Coming fixtures
First division Day 16 19-21 Dec
Club World Cup Real Madrid v San Lorenzo 20 Dec
Friendly games Sundry fixtures 28-30 Dec
First division Day 17 3-5 Jan
Copa del Rey 5th round, 1st leg 6-8 Jan

Copa del Rey, fourth round, second leg

Thursday games:
Atlético Madrid 2 - L'Hospitalet 2;
Elche 1 - Valladolid 0;
Athletic Bilbao 1 - Alcoyano 0;
Málaga 4 - Deportivo 1.

Atlético, Elche, Athletic & Málaga through to 5th round.


Six more games on Wednesday, with first division teams coming out on top in all. Albacete were in fact the only lower ranked side who came close to qualifying, the Manchegans holding Levante to a 0-0 draw in Valencia, but going out on the away goal rule after the first leg ended 1-1. Cádiz resisted for a bit at Villarreal in the battle between the two “Yellow Submarines”, but a second half Trigueros penalty followed by two strikes by Gerard Moreno sank them in the end. Oviedo came in to their match at Real Sociedad with hope following the 0-0 draw from two weeks ago, but a goal in each half by Finnbogason (his first since joining in the summer) gave David Moyes’ team a 2-0 win. And Alavés went down 3-0 on aggregate to Espanyol, youngster Jairo heading the only goal for the Catalans as the second leg ended 1-0. The other two matches were all first-division ties, Getafe building on the three goals they scored against Eibar in the first leg with a 1-2 victory in the Ipurúa stadium, Vigaray and Diego Castro putting the visitors two up before Piovaccari got one back from the penalty spot. And Granada went through after drawing 1-1 at regional neighbours Córdoba, the fog so thick that the goalscorers (Florin and then Mainz) were only confirmed when the referee presented his match report after the final whistle! (17.12.14)

An exciting start to this week’s cup ties, with Valencia edging through to the next round after drawing 4-4 against Rayo Vallecano. The Ches appeared to have things tied up when Paco Alcácer put them ahead early on, building on the 1-2 victory in the first leg. But Rayo came back with first half strikes from Jozabed, Pozuelo and Jonathan Pereira, and although Morcillo put through his own net at the start of the second half, Embarba added a fourth for the visitors soon afterwards. .Alcácer and Rodrigo scored again for the locals however, the last under controversial circumstances, and they held on despite having Rodrigo sent off with ten minutes to go. Celta go through as well after a last minute 3-1 victory over Las Palmas. Nauzet replied to earlier strikes by Larrivey and Santi Mina, and with the game seemingly heading to extra time Orellana fired home the third. Later in the evening Barcelona smashed second division B side Huesca 8-1 to set up a next round tie against Valladolid or Elche. In the absence of the usual front three, Pedro helped himself to a first half hat-trick, and there were goals as well for Sergi Roberto, Iniesta, Adriano, Adama and Sandro. Elsewhere Almería had few problems seeing off Betis, Macedo and Zongo (from the half-way line!) putting them two up before Perquis got a late consolation for the visitors. (16.12.14)

First leg results...
Second leg match reports ...
Draw for fifth & subsequent rounds


Club World Cup

Cruz Azul 0 – Real Madrid 4

Real Madrid marched on through to the final of the Club World Cup after a comfortable 0-4 win over Cruz Azul. Sergio Ramos headed in a Kroos free kick to start things off, and Benzema got on the end of Carvajal’s cross to make it two with ten minutes to go to the break. Casillas had to save a Torrado penalty soon afterwards, but Bale headed a third after the restart, and Isco rounded things off with the fourth later on. (16.12.14)

Spanish Super Cup
European Super Cup



Champions League & Europa League draws

Champions League, round of 16:
Manchester City v Barcelona;
Bayer Leverkusen v Atlético Madrid;
Schalke v Real Madrid.

Europa League, round of 32:
Torino v Athletic Bilbao;
Sevilla v Borussia Mönchengladbach;
Villarreal v Salzburg.


Match round-up - First Division, Day 15

Monday night game: Deportivo 1 - Elche 0

More good news for leaders Real Madrid on Sunday after third placed Atlético Madrid were beaten 0-1 by Villarreal, their first home defeat in the league for 28 games. One of Simeone’s old charges, Luciano Vietto, got the only goal with six minutes to go to take the “Yellow Submarine up to sixth. Earlier in the evening fourth placed Sevilla also faltered after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Eibar in the Sánchez Pizjuán stadium. Eibar finished the day in a respectable ninth place, still the highest ranked Basque team after Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao drew 1-1 in the last match on Sunday night. Carlos Vela headed David Moyes’ side into the lead in only the third minute, but De Marcos volleyed home an impressive equalizer a quarter of an hour in to the second half. Espanyol meanwhile are up to twelfth after a last minute 2-1 victory over Granada in this week’s mid-day kick-off. Caicedo’s first half strike was cancelled out by El-Arabi after the break, but with the game coming to an end Stuani fired home the winner to leave the Andalusians just two points above the drop zone pending Monday’s match between the bottom two clubs, Deportivo and Elche. (14.12.14)

Real Madrid are now sure of finishing the year in first place after their closest rivals Barcelona could only draw 0-0 at a rainy Getafe on Saturday evening. Madrid’s match next weekend has been postponed to allow them to take part in the Club World Cup, but the result leaves Luis Enrique’s side four points below them in the table. Valencia consolidated fifth place after they beat Rayo Vallecano 3-0 later in the evening, their first win in five games. All the goals came in the first half, with Feghouli netting twice and Piatti scoring the third. Málaga are up to sixth pending Sunday’s games, Samuel heading the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Celta. And further down the rankings Córdoba edged away from the relegation spots after they drew 0-0 with Levante. (13.12.14)

Real Madrid go off to the Club World Cup knowing that they have secured top spot for another week at least after beating Almería 1-4 on Friday night. Isco opened the scoring for Ancelotti’s side with just over half an hour gone, and although Verza equalized with a low shot, Bale headed the visitors back in front before the break. Casillas had to save a Verza penalty however after the restart, and there were some nervous moments before Ronaldo added two late goals to extend the record winning run to twenty matches. (12.12.14)

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Second division


Europa League group stage, day 6

Victories for the two Liga teams in the last round of group games, although both had to settle for second place after the sides above them also won. Villarreal had few problems beating Apollon 0-2, Gerard Moreno and Vietto getting the goals late on in the first half. As things panned out though they would still have been second had they lost after leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach won comfortably against Zurich. Meanwhile Sevilla came in to their match against Rijeka needing at least a draw to qualify, although a strike by Denis Suárez midway through the first half gave them a 1-0 win in the end. Feyenoord also beat Standard Liège however, so again they had to settle for the runners-up spot. Villarreal and Sevilla will both be in Monday’s round of 32 draw together with Athletic Bilbao, who drop down from the Champions League after finishing third in their group. (11.12.14)

Europa League group tables


Second division, week 15 rescheduled match

Las Palmas move a point clear at the top of the second division after a 2-2 draw at Sabadell on Wednesday evening, a game which had been rescheduled after the original fixture was rained off ten days ago. The Canary Islanders started well, Araujo hitting the bar before Roque set up Nauzet for the opener with twenty minutes gone. Hidalgo equalized though just three minutes later after Aythami failed to clear Cristian’s cross, but soon after the restart Roque fired a shot against the crossbar once again, and a few minutes later Athami got above the defence to head in Nauzet’s free kick. With twenty minutes left though Javi Castellano turned a Javi Hervás pass in to his own net, and that was how it ended. Not the result Sabadell’s new coach Alex García wanted, but the draw takes the Catalans to witihn a point of escaping the drop zone. (10.12.14)


Champions League group stage, day 6

Mission accomplished for all four Liga sides on the last week of the group stage, with Barcelona joining Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid as group champions, and Athletic Bilbao qualifying for the Europa League. Barcelona had to beat Paris Saint Germain in their last game to overtake the French side in their mini-league, and although Ibrahimovic opened the scoring against his old team, the Catalans ran out 3-1 winners with goals from their three super-star strikers, Messi and Neymar before the break, and Luis Suárez after. Athletic Bilbao had no chance of reaching the knock-out stage, but they still needed at least a draw against BATE Borisov to tie up third spot. In the end though they won 2-0, San José and Susaeta getting the goals at the start and end of the second half. (10.12.14)

Atlético Madrid finished top of their Champions League group after a 0-0 draw at Juventus in their last match. With a tie ensuring a place in the knockout stage for both, nobody particularly rocked the boat, and neither keeper had much work to do throughout the ninety minutes. Real Madrid were already sure of first place in their group some time ago, but they were looking to beat Ludogorets to make it six out of six and a record nineteen wins in a row in all competitions. No problems in the end though, especially after Marcelinho was sent off for blocking Varane’s header on the line with his arm, Ronaldo converting the resulting penalty to take him past Raúl’s 71 goals. Bale headed a second before the break, and Arbeloa and Medrán added two more near the end for a 4-0 final scoreline. (09.12.14)

Champions League group tables


Match round-up - First Division, Day 14

With the midweek cup ties running on to Friday, there were two league games scheduled for Monday evening, a public holiday in Spain. Eibar hosted Almería in the first of those, and despite a constant rainfall, the Basque side ran out 5-2 winners in an entertaining match. With only half an hour gone the locals were already three up, Piovaccari opening the scoring in the third minute and Saúl Berjón and Albentosa adding two more. Soriano got one back shortly before the break, but strikes by Raúl Navas and Capa made it five, and Edgar completed the scoring for the visitors later on. The victory takes Eibar up to ninth, the highest ranking of the three Basque teams, but their opponents stay just above the drop zone, level on points with all the bottom three. Later in the evening Levante and Getafe drew 1-1, Yoda putting the visitors ahead early on in the second half, and substitute Rafael Martins heading the equalizer with twenty minutes to go. Both teams stay in the lower reaches of the table. (08.12.14)

Barcelona kept pace with their two big rivals after a 5-1 victory over city neighbours Espanyol on Sunday afternoon. Sergio García gave the visitors an early lead, but goals either side of half time by Messi turned the scoreline around. Piqué headed in a Rakitic corner soon afterwards, and Pedro scored a fourth and then set up Messi for him to complete his hat-trick with ten minutes to go. Sevilla stay in fourth spot after they beat Rayo Vallecano 0-1 in this week’s mid-day kick-off, Bacca taking advantage of a defensive mistake to score the only goal early on. But Valencia drop four points behind the Andalusians after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Granada, Success saving a point for the locals in the last minute after Negredo had opened the scoring for the Ches a few minutes earlier. Meanwhile Villarreal are back up to sixth after a 4-0 win over Real Sociedad, the result taking them to within a point of Valencia in the table. All the goals came in the last half hour, Bruno getting the first with a free kick, Cheryshev the second, and Moi Gómez two more near the end. (07.12.14)

Leaders Real Madrid made it an eighteenth win on the trot after beating Celta 3-0 on Saturday evening, equaling the previous record held by Barcelona. And once again Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero of the night with all three goals, his 23 rd hat-trick in the league, which also was a new record. Ronaldo’s first came from a hotly disputed penalty when he fell under a challenge by Jonny shortly before the break, and after the restart he drilled home two more to keep up the pressure on his team’s closest rivals. Atlético Madrid stay four points behind their city neighbours after they beat Elche 0-2 earlier in the afternoon, a result which takes them above Barcelona pending their game on Sunday. José María Giménez opened the scoring for Simeone’s side following a set-piece corner in the first half, and Mandzukic made it two after Gabi put him through soon after the break. Elche drop to the bottom of the table, below Córdoba, who finally recorded their first win of the season after beating Athletic Bilbao 0-1 in the San Mamés stadium. Ghilas intercepted a poor Iturraspe back pass to score the only goal midway through the first half, and the Andalusians also go above Deportivo, who lost 0-1 to Málaga in the last match of the evening. Sergi Darder got the only goal, beating Fabricio with a long shot some twenty minutes in to the first half, and visiting keeper Kameni saved a Cavaleiro penalty and made a string of first class saves after that to take Javi Gracia’s side up to sixth. (06.12.14)

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Second division

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



Friendly international

Spain 0 - Germany 1

A late goal by Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos gave Germany a 0-1 win over Spain in this friendly international between the reigning European and World champions. It was a wet night in Vigo, and with several key players missing, both coaches put out experimental sides. Celta’s own Nolito was making his full international debut, and he brought an early save out of Zieler. Isco fired a shot over the bar and Nolito forced a corner, but Casillas had to save from Götze, and Rudy struck his shot over the top when free on goal. Del Bosque gave first caps to Camacho and Kiko Casilla after the break, and in all he used no less than ten players who were not in his World Cup squad last summer. Morata, Nolito and Pedro all tested Zieler after the restart, but with a goal-less draw seemingly on the cards, Kroos caught Casilla off guard with a long shot which bounced past the keeper in to the net. It signalled a fifth defeat for “La Roja” this year, the worst record since the turn of the century, but with a wealth of new talent coming through that shouldn’t be too much to worry about just yet. (18.11.14)


Euro 2016 qualifier

Spain 3 - Belarus 0

An easy win for Spain in their fourth group match against Belarus, although victories elsewhere for Ukraine and leaders Slovakia meant that Del Bosque’s side stay in joint second place for now. Missing the likes of Iniesta, Silva, Costa and Fabrègas through injury, the coach called up several new faces to his squad, although his starting line-up was similar to previous games. Their opponents though had only picked up one point from three games, and Pedro put a good chance wide before Isco curled a shot in to the top corner of the net after Cazorla won the ball back on the edge of the area. Just a minute or so later Busquets latched on to a loose ball to drill home a second, and after the restart Alcácer headed against the bar before Juanfran and Cazorla combined to set up Pedro for the third. Casillas didn’t have a save to make until he collected a long effort by Nekhaychik late on, and with debutants Callejón and Morata on the park, Pedro turned a shot against the upright in the last minute. (15.11.14)

Full and under 21 squads
Group C table
Euro 2016 fixtures
Friendly internationals


Under 21 friendly international

Spain 1 - Belgium 4

Spain’s new under 21 side were resoundingly beaten by a stronger, more physical Belgium team on a rainy night in Ferrol. After failing to reach next summer’s European finals, coach Alberto Celades called up a new generation of youngsters, based largely on the previous under 19 team as well as several of the younger players from the previous squad. However they fell behind when Kabasele turned Cissé’s cross past Kepa, and Tielemans made it two with a long shot which bent away from the Athletic Bilbao keeper. Saúl and Sandro both hit the bar shortly before the break, and soon after the restart Munir got one back after a persistent Sául won the ball on the edge of the area. A few minutes later though Kayembe got in front of Costas to intercept a short pass from Iñiguez and run on to beat substitute keeper Whalley, and with a quarter of an hour to go Raman wrapped things up with an impressive shot from left of the area. (12.11.14)

Under 21 Euro 2015 play-offs:
First leg: Serbia 0 - Spain 0 / Second leg: Spain 1 - Serbia 2

Under 17 European qualifiers / Match reports

Under 19 invitational tournament:
Spain 2 - Germany 0 / Spain 5 - France 1 / Greece 2 - Spain 3


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



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
Elche - Málaga
Villarreal - Deportivo
Athletic - Atlético
Levante - Real Soc
Barcelona - Córdoba
Granada - Getafe
Rayo - Espanyol
Eibar - Valencia
R Madrid pp Sevilla
Celta 0-1 Almería
Day 16 - Dec 21

Deportivo 1-0 Elche
Atlético 0-1 Villarreal
Real Soc 1-1 Athletic
Córdoba 0-0 Levante
Getafe 0-0 Barcelona
Espanyol 2-1 Granada
Valencia 3-0 Rayo
Sevilla 0-0 Eibar
Almería 1-4 R Madrid
Málaga 1-0 Celta
Day 15 - Dec 14



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