It's almost the end of July and the start of the season is close. Teams are beginning to prepare for their campaigns and players are now training harder.
It can be hard to wait for the domestic leagues to start up again. Club friendlies are somewhat dull at times and Olympic soccer isn't always too exciting.
And then there are the super cups. In each of the major European leagues, there is a one or two-match tournament final that pits the previous winner of the league against the previous winner of the domestic cup (though the UEFA Super Cup is different).
In most cases, the super cups are very interesting. They serve as warm-up matches for the top teams in each league and are usually high-scoring, eventful fixtures.
Without further ado, here are the five most important super cups to watch this summer: