Coming fixtures
Second division Day 40 24-26 May
Champions League final Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid 28 May
Friendly internationals Spain v Bosnia (in Switzerland)
Spain v South Korea (in Austria)
Spain v Georgia (at Getafe)
29 May
1 Jun
7 Jun

Copa del Rey final

Barcelona 2 - Sevilla 0 (after extra time)

Barcelona won the cup for the second year in a row and the 28th time in their history after beating Sevilla 2-0 in this year’s final. Things seemed to go against them when Mascherano was sent off with ten minutes to go to the break, and they also lost Luis Suárez to an injury soon after the restart. However they held on to take the match in to extra time, and Sevilla were also reduced to ten men when Banega was shown a straight red card in the ninetieth minute. Some seven minutes later though Messi played a long ball through for Jordi Alba to score, and Carriço was also sent off before Neymar wrapped things up right at the end. (22.05.16)

Match round-up - Second Division, Day 39

Alavés are now three points clear at the top after they beat Ponferradina 2-0 on Sunday. Third placed Nàstic won 0-1 at Zaragoza in the mid-day kick off, and Osasuna are back in to the play-off spots after beating Numancia 3-2. (22.05.16)

Five matches in the second division on Saturday, leaders Leganés surprisingly beaten 2-3 by Huesca. Elsewhere Girona, Córdoba, Alcorcón and Tenerife all clocked up victories to keep alive their hopes of reaching the play-off spots. (21.05.16)

Results / League table

Second division B play-off results

Europa League final

Liverpool 1 - Sevilla 3

Sevilla won the Europa League for the third year in a row and the fifth time in eleven years after they came from behind to beat Liverpool 1-3 in Basel! Sturridge gave the Premier League side the lead shortly before the break, but Gameiro equalized just a minute after the restart, and team captain Coke scored two in a six minute period midway through the second half to turn things around. No time for Emery’s team to celebrate though as they meet Barcelona in the Spanish cup final on Sunday evening. (18.05.16)

Euro 2016 - provisional Spanish squad

Vicente Del Bosque named a provisional 25 man squad today for the upcoming European Championships, with two players to be left out at a later date to make up the final group of 23. The uncapped Saúl Ñíguez and Lucas Vázquez have been included, and there are recalls for Dani Carvajal, Bruno and Iniesta, who were all missing due to injury in the previous call up. Nacho, Mario, Sergi Roberto, Mata and Alcácer have all been left out though, and there is no place for Diego Costa, Javi Martínez, Cazorla, Vitolo or Fernando Torres, all of whom were rumoured to be in the coaches plans in recent days. Spain will play friendly fixtures against Bosnia, South Korea and Georgia before the tournament begins, although with several players still involved in domestic and European finals, not all will be available for those games. As a result, the coach has named a reserve list of eleven youngsters who will join the squad next week to fill any gaps left by those absences. (17.05.16)

Full squad:

Keepers: De Gea (Manchester United), Casillas (Porto), Sergio Rico (Sevilla);
Defenders: San José (Athletic Bilbao), Juanfran (Atlético Madrid), Jordi Alba, Marc Bartra and Piqué (Barcelona), Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid);
Midfielders: Koke and Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético Madrid), Busquets and Iniesta (Barcelona), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Fàbregas (Chelsea), David Silva (Manchester City), Isco and Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid), Bruno (Villarreal);
Forwards: Aduríz (Athletic Bilbao), Nolito (Celta), Pedro (Chelsea), Morata (Juventus).

Reserve list: Pau López (Espanyol), Sergio Asenjo (Villarreal), Bellerín (Arsenal), Jonny (Celta), Jorge Meré (Sporting Gijón), Pablo Fornals (Málaga), Diego Llorente (Rayo Vallecano), Denis Suárez (Villarreal), Iñaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Marco Asensio (Espanyol), Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad).

PS Jonny dropped out for personal reasons, and Athletic Bilbao’s Lekue has been called up to replace him.

Under 17 European finals

Match round-up - First Division, Day 38

A thrilling last day of the season, with Sporting Gijón saving themselves and Madrid based sides Getafe and Rayo Vallecano both going down with Levante. Getafe were the best placed of the three coming in to Sunday’s games, needing only to win at Betis to stay up. However they were beaten 2-1 by the Andalusians, Alvaro Medrán’s strike coming too late to overturn a Pezzella header and a Rubén Castro penalty, and they end the campaign in next to bottom spot. Sporting though won 2-0 against Villarreal to ensure another year in the top flight, Jony opening the scoring early on, and Sergio Alvarez adding a second after the break. That left Rayo with no chance of overtaking the Asturians, and although they beat the already relegated Levante 3-1, their efforts were all in vain. Elsewhere there were two matches with nothing at stake, Málaga winning 4-1 against Las Palmas in the mid-day kick-off, and Espanyol clocking up a 4-2 victory against Eibar later in the evening. (15.05.16)

Barcelona retain the league title after they beat Granada 0-3 on Saturday, a Luis Suárez hat-trick keeping them a point ahead of Real Madrid, who also won 0-2 at Deportivo. Cristiano Ronaldo got both their goals in the first half. It was Barça’s sixth title in eight years, and their 24th overall. Later in the evening Athletic Bilbao tied up fifth spot after they beat a depleted Sevilla 3-1, Aduríz netting twice and Raúl García adding a third, and Juan Muñoz replying for the Andalusians. The Basque side move above Celta, who lost 2-0 at third placed Atlético Madrid. Fernando Torres and Griezmann were the scores for Simeone’s team after the break. Athletic, Celta and Sevilla will be Spain’s representatives in the Europa League next season, although Sevilla could be bumped up to the Champions League if they can win next Wednesday’s Europa League final. (14.05.16)

One fixture brought forward to Friday in the last weekend of the season, Real Sociedad beating Valencia 0-1 to move up to eighth place pending Málaga’s game on Sunday. Neither side had anything left to play for, and the match appeared to be heading for a draw until Oyarzabal scored the winner in the dying seconds. (13.05.16)


Second division

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

Second division B promotion play-offs

Champions League, semi finals, second leg

Real Madrid 1 - Manchester City 0

There will be an all Madrid final for the second time in three years after Real Madrid beat Manchester City 1-0 on Wednesday evening! The only goal in the whole tie came midway through the first half, Bale’s attempted cross hitting the boot of Fernando and flying past Hart and in off the far post. Zidane’s side had the better chances throughout though, Hart having to make several saves and Bale heading against the woodwork in the second half. However an away goal would still have taken the Premier League team in to a first ever final, and they came close a couple of times, in particular a shot against the post by Fernandinho, and a late effort from Agüero which sailed just over the bar. (04.05.16)

Bayern Munich 2 - Atlético Madrid 1

Atlético Madrid are in to their second Champions League final in three years after they knocked out Bayern Munich on the away goal rule! Xabi Alonso cancelled out Atleti’s one goal lead with a deflected free kick on the half hour mark, and a couple of minutes later Oblak kept his side in the match with a penalty save from Múller. Some ten minutes in to the second half Griezmann scored a vital away goal after Fernando Torres put him through, but with a quarter of an hour to go Lewandowski headed Guardiola’s team back in front after Vidal headed back Alaba’s cross. Torres missed a chance to wrap things up though when Neuer saved his spot kick, and there were some tense moments before the referee finally called it a day. (03.05.16)

Under 21 Friendly international

Spain 1 - Norway 0

Spain’s under 21 side bounced back from their unexpected defeat in their Euro qualifier against Croatia, a 1-0 victory against Norway in this friendly international at least getting them back to winning ways. Team captain Deulofeu got the only goal after picking up a Pablo Fornals clearance with just over a quarter of an hour gone, and there were chances later in the first half for Asensio, Santi Mina and Fornals. After the restart Deulofeu and Carlos Castro tested Rossbach, and Munir fired a shot against the post, with the visitors replying in particular through Aursnes, who brought a couple of good saves out of half time substitute Rubén Blanco. Promising debuts at this level as well for Pau López, Aritz Elustondo and Fornals, but with Croatia and Sweden both winning Euro qualifiers elsewhere today, Spain find themselves down in third spot in their group. (28.03.16)

Under 21 Euro 2017 qualifier: Spain 0 - Croatia 3

Group 6 table

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

Friendly international

Romania 0 - Spain 0

Another draw for Spain in the second of their two warm-up games, this time without goals in Romania. Del Bosque gave a run out to most of the players he didn’t use against Italy, with Casillas earning a record 166 th cap and Sergi Roberto making his international debut. The Romanians have one of the best defensive records in Europe though, and there were few chances at either end before the break, Tatarusanu saving from a Bartra header and a Pedro shot, and Casillas having to keep out a couple of efforts from Stanciu. Piqué tested the local keeper again soon after the restart, and Popa, Andone and Stancu fired shots wide, and there were penalty claims from Morata, Fàbregas and Stanciu later on. The likes of the injured Iniesta, Busquets, Cazorla and (dare we say?) Diego Costa were sorely missed though, and the best that Del Bosque can take out of this week is that his team didn’t lose either match. (27.03.16)

Thursday night game: Italy 1 - Spain 1

Full and under 21 squads
Euro 2016 finals
World Cup 2018 fixtures

Copa del Rey, semi-finals, second leg

Celta 2 - Sevilla 2

This season’s Copa del Rey final is going to be a repeat of last summer’s European Super Cup after Sevilla won through against Celta on a rainy night in the Balaidos stadium. Despite the 4-0 scoreline from the first leg, the Galicians didn’t give up, and two strikes by Iago Aspas either side of half time gave them hope of an epic comeback. However just a couple of minutes later Banega scored a vital away goal for the visitors, and Guidetti missed a penalty before Konoplyanka wrapped things up with three minutes to go. Sevilla will be without N’Zonzi for the final though after he picked up two bookings late on. (11.02.16)

Valencia 1 - Barcelona 1

Barcelona completed the formalities on Wednesday evening, a 1-1 draw at Valencia taking them through to a sixth Spanish cup final in eight years. The tie was already over though after the 7-0 scoreline in the first leg, and both coaches used the occasion to rest key players and give a run out to some of their youngsters and lesser used squad members. Negredo gave the few local fans who turned up some joy when he ran on to force a shot past Ter Stegen shortly before the break, but Kaptoum got on the end of a cross from his fellow Barcelona B team mate Cámara to save the draw near the end. (10.02.16)

Latest transfers

Post-window transfers

The usual mad rush as the transfer deadline approaches, with over 30 signings on the last day! In the end neither Real Madrid nor Atlético took on new players despite the FIFA transfer ban hanging over their heads, both clubs managing to get a temporary suspension which may at least allow them to sign in the summer. Their movements in fact went the other way, Cheryshev and Siqueira both being allowed to leave on loan to Valencia, and as we go to press news is coming in that Jackson Martínez has been sold to China’s Guangzhou Evergrande for a fee of around €42 mliion, which is €7 million more than they paid Porto for him in August! The idea is apparently to bring Diego Costa back in the summer, if they are allowed to! Barcelona also didn’t sign anyone else after the Nolito deal fell through, the reason given being the financial fair-play restrictions which the club themselves imposed. Still, with Messi, Neymar and Suárez, who needs him? Otherwise the big movers on the last two or three days were Granada, Málaga, Levante, Eibar and Rayo Vallecano, with two or more signings each, and also Sevilla, who brought back Fazio and Diogo to shore up a depleted defence. That’s it now though until the window opens again in July, although clubs can still sign players if they are out of work, or to replace long term injuries. As always, we will bring you all the news on these pages as and when (or maybe just a little be later than?) it happens! (02.02.16)

Date Player (Country) Old club New club Position/Comments
02/02/16 Jackson Martínez (COL)
Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN) FW Late news after window closed! Striker is moving to China for €42 Mio fee!
01/02/16 Cheryshev (RUS)
Valencia MF Zidane allowing him to move on loan to get playing time. Ches got ahead of Sevilla.
01/02/16 Uche (NIG)
Tigres (MEX) Málaga FW Experienced striker was last minute loan signing. Already played for 5 clubs in Spain.
01/02/16 Ricardo Costa (POR)
PAOK (GRE) Granada DF Ex Valencia defender rescinds contract with Greek side, and will be returning to Spain!

2015/2016 Mid-season transfers - Div 1
2015/2016 Mid-season transfers - Div 2A

First division squads
Second division A squads
Second division B groups

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

Spanish Super Cup, second leg

Barcelona 1 - Athletic 1

Athletic Bilbao won the Spanish Super Cup after beating Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate! The 4-0 result from the first leg had virtually ended the contest, but Luis Enrique put out his strongest available side hoping for a miraculous turnaround in a packed Nou Camp. At half time it looked as if they may just do that, Piqué hitting the bar and Messi firing a free kick over the top before Luis Suárez chested back a Rakitic cross for Messi to open the scoring on the stroke of half time. But Eraso had missed a good chance shortly before that, and Bravo had to save from Susaeta and Aduríz early on in the second half as the visitors looked to score on the breakaway. Soon afterwards Barça were left with ten men when Piqué was shown a red card for insulting a linesman, and although Rakitic and Suárez went close, Aduríz took advantage of some sloppy defending to wrap things up after De Marcos headed a long punt into his path with a quarter of an hour to go. That ended Luis Enrique’s hopes of emulating Guardiola’s six cups in a calendar year, and Athletic had won their first trophy since their league and cup double way back in 1984. (17.08.15)

First leg: Athletic 4 - Barcelona 0

European Super Cup

Barcelona 5 - Sevilla 4 (after extra time)

Barcelona won the European Super Cup for the fifth time following an incredible match in Georgia, substitute Pedro scoring the winner in extra time after Sevilla came back from 4-1 down. The first three goals all came from free kicks in the first fifteen minutes of the match, Banega putting the Andalusians ahead, bu Messi striking twice in ten minutes to turn the scoreline around. Luis Suárez had a goal ruled out for a borderline offside soon afterwards, and with the first half coming to a close Beto managed to stop the striker on a quick breakaway, only for him to pass through the legs of Krohn-Dehli for Rafinha to make it three. When Suárez himself added a fourth after Busquets intercepted a poor pass by Tremoulinas, it appeared to be all over, but just five minutes later Reyes got on the end of Vitolo’s cross to pull one back. A quarter of an hour later Gameiro closed the gap to one goal when he converted a penalty, and with ten minutes to go substitutes Immobile and Konoplyanka combined for the latter to equalize. Luis Enrique turned to the unsettled Pedro though as the match went in to extra time, and the striker fired home the winner after a first Messi free kick was blocked, and a second shot by the Argentinian forward was pushed out by Beto. Even so however Sevilla didn’t give up, and Coke and Rami both failed to convert easy chances in the dying minutes. (11.08.15)

Summary of 2014/2015

League champions Barcelona
Spanish cup winners Barcelona
Promoted to the first division Betis, Sporting Gijón,
Las Palmas
Relegated to the second division A Elche, Almería, Córdoba
Promoted to the second division A Nàstic, Oviedo,
Athletic Bilbao B, Huesca
Relegated to the second division B Racing Santander, Recreativo, Sabadell, Barcelona B

Clubs taking part in international competitions in 2015/16 season
Champions League Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla
Europa League Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao
European Super Cup Barcelona and Sevilla
Club World Cup Barcelona

First Division
Valencia 0-1 Real Soc
Deportivo 0-2 R Madrid
Sporting 2-0 Villarreal
Betis 2-1 Getafe
Espanyol 4-2 Eibar
Granada 0-3 Barcelona
Athletic 3-1 Sevilla
Málaga 4-1 L Palmas
Atlético 2-0 Celta
Rayo 3-1 Levante
Day 38 - May 15



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