The 1997 UEFA Super Cup final signaled the end of an era as the last one played over two legs. The match featured Borussia Dortmund from Germany, the 1996–97 UEFA Champions League winner, and Barcelona from Spain, the 1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup champion. Barcelona emerged victorious with a 3–1 aggregate score, winning 2–0 at Camp Nou in the first leg and holding Dortmund to a 1–1 draw in the second leg at Westfalenstadion.
In the first leg at Camp Nou, Barcelona dominated with goals from Luis Enrique and Rivaldo, setting the stage for the entire match. The second leg at Westfalenstadion ended in a 1–1 draw, but Barcelona’s advantage in away goals secured their overall triumph.
The 1997 UEFA Super Cup final was not just about Barcelona’s win; it also marked a shift in format. From then on, the Super Cup would be played as a single match at a neutral venue, bringing a new dynamic and heightened excitement to this prestigious annual football event.