Spanish Super Cup to be held in Saudi capital Riyadh

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

This is the third time the tournament will be held in the Middle East, as part of an agreement to keep the tournament there until 2029, worth €30 million ($30.1 million) per season for the RFEF.

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

“The three matches will be played at Riyadh’s King Fahd Stadium, a spectacular venue with a capacity of over 60,000 fans,” the RFEF said in a statement.

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

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 played in Riyadh, where Real Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 in the final.

The tournament has been embroiled in a number of controversies, including Kosmos, the sporting events company of Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué, being paid to help organize the move to Saudi Arabia, as well as concerns about human rights issues in the host country.

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