UEFA Super Cup Comes to Cardiff.

The Football Association of Wales, the Welsh Government and Cardiff City Council are delighted to announce that the UEFA Super Cup is coming to Cardiff.

This traditional and prestigious fixture between the winners of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League will be played at the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday 12th August, 2014 (7:45pm kick off).

The current holders of the UEFA Super Cup are Bayern Munich, who beat Chelsea on penalties in Prague last year.

Between 1998 and 2012, the UEFA Super Cup was played in Monaco. In 2013 it was played in Prague and in 2015 it will be played in Tbilisi in Georgia.

The announcement was made this afternoon, Monday, February the 17th at Cardiff City Stadium.

Amongst those attending were the Welsh Government Sports Minister, John Griffiths, Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales, Jonathan Ford and the Leader of Cardiff City Council, Councillor Heather Joyce.

They were joined by two former European club competition winners Ollie Gunnar Solksjaer and Kevin Ratcliffe. The current Cardiff City manager Ollie Gunnar Solksjaer scored the winning goal for Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

Kevin Ratcliffe was the captain of the all-conquering Everton side of the mid 1980’s. In 1985 they won the European Cup Winners Cup beating Rapid Vienna in the final in Rotterdam.

Jonathan Ford, the Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales said:

“The Football Association of Wales is delighted that Cardiff will be hosting this year’s UEFA Super Cup. This prestigious match features the best teams in Europe, the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League.

Cardiff has hosted several high profile sporting events. This however is a first. This will be the first match staged on behalf of UEFA in the Welsh capital. We are sure it will not be the last.”

On behalf of the Welsh Government, the Minister for Culture and Sport John Griffiths added:

“The UEFA Super Cup coming to Cardiff and Wales is another fantastic opportunity to showcase the capital city and our country. We are used to hosting major sporting events in this country. Rugby Union and Rugby League, football, cricket and speedway to name just a few. A UEFA Super Cup is another huge event.”

The Leader of Cardiff Council, Councillor Heather Joyce said:

“Cardiff is looking forward to ensuring a warm welsh welcome to the first major UEFA event in Wales. The UEFA Super Cup 2014 will once again provide Cardiff with the opportunity to demonstrate its reputation for hosting major sporting events.

“Holding this major football championship in our European Capital of Sport year is very special indeed. I have no doubt that the event will bring Cardiff to the attention of a new audience of global football fans and I look forward to welcoming the world’s best players to the world’s best sporting capital.”

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