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Barcelona and Real Madrid set for Saudi Arabia after three-year Spanish Super Cup deal

Revamped tournament will first take place in the Kingdom in January

Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates will be in Saudi Arabia competing for the Spanish Super Cup in January. Getty Images
Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates will be in Saudi Arabia competing for the Spanish Super Cup in January. Getty Images

Saudi Arabia will host the revamped Spanish Super Cup tournament for the next three years starting January 2020, the Spanish football association (RFEF) confirmed on Monday.

"The Spanish Super Cup will be held in Saudi Arabia over the next three years and will be held in winter with the objective of easing fixture congestion, as players and clubs have been calling for," RFEF said in a statement.

"Thanks to this transformation, clubs will be able to better plan their pre-seasons. The internationalisation of the competition will increase its value and at the same time contribute to raising our visibility and improving our image ahead of our bid to host the 2030 World Cup."

The federation declined to say how much the deal was worth but said all income earned from the new-format tournament would be reinvested in amateur football and women's football, aside from money granted to the four competing clubs.

Barcelona were drawn to face Atletico Madrid and Valencia will take on Real Madrid in the revamped tournament between January 8-12. Those games as well as the final featuring the winner of the two matches will take place at the 62,000-capacity King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah.

Updated: November 11, 2019 08:22 PM

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