The UEFA Super Cup acts as the curtain-raiser for the new UEFA club competition season, pitting the winners of the previous season's UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League against each other. It is played in Monaco at the end of August to coincide with the draws for the group stages of the two club competitions, as well as the UEFA Club Football Awards ceremony.
Since 1998 the UEFA Super Cup has been played as a single match at Monaco's Stade Louis II. The competition was first staged in 1973/74, and initially featured the European champions and their UEFA Cup Winners' Cup counterparts. Following the abolition of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup after 1998/99, the match has been contested by the holders of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League (the UEFA Cup until 2009/10).
Originally, the UEFA Super Cup was played over two legs (although there were exceptions), with the two finalists playing each home and away. The club scoring the greater aggregate of goals won the competition, with away goals (in 1980, when Valencia CF defeated Nottingham Forest FC) and extra time (in 1982, when Aston Villa FC defeated FC Barcelona) deciding the winners on one occasion each. A Super Cup has never been decided on penalties, but in 2000 it was determined by a golden goal, UEFA Cup winners Galatasaray AŞ defeating Real Madrid CF.
The match format is the same as any final in a UEFA club competition. If the scores are level at the end of normal time, two 15-minute periods of extra time are played. If the result remains deadlocked at the end of the second period of extra time, a penalty shoot-out determines the winners.
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