Spanish Super Cup to be hosted in Saudi capital Riyadh again

AFP - [email protected] • 27 Oct, 2022 Updated Thu 27 Oct 2022 17:22 CEST
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A staff member holds the trophy ahead of the Spanish Super Cup semi-final football match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the King Fahd International stadium in the Saudi capital Riyadh on January 12, 2022. (Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP)

It is the third time the tournament will take place in the Middle East, as part of a deal to keep the tournament there until 2029, worth a reported €30 million ($30.1 million) a season for the Spain's football federation.


The Spanish Super Cup will take place in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia in January 2023, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced Thursday.

Reigning champions and La Liga winners Real Madrid will face Copa del Rey runners up Valencia in one semi-final, with cup-winners Real Betis playing Barcelona, who finished second in the league in the other.


"The three matches will be played at the King Fahd de Riyadh stadium, a spectacular venue with capacity for over 60,000 fans," said the RFEF in a statement.

The semi-finals will take place on January 11 and 12 with the final on January 15th.

In the 2019/20 season the Spanish Super Cup was played in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, but because of the coronavirus pandemic it returned to Spain in 2020/21.

Last season it returned to Saudi Arabia, being held in Riyadh where Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 in the final.

The tournament has been mired in various controversies, including Barcelona defender Gerard Pique's sports event company Kosmos being paid for helping arrange the move to Saudi Arabia, as well as concerns over human rights issues in the host country.



AFP 2022/10/27 17:22

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