In the customary opening match of the new UEFA club tournament season, Real Madrid will face Eintracht Frankfurt, the UEFA Europa League champions.
Since the thrilling 1960 European Cup final, when Real Madrid defeated Frankfurt 7-3 at Glasgow's Hampden Park to win the trophy for the sixth time in a row, this will be the teams' first competitive meeting. Although Richard Kress momentarily gave Frankfurt the lead and Erwin Stein scored twice for Germany in the second half, Alfredo Di Stéfano and Ferenc Puskás scored three and four goals, respectively, for the champions.
Jimmy Johnstone, a legendary Celtic player, observed the game and remarked, "It was like a fantasy produced in heaven. It was unlike any football I had ever seen, and I never would again.
Possible starting line-ups
Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Éder Militão, Alaba, Mendy: Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić: Valverde, Benzema, Vinícius Júnior
Frankfurt: Trapp; Touré, Tuta, N’Dicka; Knauff, Sow, Rode, Lenz; Kamada, Götze; Borré