A Look Towards the UEFA Super Cup

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This year’s UEFA Super Cup will see two La Liga rivals battle it out at the Cardiff City Stadium at the European stage. Sevilla FC and the mighty Real Madrid, each will be looking forward to take home The UEFA Super Cup for the second time in the competition’s history.

Real Madrid won the cup in 2002 while Sevilla FC won it in the year 2006. Real Madrid qualified for the competition as the winners for the UEFA champion’s league in Lisbon against fellow city archrivals Atletico Madrid. This was their tenth European title. On the other hand, Sevilla made it to the competition after beating SL Benefica of Portugal on penalties. This was Sevilla’s third success in the UEFA Europa League competition. This year’s UEFA Super Cup competition is the fourth in history involving teams from the same country. It happened in 1990, 1993 and the year 2006.   This year’s competition will act as a homecoming match for the Madrid’s forward Gareth Bale. Bale was born in Cardiff.

Cardiff will witness a Spanish flavour in this year’s competition as Sevilla FC take on Real Madrid. The game will offer an extra significance for the Cardiff born Gareth Bale. Bale was born in July 1989 in Cardiff, but he never played for Cardiff City FC being his local side. He began his career at Southampton FC before he made his move to Tottenham Hotspur FC. In 2013, August, he became the most expensive player in the world after moving from Tottenham to Real Madrid for a whooping 86 million pounds. However, he has managed to score four goals for Wales in his ten appearances at the Cardiff City Stadium.

This is the fourth time Real Madrid are playing in the UEFA Super Cup competition. They qualified after overcoming their city rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1, after going into extra time in Lisbon. The Atletico Madrid’s goal was scored by Diego Gordin on the 36th minute while Real Madrid’s tenth European Cup trophy was firmly sealed by Sergio Ramos at the 90+3 minute, Gareth Bale on the 110th minute, Marcelo Junior on the 118th minute and then summed up by the Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty on the 120th minute.

On the other hand, Sevilla were in need of penalties so as to emerge victorious as the UEFA Europa League champions over the SL Benefica, in Turin. They prevailed on a penalty shoot out of 4-2. Sevilla managed to score all of their four penalties while Beto, Sevilla’s goalkeeper saved from Rodrigo and Oscar Cardozo. This result gave Sevilla a UEFA cup trophy in 3 times just within a span of nine years. They emerged winners in 2006 and also in the year 2007.

When looking at the UEFA Super Cup pedigree, we see this year’s competion being the fourth for Real Madrid. The three previous competition were all played in the Stade Louis in Monaco. Madrid have won in one occasion and lost twice. In 1998, they were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea FC. Came 2000, they were smashed by Galatasaray FC on a 2-1 final score, but in 2002, they managed to smash Feyenoord 3 goals to one . On Sevilla’s side, they have managed to win the competion once and beaten once. Its both games were also played in Monaco. The first was in 2006, where Sevilla beat FC Barcelona 3-0. Come the year 2007, they were beaten 3-1 by AC Milan.

The current coach for Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti, was at the helm of AC Milan in 2007 when it beat Sevilla. The match was largely overshadowed by the demise of Antonio Puerta who was Sevilla’s defender, three days before the match.

This becomes the fourth competition in the UEFA Cup history between clubs of the same country. In the year 2006, Sevilla battled it out with Barcelona, in 1990 we saw Milan beat UC Sampdoria, where Carlo Ancelotti played the all 180 minutes that by then was a two legged final. Three years later, Milan lost to Parma.

This years final is expected to elicit the 2007 memory at Monaco, between Sevilla and Carlo Ancelotti as by then the coach of AC Milan. Sevilla will be looking to settle their scores with the coach as a revenge for what they went through. The 2014 edition is expected to be the battle of giants, and what better to enjoy the game between La Liga foes by risking a little on the action. For the latest odds concerning the upcoming match, be sure to visit the UK’s most trusted bookie, Bet365.