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Lega Serie A opts for San Siro over Saudi for Supercoppa Italiana

Lega Serie A, organising body of the top division of Italian club football, has awarded hosting rights to this season’s Supercoppa Italiana to Milan’s Stadio Giuseppe Meazza after deciding against taking the annual event back to Saudi Arabia.

The 34th edition of the Supercoppa will be played in Italy for the 23rd time, and at the San Siro for the 12th occasion, when reigning Serie A champion Inter Milan takes on last season’s Coppa Italia winner Juventus on January 12.

Mapei Stadium, home of Sassuolo, hosted the 2020-21 Supercoppa Italiana on January 20 after Lega Serie A opted to return the match to domestic soil following two editions in Saudi Arabia.

The Supercoppa had traditionally been held as the curtain-raiser to the domestic season, but in recent years has shifted to the middle of the campaign, often being taken to foreign destinations.

In June 2018, the Lega struck a controversial deal to take the Supercoppa to Saudi Arabia in three of the next five years. Games were subsequently played in January 2019 and December 2019, respectively, leaving one more event to be staged.

Lega president Paolo Dal Pino had said in May that the competition would return to Saudi Arabia due to the contract signed in 2018.

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