The UEFA Super Cup is an annual football match hosted by UEFA (the Union of European Football Association), between the reigning champions of UEFA’s, and by extension Europe’s, primary two football leagues; the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.
The match was founded in 1972, where until 1999, it was played between the victors of the Champions League and UEFA Winner’s Cup, until the discontinuation of the UEFA Winner’s Cup, where it was replaced by the UEFA Cup, later renamed to the UEFA Europa League in 2009.
The inception of the league is attributed to Dutchman Anton Witkamp, who sought a way to determine who was definitively the best team in Europe, in addition to challenging the legendary status of The Netherlands’ best team at the time, Ajax.
However, Witkamp faced initial resistance from UEFA, whose president at the time turned down his proposition for an official endorsement. UEFA didn’t formally recognise the league until 1973, a match fought between Milan and Ajax.
Until 1998, the Super Cup spanned across two matches, one would be played at one team’s host venue, and the second would be played at the other’s home ground. There was one exception to this, between Yugoslavian team Red Star Belgrade and Manchester United, the former unable to host the match in their own country due to war, so only one match was played at Manchester United’s Old Trafford. This change to a single leg instead of two likely was intended to make the matchup more exciting.
Between 1998 and 2012, matches were held at Stade Louis II in Monaco. However, since 2013, they have been held at neutral venues at various locations throughout the world, changing each year, in countries not typically renowned for their high quality football, such as Cardiff City Stadium in Wales, Lerkendal Stadion in Norway and Phillip II Arena in Macedonia, amongst others.
The 2019 match takes place in Vodafone Park in Istanbul, Turkey, and the 2020 match is scheduled to take place at Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal.
UEFA holds onto the UEFA Super Cup Trophy, and have done so since 2008, and only replicas are distributed to the winning teams. Prior to that, the original cup would be given to teams who won either three cups in a row, or 5 in total, which was achieved by Milan and Barcelona.
In addition to the replica trophy, 40 gold and 40 silver medals are given to each individual participant of the winning and losing team, respectively.
The most successful clubs in the cup’s history are Barcelona, Milan, Real Madrid and Liverpool, having won 5, 5, 4 and 3 times respectively, in addition to various runner up awards. The current champions are Atletico Madrid, who beat out Real Madrid 4-2 at the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, Estonia, on 15 August 2018, thanks in no part to a fantastic performance by Atletico striker Diego Costa, scoring two goals in total and one within the first two minutes of the game.
How To Watch UEFA Super Cup NZ
The final will take place on Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 8:00pm UK time.
There are many TV channels showing the 2019 UEFA Super Cup, but in NZ you’ll need Sky Sports.
- Australia: Kayo Sports or Foxtel
- UK: BT Sports
- Canada: DAZN
You can’t watch the Super Cup for free in NZ without a premium subscription.
Step 1: Get A VPN Provider
To watch the Super Cup live stream in New Zealand you can use DAZN in Canada which is a sports package that offers live streaming via their website and their app. Anyone can create an account and they offer a free 14 day trial too.
To fool the website into thinking you’re in Canada then you can buy a VPN and choose an Australian server.
There are many different VPN providers out there on the web, from our experience the cheapest and most affordable option is PureVPN.
You’ll be able to buy a VPN using your New Zealand credit card/Paypal.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN Application
You’ll need to decide how you plan on accessing DAZN. You could use your smart TV, Apple TV or just a computer web browser.
You’ll need to download the PureVPN Application to your device first, then their app or visit their website.
Login with the details you were provided via email during signup.
Step 3: Choose Australian Server
You’ll now need to connect through to a CA based server. If you’re given an option of which city then I’d choose Vancouver.
You’ll be advised by the VPN app once your IP has changed and you’re routing your connection via Canada.
You’ll now be able to go to your chosen channel and watch the live stream instantly.
It’s 100% free to create an account for 14 days. When asked for a postcode enter a random one.
Step 4: Start Watching Super Cup Live Stream
Search for the race in the website search box, although it’s likely going to be on the homepage.
You’ll now be able to play any of the on demand content available too.
Keep your account and watch more geoblocked content from all over the world.
Aelwyn is based in the UK and has a masters in security. He’s studied further in the United States while working for companies such as Google and Cisco. He loves rugby and has played professionally too.