Coming fixtures
Champions League Manchester Utd v Sevilla
Barcelona v Chelsea
13 Mar
14 Mar
Europa League Round of 16, 2nd leg 15 Mar
First division Day 29 16-18 Mar
Friendly internationals Germany v Spain
Spain v Argentina
23 Mar
27 Mar

Match round-up - First Division, Day 28

Betis stay in the hunt for the European spots, a 1-3 victory at Alavés on Monday evening taking them up to eighth. Loren and Javi García put the visitors two up at the interval, and although Rubén Sobrino pulled one back, Loren wrapped things up with his second of the night near the end. (11.03.18)

Atlético Madrid have not given up their hopes of catching Barcelona despite their defeat in the Nou Camp last weekend, and they remain eight points below the Catalans after a 3-0 victory over Celta on Sunday afternoon. Griezmann opened the scoring just before the break, and then set up Vitolo and Correa to add two more after the restart. Later in the evening Villarreal beat Las Palmas 0-2 to move back above Girona to sixth, Bacca starting things off midway through the second half, and Sansone making it two from the penalty spot in injury time. The defeat leaves the Canary Islanders four points away from safety, and their options of survival are even slimmer after Espanyol and Athletic Bilbao both won to distance themselves from the drop zone, Espanyol beating Real Sociedad 2-1 in the mid-day kick-off, and Athletic winning 2-0 against Leganés in the last match of the weekend. (10.03.18)

Top met bottom on Saturday with the inevitable outcome, Barcelona winning 0-2 at Málaga to keep up their unbeaten league record. Despite missing Messi (on paternity leave), the Catalans went two up in under half an hour, Luis Suárez heading in a Jordi Alba cross, and Coutinho dragging Dembélé’s centre past Roberto with his heel, and after that they slowed things down, already thinking about their midweek Champions League game against Chelsea. Real Madrid had already qualified for the next round a few days earlier, and they hold on to third spot after a 1-2 win at Eibar in the early kick-off. Ronaldo got the goals towards the end of both halves, with Iván Ramis heading an equaliser in between. Valencia are still only a point below Madrid though after they won 0-2 at fifth placed Sevilla, Rodrigo scoring twice to open up a virtually unassailable eleven point gap over their hosts, who visit Old Trafford next Tuesday. Further down the table Levante moved four points clear of the drop zone pending Sunday’s games after a 0-1 victory at Getafe, Coke heading the only goal with ten minutes to go to give caretaker coach Paco López a win on his debut. (09.03.18)

Girona are up to sixth in the table pending the rest of the weekend games after a 2-0 victory over Deportivo on Friday evening. Stuani and Juanpe got the goals, both following Alex Granell free kicks, to make it six home wins in a row for the Catalans. Depor stay in the bottom three as a result though, and they have now only picked up two points since Clarence Seedorf took over six games ago. (09.03.18)

Europa League, round of 16, first leg

Atlético Madrid are well set to go through to the quarter finals of the Europa League after a 3-0 victory over Lokomotiv Moscow on Thursday evening. Saúl Ñíguez opened the scoring midway through the first half with an impressive shot from outside of the area, and just a couple of minutes after the restart Diego Costa added the second after Guilherme could only push out a shot from Griezmann. Local keeper Axel Werner, finally making his first team debut due to an injury to Oblak, hardly had a save to make, and with the game coming to an end Koke turned in Juanfran’s cross to wrap things up. Atlético may well be Spain’s only representative in the last eight though after Athletic Bilbao lost 3-1 at Olympique Marseille later in the evening. The Basque side were already two down with less than a quarter of an hour gone, Ocampo beating Herrerín in the first minute, and Payet volleying in the second soon afterwards. Aduríz got one back from the penalty spot after the a shot from the striker hit Rami on the arm on the stroke of half time, but with just under an hour gone Ocampo connected with Payet’s cross to make it three, and only a couple of late saves from Herrerín prevented the French team from winning by a bigger margin. (08.03.18)

Champions League, round of 16, second leg

Paris Saint Germain 1 - Real Madrid 2

Real Madrid are in to the quarter finals of the Champions League for the eighth year in a row after they beat Paris Saint Germain 1-2 on Tuesday! Zidane’s side were defending a 3-1 lead from the first leg, and some six minutes in to the second half Ronaldo got on the end of a Lucas Vázquez centre to head the opener pasr Areola. The locals were left with ten men when Verratti picked up a second booking for protesting, but soon afterwards Cavani made it all square following a series of deflections. Casemiro restored the lead however with a shot which looped in off a defender, and Vázquez and Ronaldo both hit the post near the end as Unai Emery’s team threw in the towel. (06.03.18)

Match round-up - First Division, Day 27

Celta kept themselves in the race for the European spots with a 2-1 victory over Las Palmas on Monday evening. Erik Expósito gave the visitors the lead shortly after the restart, but Jonny equalised soon afterwards, and Pablo Hernández volleyed home a late winner to take the Galicians up to ninth. The Canary Islanders stay in the relegation zone as a result, now a point below Levante in the table. (05.03.18)

Barcelona moved a step closer to another league title after beating second placed Atlético Madrid 1-0 on Sunday afternoon. Messi got the only goal with a direct free kick midway through the first half (his third in eight days) to take his team eight points clear at the top, with the head-to-head goal difference in their favour to boot. Later in the evening fourth placed Valencia beat Betis 2-0, Rodrigo and Zaza getting the goals to keep the Ches a point behind Real Madrid, and eight points clear of Sevilla. With UEFA confirming that Spain’s top four will all qualifying directly for next season’s Champions League league stage, the onus is now on holding on to that fourth spot rather than finishing third. Further down the table, the gap between the bottom four and the rest increased to ten points after Real Sociedad won 2-1 against Alavés. Héctor Moreno and Illarramendi got the goals early on, and although Pedraza pulled one back before the break, the locals held fast to move above their neighbours in the table. Levante meanwhile stay just outside of the drop zone pending Las Palmas’s game on Monday after they drew 1-1 against Espanyol in the mid-day kick-off. Morales put the Valencia based team ahead from the penalty spot, but Leo Baptistao equalised in injury time, a goal which cost the job of local coach López Muñiz, who was fired soon after the game ended. (04.03.18)

Real Madrid warmed up for Tuesday’s vital Champions League clash with a 3-1 victory over city neighbours Getafe on Saturday evening. Bale and Ronaldo put Zidane’s side two up at the break, and the visitors were left with ten men when Rémy was sent off soon after the restart. Portillo got one back from the penalty spot however, and it was not until ten minutes from the end that Ronaldo wrapped things up with his second of the evening. Sevilla meanwhile kept up their push for a Champions League spot, a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao taking the Andalusians to within five points of fourth placed Valencia pending their game on Sunday. Muriel and Franco Vázquez got the goals in a five minute period around the half hour mark to move four points clear of Villarreal, who lost 0-2 to Girona in the early kick-off. Stuani headed the opener and Lozano added a second late on to leave the Catalans just a point below their hosts in seventh spot. Eibar drop to eighth after they drew 1-1 at struggling Deportivo, Inui giving the Basque team an early lead before Dmitrovic put through his own net, and local keeper Koval (who was making his debut for the Galicians) getting himself sent off before the break for a hard tackle outside of the area on Jordán. The point keeps Depor’s hopes of survival alive, but Málaga appear to be doomed after they lost 2-0 at Leganés, Eraso and Amrabat getting the goals in the second half to leave the Andalusians seven points adrift at the foot of the table. (03.03.18)

Match round-up - First Division, Day 26

Leaders Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw at Las Palmas on Thursday, and their gap at the top has been reduced to five points pending their top of the table clash against second placed Atlético on Sunday. Messi put Valverde’s side in front with a first half free kick, but a hotly disputed Calleri penalty (the first that Barça had conceded in the league in over two years) saved a vital point for the Canary Islanders. They are now level with Levante after the Valencia based team lost 1-0 at Alavés, Laguardia heading an injury time winner to take the locals eleven points clear of the danger zone. Earlier in the evening Betis and Real Sociedad drew 0-0, a result which left the home side just a point below Eibar in the battle for the Europa League places. (01.03.18)

Griezmann, Griezmann, Griezmann, Griezmann! The French striker scored all four goals for Atlético Madrid in a 4-0 victory over city rivals Leganés which took Simeone’s side to within four points of leaders Barcelona (who they visit on Sunday) pending the Catalans’ game tomorrow. Fourth placed Valencia missed out on a chance to overtake Real Madrid after they drew 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao earlier in the day, De Marcos equalising for the hosts at the start of the second half after Kondogbia had put the Ches in front. And Sevilla recovered fifth spot after a 0-1 win at bottom club Málaga, Joaquín Correa getting the goal on the quarter hour mark to take the Andalusians above Villarreal, who were beaten 1-0 by Eibar (Kike García the scorer there). Eibar themselves move back above Girona to seventh, three points below their opponents, and Getafe are still two points below the Basque side in ninth after a 3-0 win against Deportivo. An Angel strike and a Bóveda own goal put the locals two up at the break, and Jorge Molina completed the scoring late on to leave the Galicians still down in next to bottom spot. (28.02.18)

A mid-week round of league games again this week, Real Madrid dropping further behind the leaders after a 1-0 defeat at Espanyol on Tuesday. Zidane rested Ronaldo and left Benzema on the bench, but the game appeared to be heading for a goalless draw until Gernard Moreno connected with a Sergio García to score the winner in injury time. Earlier in the evening Girona also won 1-0 against Celta, Portu getting the only goal from an early set-piece corner to take the Catalans above their opponents to seventh. (27.02.18)

Match round-up - First Division, Day 25

A great battle is looming this season for the three Europa League spots, and in particular for the last of those, with seventh place in the League almost certainly giving access to the competition after Barcelona and Sevilla made it through to the Spanish cup final. Betis currently occupy that seventh spot though after a 0-2 victory at struggling Levante in the Monday night game, a Chema own goal and a strike from Sergio León taking the Andalusians above Celta and Eibar to within three points of their city rivals Sevilla. (26.02.18)

Every now and then Atlético Madrid remind us that they can do more than win games by more than one goal, and on Sunday they did just that with a 2-5 victory at Sevilla which consolidated their second spot. A Diego Costa opener, a hat-trick from Griezmann and one in between from Koke put them five up before late goals from Sarabia and Nolito salvaged a bit of pride for the Andalusians. They drop to sixth though after Villarreal won 1-0 against Getafe in the mid-day kick-off, Enes Ünal scoring in the third minute and Sergio Asenjo saving penalties from Angel and Jorge Molina to give their side a first win in five games. Villarreal are still eight points below fourth placed Valencia however after the Ches beat Real Sociedad 2-1, Santi Mina getting both goals for the locals, with Oyarzabal equalising temporarily for the visitors. Real themselves drop to fourteenth, two points below arch rivals Athletic Bilbao, who won 2-1 against bottom club Málaga. Ziganda’s side struggled though, En-Nesyri (who was sent off later on) putting the visitors in front before strikes by Susaeta and San José turned the scoreline around by the interval, and Kepa having to save a penalty from En-Nesyri on the hour mark to ensure the three points. (25.02.18)

Girona’s first ever top flight visit to Barcelona’s Nou Camp didn’t turn out quite as well as they hoped, Valverde’s side running out 6-1 winners to extend their lead at the top of the table. At first though Portu did give the visitors an early lead against their bigger neighbours, but Luis Suárez equalised soon afterwards, and two great goals from Messi and another from Suárez wrapped things up by the break. After the restart Coutinho got in on the act with an impressive strike, and Suárez completed his hat-trick after Dembélé set him up later on. Earlier in the afternoon Real Madrid confirmed their return to form after a 4-0 victory over Alavés, building on their midweek win which took them up to third. Ronaldo and Bale got the first two goals a minute either side of the interval, and Ronaldo scored again before Benzema got the fourth with a last minute penalty. Meanwhile the battle for the Europa League spots is hotting up, and with seventh place probably securing a spot, several teams fancy their chances. Celta though are the current incumbents after they beat Eibar 2-0 in the early kick-off, Iago Aspas and Maxi Gómez getting the goals to take the Galicians above their opponents on goal difference. Further down the table four teams are fighting it out to avoid the three relegation spots, Las Palmas moving to within a point of Levante pending their game on Monday after a 0-0 draw at Leganés. Deportivo also drew 0-0 against Espanyol on Friday evening to stay a point behind the Canary Islanders, visiting keeper Diego López saving a Lucas Pérez penalty midway through the second half to keep the Catalans nine points above the drop zone. (24.02.18)

Europa League, round of 32, second leg

Round of 16 draw

Only two of Spain’s four sides made it through the first knock-out stage, with Villarreal and Real Sociedad falling at the first hurdle on Thursday evening. Villarreal were looking to overturn a 3-1 first leg defeat at Olympique Lyon, but they were unable to get past visiting keeper Lopes, and with five minutes to go Traoré scored to make it 0-1 on the night. Later in the evening Real Sociedad lost 2-1 at Salzburg, the result leaving them a goal short of taking the tie into extra time. A Raúl Navas header cancelled out Dabbur’s opener, but Navas got himself sent off after the break, and Berisha wrapped things up from the penalty spot. Atlético Madrid and Athletic Bilbao will be in tomorrow’s draw though, Atlético in particular cruising through comfortably with a 1-0 victory against Copenhagen to add to their first leg win. Gameiro got the only goal there early on. Athletic though had some problems despite a first leg 1-3 victory at Spartak Moscow, the Russian side winning 1-2 in the San Mamés stadium. Etxeita headed the only goal for the locals after Luiz Adriano had given the visitors the lead, but Melgarejo scored again for Spartak with five minutes to go to set up a nail-biting finish. The game was overshadowed though by the death of a local policeman during violent incidents between rival fans before kick-off. (22.02.18)

First Division, Day 16 (rescheduled match)

Leganés 1 - Real Madrid 3

Real Madrid finally found time to play the match which was postponed from December due to the Club World Cup, a 1-3 victory against city rivals Leganés taking Zidane’s side above Valencia to third place. Bustinza gave the lcals an early lead, but strikes by Lucas Vázquez and Casemiro turned the scoreline around by the break. Casilla had to save from Beauvue after the restart however, and the result was in doubt until Sergio Ramos converted a last minute penalty. (21.02.18)

Champions League, round of 16, first leg

Sevilla 0 – Manchester United 0

A great performance by Manchester United’s De Gea deprived Sevilla of a first leg advantage. The Spanish international keeper in particular made spectacular saves from headers by N’Zonzi and Muriel shortly before the break, and also kept out Correa, Lenglet and others at other points in the game. Lukaku had a goal disallowed for a previous hand ball, and Rashford fired a couple of efforts wide later on, but Mourinho’s side came out unscathed, and must now be favourites for the return leg in Old Trafford. (21.02.18)

Chelsea 1 - Barcelona 1

Messi’s first goal in nine games against Chelsea gave Barcelona a 1-1 draw in their Champions League first leg tie. Although the Catalans dominated in the opening minutes, Willian hit the post twice for the locals before the break, and with just over an hour gone he curled a shot past Ter Stegen to open the scoring. However with a quarter of an hour to go Iniesta intercepted a sloppy pass from Christensen to set up Messi for the equaliser, and everything will now be decided in the Nou Camp in three weeks’ time. (20.02.18)

Match round-up - First Division, Day 24

Getafe join the battle for the Europa League spots after they beat Celta 3-0 on Monday evening. Angel was the star of the evening, opening the scoring and then setting up Jorge Molina for the second either side of half time, and then adding the third with a first time volley after Bruno lifted the ball over the defence near the end. The result takes the Madrid based team to ninth, a point above the Galicians in the table. (19.02.18)

Atlético Madrid stay seven points behind leaders Barcelona after they won 2-0 against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday afternoon. Both goals came after the break, Gameiro getting the first shortly after coming on, and Diego Costa adding the second near the end. Later in the evening Real Madrid beat Betis 3-5 in a high scoring match to remain a point behind Valencia pending their midweek game in hand at Leganés. Marco Asensio’s opener was overturned by a Mandi header and a Nacho own goal before the break, but goals from Sergio Ramos, Asensio and Ronaldo turned things around again, and although Sergio León got another one back, substitute Benzema made sure of the three points in injury time. Elsewhere Villarreal missed out on a chance to go fifth after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Espanyol, Granero saving a point for the Catalans after Rodri had given the visitors the lead. And Real Sociedad beat Levante 3-0 in the mid-day kick-off, Xabi Prieto converting an early penalty and Canales setting up Juanmi and then scoring the third himself either side of the break. Levante are still two points above the bottom three, but with a seven point gap to the clubs above them, the three relegation spots would appear to be between the Valencia based side, Las Palmas, Deportivo and Málaga. (18.02.18)

Barcelona maintain their lead at the top of the table after a 0-2 victory at Eibar on Saturday afternoon. Despite the upcoming Champions League match at Chelsea, Valverde put out a full strength side, and within a quarter of an hour Luis Suárez put them in front from a Messi assist. The locals were left with ten men when Orellana got himself sent off midway through the second half, and Jordi Alba wrapped things up near the end. Valencia consolidated third spot after they came from behind to beat bottom club Málaga 1-2 later in the evening, Coquelin heading in a Dani Parejo corner and Parejo himself converting a late penalty in the last ten minutes after Ideye had given the locals a first half lead. Sevilla meanwhile returned to fifth spot after they won 1-2 at Las Palmas in the early kick-off, Ben Yedder and Sarabia putting the Andalusians two up with goals either side of half time. Calleri got one back from the penalty spot late on though, and Galvez had an injury time strike incorrectly ruled out which would have saved a point for the Canary Islanders. They stay a point ahead of Deportivo however after the Galicians lost 1-0 at Alavés, Munir getting the only goal on the hour mark. The Vitoria based side have picked up 22 points in their last eleven games since Abelardo took over, and they are now ten points clear of the drop zone. (17.02.18)

Girona continue to rewrite the record books, a 3-0 victory over Leganés in the Friday night game taking them on to 34 points, the best start for a newcomer to the Spanish first division since Numancia did the same some 18 years ago. Stuani opened the scoring from the penalty spot early on, and Portu and Juanpe added two more to take the Catalans up to eighth place pending the rest of the weekend results. (16.02.18)

Europa League, round of 32, first leg

Good results for Atlético Madrid and Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League on Thursday. Atlético came back from a goal down to beat Copenhagen 1-4, first half strikes by Saúl and Gameiro overturning Fischer’s opener, and Griezmann and Vitolo adding two more in the last twenty minutes. And Athletic won 1-3 at Spartak Moscow earlier in the evening, two goals from Aduríz and one in his own net from Kutepov putting the Basque team three up at the break before Luiz Adriano got one back on the hour mark. Real Sociedad and Villarreal have work to do however, the former being held to a 2-2 draw by Salzburg, and the latter losing 3-1 at Olympique Lyon. (15.02.18)

Champions League, round of 16, first leg

Real Madrid 3 – Paris Saint Germain 1

Real Madrid are not dead yet! Zidane’s side came through their most important game of the season with a 3-1 victory against Paris Saint Germain which keeps them on track for a third Champions League title in a row! After a poor season in their terms, this was a must win match, but they went behind to a strike from Rabiot with just over half an hour gone. Ronaldo levelled the scores from the penalty spot after Kroos was fouled in the area shortly before the break however, and two goals in the last ten minutes from Ronaldo and Marcelo, both from Marco Asensio assists, gave them a vital win. (14.02.18)

Match round-up - First Division, Day 23

Not the best of starts for Deportivo’s new coach Clarence Seedorf, a 0-1 defeat against Betis in the Monday night game leaving the Galicians in next to bottom spot, three points away from safety. Loren got the only goal early on in the second half to take the Andalusians to within three points of the European spots. (12.02.18)

Leaders Barcelona were surprisingly held to a 0-0 draw in the Nou Camp by Getafe on Sunday, and although they remain unbeaten, their lead has been cut to nine points after a second draw in a row. Valencia are back up to third after they beat city rivals Levante 3-1, a strike by Vietto and a controversial late penalty by Dani Parejo giving them the three points after Postigo had cancelled out Santi Mina’s opener. Sevilla return to sixth spot after a 1-0 victory over Girona, Sarabia scoring the winner immediately after the restart, but Sergio Rico having to save an Aday penalty later on to ensure the three points. And Celta move a point ahead of Girona to eighth after they drew 2-2 against Espanyol, two goals by Maxi Gómez overturning Leo Baptistao’s early strike, but Gerard Moreno saving a point for the visitors with three minutes to go. (11.02.18)

Real Madrid warmed up before their vital Champions League match against Paris Saint Germain with 5-2 victory over Real Sociedad on Saturday evening. By half time they were already four up, Ronaldo setting up Lucas Vázquez before netting twice, and Kroos also getting on the scoresheet. Ronaldo completed his hat-trick after the break, but strikes from Jon Bautista and Illarramendi took a bit of shine off their performance. The result takes Zidane’s side above Valencia pending Sunday’s games, but they are still ten points below second placed Atlético after they beat Málaga 0-1 earlier in the evening, Griezmann getting the only goal in the first minute. The defeat leaves the Andalusians even further adrift at the bottom of the table after Las Palmas picked up a point in a 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao in the Friday night game. Fifth placed Villarreal meanwhile missed out on a chance of catching Valencia after they lost 1-2 at home to Alavés, Rodrigo Ely and Ibai Gómez scoring for the visitors before Bacca got one back late on, and Eibar are now up to sixth after they won 0-1 at Leganés, Ramís heading in an injury time corner to move six points clear of their hosts. (10.02.18)

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

Copa del Rey, semi finals, second leg

Barcelona are through to their fifth Copa del Rey final in a row after they won 0-2 at Valencia on Thursday! Rodrigo came close to levelling the tie when he headed against the bar in the first half, but Messi fired a shot just wide at the other end, and some five minutes after the restart half time substitute Coutinho turned in a Luis Suárez cross to open the scoring. Cillessen had to save in particular from Gayà after that, but with eight minutes to go Suárez set up Rakitic for the second, and it was all over. Barcelona and Sevilla will meet again in the final as they did two seasons ago, the venue probably being Atlético Madrid’s Wanda stadium on 21 st April. (08.02.18)

Sevilla are the first team to reach this year’s cup final after they beat Leganés 2-0 on Wednesday. Joaquín Correa gave the Andalusians an early lead following good work by Muriel, and Tito had to clear off the line from Banega later in the first half. However a goal from the visitors would have taken the tie into extra time, and Beauvue in particular went close a couple of times before Sandro set up Franco Vázquez on a late breakaway to wrap things up. This will be Sevilla’s ninth final in four years after their recent successes, particularly in the Europa League. Leganés bow out though with their heads held high after the best cup run in their history. (07.02.18)

Club World Cup final

Real Madrid 1 - Gremio 0

Real Madrid are Club World Champions for the second time in a row and the third time in their history after beating Gremio 1-0 in the final! Zidane’s side had several chances before Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a long free kick which found a gap in the defensive wall shortly after the break. Ronaldo had a second goal ruled out for the borderline offside of Benzema, Modric hit the post, and Grohe had to make several saves, particularly from Ronaldo and Bale later on, and Keylor Navas hardly had a save to make throughout the ninety minutes. It was a third title of the season for Zidane’s side after winning the European and Spanish Super Cups in summer. (16.12.17)

Semi-final: Al Jazira 1 - Real Madrid 2

Friendly international

Russia 3 - Spain 3

Spain ended 2017 unbeaten after a 3-3 draw in Russia in their latest friendly game, although coach Julen Lopetegui wasn’t happy with the result after his side threw the lead away twice. Jordi Alba headed them in front early on from a Marco Asensio centre, and Sergio Ramos added the second with a hotly disputed penalty after Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi ruled that Kuzyaez had handled when the ball hit his upper arm (shoulder?) in the penalty area. Strikes from Smolov and Alexei Miranchuk either side of half time made it all square for the World Cup hosts, but soon afterwards Ramos converted another controversial penalty after he and Busquets were both felled in the area. Smolov got his second of the night however with a shot past De Gea later on, and in the end both teams settled for a draw. (14.11.17)

Saturday night game: Spain 5 - Costa Rica 0

Senior and under 21 squads

Under 21 Euro qualifier

Spain 5 - Slovakia 1

Spain’s under 21 side top their group with four wins in a row after beating Slovakia 5-1 on Tuesday evening. The visitors put up a good fight at first though, and they opened the scoring when Fabián deflected Mráz’s header in to his own net following a corner. Dani Ceballos came to the rescue however with the equaliser before the break, and half time substitute Córdoba made it two soon after the restart. Ceballos added two more in quick succession to complete a hat-trick, all long shots from outside of the area, and Borja Mayoral rounded things off after Córdoba set him up near the end. (14.11.17)

Thursday night game: Spain 1 - Iceland 0

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 100th 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

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.


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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LaLiga and the sports paper Marca are running their Spanish Fantasy Football game once again for the 2017/18 season, and we have set up a Soccer Spain private league as we did last year for our readers to compete. If you played last season you can use the same account, but if you are new to the game you have to download the app from

Please note that the procedures have changed, and instead of entering a code to join our private league, you now have to click on the following link to sign up from your smartphone or tablet (seems you can no longer access from web): , If you have any problems though, please send us an e-mail to asking for an invitation, and we will send you this directly.

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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
Valencia - Alavés
Betis - Espanyol
Real Soc - Getafe
Levante 2-1 Eibar
R Madrid - Girona
Deportivo - L Palmas
Villarreal - Atlético
Celta - Málaga
Barcelona - Athletic
Leganés - Sevilla
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