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.


Arsenal open US tour with 3-0 friendly win in Colorado

Updated 16 July 2019
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Arsenal open US tour with 3-0 friendly win in Colorado

LOS ANGELES: Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli scored in his Arsenal debut Monday as the English Premier League club launched their pre-season tour of the US with a 3-0 friendly win over the Colorado Rapids.

Bukayo Saka and James Olayinka also scored for the Gunners, who cruised to victory at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in suburban Denver.

Martinelli, the 18-year-old forward signed from Ituano on July 2, was given a surprise start in attack by Unai Emery and sent an early chance wide.

Saka, 17, was an energetic presence and put Arsenal up 1-0 in the 13th minute as he collected a through-ball from Eddie Nketiah.

Another teenager — 18-year-old Olayinka —  doubled the score in the 29th, seizing a stray pass from defense and racing in to fire into the top left corner of the net.

Martinelli, having missed his early chance, capped the scoring in the 61st when he slotted home a cross from close range.

The Rapids, in the midst of the Major League Soccer season, fielded a mostly reserve side that featured several players from the lower-rung Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

Arsenal, too, started a reserve team as they begin their build up to the Premier League season after again failing to secure a Champions League berth.

The tour has not started without controversy. Captain Laurent Koscielny refused to travel to the US, and a group of influential Arsenal supporters’ organizations published a statement on Monday hitting out at Stan Kroenke’s “passive ownership.”

Under a hashtag “WeCareDo You” the statement decried a “soulless” atmosphere at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and a lack of transfer strategy.

Kroenke, who began investing in the club in 2007 through his company Kroenke Sports Enterprises and took full ownership in 2018, also owns the Rapids as well as the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams.