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Saudi Arabia to Host Fourth Edition of Spanish Super Cup Early 2024

Saudi Arabia announced hosting the fourth Spanish Super Cup (Supercopa de España) in football between January 10 and 24, 2024, as revealed by the Saudi Ministry of Sports and the Spanish Football Federation on Wednesday.

Venue and Format

The tournament will be held at Nasr Club’s “Al Awwal PARK” Stadium in Riyadh, following a knockout format, featuring local cup champion Real Madrid, league champion Barcelona, league third-place Atletico Madrid, and cup runner-up Osasuna.

Spanish Super Cup: First Match-Up

On Wednesday, January 10, Real Madrid will face its city rival Atletico Madrid, while defending champion Barcelona will play against Osasuna on Thursday, January 11.

Finals

Winners will advance to the final match on Sunday, January 14.

Historical Hosting

This is the fourth time the Gulf kingdom is hosting, following Jeddah in 2020 and Riyadh in 2022 with Real Madrid clinching both titles before Barcelona won in 2023.

Broad Coverage

The upcoming edition will enjoy extensive coverage from global channels and platforms, including Movistar network.

Significance in Saudi’s Sports Agenda

The Spanish Super Cup is among major sporting events hosted by Saudi Arabia as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reform agenda aimed at transforming the Kingdom into a business and tourism hub while diversifying its economy away from fossil fuels.

Bidding for Future Events

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia expressed interest in hosting the 2034 Football World Cup, amidst its willingness to invest heavily in sporting events, a move criticized as “sports washing” or using sports to divert attention from persistent human rights violations criticisms.

International Reactions

In a recent interview with Fox News, bin Salman brushed off such criticisms, affirming the economic benefits for Saudi Arabia in continuing “sports washing”.

Earlier Achievements

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia confirmed hosting the 2027 Asian Football Cup, and last year won the hosting rights for the 2029 Asian Winter Games, alongside other events in tennis, golf, desert rallies, and boxing.

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