The First Ever ‘El Clasico’ Match Outside of Spain is Happening in Saudi

Is Riyadh now a football capital?

When it comes to football, ‘El Clasico’ is one of the year’s most anticipated events. Usually taking place in Spain, this year is a little different. The Spanish Super Cup is heading to Saudi Arabia—to Riyadh more specifically. 

The move comes as part of a deal between the Royal Spanish Football Federation and the Kingdom made in 2020. Th deal will see the kingdom host the Supercopa de Espana until 2022. So, this year’s event won’t be the last. 

The first edition of the event was due to take place in 2020, however Barcelona lost to Atletico Madrid in the semi-final, which prevented a Clasico final from taking place. But the opportunity is finally presented itself again this year. 

Set to take place this Wednesday, the semi-finals will kick off at the King Fahd International Stadium with Barcelona and Real Madrid going head-to-head. 

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