There will be an all-English UEFA Super Cup for the first time in history with Champions League winners Liverpool facing Europa League holders Chelsea in Istanbul.
Here’s all you need to know about the 2019 edition…
What is the UEFA Super Cup?
It is a match contested by the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League from the previous season.
It is seen as the season opener for European competitions.
Where will it be held?
Vodafone Park, the home of Besiktas in Istanbul, will host the upcoming UEFA Super Cup final.
It is the first time the Super Cup has been held in Turkey. Istanbul beat Tirana (Albania), Toulouse (France), Haifa (Israel), Astana (Kazakhstan), Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Gdansk (Poland) to hosting the final.
When is it?
The UEFA Super Cup final – the 44th edition of the competition – will take place on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, three days after the new Premier League season gets underway.
A kick-off time is yet to be announced.
Who will be in the final?
For the first time in the history of the competition we will see an all-English UEFA Super Cup.
There will be the English winners of the UEFA Super Cup for the first time since Liverpool in 2005.
Liverpool booked their spot by beating Tottenham 2-0 in Champions League final, while Chelsea qualified with an emphatic 4-1 win over Arsenal in the Europa League final.
Last English winners?
Liverpool are the last English team to win the UEFA Super Cup, back in 2005.
How many fans will be there?
Vodafone Park, which is an all-seater stadium, has a capacity of around 41,000.
Country vs Country
It will be the eighth time the UEFA Super Cup will feature two teams from the same country.
It has previously been achieved five times by Spanish teams (2006, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018) and twice by Italian teams (1990 and 1993).
Female referee to officiate Super Cup
Stephanie Frappart, the 25-year-old Frenchwoman, will lead out a team of predominantly female officials on August 14 at Besiktas Park in Istanbul.
She will be accompanied by Manuela Nicolosi of France and Michelle O’Neal from the Republic of Ireland who will be the assistant referees for the match. They also took charge of the women’s World Cup final on July 7.
“Stephanie has proved over a number of years that she is one of the best female referees, not just in Europe but across the world,” said UEFA chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti. “She has the ability to officiate on the biggest stage, as she proved at this year’s Women’s World Cup final. I hope this match in Istanbul will provide her with yet more experience as she enters the prime of her refereeing career.”