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Despite the fact that it is very hot: the ‘cold’ atmosphere to football in Arabia at hours of the Super Cup

Barcelona Y Real Madrid They will meet for the first time in 2022 in Riyadh. The capital of Saudi Arabia will host the match for the semifinals of the Spain Supercup that will be able to mark the route that both teams will have in the rest of the year. However, everything indicates that citizens do not pay much attention to it.

According to the Spanish media, there is no “atmosphere” in the preview of the most important game in Spanish football. With temperatures hovering around 25 degrees, people walk the streets without paying much attention to the game.

The hotels of the Barza (Narcissus Hotel and Residence) and the Madrid (Hilton Ryahd) are decorated with posters that remind you that the title will be played in Arabia, but in the streets there is no type of advertising regarding the duel. Even people do not wear t-shirts of the institutions.

The exception is in the Al Nakheel Mall, a shopping center that has a ‘fan zone’ installed outside for the local public in which there are small reproductions of the Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid and the Arc de Triomphe in Barcelona.

What is very present are the restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. In Saudi Arabia it is mandatory to wear a mask both in private and public spaces, something that citizens comply without any kind of but.

To enter the Middle Eastern country you need to have the complete vaccination record and have a negative PCR test at most 72 hours before. In addition, in shops and restaurants they often ask for proof that you comply with sanitary measures through the Twakkalna application.

The rigid measures against the pandemic generated that the press conferences for Barcelona vs. Real Madrid are not in person. The journalists were located in a press room attached to the space where the coaches and players were.

The first Barcelona vs. Real Madrid of this 2022

Barcelona and Real Madrid that collide this Wednesday, January 12, for the 2022 Spanish Super Cup that will be played at the King Fahd International stadium in the town of Riyadh from 2 in the afternoon (time in Lima and Bogotá).

The trophy will play its third edition in its new four-way final format, which will face the second-placed merengue team from the last league against Barça, current Copa del Rey champions, in the first semifinal.

On Thursday, Atlético de Madrid, current league champion, will face Athletic de Bilbao, finalist in the last Copa del Rey and winner of the 2021 Super Cup.

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