Why you should watch the UEFA Super Cup
Despite it comprising of the winners of European football's two major trophies, the UEFA Super Cup is often dismissed as a glorified friendly. However, the traditional curtain raiser to the new European football league season, has seen its fair share of memorable matches and tonight's game could very well be another argument for the positive.
Pitting Champions League winners Real Madrid, against Europa League winners Manchester United, the UEFA Super Cup is crammed full of intrigue and narative. Not only does it feature the two biggest football 'brands' in the world, but it also sees United manager, Jose Mourinho, facing Real Madrid for the first time since leaving in 2012.
Add to the first official outting of the clubs' big summer signings; the fact that Mourinho has never won the Super Cup; and that Madrid are looking to become the first team to retain the title in 20 years, it's hard to make a case against tuning in.
If you're still not convinced, we've compiled the five most memorable moments in the "glorified friendly's" history:
5. Zenit St Petersburg shock Manchester United
Going into the 2008 Final, there was only one obvious winner. Armed with the golden boy Wayne Rooney in his prime, Manchester United were expected to walk this one-sided game against a Russian team featuring little star power, but that Russian team had other plans
4. Real Madrid's double comeback
After two consecutive losses in the Super Cup, Sevilla were determined to win the 2016 edition. After taking the lead early in the second half, it seemed like it was just a matter of time until they'd put that ghost to rest. However, in what has become a bit of a habit for Madrid, captain Sergio Ramos leveled the match with a last-minute header. The drama was not finished, as the game went into extra-time, Sevilla were again undo by another last-minute goal from the Champions League winners, ensuring that they would be three-time losers.
3. Falcao upsets Chelsea
The 2012 match was a one man show. ‘El Tigre’ Radamel Falcao stole the show, scoring a hat-trick past the Champions League title holders
2. The comeback of the century, almost…
When Barcelona have a 4-1 lead the logical assumption is to assume that the game is over. But, with 30mins to play, a plucky Sevilla side manage to claw back three goals to take the game into extra-time. Although all seemed to be for nothing as Sevilla's achilles heel of conceeding late struck again with a late, late goal sealing victory for Barcelona.
1. Bayern and Chelsea go neck-to-neck
The 2013 final was a replay of the 2012 Champions League final, with Bayern Munich seeking to get their revenge. An ultimate nail-biter for fans of both sides turned out to be the most exciting final for neutrals. Fernando Torres scores the leading goal for Chelsea only eight minutes into the game. Ribery’s equaliser at an early stage of the second half takes the game into the extra time. An early Hazard goal gave Chelsea the lead once again, and in what seems has been a theme of the UEFA super cup, another last minute goal; this time it’s Javi Martinez who takes his team into a penalty shoot-out which crowned Bayern as champions.