Coming fixtures
First division Day 2 (remaining games) 28 Aug
Copa del Rey First round 31 Aug
Friendly international Belgium v Spain 1 Sep
U21 Euro qualifiers Spain v San Marino
Sweden v Spain
1 Sep
5 Sep
World Cup qualifier Spain v Liechtenstein 5 Sep

Match round-up - First Division, Day 2

Real Madrid made it two wins out of two after they beat Celta 2-1 on Saturday evening. Kroos only got the winner for them late on however after Orellana had cancelled out Morata’s second half opener. Once again though Atlético Madrid were held to a draw by a newly promoted side, Simeone’s team unable to find the route to goal in a 0-0 draw at neighbours Leganés. Local keeper Serantes was the hero of the night, and (with their boys now third pending Sunday’s games), a capacity crowd celebrated the result as if they had won the cup final. Earlier in the evening Eibar beat Valencia 1-0, Pedro León scoring the only goal on the follow up after Mat Ryan saved his penalty. And Real Sociedad won 0-2 at local rivals Osasuna, Juanmi opening the scoring on the stroke of half time, and Unai García heading in to his own net later on. (27.08.16)

Both matches on Friday night ended in draws this week, home sides Betis and Espanyol picking up their first points of the season. Betis drew 0-0 against Deportivo in the first game of the day, a good result for the visitors, who have not lost in the Villamarín stadium in twelve years. The hot conditions made play difficult though, and neither keeper was particularly troubled throughout the ninety minutes. Later in the evening Espanyol and Málaga drew 2-2, the Andalusians coming back from two goals down to save a point in the last minute. Gerard Moreno scored both goals for the locals either side of half time, but Llorente headed one back later on, and Charles got the equalizer right at the end. (26.08.16)


Summer transfers

Latest moves

Only four days to go until the transfer window closes, and the transfer market is hotting up! There was a brief respite as teams concentrated on the opening games of the season, but this week we have seen Bravo (Manchester City) and Lucas Pérez and Mustafi (Arsenal) leave for the Premier League, and goalkeepers Cillessen (Barcelona) and Sirigu (Sevilla) come to Spain. Clubs are also offloading their excess baggage, Atlético loaning out Oliver Torres, Diego Jota and Manquillo and Barcelona finding homes for Samper and Douglas this week, but several players still have to move on, and the bargain hunters are watching keenly. There may still be some big moves as well, with Barcelona trying to sign Valencia’s Paco Alcácer and Real Madrid’s James a target for several teams, but whatever the case it will all end at midnight on Wednesday. Keep an eye on our pages for all the latest news! (27.08.16)

Date Player (Country) Old club New club Position/Comments
26/08/16 Mustafi (GER) Valencia Arsenal (ENG) DF Didn't want him to leave, but offer of around €41 Mio too tempting to resist.
26/08/16 Sirigu (ITA) Paris St. Germain (FRA) Sevilla GK Appears he is not in Emery's plans, so have agreed loan as cover for injured David Soria.
25/08/16 Cillessen (HOL) Ajax (HOL) Barcelona GK Signed Bravo's replacement once Ajax out of CL. Fee around €15 Mio, contract for 5 years.
25/08/16 Lucas Pérez Deportivo Arsenal (ENG) FW Got ahead of several clubs to sign striker. Paying buy out clause of €20 Mio, 4 or 5 year deal.
25/08/16 Oliver Torres Atlético Madrid Porto (POR) MF Did not fulfill potential last season, and have agreed for him to go back to Porto on loan.

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2016/2017 New season transfers by club - Div 1
2016/2017 New season transfers by club - Div 2

First division clubs & squads
Second division A clubs & squads
Second division B groups


Spanish international squads

Spain’s new coach Julen Lopetegui named his first 24-man squad for the upcoming friendly match against Belgium and World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein. After meeting with Iker Casillas, Lopetegui announced that the veteran keeper would not be included, with Reina (Napoli) and the uncapped Adrián (West Ham) joining De Gea as the three men between the sticks. Several of the Euro 2016 squad have been left out as well as Casillas and Sergio Rico, including Juanfran, San José, Iniesta (injured), Fàbregas, Bruno, Pedro and Aduríz, and Bellerín drops back in to the under 21 squad for the two Euro qualifiers against San Marino and Sweden. Recalled are Dani Carvajal, Javi Martínez, Sergi Roberto, Marco Asensio, Mata, Paco Alcácer, Vitolo and Diego Costa, and Saúl Ñíguez* will be in the senior squad for the Belgium match, then drop to the under 21 to play against Sweden. Albert Celades has included two new faces in his under 21 group, Sevilla’s Diego González, and Borussia Dortmund’s Mikel Merino (formerly at Osasuna). Full squads as below. (18.03.16)

Senior squad:
Keepers: De Gea (Manchester United), Reina (Napoli), Adrián (West Ham);
Defenders: Jordi Alba, Piqué and Sergi Roberto (Barcelona), Javi Martínez (Bayern Munich), Marc Bartra (Borussia Dortmund), Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid);
Midfielders: Koke and Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético Madrid)*, Busquets (Barcelona), Thiago (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City), Mata (Manchester United), Marco Asensio and Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid), Vitolo (Sevilla);
Forwards: Diego Costa (Chelsea), Nolito (Manchester City), Morata (Real Madrid), Paco Alcácer (Valencia).

Under 21 squad:
Keepers: Kepa (Athletic Bilbao), Pau López (Espanyol), Remiro (Levante);
Defenders: Bellerín (Arsenal), Grimaldo (Benfica), Jonny (Celta), Jorge Meré (Sporting Gijón), Diego González (Sevilla), Gayà (Valencia);
Midfielders: Saúl Ñíguez* and Oliver Torres (Atlético Madrid), Sergi Samper and Denis Suárez (Barcelona), Dani Ceballos (Betis), Mikel Merino (Borussia Dortmund);
Forwards: Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Munir (Barcelona), Deulofeu (Everton), Santi Mina (Valencia), Borja Mayoral (Wolfsburg).



Fantasy Football

We now have the maximum 15 participants, but have set up a second free league for anyone else who wants to join. The new league is called LoveLaLiga, and is sponsored by Mahou, who are offering prizes and other benefits to the best teams. If you want to join just follow the link http://www.laligafantasymarca.com/en , download the App and select “join a private league”, entering the code "6ttfplt0". You can also join through Facebook. Of course there will be no problem if participants in the Soccer-Spain league want to join this one as well. That way you get two chances to win! More details below. (24.08.16)


Champions League play-off, second leg

Champions League groups
Europa League groups

Monaco 1 - Villarreal 0

Villarreal failed to qualify for the Champions League after losing 1-0 at Monaco, and they will have to make do with a place in the Europa League this year. After the 1-2 defeat in the first leg, Fran Escribá’s team had to score twice away from home. As in the first leg however he was missing his two first choice strikers, Soldado and Bakambu both out injured, and new signing Santos Borré failed to find a way past Subasic when he got free on goal before the break. Sergio Asenjo had to save from Germain and Lemar at the other end, and Santos got clear again after the restart only to fire his shot wide of the mark. With the game already in injury time the locals were awarded a controversial penalty when a cross hit Musacchio from behind in the area, the referee ruling that the ball had hit his arm, and Fabinho stepped up to fire home the resulting spot kick. In the end though it was fairly academic, as even without that the French league side (who were knocked out by Valencia at this stage last season) would have gone through. (23.08.16)

First leg: Villarreal 1 - Monaco 2


Match round-up - First Division, Day 1

A great start for the newly promoted sides, Osasuna and Alavés picking up more than respectable away draws earlier in the weekend, and Leganés beating Celta 0-1 on Monday evening. The Madrid based team were playing their first ever match in the top flight, and a goal by Víctor Díaz following a short corner with a quarter of an hour to go gave them a dream start. Later in the evening there was another surprise, Las Palmas winning 2-4 at Valencia to end the first round of games in the Champions League spots. Santi Mina’s early opener was overturned by headers from debutants Livaja and Kevin-Prince Boateng, and a Jonathan Viera penalty in-between. And although Mina reduced the distance again with just over half an hour gone, Livaja wrapped things up on a quick counter-attack with two minutes to go. (22.08.16)

Real Madrid responded to Barcelona’s victory with a big win themselves on Sunday, Zidane’s side beating Real Sociedad 0-3 to start the season in second spot. Gareth Bale headed the opener with less than two minutes gone, and Marco Asensio added an impressive second before Bale rounded things off in injury time. Atlético Madrid faltered though, a 1-1 draw against newly promoted Alavés leaving them already two points adrift of their rivals. Gameiro appeared to have won it for the locals when he converted a hotly disputed penalty in time added on, but team captain Manu García fired home the equalizer just seconds before the final whistle. Earlier in the day Sporting Gijón beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1, new signings Duje Cop and Víctor Rodríguez putting the Asturians two up before Viguera got one back for the visitors near the end. (21.08.16)

Defending champions Barcelona got off to the best possible start with a thumping 6-2 victory over Betis on Saturday evening. Arda Turan’s opener was quickly cancelled out by a Rubén Castro free kick, but strikes by Messi and Luis Suárez put the Catalans two clear at the break. Suárez and Messi added two more soon after the restart, and Suárez completed a hat-trick before Castro scored again for the visitors. Even more goals though in the match between Sevilla and Espanyol later in the evening, the Andalusians running out 6-4 winners in the end. The lead changed hands three times in a first half which ended three apiece, Sarabia and Vietto (twice) scoring for the locals and Piatti, Hernán Pérez and Víctor Sánchez replying for the Barcelona based side. Franco Vázquez, Ben Yedder and Kiyote netted three times for Sampaoli’s team though after the restart, and a Gerard Moreno strike came too late to change the result. Elsewhere Granada and Villarreal drew 1-1, Samu Castillejo opening the scoring for the visitors on the hour mark, and Ponce making it all square just four minutes later. (20.08.16)

We’re back! La Liga returned on Friday night with two matches, Málaga and Osasuna kicking things off with a 1-1 draw. Juanpi appeared to have given the Andalusians the three points with a long strike early on in the second half, but substitute Fran Mérida poked home the equalizer with five minutes to go to give the newly promoted team their first point. Both second division matches played on Friday also ended 1-1, and it looked as if the second game between Deportivo and Eibar was heading that way as well until Lucas Pérez converted a penalty near the end to make it 2-1 to the Galicians. Ramis had headed the visitors into the lead following a corner some ten minutes after the restart, but Mosquera got on the end of a Pérez free to kick to level the scores a few minutes later. (19.08.16)

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Second division

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


Fantasy Football

Just one or two spaces left in our private league, and thanks to all of you who joined. Unfortunately it started with serious teething problems (why are we not surprised?!?), and at times it has been impossible to connect, especially via Internet (hand-held devices work a bit better, but still many problems). The organizers blame the unexpected high number of people who joined from all over the World, but hopefully now the activity will drop off as participants have basically set up their squads. Don’t give up just yet! (23.08.16)

LaLiga and the sports paper Marca have combined to set up a Spanish Fantasy Football game. This looks like good fun, so Soccer-Spain have set up a private league for our readers to participate in. Basically you are allocated a squad of 14 players at random, and you play against the teams in your league. Each day several players are put on the market, and you can bid against the other teams to buy them. You can also buy and sell players between the teams, with a starting pot of €100 million. On each match-weekend you select the line-up you want, and your players score points as in other Fantasy Football games. If you want to join just follow the link http://www.laligafantasymarca.com/en and select “join a league with friends”, entering the code “dydoxspu”. You can also join the public or sponsored leagues if you like. Don’t worry, it’s free, and you can select English as your language of choice. Hurry up though, the competition starts on Friday night when the first league match begins. Basically each private league comprises of 15 teams, but if we see there is more interest we will set up other leagues. Good luck! (17.08.16)


Spanish Super Cup, second leg

Barcelona 3 - Sevilla 0

Barcelona won the Spanish Supercup, a 3-0 victory over Sevilla giving them their twelfth title since the competition started in 1982. Looking to overturn the 0-2 scoreline from the first leg, the visitors came out strongly at first, Bravo having to save from Ben Yedder and Ganso going close. However soon afterwards Messi put Arda Turan through to open the scoring, and Messi volleyed a shot just wide minutes later. With half an hour gone the Andalusians had a chance to get back in the match when Umtiti handled in the area, but Bravo guessed correctly and saved Iborra’s spot kick, and with the first half coming to a close Ben Yedder headed another chance against the bar. Just two minutes after the restart though Turan latched on to a loose ball outside of the area to lob a shot over the head of Sergio Rico, and the Turkish midfielder missed a chance for a hat-trick before Messi headed in Digne’s cross for the third. An injury to Mascherano shortly after Luis Enrique had made his last substitution left the locals with ten men for the last quarter of an hour, but by then the tie was all but over. (17.08.16)

First leg: Sevilla 0 - Barcelona 2


Pre-season fixtures

The pre-season is coming to an end at last, and in four days time the new season begins again. Most of the big summer tournaments are over, with Málaga winning Cádiz’s Ramón de Carranza trophy, Deportivo and Recreativo retaining their own Teresa Herrera and Colombino trophies, and many teams participating overseas in the LFP World Challenge. Barcelona beat Sampdoria in their own Gamper Cup, and the only major trophy left to decide is Real Madrid’s “Trofeo Bernabeu”, with France’s Stade Reims invited to the Spanish capital tomorrow. (15.08.16)

1st division fixtures, 2016/17 season
2nd division fixtures, 2016/17 season

Day one kick-off times

Copa del Rey draw: First round / Second round


European Super Cup

Real Madrid 3 - Sevilla 2 (after extra time)

Trondheim, Norway. The new season kicked off with the all-Spanish European Super Cup, Champions League winners Real Madrid beating Europa League victors Sevilla 3-2 thanks to a strike by Dani Carvajal in the last minute of extra time! The game got off to a slow start, and there was little action until Marco Asensio (a surprise inclusion in Zidane’s starting line-up despite the absence of Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema) picked up a ball outside of the area to curl a shot over Sergio Rico in to the net. Kiko Casilla had to save from Carriço a few minutes later though, and with five minutes to go to the break Franco Vázquez equalized with a snap shot from the edge of the area after Vitolo pulled down a cross from the right wing. Midway through the second half Konoplyanka gave the Andalusians the lead from the penalty spot after Sergio Ramos fouled Vitolo in the area, and it looked like they were heading for a victory until Ramos headed in a Lucas Vázquez centre with the match already in time added on. That took the tie into extra time, and just two minutes later Sampaoli’s side were left with ten men when Kolodziejczak picked up a second booking. Rico kept out efforts from James, Lucas and Casemiro however, and Ramos had a strike ruled out for what the referee considered to be a previous foul. But with a penalty shoot-out looming, Carvajal cut a swathe through a tired defence to steer a shot past Rico for the winner. For the second season in a row Sevilla had been beaten at the last hurdle, and Madrid have their first trophy of the new campaign . (09.08.16)


European Championship finals – round of sixteen

Italy 2 - Spain 0

Spain are out of the European Championships, Del Bosque’s side beaten 2-0 by Italy in the first knock-out round! Chiellini opened the scoring for the Azzurri on the half hour mark after De Gea blocked an Eder free kick, and only two or three great saves from the Manchester United keeper prevented them from going further ahead by the break. Buffon had to keep out Iniesta and Piqué after the restart, but with the game in injury time Pellè scored a second from Darmian’s cross to put an end to Spain’s eight year reign as European champions. (27.06.16)

Full squad
Euro 2016 fixtures
Group D table
Friendly fixtures
World Cup 2018 fixtures


Friendly internationals

Spain 0 - Georgia 1

Getafe. A wake-up call for Spain in their last warm-up game before the European championships, Del Bosque’s side losing 0-1 to Georgia, currently ranked number 137 in the World! The coach could count on his full squad for the first time, although Morata was rested after picking up a knock in the last friendly game, and the four new incorporations were only given limited run-outs. Spain totally dominated the opening minutes, Aduríz heading just wide and Thiago hitting the post, but with five minutes to go to the break Okriashvili gave the East Europeans the lead after Jigauri set him up on a quick breakaway. Del Bosque made several changes after that, but even with all his fire-power on the park, and with Georgia’s reserve keeper replacing Revishvili after a clash of heads with Busquets, there was no way past a heavy populated defence. (07.06.16)

Spain 6 - South Korea 1

Spain 3 - Bosnia-Herzegovina 1


Champions League final

Real Madrid 1 - Atlético Madrid 1 (5-3 penalty shoot out)

Real Madrid took their eleventh European champions title after beating Atlético Madrid on penalties in this year’s final! Sergio Ramos gave Zidane’s side an early lead, but Griezmann fired a penalty kick against the bar soon after the restart, and with ten minutes to go Carrasco scored for Atleti to take the tie in to extra time and a penalty shoot out. Juanfran fired his team’s fourth kick against the post though, and Ronaldo converted the next one for Real to sink their city neighbours for the second time in three years. (28.05.16)


Copa del Rey final

Barcelona 2 - Sevilla 0 (after extra time)

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


Europa League final

Liverpool 1 - Sevilla 3

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


Under 21 Friendly international

Spain 1 - Norway 0

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

Under 21 Euro 2017 qualifier: Spain 0 - Croatia 3

Group 6 table

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



Club World Cup, final

Barcelona 3 - River Plate 0

Barcelona are World Champions for the third time after they beat River Plate 3-0 in this year’s final in Japan! Luis Enrique was able to put out a full strength line-up after Messi and Neymar recovered from their respective problems, and Messi tested Barovero a couple of times before he opened the scoring with ten minutes to go to the break, poking a shot past the keeper after Neymar headed back a Dani Alves cross. Luis Suárez drove a shot wide when free on goal just before the interval, but four minutes after the restart he ran on to a long ball from Busquets to fire a shot under the keeper for the second. That broke River’s resistence, and Messi and Neymar went close before Suárez ghosted in behind the defence to head Neymar’s cross back across the keeper, his second of the day and his fifth in the tournament. Backed by a fanatical following though the Argentinians didn’t give up, and Bravo had to make late saves from Alario and Martínez to stop them from getting back in the match. But for the second year in a row the World champions are Spanish, and Barcelona take over the mantle from arch rivals Real Madrid. (20.12.15)

Semi-final: Barcelona 3 - Guangzhou Evergrande 0


Summary of 2015/2016

League champions Barcelona
Spanish cup winners Barcelona
Promoted to the first division Alavés, Leganés, Osasuna
Relegated to the second division A Rayo Vallecano, Getafe, Levante
Promoted to the second division A Reus, UCAM, Sevilla B & Cádiz
Relegated to the second division B Albacete, Bilbao Athletic, Llagostera, Ponferradina


Clubs taking part in international competitions in 2016/17 season
Champions League Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Villarreal, Sevilla
Europa League Athletic Bilbao, Celta
European Super Cup Real Madrid and Sevilla
Club World Cup Real Madrid

First Division
R Madrid 2-1 Celta
Osasuna 0-2 Real Soc
Espanyol 2-2 Málaga
Villarreal - Sevilla
L Palmas - Granada
Eibar 1-0 Valencia
Betis 0-0 Deportivo
Athletic - Barcelona
Alavés - Sporting
Leganés 0-0 Atlético
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