College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
In Monaco tonight, two champions will put it all on the line as they battle for the coveted UEFA Super Cup. In one corner you have powerhouse FC Barcelona, who last season became the first team in Spanish league history to win La Liga, Copa del Ray and UEFA Champion League. Their opponents, FC Shaktar Donetsk, hail from Ukraine and are the reigning UEFA Cup champions. For anyone wondering, the Super Cup is an annual match played between the winners of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup.
Barcelona has played in this game seven previous times coming out on top twice. Shaktar is making its Super Cup debut. These two teams played twice last season during the group stage of the Champions League splitting the games one a piece. There’s an interesting twist in this game as well. Shaktar defender Dmytro Chygrynskiy will be playing his final game with his team. His future team – Barcelona.
While in Monaco one member of Barcelona picked up even more hardware. Winger Lionel Messi was named the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year.