RIYADH | SAUDI ARABIA – – Spanish football makes its debut in Saudi Arabia this week, as fans gear up for another mega sporting event when four elite Spanish football teams – FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia FC and Atletico de Madrid – strut their stuff in Jeddah in the Supercopa de Espana/Spanish Super Cup.
This will be the first edition of the cup under its new four team format, to be held Jan. 8 to 12 at the 62,000 – capacity King Abdullah Sports City Stadium.
Speaking during the Dakar Rally press conference, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the General Sports Authority (GSA) said: “We are fully prepared to host the top four teams from Spain, and I am sure football fans here in Saudi Arabia are very excited to see their favorite Spanish clubs in action.”
“Hosting global sports events is part of our term (plan) and we are pushing our credentials as an international actor through sport. Saudi Arabia has recently hosted a number of events, such as the Italian Super Cup between Juventus and Lazio, Brazil versus Argentina, Formula E racing, the Joshua – Ruiz boxing match, golf’s European Tour Tournament, the tennis exhibition tournament, Dakar Rally, with more still to come. One of the key vision in the ‘2030 Vision’ is to promote and grow sports within the Kingdom”, he added.
Tickets for the Spanish Super Cup started to go on sale from December 11 last year, according to organizers, all games are already sold out. Tickets for the semifinals started at SR75/$19.99, with the final at SR150.
The cup has previously been contested over two legs between the holders of the La Liga and the Copa del Rey.