Coming fixtures
First division Day 34 (remaining games) 27 Apr
First division Day 35 28 Apr - 1 May
Champions League Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid 2 May
Europa League Celta v Manchester United 4 May

Match round-up - First Division, Day 34

Barcelona and Real Madrid stay neck-and-neck at the top of the table after both clocked up big wins on Wednesday. Barcelona were first up, and they thrashed bottom club Osasuna 7-1, Messi, André Gomes and Paco Alcácer scoring two each and Mascherano converting a penalty (his first goal for the club), and Roberto Torres getting one back for the visitors. Real Madrid responded though with a 2-6 victory at Deportivo, Andone and Joselu the scorers for the Galicians, and Morata, James (two), Lucas Vázquez, Isco and Casemiro netting for the Merengues (Zidane made nine changes from the starting line up against Barcelona). Osasuna are definitely relegated though after seventeenth placed Leganés beat Las Palmas 3-0, the result almost certainly taking down Granada as well, and leaving Sporting Gijón six points away from safety. All the goals came in a six minute period midway through the second half, Luciano Neves scoring two, including a penalty, and Guerrero getting one in-between. Elsewhere Real Sociedad won 2-3 at Valencia to move back up to sixth in the table, a Diego Alves own goal, a Willian José penalty and a strike from Oyarzabal putting the Basque side three up before Nani (also from the penalty spot) and Zaza closed the gap for the Ches. (26.04.17)

Another round of midweek fixtures this week, with three games kicking off on Tuesday. Third placed Atlético Madrid were surprisingly beaten 0-1 by Villarreal in the last match of the evening, Roberto Soriano scoring the only goal with eight minutes to go to take his side to within eight points of their hosts. Espanyol are still six points off the Europa League spots though after they drew 1-1 at Sporting Gijón, Gerard Moreno saving a point for the Catalans after Víctor Rodríguez had given the locals the lead. Sporting remain in the relegation spots, three points below Leganés pending their game on Wednesday, and Granada are now four points adrift of the Asturians after they lost 0-2 to regional rivals Málaga. Sandro got both goals for the visitors at the start and end of the second half to make mathematically sure of first division football at the Rosaleda stadium for another season. (25.04.17)



Match round-up - First Division, Day 33

Athletic Bilbao moved back up to sixth place after a 0-1 victory over regional rivals Eibar on Monday evening. The locals had to play most of the second half with ten men after Escalante was sent off, but the game appeared to be heading for a draw until Raúl García scored the winner in the fourth and final minute of time added on. (24.04.17)

Another thrilling “clásico” on Sunday evening, Barcelona beating leaders Real Madrid 2-3 in the dying moments to overtake their arch-rivals on goal difference, albeit having played a game more. Casemiro’s opener was cancelled out soon afterwards by Messi, and with twenty minutes to go Rakitic put Luis Enrique’s side in front. Four minutes later Sergio Ramos was sent off, but James appeared to have saved a point before Messi got the winner with the last kick of the match. Earlier in the day Real Sociedad won 1-0 against Deportivo to return to the top six pending Athletic’s game on Monday, Willian José heading the only goal with just under half an hour gone. Celta are just about out of the race for the Europa League spots though after they lost 0-1 at home to Betis, Brasanac scoring for the Andalusians to take them safe for another season. And Alavés are now level with the Galicians in the table after they drew 1-1 at Las Palmas, Ibai Gómez saving a point for the visitors after Boateng had given the Canary Islanders the lead. (23.04.17)

Atlético Madrid remain three points clear of Sevilla after they beat Espanyol 0-1 in the last match on Saturday evening. Griezmann got the only goal after a shot from Sául deflected to him off a defender with a quarter of an hour to go, bringing to an end a run of four home wins in a row for the Catalans. Villarreal stay fifth after a controversial 2-1 win over Leganés earlier in the afternoon, Bakambu scoring an injury time winner with his hand after his earlier goal had been cancelled out by Guerrero just two minutes earlier. Leganés are now just four points above the drop zone after Sporting Gijón drew 2-2 at bottom club Osasuna, late goals by Canella and Carlos Castro saving a point for the Asturians after a Meré own goal and a strike from Kodro had given the Pamplona based team a two goal lead. Málaga are virtually safe though after a 2-0 victory over Valencia in the lunchtime game, Recio and Sandro scoring for the Andalusians before the half time interval. (22.04.17)

Three rounds of league games in a little over a week coming up, Sevilla kicking things off with a 2-0 victory over regional neighbours Granada on Friday night. Sampaoli gave Ganso his first run out in over three months, and the Brazilian midfielder staked his claim for more regular football with goals at the start of the first and second halves, the opener after combining with Jovetic, and the second from a cross by Sarabia. The result takes the locals level on points with third placed Atlético pending their game tomorrow, and leaves Tony Adams’ new side further down in the drop zone. (21.04.17)

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Second division

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


Europa League, quarter finals, second leg

KRC Genk 1 - Celta 1

Semi-final draw

Celta are through to the semi-finals of a European competition for the first time in their history after they knocked out Genk in their quarter final tie! A 3-2 win from the first leg gave them a slight advantage going in to the return game, and a strike by Pione Sisto with just over an hour gone put them further in front. However just three minutes later Trossard made it all square on the night, and the result was in doubt right up until the final whistle. (20.04.17)


Champions League, quarter finals, second leg

Semi-final draw

Barcelona will not be joining their two Spanish colleagues in Friday’s semi-final draw after their game against Juventus on Wednesday ended 0-0. A packed Nou Camp were hoping for another epic turnaround after the 3-0 defeat a week ago, but this time the visiting defence were too good for them, and it will be the Italian champions who go through. (19.04.17)

Once again the city of Madrid will have two teams in the Champions League semi-finals after Real Madrid and Atlético both won through their quarter final ties! Real Madrid had to wait for extra time though before they beat Bayern Munich 4-2, with Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick and Marco Asensio wrapping things up. A Lewandowski penalty and a Sergio Ramos own goal had levelled the tie, but the German side had to play with ten men for the last half an hour or so after Vidal was sent off. Atlético Madrid meanwhile went through 2-1 on aggregate after they drew 1-1 at Leicester in the return leg, Sául Ñíguez heading a vital away goal before Vardy equalized on the night for the Premier League side. (18.04.17)


Friendly international

France 0 - Spain 2

Spain beat France 0-2 in their latest friendly fixture in Paris, a game in which the newly introduced “Video Assisted Refereeing” system played a big part. Only a minute after the restart a headed goal by France’s Griezmann was belatedly ruled out by VAR, and midway through the second half German referee Felix Zwayer waved away appeals by the locals to use the technology after he awarded a penalty for a foul in the area by Koscielny on substitute Deulofeu, David Silva firing home the resulting spot kick. Ten minutes later Deulofeu turned in a Jordi Alba cross only for Zwayer to disallow the goal at first, but once again the decision was over-ruled on video evidence. The right result in the end then, and proof that the system works, even if it needs a few finishing touches. Spain certainly won’t be complaining! (28.03.17)


Under 21 friendly international

Italy 1 - Spain 2

Spain’s under 21 side clocked up a second victory in four days after they beat Italy 1-2 in Roma’s Olympic Stadium. The youngsters started well, Borja Mayoral testing Scuffet a couple of times in the opening minutes. And although Pau López had to save from Berardi soon afterwards, Saúl Ñíguez fired home the opener after the local keeper pushed out a shot from Denis Suárez with ten minutes to go to the break. Some four minutes later Mayoral headed the second after a defender headed back a Marco Asensio corner, and with half time approaching Scuffet saved again from Saúl. A minute after the restart though Benassi came up against Pau López and then fired the rebound against the bar, but a few minutes later Asensio also hit the woodwork at the other end. With twenty minutes to go Pellegrini headed one back for the hosts after Berardi laid the ball across, but Spain closed up shop after that to ensure a win against another of the teams who will be competing with them in the European finals this summer. (27.03.17)

Spain 3 - Denmark 1

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


World Cup qualifier

Spain 4 - Israel 1

Spain stay top of their group, ahead of Italy on goal difference, after a 4-1 victory over Israel on Friday night. Thiago hit the bar with a long shot before David Silva opened the scoring after Jordi Alba set him up with just under a quarter of an hour gone. However the visitors came close to levelling it a couple of times before the break, the first a shot by Zahavi just past the post after he intercepted a poor Alba back pass, and the second a header from Refaelov which De Gea pushed away for a corner. With half time approaching though Vitolo forced a shot past Marciano to make it two, and Diego Costa missed an easy chance before he headed in a Thiago corner for the third some six minutes in to the second half. Silva should have scored again soon afterwards when he volleyed a shot against the upright, and although Refaelov fired one back after Gershon headed a free kick against the post, Isco combined with Costa and Aspas to wrap things up near the end. (24.03.17)

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


Copa del Rey, semi finals, second leg

Final

Alavés 1 - Celta 0

Alavés will be Barcelona’s opponents in this year’s Spanish cup final after the Vitoria based side beat Celta 1-0 in their second leg tie! A 0-0 draw in the first leg in Vigo left the game in the balance, but a strike by substitute Edgar with eight minutes to go was enough to take Pellegrino’s team through to their first ever Copa del Rey final. (08.02.17)

Barcelona 1 - Atlético Madrid 1

Barcelona are through to their fourth Spanish cup final in a row after a 3-2 aggregate win against Atlético Madrid! It was a tense match though with red cards for Sergi Roberto, Carrasco and Luis Suárez, the two Barça players therefore banned for the final. Luis Suárez put the Catalans ahead shortly before half time, but Griezmann had a strike ruled out for a non-existent offside and Gameiro missed a penalty before Gameiro levelled the scores on the night, setting up a nail-biting last ten minutes. (07.02.17)

First leg ties


Winter transfers

Post-window moves

That’s it, the winter transfer window closed at midnight last night, and no more moves will be allowed (except for injuries or players who are unemployed) until the end of the season! In the end Barcelona decided to keep the squad they had at the start of the campaign, and with Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid banned by FIFA, it was left to other teams to lead the market (although Real did loan Lucas Silva out to Cruzeiro). Sevilla only made one addition though since our last report, Walter Montoya joining after Hiroshi Kiyotake moved back to Japan to free up a non-EU spot. Kiyotake’s international team-mate Shibasaki (the local hero from the Club World Cup final) will be coming to Spain to join Tenerife however after a possible move to Las Palmas fell through, the Canary Islanders preferring to bring Halilovic and local boy Jesé back to Spain. Elsewhere Celta’s Orellana made the switch to Valencia, Celta replaced the Chilean international with their third Danish player, Hjulsager, and Leganés brought in four new men on the last day before the window shut. For more details on these and other transfers follow the above link. (01.02.17)

Date Player (Country) Old club New club Position/Comments
31/01/17 Jesé Paris Saint Germain (FRA) Las Palmas FW Finally got his wish! Emery doesn't want him, so have agreed loan deal for him to return to home town club.
31/01/17 Orellana (CHL) Celta Valencia MF Fell out with Berizzo, so has agreed loan move to Mestalla with €3 Mio obligatory buy-out clause.
31/01/17 Lucas Silva (BZL) Real Madrid Cruzeiro (BZL) MF Summer move to Sporting Lisbon fell through due to heart problems, but has recovered and agrees 18 month loan.

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2016/2017 Mid-season transfers by club - Div 1
2016/2017 Mid-season transfers by club - Div 2
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 Fixtures

As usual, there was a round of regional and friendly fixtures during the short winter break. Catalonia and Euskadi both played Tunisia, the former losing on penalties in Girona, and the latter winning 3-1 in the San Mamés stadium. Meanwhile the UNICEF Champions For Life charity game took place in Sevilla between sides from Andalusia and the league, and Atlético Madrid played an invitation match against Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia. (30.12.16)


Club World Cup

Kashima Antlers 2 - Real Madrid 4 (after extra time)

Real Madrid are World champions for the second time after they beat Kashima Antlers 2-4 in this year’s final in Yokohama! The Liga side were clear favourites, and they appeared to be on track for an easy win when Benzema opened the scoring in only the ninth minute after Sogahata could only push out a shot from Modric. However just before the break Shibasaki levelled the scores with a shot on the turn past Keylor Navas, and some seven minutes in to the second half the team captain got his second of the match with a long shot wide of the Costa Rican keeper. Ronaldo made it all square again from the penalty spot after Yamamoto brought down Lucas Vázquez a few minutes later, but with full time approaching the locals failed to convert two or three chances to win it. However in the first half of extra time Ronaldo scored twice from Benzema and Kroos assists to complete another hat-trick and give Zinedine Zidane his third international title since taking over from Rafa Benítez just under a year ago. (18.12.16)

Semi-final: Real Madrid 2 – Club América 0


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)



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