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You Can Soon Watch Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema Play Football in the UAE

Abu Dhabi is gearing up to host the Saudi Super Cup, which may just see Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema play against each other.

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For the first time, the Saudi Super Cup will be held outside the Kingdom as the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) enters an agreement with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi to host the tournament in the UAE capital. Participating teams include the Saudi Pro League’s Al Ittihad, Al Nassr, Al Hilal, and Al Wehda, which will go head-to-head on April 8 and 11. Al Ittihad will take on Al Wehda at Abu Dhabi’s Al Nahyan Stadium on April 8 at 9pm UAE time, after which Al Hilal and Al Nassr will clash at the Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium at 11:30pm. This means the finale on April 11 could potentially see Al Nassr’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Al Ittihad’s Karim Benzema play against each other to the delight of football fans in the region and beyond. The matches are set to take place during this year’s Eid Al-Fitr holidays, ensuring all sporting fans in the UAE can get in on the action.


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The Saudi Super Cup was launched by the SAFF in 2013, and is currently in its 11th edition.”The sponsorship agreement with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi extends the close cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the UAE in football, enhancing sponsorship initiatives to achieve common aspirations through supporting knowledge exchange and development,” said Yasser Al Misehal, president of SAFF. “Sponsorships like these can showcase Saudi culture through football, drawing new audiences to domestic competitions, encouraging visits to the kingdom, and boosting international attendance. This creates new markets and ultimately supports the Saudi Arabian Football Federation’s growth and development efforts.”

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