Coming fixtures
Champions League Day 2 (remaining games) 28 Sep
Europa League Day 2 29 Sep
First division Day 7 30 Sep - 2 Oct
World Cup qualifiers Italy v Spain
Albania v Spain
6 Oct
9 Oct
First division Day 8 14-17 Oct

Champions League group stage, day two

Real Madrid drew 2-2 at Borussia Dortmund in their second group game, the result leaving them in second place in their mini-league, behind their hosts on goal difference. Ronaldo gave Zidane’s side the lead early on, but Aubameyang made it all square just before the break. And although Varane put the visitors back in front after the restart, Schürrle equalized again with three minutes to go. Sevilla are also second in their group, just behind Juventus, after they beat Olympique Lyon 1-0. Ben Yedder got the only goal soon after the break, although the Andalusians could have won by a bigger margin had Vietto not fired a penalty over the bar a few minutes later. (27.09.16)

Group tables



Match round-up - First Division, Day 6

Alavés are up to ninth in the table after a 3-1 victory over Granada in the Monday night game. Camarasa set up Edgar for the opener early on in the second half, then added the second himself soon afterwards. Substitute Kravets got one back for the visitors, but Deyverson wrapped things up in stoppage time. The defeat leaves the Andalusians down in next to bottom spot having only taken two points from their first six matches. (26.09.16)

Atlético Madrid are up to third in the table, two points below leaders Real Madrid and one behind Barcelona, after they beat Deportivo 1-0 on Sunday afternoon. The Galicians were left with ten men when Fajr picked up a second booking just before the break, but it was not until twenty minutes from the end that Griezmann got the only goal after Juanfran and Gameiro combined to set him up. Villarreal are level with Atlético and Athletic though after they won 3-1 against Osasuna later in the evening. All the goals came in the first half, a Pato header, a Bruno penalty and a strike from Sansone putting the locals three up before Roberto Torres pulled one back with a second penalty. Osasuna end the day at the bottom of the table, and Espanyol find themselves in the relegation spots as well after they lost 0-2 to Celta. The game appeared to be heading for a draw until the Galicians netted twice in injury time, Rossi and Sisto the scorers. Celta move out of the bottom three though, as do Valencia, who came from behind to beat Leganés 1-2 in the mid-day kick-off. Szymanowski gave the Madrid based team the lead, but goals either side of half time by Nani and Mario Suárez turned the scoreline around, and Diego Alvés saved a late penalty to ensure a second win in four days for caretaker coach Voro. (25.09.16)

Leaders Real Madrid could only draw 2-2 at Las Palmas in the last game on Saturday, and although they stay at the top of the table, they have now dropped four points in their last two matches. Zidane’s side twice took the lead, through Marco Asensio in the first half and substitute Benzema after the restart, but Tana levelled it the first time, and Araujo the second. Barcelona are now just a point behind Madrid after they thrashed Sporting Gijón 0-5 earlier in the evening. Strikes by Luis Suárez and Rafinha put them two up at the break, and after Lora was sent off, the visitors added three more in the last ten minutes through Neymar (two) and Turan. Athletic Bilbao are up to third after they beat Sevilla 3-1, the Basque side moving above their opponents after a fourth win in a row. A Nasri goal after the break cancelled out San José’s opener, but Balenziaga restored the lead, and Aduríz wrapped things up from the penalty spot after Sirigu was sent off for elbowing him in the back. Sevilla are still fourth pending the rest of the weekend games, a point above Las Palmas and also Eibar, who won 2-0 against neighbours Real Sociedad in the lunchtime kick-off. Pedro León missed a first half penalty, but Illarramendi turned Escalante’s shot in to his own net after the break, and Bebé added the second a few minutes later. (24.09.16)

Just a day after the week five round of games ended, week six began, Betis beating Málaga 1-0 on Friday evening to move up to the middle of the table. Joaquín headed the only goal from Musonda’s cross midway through the first half to give Gus Poyet’s team their first home win of the season. (23.09.16)

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Second division

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


Europa League group stage, day one

Mixed results for Spanish teams in the first round of group games. Villarreal came from behind to beat FC Zurich 2-1, first half strikes from Alexandre Pato and Jonathan Dos Santos overturning Sadiku’s early opener. Celta began their European campaign with a 1-1 draw at Standard Liège, Rossi making it all square on the quarter hour mark after Dossevi had given the Belgian side the lead. But Athletic Bilbao were beaten 3-0 by Sassuolo, Lirola, Defrel and Politano getting the goals for the Italians after the break. (15.09.16)

Group tables


Copa del Rey, second round

Third round draw

The last three ties were played on Thursday, with Huesca, Alcorcón and UCAM Murcia all going through to tomorrow’s third round draw. Huesca and Alcorcón both won 1-0 against Girona and Getafe respectively, David Ferreiro and Iván Alejo the goalscorers. UCAM though had to wait for extra time before they beat Oviedo 4-3, Vicente getting the winner late on. The university team were actually 3-1 up with ten minutes to go, but two late strikes by prodigal son Michu forced the added 30 minutes. (08.09.16)

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World Cup qualifier

Spain 8 - Liechtenstein 0

Spain clocked up a resounding 8-0 victory over Liechtenstein on Monday evening to kick off the new World Cup campaign. By half time Julen Lopetegui’s side had only scored once, Diego Costa heading in a wide Koke free kick for his first international goal in two years. However with Nolito on the park they added seven more after the restart, Koke hitting the post with a free kick before Nolito put Sergi Roberto through for the second. That opened the floodgates, and in the next five minutes Vitolo set up David Silva for the third, and then scored the fourth himself after Nolito and Silva combined down the left. Soon afterwards Costa headed in his second of the night, looping a header past Jehle after the keeper blocked his first shot, and Morata came on for the Chelsea striker to help himself to two more in as many minutes later on. Silva hit the post again and then had a strike ruled out for a borderline offside, but with the game in injury time he netted his fourth in two games after Nolito played the ball back to him. An easy win as expected, but the real test comes next month when “La Roja” face Italy in Turin. Only one team qualifies automatically from this group, and after the Azzurri knocked them out of the recent European championships, Spain have a score to settle. (05.09.16)

Senior and under 21 squads
Spain's qualifying fixtures
Group G table
Euro 2016


Under 21 Euro 2017 qualifier

Sweden 1 - Spain 1

Spain’s under 21 side could only draw 1-1 with Sweden on Monday evening, and with two games to go they stay in third spot in their group. Honours were shared in the first half, Merino and Munir bringing saves out of Erlandsson, and Une Larsson and Olsson heading free kicks over the top for the locals. However some five minutes in to the second half Deulofeu ran on to a Bellerín through ball to put Albert Celades’ side in front, and Denis Suárez, Oliver Torres and Merino all failed to covert chances in the following minutes. With six minutes to go though Pau López gave away a penalty on Asoro, and although Olsson fired his spot kick against the bar, the Scandinavians equalized a minute or so later when Saúl Ñíguez sliced Olsson’s corner past his own keeper. All is not lost however, and with Sweden and Croatia yet to play each other, victories against San Marino and Estonia would probably ensure Spain a place in the play-offs as one of the four best runners up. (05.09.16)

Spain 6 - San Marino 0

Group 6 table

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


Summer transfers

Post-window moves

The usual mad rush at the end of the summer transfer window, with over 50 deals closed on the last day. Granada made no less than six of those, registering Alberto Bueno, Carcela-González, Tabanou, Rubén Vezo, Kravets and Atzili, and Valencia tied up central defenders Garay and Mangala and striker Munir to replace Mustafi and Paco Alcácer, sold to Arsenal and Barcelona respectively. Espanyol were also very active, allowing Pau López to go to Tottenham once they had signed Diego López to replace him, and they also took on Alvaro Vázquez and Diego Reyes, the latter to replace Alvaro, who went to Villarreal. Elsewhere Sevilla signed Nasri from Manchester City and transferred Konoplyanka to Schalke, Deportivo took Stoke’s Joselu on loan, Betis snapped up Ryan Donk, Málaga filled their vacant goalkeeping slot with Boyko, etc., etc. That’s it now though until the January window opens again, although in the meantime clubs can still sign players who are unemployed, or to replace those with long term injuries. Follow the various links on our pages for all the latest news. (02.09.16)

Date Player (Country) Old club New club Position/Comments
31/08/16 Diego López AC Milan (ITA) Espanyol GK GK Swapping one López for another! Ex Spain international moves on 1 year loan to replace Pau.
31/08/16 Garay (ARG) Zenit (RUS) Valencia DF Ex Racing & Real Madrid defender returns to La Liga after 5 years away. Fee +/- €20 Mio?
31/08/16 Alberto Bueno Porto (POR) Granada FW Forward rejoining Jémez, who was his boss when at Rayo. Was also at Castilla, Derby, Valladolid.
30/08/16 Nasri (FRA) Man City (ENG) Sevilla MF French midfielder moves on one year loan to fill spot left by Konoplyanka.
29/08/16 Paco Alcácer Valencia Barcelona FW Agreed fee of €30 Mio + 2 variable after player said he wanted move to Nou Camp.

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2016/2017 New season transfers by club - Div 1
2016/2017 New season transfers by club - Div 2

First division clubs & squads
Second division A clubs & squads
Second division B groups


Friendly international

Belgium 0 - Spain 2

Spain won their first match under new coach Julen Lopetegui, a 0-2 victory over Belgium setting them up for Monday night’s opening World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein. Lopetegui knew many of the players from his time in charge of the under 21 squad, and although Casillas and some of the older faces were missing, his line up was similar to the one Del Bosque put out in the recent European champions. Unfortunately he lost Morata to an injury early on, but Diego Costa came on, and with ten minutes to go to the break the Chelsea striker put the final touch to a move involving Carvajal and Vitolo to set up David Silva for the opener. After the restart ex Atlético keeper Courtois was in action to save a Piqué header and a shot from Costa, but with an hour on the clock Jordan Lukaku tripped Vitolo in the area, and Silva stepped up to convert the resulting penalty. After that both coaches made the usual changes, Saúl Ñíguez making his debut for the senior squad, and shortly before the end De Gea pulled off his first real save of the night from De Bruyne. A good start to Spain’s new era, but by contrast the Belgian fans were not happy, and they booed their own players off at the end. Their new Spanish born coach Roberto Martínez has more work to do than Lopetegui it seems! (01.09.16)


Fantasy Football

LaLiga and the sports paper Marca have combined to set up a Spanish Fantasy Football game. This looked like good fun, so Soccer-Spain have set up a couple of private leagues for our readers to participate in. Details of how to join at the above link. (24.08.16)


Spanish Super Cup, second leg

Barcelona 3 - Sevilla 0

Barcelona won the Spanish Supercup, a 3-0 victory over Sevilla giving them their twelfth title since the competition started in 1982. Looking to overturn the 0-2 scoreline from the first leg, the visitors came out strongly at first, Bravo having to save from Ben Yedder and Ganso going close. However soon afterwards Messi put Arda Turan through to open the scoring, and Messi volleyed a shot just wide minutes later. With half an hour gone the Andalusians had a chance to get back in the match when Umtiti handled in the area, but Bravo guessed correctly and saved Iborra’s spot kick, and with the first half coming to a close Ben Yedder headed another chance against the bar. Just two minutes after the restart though Turan latched on to a loose ball outside of the area to lob a shot over the head of Sergio Rico, and the Turkish midfielder missed a chance for a hat-trick before Messi headed in Digne’s cross for the third. An injury to Mascherano shortly after Luis Enrique had made his last substitution left the locals with ten men for the last quarter of an hour, but by then the tie was all but over. (17.08.16)

First leg: Sevilla 0 - Barcelona 2


Pre-season fixtures

The pre-season is coming to an end at last, and in four days time the new season begins again. Most of the big summer tournaments are over, with Málaga winning Cádiz’s Ramón de Carranza trophy, Deportivo and Recreativo retaining their own Teresa Herrera and Colombino trophies, and many teams participating overseas in the LFP World Challenge. Barcelona beat Sampdoria in their own Gamper Cup, and the only major trophy left to decide is Real Madrid’s “Trofeo Bernabeu”, with France’s Stade Reims invited to the Spanish capital tomorrow. (15.08.16)

1st division fixtures, 2016/17 season
2nd division fixtures, 2016/17 season

Kick-off times

Copa del Rey draw: First round / Second round


European Super Cup

Real Madrid 3 - Sevilla 2 (after extra time)

Trondheim, Norway. The new season kicked off with the all-Spanish European Super Cup, Champions League winners Real Madrid beating Europa League victors Sevilla 3-2 thanks to a strike by Dani Carvajal in the last minute of extra time! The game got off to a slow start, and there was little action until Marco Asensio (a surprise inclusion in Zidane’s starting line-up despite the absence of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema) picked up a ball outside of the area to curl a shot over Sergio Rico in to the net. Kiko Casilla had to save from Carriço a few minutes later though, and with five minutes to go to the break Franco Vázquez equalized with a snap shot from the edge of the area after Vitolo pulled down a cross from the right wing. Midway through the second half Konoplyanka gave the Andalusians the lead from the penalty spot after Sergio Ramos fouled Vitolo in the area, and it looked like they were heading for a victory until Ramos headed in a Lucas Vázquez centre with the match already in time added on. That took the tie into extra time, and just two minutes later Sampaoli’s side were left with ten men when Kolodziejczak picked up a second booking. Rico kept out efforts from James, Lucas and Casemiro however, and Ramos had a strike ruled out for what the referee considered to be a previous foul. But with a penalty shoot-out looming, Carvajal cut a swathe through a tired defence to steer a shot past Rico for the winner. For the second season in a row Sevilla had been beaten at the last hurdle, and Madrid have their first trophy of the new campaign . (09.08.16)


Champions League final

Real Madrid 1 - Atlético Madrid 1 (5-3 penalty shoot out)

Real Madrid took their eleventh European champions title after beating Atlético Madrid on penalties in this year’s final! Sergio Ramos gave Zidane’s side an early lead, but Griezmann fired a penalty kick against the bar soon after the restart, and with ten minutes to go Carrasco scored for Atleti to take the tie in to extra time and a penalty shoot out. Juanfran fired his team’s fourth kick against the post though, and Ronaldo converted the next one for Real to sink their city neighbours for the second time in three years. (28.05.16)



Club World Cup, final

Barcelona 3 - River Plate 0

Barcelona are World Champions for the third time after they beat River Plate 3-0 in this year’s final in Japan! Luis Enrique was able to put out a full strength line-up after Messi and Neymar recovered from their respective problems, and Messi tested Barovero a couple of times before he opened the scoring with ten minutes to go to the break, poking a shot past the keeper after Neymar headed back a Dani Alves cross. Luis Suárez drove a shot wide when free on goal just before the interval, but four minutes after the restart he ran on to a long ball from Busquets to fire a shot under the keeper for the second. That broke River’s resistence, and Messi and Neymar went close before Suárez ghosted in behind the defence to head Neymar’s cross back across the keeper, his second of the day and his fifth in the tournament. Backed by a fanatical following though the Argentinians didn’t give up, and Bravo had to make late saves from Alario and Martínez to stop them from getting back in the match. But for the second year in a row the World champions are Spanish, and Barcelona take over the mantle from arch rivals Real Madrid. (20.12.15)

Semi-final: Barcelona 3 - Guangzhou Evergrande 0


Summary of 2015/2016

League champions Barcelona
Spanish cup winners Barcelona
Promoted to the first division Alavés, Leganés, Osasuna
Relegated to the second division A Rayo Vallecano, Getafe, Levante
Promoted to the second division A Reus, UCAM, Sevilla B & Cádiz
Relegated to the second division B Albacete, Bilbao Athletic, Llagostera, Ponferradina


Clubs taking part in international competitions in 2016/17 season
Champions League Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Villarreal, Sevilla
Europa League Athletic Bilbao, Celta
European Super Cup Real Madrid and Sevilla
Club World Cup Real Madrid

First Division
Espanyol 0-2 Celta
Villarreal 3-1 Osasuna
L Palmas 2-2 R Madrid
Eibar 2-0 Real Soc
Betis 1-0 Málaga
Athletic 3-1 Sevilla
Alavés 3-1 Granada
Leganés 1-2 Valencia
Atlético 1-0 Deportivo
Sporting 0-5 Barcelona
Day 6 - Sep 25

 

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