Coming fixtures
Champions League Day 2 (remaining games) 1 Oct
Europa League Day 2 2 Oct
First division Day 7 3-5 Oct
Euro 2016 qualifiers Slovakia v Spain
Luxembourg v Spain
9 Oct
12 Oct
U21 Euro play-offs Serbia v Spain 10, 14 Oct

Champions League group stage, day 2

A disappointing evening for La Liga teams on Tuesday, with Barcelona losing 3-2 at Paris Saint Germain, and Athletic Bilbao beaten 2-1 at BATE Borisov. Barcelona were always behind in the Parque des Princes stadium, and although Messi and Neymar were on target, they fell to their first defeat of the season. Athletic meanwhile went two down in the first half, and although Aduríz got one back on the stroke of half time, they were not able to save anything in the end. (30.09.14)

Champions League group tables


Match round-up - First Division, Day 6

Mid-week leaders Valencia drop two points behind Barcelona after they could only draw 1-1 at Real Sociedad on Sunday evening. The Ches took the lead with a quarter of an hour gone, Carles Gil volleying a shot past Zubikarai after Alcácer headed back Rodrigo’s cross, but Canales levelled it later in the first half with a long cross which bounced past everyone in to the net. Further down the table Getafe climbed out of the drop zone after a 1-0 victory against Málaga in Sunday’s mid-day game, Michel scoring the only goal midway through the first half after Yoda set him up. Deportivo are only just outside of the bottom three though after they lost 0-1 against Almería, Edgar getting the winner for the visitors with the game already in injury time, and Córdoba stay at the bottom of the table after they drew 0-0 with Espanyol in the last match of the evening. (28.09.14)

Barcelona are back on top of the first division after a big 6-0 victory over Granada on Saturday evening, Luis Enrique’s side having now gone seven games without letting in a goal. Neymar opened the scoring midway through the first half, and with the interval approaching Rakitic and Neymar helped themselves to two more. Messi headed in the goal of the night after Xavi and Dani Alves combined to set him up on the hour mark, and Neymar completed his hat-trick before Messi wrapped things up late on. Atlético Madrid came up against Sevilla later in the evening, one of the latest pretenders for their title. However Simeone’s side ran out comfortable 4-0 winners in the end to move above the Andalusians in the table. By half time they were two up, koke opening the scoring with a deflected shot, and Saúl Ñíguez heading the second from a set-piece free kick. Raúl García made it three from the penalty spot with seven minutes to go, and Raúl Jiménez headed in the fourth following another Koke free kick in the last minute.

Real Madrid are back in the running as well after another convincing victory, this time 0-2 at Villarreal. Both the goals came in the first half, with Modric firing home the first, and Ronaldo getting on the end of a Benzema cross to score the second. The top six have now opened up a four point gap over the rest, with Villarreal and Granada being joined on eight points by Eibar and Rayo Vallecano. Eibar produced another surprising result, holding Basque neighbours Athletic Bilbao to a 0-0 draw in the San Mamés stadium in the first ever meeting between the two teams in the top flight. And Rayo Vallecano beat Levante 0-2, Leo Baptistao scoring both goals in the first half, the second game in four days that he has netted a brace. The defeat leaves Levante back down in the relegation spots having only scored once in six matches.(27.09.14).

Celta are up to fourth in the table pending the rest of the weekend’s games after a last minute 0-1 victory over Elche on Friday evening. With a draw seemingly on the cards, Nolito picked up Krohn-Dehli’s lofted pass to score the only goal of the match, keeping up his side’s unbeaten record this season. (26.09.14)

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Second division

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



Match round-up - First Division, Day 5

Valencia are the new leaders of the first division after a 3-0 victory over Córdoba in the last of the midweek games! Paco Alcácer steered a stunning header over Juan Carlos from a Feghouli cross to open the scoring in the twentieth minute, and just five minutes later Gayà made it two with an angled shot after André Gomes laid the ball back in to his path. And with twenty minutes or so to go Feghouli ran on to a Carles Gil assist to score the third, taking the Ches above Barcelona on number of goals scored. Earlier on Thursday evening Espanyol beat Getafe 2-0 to move out of the relegation spots and up to mid-table. Both goals came in the second half, Sergio García volleying home a lofted Salva Sevilla pass, and Stuani getting the second late on after Lucas Vázquez crossed in from the right. Today’s results left Córdoba and Getafe in the last two spots, and Athletic Bilbao also find themselves in the drop zone after losing four of the first five games. (25.09.14)

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Europa League group stage, day 1

Defending champions Sevilla began their new Europa League campaign well, a comfortable 2-0 victory over Feyenoord taking them to joint top of their group on the opening day. Both goals came in the first half from wide Deulofeu free kicks, Krychowiak getting on the end of the first one, and M’Bia heading in the second. It could have been much more though if the Andalusians had taken advantage of some of the many chances which fell their way after that. Earlier in the evening Villarreal celebrated their return to Europe with a 1-1 draw at Borussia Mónchengladbach. Hermann gave the German side a first half lead, but Uche equalized just a minute after coming on as substitute some twenty minutes in to the second half. That was just about the end of his participation though, as he injured himself scoring the goal, and had to be replaced soon afterwards. (18.09.14)

Europa League group tables



Copa del Rey

The second round of the Spanish cup took place over the last three days, with second division sides entering the competition for the first time. There were wins for Girona, Alavés, Valladolid, Betis, Recreativo, Las Palmas, Sabadell, Albacete, Numancia and Lugo, and in the ties involving lower ranked teams, Izarra were the only ones from the regional third division to qualify. The draw for the third round takes place on 22nd September, with the winners of that scheduled to play first division clubs in the fourth round of the competition later in the year. (11.09.14)

Third round draw

First round ties
Second round ties

Copa del Rey, 2013/14 final: Barcelona 1 – Real Madrid 2


Under 21 European qualifier

Spain 1- Austria 1

Spain’s under 21s missed out on a full house after they were held to a last minute 1-1 draw by Austria in their final group game. After making sure of top spot in their group a few days ago following a seventh win out of seven, new coach Albert Celades drafted in several of his newer players. For most of the first half they were on top, Sarabia in particular shooting wide and Darder bringing a good save out of the visiting keeper. The Austrians needed a result though to have a chance of qualifying as one the better second ranked sides, and Stöger and Djuricin put Kepa under pressure before the break. Some five minutes after the restart Sarabia finally broke the ice after a Denis Suárez corner was headed back in to the area by Puerto and a couple of defenders, the Getafe midfielder getting in front of Stankovic to run the ball in to the net. But Spain were unable to convert any number of chances after that, and in the fifth minute of time added on Kepa could only get a hand to Schaub’s header, and Gregoritsch was in the right place to turn in the equalizer. (09.09.14)

Group table

Under 17 friendly games v Belgium


Euro 2016 qualifier

Spain 5 - Macedonia 1

A great start for the new-look Spain side, a convincing 5-1 victory over Macedonia dissipating any doubts about whether they would falter after a disastrous World Cup campaign. Sergio Ramos opened the scoring with a soft “Panenka” penalty on the quarter hour mark after Mojsov tripped Silva inside the area, and just two minutes later debutant Paco Alcácer made it two after Juanfran played a long centre from Fàbregas back across goal. Ibraimi got one back though with a second penalty after Juanfran brought down Trajkovski, but Silva and Alcácer both went close, and with the first half coming to a close Alcácer headed the ball on for Busquets to drill in a low shot which took a deflection off Sikov to wrong foot the keeper. Casillas had to save from Jahovic immediately after the restart, but a couple of minutes later Silva picked up a Jordi Alba assist before firing a shot on the turn through the legs of a defender and in to the far corner of the net. Fàbregas hit the bar soon afterwards, and with the game won Del Bosque used the occasion to bring on 19 year old Munir for his first cap. Casillas still had to be on his toes to keep out Ibraimi and Traikovski later on as Spain relaxed, but with the game in injury time Silva slipped the ball through for Pedro to chip the keeper and wrap things up. With second favourites Ukraine losing to Slovakia and Luxembourg getting a draw against Belarus, Spain are already well on the road to France. (08.09.14)

Group C table

Full and under 21 squads
Euro 2016 fixtures
2014 World Cup


Friendly international

France 1 - Spain 0

A renovated Spain side fell to a 1-0 defeat against France in the opening match of the new season. With the likes of Xavi, Xabi Alonso and David Villa calling it a day at international level, Del Bosque is building a new squad based largely on the successful under 21 sides which won the last two European championships. The coach called up five uncapped players this time around, three of whom, Carvajal, San José and Raúl García all started this match, with Paco Alcácer coming on later on. It was clear though that there is still work to do, as the team hardly managed a shot on target throughout the ninety minutes against a more experienced French side. Benzema felt himself unlucky to have a strike ruled out for a questionable offside early in the second half, and a few minutes later Remy latched on to Valbuena’s cross to fire a shot past De Gea. Substitutes David Silva and Isco did cause some problems in the closing minutes however, the former clipping a shot just wide of the post and the latter having a penalty appeal turned down, and Alcácer also came close to scoring late on. In the end though it was a game with nothing at stake, and the real test comes on Monday night in the Euro 2016 opener against Macedonia. (04.09.14)


Latest transfers

Post-window transfers

That’s it for another few months, the summer transfer window closing at midnight last night with the usual flurry of last minute signings (see above link for full details). The most important moves since our last report were outwards from the Bernabeu stadium, with Di María signing at Manchester United for a British record fee, and Xabi Alonso opting to join Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich. “Chicharito” Hernández has come in from Old Trafford on loan, but despite the big name signings Ancelotti’s squad is looking a bit short this season. Meanwhile Atlético Madrid have convinced Torino’s Italian international forward Cerci to join on a three year deal, and Valencia tied up Negredo at the last minute, albeit that his injury will prevent him from playing for a few weeks yet.

Some creative accounting there by the way to get round the new “economic control” rules, the player joining on loan with an obligatory buy-out clause at the end, a loop-hole which others have used as well. The footballing authorities have been on top of things elsewhere though, and for example Getafe and Zaragoza were refused last minute signings as they took the clubs’ wages bills outside of the acceptable ratios. It still seems that the biggest sides have found ways (as always) to bend the rules, and it is the smaller teams who are having to pay the price, but at least something is being done at last to try and get the situation under control. (02.09.14)

Date Player (Country) Old club New club Position/Comments
01/09/14 Negredo Manchester City (ENG) Valencia FW Last second agreement to join on loan, with €27 Mio buy out option. Currently injured!
01/09/14 Alderweireld (BEL) Atlético Madrid Southampton (ENG) DF Had several offers from Premier League, but preferred to join Koeman on one year loan.
01/09/14 Cañas Swansea (WAL) Espanyol MF Moved quickly to replace David López. Rescinds contract and signs for 3 years.

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New season transfers - first division
New season transfers - second division
First division squads
Second division squads
Regional 2B groupings
First division fixtures
Second division fixtures


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


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)


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
Getafe 1-0 Málaga
Córdoba 0-0 Espanyol
Real Soc 1-1 Valencia
Atlético 4-0 Sevilla
Deportivo 0-1 Almería
Elche 0-1 Celta
Villarreal 0-2 R Madrid
Athletic 0-0 Eibar
Levante 0-2 Rayo
Barcelona 6-0 Granada
Day 6 - Sep 28

Espanyol 2-0 Getafe
Valencia 3-0 Córdoba
Sevilla 1-0 Real Soc
Almería 0-1 Atlético
Celta 2-1 Deportivo
R Madrid 5-1 Elche
Eibar 1-1 Villarreal
Rayo 2-1 Athletic
Granada 0-1 Levante
Málaga 0-0 Barcelona
Day 5 - Sep 24



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