Saudi Arabia geared up to host Spanish Super Cup

The Barcelona-Atletico game was sold out, according to the federation, and only about 10,000 tickets were left for Madrid-Valencia. More than 35,000 tickets were sold for Sunday’s final in the first 24 hours after being put on sale.

Real Madrid and Barcelona will be among those tussling for the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia this week. Spain’s two most decorated clubs could face off in a Clasico final in Jeddah on Sunday if Real Madrid beat in-form Valencia and Barca can overcome Atletico Madrid in the semis. The Super Cup’s new semifinals format begins with Real Madrid facing Valencia on Wednesday, then Barcelona taking on Atletico Madrid on Thursday.

The Barcelona-Atletico game was sold out, according to the federation, and only about 10,000 tickets were left for Madrid-Valencia. All games will be played at the 62,000-capacity King Abdullah Sports City stadium outside Jeddah.

More than 35,000 tickets were sold for Sunday’s final in the first 24 hours after being put on sale.

“Success in attendance is guaranteed for an attractive tournament that has gained value thanks to its new format,” the federation said. It added the new competition has “triggered the illusion” of fans in Jeddah, becoming a “true mass phenomenon in Saudi Arabia.” It said the tournament “will have an exceptional atmosphere.”

The Super Cup was also played abroad last season, when Barcelona beat Sevilla in Tangiers, Morocco.

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