Where: Stade Louis II, Monaco
When: August 26th, 2011, 2:45 PM ET
Watch: Fox Sports Channel (USA), Fox Deportes (USA), Sky Sports 1 (UK)
Live Streaming: UEFA.com (Subscription Required)
All eyes will be on Monaco when 2011 Champions League winner Barcelona faces off against 2011 Europa League winner FC Porto.
The Super Cup has been running since 1972 and was first designed as a final way to prove who is the best team in Europe.
Nowadays, the Champions League winner it without a doubt the best team in Europe, no matter what happens in the Super Cup. The Super Cup is a single match, and is always played at a "neutral" site. For the past 13 years, the event has been played in Monaco.
Biggest Storyline: Will Barca Add Even More Hardware?
Barcelona has had quite the successful year. They won the 2010-2011 La Liga season, the 2010-2011 Champions League, and the Spanish Supercup all this year.
This could be their fifth piece of hardware in 2011 alone if they are able to knock off Porto.
Players to Watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi
Is it possible to name anyone other than Lionel Messi? He is without a doubt the star of the team and is a threat to score at nearly every single moment.
He scored the game winning goal in the Spanish Supercup against Real Madrid and is one of the most dynamic players in the world. If Barca is going to win this match, it will be because Messi had a field day against Porto.
Players to Watch for FC Porto: Hulk
The Incredible Hulk is going to need to be in rare form if Porto is going to have any chance at taking down the European Champions. Hulk registered 23 goals in Portuguese competition for Porto last year and is always a threat to score.
If Hulk puts on too much of a show, he could very easily be on the linked to Tottenham once again.
Key Matchup: Victor Valdés vs. Helton
The goalies are going to play a huge role in this match, especially with the amount of attacking skill on the pitch. With Hulk and Silvestre Varela leading the way for Porto, Valdés will be called upon quite often to make a game changing play for Barca.
On the other side of things, Barca's entire roster is loaded with scoring threats, and it starts with David Villa and Messi. Villa and Messi are two of the most incredible offensive players in the game and will be taking shot after shot against Helton.
Helton will need to bring his A game if his side is going to have any chance.
What They're Saying:
Barcelona's new addition Cesc Fabregas is looking to win another piece of hardware and is excited about the opportunity. The Houston Chronicle has the inside scoop on Fabregas' goals with Barca,
I came to Barcelona to get better, to compete, and obviously to win trophies as well but that's not the only reason. I'm certainly happy to have opportunities such as this one.
This is part of the achievement of last year's team. Now I'm lucky enough to be one of them, to be able to play tomorrow (Friday) and we hope to be champions.
Porto star Hulk took the time to speak to Bettor.com about his focus for the upcoming match,
I am very happy for my goals and we won the game. Now, we must start now to think the game against Barcelona. Then I have time to think about the Brazilian team.”
The 25-year-old also commented that while he was pleased to see Radamel Falcao achieve his dream of playing for a bigger side, the responsibility of replacing was on the whole team and that he would do his utmost best to continue playing at a high level.
The responsibility is for all players, but I'm glad for Falcao.
I will continue to do my job, I will continue to work and respect the choices of the coaches.
Hulk clearly has his mind on plenty of things right now, but his focus needs to be on Barcelona 100% if they are going to have any chance of winning. At this point, it appears that Hulk has too much on his mind, including the transfer of Radamel Falcao.
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