Coming fixtures
First division Day 10 (remaining games) 1-3 Nov
Champions League Day 4 4/5 Nov
Europa League Day 4 6 Nov
First division Day 11 7-9 Nov
Euro 2016 qualifier Spain v Belarus 15 Nov

Friday night game: Deportivo 1 - Getafe 2

Copa del Rey, fourth round, first leg

Big wins for Real Madrid and Sevilla in the two first-leg cup games brought forward to this Wednesday. Real Madrid started the defence of their title with a 1-4 victory against second division B side Cornellà, Varane heading in two corners and Chicharito and Marcelo also on the scoresheet. Day-time electrician Oscar Muñoz did give the 30,000 or so fans in Espanyol’s Power 8 stadium some joy though when he momentarily equalized in the first half. Later in the evening Sevilla virtually made sure of their place in the last 16 as well after hammering Sabadell 1-6, with Iago Aspas helping himself to a hat-trick. Kolodziejczak, Gameiro and Reyes netted the other three goals, with Ernest Forgas scoring a late consolation for the hosts. (29.10.14)

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Fourth round draw, kick-off times & results
Draw for fifth & subsequent rounds



Friendly fixtures

Every year teams take advantage of breaks in the busy calendar to play friendly matches, be it charity games, invitational tournaments, regional internationals or just general kick-abouts. This Wednesday Barcelona and Espanyol found time to play the first ever Catalan Supercup, a new trophy which was brought in as the big two complained that they didn’t have time to take part in the regional Copa Catalunya. The game took place in Girona, with Piqué heading a Luis Suárez cross to open the scoring and Arbilla equalizing later on with a well struck free kick. That took the match to a penalty shoot out, Barça winning 4-2 with Rakitic firing home the winning spot kick after keepers Masip and Pau López had made saves. For information on other friendly games taking place later this season, see the above link. (29.10.14)

Friendly fixtures
Pre-season fixtures


Under 17 European qualifiers

Spain’s under 17 side made it through comfortable to the Elite round after winning all three of their qualifying group games. Santi Denia’s team came back from a goal down to beat Lithuania in their first match, Málaga’s Zalazar and Barcelona’s Aleña the scorers. Two days later they won 3-0 against Luxembourg, Zalazar scoring twice and Levante’s Pepelu getting one in between. And in the third game they beat hosts Slovakia 3-1 thanks to an own goal and strikes from Villarreal’s Villanueva and Real Madrid’s Arnaíz after the locals had taken an early lead. (29.10.14)

Full squad


Match round-up - First Division, Day 9

Only two points separate the top five clubs after Sevilla and Atlético Madrid both won on Sunday. Sevilla are now level on points with leaders Barcelona after a late 2-1 victory over Villarreal. Vietto gave the visitors the lead with ten minutes to go, but Denis Suárez equalized a few minutes later, and Bacca converted an injury time penalty to give his team the win. Later in the evening Atlético beat city rivals Getafe 0-1, Mandzukic getting the only goal following a Koke corner shortly before half time. It was a physical game though, the locals playing the last half hour with ten men after Alexis was sent off for punching Mandzukic from behind. Málaga move above Villarreal to seventh after a comfortable 4-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in the mid-day kick-off, Samuel, Darder and Juanmi putting the Andalusians three up at the break, and Amrabat getting the fourth from the penalty spot soon after the restart. And Espanyol are in to the top half of the table as well after they drew 0-0 against a Deportivo side who themselves are now three points clear of the drop zone. (26.10.14)

First blood to Real Madrid in this Saturday’s “clásico”, Ancelotti’s side coming from behind to beat leaders Barcelona 3-1! Neymar opened the scoring for the Catalans in the fourth minute after picking up a long cross from debutant Luis Suárez. However Cristiano Ronaldo levelled it from the penalty spot before the break after Piqué handled in the area, the first goal that Bravo had let in all season, and Pepe and Benzema scored two more in the first quarter of an hour of the second half to take the Merengues to within a point of their arch-rivals in the table. Later in the evening Valencia won 3-1 against Elche to stay a point behind Real Madrid in the rankings. All of their goals came from Piatti corners, Mustafi and Dani Parejo heading in the first two a couple of minutes either side of the quarter hour mark, and Lombán deflecting the third in to his own net after Alcácer headed the ball on midway through the second half. Jonathas got one back right at the end, also from a corner, but it came too late to prevent his side dropping further down in to the relegation zone.

Eibar and Granada remain in mid-table after they drew 1-1 in Ipurúa, Nyom putting the Andalusians ahead early on, and Bóveda making it all square later in the first half. Athletic Bilbao move three points clear of the drop zone after beating Almería 0-1, Etxeita getting the only goal some ten minutes in the second half to give the Basque side only their second win of the season. Athletic’s neighbours Real Sociedad are still only a point above the bottom three though after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Córdoba. Iñigo Martínez gave the visitors the lead following a Canales free kick midway through the first half, but Xisco equalized with three minutes to go, the referee waving away appeals for hand-ball. It was a fair start for Córdoba’s new coach Djukic, and the point takes the Andalusians off the bottom of the table thanks to a superior goal difference over Elche and Levante, the Valencia based side now occupying bottom spot after their 3-0 defeat at Celta on Friday night. (25.10.14)

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Second division

Heroes & Villains section: Top scorers, keepers, red & yellow cards, referees


Europa League group stage, day 3

Spain’s two remaining representatives in the Europa League lead their respective groups at the end of week three. Villarreal clocked up a comfortable 4-1 victory over Zurich, Cani opening the scoring in the sixth minute of the game after Gerard set him up. Schönbächer made it all square before the break, but Vietto, Bruno and Giovani made sure of the result in the second half. Earlier in the evening defending champions Sevilla drew 0-0 at Standard Liège, and although the Andalusians only have five points to date, results elsewhere mean that they are still leading the pack. (23.10.14)

Europa League group tables


Champions League group stage, day 3

Big victories for the two Madrid sides on Wednesday, both of whom are now topping their respective groups. Real Madrid won 0-3 at Liverpool to make it nine points out of nine, Ronaldo scoring an impressive opener and Benzema adding two more before the break to give their side their first ever win against the Merseysiders. And Atlético Madrid beat Malmö 5-0, in their case with all the goals coming after the break. Koke got the first just a couple of minutes after the restart from Turan’s assist, and with the floodgates open Mandzukic, Griemann, Godín and Cerci scored four more for the final result. (22.10.14)

Barcelona took a big step towards a place in the knock-out stage after a 3-1 victory over Ajax on Tuesday night. Neymar and Messi put them two up with only a quarter of the game gone, and although El Ghazi pulled one back with a couple of minutes to go, Sandro wrapped things up in injury time. Athletic Bilbao are in serious difficulty though, and they ended the day at the bottom of their group after a 2-1 defeat at Porto. Héctor Herrera gave the Portuguese side the lead on the stroke of half time, and although Guillermo made it all square after the break, Iraizoz let a long shot by Quaresma through his hands late on to gift the three points to the locals. (21.10.14)

Champions League group tables


Under 21 European play-offs

Spain 1 - Serbia 2

A devastating defeat for Spain’s under 21 side against Serbia, the result not only leaving the double defending champions out of next summer’s European finals, but also meaning that they will not have a chance of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil! After the 0-0 draw in the first leg Spain really needed to score, but despite having over three-quarters possession, it was the visitors went ahead on the half hour mark with their first real attack, Gayà’s attempted clearance from Pesic’s cross hitting Saúl Ñíguez and deflecting in to the net. A cynical tackle took team captain Muniain out of the game early in the second half, but Celades brought on Sandro, Sarabia and Oliver in an attempt to turn things around. Sandro hit the post and Isco and Saúl had efforts saved as the youngsters threw everything forward, and two minutes in to injury time a Sergi Roberto centre bounced past everyone into the net. Suddenly there was hope, but in a frantic last push Munir saw his shot saved, and Kostic put paid to any chance of a comeback on a rapid breakaway just a minute later. (14.10.14)

First leg: Serbia 0 - Spain 0
Group qualifying games
Group table


Euro 2016 qualifier

Luxembourg 0 - Spain 4

A comfortable win for Spain against Luxembourg in their second match this week, although victories for Slovakia and Ukraine elsewhere leaves them with a lot to do still to be sure of qualifying. Del Bosque made four changes to his line-up, with De Gea taking over from Casillas in goal and Alcácer joining Diego Costa up front. Costa was still looking for his first goal for Spain, and he went close a couple of times in the early minutes. However it was not until later on in the first half that David Silva opened the scoring, latching on to a loose ball to fire a fierce shot in to the far top corner of the net. Costa missed the easiest of chances after that, but with half time approaching Alcácer connected with Silva’s cross to turn a shot past Joubert. Costa did finally get his goal though, beating Joubert with twenty minutes to go after a couple of previous shots were blocked following a Koke free kick. De Gea had to make a save from Bensi after that, and Gerson headed the resulting corner over, but with two minutes to go debutant substitutes Rodrigo and Bernat combined for the Bayern Munich left back to wrap things up. (12.10.14)

Thursday's match: Slovakia 2 - Spain 1
Full and under 21 squads
Group C table
Euro 2016 fixtures
Friendly internationals


Club World Cup

European Champions League winners Real Madrid return to the Club World Cup for the second time after finishing fourth in the pilot edition in the year 2000. The tournament, which takes place in Morocco this season from 10th to 20th December, includes the top clubs from all six of FIFA's regional federations plus the local champions, with the European and South American champions entering at the semi-final stage. Madrid’s rivals will be the winners of the quarter final tie between Mexico’s Cruz Azul and the Asian champions, with Australia’s Western Sydney Wanderers and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal still to play the final of their own regional competition. Madrid’s week 16 league game against Sevilla has therefore been postponed, provisionally to Wednesday, 4th February 2015. (11.10.14)

Spanish Super Cup
European Super Cup



Latest transfers

Post-window transfers

That’s it for another few months, the summer transfer window closing at midnight last night with the usual flurry of last minute signings (see above link for full details). The most important moves since our last report were outwards from the Bernabeu stadium, with Di María signing at Manchester United for a British record fee, and Xabi Alonso opting to join Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich. “Chicharito” Hernández has come in from Old Trafford on loan, but despite the big name signings Ancelotti’s squad is looking a bit short this season. Meanwhile Atlético Madrid have convinced Torino’s Italian international forward Cerci to join on a three year deal, and Valencia tied up Negredo at the last minute, albeit that his injury will prevent him from playing for a few weeks yet.

Some creative accounting there by the way to get round the new “economic control” rules, the player joining on loan with an obligatory buy-out clause at the end, a loop-hole which others have used as well. The footballing authorities have been on top of things elsewhere though, and for example Getafe and Zaragoza were refused last minute signings as they took the clubs’ wages bills outside of the acceptable ratios. It still seems that the biggest sides have found ways (as always) to bend the rules, and it is the smaller teams who are having to pay the price, but at least something is being done at last to try and get the situation under control. (02.09.14)

Date Player (Country) Old club New club Position/Comments
01/09/14 Negredo Manchester City (ENG) Valencia FW Last second agreement to join on loan, with €27 Mio buy out option. Currently injured!
01/09/14 Alderweireld (BEL) Atlético Madrid Southampton (ENG) DF Had several offers from Premier League, but preferred to join Koeman on one year loan.
01/09/14 Cañas Swansea (WAL) Espanyol MF Moved quickly to replace David López. Rescinds contract and signs for 3 years.

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New season transfers - first division
New season transfers - second division
First division squads
Second division squads
Regional 2B groupings
First division fixtures
Second division fixtures


Summary of 2013/2014

League champions Atlético Madrid
Spanish cup winners Real Madrid
Promoted to the first division Eibar, Deportivo, Córdoba
Relegated to the second division A Osasuna, Valladolid, Betis
Promoted to the second division A Racing Santander, Albacete, Llagostera, Leganés
Relegated to the second division B Hércules, Jaén, Castilla, Murcia


Clubs taking part in European competitions in 2014/15 season
Champions League Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao
Europa League Sevilla, Villarreal, Real Sociedad
European Super Cup Real Madrid and Sevilla

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First Division
Real Soc - Málaga
Atlético - Córdoba
Deportivo 1-2 Getafe
Elche - Espanyol
Villarreal - Valencia
Athletic - Sevilla
Levante - Almería
Barcelona - Celta
Granada - R Madrid
Rayo - Eibar
Day 10 - Nov 2

Córdoba 1-1 Real Soc
Getafe 0-1 Atlético
Espanyol 0-0 Deportivo
Valencia 3-1 Elche
Sevilla 2-1 Villarreal
Almería 0-1 Athletic
Celta 3-0 Levante
R Madrid 3-1 Barcelona
Eibar 1-1 Granada
Málaga 4-0 Rayo
Day 9 - Oct 26



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