This year’s Super Cup promises to be even more exciting than last year’s when Atletico Madrid needed extra time to defeat their crosstown rivals Real Madrid 4-2 (after a 98th minute equalizer!).
Chelsea and Liverpool both won their cups after the hardest of roads, Chelsea going undefeated throughout the tournament and Liverpool becoming the first team ever to defeat a team from the 5 major leagues in one tournament. These two clubs have won 17 European trophies between them, 12 for Liverpool and 5 for Chelsea. These are two of the most storied clubs in all of Europe, and they’re facing off in one of European football’s most storied cities – Istanbul. Istanbul was famously the host city in 2005 when Liverpool came back from 3-0 down against AC Milan to win in miraculous fashion.
Istanbul is a city unlike any other in the world, literally bridging Asia and Europe, and the city might literally be the most football-crazy city in the world. It was in Istanbul, ironically in basically the same stadium (the old Beşiktaş located in the same spot), where Liverpool and Beşiktaş broke the all-time decibel record for the loudest sporting event in recorded history in 2007. The millennia-old history of the city is matched only by its footballing history: Its football clubs date back over 100 years, and the fans have an appreciation for good football unmatched anywhere else in the word.
This year’s Super Cup is being played in a new stadium, set in the most gorgeous spot imaginable right on the Bosphorus as it straddles Asia and Europe. Vodafone Park is the home grounds for Beşiktaş FC and known as the ground for some of Turkish football’s most rabid fans. The setting and the matchup couldn’t be more perfect, as Liverpool tries to take home its 4th Super Cup trophy and Chelsea their 2nd
For fans of either club to travel to the city, Rent 'n Connect is offering a special mobile hotspot device, which you can carry with you all around the city, giving you mobile internet access for the period of your stay. Just log in through https://www.rentnconnect.com/ and connect through 4.5g from up to 10 devices, anywhere in the city.
This match marks an opportunity to watch some spectacular competition in one of the world’s great cities as it opens its arms to football fans from England and the world – time to come join in the fun!