Spanish Super Cup to be played in single game

Spanish Super Cup to be played in single game

July 10, 2018 Off By Campbell Finlayson

The annual curtain raiser to the Spanish season, the Spanish Super Cup, will be played in a one-off game at a neutral venue instead of over two legs for the first time in its history.

El Supercopa de Espana sees the winner of La Liga face off against the winner of the Copa del Rey and has been played over two legs, at the home of both clubs, since the first ever edition in 1982.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced the decision on Monday at their Las Rozas headquarters in Madrid.

The neutral venue for this season’s clash is likely to be Tangier in Northwestern Morocco but this is still to be confirmed according to RFEF president Luis Rubiales.

This year’s edition will see La Liga and Copa del Rey winners Barcelona face Sevilla, the Copa runners up go head to head.

These sides last met in the cup final when Barcelona ran riot, comfortably beating Sevilla 5-0 at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

They have met in this competition twice before, Barcelona winning both times, 4-3 and 5-0 on aggregate in 2010 and 2016.

Barcelona have won the Super Cup more than any other club, lifting the trophy 12 times, twice more than Real Madrid. Deportivo La Coruna have won it three times with Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao winners twice. Valencia, Sevilla, Zaragoza, Mallorca and Real Sociedad have also seen their names etched onto the trophy.

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