UEFA Super Cup Preview: Barcelona vs FC Porto

UEFA Super Cup Preview: Barcelona vs FC Porto

Info at a Glance: 
- UEFA Super Cup Competition is a contest that is held regularly every year to bring together the champions Champions League Europa League. Last year, Atletico Madrid won the competition after beating Inter Milan 2-0.

- The team that collected the most trophies is the UEFA Super Cup AC Milan with five trophies. Barcelona, ​​Liverpool and Ajax are both collecting three trophies.

- The last time Barcelona won the UEFA Super Cup trophy in 2009 by beating Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0.

- Barcelona just add to the trophy this year after beating Napoli 5-0 at the Joan Gamper event a few days ago. New Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas scored one goal in the game.

- Although able to beat Napoli 5-0, Barcelona's level of fitness of the players reportedly have not been optimal. Coach Pep Guardiola admitted it, and plans to add session of physical exercise to improve fitness of the players of Barcelona.

- If Barcelona beat Porto in this fight, then the trophy will become the fifth in 2011 after the trophy was for Barcelona La Liga, Champions League, Spanish Super Cup, and the Joan Gamper.

- FC Porto won the Europa League last season after beating fellow Portuguese team Sporting Braga in the final with the score 1-0.

- After losing Andre Villas-Boas who joined Chelsea, Porto again lost its star player Falcao, who officially joined Atletico Madrid.

- Despite losing its star player, Porto still capable of topping the Primeira Liga standings after winning three points in his first two games. Porto also won the Super Cup after beating Portugal's Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1.

- From a number of players brought in Porto this summer, not one who appeared to defend Porto in an official competition.

Barcelona's last five games: 
August 22: Barcelona 5-0 Napoli (Joan Gamper Trophy)
August 18: Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid (Spanish Super Cup)
August 15: Real Madrid 2-2 Barcelona (Spanish Super Cup)
August 7: Barcelona 2-0 America (friendship)
August 4: Barcelona 1-4 Chivas Guadalajara (friendship)

FC Porto last five games: 
August 20: Porto 3-1 Gil Vicente (Primeira Liga)
August 15: Vitoria Guimaraes 0-1 Porto (Primeira Liga)
August 8: Porto 2-1 Vitoria Guimaraes (Portuguese Super Cup)
August 1: Porto 1-2 Olympique Lyon (friendship)
July 25: Porto 3-0 Penarol (friendship)

Predicted starting : 
Barcelona: Valdes, Alves, Pique, Abidal, Adriano, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Pedro, Villa.
Porto: Helton, Fucile, Sapunaru, Rolando, Otamendi, Moutinho, Souza, Guarin, Varela, Hulk, Kleber.

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