The origins. The Spanish Super Cup was played for the first time between October and December 1982. At the premiere of the tournament, the Real Sociedad (champion of the League) defeated Real Madrid (champion of the Copa del Rey). Of the first eight editions, only four were played; The competition was canceled in 1986 and 1987 due to date problems and in 1984 and 1989 it was not necessary to play any match by having achieved two doubles at the Athletic Club and Real Madrid, respectively.“Guest” teams. On March 1, 1996, when the two finalists of the Copa del Rey of that season were already known, the RFEF decided in the Board of Directors that, in case a team was proclaimed champion of the League and the Copa del Rey in In the same season, the Spanish Super Cup would be “invited” to the runner-up of the Copero tournament. The regulation change came, therefore, in conditions very similar to those of last season, also with the well advanced football course and with the finalists of the KO tournament already decided.Atleti-Barça in 1996. Atletico Madrid won the double in the 1995-96 season and faced Barcelona (runner-up Cup) in August. It was the first of the six occasions in which a team was “invited” to the Spanish Super Cup and the first of three times in which the club won the title (Barcelona in 1996, Mallorca in 1998 and Athletic Club in 2015). Curiously, neither Barcelona nor Atlético de Madrid played that 1996 tournament in their respective stadiums. The first were local in the Olympic of Montjuïc, while the second chose the La Peineta Stadium (now Wanda Metropolitano).Barcelona leads the medal winners. The 35 Spanish Super Cup titles awarded to date are distributed as follows: 13 for Barcelona, 10 for Real Madrid, 3 for Deportivo, two for Atlético de Madrid, two for Athletic Club, one for Real Zaragoza, one for Mallorca, one for Real Sociedad, one for Sevilla and the rest was taken by Valencia.Atypical date. The Spanish Super Cup was not played in winter since 1993 (Real Madrid defeated Barcelona 3-1 at the Bernabéu on December 2 and drew 1-1 at the Camp Nou on the 16th of the same month), although this is the first edition that is played in the month of January. It will be the second final played outside of Spain (last year was held in Morocco) and it is the first time that the Final Four model is used for a tournament of this style in any of the major European leagues. Derbis in the Super Cups. Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid have previously faced each other in the Spanish Supercup (2014) and in the European Supercup (2018) and on both occasions they took the title the rojiblancos. The first to double game (see page 3) and the second to single game in Tallinn (4-2 after extension). That match was the official debut of Julen Lopetegui at the head of Real Madrid.In neutral field. Apart from that European Super Cup played in Estonia that won the Atleti, three other official Madrid derbies have been held in neutral field: there was a tiebreaker match in Zaragoza corresponding to the 1958-59 European Cup (Madrid won 2- 1; he would end up raising his fourth consecutive title) and two recent Champions League finals in Lisbon (4-1 for Madrid in 2014, after extra time) and Milan (1-1 and victory in the penalty shootout for the white team in 2016 ).Balance between both. The overall balance of the 274 official confrontations between Atlético and Madrid is very favorable to the whites, who have added 140 victories and 473 goals, while their rival has achieved 68 wins and 348 goals. Although at the end of the single game Atleti has an advantage: it won five and lost three.Infallible in the finals. Zidane has never lost a final in his career as a coach, either single game or double game. He won three of three in the European Cup, two of two in the Club World Cup, two of two in the European Super Cup and one of one in the Spanish Super Cup. His balance against Atlético de Madrid is two wins, five draws and two losses in nine official matches.Closer to Miguel Muñoz. Zidane could achieve today his tenth title in his official match number 187 as coach of Real Madrid (he would go out to a title every 19 games). It would be four wounded to equal the 14 of Miguel Muñoz, who is the most successful coach in the history of the white club.The tenth of Cholo. Simeone faces today his tenth final as Atlético coach. He won six of the previous nine and only lost three (a Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona and the two Champions League against Madrid). Today he could balance his balance in the derby in case of victory (for now he has nine wins, eleven draws and ten losses in 30 clashes against the Real).Beat Luis. Simeone could achieve today his eighth title as coach of Atlético, which would exceed the seven of Luis Aragonés (counting the 2001-02 Second Championship) and become the most successful coach in the history of the club. Only Miguel Muñoz (14 titles with Madrid), Pep Guardiola (14 with Barcelona), Johan Cruyff (11 with Barcelona), Luis Enrique (9 titles with Barcelona) and Ferdinand Daucik (8 titles with Barcelona) beat him in titles with the same club in the history of Spanish football.
The cast of the play.Letterkenny-based entertainer Noel Sweeney and his eldest son Brian are to step back onto the stage together for the first time in 20 years. This father and son duo will act together for the first time in a play when they kick off five nights of the Sam Cree comedy play Widows’ Paradise in the Letterkenny Gaels club room on Thorn Road.The hilarious three-act play is being staged by the Letterkenny Gaels GAA club to raise funds to support club activities. The on and only (thank God!) Noel Sweeney.During the 1970s and early 1980s Noel Sweeney played in the popular wedding band Barney and the Circle before departing on a solo career in the late 1980s. Brian, who was in his late teens at the time, joined his father in the newly formed wedding band. They successfully played at over 100 weddings before Brian departed to the bright lights of Dublin to start an engineering career. Noel ended his music career shortly afterwards as his driving school business demanded more of his attention.After a 10 year absence, Brian and Noel both returned to on-stage entertainment in 2004 and 2005 respectively.Brian joined the Letterkenny Pantomime Society and made his acting debut as an Ugly Sister in their 2004 production of Cinderella. He followed this with performances as the Barron of Pittsburgh in the pantomime Robin Hood, Mr Tweedy in the LMDG production of Sam Cree’s play ‘Don’t tell the Wife’ and the School Master role in the 2005 and 2013 productions of Caisleann Oir, written by Letterkenny native Leslie Long.Noel joined the Lifford Players in 2005 and debuted on stage as Sergeant Mulgrew in Macook’s Corner. In 2006, he performed at the All Ireland drama finals in Athlone as Juror no. 6 in the Lifford Players production of the 12 Angry Men. Noel has also played the Guard in the Fergus Cleary play ‘Where are the Parents’ and played Moleskin Joe in Anthony Delap’s musical Children of the Dead End. Brian Sweeney – not as bad as the father …….yet!Although both men have occasionally been active on the local amateur drama scene, they have never acted together in the same production.Noel says “Our roles on stage now are very different from what we were doing 20 years ago in the wedding band”. “In saying that, our aim is no different – to entertain people”. Noel continued “I blame Paddy O’Connor, the Director who was responsible for the casting”. “The pickings must have been thin at the auditions when he went for the two of us”.Brian said “It is nice to have the opportunity to act alongside your father, as not too many plays or musicals have roles to suit a father and son duo”. He laughs and says, “It’s very strange as both our characters are attempting to impress the same woman”. “You’ll have to come to the show to see how that one turns out”.This hilarious comedy will run for 5 nights from Wednesday 21st October to Sunday 25th October in the Letterkenny Gaels Club room on Thorn Road. Tickets can be bought at the Arena 7, George Sweeney’s Shop, Swilly Group Office on Business Park Road, Thomas Keys Shop, Black’s Shop on Lower Main St., the Silver Tassie Hotel and Murrays Pharmacy in Ramelton. Tickets can also be bought from members of the cast and Letterkenny Gaels committee members.FATHER AND SON TO TREAD THE BOARDS AGAIN AFTER 20 YEARS! was last modified: October 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLetterkenny GaelsWidows Paradise