The CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions will enjoy its relaunch next week with Euro 2020 winners Italy and Copa America victors Argentina going toe-to-toe in London for global bragging rights. This will be the first transatlantic Super Cup since the competition discontinued in 1993.
There have only ever been two previous CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions, first coming in 1985 with France beating Uruguay 2-0 at the Parc des Princes in Paris, and then in 1993 with Argentina triumphing over Denmark on penalties at the Estadio Jose Maria Minella in Mar del Plata.
Nearly two decades after the last transatlantic showpiece, Wembley now braces itself for a clash of continental champions, with Roberto Mancini’s European Championship winners colliding with Lionel Scaloni’s Copa America conquerers in what is being dubbed ‘Finalissima’.
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Italy vs Argentina match stats
Lionel Messi hasn’t enjoyed the most spectacular of starts from a goalscoring perspective in France, but his jittery maiden campaign for PSG should serve well to emphasis just how good he was at Barcelona. He has still scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues across the last five seasons (36), exactly double his closest challenger (Dries Mertens, 18).
For Italy, Domenico Berardi could be the difference-maker. The Sassuolo forward provided more assists than any other player in Serie A this season (14), while he also scored 15 goals, meaning he also contributed to more goals than any other player, sitting level with Capocannoniere winner Ciro Immobile, who netted 27 goals and provided two assists.
23 Mar 2018 – Argentina 2-0 Italy – International Friendly
14 Aug 2014 – Italy 1-2 Argentina – International Friendly
28 Feb 2001 – Italy 1-2 Argentina – International Friendly
03 Jul 1990 – Italy 1-1 (4-5 on pens) Argentina – World Cup semi-final
21 Dec 1989 – Italy 0-0 Argentina – International Friendly
It was only four years ago the last time these nations met. It actually came in England as well, at Manchester City’s Etihad. Jorge Sampaoli’s men ultimately triumphed on the day over Luigi Di Biagio’s side, with goals from Ever Banega and Manuel Lanzini.