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Spanish Supercup for night owls as Spanish FA shoehorn dates in

English.news.cn   2014-08-05 17:42:39

MADRID, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Spanish Supercup which sees BBVA Primera Liga champions Atletico Madrid and Kings Cup winners Real Madrid will be an event fit for night owls after Atletico Madrid filtered the kick off times from the matches on their official website.

The trophy will be contested over two games, with the first game to be played in Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on August 19 with a 23:00 hours kick off time.

The game cannot be played earlier otherwise it would clash with Athletic Club Bilbao's Champions League qualifying tie, against a rival yet to be confirmed, but the fact the Spanish Football Federation have decided the game will be played on the same day means that fans attending the game will not get out of the stadium until 1am and will still have to get home with the limited public transport system at that hour.

The return leg will be three days later on Friday, August 22, with a kick off time of 22:30, which means the game will finish around 00:30 hours, unless there is extra time, in which case fans won't get out of the Vicente Calderon until after 1am, even later if the final should go to penalties.

Atletico and Real Madrid then kick off their respective league campaigns on Monday August, 25, with Real Madrid at home to newly promoted Cordoba, while Atletico have make the short trip across town to play Madrid based, Rayo Vallecano.

It will be an intense week for both sides, but the sensation is that the Spanish FA have looked to shoehorn the Supercup into the calendar with little thought for either of the two teams or their supporters.

Editor: Xiang Bo
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