Coming fixtures
First division Day 24 15-18 Feb
Champions League Olympique Lyon v Barcelona
Atlético Madrid v Juventus
19 Feb
20 Feb
Europa League Round of 32, 2nd leg 21 Feb
First division Day 25 22-25 Feb
Copa del Rey Semi-finals 2nd leg 27/28 Feb

Europa League, round of 32, first leg

A great night for La Liga sides in the Europa League, with three wins and a draw away from home for the four still in the competition. Sevilla won 0-1 at Lazio, Ben Yedder getting on the end of Sarabia’s cross to score the only goal midway through the first half, and Villarreal won by the same scoreline at Sporting Lisbon, Alfonso Pedraza the scorer there after Chukwueze set him up in the third minute. That was Villarreal’s first victory in two months. Valencia also clocked up a 0-2 win at Celtic, Cheryshev combining with new signing Rubén Sobrino to open the scoring just before the break, and the two reversing roles for Sobrino to turn in the second soon after the restart. And Betis came back from two goals down to draw 3-3 at Rennes, Lainez saving the draw in the last minute after Lo Celso and Sidnei had netted for the visitors. (14.02.19)



Champions League, round of 16, first leg

The Champions League returned this week, triple defending champions Real Madrid starting things off with a 1-2 win at Ajax on Wednesday evening. There was a scare before the break when the VAR system ruled out a headed goal by Tagliafico, but midway through the second half Benzema put the Liga side ahead after good work by Vinicius. Ziyech made it all square soon afterwards, but with three minutes to go Marco Asensio turned in Dani Carvajal’s cross to give his team the edge for the second leg. (13.02.19)


First division – day 23

Alavés got back to winning ways after they beat Levante 2-0 in the Monday night game, the result taking them back up to sixth. The Vitoria based team had lost their last three games, but Laguardia headed them in front from a corner midway through the first half, and Jony took advantage of a defensive mistake to wrap things up in injury time. (11.02.19)

Barcelona dropped points again after they were held to a 0-0 draw at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday evening, although Real Madrid’s win over Atlético the day before meant that they maintain their six point lead at the top of the table. Messi played the full 90 minutes despite the knock picked up last weekend, and hit the bar with a long shot before the break, but otherwise the Basque side had the better chances, Ter Stegen having to make first class saves from Susaeta, Williams and others before De Marcos was sent off in the dying minutes. Fourth placed Sevilla were also held 2-2 by Eibar, although they will be grateful for a point after going two down to goals by Orellana and Charles, and having Banega sent off with five minutes to go. Late strikes though by Ben Yedder and Sarabia saved the red faces. Betis are now five points below their city rivals after they were beaten 3-0 by Leganés, En-Nesyri getting a hat-trick for the locals to take them four points clear of the bottom three. And Valencia stay a point behind Betis after they were held 0-0 in Mestalla by Real Sociedad, their thirteenth draw of the season in the league to date. (10.02.19)

Real Madrid haven’t given up on the league title just yet, and they followed up their midweek cup draw in the Nou Camp with a 1-3 victory at Atlético Madrid on Saturday which took them above their city rivals to second spot. Casemiro put them ahead on the quarter hour mark following a Kroos corner, and although Griezmann made it all square a few minutes later, Sergio Ramos restored the lead from the penalty spot shortly before the break. Morata had a strike rule out for a borderline offside after the restart, but Bale made it three with fifteen minutes to go, and the locals ended with ten men when Thomas was shown a second yellow card near the end. Getafe are now fifth after they won 3-1 against Celta earlier in the day, despite going behind to an Araujo header in only the second minute. Maxi Gómez was sent off though for protesting about a penalty which Mata converted five minutes before the interval, and Jorge Molina and Mata added two more after the restart for the final result. Celta stay a point above the drop zone after Rayo Vallecano lost 2-1 at Espanyol, Abdoulaye Ba heading the visitors in front before the break, but Borja Iglesias converting a second half penalty after new signing Wu Lei was brought down in the area, and Darder volleying home the winner in the fifth minute of time added on to take the Catalans five points clear of their opponents. Girona are level with Celta after they lost 0-2 to bottom club Huesca, Chimy Ávila scoring twice before the break to give the visitors their second win in a row. And Villarreal stay in next to bottom spot after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Valladolid in the Friday night game, Sergio González’s side inching three points clear of the drop zone as a result. (09.02.19)


Copa del Rey semi final, first leg

The second semi-final is also in the balance after Betis and Valencia drew 2-2 on Thursday. Both teams were especially motivated, the hosts as the final will be played in their Villamarín stadium, and the visitors as this is their centenary year. The locals went two up though, Loren opening the scoring on the stroke of half time after Sidnei headed the ball back following a corner, and Joaquín making it two soon after the restart with an inswinging corner which Jaume only got to after it had crossed the line. With twenty minutes to go however Cheryshev headed one back from Gameiro’s cross, and with the game in time added on Gameiro combined with Rodrigo to level the scores. (07.02.19)

Another “clásico” on Wednesday evening, this time in the cup semi-finals, Barcelona and Real Madrid leaving everything open for the second leg after a 1-1 draw in the Nou Camp. The visitors took the lead early on, Lucas Vázquez turning a shot past Ter Stegen after Benzema laid the ball back from the right by-line. Busquets headed against the bar though later in the first half, and with just under an hour on the clock Malcom equalised after a shot from Luis Suárez came back off the post. Messi (who had been rested after picking up a knock at the weekend) came on after that, but the scoreline remained unmoved. (06.02.19)


First division – day 22

Rayo Vallecano stay down in the relegation zone after they were beaten 1-2 by South Madrid rivals Leganés in the Monday night game. Both teams started the match level on points, but Braithwaite headed the opener from a corner shortly before the break. Alvaro García made it all square with seven minutes to go, but just two minutes later En-Nesyri headed the winner from another corner. (04.02.19)

Barcelona’s lead at the top of the table has extended to six points despite their draw on Saturday, second placed Atlético Madrid losing 1-0 at Betis on Sunday afternoon! New signing Morata started alongside Griezmann for Simeone’s side, but they were unable to find a way past Pau López and his defence, and Canales got the winner for the Andalusians from the penalty spot after Filipe Luis handled in the area some twenty minutes into the second half. Real Madrid closed to within two points of their city rivals after they beat sixth placed Alavés 3-0 in the last match of the evening, Benzema putting the locals in front on the half hour mark after Reguilón set him up, and Vinicius and substitute Mariano wrapping thing up in the last ten minutes. It was a confidence booster for Madrid ahead of a busy week or so, with visits to Barcelona (cup), Atlético (league) and Ajax (Champions League) coming up in the next ten days. Further down the table the battle to avoid the drop is hotting up, with only two points between six teams hovering in and above the relegation zone. Girona are now firmly in the fray after they lost 3-0 at Eibar, Rubén Peña opening the scoring for the Basque side before the break, and Charles netting twice after the restart, including a penalty. And Espanyol are only a point above their regional rivals after they drew 2-2 at next to bottom club Villarreal in the mid-day game, an Iborra strike and a Cazorla penalty giving the home team a two goal lead at the break, but a Bonera own goal and a late strike by Rosales saving a point for the Catalans. It was a disappointing result in the end for local coach Javier Calleja, who was back in charge less than two months after being let go after his erstwhile replacement Luis García was also fired this week. (03.02.19)

Leaders Barcelona dropped points on Saturday after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia in the Nou Camp, although they have Messi to thank once again for at least saving the day after they went two goals behind in the first half hour. Gameiro gave the Ches the lead and Parejo made it two from the penalty spot after Sergi Roberto fouled Wass in the area, but Messi converted a second penalty before the interval, and then levelled the scores after the restart. The Argentinian forward picked up an injury late on however, and is now doubtful for Wednesday night’s cup semi-final with Real Madrid. Sevilla failed to take advantage however, a 1-0 defeat at Celta leaving them still down in fourth spot. Okay got the only goal for the locals following a corner to end a run of five defeats which had left Miguel Cardoso’s side down in the bottom three. Earlier in the day Real Sociedad beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in the latest Basque derby, Oyarzabal and Willian José giving the locals a two goal lead at the break, and Raúl García getting one back late on, sliding the rebound past Rulli after the keeper had saved his penalty kick. And elsewhere Levante and Getafe drew 0-0 in the early kick-off, the result leaving both teams in the upper half of the table. (02.02.19)

Huesca have not given up all hope just yet, and they kept their slim chances of salvation alive with a convincing 4-0 win over Valladolid on Friday night. New signing Enric Gallego started things off in the twentieth minute, and Pulido, Moi Gómez and Chimy Ávila added three more after the break to leave the visitors just two points above the drop zone. (01.02.19)

Copa del Rey quarter final, second leg

Real Madrid complete the line-up for the semi-finals after a 1-3 victory at Girona on Thursday. Already 2-4 up from last week, Dani Carvajal and Vinicius set up Benzema to score two more before the interval. With twenty minutes to go Pedro Porro ran through to net for the Catalans, but any hope of a comeback ended when Marco Llorente fired home a third soon afterwards. It is the first time in five seasons that Madrid have got this far, and they will be hoping to reach the final, which this season will take place on 25 th May in Betis’s Benito Villamarín stadium. (29.01.19)

Barcelona are through to the semi-finals once again after an impressive 6-1 win over Sevilla on Wednesday evening! 2-0 down from the first leg, Coutinho got one back with an early penalty after Promes tripped Messi in the area. Soon afterwards the visitors were awarded a penalty of their own after Piqué fouled Roque, but Cillessen saved Banega’s spot kick, and before half time Rakitic had levelled the tie from Arthur’s long pass. A Coutinho header and an angled shot from Sergi Roberto in the ten minutes after the restart seemed to have wrapped things up, but Arana fired home an important away goal before Luis Suárez and Messi made sure of the result in the final minutes. There will be one team from Sevilla in the last four however, Betis beating Barça’s neighbours Espanyol 3-1 earlier in the evening. As in the first leg, the Catalans took the lead, this time through Leo Baptistao in his last game before moving on to China. Once again however Betis equalised, Lo Celso beating Roberto with a quarter of an hour to go to take the tie into extra time, and the visitors were left with ten men when Marc Roca was sent off after picking up a second yellow card. Soon afterwards Sergio León cut across to score a second, and Mandi got a third following a corner to take the Andalusians into the semis for the first time in 14 years. (30.01.19)

Valencia are the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the cup after a last gasp 3-1 victory over Getafe on Tuesday. The Ches appeared to be down and out when Jorge Molina added to the visitors’ one goal lead from the first leg with less than a minute on the clock. Rodrigo though connected with Cheryshev’s cross to level the scores on the hour mark, and a few minutes later Djené was sent off for a second bookable offence. It was not until injury time however that Rodrigo scored two more to complete his hat-trick, the assists by Santi Mina and Gameiro, both from crosses by Kangin Lee . (29.01.19)


First division – day 21

Rayo Vallecano are out of the relegation zone after a 0-1 victory over Alavés in the Monday night game! Raúl De Tomás headed the only goal from Advíncula’s cross shortly after the restart to take the Madrid based side above Celta in the table. (28.01.19)

Barcelona stay five points clear at the top of the table after a 0-2 win at regional rivals Girona on Sunday. Semedo latched on to a loose ball to give Valverde’s side an early lead, and after Bernardo was sent off for a second bookable offence, Messi combined with Jordi Alba to score the second midway through the second half. Real Madrid consolidated third spot after they beat Barça’s neighbours Espanyol 2-4 later in the evening. Benzema and Sergio Ramos put Madrid two up with only fifteen minutes gone, and although Leo Baptistao got one back, Benzema restored the two goal cushion before the break. Gareth Bale came on after the restart to make it four, and after Varane was sent off for bringing down Piatti as he advanced on goal, Rosales completed the scoring late on. Betis missed out on a return to the European spots after they lost 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao, Muniain getting the only goal in the twentieth minute to take the Basque side three points clear of the drop zone. And Real Sociedad are now three points below the Andalusians after they were held to a 0-0 draw by bottom club Huesca. Further down the table Celta are now just a point above the relegation spots after they were beaten 2-1 by Valladolid, Sisto putting the visitors ahead on the quarter hour mark, but Oscar Plano and Keko scoring after the break to take the locals a point above the Galicians in the table. (27.01.19)

Atlético Madrid kept up their push for the league title despite having only thirteen fit and available first team players, a 2-0 victory over Getafe on Saturday taking them to within two points of leaders Barcelona pending their game on Sunday. Griezmann put Simeone’s side ahead with just under half an hour on the clock, and Saúl added the second some ten minutes later after Soria saved a shot from Kalinic. The visitors ended the match with nine men after Djené and Cabrera were sent off late on, and they could drop out of the European spots if results go against them later this weekend. Earlier in the day Sevilla moved up level with third placed Real Madrid after a 5-0 win over Levante, all the goals coming in the second half of the match. Ben Yedder and André Silva started things off, and Sarabia came on to set up Franco Vázquez and then score the fourth himself from the penalty spot after Quincy Promes was brought down in the area. With the game coming to an end the Andalusians were awarded a second penalty for a foul by Cabaco on Roque, and although Oier saved the spot kick from Promes, the Dutch striker fired the rebound back into the net. Valencia meanwhile are starting to improve, and they find themselves in seventh spot after beating Villarreal 3-0. Diakhaby headed the Ches into an early lead, and Chershev and Rodrigo added two more in the second half to leave their opponents down in next to bottom spot. Elsewhere Leganés and Eibar drew 2-2 to leave both in mid-table, Kike García and Joan Jordán putting the visitors two up at the break, but En-Nesyri scoring twice after the restart to save a point for his side. (26.01.19)


Copa del Rey quarter final, first leg

A thrilling match to end the quarter final first legs, Real Madrid running out 4-2 winners over Girona despite going behind early on. The Catalans had reached this stage of the competition for the first time in their history after knocking out Atlético the round before, and they took the lead when Lozano turned in Raúl García’s cross. Odriozola set up Lucas Vázquez for the equaliser soon afterwards though, and Sergio Ramos put the locals ahead from the penalty spot after Lozano tripped up Vinicius just before the break. Granell made it all square again with a second penalty after Marcos Llorente handled in the area, but Ramos headed in Marcelo’s cross to restore the lead, and Benzema connected with a Vinicius centre to complete the scoring with ten minutes to go. Earlier in the evening Espanyol and Betis drew 1-1, Borja Iglesias connecting with Piatti to put the locals in front on the half hour mark, and Sanabria turning in a Sergio León cross to save a draw late on. (24.01.19)

Four time defending champions Barcelona are in danger of being knocked out of the competition after they lost 2-0 at Sevilla in a repeat of last season’s final! Once again Valverde left Messi at home and put out a much changed line-up, with new signing Kevin Price Boateng up front and several key players on the bench. The locals though went two up after the break, Sarabia volleying a Promes cross past Cillessen and Ben Yedder turning in a deflected Banega shot, but even with Luis Suárez, Coutinho and Jordi Alba on the park, the visitors were not able to get the away goal they needed. (23.01.19)

We are already in to the quarter finals of the Spanish cup, and Getafe are well placed to go through after a 1-0 victory over Valencia on Tuesday evening. The locals had the better of the first half, Jaume having to save several times from Angel in particular, but the game appeared to be heading for a draw until substitute Jorge Molina finally found the net from Cabrera’s cross with a quarter of an hour or so to go. (22.01.19)


First division – day 20

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

Eibar moved back to the top half of the table after a 3-0 win over Espanyol in the Monday night game. Visiting coach Rubi rested several key players for the upcoming cup tie, but the move backfired when Sergi Enrich opened the scoring midway through the first half. And after the restart De Blasis and Charles added two more to take the Basque side a point above their opponents in the rankings. (21.01.19)

Barcelona keep up their five point gap at the top after a 3-1 victory over Leganés on Sunday evening. With Messi on the bench, Dembélé opened the scoring after combining with Jordi Alba midway through the first half. New signing Braithwaite levelled it for the visitors though after the restart, but Messi came on to assist Luis Suárez and then score the third himself in time added on. Betis are back up to seventh after they beat Girona 3-2 in the mid-day game, Canales getting a late winner for the locals from the penalty spot. Earlier though, first half strikes by Aleix García and Doumbia had overturned Tello’s early free kick before Loren made it all square again after the restart.

This season though many teams are bunched together in mid-table, and only six points separate eighth placed Real Sociedad from eighteenth placed Rayo Vallecano after the two sides drew 2-2 in the Vallecas stadium. Comesaña and Embarba put the Madrid side two up with only half an hour gone, but Héctor Moreno headed one back before the interval, and Willian José saved a point for the visitors with eight minutes to go. Levante are now tenth after they won 2-0 against Valladolid, Coke and Roger getting the goals at the end of the first and second halves. And Villarreal stay down in next to bottom spot after they were held to a 1-1 draw by an improving Athletic Bilbao, Jaume Costa putting through his own net with a quarter of an hour or so on the clock, and Ekambi scoring the equaliser with twenty minutes to go. (20.01.19)

Atlético Madrid kept up the pressure on leaders Barcelona, a 0-3 victory at bottom club Huesca on Saturday evening taking them to within two points of the Catalans pending their game on Sunday. The visitors had some nervous moments though on a foggy night before Lucas Hernández turned in Koke’s cross on the half hour mark, but Arias and Koke scored two more after the restart for what was a comfortable win in the end. The two teams immediately below Atleti met earlier in the afternoon, Real Madrid beating Sevilla 2-0 to move ahead of the Andalusians in the table. Modric and Ceballos both hit the woodwork before Casemiro finally beat Vaclik with a long shot with twelve minutes or so to go, and Modric made sure of the three points with the game already in injury time. Further down the table Valencia won 1-2 at Celta to move safely up to mid-table and leave the Galicians just above the drop zone. Araujo headed the locals in front shortly before the interval, but second half strikes by Ferrán and Rodrigo gave the Ches a much needed win. (19.01.19)

Getafe are fighting for the European spots this season, and they moved up to within a point of fifth placed Alavés after beating the Vitoria based side 4-0 on Friday evening. Mata started things off from the penalty spot with half an hour gone, and Jorge Molina added two in the second half before Mata wrapped things up near the end. (18.01.19)


Club World Cup Final

Real Madrid 4 - Al Ain 1

Abu Dhabi, UAE. Real Madrid are world champions for the third year in a row and the fourth time in their history after beating Al Ain 4-1 in the final! The local champions were Madrid’s surprise opponents after they won through the previous rounds, and only Sergio Ramos’s foot prevented Elshahat from scoring early on. Just a minute later though Modric put the Liga side ahead with a shot from the edge of the area, and although Caio had a strike ruled out for offside, Benzema and Bale both had chances to extend the lead before the break. With an hour on the clock Marcos Llorente made it two with a first time volley after a Kroos corner was headed clear by Ahmed, and Sergio Ramos headed a third from a Modric corner with ten minutes to go. Shiotani did get one back with a header from Caio’s long free kick, but with the game in time added on Nader deflected a wayward shot from substitute Vinicius in to his own net for the final result. (22.12.18)

Semi final: Kashima Antlers 1 - Real Madrid 3


Europa League - day 6

Round of 32 draw

Good news for Spanish sides in the last round of league matches, all three qualifying for the next round as group champions. Sevilla beat Krasnodar 3-0, Ben Yedder scoring twice in the first ten minutes, and Banega converting a penalty at the start of the second half after Cristian Ramirez was sent off for keeping out an André Silva header with his hand. And Villarreal won 2-0 against Spartak Moscow, Samu Chukwueze getting the first early on, and Ekambi making it two after the restart to get new coach Luis García off to a good start. Betis were already sure of their place in the knock-out stage coming in to their game at Dudelange, but a 0-0 draw on an icy pitch was enough to ensure them top spot as well. (13.12.18)

Group tables


Under 21 Friendly international

France 1 - Spain 1

Spain’s under 21 side finished the year with a 1-1 draw against France in their latest friendly international, and they will now be looking forward to next summer’s European finals. Luis De la Fuente’s team went ahead in the tenth minute when Oyarzabal converted a penalty after Pedraza was brought down in the area. Carlos Soler hit the bar later on in the first half, but with ten minutes to go Mateta levelled it for the hosts. (19.11.18)

Previous match: Spain 4 - Denmark 1

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


Friendly international

Spain 1 - Bosnia Herzegovina 0

Spain’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals ended when England came from behind to beat Croatia 2-1, and it will be England who go to next summer’s final four rather than Luis Enrique’s side. The coach is still building his squad however for the Euro 2020 championship, and he made nine changes for this friendly fixture against Bosnia from the team who lost to Croatia, with Mario Hermoso, Brais Méndez, Pablo Formals and Pau López all winning their first caps. The match rather vindicated UEFA’s decision to add the new competition to reduce the number of meaningless friendlies though, with little real action and multiple substitutions breaking up play. Asensio, Isco and Suso all tested Sehic before the break, and Morata missed the easiest of chances after the restart. Dzeko and Visca replied for the visitors, but the only goal came with twelve minutes to go when Méndez was in the right place to finish off after the keeper could only push out a long shot from Isco. Spain’s next match will be in March, when the Euro 2020 qualification begins. (18.11.18)

Euro 2020 qualifying draw


UEFA Nations League

Croatia 3 - Spain 2

Spain lost their last group match against Croatia, and they now need England and Croatia to draw on Sunday for them to qualify for next summer’s finals. Despite scoring six against the East Europeans in the first leg, a defeat against England meant that they had to win this match to be sure of finishing top of the group. However De Gea had to push an early effort from Persisic on to the post, and Kalinic was not troubled until he tipped a long shot from Isco over the bar before the break. Some ten minutes into the second half Kramaric opened the scoring for the hosts after a poor clearance from Sergi Roberto was intercepted, and although Dani Ceballos combined with Isco to make it all square just two minutes later, Jedvaj headed in a Modric cross to restore the lead soon afterwards. Rebic and Morata both missed good chances before Sergio Ramos levelled it again from the penalty spot after Vrsaljko handled in the area, but with the game in time added on Jedvaj got the winner after De Gea could only push out a shot from Berkalo. The result means that any of the three teams could finish top of the group, and the only thing for sure is that Spain won’t finish last. (15.11.18)

Group table

Full and U21 squads


European Super Cup

Real Madrid 2 - Atlético Madrid 4 (after extra time)

Atlético Madrid finally beat city rivals Real Madrid in a European final, Simeone’s team scoring twice in extra time in Tallinn to take their third European Super Cup title! With less than a minute on the clock they were already in front, Diego Costa heading on a long ball and holding off his markers to beat Keylor Navas from a wide angle. The Champions League winners were missing Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time, but new coach Julen Lopetegui still put out a strong line-up, and with just under half an hour gone Benzema headed in a long cross from Bale to make it all square. Early in the second half Sergio Ramos made it two from the penalty spot after Juanfran handled a Kroos corner, but Costa appeared again to equalise following a good team move. That took the game into extra time, and Saúl and Koke latched on to assists from substitutes Thomas and Vitolo to hand their neighbours their first defeat in an international final in 18 years. (15.08.18)


Spanish Super Cup

Barcelona 2 - Sevilla 1

Barcelona came from behind to beat Sevilla 2-1 in this season’s Spanish Super Cup, the thirteenth time they have won the tournament. For the first time ever this was played outside of Spain, the venue being Tangiers, Morocco, and also for the first time it was played over one leg rather than two. The new VAR system was also making its debut in Spanish competitions, and it only took eight minutes before it came into action, Sarabia’s opener originally ruled out for offside before the video evidence proved otherwise. Barcelona were level at the break though, Piqué turning in the rebound after Vaclik pushed a Messi free kick onto the post, and with twelve minutes to go Dembélé caught out the keeper with a long shot which went in off the crossbar. Pablo Machin’s team did have a chance to take the game into extra time when Ter Stegen gave away a late penalty on ex team-mate Aleix Vidal, but the German keeper guessed correctly and saved Ben Yedder’s spot kick. (12.08.18)


Fantasy Football

LaLiga and the sports paper Marca are running their Spanish Fantasy Football game once again, and we have set up a Soccer Spain private league as we did last year for our readers to compete. Follow the link https://ax9m.app.link/6nRb0O0xiP to enter. If you played last season you can use the same account, but if you are new to the game you have to set up an account. Alternatively you can enter at https://game.laligafantasymarca.com and when you are in to your account, choose “Join a friend’s league”, and enter the code R0MCFRGQ. Good luck! (11.08.18)

How it works


Summer transfers

The summer transfer market is in full swing, with clubs having until the end of August to complete their squads. The first job was to get the new managers on board where necessary, the most notable move being Julen Lopetegui’s appointment at Real Madrid just two days before the World Cup started after Zidane’s surprise resignation. Lopetegui though won’t be able to count on Cristiano Ronaldo, who, a little jaded at Madrid and hounded by the Spanish tax authorities, has decided to try pastures new at Juventus. The European champions have spent some of the €100 million or so that they got for Ronaldo on a new goalkeeper, Courtois, with Kepa (who was close to signing for Madrid last winter) replacing the Belgian at Chelsea. Several other players will be leaving us this summer, in particular Iniesta and Fernando Torres, who have both gone to Japan. Barcelona seem to have gone for a change of style, replacing the elegant Iniesta with bulldog Arturo Vidal, although they have also drafted in some Brazilian class in Arturo and Malcom. Atlético meanwhile have been adding to their squad with the likes of Lemar, Kalinic and Rodri, and Valencia, Sevilla, Betis and Villarreal have all been strengthening their sides as well for their European campaigns. Still over two weeks to go though until the window closes, and you can follow all the moves at the link below. (10.08.18)

2018/2019 New season transfers by club - Div 1

First division clubs
Second division clubs
Second division B groups


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



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Summary of 2017/2018

League champions Barcelona
Spanish cup winners Barcelona
Promoted to the first division Huesca, Rayo Vallecano, Valladolid
Relegated to the second division A Deportivo, Las Palmas, Málaga
Promoted to the second division A Mallorca, Rayo Majadahonda, Elche, Extremadura
Relegated to the second division B Lorca, Sevilla Atlético, Barcelona B, Cultural Leonesa


Clubs taking part in international competitions in 2018/19 season
Champions League Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, Valencia
Europa League Villarreal, Betis, Sevilla
European Super Cup Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid
Club World Cup Barcelona

First Division
Barcelona 1-0 Valladolid
Celta 1-4 Levante
Eibar 2-2 Getafe
Betis 1-1 Alavés
Huesca - Athletic
Rayo 0-1 Atlético
Valencia 0-0 Espanyol
R Madrid 1-2 Girona
Real Soc 3-0 Leganés
Villarreal 3-0 Sevilla
Day 24 - Feb 17

 

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