UEFA Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt vie with UEFA Champions League victors Real Madrid for the 2022 UEFA Super Cup in Helsinki on 10 August.
The meeting between the winners of UEFA’s top two club competitions is reward for Eintracht’s 2021/22 Europa League triumph that also earned them a spot in next season’s Champions League.
Die Adler overcame Scottish outfit Rangers in a dramatic penalty shootout to claim European glory for the second time in their history and the club are already looking forward to their return to the continent’s top tier next year.
Real, meanwhile, lifted the Champions League for a record-extending 14th time as former Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti beat ex-Mainz and Borussia Dortmund tactician Jürgen Klopp to the trophy in Paris.
It will be Eintracht’s first appearance in the UEFA Super Cup, with the spot going to the winners of the now-defunct UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup when Frankfurt won the 1979/80 UEFA Cup.
If Oliver Glasner can get the better of Ancelotti in the final, Frankfurt would become the second German team to win the Super Cup – after Bayern (2013, 2020).
Bayern have also been runners-up on three occasions, while Hamburg (1977, 1983), Werder Bremen (1992) and Dortmund (1997) have all contested the trophy.
The traditional continental curtain-raiser for the new season will take place at Finland’s Helsinki Olympic Stadium and will see the country host its first UEFA club competition final.
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