Wednesday January 16 2019
Supercoppa: Not so Italian

The Supercoppa is in Jeddah this evening, as for the 10th time in 31 editions, this very Italian game is played outside the Peninsula.

Juventus and Milan face off at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium at 17.30 GMT.

The choice of venue has caused controversy, but this traditional meeting between the Scudetto winners and Coppa Italia holders has often strayed across the border and even the continent.

Since its inception in 1989, the Supercoppa has been played abroad 10 times, including today’s Saudi Arabia debut.

The United States hosted in 1993 in Washington and 2003 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.

Libya was an unusual choice in 2002 with Tripoli and a pitch that was more sand than grass.

China became a regular host with Beijing in 2009, 2011, 2012 and Shanghai in 2015.

Qatar has been the more recent favourite, played at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha in 2014 and 2016.

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