UEFA Super Cup - 2018 SeasonMatch press kits
|Real Madrid CF||A. Le Coq Arena - TallinnWednesday 15 August 2018|
21.00CET (22.00 local time) Matchday 1 - Final
|Club Atlético de Madrid|
Date of birth: 28 August 1966
Playing career: Real Sociedad, Real Madrid Castilla, Las Palmas, Real Madrid, Logroñés, Barcelona, Rayo Vallecano
Coaching career: Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid Castilla, Spain Under-19s, Spain Under-20s, Spain Under-21s, Porto, Spain, Real Madrid
• Lopetegui's promising goalkeeping performances for Real Sociedad's youth sides led to a move to Real Madrid. The Basque native progressed into the senior squad, but, starved of opportunities, switched to Logroñes, where he made 107 Spanish top-flight appearances over three seasons.
• Those displays earned a move to Barcelona but again he found playing time limited, prompting a transfer to Rayo Vallecano, where he featured 112 times until retirement in 2002. He earned one senior international cap and was part of Spain's 1994 FIFA World Cup squad.
• Started his coaching career in 2003/04, at second division Rayo, but was dismissed after ten games. After five years away from the bench he returned to active duty in 2008/09 with Real Madrid Castilla, ending the third-tier campaign in sixth place.
• In 2010 Lopetegui joined the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and led the U19s to the European title two years later before reaching the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2013. He had assumed control of the U21s in August 2012 and guided the holders to the 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, winning the title in Israel.
• On 6 May 2014, he returned to club duties with Porto but failed to win any silverware with the club and left his post in January 2016. Appointed Vicente del Bosque's successor as Spain coach in July that year and guided the side to the 2018 World Cup but departed on the eve of the finals to succeed Zinédine Zidane as Real Madrid coach.
Date of birth: 28 April 1970
Playing career: Vélez Sarsfield, Pisa, Sevilla, Atlético Madrid (twice), Internazionale Milano, Lazio, Racing Club
Coaching career: Racing Club (twice), Estudiantes, River Plate, San Lorenzo, Catania, Atlético Madrid
• Launched career as a combative midfielder with Vélez Sarsfield and was a full Argentinian international at 18, making debut in a July 1988 friendly against Australia; went on to play in three FIFA World Cups and retired as Argentina's most-capped player (106 appearances, 11 goals). Moved to Italy in 1990 to join Pisa; two years later he left for Sevilla, where he played under Argentina's 1986 World Cup-winning coach Carlos Bilardo and – for one season – alongside Diego Maradona.
• Joined Atlético in 1994 and won the Spanish domestic double in his second season, his first major club honours to add to two Copa América titles (1991 and 1993) plus the 1992 FIFA Confederations Cup with Argentina.
• Enjoyed further success after returning to Italy, winning the UEFA Cup with Inter, plus a Serie A and Coppa Italia double in his debut campaign with Lazio (1999/2000). After four years in Rome, he returned to Madrid for a second spell with Atlético before ending his playing career in Argentina with Racing Club.
• Started coaching career with Racing Club and won Argentinian titles with Estudiantes (2006 Apertura) and River Plate (2008 Clausura); brief spells at San Lorenzo, Italian club Catania and Racing (again) preceded his appointment in December 2011 at Atlético.
• Led Atlético to victory in the 2012 UEFA Europa League final against Athletic Club and to a Copa del Rey final triumph over Real Madrid in 2013. A year later, Atlético held off Barcelona and Madrid to win their first league title since 1996, although they lost to Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final. Took Atlético to another UEFA Champions League final in 2016, which they again lost to Madrid, but collected more silverware two years later with another UEFA Europa League triumph.
The statistics provided throughout this document are based on the all-time records of the competing clubs in UEFA club competition.
UEFA club competition: These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records in UEFA club competitions defined as the European Champion Clubs' Cup, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, the UEFA Cup, the UEFA Europa League, the UEFA Super Cup (from the 1973 competition), the UEFA Intertoto Cup and the European/South American Cup.
Nat. - Nationality
DoB - Date of birth
UEFA: UEFA club competition (including qualifying matches)
Ex. - extra time
Goals for/against: Goals totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (eg. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored from the penalty mark during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw.