Your back-to-back league Champions and the Cup winners will contest the Spanish Supercopa first leg in Valencia on Sunday evening.
The current Supercopa trophy has only existed since 1982, but between 1940 and 1953 several other tournaments between the Spanish league champions and the cup winners (then "Copa del Generalísimo") were played.
In 1940 it had the name of "Copa de Campeones".
It was not played again until 1945, when the Ambassador of Argentina, due to the good relations with the Spanish military government, offered a trophy called "Copa de Oro Argentina". In 1947 the "Copa Eva Duarte de Perón" was established as an annual tournament, as a tribute to the President of Argentina and his wife, the popular "Evita". They were played between September and December, usually as one-match finals.
Real Madrid play for every trophy to win but a defeat to Valencia wouldn't be disastrous. In last years' edition we were hammered by Sevilla but recovered to post the best league numbers in History by Christmas.
The team essentially picks itself, with Schuster only having to make one decision between Arjen Robben and Robson de Souza.
Ramos - Pepe - Heinze - Torres
Diarra - Guti
VdV - Raúl - Robben
SSC | Sunday, 17 August 08, 22:00 CET| Estadio Mestalla