Coming fixtures
First division Day 14 (remaining games) 4/5 Dec
Champions League Day 6 6/7 Dec
Europa League Day 6 8 Dec
First division Day 15 9-12 Dec
Club World Cup Real Madrid v América or Jeonbuk 15 Dec
First division Day 16 16-19 Dec
Copa del Rey 4th round, 2nd leg 20-22 Dec

Match round-up - First Division, Day 14

Real Madrid stay six points clear at the top of the table after holding Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in the latest “clásico” on Saturday afternoon! Luis Suárez appeared to have given the locals the win when he headed in a Neymar free kick early on in the second half, but Sergio Ramos headed the equalizer from a Modric free kick in the ninetieth minute to extend his side’s unbeaten run to 33 games. Barcelona stay in second place though after their closest rivals Sevilla lost 2-1 at Granada earlier in the day. Pereira and Lombán got the goals for the hosts either side of half time, and an injury time Ben Yedder penalty came too late to change the result. It was Granada’s first win in the league this season, and they move off the bottom of the table pending Osasuna’s match on Sunday. Fourth placed Atlético Madrid missed out on a chance to close the gap on the top three after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Espanyol, and the match between Leganés and Villarreal also ended goal-less, leaving Fran Escribá’s side still two points below Atleti in the table. (03.12.16)



Copa del Rey, fourth round

Second leg ties

The last four cup ties took place on Thursday, with first division teams coming out on top. Juanmi scored twice in the second half to give Real Sociedad a 1-3 victory at Valladolid, and Raúl García got both goals before the break as Athletic Bilbao beat Racing Santander 1-2. Alavés are virtually sure of going through as well after a 0-3 win at Nàstic, Toquero getting two either side of half time and Christian Santos adding the third, and only Huesca put up anything of a fight, the Aragón based team coming back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Las Palmas. Barring major surprises in the return legs in three weeks’ time, only Córdoba from the lower ranks have any real chance of making it through to the last sixteen. (01.12.16)

Real Madrid are the first team through to the fifth round of the cup after they thrashed Cultural Leonesa 6-1 on Wednesday. Madrid’s ties were brought forward to allow them to play in the Club World Cup next month, and they cruised through 13-2 on aggregate despite resting most of their first choice players for Saturday’s “clásico”. Mariano helped himself to a hat-trick, and there were goals too for James and Zidane’s son Enzo, who came on at half time for his first team debut. No problems either for Atlético Madrid, who beat Guijuelo 0-6. The match was switched to nearby Salamanca to allow more supporters in, but their team was over-run, Saúl opening the scoring from the penalty spot, and Vrsaljko, Carrasco (twice) and Correa adding four more in fifteen minutes around half time before youngster Rober completed the “set” near the end.

Barcelona struggled though against Hércules, the Alicante based side taking the lead through Mainz before another talented youngster Carles Aleñá made it 1-1. Luis Enrique’s team should be able to turn things around however in the second leg, but Málaga are in trouble after they lost 2-0 at Córdoba. Rodri and Borja Domínguez got the goals late on for the second division side to give new coach Luis Carrióna a win in his first game in charge. No other surprises though, Sevilla hammering the only remaining third division team Formentera 1-5, with Correa netting a hat-trick and winning two penalties which Ben Yedder converted. Villarreal won 0-3 at Toledo, with Bakambu and Samu Castillejo on the scoresheet, and Celta beat UCAM Murcia 0-1, Sergi Gómez getting the only goal just before the break. Only one all-first division tie on Wednesday, Granada beating Osasuna 1-0 with a strike from Jon Toral to clock up their first victory of the season. (30.11.16)

First division sides enter the cup this week, with seven of them kicking off their first leg ties on Tuesday night. Valencia were first up at Leganés, and they are looking good for a place in the last sixteen after a 1-3 win. Munir and Alvaro Medrán put them two up at the break, and although Machís got one back, Bakkali wrapped things up at the end. Eibar also won 1-2 away at Sporting Gijón, Bebé giving them the lead with less than a minute on the clock. Viguera missed a penalty before scoring the equalizer after the break, but Rubén Peña netted the winner with two minutes to go. Alcorcón were the only second division side to play on Tuesday, and they kept their hopes alive with a 1-1 draw at home to Espanyol. Both goals came after the break, Alvaro Giménez putting the hosts ahead, and Reyes levelling it near the end. Meanwhile Betis beat Deportivo 1-0 in the last match of the evening, Sarabia heading in Durmisi’s cross in the twentieth minute for the only goal. (29.11.16)

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Match round-up - First Division, Day 13

Las Palmas moved to within a point of eighth placed Athletic Bilbao after beating the Basque side 3-1 in the Monday night game. Strikes either side of half time by Boateng and Momo put the Canary Islanders two up, and with a quarter of an hour the visitors were left with ten men when Aduríz picked up two bookings in a minute. However Raúl García got one back from the penalty spot, and the result was in doubt until Jonathan Viera got his side’s third in the last minute. (28.11.16)

Real Madrid’s six point lead at the top of the table was confirmed after Barcelona could only draw 1-1 at Real Sociedad on Sunday. The Catalans had lost in their last four visits to Anoeta, and they went behind when Willian José headed past Ter Stegen at the start of the second half. Messi equalized six minutes later, but the locals will feel they should have had the three points as Vela hit the woodwork twice and Juanmi had a strike incorrectly ruled out for offside. Atlético Madrid are back up to fourth after they won 0-3 at Osasuna, but not before Oblak saved an early penalty from Roberto Torres. Godín and Gameiro scored two in a minute though later on in the first half, and Carrasco wrapped things up near the end. Villarreal drop below Real Sociedad to sixth however after they were beaten 0-2 by Alavés in the mid-day game, Ibai Gómez and Camarasa getting the goals for the visitors in the first half. And Celta are just two points behind Fran Escribá’s side after they won 3-1 against bottom club Granada, Aspas and Bongonda putting the Galicians two up at the break, and Kravets getting one back before Pape Cheikh completed the scoring. (27.11.16)

Real Madrid made sure of going in to (and coming out of) next weekend’s “clásico” in the Nou Camp as leaders after they beat Sporting Gijón 2-1 on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Cristiano Ronaldo put Zidane’s side two up early on with a penalty and a diving header, but Carmona got one back before the break, and Duje Cop fired a late penalty over the top which would have saved a point for the Asturians. Later in the evening Sevilla beat Valencia 2-1 to move above second placed Barcelona pending their game on Sunday. The Andalusians took the lead through a Garay own goal early on in the second half, and although substitute Munir levelled the scores, Nico Pareja fired home the winner a few minutes later. Málaga are up to ninth after a thrilling 4-3 victory over Deportivo in the lunchtime kick-off, Javi Ontiveros tying up the three points in injury time after the Galicians had pegged back a two goal lead. And Espanyol are just a point behind them in tenth spot after they won 3-0 against Leganés, Piatti setting up Gerard Moreno for the opener and then scoring two himself to give the Catalans their first home win of the season. (26.11.16)

Eibar moved up level with sixth placed Atlético Madrid after beating Betis 3-1 on Friday evening. The game swung in favour of the locals when Piccini was sent off for a foul on Inui with just over a quarter of an hour gone, Pedro Léon opening the scoring with the resulting free kick. Sergi Enrich added a second a few minutes later, and although Rubén Castro got one back later on, Kike García wrapped things up in injury time. (25.11.16)

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Second division

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


Europa League group stage, day five

Athletic Bilbao are through to the next round of the Europa League after they beat Sassuolo 3-2 on Thursday evening. Although Balenziaga put through his own net in the first minute, headed goals by Raúl García and Aduríz turned the scoreline around. Lekue added a third with ten minutes to go, but Ragusa got one back soon afterwards to set up a nervous finish. The other two Spanish sides are still not qualified however after failing to win their respective matches. Villarreal were held to a 1-1 draw at FC Zurich, Bruno’s headed opener being cancelled out by a Rodríguez penalty with three minutes left on the clock, and Fran Escribá’s side now have to beat Steaua Bucharest in their last game to make sure of going through. Likewise Celta needed to win against Standard Liège to secure their place in the last 32, but a 1-1 draw means they have to better the Belgian side’s result in a fortnight’s time to take the second qualifying spot. Iago Aspas gave the Galicians an early lead, but Laifis equalized in the eightieth minute, and Aspas was sent off for protesting near the end. (24.11.16)

Group tables


Champions League group stage, day five

Barcelona and Atlético Madrid will both finish top of their groups after winning their games on Wednesday. Barcelona beat Celtic 0-2, and with Manchester City only drawing at Borussia Mönchengladbach, Luis Enrique’s side opened up a four point gap over the Premier League team. Messi got both the goals in the second half, the first from Neymar’s assist, and the second from the penalty spot after Izaguirre fouled Luis Suárez in the area. Atlético came in to their game against PSV Eindhoven knowing that closest rivals Bayern Munich had lost at Rostov earlier in the evening, and a 2-0 victory meant they will finish in first place whatever the result against the German team in two weeks time. Gameiro and Griezmann got the goals in the first twenty minutes of the second half to make it five wins out of five for Simeone’s boys. (23.11.16)

Real Madrid secured their place in the knock-out stage after a 1-2 victory at Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday evening. Varane’s opener was cancelled out by an Adrien Silva penalty with ten minutes to go, but Benzema headed the winner with three minutes left on the clock. Zidane’s side now have to beat group leaders Borussia Dortmund in two weeks time if they are to finish as group champions. Sevilla though are still not through to the next stage after they lost 1-3 to Juventus. Nico Pareja gave the Andalusians an early lead, but Franco Vázquez was sent off before the break, and a Marchisio penalty on the stroke of half time and late goals by Bonucci and Mandzukic handed the three points to the Italian side. Sevilla now have a tricky visit to Olympique Lyon in their last match, although they will still finish second in the group provided that don’t lose by a margin of more than one goal. (22.11.16)

Group tables


Friendly international

England 2 - Spain 2

Spain fought back with two goals right at the end of their friendly game in Wembley Stadium to draw 2-2 against England. Lopetegui used the occasion to give a run out to some of his second choice players, with only Caravajal, Nacho, Busquets and Silva repeating from the line-up against Macedonia three days ago. However with only nine minutes gone Lallana opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Reina brought down Vardy in the area, and Vardy himself headed the second from Henderson’s cross at the start of the second half. Reina had to keep out Vardy soon afterwards, and Nacho cleared off the line from Sterling with the keeper beaten. Koke and Morata tested Heaton later on the second half however, and with a minute of normal time remaining debutant Isco Aspas picked up a pass from Morata and curled a shot in off the far post. That silenced the crowd, and with the match in the fifth and final minute of injury time Isco controlled a pass from Real Madrid team-mate Carvajal on his chest before turning a shot under the legs of the local keeper. (15.11.16)


Under 21 Euro 2017 play-off, second leg

Spain 0 - Austria 0

Spain’s under 21 side are through to next summer’s European finals after knocking out Austria on the away goal rule! After the 1-1 draw in the first leg, Albert Celadés’ side were favourites to qualify. However they struggled to find the route to goal, even though the visitors had a player sent off, and the result was in doubt up until the last minute. (15.11.16)

First leg: Austria 1 - Spain 1

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


World Cup qualifier

Spain 4 - Macedonia 0

Spain stay top of their group, ahead of Italy on goal difference, after a 4-0 victory over Macedonia on Saturday night. With five of his first choice players injured Lopetegui had to make several changes to his line-up, particularly in defence where Bartra and Nacho started in place of Piqué and Ramos. There were a couple of early scares when De Gea had to save from Mojsov and Pandev headed just wide from a corner, but Spain settled after that, and Morata and Silva both had shots blocked. With ten minutes to go to the break however the locals took the lead thanks to a bit of luck, Velkoski and a colleague both trying to clear Caravajal’s cross only for the ball to hit the back of the defender’s head and loop up in to the net. Nàstic keeper Dimitrievski (who only played as first choice Alekovski injured himself in the pre-match warm-up) had to save from Morata soon after the restart, and Vitolo made it two with a far post header after Silva’s centre deflected up to him. Bardi could have got one back though, at first after a mistake by Bartra gifted him the ball, and then with a long shot which De Gea did well to keep out, and Hasani had a strike ruled out for a borderline offside. But with six minutes to go Monreal volleyed in the third from Caravajal’s cross, and just a minute later Aduríz made it four after Vitolo stepped over a centre from Silva. (12.11.16)

Senior and under 21 squads
Spain's qualifying fixtures
Group G table
Euro 2016


Summer transfers

Post-window moves

The usual mad rush at the end of the summer transfer window, with over 50 deals closed on the last day. Granada made no less than six of those, registering Alberto Bueno, Carcela-González, Tabanou, Rubén Vezo, Kravets and Atzili, and Valencia tied up central defenders Garay and Mangala and striker Munir to replace Mustafi and Paco Alcácer, sold to Arsenal and Barcelona respectively. Espanyol were also very active, allowing Pau López to go to Tottenham once they had signed Diego López to replace him, and they also took on Alvaro Vázquez and Diego Reyes, the latter to replace Alvaro, who went to Villarreal. Elsewhere Sevilla signed Nasri from Manchester City and transferred Konoplyanka to Schalke, Deportivo took Stoke’s Joselu on loan, Betis snapped up Ryan Donk, Málaga filled their vacant goalkeeping slot with Boyko, etc., etc. That’s it now though until the January window opens again, although in the meantime clubs can still sign players who are unemployed, or to replace those with long term injuries. Follow the various links on our pages for all the latest news. (02.09.16)

Date Player (Country) Old club New club Position/Comments
31/08/16 Diego López AC Milan (ITA) Espanyol GK GK Swapping one López for another! Ex Spain international moves on 1 year loan to replace Pau.
31/08/16 Garay (ARG) Zenit (RUS) Valencia DF Ex Racing & Real Madrid defender returns to La Liga after 5 years away. Fee +/- €20 Mio?
31/08/16 Alberto Bueno Porto (POR) Granada FW Forward rejoining Jémez, who was his boss when at Rayo. Was also at Castilla, Derby, Valladolid.
30/08/16 Nasri (FRA) Man City (ENG) Sevilla MF French midfielder moves on one year loan to fill spot left by Konoplyanka.
29/08/16 Paco Alcácer Valencia Barcelona FW Agreed fee of €30 Mio + 2 variable after player said he wanted move to Nou Camp.

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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


Fantasy Football

LaLiga and the sports paper Marca have combined to set up a Spanish Fantasy Football game. This looked like good fun, so Soccer-Spain have set up a couple of private leagues for our readers to participate in. Details of how to join at the above link. (24.08.16)


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

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)


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)



Club World Cup 2015, final

2016 Edition

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
Betis 3-3 Celta
Athletic 3-1 Eibar
Alavés 1-1 L Palmas
Leganés 0-0 Villarreal
Atlético 0-0 Espanyol
Sporting 3-1 Osasuna
Barcelona 1-1 R Madrid
Deportivo - Real Soc
Valencia 2-2 Málaga
Granada 2-1 Sevilla
Day 14 - Dec 4

 

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