The Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF) – the Spanish FA – have announced today that the Spanish Super Cup will take place on the 12th August in a one-off match in Morocco’s gateway to Africa and Europe, Tangier.
Through an official statement, the RFEF have confirmed: “Tangier, located in the north of Morocco, will host the Spanish Super Cup final between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona on the 12th August at 22:00 Spanish time.” The Tangier Stadium, which opened in 2011, has a capacity of 45,000.
Spanish sports outlet Marca had reported on July 9 that the decision on the venue to host the final game between Barcelona and Sevilla is pending the approval of the world’s governing football body FIFA.
The contest which opens the 2018/19 season in Spain will see Barcelona, La Liga champions, against Sevilla, Copa del Rey runners up after losing to Barça, face off in a one-off match.
The federation would compensate the economic losses of playing the Supercopa final in a single game (as opposed to the usual two games) by paying a compensation of more than EUR 950,000 to each club. The federation will also give 6,000 tickets to each club’s fans.
In 2017, Tangeir hosted the final game of France’s Trophée des Champions, the annual super cup in France. The final was played by Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco at the Grande Stade de Tanger.
The Supercopa is traditionally contested by the winners of Spanish La Liga and the Copa del Rey. FC Barcelona clinched both championship titles in the 2017-2018 season.
In such an event, when a team wins both La Liga and the Copa del Rey, the second-place team of the Copa del Rey plays against the winner of La Liga in the Supercopa.>