AC Milan and Barça, here in action in the 1989 final, have 9 titles between them / FCB

The first edition of the European Super Cup was played on 16 January 1973 when the European Cup holders, Ajax Amsterdam, took on the holders of the European Cup Winners’ Cup, Glasgow Rangers. A Dutch side replete with names like Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens took a 3-1 win in the first leg at Ibrox Stadium. In the return leg in the Netherlands, Ajax again claimed victory, overcoming their Scottish rivals 3-2 in the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam.

Despite it being the first meeting between the winners of the European Cup Winners’ Cup and the European Cup, it was not recognised officially by UEFA, the reason being the one year ban that Glasgow Rangers had received from official European competition following crowd trouble at the Cup Winners’ Cup Final in 1972. The first official European Super Cup title, however, still went to Ajax thanks to their 6-1 aggregate win over AC Milan in January 1974.

Between 1973 and 1999 the European Super Cup final saw the winners of the European Cup/Champions League take on the champions of the now defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup. Since the disappearance of the competition, the final has been played between the Champions League holders and the winners of the UEFA Europa League, formerly known as the UEFA Cup.

The European Super Cup was played over two legs until 1997. From the following year until 2012 the final was played as a one off match at the Stade Louis II Stadium in Monaco where Barça won the troph y in 2009 and 2011 under Pep Guardiola.

Barça just one win away from a record

Currently Barça have won the Super Cup on four occasions, just one behind record holders AC Milan. The blaugranes have the opportunity to draw level with the Italian club if they can overcome Sevilla in the final on 11 August.

Clubs from the Spanish League dominate the competition with 11 victories in total. The European Champions have come out winners in 20 of the 39 finals played up to now with the winners of the Cup Winners’ Cup/UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League claiming the trophy on 19 occasions.

Unplayed finals

The European Super Cup has not been played on three occasions in its history. In 1974 Bayern Munich of West Germany and FC Magdeburg of East Germany did not meet for political reasons. In 1981 Liverpool and Dynamo Tibilisi were unable to find suitable dates for the final and in 1985 the competition was not organised in the aftermatch of the Heysel disaster on the occasion of the European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus.