The 38th edition of the Supercopa de Espana, also known as the Spanish Supercopa, will take place in mid-January with four La Liga giants set to go head-to-head for the silverware.
As usual, the competition will feature the Copa del Rey finalists from the previous season as well as the teams that finished first and second in the Spanish top flight.
This year, that means Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid will all be vying for silver in Saudi Arabia.
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Athletic are the reigning Super Cup champions after beating Barcelona 3-2 in last year’s final. The Catalans are the most successful team in the competition, having won the title 13 times, a record.
Spanish Supercup semi-final match details
|to sum up||Barcelona 2-3 real Madrid||King Fahd International Stadium||Strong points|
|Thursday 13 January||2:00 p.m.||Atlético Madrid-Athletic Bilbao||King Fahd International Stadium||ESPN +|
Spanish Supercopa final match details
|Date (AEDT)||Time (AEDT)||Match||Stadium||Broadcast|
|Sun Jan 16||1:30 p.m.||Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid / Athletic Bilbao||King Fahd International Stadium||ESPN +|
How to watch the Spanish Super Cup in Australia
ESPN is the exclusive owner of the rights to Spanish football in the United States, which extends to the Supercopa de España. They chose to put the events on ESPN +, which is the broadcast company’s premium streaming service available only to subscribers.
Why is the Spanish Super Cup being played in Saudi Arabia?
The Spanish Super Cup grew from two to four teams in 2019 in a 10-year deal that controversially saw Saudi Arabia secure accommodation rights as well. Reports say the deal will be worth up to 320 million euros for the Royal Spanish Football Association (RFEF) over the next decade.
While the 2020 edition took place in Saudi Arabia, the Spanish Super Cup was played in Spain last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite persistent problems with the virus, the tournament will be held in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, in 2022.
The decision to move the competition has been criticized by many, but the RFEF has already defended the decision.
“Until now, it was a competition that took place this summer in Spain without interest from the media or the public. It was imperceptible to almost everyone,” he added. said a spokesperson for RFEF in 2020 .