Coming fixtures
First division Day 21 30 Jan - 2 Feb
Day 16 rescheduled game Real Madrid v Sevilla 4 Feb
First division Day 22 6-9 Feb
Copa del Rey Semi finals, 1st leg 11 Feb

Daily transfers

Last day moves:
Rabello, Sevilla / Luzern to Leganés - loan;
Pablo Caballero, Ferrocarril Oeste to Lugo;
Candeias, Benfica / Nuremburg to Granada - loan;
Marrone, Juventus to Córdoba - failed medical, loan deal off;
Kalu Uche, Al-Rayyan to Levante - confirmed.

Although many European countries are extending their winter transfer windows to the following week, La Liga have set their own deadline at midnight on 30th January (however, being Spain this could always change at the last minute!). We set out below and in the following link all the latest movements which have taken place in the two professional divisions since our last report. (29.01.15)

Date Player (Country) Old club New club Position/Comments
29/01/15 Eric Bailly (IVC)
DF Have spent some of Gabriel money on replacement! Paid around €6 Mio for him.
29/01/15 Iván Ramis Wigan (ENG) Levante DF Moved quickly to replace Rodas, who moves to Betis. Rescinds contract at Wigan.
29/01/15 Joao Pereira (POR) Valencia Hannover 96 (GER) DF Left out of Nuno's plans, and agrees to rescind contract and move to Germany.


Copa del Rey, quarter-finals, second leg

Semi finals (first leg 11 Feb / 2nd leg 4 Mar):
Athletic Bilbao v Espanyol;
Barcelona v Villarreal.

The other three quarter finals took place on Thursday, with Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao and Espanyol going through to the final four. Villarreal were first up, and they qualified for the semi-finals for the first time in their history after beating Getafe 0-1 in their second leg match. Gerard Moreno got the only goal late on after Cheryshev played on a Moi Gómez pass to set up a clash with Barcelona. Athletic Bilbao made it through after a 1-0 victory over Málaga, Aduríz scoring the only goal of the tie on a quick counter-attack at the start of the second half. And Espanyol will be the Basque side’s opponents after they won through 3-2 on aggregate against Sevilla despite losing 1-0 in the return game, a strike by Diogo Figueiras coming too late in the match to overturn the 3-1 result from a week ago. (29.01.15)

Barcelona are the first team through to the semi-finals after they beat Atlético Madrid 2-3 on Wednesday night. Most of the action came in the first half, Fernando Torres cancelling out Barça’s first leg lead with less than a minute on the clock. Neymar equalized eight minutes later after Messi and Luis Suárez combined to set him up, but Raúl García restored the lead a few minutes later with a hotly disputed penalty after Mascherano blocked Juanfran on the edge of the area. With five minutes to go to the break though Miranda turned the ball into his own net following a corner, and with the Atleti players protesting a possible penalty two minutes after that, Neymar scored his second of the night on a rapid breakaway. Any hope that the locals had of turning things around ended however when Gabi was shown a red card, apparently for insulting the referee, as players and officials clashed angrily at half time, and Simeone’s side ended with nine men after Mario Suárez was also sent off for a second bookable offence near the end. (28.01.15)


Match round-up - First Division, Day 20

Getafe moved clear of the danger zone after a 2-1 victory over Celta in the Monday night game. Both teams had gone nine matches without a win, and although Charles took advantage of a quick throw-in to put the visitors ahead on the quarter hour mark, Alvaro Vázquez leveled it after Sarabia put him through just four minutes later. Diego Castro wasted a chance to give the locals the lead after the break when he chipped a penalty kick against the crossbar, but with five minutes to go Sarabia latched on to Sammir’s back-heel pass to fire home the winner. (26.01.15)

The gap between the top three and the rest is not as big as in previous years, with Valencia, Sevilla and Villarreal all relatively in touch coming in to the second half of the season. Valencia and Sevilla are currently fighting it out for fourth spot though, and the Ches overtook Unai Emery’s side after beating their rivals 3-1 in the last match of Sunday evening. Dani Parejo converted an early penalty and then scored a second goal on the half hour mark, but Bacca got one back with a second penalty, and Diego Alves saved a third spot kick from the striker before Javi Fuego completed the scoring some ten minutes in to the second half. Seventh placed Málaga are losing ground on the top six though, and they are now six points behind Villarreal after a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao earlier in the evening. As fate would have it the two teams are in the middle of a quarter final cup tie, and for the second time in four days it was all square, new signing Javi Guerra cancelling out San José’s earlier header. Espanyol are also still in the cup, and they clocked up a 3-0 victory over Almería to boost their morale for next Thursday’s return leg at Sevilla. Stuani got the first two goals in a three minute period before the break, and Caicedo finished things off with a quarter of an hour to go. Almería stay in the bottom three, a point above bottom club Granada who drew 2-2 at Deportivo in the mid-day kick-off. Piti’s opener was overturned by strikes from José Rodríguez and Lucas Pérez, but Robert Ibáñez saved a point for the visitors near the end. (25.01.15)

Real Madrid stay in top spot after a late 1-2 victory at Córdoba in the first match on Saturday. Ancelotti’s side went behind in only the third minute when Ghilas converted a penalty after Sergio Ramos handled in the area. Benzema equalized later in the first half, but the visitors were left with ten men when Ronaldo was shown a straight red card for kicking and hitting out at Edimar with ten minutes to go. However Fede Cartabia was also sent off for a second bookable offence when he blocked Bale’s free kick with his elbow, and Bale himself stepped up to fire home the resulting penalty. Barcelona stay a point behind the leaders after they hammered Elche 0-6 later in the evening. Piqué opened the scoring shortly before the break, and Messi scored a second from the penalty spot soon after the restart. Neymar scored two more in as many minutes from Messi assists, and Messi and Pedro completed the scoring near the end. Atlético Madrid stay in touch with the top two though after they beat city rivals Rayo Vallecano 3-1. Griezmann took advantage of some slack defending to score twice in the first twenty minutes, and although Trashorras got one back, Manucho turned a Griezmann corner into his own net early on in the second half. Elsewhere Villarreal moved up level with fifth placed Valencia pending their game on Sunday after beating Levante 1-0, Vietto getting the only goal some ten minutes after the interval, and Real Sociedad won 1-0 against local rivals Eibar, Xabi Prieto heading the only goal from a corner in the second half of the match. (24.01.15)


Second division

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

Copa del Rey, quarter-finals, first leg

The best was saved to last in the first leg cup ties, Espanyol beating Sevilla 3-1 on Thursday evening to take a big step towards a place in the semi-finals. Caicedo put the Catalans ahead midway through the first half, and a Sergio García penalty and a strike by Lucas Vázquez appeared to have wrapped things up for the locals. However Bacca got a vital away goal with the game already in injury time to give the Andalusians hope of turning things around in next week’s return match. (22.01.15)

The Spanish cup games are coming thick and fast this month, with the quarter finals taking place over the next two weeks. Three first leg ties on Wednesday, Atlético Madrid having to visit Barcelona after knocking out city rivals and defending champions Real Madrid in the previous round just seven days ago. Simeone’s side held on for a long time, but in the end they lost 1-0 thanks to a hotly disputed penalty late on after Busquets fell under a challenge from Juanfran, Messi knocking in the rebound after Oblak saved his spot kick. The winners of that tie will meet the winners of the tie between Villarreal and Getafe, Marcelino’s side close to a first ever Copa del Rey semi-final after a 1-0 victory in their Madrigal stadium earlier in the evening. With the league a priority, the visitors made eight changes to their line-up, but the result was in doubt until Bruno curled a free kick past Jonathan with five minutes to go. On the other side of the draw, the tie between Málaga and Athletic is in the balance after the two teams drew 0-0 in their first leg match. Whoever wins through next week will face either Espanyol or Sevilla in the other semi-final, their first leg taking place tomorrow night. (21.01.15)


Latest transfers

Daily transfers

Two thirds of the way through the winter transfer window, and the moves have slowed down to a trickle. Financial far-play rules are partly responsible, with clubs such as Getafe and Recreativo forbidden from signing new players until a) they settle back debts to their squad and b) they free up space on their payrolls, but the general economic situation is not helping as the financial crisis in Spain enters its eighth year without too many signs of improvement. Some teams have been able to strengthen their squads though, for example Málaga bringing in Javi Guerra and Filipenko as Santa Cruz, Portillo and Pablo Pérez move on, Córdoba signing Bebé and Edimar after Mike Havenaar left for Cyprus, and Deportivo tying up Oriol Riera, Celso Borges and Hélder Costa. Granada too have added Insúa, Lass and Robert Ibáñez to their squad, with Abel Resino brought back to replace Joaquín Caparrós after a string of poor results left them at the bottom of the table. Only ten more days to go though until the window closes again, and expect to see more activity as that deadline approaches. (20.01.15)

Date Player (Country) Old club New club Position/Comments
20/01/15 Cristian Rodríguez (URU)
Atlético Madrid Parma (ITA) MF Not really in Simeone's plans, so agrees 6 month loan deal to Italy.
20/01/15 Abel Resino
no club

MG Coach returns to the club he saved from relegation 3 seasons ago to take over from Caparrós.
20/01/15 Odegaard (NOR) Stroms- godset (NOR) Real Madrid FW Have signed 16 year old on 6 year deal for €2 Mio. Will start at B team. Father given job too.


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

Match round-up - First Division, Day 19

Victories for the big three on Sunday, leaders Real Madrid starting things off with a 0-3 win at neighbours Getafe in the mid-day kick-off. All the goals came after the break, Ronaldo scoring two and Bale getting one in-between to ensure the honourary title of “winter champions” at the half-way stage of the season. Barcelona stay a point behind Madrid, albeit having played a game more, after beating Deportivo 0-4 later in the evening. Messi helped himself to yet another hat-trick, and Sidnei put through his own net late on to complete the scoring. Atlético Madrid are still three points behind Barça after they won 2-0 against managerless Granada, Mandzukic opening the scoring in the first half from the penalty spot, and Raúl García bundling in the second near the end. Sevilla are still in the running however, and they returned to fourth spot after a 2-0 victory over regional rivals Málaga, Bacca putting them ahead shortly before the break, and then setting up Denis Suárez for the second after the restart. Lower down the table, Elche moved out of the relegation spots to the detriment of Almería after beating fellow strugglers Levante 1-0, David Navarro getting himself sent off in the sixth minute, Jonathas scoring the only goal soon afterwards, and Tyton making sure of the three points with a penalty save after the break. (18.01.15)

Valencia are up to third in the table pending Sunday’s games after 3-2 victory over Almería on Saturday evening. It took a late headed goal by Negredo to give them the three points though, Hemed levelling the scores twice in the first half after Dani Parejo and then Rodrigo had given the Ches the lead. Villarreal meanwhile stay in sixth spot, still just three points behind Nuno’s side, after they beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0. Cheryshev opened the scoring just before the break, and Bruno wrapped things up with a late penalty. Espanyol and Rayo Vallecano are joint ninth, the Catalans beating Celta 1-0 with a last minute strike from substitute Caicedo, and the Madrileños winning 0-1 at Real Sociedad, Manucho heading the only goal with ten minutes to go. Eibar are still eighth though after they drew 1-1 at Córdoba on Friday night, Arruabarrena saving a point for the Basque side after Andone had put the Andalusians in front with only ten seconds on the clock. (17.01.15)


Second division

Friendly fixtures

As usual during the festive season, several friendly encounters took place over the last few days. The regional sides from the Basque country (Euskadi) and Catalonia met in the San Mamés stadium on Sunday night, the game ending 1-1 after Athletic’s Aduríz opened the scoring for the locals and Espanyol’s Sergio García levelled it for the visitors. The following day the charity match “Champions 4 Life” was hosted by Atlético Madrid, with some 60 players from Spain’s first and second divisions playing out 3 periods of 30 minutes between “West” and “East”. And on Tuesday Real Madrid met AC Milan in an invitation game in Dubai, the Italians running out 2-4 winners against the new “World Champions”. Ronaldo and Benzema got the goals for Ancelotti’s side. Further details on those games and more via the above link. (30.12.14)

Pre-season fixtures

Club World Cup

Real Madrid 2 - San Lorenzo 0

Real Madrid are World Champions after they beat Argentina’s San Lorenzo 2-0 in the final in Marrakesh! Once again Sergio Ramos was the hero of the night, the Spanish international defender shrugging off an injury and heading in another Kroos corner to open the scoring shortly before the break, a goal which won him the “player of the tournament” award. Before that Ancelotti’s side had been on top in a physical game, Ronaldo seeing a couple of free kicks deflected away by the defensive wall, and Benzema and Bale coming up against Torrico. Ronaldo felt he should have had a penalty when his shot hit Kannemann on the arm shortly before the interval, but some six minutes after the restart Gareth Bale added a second, shooting low under the keeper after picking up Isco’s pass. Benzema went close a couple of times after that, and Casillas wasn’t called upon until the last ten minutes, when he had to save long efforts from Kalinski and Mercier. A new trophy for Madrid, but their fourth title of the year, and after a record run of 22 consecutive victories they will be looking to add to their successes in the new year. (20.12.14)

Semi-final: Cruz Azul 0 – Real Madrid 4

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.

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

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

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

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
Valencia 3-1 Sevilla
Espanyol 3-0 Almería
Getafe 2-1 Celta
Córdoba 1-2 R Madrid
Real Soc 1-0 Eibar
Atlético 3-1 Rayo
Deportivo 2-2 Granada
Elche 0-6 Barcelona
Villarreal 1-0 Levante
Athletic 1-1 Málaga
Day 20 - Jan 25

Villarreal 2-0 Athletic
Elche 1-0 Levante
Deportivo 0-4 Barcelona
Atlético 2-0 Granada
Real Soc 0-1 Rayo
Córdoba 1-1 Eibar
Getafe 0-3 R Madrid
Espanyol 1-0 Celta
Valencia 3-2 Almería
Sevilla 2-0 Málaga
Day 19 - Jan 18

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