Ahead of the 2017 UEFA Super Cup on 8th August between Real Madrid and Manchester United, TSZ gives a statistical breakdown of the competition historically, before providing key facts for this year’s final in Macedonia.
We’ll start with a historical overview of the UEFA Super Cup (formerly known as the European Super Cup).
Statistics used are for all finals since 1973, unless stated as 1998 (when a one-legged format was introduced).
There have been a total of 156 goals scored in the 60 matches in UEFA Super Cup history, an average of 2.60 goals per game. Since 1998, there have been 19 finals in which there have been 62 goals, giving us a more generous goal average of 3.26.
From the 19 one-off finals that have taken place since 1998, 15 (78.95%) of those have seen a team score first and go on to win the UEFA Super Cup.
The most common result in UEFA Super Cup history is a 1-0 victory, with this score-line occurring in 16 (26.67%) of the 60 finals.
Barcelona and AC Milan have been the most successful clubs in this competition. Both have won the UEFA Super Cup five times, with the Catalan giants finishing as runner-up on four occasions.
In terms of the most dominant nation in the competition, that honour goes to Spain. La Liga clubs have won the UEFA Super Cup 13 times. In comparison, English clubs have won this competition seven times and sit third in the ranking, with Italian clubs claiming nine titles.
Including this year’s final, English and Spanish teams make up 48.8% of all-time UEFA Super Cup appearances. Since 1998, this figure is 65%.
Real Madrid have made six appearances in the UEFA Super Cup (including 2017), and all of these have occurred since 1998.
Since the format changed to a one-off final, Spanish clubs have had a stranglehold on the competition, winning ten times since 1998. In comparison, English clubs have gone on to win the UEFA Super Cup three times over the same time period.
Spanish clubs have won seven out of the last eight editions of the competition.
Eight players have scored three goals in UEFA Super Cup history, with Lionel Messi and Radamel Falcao the only active players on the list.
Real Madrid vs Manchester United
The 2017 UEFA Super Cup breaks a run of three consecutive Spain vs Spain finals.
This will be the sixth time that English and Spanish teams have gone head-to-head in the UEFA Super Cup (1979, 1980, 1982, 1998, 2012, 2017).
2017 UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid will be taking part in their sixth UEFA Super Cup.
2017 UEFA Europa League winners Manchester United are making their fourth appearance in the UEFA Super Cup.
This will be the first head-to-head in this competition between the two clubs.
Real Madrid have won three of their previous five final appearances, giving them a 60% final success rate.
Manchester United have won one of their previous three final appearances, giving them a 33% final success rate. A victory in the 2017 final would mark their first UEFA Super Cup triumph for 26 years.