Coming fixtures
Europa League Day 3 20 Oct
First division Day 9 21-23 Oct
Copa del Rey, 4th round Cultural Leonesa v Real Madrid 26 Oct
First division Day 10 28-31 Oct
Champions League Day 4 1/2 Nov

Champions League group stage, day three

A full house for Spanish sides this week, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid also winning their respective ties on Wednesday evening. Barcelona beat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City 4-0 in an event-packed match, Messi helping himself to yet another hat-trick either side of half time, and Neymar completing the scoring at the end. Luis Enrique lost Jordi Alba and Piqué to injuries though before the break, Claudio Bravo and Mathieu were both sent off in the second half, and substitute keeper Willy Caballero saved a Neymar penalty later on. Barça move on to a maximum nine points, as do Atlético, who won 0-1 at Rostov. Simeone’s team dominated throughout, but the only goal came on the hour mark when Carrasco got on the end of Juanfran’s cross to beat Dzhanaev. (19.10.16)

Wins for Real Madrid and Sevilla at the start of day three, and both teams are now just a game away from qualifying for the knock-out stage. Real Madrid beat Legia Warsaw 5-1, and they share top spot of their group with Borussia Dortmund, A Bale strike and an own goal from Jodlowiec put Zidane’s side two up before Radovic got one back from the penalty spot. Marco Asensio made it 3-1 before half time though, and second half strikes from substitutes Lucas Vázquez and Morata wrapped things up. Sevilla meanwhile won 0-1 at Dinamo Zagreb to move alongside Juventus at the head of their group, and if both win again in two weeks’ time they will be through to the round of sixteen. Nasri got the only goal of the game from Mariano’s cross late on in the first half, although Sampaoli’s team could have won by a bigger margin in the end. (18.10.16)

Group tables

Match round-up - First Division, Day 8

Osasuna beat neighbours Eibar 2-3 in this week’s Monday night game, their first victory since being promoted in the summer taking them four points clear of Granada, albeit still in next to bottom spot. The locals scored first though Escalante firing a shot past Nauzet with only seventeen seconds on the clock, the fastest goal of the current campaign. However Sergio León netted twice in a three minute period around the half hour mark, and although Sergi Enrich equalized on the stroke of half time, Roberto Torres turned in the winner after the restart. (17.10.16)

Only three points separate the top six sides after Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao both won on Sunday. Villarreal beat Celta 5-0 in the last match of the day, the result keeping them level on points with fourth placed Barcelona. By half time they were already three up, Roberto Soriano scoring twice early on and Bakambu adding the third, and after the break a Daniel Wass own goal and a strike from Manu Trigueros rounded things off. Earlier in the afternoon Athletic won 3-2 against Real Sociedad, their first victory against their Basque rivals in four years. Zurutuza gave the visitors an early lead, but after the restart goals from Muniain, Aduríz and Williams turned things around before Iñigo Martínez headed one back near the end. Further down the table Valencia moved away from the danger zone with a 1-2 victory over Sporting Gijón, the Asturians themselves ending the weekend in the bottom three as a result. Mario Suárez opened the scoring for the Ches in the seventh minute, and although Carlos Castro equalized before the break, Suárez scored again to get new coach Prandelli off to a winning start. Elsewhere Alavés and Málaga drew 1-1 in the mid-day kick-off, a second half Rosales strike cancelling out Deyverson’s early opener to leave both teams safely in mid-table. (16.10.16)

Spain’s four Champions League sides were all in action on Saturday, and they clocked up no less than 20 goals between them to maintain the status quo at the top of the table. Atlético Madrid stay top though after they thrashed bottom club Granada 7-1. Lucas Alcaraz was in charge of the Andalusians once again after Paco Jémez was fired a few days ago, and he saw Isaac Cuenca volley them in to an early lead. However Carrasco helped himself to a hat-trick in 30 minutes or so either side of half time, and substitute Gaitán scored two more before Correa and Tiago wrapped things up in the dying minutes. Real Madrid are still level on points with their city neighbours though after they won 1-6 at Betis later in the evening. Strikes by Varane, Benzema, Marcelo and Isco put Zidane’s side four up at the interval, and although half time substitute Cejudo got one back, Isco and Ronaldo netted twice more later on in the second half. Sevilla stay in third spot after they beat Leganés 2-3 in the lunchtime game, Sarabia getting a late winner to give the Andalusians their first away victory in the league since May last year. Strikes either side of the break by Franco Vázquez and Nasri looked like being enough to take the three points for the visitors, but Timor and Szymanowski scored twice in as many minutes midway through the second half to make it all square. Barcelona remain a point below Sevilla in fourth place after they beat Deportivo 4-0, Rafinha finding the net twice before the interval to start things off. Luis Suárez added a third on the stroke of half time before being replaced by Paco Alcácer, who missed two or three chances later on. And Messi came on in the second half after his injury lay-off to score the fourth just three minutes later, giving Luis Enrique’s team a morale-boosting win prior to the visit of Manchester City next Wednesday. (15.10.16)

La Liga returned after the short international break, Las Palmas and Espanyol kicking things off with a 0-0 draw on Friday night. Visiting keeper Diego López was the busiest man on the park with saves from Boateng, Livaja and others, although Leo Baptistao and Gerard Moreno both wasted opportunities to put the Catalans in front before the break. The result leaves Quique Sánchez Flores’ side just a point above the drop zone, and takes the Canary Islanders up to sixth pending the rest of the weekend games. (14.10.16)


Second division

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

Copa del Rey, third round

Fourth round draw

Regional third division side Formentera are in to the fourth round of the cup after knocking out Tudelano on penalties on Wednesday evening! The Balearic Islanders will be joined by 2B sides Guijuelo, Racing Santander, Hércules, Cultural Leonesa and Toledo in Friday’s draw, where they will all be paired with the clubs who are playing European competitions this year. Six second division teams will also be in Friday’s hat, Alcorcón, UCAM Murcia, Nàstic, Córdoba and Valladolid, as well as Huesca, who were given a bye in the third round. They will be seeded to meet one of the other first division sides, with ties to be played over two legs at the beginning of December. (12.10.16)

Alcorcón are the first of the lower ranked teams to qualify for the fourth round after they won 0-1 at Elche on Tuesday evening. Luis Fernández got the only goal late on to take the Madrid based side through to a meeting with first division rivals. All the other ties take place tomorrow, a public holiday in Spain. (11.10.16)


Under 21 Euro 2017 qualifier

Spain 5 - Estonia 0

As expected, Spain finished as one of the four best placed runners-up after Tuesday’s ties, and they will go in to Friday’s draw together with Serbia, Austria and Norway. Celadés’ side will be looking to avoid Serbia, who knocked them out at this stage of the competition two years ago. (11.10.16)

Spain’s under 21 side completed the formalities with a 5-0 victory over Estonia in their last group game, although Sweden’s win against Croatia meant that Albert Celades’ team had to settle for second spot and a probable place in the play-offs. Visiting keeper Igonen had to make a string of good saves before he was beaten twice in as many minutes by Denis Suárez and Marco Asensio late on in the first half. However there were no more goals until the last five minutes or so, when substitute Munir netted twice and Asensio got one in-between for the final result. Spain now have to wait until tomorrow night’s fixtures are completed to confirm that they have finished amongst the four best runners-up, although with 23 points they are looking fairly safe. (10.10.16)

San Marino 0 - Spain 3

Group 6 table

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

World Cup qualifier

Albania 0 - Spain 2

Spain beat Albania 0-2 in their third group game, the result taking Julen Lopetegui’s side back to the top of their mini-league, ahead of Italy on goal difference. The East Europeans had won their opening two matches, and they set out their stall early on, with a packed midfield and Balaj as the lone striker up front. As a result De Gea was a mere spectator for almost all of the ninety minutes, and Spain clocked up over 75% possession in the first half. Berisha kept out Diego Costa, Vitolo and Koke though, and at the break the scores were still level. However some ten minutes in to the second half Vitolo intercepted a poor clearance by the local keeper, and he passed through for David Silva to roll the ball across the area for Costa to score. Lopetegui (who started with a three man defence) brought on Nolito, and within three minutes he added a second, cutting in past Hysaj to beat Berisha with an angled shot. That just about wrapped things up, and Silva and Sergio Ramos went close again before Ramos limped off with a knee injury near the end. A good start for the new coach, and Spain have now gone 56 games without defeat in World Cup qualifiers, the last time they lost being against Denmark in Copenhagen way back in March 1993! (09.10.16)

Thursday night game: Italy 1 - Spain 1

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

Europa League group stage, day two

Good results again for La Liga teams in the second round of group games on Thursday. Villarreal top their mini-league after a 1-1 draw at Steaua Bucharest, Santos Borré giving Fran Escribá’s side an early lead before Sully levelled it for the Romanians. Celta clocked up their first win, late strikes from Scandinavian pairing Guidetti and Daniel Wass giving them a 2-0 victory over Panathinaikos. The Galicians are now second behind Ajax, who they meet twice over their next two games. And later in the evening Athletic Bilbao beat Rapid Vienna 1-0, Beñat getting the only goal on the hour mark. Their group is now all square, with the four teams having won one and lost one. (29.09.16)

Group tables

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.


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

Friendly international

Belgium 0 - Spain 2

Spain won their first match under new coach Julen Lopetegui, a 0-2 victory over Belgium setting them up for Monday night’s opening World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein. Lopetegui knew many of the players from his time in charge of the under 21 squad, and although Casillas and some of the older faces were missing, his line up was similar to the one Del Bosque put out in the recent European champions. Unfortunately he lost Morata to an injury early on, but Diego Costa came on, and with ten minutes to go to the break the Chelsea striker put the final touch to a move involving Carvajal and Vitolo to set up David Silva for the opener. After the restart ex Atlético keeper Courtois was in action to save a Piqué header and a shot from Costa, but with an hour on the clock Jordan Lukaku tripped Vitolo in the area, and Silva stepped up to convert the resulting penalty. After that both coaches made the usual changes, Saúl Ñíguez making his debut for the senior squad, and shortly before the end De Gea pulled off his first real save of the night from De Bruyne. A good start to Spain’s new era, but by contrast the Belgian fans were not happy, and they booed their own players off at the end. Their new Spanish born coach Roberto Martínez has more work to do than Lopetegui it seems! (01.09.16)

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, 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
Villarreal 5-0 Celta
L Palmas 0-0 Espanyol
Eibar 2-3 Osasuna
Betis 1-6 R Madrid
Athletic 3-2 Real Soc
Alavés 1-1 Málaga
Leganés 2-3 Sevilla
Atlético 7-1 Granada
Sporting 1-2 Valencia
Barcelona 4-0 Deportivo
Day 8 - Oct 16



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