Coming fixtures
Champions League Day 3 17/18 Oct
Europa League Day 3 19 Oct
First division Day 9 21-23 Oct
Copa del Rey Fourth round, 1st leg 24-26 Oct

Match round-up - First Division, Day 8

Monday night game: Las Palmas 2 - Celta 5

Valencia are up to second in the table after a high scoring 3-6 win at Betis in the last match on Sunday! Two in the first half from Kondogbia and Guedes, and two after the break from Rodrigo and Santi Mina appeared to have wrapped things up. However the locals (who missed an earlier penalty) came back with three in five minutes from Joel Campbell, Sanabria and Tello before Zaza and Pereira put the game beyond their reach near the end. Leganés move above Betis to sixth after a 0-2 victory at Málaga, Gabriel and Szymanowski getting the goals in the second half to leave Michel’s side firmly anchored to the bottom of the table with only one point from eight games. Villarreal are just a point below Leganés though after they beat Girona 1-2, Bakambu scoring twice in the first twenty minutes before Stuani got one back for the hosts. The Catalans are now on the brink of the relegation zone after Eibar and Deportivo drew 0-0 earlier in the day, and they could drop in to the bottom three if Las Palmas pick up a point when they play tomorrow. (15.10.17)

Barcelona dropped their first points of the season after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Atlético Madrid, although results elsewhere mean they extend their lead at the top to five points. Saúl Níguez fired the locals in to the lead in the twentieth minute, but Luis Suárez headed the equaliser with eight minutes to go. Sevilla drop two places to fourth though after they were beaten 1-0 by Athletic Bilbao in the early kick-off, Mikel Vesga getting the only goal on the stroke of half time to take the Basque side back up to the top half of the table. Real Madrid took advantage of all that to move up to second after a 1-2 victory at Getafe. Zidane’s side struggled though after Jorge Molina cancelled out Benzema’s opener, and it was not until five minutes from the end that Ronaldo got the winner. Elsewhere Real Sociedad put an end to run of five defeats in a row with a 0-2 victory at neighbours Alavés. Oyarzabal and Aritz Elustondo got the goals late on to leave their hosts still down in next to bottom spot. (14.10.17)

La Liga returned after the two week international break, Espanyol and Levante kicking things off with 0-0 draw on Friday night. Despite the result there were chances at both ends, keepers Pau López and Raúl Fernández having to make several saves, Sergi Darder hitting the crossbar and Gerard Moreno having a late headed goal ruled out for what the referee ruled was a previous foul. (13.10.17)



Match round-up - Second Division, Day 9

Osasuna returned to top spot after they beat Albacete 1-0 on Thursday, the Pamplona based side staying a point clear of Sporting and Numancia. Valladolid are up to fourth after they won 4-0 against Alcorcón, and Lugo are level with them on points after a 2-0 victory over Córdoba. Only three points separate the top seven however, Rayo Vallecano also joining the fight for promotion after winning 1-0 against Almería. (12.10.17)

Numancia join Sporting at the top of the table after a 1-0 victory over Barcelona B on Wednesday, Guillermo getting the only goal from the penalty spot. Tenerife are up to fifth after a 1-1 draw at Oviedo, but Granada miss out on a place in the play-off spots after they lost 2-0 at Nàstic. The result takes the Catalans to within a point of escaping the drop zone, level with Lorca, who were beaten 0-2 by Zaragoza, and now four points clear of bottom club Sevilla Atlético, who drew 0-0 against Cádiz. (11.10.17)

A rare midweek round of games in the second division, Sporting Gijón moving provisionally to the top of the table after a 0-2 victory at Cultural Leonesa on Tuesday evening. Huesca also had a chance of joining Sporting in the direct promotion spots when they played Reus earlier in the evening, but in the end they were held to a last minute 1-1 draw. (10.10.17)

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Under 21 Euro qualifier

Slovakia 1 - Spain 4

Spain’s under 21 side are off to a good start again in their European qualifying group, a 1-4 victory against Slovakia giving them their second win. Oyarzabal set up Merino for the opener midway through the first half, and roles were reversed when Oyarzabal picked up Merino’s long pass to score the second a few minutes after the interval. Soon afterwards Rodri made it three following a Soler corner, and although Vavro got one back with a well struck free kick, Dani Ceballos wrapped things up later on. Spain are already second in their group, three points behind Northern Ireland, who have played two games more. (10.10.17)

Group table

Spain's youth team games:
Under 19 / Under 17


World Cup qualifier

Israel 0 - Spain 1

Spain completed the formalities on Monday night, a 0-1 victory against Israel making it nine wins and a draw from their ten group games. Already sure of top spot after the match against Albania, Lopetegui used the occasion to give a run out to the rest of his squad, team captain Sergio Ramos the only one to repeat from that tie, and Busquets winning his 100 th cap. The locals put out a defensive line-up though, and Harush only had to make a couple of saves from Ramos and Pedro before the break. Ex Mallorca striker Hemed went close at the other end either side of half time, but with a quarter of an hour to go Illarramendi volleyed in the only goal following Asensio’s corner to give his team the three points. (09.10.17)

Friday game: Spain 3 - Albania 0

Senior and under 21 squads
Spain's qualifying fixtures
Group G table
Friendly international games


Match round-up - First Division, Day 7

Barcelona extended their lead at the top to five points after they beat Las Palmas 3-0 on Sunday afternoon. The match was eventually played behind closed doors due to security concerns on the day of the controversial Catalan referendum, and as always Messi stepped up to the plate, floating in a corner soon after the restart for Busquets to head the opener, and then adding two more later on. Valencia are now third, a 3-2 victory over Athletic Bilbao taking them above Atlético on goal difference. A Zaza strike and a Parejo penalty put the Ches two up at the break, and Rodrigo headed the third in-between goals by substitutes Aduríz and Raúl García. Real Madrid stay a point behind Valencia in fifth spot after a 2-0 win over Espanyol, Isco scoring a goal in each half to give Zidane’s side their first home win in the league this season. And Betis are sixth after a high scoring 4-4 draw at Real Sociedad in the mid-day kick-off, the lead changing hands three times before Llorente completed the scoring near the end. Meanwhile Villarreal clocked up a 3-0 victory over Eibar to move up to the top half of the table and leave their opponents down in the drop zone. Bakambu scored all the three, the third from the penalty spot, to give new coach Javier Calleja his first win. (01.10.17)

Atlético Madrid were held to a 0-0 draw by city neighbours Leganés on Saturday night, and Simeone’s side drop to third after Sevilla beat Málaga 2-0 earlier in the afternoon. Both goals came midway through the second half, Banega converting a penalty and Muriel adding the second just two minutes laterto take the Andalusians up to second in the table. Málaga are now in bottom spot after Alavés won 0-2 at Levante, Munir and Alvaro Medrán scoring the goals to get new coach De Biasi off to a good start. Deportivo are out of the bottom three however after they beat Getafe 2-1, strikes from Lucas Pérez and Andone turning the scoreline around after Amath had put the visitors in front soon after the interval. The Galicians move above Girona, who are now just above the drop zone despite a 3-3 draw at Celta on Friday evening. Four of the goals came in a frenetic first quarter of an hour, but Juanpe saved a point for the visitors near the end after Daniel Wass appeared to have given Unzué’s team a much needed win. (30.09.17)

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


Europa League day two

Group tables

A frustrating night for La Liga teams on Thursday in the Europa League, Villarreal the only side to get a point after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Earlier in the evening Athletic Bilbao were surprisingly beaten 0-1 by Zorya Luhansk, Kharatin getting the only goal for the Ukrainian side midway through the first half, and Real Sociedad lost 3-1 at Zenit, Diego Llorente’s goal shortly before half time not enough to cancel out an early strike by Rigoni and two more from Kokorin. (28.09.17)


Champions League, day two

Group tables

Barcelona made it two wins out of two after a 0-1 victory at Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday. The Catalans had their problems though, and the only goal came when Coates put through his own net after Luis Suárez headed on a Messi free kick at the start of the second half. Elsewhere Atlético Madrid end the second round of games down in third place in their difficult group after they lost 1-2 at home to Chelsea. Griezmann gave Simeone’s side a first half lead from the penalty spot after David Luiz fouled Lucas Hernández in the area, but Morata headed the equaliser on the hour mark, and Batshuayi connected with a cross from Marcos Alonso to score the winner in injury time. (27.09.17)

Good results for Spanish sides in Tuesday’s Champions League games! Real Madrid won 1-3 at Borussia Dortmund, with Gareth Bale opening the scoring in the first half after Dani Carvajal set him up, and Cristiano Ronaldo adding two more after the restart with assists from Bale and Modric. Aubameyang got one back in between Ronaldo’s goals, but Madrid end the day joint leaders with Tottenham, who have an identical record after the first two rounds of fixtures. Sevilla meanwhile beat Maribor 3-0 to move to the top of their group, Ben Yedder helping himself to a hat-trick, two goals later on in the first half, and a penalty near the end. (26.09.17)


Match round-up - First Division, Day 6

Valencia bumped Real Madrid out of the fourth Champions League spot after a thrilling 2-3 victory over Real Sociedad on Sunday evening. Rodrigo and Nacho vidal twice gave the Ches the lead, but strikes by Elustondo and Oyarzabal pegged them back both times. Zaza got the winner late on however to hand the Basque side their third defeat in a row, and they drop out of the European spots altogether after Leganés beat Las Palmas 0-2 to move back up to sixth. Both goals came in the second half, Szymanowski setting up Beauvue and then Eraso to score. It was a high scoring weekend though, Getafe winning 4-0 against Villarreal with two from Angel and one each from Molina and Bergara (all after the break), Celta beating Eibar 0-4 with first half goals from Cabral, Sisto and Pablo Hernández and a second half strike from Wass, and Espanyol clocking up a 4-1 victory over Deportivo earlier in the day, Baptistao and an Arribas own goal putting the Catalans two up at the break, and Moreno adding two more after Borges had got one back. The goals carried on into Monday, Betis winning 4-0 against Levante to end day six in a heady fifth spot. Again the goals came in the second half, Sanabria starting and finishing the scoring, with Fabián and Sergio León getting the other two in-between. (25.09.17)

Barcelona made it six wins out of six after beating regional neighbours Girona 0-3 on Saturday evening. The newcomers contributed to their own downfall however, Aday and Iraizoz putting through their own net before Luis Suárez wrapped things up with twenty minutes to go. The two teams immediately below the leaders met earlier in the day, Atlético Madrid beating Sevilla 2-0 to move above the Andalusians in the table. Both goals came after the break, Carrasco and Griezmann the scorers. Real Madrid bounced back from their midweek defeat with a 1-2 victory at Alavés, and they are up to fourth pending the rest of the weekend games. Dani Ceballos took advantage of his first start to score both goals in the first half, with Manu García heading one back for the hosts in-between. The Vitoria based side have yet to pick up a point, and they drop to last spot after Málaga drew 3-3 against Athletic Bilbao. With ten men, and two goals down, the Andalusians appeared to be heading for another defeat before Baysse and Diego Rolán scored twice in the last ten minutes. Earlier in the first half a strike from Rolán had cancelled out an Aduríz penalty, but Williams netted two after the break before Michel’s team produced their come back. (23.09.17)


Copa del Rey, third round

Fourth round draw

The third round of the Spanish cup took place this week, with 22 lower ranked teams looking to join the first division clubs in the next round. As in previous years there were six ties involving sides from the regional leagues, the winners of which (Cartagena, Elche, Formentera, Fuenlabrada, Ponferradina and Real Murcia) being seeded in next Thursday’s draw together with Lleida (who were given a bye) to meet the seven top flight teams playing in Europe this season. The remaining ties were between second division A teams, Numancia beating Sporting on penalties on Tuesday, Cádiz and Tenerife winning through against Osasuna and Córdoba on Wednesday, and Valladolid and Zaragoza beating Cultural Leonesa and Lugo respectively on Thursday. All will also face first division opposition in the next round. (21.09.17)


Summer transfers

Latest moves

The summer transfer window closed at midnight last night, with the usual flurry of late signings as clubs rushed to complete their squads. Barcelona though failed to tie up anyone else, their last two targets, Coutinho and Di María, turned down after their respective clubs asked for exorbitant prices. That meant the likes of André Gomes, Arda Turan, Rafinha and Deulofeu stay at the Nou Camp, and Vermaelen has also been given a shirt number after Munir, Douglas and Marlon all went out on loan.

Elsewhere Espanyol, Sevilla and Valencia were all active in the last couple of days, the Catalans bringing back old boys Didac Vilà, Sergi Darder and Sergio Sánchez, the Andalusians taking on Carole and Geiss, and the Chés agreeing loan terms for Guedes and Andreas Pereira right at the end. Las Palmas have replaced Boateng with Loic Rémy and Tannane, Deportivo won their battle to get Lucas Pérez back to the Riazor, and Alavés, Betis, Eibar, Girona, Leganés, and Levante all added to their squads on the last day. That’s it now until the start of January, although clubs can still sign players if they are out of work, or to cover long-term injuries, and of course there will always be managerial changes at any time. Keep an eye on our pages for all the latest news. (02.09.17)

Date Player (Country) Old club New club Position/Comments
01/09/17 Andreas Pereira (BZL / BEL) Manchester United (ENG) / Granada Valencia MF Mou didn't want to let him go after good season on loan at Granada, but in the end he moves to Mestalla on loan.
01/09/17 Geis (GER) Schalke '04 (GER) Sevilla MF Berizzo completes squad with last minute signing. Will join on loan, with €7 Mio buy-out option.
01/09/17 Sergio Sánchez Rubin Kazan (RUS) Espanyol DF Another Periquito returning to the nest! Comes back to Espanyol for 3rd time after agreeing loan with Rubin.
31/08/17 Lucas Pérez Arsenal (ENG) Deportivo FW Many offers for him this summer, but only wanted to retrun to Depor. Loan, but no buy-out clause for now.

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2017/2018 New season transfers by club - Div 1
2017/2018 New season transfers by club - Div 2

First division squads and details
Second division squads and details
Second division B groups


Spanish Super Cup, second leg

Real Madrid 2 - Barcelona 0

Real Madrid continue to clock up the titles under Zinedine Zidane, a 2-0 victory over arch-rivals Barcelona giving them their first Spanish Super Cup in five years. Already 1-3 up from the first leg in the Nou Camp, Marco Asensio extended his side’s lead with an impressive shot from outside of the area in only the fourth minute. Lucas Vázquez rattled the upright before Benzema latched on to a Marcelo cross to make it two shortly before the break, and although Messi and Luis Suárez hit the woodwork after the restart, the game was already over. (16.08.17)

First leg: Barcelona 1 - Real Madrid 3


European Super Cup

Real Madrid 2 - Manchester United 1

Real Madrid won the European Super Cup for the second time in a row and the fourth time in their history after beating Manchester United in Skopje on Tuesday. Casemiro headed against the crossbar before connecting with a Dani Carvajal centre to open the scoring midway through the first half. Isco combined with Bale to make it two shortly after the restart, and Bale himself rattled the crossbar again a few minutes later. Lukaku got one back though after Keylor Navas could only push out a shot from Matic, and José Mourinho’s side could have levelled it had Navas not saved from Rashford later on. (08.08.17)


Fantasy Football

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Club World Cup

Kashima Antlers 2 - Real Madrid 4 (after extra time)

Real Madrid are World champions for the second time after they beat Kashima Antlers 2-4 in this year’s final in Yokohama! The Liga side were clear favourites, and they appeared to be on track for an easy win when Benzema opened the scoring in only the ninth minute after Sogahata could only push out a shot from Modric. However just before the break Shibasaki levelled the scores with a shot on the turn past Keylor Navas, and some seven minutes in to the second half the team captain got his second of the match with a long shot wide of the Costa Rican keeper. Ronaldo made it all square again from the penalty spot after Yamamoto brought down Lucas Vázquez a few minutes later, but with full time approaching the locals failed to convert two or three chances to win it. However in the first half of extra time Ronaldo scored twice from Benzema and Kroos assists to complete another hat-trick and give Zinedine Zidane his third international title since taking over from Rafa Benítez just under a year ago. (18.12.16)

Semi-final: Real Madrid 2 – Club América 0



Summary of 2016/2017

League champions Real Madrid
Spanish cup winners Barcelona
Promoted to the first division Levante, Girona, Getafe
Relegated to the second division A Sporting Gijón, Osasuna, Granada
Promoted to the second division A Albacete, Barcelona B, Cultural Leonesa, Lorca
Relegated to the second division B Mirandés, Elche, Mallorca, UCAM Murcia


Clubs taking part in international competitions in 2017/18 season
Champions League Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla
Europa League Villarreal, Real Sociedad, Athletic Bilbao
European Super Cup Real Madrid v Manchester United
Club World Cup Real Madrid

First Division
Betis 3-6 Valencia
Alavés 0-2 Real Soc
Espanyol 0-0 Levante
Getafe 1-2 R Madrid
Eibar 0-0 Deportivo
Girona 1-2 Villarreal
L Palmas 2-5 Celta
Atlético 1-1 Barcelona
Málaga 0-2 Leganés
Athletic 1-0 Sevilla
Day 8 - Oct 15

 

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