Barça aiming to be Super Cup kings
FC Barcelona have the chance to move ahead of Real Madrid in the number of Super Cup triumphs both clubs have by beating Sevilla in this year’s two-legged tie.
The Blaugrana and Los Merengues have both won the cup on eight occasions each since it was
inaugurated in 1982, but now an outright leader could be proclaimed. Barça’s rise has been
helped by four wins in the last decade as Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola steered the club to
are the reigning Copa del Rey champions after beating Athletic Club 5-1 on aggergate last year as
they added the pot to the league, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble.
In 1998 the Catalan outfit competed for the Super Cup as domestic double winners, but lost to
Real Mallorca. Those two games, which the Balearic outfit won 3.1 on aggregate, saw a young Xavi
Hernández make his debut for the Barça first-team and score one of the goals.
A derby and three clásicos
There have been a
derby and three clásico encounters in the Super Cup Final. Against Espanyol the Blaugrana won 4-0
on aggregate, while Real Madrid have proven to be Barça’s bogey side in the competition as
they have won the trio of meetings between the clubs.
FC Barcelona’s most common foe in the pre-season tie have been Atlético de Madrid with
the sides meeting four times. Barça have won three of those and Atleti one with the last meeting
coming in 1996 when the Camp Nou club won 6-4 on aggregate as Ronaldo made his debut.