Saudi Arabia to host Supercoppa Italiana between Juventus and AC Milan

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The General Sports Authority chairman Turki Al-Shiekh has signed a contract with the CEO of Serie A, Marco Brunelli, to host the Supercoppa Italiana between Juventus and AC Milan in Saudi Arabia. (GSA)
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The General Sports Authority chairman Turki Al-Shiekh has signed a contract with the CEO of Serie A, Marco Brunelli, to host the Supercoppa Italiana between Juventus and AC Milan in Saudi Arabia. (GSA)
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The General Sports Authority chairman Turki Al-Shiekh has signed a contract with the CEO of Serie A, Marco Brunelli, to host the Supercoppa Italiana between Juventus and AC Milan in Saudi Arabia. (GSA)
Updated 06 June 2018
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Saudi Arabia to host Supercoppa Italiana between Juventus and AC Milan

  • Match will feature two of Italian football's biggest clubs
  • Juventus last month crushed AC Milan 4-0 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome to win a fourth consecutive Coppa Italia

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will host the Italian Super Cup - known as the Supercoppa Italiana - between AC Milan and Juventus early next year, the General Sports Authority said on Wednesday.
"The Kingdom will witness early next year the final of the 2019 Italian Super Cup, which will bring together Juventus and AC Milan," it said in a statement on Twitter.
The authority also posted pictures and video clips of the Saudi sports authority chief Turki Al-Sheikh and Marco Brunelli, head of the Italian professional football league, signing an agreement.
Juventus last month crushed AC Milan 4-0 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome to win a fourth consecutive Coppa Italia. It was their 13th Coppa win.

It was revealed on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia will host three of the next five Italian Super Cups.


A HAT-TRICK OF HOPES: What the UAE and Saudi Arabia should be looking for from their friendly

Updated 20 March 2019
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A HAT-TRICK OF HOPES: What the UAE and Saudi Arabia should be looking for from their friendly

  • Can the Whites and Green Falcons find the back of the net more often?
  • Both teams need to set the tone ahead of the important World Cup qualifiers.

LONDON: Ahead of Thursday’s friendly between the UAE and Saudi Arabia Arab News looks at the main priorities for both sides as they embark on their new eras after the Asian Cup and ahead of the all-important the World Cup qualifiers.

FIND THOSE SCORING BOOTS

For the past 18 months both sides have struggled for goals. Under Alberto Zaccheroni the UAE scored just 10 goals in the past nine matches — five of those coming against lowly Kyrgyzstan and India — and likewise the Green Falcons have also struggled to find the back of the net. Heading toward the World Cup qualifiers, now is the time to find those scoring boots.

PUT ON A SHOW

Both sides have technically gifted players, can keep the ball and at times trouble opposition defenses. But both have been too defensive, too safety-first and, at times, too dull. Football is supposed to be entertainment, and the friendlies ahead of the World Cup qualifiers might be no bad time to throw caution to the wind and see what the players can do in the final third.

SET THE TONE

As the modern cliche goes, a week is a long time in football. With all the sackings and player movements, it is not hard to see the kernel of truth in that overused saying. But, conversely, time can also move very fast in the “Beautiful Game.” It may be six months before the World Cup qualifiers begin, but it will be September before the coaches and players know it. Set the tone and tactics now and triumphs will be easier to come by then and, more importantly, further into the future.