MONACO, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The European Super Cup will have a new name inscribed on it after Friday's final when European champions Real Madrid and UEFA Cup winners Feyernoord both attempt to win it for the first time.
The final could also enter the record books as the first
match to be decided after 105 minutes of playing time -- which
would comprise just one 15-minute period of extra time according
to new 'golden goal' rules introduced for the first time this
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UEFA, unhappy with the sudden-death aspect of the old rule
in which the match ended as soon as a goal was scored in extra
time have brought in a new rule which states that if a 'golden
goal' is scored during the first half of extra-time, the game
will continue until half-time of extra time with the team which
scored the 'golden goal' winning.
If, after 105 minutes, the scores are still level, a further
15 minutes will be played. In other words, extra-time will last
either 15 or 30 minutes and the side which concedes a 'golden
goal' will, at least, be given a sporting chance of fighting
The last time Real Madrid played in the Super Cup final they
lost 2-1 to Galatasaray and a Mario Jardel winner in 2000. They
have returned to Monaco to try and win the cup at the third
attempt. Feyenoord are playing in their first final.
Real's first appearance in 1998 ended in a 1-0 defeat to
Chelsea after Uruguayan striker Gustavo Poyet came on as a
second-half substitute to score the winner, and two years ago
they surprisingly lost to Galatasaray.
Although the match is just the curtain-raiser to the new
European season, Real are determined to win it.
'It is the first real test of the season and it is also our
bogey trophy,' says right back Michel Salgado.
'We are really determined to bring the cup back to Madrid
But Real coach Vicente del Bosque was characteristically
cautious about about his team's chances of victory over the
Dutch team who qualified for the first stage of the Champions
League on Tuesday after a 3-0 aggregate win over Fenerbahce of
'They are a classic team from the Dutch school and also have
some very good foreign players. They knocked out some tough
teams in last season's UEFA Cup and play very good football.'
Real's preparations for Friday's final may have been
overshadowed by the saga surrounding the apparent collapse of
the attempt to sign Ronaldo from Inter Milan, but the team's
recent pre-season performances suggest they will have little
problem hitting the target.
Del Bosque's side smashed five past Romanian champions
Dinamo Bucharest on Saturday, with former youth team striker
Javier Portillo grabbing the headlines after notching a
well-taken double when he came on as a second-half substitute.
The 20-year-old, who has now been promoted to the senior
squad, has scored close to 400 goals in official games for the
club's youth teams and marked his European debut last season by
striking a stunning 25-metre equaliser against Panathinaikos.
Portillo is clearly being groomed by the club as the future
partner for Raul, but senior striker Fernando Morientes is
likely to get the nod over the rising star in the starting
The Spanish international will be keen to prove a point to
the management at Real after he was offered as part exchange in
the proposed Ronaldo deal.
With Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo looking sharper in
pre-season than this time last season, Real can look forward
with optimism to claiming their first silverware of the season.
'We mustn't forget that we have the option of winning five
trophies this season and we are setting out to try and win them
all,' Zidane said.
But Feyenoord will be just as determined and coach Bert van
Marwijk's side will be attempting to maintain the jinx that has
seen every Champions League winner lose the Supercup since it
was switched to a single match in Monaco five seasons ago.
Team spirit and hard work were the key elements of
Feyenoord's success last season and they have proved their
potential by reaching the Champions League now.
Feyenoord midfielder Paul Bosvelt believes his team will be
inspired in Monaco.
'Real are probably the best team in Europe, but we showed
last season what our possibilities are when we face stronger
'We will give our best in the Super Cup match. As a player
it is always a challenge to play against a team with big names
in it like Real, but I've done it before with Feyenoord when I
took on Zinedine Zidane in the 1997 Champions League matches
'For us the Super Cup is a prize which we really want to
win. And this match will be an opportunity to match up with an
opponent of a higher level.'