Coming fixtures
First division Day 9 24-26 Oct
Copa del Rey Cornellà v Real Madrid
Sabadell v Sevilla
29 Oct
First division Day 10 31 Oct - 3 Nov
Champions League Day 4 4/5 Nov
Europa League Day 4 6 Nov

Europa League group stage, day 3

Spain’s two remaining representatives in the Europa League lead their respective groups at the end of week three. Villarreal clocked up a comfortable 4-1 victory over Zurich, Cani opening the scoring in the sixth minute of the game after Gerard set him up. Schönbächer made it all square before the break, but Vietto, Bruno and Giovani made sure of the result in the second half. Earlier in the evening defending champions Sevilla drew 0-0 at Standard Liège, and although the Andalusians only have five points to date, results elsewhere mean that they are still leading the pack. (23.10.14)

Europa League group tables


Champions League group stage, day 3

Big victories for the two Madrid sides on Wednesday, both of whom are now topping their respective groups. Real Madrid won 0-3 at Liverpool to make it nine points out of nine, Ronaldo scoring an impressive opener and Benzema adding two more before the break to give their side their first ever win against the Merseysiders. And Atlético Madrid beat Malmö 5-0, in their case with all the goals coming after the break. Koke got the first just a couple of minutes after the restart from Turan’s assist, and with the floodgates open Mandzukic, Griemann, Godín and Cerci scored four more for the final result. (22.10.14)

Barcelona took a big step towards a place in the knock-out stage after a 3-1 victory over Ajax on Tuesday night. Neymar and Messi put them two up with only a quarter of the game gone, and although El Ghazi pulled one back with a couple of minutes to go, Sandro wrapped things up in injury time. Athletic Bilbao are in serious difficulty though, and they ended the day at the bottom of their group after a 2-1 defeat at Porto. Héctor Herrera gave the Portuguese side the lead on the stroke of half time, and although Guillermo made it all square after the break, Iraizoz let a long shot by Quaresma through his hands late on to gift the three points to the locals. (21.10.14)

Champions League group tables



Match round-up - First Division, Day 8

More problems for Real Sociedad, the Basque side ending the day just above the relegation zone after losing 1-2 to Getafe in the Monday night match. Both teams rattled the woodwork in an even first half, Sarabia hitting the post with a low shot on the half hour mark and Chory Castro also curling a long effort against the upright a couple of minutes later. After the restart Guaita had to keep out Finnbogason, and Zubikarai made saves at the other end from Yoda and Michel, but the locals appeared to be heading for a first win in seven games when Canales and Vela set up young substitute Hervías to score with eight minutes to go. However with normal time coming to an end Yoda equalized with an angled shot from the edge of the area, and three minutes later the Ivory Coast winger got on the end of Sammir’s cross to beat the local keeper for a second time. It was another nail in the coffin for coach Jagoba Arrasate, and he may soon be following Córdoba’s Ferrer and Levante’s Mendilibar, who were both sacked earlier in the day. (20.10.14)

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Second division

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


Copa del Rey

A fascinating fourth round cup draw, with Cornellà, L’Hospitalet, and Huesca getting the big prizes of two-leg ties against Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Barcelona respectively, with first legs at home. The draw for the later round though paired together the two Madrid sides in the last sixteen, with the winner of that to play Barcelona (assuming of course that all get through), so only one of the big three can qualify for the semi-finals this season. (17.10.14)

Fifth round and subsequent pairings:

Deportivo or Málaga v Albacete or Levante;
Las Palmas or Celta v Alcoyano or Athletic Bilbao

Rayo Vallecano or Valencia v Alavés or Espanyol;
Granada or Córdoba v Sabadell or Sevilla

Huesca or Barcelona v Valladolid or Elche;
L'Hospitalet or Atlético Madrid v Cornellà or Real Madrid

Cádiz or Villarreal v Oviedo or Real Sociedad;
Betis or Almería v Getafe or Eibar

Fourth round draw and kick-off times
Draw for fifth & subsequent rounds

Third round results
Third round match reports


Under 21 European play-offs

Spain 1 - Serbia 2

A devastating defeat for Spain’s under 21 side against Serbia, the result not only leaving the double defending champions out of next summer’s European finals, but also meaning that they will not have a chance of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil! After the 0-0 draw in the first leg Spain really needed to score, but despite having over three-quarters possession, it was the visitors went ahead on the half hour mark with their first real attack, Gayà’s attempted clearance from Pesic’s cross hitting Saúl Ñíguez and deflecting in to the net. A cynical tackle took team captain Muniain out of the game early in the second half, but Celades brought on Sandro, Sarabia and Oliver in an attempt to turn things around. Sandro hit the post and Isco and Saúl had efforts saved as the youngsters threw everything forward, and two minutes in to injury time a Sergi Roberto centre bounced past everyone into the net. Suddenly there was hope, but in a frantic last push Munir saw his shot saved, and Kostic put paid to any chance of a comeback on a rapid breakaway just a minute later. (14.10.14)

First leg: Serbia 0 - Spain 0
Group qualifying games
Group table

Under 17 Euro qualifier: Spain 2 - Lithuania 1


Euro 2016 qualifier

Luxembourg 0 - Spain 4

A comfortable win for Spain against Luxembourg in their second match this week, although victories for Slovakia and Ukraine elsewhere leaves them with a lot to do still to be sure of qualifying. Del Bosque made four changes to his line-up, with De Gea taking over from Casillas in goal and Alcácer joining Diego Costa up front. Costa was still looking for his first goal for Spain, and he went close a couple of times in the early minutes. However it was not until later on in the first half that David Silva opened the scoring, latching on to a loose ball to fire a fierce shot in to the far top corner of the net. Costa missed the easiest of chances after that, but with half time approaching Alcácer connected with Silva’s cross to turn a shot past Joubert. Costa did finally get his goal though, beating Joubert with twenty minutes to go after a couple of previous shots were blocked following a Koke free kick. De Gea had to make a save from Bensi after that, and Gerson headed the resulting corner over, but with two minutes to go debutant substitutes Rodrigo and Bernat combined for the Bayern Munich left back to wrap things up. (12.10.14)

Thursday's match: Slovakia 2 - Spain 1
Full and under 21 squads
Group C table
Euro 2016 fixtures
Friendly internationals


Club World Cup

European Champions League winners Real Madrid return to the Club World Cup for the second time after finishing fourth in the pilot edition in the year 2000. The tournament, which takes place in Morocco this season from 10th to 20th December, includes the top clubs from all six of FIFA's regional federations plus the local champions, with the European and South American champions entering at the semi-final stage. Madrid’s rivals will be the winners of the quarter final tie between Mexico’s Cruz Azul and the Asian champions, with Australia’s Western Sydney Wanderers and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal still to play the final of their own regional competition. Madrid’s week 16 league game against Sevilla has therefore been postponed, provisionally to Wednesday, 4th February 2015. (11.10.14)

Spanish Super Cup
European Super Cup
Friendly fixtures
Pre-season fixtures



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


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
Córdoba - Real Soc
Getafe - Atlético
Espanyol - Deportivo
Valencia - Elche
Sevilla - Villarreal
Almería - Athletic
Celta 3-0 Levante
R Madrid - Barcelona
Eibar - Granada
Málaga - Rayo
Day 9 - Oct 26

Córdoba 1-2 Málaga
Real Soc 1-2 Getafe
Atlético 2-0 Espanyol
Deportivo 3-0 Valencia
Elche 0-2 Sevilla
Villarreal 2-0 Almería
Athletic 1-1 Celta
Levante 0-5 R Madrid
Barcelona 3-0 Eibar
Granada 0-1 Rayo
Day 8 - Oct 19



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