HomeNewsEventsFootballSaudi Arabia

RFEF in talks to take Supercopa to Saudi Arabia – report

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) is considering taking the annual Supercopa de España club competition to Saudi Arabia, according to Marca.

The Spanish newspaper has reported that the RFEF is in discussions with the government of Saudi Arabia over the possibility of taking the annual match to the country in each of the next six years.

Marca said that a proposal worth €30m ($33.6m) per season is being discussed, although nothing has been finalised yet. The report added that a longer deal is also a possibility, with the RFEF also said to be considering moving the match to other locations around the world.

The Supercopa is contested by the winners of the previous season’s LaLiga and Copa del Rey competitions. The final has traditionally been a two-legged affair held at each team’s home stadium, but last year it was held as a one-off match in Tangier, Morocco.

Earlier this year, RFEF president Luis Rubiales revealed plans to transform the Supercopa into a ‘Final Four’-style competition, comprising three matches featuring the top two teams in LaLiga and the two finalists of the Copa del Rey. Rubiales said the competition would be played “away from Spain”.

The Supercoppa Italiana, the Italian equivalent of the Supercopa de España, was this year held at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The decision was made despite calls to play the match elsewhere in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.

Lega Serie A, the governing body of the top division of Italian club football, last year sealed a deal to take the Supercoppa to Saudi Arabia in three of the next five years.

Most recent

Formula One is likely to implement virtual advertising more widely in its global broadcast feed following its sponsorship and data rights partnership with ISG. But the sport needs to be careful not to fall foul of broadcast regulations concerning product placement. Ben Cronin reports

German football has earned praise for its blend of ideological purity and commercial nous, but calls to reform restrictions on private ownership and investment are growing. With the Bundesliga’s media rights coming to market, Callum McCarthy explores how the league’s commercial performance over the next 18 months could shape its long-term future.

Paul Rabil, who, with his brother Mike, started up the Premier Lacrosse League in the US, talks to Bob Williams about how they plan to make a success of the new league and about the challenges of setting up a new sports league from scratch.

After suffering early growing pains, the Big3 basketball league appears to have found its feet ahead of its third season this summer. Bob WIlliams reports.