Heading west: Qatar to stage Italian Super Cup between Juventus and AC Milan as China misses out
The 2022 World Cup hosts have agreed to stage the contest after the match was previously played in both Shanghai and Beijing
The Italian Super Cup final between Serie A champions Juventus and cup runners-up AC Milan will be held in Qatar for the second time this December, officials announced on Friday.
Napoli beat Juventus on penalties at Doha’s Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in 2014 and an agreement has been signed between both parties that will see the Super Cup played on foreign soil for the ninth time.
“We’re proud that Qatar has shown such an interest in hosting the Super Cup,” Serie A president Maurizio Beretta said.
“Qatar has shown it has the capacity, passion and hospitality to host one of the top games in Italian football in the best way possible.”
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The Super Cup is traditionally contested by the league champions and Cup winners.
But since Juventus beat Milan in the 2016 cup final to secure a second successive league and cup double, the Rossoneri get the chance to make amends.
In December 2015, Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala struck as Juventus beat Lazio 2-0 in front of 30,000 fans at Shanghai Stadium to win their 10th SuperCup trophy.
— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 9, 2016
“We’re delighted to host Juventus and Milan, two of the most famous Italian football clubs, and to see them challenge for the Super Cup in front of thousands of fans who will come from all over the world,” Sheikh Hamad bin Khalida Al Thani, president of the Qatar Football Association, said.
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