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Real Madrid vs Eintracht Frankfurt Super Cup preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, line-ups

When is it? How can you watch it? What are the line-ups? All you need to know about the UEFA Super Cup game between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt meet in the 2022 UEFA Super Cup at Helsinki Olympic Stadium on Wednesday 10 August.

Real Madrid vs Eintracht Frankfurt at a glance

When: Wednesday 10 August (21:00 CET kick-off)
Where: Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
What: UEFA Champions League holders vs UEFA Europa League winners
How to follow
: Build-up and live coverage will appear here

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What do you need to know?

European champions Real Madrid are taking on UEFA Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt in the traditional opener to the new UEFA club competition season.

It will be the sides' first competitive meeting since the sensational 1960 European Cup final, when Real Madrid won the competition for the fifth time in a row, beating Frankfurt 7-3 at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Alfredo Di Stéfano scored three and Ferenc Puskás four for the winners, though Richard Kress briefly put Frankfurt in front and Erwin Stein struck twice for the German side in the second half.

Celtic great Jimmy Johnstone watched the match and remembered: "It was like a fantasy staged in heaven. I had never seen football like it, nor would I ever again. I'll recite the names of that Madrid forward line till the day I die."

Starting line-ups

Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Éder Militão, Alaba, Mend; Modrić, Casemiro, Kroos: Valverde, Benzema, Vinícius Júnior

Frankfurt: Trapp; Touré, Tuta, N'Dicka; Knauff, Sow, Rode, Lenz; Kamada, Borré, Lindstrøm

Do the European champions usually win?

UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea lifted the trophy in 2021, but this pattern does not always apply. The European Cup/UEFA Champions League holders have won 26 of the 46 editions. Find a full rundown of UEFA Super Cup records and statistics here.

Expert predictions

Graham Hunter, Real Madrid reporter
There are several intense training sessions to go before Spanish studs tread the Helsinki Olympic Stadium – bumps and bruises can occur. But Carlo Ancelotti has been crystal clear about two things. Firstly, he'll try hard, match fitness permitting, to reward the XI who started, and won, the Champions League final against Liverpool by fielding them from the outset. And, secondly, that Madrid's starters and substitutes must treat this historic rematch with Frankfurt with ruthless seriousness. Game on.

James Thorogood, Frankfurt reporter
After starting the season with a comfortable win and man-of-the-match performance from marquee summer signing Mario Götze in the first round of the German Cup, Frankfurt were brought crashing back down to earth on Friday with a 6-1 loss to Bayern in their Bundesliga opener. Coach Oliver Glasner didn't mince his words after the game either, calling for a marked improvement as he looks to maintain the standards set by the Europa League winners last season.

View from the camps

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid coach: "Was last season the most amazing of my career? Perhaps so, yes. I'd never coached a team to a league and Champions League double. It's down to the spirit, attitude, quality, enthusiasm of my players that we qualified to be here by winning the Champions League."

Karim Benzema, Real Madrid forward: "There's a final tomorrow, we're brimming with ambition to win it – there's no other option when you play for Real Madrid. What's extra special is that to get here you have to win the Champions League. Now the task is to simply keep on winning."

Oliver Glasner, Frankfurt coach: "This is the reward for our incredible season, to face a Real Madrid side that have incredible quality and last season knocked out some of the best teams in Europe. What we proved in the Europa League last season is that there's always a chance and it's the same tomorrow. We're going to play with confidence because we know what we're capable of."

Kevin Trapp, Frankfurt goalkeeper: "Of course I have butterflies in my stomach because I'm looking forward to taking on Real Madrid in the Super Cup. My job is to keep the balls out, so my job hasn't really changed. I know there's going to be a lot of quality coming my way, whether it be Vinícius [Júnior] or [Karim] Benzema, but we're ready."

What is the Helsinki Olympic Stadium like?

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As the name suggests, the stadium was built to host the Olympics that eventually took place in 1952, and it underwent major renovations from 2016 to 2020. Its distinct tower stands at 72.71m – the distance thrown by gold-medal-winning Matti Järvinen in the javelin at the 1932 Olympics.

The arena is also home to Finland's national football team. The side are known as the Eagle Owls in honour of a bird, Bubi, which took up residence in the stadium and delayed a UEFA EURO 2008 qualifier against Belgium when it perched on a crossbar. It subsequently relocated following a rock concert.