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IFA to bring Uefa Super Cup match to Windsor Park

By Steven Beacom

The Irish Football Association is planning to bring one of the most glamorous games in world football to the new Windsor Park.

The Belfast Telegraph can reveal that the IFA is set to apply to Uefa to host the European Super Cup final, played between the Champions League and Europa League winners, and IFA president Jim Shaw (pictured) believes it has 'a good chance' of being handed the showpiece occasion at some point in the near future.

Uefa is keen to stage the match in 'all corners of Europe' and it is understood it would welcome an application from Northern Ireland.

The most recent Super Cup final was in Cardiff last month, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring both goals in a 2-0 victory for mighty Real Madrid against their Spanish compatriots Sevilla.

Over the past decade the biggest clubs on the planet including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have played in the game, screened to a global TV audience

With 2015 and 2016 already accounted for, the earliest the fixture could take place at Windsor would be 2017, two years after redevelopment work at the stadium finishes increasing the capacity to 18,000, enough to stage a match of this magnitude.

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