Ehe historic olympic stadium Helsinkithe one of the first games in which the Soviet Union (1952), is the setting in which the European fight for the titles opens in the 2022-23 season. Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurtchampions of Champions and of the Europa Leaguethey play the European Super Cupa tournament devised in 1971, which had an experimental final the following year between Ajax y Rangers (unofficial), which really started in 1973 (the Ajax defeated Milan) and that it is 50 years old, but not 50 editions, because in 1974, 1981 and 1985 it was not held.
The capital of Finland could be where Spanish football puts a new pin on a map, that of European football, which is full of marks with the Spanish flag. It doesn’t matter if we talk about national teams (29.8%) or clubs (36.73%), because when it comes to counting titles nobody spends as much time as spain.
On that triumphal path, the Real Madrid It is a Spanish standard. The white team seeks in the city of lakes and forests its European title number 21 of its first team, one more if the Youth League won with Ral at the controls is added. The whites see their two pursuers from afar: Barcelona (14, plus two with the juveniles) and Milan (14, all with their first team).
absolute lord of the Champions League With their dazzling 14 crowns, Ancelotti’s men are looking to take the lead in the Super Cup against the Frankfurt eagles. the tournament that Chelsea (1998) y Galatasaray (2000) were denied on their first two attempts and the Atletico Madrid in the last one (2018), the whites won it in 2002, 2014, 2016 and 2017. That puts Madrid just one Super Cup title from Milan and Barcelona and with the same as Liverpool.
The power of the Spanish clubs was cemented in the last century and has skyrocketed in this one. Of the 23 editions held since 2000, Spain has won 11 Champions (seven on Madrid) and 11 Europa League (six of the Sevilla); and of the 22 European Super Cups, 12 have ended in Spain (four from Madrid).
In that collection is not the Conference Leaguewon by Roma in a first edition in which there were no Spaniards last season and which has Villarreal as the first team to carry the Spanish flag in this competition.
The Red and the Reds
The overwhelming dominance of the Spanish clubs, highlighted in titles of Champions (19), of Europa League (13) y Super Cup (15), goes hand in hand with those who arrive at the Las Rozas museum thanks to the selection. Only Germany has the same Eurocopas absolute than Spain (three). And when the counter is passed to the lower ones, the Spanish domain skyrockets: 5 of 23 under 21 (tied with Italy) and devastating in under 19 (9 of 25) and under 17 (9 of 29).
The structure of the lower categories that devised Theodore Grandson shortly after arriving Angel Maria Villar to the Federation, laid the foundations for a model that has become so won over the years as an example to which other Federations have been turning to change their training strategy and the steps to build success from the lower teams. Germany was one of the first powers to appear in Las Rosas to find out what Spain was doing so that generation after generation, tournament after tournament, their kids would win or be on the verge of doing so.