La Liga rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid go head to head in the UEFA Super Cup this month as the 2018-19 season gets under way in earnest.
As pre-season schedules come to a conclusion, the game gives both sides an opportunity to get their first piece of silverware into the cabinet for the campaign.
As well as being another chance for coaches to refine their plans before the big kick off, the match gives fans a chance to get an early glimpse of new signings and how things are shaping up
Ahead of the encounter, Goal brings you everything you need to know about the UEFA Super Cup 2018, including when and where it takes place, how to watch it live and more.
What is the UEFA Super Cup?
The UEFA Super Cup is an annual football match contested by the champions of the continent’s two main club competitions – the Champions League and the Europa League.
Usually played in August, the game serves as a sort of curtain-raiser for the upcoming European club season, with the group stages of the aforementioned tournaments primed to kick off in September.
Dutch sports journalist Anton Witkamp came up with the concept in 1971 and it has gone through a number of changes since its inception.
Initially, the competition incorporated two matches – home and away legs – but it has been a single-game decider since 1998, with games taking place at neutral venues.
When is the UEFA Super Cup 2018?
Game Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid
Date Wednesday, August 15
Time 3:00pm ET / 12:00 pm PT
The 2018 edition of the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid is scheduled to be played on Wednesday August 15.
The game will kick off at 10pm local time, which means 3pm ET in Canada.
It takes place four days before Real Madrid get their Liga season under way against Getafe and five days ahead of Atletico’s opener against Valencia.
Where is the UEFA Super Cup 2018 being held?
Estonia will host the 2018 edition of the UEFA Super Cup, marking the first ever time a European club final has been held in the country.
Lillekula Stadium, or A. Le Coq Arena, in the capital city of Tallinn will be the venue for the game.
The ground, which was first opened in 2001 and has a capacity of roughly 15,000, is home to the Estonia national team and Meistriliiga side Flora Tallinn.
From 1998 to 2012 the UEFA Super Cup used to be held at Monaco’s Stade Louis II, but it is now rotated around the continent.
Tallinn is the latest city to play host to the prestigious game, following Prague, Cardiff, Tbilisi, Trondheim and Skopje.
How to watch the UEFA Super Cup 2018 live in Canada
In Canada, the Super Cup can be watched live (and on demand) on DAZN.
UEFA Super Cup tickets
The ticket application portal for the game closed on June 26 and UEFA has confirmed that all tickets have been allocated.
Prices ranged from €50 to €130, with the most expensive tickets – Category 1 – being centrally positioned.