Chelsea and Atlético Madrid will face each other in the Uefa Super Cup on Friday 31 August 2012 at the Stade Louis II in Monaco. The competition is held between the winners of the Uefa Champions League and the Uefa Europa League.
Chelsea won this competition in 1998 after their victory in the European Cup Winners Cup that year. They beat Champions league winners Real Madrid 1-0 in the final. Atlético Madrid won this more recently, in 2010, following their victory in the Europa League that year. They beat Champions League winners Inter Milan 2-0 in the final.
This will be the last final for the time being at Stade Louis II in Monaco, where it has been held since 1998. From next year, the final will be held at different venues each year, starting with the Eden Stadium in Prague for 2013 followed by the Cardiff City Stadium in Wales in 2014 and the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 2015.
Spanish club Atlético Madrid are in the Super Cup final following their victory in this year’s Europa League. They beat fellow Spaniards Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the final at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania.
Atlético entered the tournament in the qualifying rounds where they beat Norwegian side Strømsgodset and Portuguese team Vitória SC. They then won their group comfortably over second-placed Udinese, though the Italian team did inflict Atlético’s only defeat in the whole tournament when they won the home leg 2-0.
Their victims in the knock-out stages were Lazio, Besiktas and Hannover to reach the semi-finals where they won 4-2 at home and 1-0 away against Valencia.
Chelsea became the first London club ever to win the Champions League (or its predecessor the European Cup) when they beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on penalties at Bayern’s home ground – the Allianz Arena. The match went into extra time thanks to a late equaliser by Chlesea’s Didier Drogba after Thomas Müller had given the Germans the lead. Drogba, though, won’t be playing in the Super Cup final having been transferred to Shanghai Shenhua over the summer.
In the group stages of the Champions League, Chelsea finished top, one point clear of Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Chelsea lost away at Napoli in the first leg of the round of 16, losing 3-1 but they rallied for the home leg, winning 4-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea won both games against Benfica in the quarter finals and then produced the upset of the tournament, knocking out holders and favourites Barcelona, thanks to a 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge and then drawing 2-2 at the Nou Camp despite being reduced to ten men.
Football Betting Odds for Chelsea vs Atlético Madrid
The bookmakers have Chelsea favourites to win this match with odds up to 5/4 for a victory in ninety minutes. The best odds for Atlético Madrid to do the same are 12/5 and most seem to have settled around 23/10 for the draw.