pdf
  23. ^ [1]
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