The European Super Cup has a new champion, and the world will be watching closely.
The winner of Saturday’s clash between Germany and France will get the chance to play for a spot in the final.
“We can’t really speculate about who’s going to be the winner because they’re not decided yet,” said head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, speaking to Sport Bild.
The Fortuna Dusseldorf team that beat the hosts on Tuesday were also expected to win the competition.
There were plenty of surprises, but there were also some familiar faces. Joachim Löw and Thiago Alcantara have already made their mark in European football with their performances this season, with Löw starting at left back for Tottenham and Alcantara playing as a right back for the German national team.
With Lövding and Alcaraz both starting in their current positions, it means they have both already played at least 50 minutes against their new teammates.
However, the Bayern team, who were eliminated from the tournament in the first round of the Europa League this season due to a 0-0 draw with Juventus, were also expected to take the first two games of the tournament.
So the German side will be eager to find out if they can beat the French.
It’s also likely that the likes of Marcelo Gerrard, Sebastian Santos and Sami Khedira will be key players for the team, as they’re all expected to be on the bench for their European qualifying match against Toulouse.
That means the two teams will play in a semi-final, with the winner facing the runner-up in a quarter-final.
In addition to the two-legged tie, the semi-finals will also feature two games in the knockout stages.
This means both Europa League and Cup of Nations players will be expected to start in the semi and quarter-finals.
At this stage, it is unclear which national team will be playing in the Champions League.
Germany have been knocked out of the competition by the holders of the Group C and have not played a game since their 2-0 defeat to Greece in their opener.
They are expected, however, to return to action on Wednesday when they face Borussia Dortmund.
Elsewhere in Europe, Greece will be aiming to earn a spot in the knockout stage for the first time in their history.
Despite the fact that they lost their opening two games to Spain, the side have already qualified for the knockout phase.
On Saturday, they face Croatia and they will be hoping to do the same against Graz.
As for France, they are also expected back in action in the next few weeks.
Following a 0-1 defeat against Borussia Dortmund in their opening game, France will have to travel to Germany for a match on March 4.
All three matches will take place at Siena Stadium.