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This season the Spanish Super Cup has become a common topic of conversation in the Iberian country since its change of format was announced, as from now on a final four will be played and will include champions and runners-up of La Liga and the Copa del Rey. In addition, it was also confirmed that the tournament would be played again outside of Spanish territory, just like last year when it was held in Morocco, and the voices of protest came from almost all sectors related to football. However, these changes will also produce generous economic benefits for the participating teams. We analyze all the details of a controversial decision.
Saudi Arabia to host Spanish Super Cup! https://t.co/Lf5Xw4K92Y— AFC (@theafcdotcom) November 13, 2019
The Spanish Super Cup is a tournament that has been held since 1982 and this year will live its 34th edition, although for the first time it will not be decided in a single match between the champions of the League and Cup competitions at the beginning of the season. On this occasion the runners-up of both tournaments will also be added to form a final four that will be played between January 8 and 12, 2020. The participants will be FC Barcelona as champion of La Liga, Atlético de Madrid as the second classified, Valencia CF as the winner of the Copa del Rey, and a Real Madrid side who took advantage of the fact that Barça was runner-up in the Cup and qualified for the tournament for being the best team in the League after those already qualified.
In addition, the tournament will be held in its entirety at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium, in the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a decision that was not exempt from controversy but was justified by the important economic benefits that all participating teams will receive, and that are far superior to those that were handled so far in the competition. At the moment the semifinals that will open the tournament are already known, with Valencia-Real Madrid as the first game on January 8, and Barcelona-Atlético a day later, qualifiers where the two finalists will come from and that could bring a new ‘Clasico’ between Madrid and Barça.
The distribution of the large amounts that will come out of the new tournament has also generated great controversy, since Valencia has repeatedly complained about the large differences in the numbers they will receive as a fixed amount compared to Barcelona or Real Madrid. Thus, while the two giants will receive about 9 million just for participating, Valencia would stay at 3 and Atletico at 4.
The Spanish Federation has explained that the distribution of money is based on three concepts. A fixed first part for participating -less than a million euros- and that is the same for all teams. There are also no differences in the fixed amount that they will receive for sporting merits in the tournament itself and according to the position they occupy at the end of it, although it is in the last section where the differences between the teams are seen, since the figure is variable and it’s extracted from the historical record of the clubs, far superior to the other two criteria and which favors Real Madrid and Barcelona.
OFFICIAL: The Spanish Super Cup will be played in Saudi Arabia for the next three seasons. pic.twitter.com/Ko5jOXkJit— Smiling Angel (@romokea) November 12, 2019
Leaving aside the justice of the distribution, there is no doubt that the differences with the previous model are abysmal, and that they will report between clubs and federation an amount close to 50 million euros for Spanish football. With the format used until last season, the teams that participated in the title dispute took what they could generate from the tickets office and a percentage of the television rights, which meant in the best case and with a Real Madrid-Barcelona, a revenue for each club of a maximum of 3 million euros.
The differences are evident, the changes are numerous, but the signed contract ensures that the format and venue will not change during the next three seasons. Until the first days of January we will have time to see if the changes are a success or if the controversy regarding the tournament increases until it generates a major problem por all parts involved.
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