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Abu Dhabi to host Supercopa Argentina

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The Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) has announced that the city will host football’s Supercopa Argentina for the next four years as part of its agreement with the Argentine Football Association (AFA).

The first edition of the match, which is contested by the winners of the Primera División and the Copa Argentina, will take place in January. The host stadium has not yet been confirmed.

The AFA entered into a strategic cooperation agreement with the ADSC back in January. The AFA said at the time that the long-term agreement would involve “various sporting events” taking place in Abu Dhabi.

Argentina will also play the United Arab Emirates in a friendly on November 16 ahead of the start of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later in the month. The match will take place at Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium (pictured), which was a host venue during the 2019 Asian Cup.

January’s Supercopa will mark the first time the match has taken place outside of Argentina. River Plate won the most recent edition, which took place in 2019.

Aref Hamad Al Awani, secretary general of the ADSC, said: “During January, Abu Dhabi will be the scene of one of the most important matches in the world, which will enhance our important partnerships with international sports federations and institutions to create major sporting events that contribute to enhancing Abu Dhabi’s leadership in the global sports scene and its embrace of elite teams.”

AFA president Claudio Tapia added: “The partnership with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council will give greater global visibility and create new business opportunities for the Argentine clubs and league. Together, we will share the passion for football in the Middle East and we will work to leave a strong imprint in Abu Dhabi.”

Boca Juniors is currently top of the Primera División and has also reached the semi-finals of the Copa Argentina, along with Talleres, Banfield and Patronato. Boca would face the league runner-up in the Supercopa if it wins both the league and the cup this season.