UEFA Super Cup

The UEFA Super Cup is an annual super cup football match organised 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 is not recognised as one of UEFA's 'major' competitions.[1][2]

UEFA Super Cup
Founded1972 (1972)
(official since 1973)
RegionEurope (UEFA)
Number of teams2
Current champions Liverpool
(4th title)
Most successful club(s) Barcelona
(5 titles each)
WebsiteOfficial website
2019 UEFA Super Cup

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 Liverpool, who won 5–4 after penalties against Chelsea in the 2019 edition. The most successful teams in the competition are Barcelona and A.C. Milan, who have won the trophy five times each.


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 enjoying 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 European Cup Winners' Cup.

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 Ajax and Scotland's Rangers is considered unofficial by UEFA,[3] 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.[4] It was played in two legs and was financially supported by 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: 1974's competition was abandoned because Bayern Munich and Magdeburg could not find a mutually convenient date, 1981's was abandoned when Liverpool could not make space to meet Dinamo Tbilisi, while 1985's was abandoned due to a ban on English clubs' participation preventing Everton from playing Juventus.[3][5]

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 Cup Winners' Cup in the European Super Cup. In the 1994–1995 season, the European Cup Winners' Cup was renamed the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. The following season, the Super Cup also renamed the UEFA Super Cup.

After the 1998–1999 season, the Cup Winners' Cup was discontinued by UEFA. The 1999 Super Cup was the last one 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 Super Cup was the first one 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 continue to face the winners of the Champions League in the UEFA Super Cup.

Chelsea is the first club to contest the Super Cup as holders of all three UEFA club honours, having entered as holders of the Cup Winners' Cup (1998), Champions League (2012), and Europa League (2013). Manchester United shared this honour in 2017 after their Europa League win, having qualified as Cup Winners' Cup holders in 1991.

After 15 consecutive Super Cups being played at Stade Louis II in Monaco between 1998 and 2012, the Super Cup is now played at various stadiums (similar to the finals of the Champions League and the Europa League). It was started with the 2013 edition, which was played at Eden Stadium in Prague, Czech Republic.[6]

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.[7]


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.[8] Between 1998 and 2012, the Super Cup was played at the Stade Louis II in Monaco. Since 2013 various stadiums have been used.

List of venues since 1998


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.[15]

The 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 (11 lb) and measuring 42.5 cm (16.7 in) in height (the UEFA Champions League trophy weighs 8 kg (18 lb) and the UEFA Europa League trophy 15 kg (33 lb)). The new model, introduced in 2006, weighs 12.2 kg (27 lb) and measures 58 cm (23 in) in height.[16]

Until 2008, a team which won three times in a row or five in total received an original copy of the trophy and a special mark of recognition. Milan and Barcelona have achieved this honour, winning a total of five times each. Since then, the original trophy has been kept exclusively by UEFA, the European football governing body.


Currently, the rules of the UEFA Super Cup are that it is a single match, 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 23 players, 11 of which start the match. Of the 12 remaining players, a total of 3 may be substituted throughout the match; a fourth substitute is permitted however if the match enters extra time. 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 runner-up of 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.[15]


The UEFA Super Cup's sponsors are the same as the sponsors for the UEFA Champions League. The tournament's current main sponsors are[17]

Adidas is a secondary sponsor and supplies the official match ball and referee uniform.

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.


60% of the stadium capacity is reserved for the visiting clubs. 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.[26]

Records and statistics


Performance in the UEFA Super Cup by club
Club Winners Runners-up Years won[A] Years runners-up
Barcelona541992, 1997, 2009, 2011, 20151979, 1982, 1989, 2006
Milan521989, 1990, 1994, 2003, 20071973, 1993
Real Madrid432002, 2014, 2016, 20171998, 2000, 2018
Liverpool421977, 2001, 2005, 20191978, 1984
Atlético Madrid302010, 2012, 2018
Ajax[B]211973, 19951987
Anderlecht201976, 1978
Valencia201980, 2004
Juventus201984, 1996
Sevilla1420062007, 2014, 2015, 2016
Porto1319872003, 2004, 2011
Manchester United1319911999, 2008, 2017
Chelsea1319982012, 2013, 2019
Bayern Munich1320131975, 1976, 2001
Dynamo Kyiv1119751986
Nottingham Forest1119791980
Aston Villa101982
Steaua București101986
Zenit Saint Petersburg102008
Hamburger SV021977, 1983
PSV Eindhoven011988
Red Star Belgrade011991
Werder Bremen011992
Paris Saint-Germain011996
Borussia Dortmund011997
CSKA Moscow012005
Shakhtar Donetsk012009

By nation

Performance by nation
Nation Winners Runners-up Total
 Spain 15 12 27
 Italy 9 4 13
 England 8 10 18
 Belgium 3 0 3
 Netherlands[B] 2 3 5
 Germany[C] 1 7 8
 Portugal 1 3 4
 Russia 1 1 2
 Soviet Union[D] 1 1 2
 Romania 1 0 1
 Scotland[B] 1 0 1
 Turkey 1 0 1
 France 0 1 1
 Ukraine 0 1 1
 Yugoslavia 0 1 1
    • A. ^ No competitions were held in 1974, 1981, nor 1985.[3][5]
    • B. ^ Excludes the first competition held in 1972, not organised nor recognised by UEFA as an official title.[3]
    • C. ^ Includes West Germany clubs. No East Germany clubs appeared in a final.
    • D. ^ Both Soviet finals appearances were by a Ukrainian SSR club

    Individual records


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