Report: Spanish Super Cup could head to Saudi Arabia for six years

24 April 2019 | Stadia & Major Events
Report: Spanish Super Cup could head to Saudi Arabia for six years
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) is in talks over a deal that would see the Spanish Super Cup staged in Saudi Arabia for the next six years, according to a report in Marca.

The Spanish sports newspaper says that the Saudi government has made a proposal worth a whopping €30 million (US$33.6 million) per season to stage Spanish soccer’s annual curtain raiser, which pits the previous year’s LaLiga champions against the winners of the Copa del Rey knockout tournament.

Marca’s report added that nothing has yet been finalised between the two parties, and that a longer-term deal is also possible.

The rumour comes just over two months after RFEF President Luis Rubiales announced plans to expand the Spanish Super Cup to a ‘final four’ format, with two semi-finals and a final all to be played in one city outside of Spain. If approved, the new format would feature the top two teams in LaLiga and the finalists of the Copa del Rey.

The changes to the Spanish Super Cup, including whether to take the domestic competition to the Middle East, will now be voted on by the RFEF assembly at the end of April.

Should Saudi Arabia’s proposal be accepted, it would not be the first time that the Spanish Super Cup has been taken outside of Spain. Last year’s edition saw Rubiales depart from the tournament’s tradition by changing it from a two-legged tie to a single game played in Tangier, Morocco, where Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1.

Saudi Arabia already has a deal in place to stage three editions of Italy’s Supercoppa Italiana, which sees the reigning Serie A champions take on the previous season’s Coppa Italia winners. The first instalment of that agreement took place in January at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, where Juventus won 1-0 against AC Milan.

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