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The expected clash of the two giants
UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla will take on UEFA Champions League winners Bayern in the UEFA club competition season curtain-raiser. The two teams qualified for the Super Cup after winning their respective competitions last season, Interesting Football reported.
|Sevilla beat Inter in the Europa League finalCredit: Getty Images - Getty|
For Sevilla, the Spanish club eliminated Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan, to clinch their sixth Europa League title. Bayern Munich on the other hand, laid siege to the Champions League title after beating Paris Saint Germain, thanks to Kingsley Coman’s deadly header in the 59th minute of the game.
Bayern will be looking for their second win in the competition, having won it last back in 2013. The Bavarians are tied for the second most losses in the Supercup with three (1975, 1976, 2001).
Road to the UEFA Super Cup
Sevilla – Europa League
Sevilla 2-1 Manchester United (Semi-final)
Sevilla 3-2 Inter Milan (Final)
Bayern Munich – Champions League
Lyon 0-3 Bayern Munich (Semi-final)
Paris Saint Germain 0-1 Bayern Munich (Final)
When and where does it take place?
According to UEFA, the match takes place at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest on Thursday 24 September, kicking off at 21:00 CET. The venue follows Prague (2013), Cardiff (2014), Tbilisi (2015), Trondheim (2016), Skopje (2017), Tallinn (2018) and Istanbul (2019) as cities to be awarded the UEFA Super Cup since the fixture switched from its long-term home of Monaco.
|The match is taking place in Budapest. Photo: Getty Images|
The annual fixture was due to be played at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal, on 12 August. However, on 17 June, the UEFA Executive Committee announced the decision to relocate the game to Budapest due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting postponement of the season's club finals.
Attendance of fans amid coronavirus era
UEFA has not yet decided whether fans will be able to enter the stadium for the match, Daily News Hungary reported.
All UEFA matches are currently being staged behind closed doors until further notice. On 19 August, UEFA met via video conference with all 55 general secretaries of its member national associations and suggested using the UEFA Super Cup as a pilot match for which a reduced number of spectators could be allowed in.
According to The Sun, Hungarian stadiums are already open to fans at a reduced capacity although it is not known what percentage of the stadium would be allowed to be filled at the Uefa Super Cup.
Furthermore the country operates strict quarantine requirements meaning fans arriving from the countries of the participating teams are unlikely to be allowed to attend.
What is the UEFA Super Cup?
An annual fixture contested by the reigning champions of the two main European club competitions, devised by Dutch reporter Anton Witkamp to decide definitively the top club side in Europe. The European Cup/UEFA Champions League holders have always been involved, facing the holders of either the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (1972–1999) or the UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League (2000–).
|The UEFA Super Cup trophy UEFA. Photo: Winnaija TV.|
Do the European champions usually win?
UEFA Champions League winners Liverpool lifted the trophy in 2019, but this pattern is certainly not always the case. The European Cup/UEFA Champions League holders have won 24 of the 44 editions. Find a full rundown of the UEFA Super Cup records and statistics here.
|Bayern will face Sevilla. Photo: Montage/BeSoccer|
Where next for the Super Cup?
Subsequent editions of the UEFA Super Cup will be played as originally scheduled in Belfast (2021), Helsinki (2022) and Kazan (2023).
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