Coming fixtures
Europa League Day 3 23 Oct
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

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

Monday night game: Real Sociedad 1 - Getafe 2

Sevilla are up to second in the table after a 0-2 victory at Elche on Sunday evening. Bacca opened the scoring on the hour mark after Manu could only push out a Deulofeu free kick, and substitute Gameiro headed the second on his first appearance of the season following a long injury. The Andalusians go above Valencia, who were beaten 3-0 by Deportivo earlier in the day. Gayà put through his own net and Lucas Pérez made it two on the stroke of half time, and Toché rounded things off with the third later on to take the Galicians out of the relegation zone. Atlético Madrid are now level with Valencia after they won 2-0 against Espanyol in today’s mid-day kick-off. Tiago headed the first just before the break and Mario added the second to extend Atleti’s unbeaten home run in the league to 24 games. Meanwhile Villarreal are in to the European spots after they beat Almería 2-0 in the last match of the evening, Uche getting a goal in each half to tie up the three points. (19.10.14)

Just one week away from the next “clásico” in the Bernabeu stadium, and Barcelona and Real Madrid currently occupy the top two spots pending Sunday’s games. Barcelona stay four points clear of their rivals though after a 3-0 victory over Eibar, a record eighth match in a row since the start of the season without letting in a goal. The Basque side gave them some problems however before Xavi latched on to Messi’s pass on the hour mark to open the scoring, but Neymar and Messi added two more in the next quarter of an hour to wrap things up. Earlier in the afternoon Real Madrid laid down the gauntlet with another big win, Ancelotti’s side thrashing Levante 0-5. Chicharito won an early penalty which Cristiano Ronaldo converted, and then headed the second himself later on in the first half. Ronaldo made it three with an hour gone, his fifteenth in seven games beating a record which had stood for over seventy years, and James and Isco completed the scoring after that. Meanwhile Celta stay in sixth spot after a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao, Nolito saving a point for the visitors after Aduríz had scored a sixth minute penalty. And Málaga are now just a point behind the Galicians after they won 1-2 at struggling regional neighbours Córdoba, a Samuel strike and an Amrabat penalty giving them a first half lead before Ghilas got one back with the last kick of the match. (18.10.14)


Second division

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

Draw for fifth & subsequent rounds

Third round ties:

The final third round cup game took place on Thursday, Las Palmas making it in to the last 32 after a 2-0 victory over Numancia. Guzmán gave the Canary Islanders an early lead, and Asdrubal wrapped things up with an impressive overhead kick in the dying minutes. (16.10.14)

Eight more cup ties on Wednesday, including all six involving the lower division sides. Izarra were the only team from the regional third division left in the competition, but despite going two up by half time at L’Hospitalet, the Catalans turned things around to win 3-2 in the end. All the games were close though, with Cádiz, Alcoyano and Cornellà all winning by one goal margins, and Oviedo and Huesca going through in extra time. As luck would have it, the second division’s top two sides were paired together, Valladolid running out 2-0 winners against Girona with goals by Guille Andrés and Samuel. And in the last match of the evening, Betis went through 5-4 in the penalty shoot-out after their tie against Lugo ended 0-0. All will be in Friday’s fourth round draw, with the second division B clubs seeded to play one of the first division sides playing in European competitions, and the second division A teams also due to face top flight opposition. (15.10.14)

The third round of the Spanish cup took place this week, with five one-leg ties involving second division sides, and another six involving clubs from the regional divisions. The winners go through to the fourth round together with Sabadell, who receive a bye, and all will be paired with first division teams at the next stage of the competition. Two matches in the first group kicked off on Tuesday, with Alavés the first to qualify after a 0-1 victory at Mirandés. Barreiro getting the only goal near the end. Later in the evening Albacete made it through after beating Recreativo 2-1, Cidoncha and Rubén Cruz putting the Manchegans two up before Menosse headed one back with five minutes to go to. (14.10.14)


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 friendly games v Germany

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

Match round-up - Second Division, Day 8

Girona and Valladolid hold on to the top two spots after Betis and Las Palmas drew 0-0 in their Saturday mid-day game. The Canary Islanders drop to fourth as a result, below Sporting Gijón, who beat Leganés 2-1 later in the evening. Betis are down to seventh, still a point above Lugo and Zaragoza, who cancelled each other out in an action packed 3-3 draw. Sabadell meanwhile are up to twelfth after a 0-1 victory at neighbours Llagostera, the newly promoted side themselves now just a point above the drop zone after only picking up one point from their last three games. (12.10.14)


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)

Match round-up - First Division, Day 7

There is already talk in Spain that La Liga could be a five-horse race this season, with Valencia and Sevilla joining the big three in the battle for the title. Valencia’s victory yesterday over Atlético to hold on to second place strengthened that idea, and Sevilla are still lying third after they beat Deportivo 4-1 on Sunday lunchtime. M’bia scored twice to add to his midweek goal, and Bacca and Vitolo were also on target, with Medunjanin replying for the Galicians. Real Madrid are back in the frame though after their early season slips, and they are just a point behind Sevilla after thrashing a poor Athletic Bilbao 5-0, Ronaldo netting his third hat-trick in fifteen days, and Benzema also helping himself to a brace. Sixth placed Celta lose ground however after they lost 1-3 to Villarreal, who move up to within a point of their hosts as a result. Moi Gómez scored twice in a minute around the half hour mark, and although Larrivey got one back before the break, Mario wrapped things up in injury time. Athletic and Deportivo stay down in the bottom three after their defeats, and Real Sociedad are just a point above them after they were beaten 2-0 by Espanyol. Lucas Vázquez opened the scoring early on and Stuani got the second in the dying minutes to take the Catalans up to eighth place in the table. (05.10.14)

Barcelona stay at the top of the table after a 0-2 victory at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday evening. Messi and Neymar got the goals in a two minute period late in the first half, and Claudio Bravo and his defence made sure of the result with a record seventh clean sheet in a row. For a couple of hours or so though Valencia moved above the Catalans after a 3-1 win over Atlético Madrid earlier in the afternoon. The Ches raced in to a three goal lead with less than a quarter of an hour gone, Miranda putting through his own net and André Gomes and Otamendi adding two more soon afterwards. Mandzukic headed one back, but Diego Alves saved a Siqueira penalty shortly before the break to put paid to any hope of a comeback. Plenty of goals elsewhere, with Eibar and Levante sharing the spoils in an exciting 3-3 draw, Almería and Elche also picking up a point each in a 2-2 draw, and Málaga coming from behind to beat Granada 2-1. And on Friday evening the points were also shared after Getafe and Córdoba drew 1-1. Córdoba moved out of the bottom three as a result only to return the following day, and the points picked up by Levante and Elche left Athletic Bilbao and Deportivo in the relegation zone pending their matches on Sunday. (04.10.14)


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

Europa League group stage, day 2

Both Spanish sides top their groups on four points after the second round of games on Thursday. Sevilla kicked things off with a 2-2 draw at Rijeka, M’bia saving a point for the Andalusians with an injury time strike. Iago Aspas had given them the lead before the break, but early in the second half Kolodziejczak was sent off for giving away a penalty which Kramaric converted, and Kvrzic added a second for the Croatian team a few minutes later. Villarreal had no problems though seeing off Apollon later in the evening, Gerard Moreno and Espinosa scoring two each to help them to a comfortable 4-0 victory. (02.10.14)

Europa League group tables

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.


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
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

Getafe 1-1 Córdoba
Espanyol 2-0 Real Soc
Valencia 3-1 Atlético
Sevilla 4-1 Deportivo
Almería 2-2 Elche
Celta 1-3 Villarreal
R Madrid 5-0 Athletic
Eibar 3-3 Levante
Rayo 0-2 Barcelona
Málaga 2-1 Granada
Day 7 - Oct 5

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