2018 Supercoppa Italiana

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2018 Supercoppa Italiana
EventSupercoppa Italiana
Date16 January 2019
VenueKing Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
RefereeLuca Banti

The 2018 Supercoppa Italiana was the 31st edition of the Supercoppa Italiana, the Italian football super cup. It was played on 16 January 2019 at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.[1] With Juventus winning both the 2017–18 Serie A championship and the 2017–18 Coppa Italia, the game was played between Juventus and the 2017–18 Coppa Italia runners-up, Milan.

This was the third meeting between the two teams in the Supercoppa Italiana. Juventus won the first meeting in 2003 in East Rutherford, New Jersey on penalties, and Milan returned the favour, also on penalties in 2016 in Qatar. Both teams before the match had a record seven Supercoppa titles. Saudi Arabia became the sixth different country to host a Supercoppa Italiana. Juventus won the match, with the only goal coming from Cristiano Ronaldo in the 61st minute; Juventus became the first club to win eight Supercoppa Italiana titles.[2]



Attendance: 61,235
Referee: Luca Banti
GK 1 Poland Wojciech Szczęsny
RB 20 Portugal João Cancelo
CB 19 Italy Leonardo Bonucci
CB 3 Italy Giorgio Chiellini (c)
LB 12 Brazil Alex Sandro Yellow card 26'
CM 30 Uruguay Rodrigo Bentancur Substituted off 86'
CM 5 Bosnia and Herzegovina Miralem Pjanić Yellow card 44' Substituted off 64'
CM 14 France Blaise Matuidi
RW 10 Argentina Paulo Dybala Yellow card 90+4'
CF 7 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
LW 11 Brazil Douglas Costa Substituted off 89'
GK 21 Italy Carlo Pinsoglio
GK 22 Italy Mattia Perin
GK 32 Italy Mattia Del Favero
DF 2 Italy Mattia De Sciglio
DF 24 Italy Daniele Rugani
DF 37 Italy Leonardo Spinazzola
MF 6 Germany Sami Khedira Substituted in 89'
MF 23 Germany Emre Can Substituted in 64'
FW 18 Italy Moise Kean
FW 33 Italy Federico Bernardeschi Substituted in 86'
Italy Massimiliano Allegri
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GK 99 Italy Gianluigi Donnarumma
RB 2 Italy Davide Calabria Yellow card 82'
CB 17 Colombia Cristián Zapata
CB 13 Italy Alessio Romagnoli (c) Yellow card 74'
LB 68 Switzerland Ricardo Rodríguez Yellow card 87'
CM 79 Ivory Coast Franck Kessié Red card 74'
CM 14 France Tiémoué Bakayoko
CM 39 Brazil Lucas Paquetá Substituted off 71'
RW 7 Spain Samu Castillejo Yellow card 45+2' Substituted off 71'
CF 63 Italy Patrick Cutrone Substituted off 79'
LW 10 Turkey Hakan Çalhanoğlu Yellow card 21'
GK 25 Spain Pepe Reina
GK 90 Italy Antonio Donnarumma
DF 12 Italy Andrea Conti Substituted in 79'
DF 20 Italy Ignazio Abate
DF 22 Argentina Mateo Musacchio
DF 23 Croatia Ivan Strinić
DF 93 Uruguay Diego Laxalt
MF 4 Italy José Mauri
MF 16 Italy Andrea Bertolacci
MF 18 Italy Riccardo Montolivo
FW 9 Argentina Gonzalo Higuaín Substituted in 71'
FW 11 Italy Fabio Borini Substituted in 71'
Italy Gennaro Gattuso

Assistant referees:
Fabiano Preti
Matteo Passeri
Fourth official:
Marco Di Bello
Reserve assistant referee:
Daniele Bindoni
Video assistant referee:
Marco Guida
Assistant video assistant referees:
Gianluca Vuoto

Match rules

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Twelve named substitutes, of which up to three may be used.


Following the murder of the dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Turkey in October 2018, activists and humanitarian associations including Amnesty International have appealed to both the finalist teams and Lega Serie A for the match not to be played in Saudi Arabia. Amnesty International indicated the event as an attempt to "rebrand" its tarnished image, known as "sportswashing".[3][4][5]

Matteo Salvini, the deputy prime minister of Italy, also labelled the decision to play the match in Saudi Arabia as "disgusting" due to laws regarding women attending the match. Laura Boldrini stated that "the lords of football should not be allowed to trade women's rights." President of Lega Serie A Gaetano Micciché noted progress compared to a year ago when no women at all were allowed in the stadium.[6] Women will only be allowed in one section of the stadium, which comprises around 15 percent of the 60,000 seats, and will not be allowed to sit elsewhere in the stadium.[7] However, Micciché has defended the decision to host the Supercoppa in Saudi Arabia stating that this will help to promote the Italian game to a worldwide audience.[8] He also said that women in Saudi Arabia are allowed to attend matches since January 2018, adding that women will be able to sit in family area.[9]

beIN Sports, a Qatar-based television network that owns exclusive rights in the Middle East to several major sporting events, urged the Lega Serie A to relocate the match on the grounds that Saudi Arabia allegedly condones digital piracy, referring to the Saudi-based beoutQ network which illegally streams content from beIN Sports. The network also cited similar calls to relocate the match made by human rights activists.[10] However, Saudi Arabia's Ministry of commerce and investment has persistently taken a solid stance on protecting intellectual property (IP) rights where the Ministry seized thousands of set-top boxes used by BeoutQ to illegally broadcasting beIN's contents.[11] Moreover, Ministry of Media welcomed the announcement the International Football Federation (FIFA) on taking legal action in Saudi Arabia to combat the pirate beoutQ that is also available in other nations in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA), including Qatar and Eastern Europe.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Italian Supercup to be played in Saudi Arabia". Juventus. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Supercoppa: Juve squeeze past Milan". Football Italia. 16 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Supercoppa italiana: appelli a Juventus e Milan per boicottare la finale di Riad dopo l'assassinio di Khasshoggi" (in Italian). SuperNews. 26 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Caso Kashoggi, l'opposizione chiede al governo di togliere la Supercoppa italiana all'Arabia Saudita" (in Italian). Corriere della Sera. 27 October 2018.
  5. ^ "'Juve & Milan mustn't play in Saudi Arabia'". Football Italia. 26 October 2018.
  6. ^ Gillen, Nancy (4 January 2019). "Decision to play Italian Super Cup in Saudi Arabia branded "disgusting" due to restrictions on female fans". inside the games.
  7. ^ "Rules for women at Supercoppa". Football Italia. 2 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Serie A president defends Supercoppa Italiana venue". FOX Sports Asia. 2019-01-04. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  9. ^ "Micciche defends Saudi Supercoppa | Football Italia". www.football-italia.net. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  10. ^ "Qatar's beIN Sports asks Italy to move football game from Saudi". Al Jazeera. 10 January 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Football body condemns 'BeoutQ' for illegally broadcasting Asian Cup". Arab News. 2019-01-11. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  12. ^ "Saudi Arabia welcomes FIFA move on beoutQ; calls for alternative to beIN in MENA". Saudigazette. 2018-07-12. Retrieved 2019-01-14.