All you need to know about Spanish Super Cup including why it will be played in Saudi Arabia
All you need to know about Spanish Super Cup including why it will be played in Saudi Arabia
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All you need to know about Spanish Super Cup including why it will be played in Saudi Arabia

The Spanish Super Cup will for the first time be held outside the European country with the semifinal fixtures set to be staged in Saudi Arabia this week. 

The competition will also see a new format come into play, with four teams participating from the semifinal level. 

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, and Valencia will battle it out between 8th and 12th this month, with the final taking place on Sunday.

Real and Barcelona were kept apart during the draw that was done last year, setting up a potential El Clasico final that will be held at the King Abdullah International Stadium.

How it has changed

The Spanish Super Cup has traditionally been the curtain-raiser match before the LaLiga season kicks off, pitting League winners and Copa del Rey winners.

In the event a team does a double, then the cup was contested by the league winners and the runners up.

It was a two-legged affair played on the home-and-away format, but that changed in 2018 as Barcelona beat Sevilla in a match played just once.

In the new format, the finalists of the Copa del Rey get a ticket to the semifinals, with the other two slots filled by the highest-ranking sides in the league from the previous campaign. 

Valencia played Barcelona in last year's Copa del Rey finals, and the Madrid sides were the highest-ranked from the previous campaign.

Semifinal Schedule

Real Madrid will play Valencia on January 8th with Barcelona playing Atletico Madrid on Thursday, January 9th. 

The tournament will be held in the Arab country for the next three years, and the Spanish Football Federation will reportedly pocket huge amounts as a result of the deal.

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