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Spain wants ‘final four’ format for its Super Cup

/ 09:51 PM February 19, 2019

FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi shoots to score his side’s opening goal from the penalty spot during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Valladolid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

MADRID — The Spanish soccer federation wants a “final four” tournament to decide the Spanish Super Cup.

Federation president Luis Rubiales says the tournament would be played outside of Spain in the beginning of the season.

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The Super Cup has been played in a one-game final between the Spanish league champion and the Copa del Rey winner, and now Rubiales wants to include the runner-ups in both competitions.

The changed format could start as soon as next season.

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Rubiales says the proposal will be made during the federation’s general assembly. He did not say which country would stage the tournament’s new format.

Last year’s final, won by Barcelona against Sevilla, was played in Tangier, Morocco.

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