One of the many season curtain-raiser matches in the world of football, the UEFA Super Cup pits the previous season’s UEFA Champions League (which used to be known as the European Cup) against UEFA Europa League (which used to be known as the UEFA Cup) winners.
Real Madrid won the Champions League for a third straight time in 2017-18, with their derby rival, Atletico Madrid (who dropped out of the Champions League at the group stage) winning the Europa League, beating Marseille in the final.
And the competitive season perhaps couldn’t have begun more fittingly for the Madrid derby rivals.
UEFA Super Cup telecast in India 2018
This season, the UEFA Super Cup is scheduled to be played on August 16 at 00:30 IST, with the match taking place at the Lillekülla Stadium in Estonia.
As was the case last season, you can watch the 2018 UEFA Super Cup on Sony Ten 2 HD and Sony Ten 2, on which channels the pre-match show starts at 23:30 IST on August 15.
About the UEFA Super Cup 2018
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are likely to field close to their first-choice XIs in the Super Cup clash, which will, however, miss the box office that is Cristiano Ronaldo, who moved to Juventus in a record transfer in July.
Real have won the UEFA Super Cup four times, including the last time (against Manchester United), while Atletico have won the same twice, in 2010 and 2012, the last two occasions when they won the UEFA Europa League.
These two Madrid rivals begin their LaLiga campaign right after this cup clash.