UEFA.com delves into all the latest facts and figures ahead of the 2011 UEFA Super Cup, with competition milestones, up-to-date injury news and a host of eye-catching runs and records.
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• Barcelona have contested seven UEFA Super Cups, winning three (1992, 1997, 2009) and losing a record four (1979, 1982, 1989, 2006).
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• The start of the 2011/12 Liga season has been postponed because of a player strike.
• Barcelona collected their first trophy of the season on 17 August, completing a 5-4 aggregate victory over Real Madrid CF in the Spanish Super Cup. It was Barcelona's third successive Super Cup triumph and tenth in all in a competition that only began in 1982; Madrid have won it eight times.
• Goals from David Villa and Lionel Messi earned a 2-2 draw in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabéu on 14 August and the return was heading for extra time after goals from Andrés Iniesta and Messi were cancelled out, before the latter struck an 88th-minute winner.
• Madrid ended with ten men after Marcelo's late dismissal for a foul on Barcelona debutant Cesc Fàbregas. Villa and Mesut Özil were subsequently sent off from the bench.
• On Monday Barcelona beat Italian side SSC Napoli 5-0 to lift the Joan Gamper Trophy in an annual friendly in honour of the Catalan club's founder. Fàbregas broke the deadlock on 25 minutes on his first start for the club before further goals from Seydou Keita (31), Pedro Rodríguez (61) and Messi (65, 77).
• Since taking the reins in 2008, Josep Guardiola has led Barcelona to two UEFA Champions League successes, three Liga titles, three Spanish Super Cups, a Copa del Rey, a UEFA Super Cup and the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup – 11 trophies. That is the same number that Johan Cruyff achieved between 1988 and 1996.
• Gerard Piqué will be out for three weeks, missing the UEFA Super Cup, after tearing his calf in training on Tuesday.
• Ibrahim Afellay tore his thigh during a 2-1 friendly defeat by Manchester United FC on 30 July while Alexis Sánchez was ruled out of the Spanish Super Cup second leg after straining his left thigh in the warm-up.
• Carles Puyol had surgery to repair damaged cartilage in his left knee on 1 June. Pedro (tonsillectomy) and Thiago Alcántara (nasal septum) underwent minor operations in the summer.
• On 20 August Maxwell returned to training as he recovers from a pre-season stomach muscle strain.
Cesc Fàbregas (Arsenal FC)
Alexis Sánchez (Udinese Calcio)
Gabriel Milito (CA Independiente)
Bojan Krkić (AS Roma)
Jeffrén Suárez (Sporting Clube de Portugal)
Oriol Romeu (Chelsea FC)
Víctor Sánchez (Neuchâtel Xamax FC)
Henrique (SE Palmeiras, loan)
Nolito (SL Benfica)
Martín Cáceres (Sevilla FC)
• Xavi Hernández and Messi were nominated, along with Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, for the inaugural UEFA Best Player in Europe Award held in Monaco on Thursday. Iniesta was already confirmed in fourth, with Piqué joint eighth.
• Six Barcelona players featured at July's Copa América: Messi, Javier Mascherano, Milito (Argentina), Daniel Alves, Adriano (Brazil) and, prior to his move to the Camp Nou, Alexis Sánchez (Chile). All returned after quarter-finals defeats. Milito has since left.
• Thiago, Martín Montoya and Rubén Miño were in the Spain squad that won the UEFA European U21 Championship in June. Sergi Gómez and Gerard Deulofeu helped Spain claim the equivalent honour at U19 level a month later.
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• Porto have contested three UEFA Super Cups, winning at their first attempt in 1987 before losing in 2003 and 2004.
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• Friday 19 August: FC Porto 3-1 Gil Vicente FC (Hulk 11pen 50, Săpunaru 16; Vilela 3pen)
Helton; Săpunaru, Rolando, Otamendi, Fucile; Souza, Guarín (Belluschi 72), Moutinho; Varela (Djalma 72), Hulk, Kléber (Walter 80)
• Porto came from behind after Nicolás Otamendi conceded an early penalty to stretch their unbeaten Liga run to 41 games (38 wins, three draws), stretching back to 28 February 2010 and a 3-0 defeat at Sporting Clube de Portugal.
• Cristian Săpunaru's first-half header was his first Liga goal in 43 matches since joining Porto in 2008.
• Vítor Pereira named an unchanged starting XI from the side that kicked off Porto's Liga defence with victory at Vitória SC five days earlier, Hulk scoring the only goal.
• Porto have scored in each of their last 22 games, since a 1-0 UEFA Europa League loss to Sevilla FC on 23 February.
• Porto collected their first trophy of the season on 7 August, two goals from Rolando earning a 2-1 victory in the Portuguese Super Cup against a Guimarães side they beat 6-2 in May's Portuguese Cup final.
• Now in his eighth season in Portugal, centre-back Rolando had never previously scored twice in one game.
• It was Porto's third successive Super Cup triumph and 18th in all in a competition only in its 33rd year.
• Emídio Rafael has not featured since breaking his leg in January.
• Summer signing Alex Sandro returned from duty with Brazil at the FIFA U-20 World Cup with a right thigh injury.
Steven Defour (R. Standard de Liège)
Eliaquim Mangala (R. Standard de Liège)
Rafael Bracalli (CD Nacional)
Kléber (CA Mineiro)
Juan Manuel Iturbe (Club Cerro Porteño)
Alex Sandro (CD Maldonado)
Djalma (CS Marítimo)
Falcao (Club Atlético de Madrid)
Rúben Micael (Club Atlético de Madrid)
Henrique Sereno (1. FC Köln, loan)
Mariano González (Club Estudiantes de La Plata)
Hugo Sousa (FC Braşov)
• Álvaro Pereira scored twice in five starts as Uruguay claimed a record 15th Copa América in July. Club-mate Cristian Rodríguez was used more sparingly, in two group games. Fredy Guarín was also in action in Argentina though Colombia were eliminated by Peru in the quarter-finals.
• Iturbe (Argentina) and James Rodríguez (Colombia) returned to training only last weekend after their involvement at the U-20 World Cup. Rodríguez signed a new two-year deal in June, tying himself to Porto until summer 2016.
• In July Porto announced that Brazil U20 right-back Danilo will join this winter from Santos FC for €13m, signing a five-year deal.