Russia eyes Uefa Super Cup hosting rights

General view inside the stadium prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between France and Argentina at Kazan Arena (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Russia has submitted a bid for Kazan to host the 2022 or 2023 edition of the Uefa Super Cup, the country’s national football association has announced.

The Russian Football Union (RFU) said it has completed the preparation of an application for the 45,000-seat Kazan Arena to host the match, which is contested by the winners of the previous season’s Champions League and Europa League club competitions.

The RFU said that Uefa, football’s European governing body, will publish a list of all candidate cities once it has received the application document from each interested party. Estimated dates for the Kazan match are August 10, 2022 and August 16, 2023.

RFU president Alexander Dyukov said: “As part of the football development strategy until 2030, the RFU is working to ensure that major tournaments and matches are held in Russian cities as often as possible.

“We will actively use the experience and legacy of a successful World Cup. Kazan is a hospitable and modern city, ready to organise a great football event at the highest level, thanks to many years of sports traditions and the city’s love of football and sports, as well as developed infrastructure.”

Kazan Arena opened in 2013 and was a host venue during last year’s Fifa World Cup in Russia, staging six matches in total.

The Super Cup was staged at Monaco’s Stade Louis II until 2012 before Uefa began taking the match across Europe. This year’s match, which saw Liverpool defeat Premier League rival Chelsea on penalties, was held at Vodafone Park in Istanbul, Turkey.

The 2020 Super Cup will be held at the Estadio do Dragão in the Portuguese city of Porto, before Windsor Park in Belfast, Northern Ireland hosts in 2021.