Coming fixtures
Copa del Rey First round 3 Sep
Friendly international France v Spain 4 Sep
Under 21 Euro qualifiers Hungary v Spain
Spain v Austria
4 Sep
8 Sep
Euro 2016 qualifier Spain v Macedonia 8 Sep
First division Week 3 12-15 Sep

Match round-up - First Division, Day 2

Barcelona are the only team to win their first two matches in the league, Luis Enrique’s side beating Villarreal 0-1 on Sunday evening. The coach left Neymar on the bench at the start and once again included the 18 year old Munir in his line-up. But it was another youngster Sandro who got the winner, the substitute turning the ball over the line from Messi’s cross with ten minutes to go. Later in the evening Real Madrid were beaten 4-2 by Real Sociedad, a result which seemed more than unlikely when Sergio Ramos and Bale put the visitors two up with only ten minutes gone. However Iñigo Martínez got one back following a corner, and two goals either side of half time by Zurutuza turned the scoreline around before Vela wrapped things up. Late draws in the other two matches on Sunday, with Isaac Cuenca scoring an injury time penalty for Deportivo to make it 2-2 against Rayo Vallecano. José Rodríguez had taken advantage of a bad back pass to open the scoring for the locals, but Alberto Bueno netted twice from Javier Aquino crosses to put Rayo in front. And in the last of the late night games, Lombán saved a 1-1 draw for hosts Elche against Granada with a 91st minute strike after Fran Rico had given the Andalusians the lead ten minutes earlier. (31.08.14)

Defending league champions Atlético Madrid didn’t expect too many problems against newly promoted Eibar on Saturday evening, and when Miranda and then Mandzukic headed in a Koke corner and a Gabi free kick in the first quarter of the game, they appeared to be cruising to an easy win. However Abraham made it 2-1 with an impressive shot soon afterwards, and Arruabarrena, Bóveda and Ängel all had chances to save a point for the Basque side later on. Earlier in the evening Athletic Bilbao beat Levante 3-0 in the inaugural league match in the newly completed San Mamés stadium. Valverde’s side had already won there in the Champions League qualifier a few days ago though, and Aduríz (who scored two of their goals against Napoli) went close a couple of times before he headed in an Ibai Gómez on the half hour mark. Irurraspe headed a second from an Ibai Gómez free kick soon after the restart, and with a quarter of an hour to go Muniain completed the scoring after visiting keeper Jesús could only push a shot from Aduríz in to his path. There was a carnival atmosphere in the Arcangel stadium for the first top flight match there in 42 years, but in the end hosts Córdoba had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Celta. Both goals came after the interval, Orellana firing the visitors in to the lead, but Fede turning in the equalizer following a Rossi cross a few minutes later. One “after-hours” game again this Saturday, Sevilla beating Espanyol 1-2 in the eleven o’clock kick-off. Bacca and Iborra got the goals either side of half time for the visitors, with Stuani heading one back for the Catalans on the hour mark. (30.08.14)

Valencia got their first win of the season after beating Málaga 3-0 on Friday night. The visitors had the better chances early on though, and it was only after Sergi Darder was sent off for a tackle from behind that the Ches got in to the match. Paco Alcácer celebrated his first ever call up for the Spanish squad with the opener on the half hour mark, and Dani Parejo made it two on the stroke of half time after Weligton cut out Feghouli’s pass with his arm, Kameni saving the resulting spot kick but the ex Real Madrid midfielder reacting quickly to turn in the rebound. Juanmi had a goal ruled out incorrectly for offside soon after the restart, but a few minutes later Piatti got the third after Alcácer played Feghouli’s centre in to his path. Earlier in the evening Getafe opened their account with a 1-0 victory over Almería. Alvaro Vázquez got the only goal midway through the first half with more than a bit of fortune, Hinestroza’s cross deflecting off a defender and going in to the net off the striker’s back. (29.08.14)

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

Spanish international squads

Vicente Del Bosque named his new squad for the upcoming friendly game against France and the opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Macedonia. With players such as Xavi, Xabi Alonso and David Villa announcing their retirement from international football, and others out of favour following the disastrous World Cup performance, the manager has drafted in no less than five uncapped players, Kiko Casilla, Dani Carvajal, Mikel San José, Raúl García and Paco Alcácer. Under 21 coach Albert Celades also announced his 21 man squad for the European qualifiers against Hungary and Austria, with five players from the Premier League (Manquillo, Moreno, Ayoze, Muniesa and Amat), as well as Barcelona’s 18 year old striker Munir. (29.08.14)

Full squad:
Keepers: Kiko Casilla (Espanyol), De Gea (Manchester United), Casillas (Real Madrid);
Defenders: San José (Athletic Bilbao), Juanfran (Atlético Madrid), Jordi Alba and Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Raúl Albiol (Napoli), Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid);
Midfielders: Cazorla (Arsenal), Iturraspe (Athletic Bilbao), Raúl García (Atlético Madrid), Koke (Atlético Madrid), Busquets and Iniesta (Barcelona), Fàbregas (Chelsea), David Silva (Manchester City), Isco (Real Madrid);
Forwards: Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid), Pedro (Barcelona), Paco Alcácer (Valencia).

Under 21 squad:
Keepers: Kepa (Athletic Bilbao), Rubén Blanco (Celta), Pacheco (Real Madrid);
Defenders: Bernat (Bayern Munich), Jonny Castro and Sergi Gómez (Celta), Pablo Insúa (Deportivo), Alberto Moreno and Manquillo (Liverpool), Muniesa (Stoke City), Jordi Amat (Swansea);
Midfielders: Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético Madrid), Sergi Roberto (Barcelona), Sarabia (Getafe), Oliver Torres (Porto), Rubén Pardo (Real Sociedad), Denis Suárez (Sevilla);
Forwards: Muniain (Athletic Bilbao), Munir (Barcelona), Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle), Deulofeu (Sevilla).

Euro 2016 fixtures
Spain friendly matches
2014 World Cup
Under 21 fixtures

Daily transfer updates

The summer transfer window is coming to a close, and clubs have until the end of August to make their last-minute signings. The latest moves are set out below, and you can follow all the transfer news at the above link. (28.08.14)

Date Player (Country) Old club New club Position/Comments
28/08/14 Xabi Alonso Real Madrid Bayern Munich (GER) MF Another surprise! Announces €10 Mio move to Bayern same day he leaves "La Roja"!
28/08/14 Jairo Sevilla Mainz '05 (GER) MF No room in new-look Sevilla, and prefers transfer to Germany for €2.5 Mio.
28/08/14 Rabello (CHL) Sevilla / Deportivo Luzern (SWI) FW Still no room for him in Emery's squad after 6 month loan at Depor, so agrees another loan move.

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New season transfers by club - first division
New season transfers by club - second division

Europa League play-off round, second leg

Real Sociedad were unceremoniously dumped out of the Europa League after losing 3-0 to Krasnodar on Thursday evening. A 1-0 first leg lead was cancelled out when Joaozinho converted a hotly disputed penalty with twenty minutes to go, and late strikes by Pereyra and Ari took the Russian side through. Villarreal will be in tomorrow’s league stage draw though after they cruised through against Kazakhstan’s Astana. Already 0-3 up from a week ago, they ran out 4-0 winners on the night with two strikes either side of half time by Vietto, a Bruno penalty and a fourth goal by Nahuel. (28.08.14)

Europa League groups

Champions League play-off round, second leg

Athletic Bilbao 3 - Napoli 1

Athletic Bilbao will be in tomorrow afternoon’s Champions League draw after they beat Rafa Benítez’s Napoli 4-2 on aggregate! Aduríz, Gurpegi and Laporte all wasted good chances in the first half, and they appeared to have paid the price when Hamsik picked up Balenziaga’s headed clearance to beat Iraizoz just two minutes after the restart. However Aduríz levelled the tie on the hour mark, firing a deflected shot inside the far post following a Susaeta corner, and just eight minutes later the striker got in between Cabral and Albiol to pick up a long punt out of defence and run the ball in to an empty net. Soon afterwards the visiting defenders were caught napping again when Unai López played the ball forward, and whilst they were waiting for the referee to call Aduríz offside, Ibai Gómez cut in from the left to round Cabral and score the third. That just about settled it, and Aduríz could have had a hat-trick had he not put the easiest of chances over the top late on. (27.08.14)

Champions League groups

Match round-up - First Division, Day 1

Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid both had their opening league matches postponed to Monday night after playing the two legs of the Spanish Super Cup on Tuesday and Friday evening of the week before. Those games seemed to have taken their toll though, with Atlético in particular held to a dour 0-0 draw at city neighbours Rayo Vallecano. Coach Simeone had to watch from the stands after he was given an eight match ban (four in the league and four in future Super Cups) following his red card on Friday. Before that Real Madrid did manage to beat the newly promoted Córdoba 2-0, although they too looked lethargic at times, and only an impressive last minute strike from Cristiano Ronaldo made sure of the three points. Benzema had headed Ancelotti’s side in to the lead from a Toni Kroos corner on the half hour mark, but the Andalusians had their chances to level the scores after that. (25.08.14)


Second division

Latest transfers

Daily updates

The big news this week was the confirmation of FIFA’s transfer ban on FC Barcelona, which will come in to force once the transfer window closes at the end of this month, and which will last for two “windows”, i.e. up until 1 st January 2016. As those of you who have followed the story will know, the ban has been imposed for what FIFA consider to be breaches of the way the club sign young players, even though Barcelona pride themselves that their “Masia” academy is a model which is looked up to by many, giving opportunities to talented youngsters from around the world. Barça still have one appeal left to the TAS, but in the meantime they are making plans to cover themselves for the next fifteen months, with for example Brazil’s Douglas just about signed up, but scheduled to be loaned back out for a year. Expect more deals in the next ten days or so before the window closes at midnight on Monday, 1 st September. Elsewhere most clubs have now completed their squads, although there is still room for last minute signings, with the usual bargains around as several teams try desperately to offload unwanted players, and others look for the missing piece to complete the puzzle. As always we will bring you the news as it happens, so stay tuned to find out what is going on! (22.08.14)

New season transfers - first division
New season transfers - second division
First division squads for 2014-15 season

Spanish Super Cup, second leg

Atlético Madrid 1 - Real Madrid 0

Atlético Madrid are this year’s Spanish Super Cup champions after they beat city rivals Real Madrid 2-1 on aggregate. Defending a 1-1 draw from three days ago, Simeone’s side took the lead in only the second minute when Mandzukic ran on to beat Casillas after Griezmann headed on a long Moyà clearance. The coach himself was sent off for protesting midway through the second half, and before the break James and Raúl García went close at either end. Ancelotti had rested Ronaldo, who was nursing a knock from the first leg, and although he brought him on at half time, he only caused problems for Moyà with a couple of long range efforts. Raúl García fired another chance against the bar though, and Koke and Griezmann both went close, and with the game in injury time Madrid’s challenge ended when Modric was sent off for a second bookable offence. Atlético proved they are still a threat despite losing several key players this summer, and Ancelotti’s team miss out on one of the six titles they will be disputing this year. Not the most important, but a warning that they will have to do better next time. (22.08.14)

First leg: Real Madrid 1 - Atlético Madrid 1

Second division

Confirmation that the second division will go ahead as planned after a local judge ruled in the LFP’s favour. With the main judge still on holiday and his replacement returning to his old duties, a third judge called an urgent hearing to resolve the outstanding issues. Whilst he agreed that Murcia should be readmitted, he then went on to ratify that they should subsequently be relegated for breaching LFP “economic control” rules. Having said that, he also stated that it was not within the court’s ambit to decide whether Murcia could or could not participate in the “Liga Adelante” this season. All of that meant that the second division will go ahead with 22 teams, with Mirandés reinstated as previously agreed. Murcia are still expected to appeal and the LFP have set aside €4 million in case they have to pay damages, although with many of their players probably leaving the future of the club is now uncertain. (21.08.14)

The LFP decided yesterday to ignore Murcia’s appeal and go ahead with the second division as planned. LFP president Javier Tebas explained that, under the league’s rules, they were unable to apply the court’s decision without the Spanish federation’s approval, and that the RFEF themselves had refused to increase the number of teams above the original 22. With Mirandés already reinstated, that meant that there was no room for Murcia, who in any case had clearly violated the leagues “economic control” rules, and not for the first time. Tebas also said that the on-off league programme will finally go ahead as planned, which means that the first matches will take place this weekend. Murcia will appeal the decision, and have even threatened to take penal action against the LFP, but such actions in Spain are notoriously slow, and could take months or even years. In the meantime the club (who are also banned from making new signings) will have to decide whether they agree to compete in the second division B in the place of Mirandés, which means they will be grouped in the “regional group I - North East”, requiring journeys of a minimum 700 Km every other week from the South West of the country. (19.08.14)

The second division programme has been suspended by the LFP after Murcia won their appeal to the local courts against their relegation! The club were refused registration this summer due to unsettled tax debts, with Mirandés reinstated in their place. However the judge ruled that they should be re-admitted forthwith, and although the Spanish Sports Tribunal issued a decision opposing the court ruling, the LFP have decided to put everything on hold pending a meeting between all parties on Monday 18th. If Murcia are allowed to rejoin, one possibility may be to make the numbers up to an even 24 for this season, presumably with Real Madrid Castilla also called back as the highest ranked of the relegated sides. Any change to the current make-up though would require a new fixture list, and presumably the first matches would then not take place until at least the end of the month. (14.08.14)

First division squads
Second division squads
Regional 2B groupings
First division fixtures
Second division fixtures

Pre-season fixtures

Barcelona’s 6-0 victory over Club León in their own Gamper trophy just about wraps up the pre-season fixtures for another summer, although Real Madrid still have to find a date for their Bernabeu trophy, provisionally against River Plate. This year saw the inauguration of the LFP world Challenge, with La Liga sides playing international opposition around the world, and there were usual summer tournaments, such as the Ramón de Carranza in Cádiz, the Teresa Herrera in La Coruña and the Colombino in Huelva – for details follow the above link. All of that is now over though, and after a three month lay-off (World Cup excepted!) it all starts again this weekend! (20.08.14)

European Super Cup

Real Madrid 2 - Sevilla 0

Real Madrid won the European Super Cup for the second time in their history after they beat fellow Spaniards Sevilla 2-0 in this year's final. Ancelotti drafted James and Kroos in to his line-up, even though neither had featured in pre-season games, and his opposite number Unai Emery also included new signings Krychowiak, Denis Suárez and Aleix Vidal in his starting line up. Madrid had the better of the opening minutes though, Ronaldo firing a free kick over the top and then bringing a good save out of Beto before he got on the end of Bale’s long cross to open the scoring on the half hour mark. Casillas did well to save from Carriço shortly before the break, but just four minutes after the restart Ronaldo fired home his second of the night after Benzema put him through. The Andalusians did put in a late flurry, with Casillas having to keep out Krychowiak and Diogo volleying a shot just wide of the post, but the European champions were worthy winners in the end. (12.08.14)

Copa del Rey

The draw took place yesterday for the first two rounds of the Spanish cup, which only involve teams from the lower divisions. Games will take place over the first two weeks of September. See links below for details. (01.08.14)

First round ties
Second round ties

Copa del Rey, final

Barcelona 1 – Real Madrid 2

A wonder-goal by Gareth Bale handed Real Madrid a 1-2 victory over Barcelona, and a 19th Spanish cup title. With Cristiano Ronaldo still injured, Bale was given more responsibility, and he went close a couple of times early on before Di María opened the scoring in the tenth minute. Messi fired a shot wide and then struck a long free kick over the top either side of half time, but Bale and Benzema both failed to hit the target at the start of the second half, and Bale got the ball in the net only for referee Mateu Lahoz to rule it out for a previous foul on Pinto. Casillas had only really been tested by Marc Bartra though, and the young centre back got on the end of a Xavi corner to head the equalizer soon afterwards. It looked like the game would be going in to extra time, but with five minutes to go Bale picked up the ball in his own half and ran on past Bartra to poke a shot under Pinto for the winning goal. It was another blow for Tata Martino’s team, who in the last eight days have been knocked out of the Champions League and have thrown away their advantage in the race for the league title. A first title of the season though for Ancelotti and his boys, and who is to say they cannot complete a first ever triple this year? (16.04.14)

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 3-0 Málaga
Espanyol 1-2 Sevilla
Getafe 1-0 Almería
Córdoba 1-1 Celta
Real Soc 4-2 R Madrid
Atlético 2-1 Eibar
Deportivo 2-2 Rayo
Elche 1-1 Granada
Villarreal 0-1 Barcelona
Athletic 3-0 Levante
Day 2 - Aug 31

Sevilla 1-1 Valencia
Almería 1-1 Espanyol
Celta 3-1 Getafe
R Madrid 2-0 Córdoba
Eibar 1-0 Real Soc
Rayo 0-0 Atlético
Granada 2-1 Deportivo
Barcelona 3-0 Elche
Levante 0-2 Villarreal
Málaga 1-0 Athletic
Day 1 - Aug 24

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