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Copa del Rey Quarter finals, 1st leg 18/19 Jan
First division Day 19 20-22 Jan
Copa del Rey Quarter finals, 2nd leg 24-26 Jan
First division Day 20 27-30 Jan

Match round-up - First Division, Day 18

Monday night game: Málaga 0 - Real Sociedad 2

Real Madrid’s record 40 game unbeaten run came to an end in dramatic fashion after they were beaten 2-1 by Sevilla on Sunday evening! Ronaldo appeared to have put Zidane’s side on track for a win when he converted a penalty midway through the second half, but with five minutes to go Sergio Ramos headed a Sarabia free kick in to his own net, and with the game in injury time new signing Jovetic fired home the winner. The result takes the Andalusians back above Barcelona to within a point of their opponents in the table, albeit that Madrid still have a game in hand. Celta are up to eighth after they beat ten man Alavés 1-0, Radoja getting the only goal with two minutes to go, and Eibar are a point behind them in ninth after a 2-3 victory at Sporting Gijón. A Carmona strike cancelled out an early Adrián penalty, but Pedro León and Luna scored two more for the visitors before Nacho Cases got another one back after the break.Sporting stay in the relegation spots, two points above Granada, who drew 1-1 with bottom club Osasuna. Oriol Riera gave the visitors the lead, but Kravets made it all square with twenty minutes to go, and the Andalusians held on despite having Uche Agbo and Ponce sent off. Valencia moved four points clear of the drop zone however after they won 2-1 against Espanyol in the mid-day kick off, their first league victory in three months. Montoya and Santi Mina put the Ches two up before David López scored for the visitors with five minutes to go. (15.01.17)

Barcelona are back up to second pending Sevilla’s game against Real Madrid on Sunday after they trounced Las Palmas 5-0 on Saturday afternoon. Luis Suárez opened the scoring on the quarter hour mark, and in the first fifteen minutes of the second half Messi, Suárez and Turan added three more. The Canary Islanders scarcely troubled Ter Stegen throughout the ninety minutes, and with ten minutes to go Aleix Vidal combined with Paco Alcácer to round things off. Atlético Madrid meanwhile stay in fourth spot after they beat Betis 1-0, Gaitán getting the only goal from a Vrsaljko cross in the eighth minute. No goals at all though in the other two games on Saturday, Leganés and Athletic Bilbao drawing 0-0 in the lunchtime kick-off, and Deportivo and Villarreal doing likewise in the last match of the day. (14.01.17)


Winter transfers

Latest moves

The winter transfer window opened on 1st January, with teams able to make changes to their squads right up to the end of the month. Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid cannot sign new players though under the ban imposed by FIFA, and elsewhere the market got off to a sluggish start, with most moves taking place in the lower divisions. Sevilla though have taken on Nancy’s Lenglet to replace Kolodziejczak, who moves on to Borussia Mönchegladbach (the only team with a name longer than his!!!), and they have also signed Jovetic from Inter Milan to strengthen their attack. Málaga meanwhile have brought Peñaranda back to Spain, Valencia have retrieved Vinicius from Recife and have signed Zaza on loan, and Leganés have tied up Greek defender Siovas as well as Argentinian keeper Champagne, who should bring a sparkle to the side!?! Still almost three weeks to go until the window closes though, and expect to see many more rumours, with Barcelona in particular looking to bring in a right back and maybe a couple of other players. Follow the links below for all the details. (13.01.17)

Date Player (Country) Old club New club Position/Comments
13/01/17 Zaza (ITA) Juventus (ITA) / West Ham (ENG) Valencia FW Signed striker on loan with obligatory buy out clause of €18 Mio.
09/01/17 Jovetic (MNG) Inter Milan (ITA) Sevilla FW Have signed ex Man City forward on loan, with €14 Mio buy out clause at end of season.
02/01/17 Peñaranda (VEN) Watford (ENG) / Udinese (ITA) Málaga FW Young ex Granada forward was on loan in Italy, but have agreed new loan at Rosaleda.

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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



Copa del Rey, fifth round, second leg

Quarter final draw

Real Madrid, Celta and Eibar all went in to Thursday’s second leg ties with three goal leads from last week, and all three qualified comfortably for Friday’s quarter final draw. Real Madrid were already 3-0 up against Sevilla (who they meet again in the league at the weekend), and although an early Danilo own goal gave the Andalusians some hope, Marco Asensio ran through from his own half to level the scores soon after the break. New signing Jovetic and Iborra added two more for the locals, but with seven minutes to go Sergio Ramos converted a penalty for a foul by Kranevitter on Casemiro, and with the game in injury time Benzema made it 3-3 with a shot which deflected in off another new boy Lenglet to extend his team’s unbeaten run to a record 40 games. Celta had no problems seeing off Valencia, a 2-1 win in the Balaidos stadium making it 6-2 on aggregate. Rossi fired home the opener on the hour mark, and although Vinicius (brought back to the club this winter) made it all square, Pione Sisto wrapped things off with a well struck free kick in time added on. Eibar meanwhile played out a dull 0-0 draw against neighbours Osasuna to reach the last eight for the first time in their history. The visitors lost Nauzet to an injury at the end of the first half, but with both sides packed with reserve players neither he, his replacement Mario, nor Riesgo, had a real save to make all night. (12.01.17)

Defending champions Barcelona qualified for the quarter finals after they beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 on Wednesday night. A Luis Suárez volley and a Neymar penalty either side of half time overturned the 2-1 result from the first leg. Saborit levelled the tie though with a header from Elustondo’s cross soon afterwards, but Messi fired a free kick past Iraizoz to take his side through. Real Sociedad are also in to the last eight after a 1-1 draw at Villarreal earlier in the evening, Oyarzabal opening the scoring before Roberto Soriano made it all square just before the break. Alavés go through on the away goal rule after they too drew 1-1 against Deportivo, Edgar giving them the lead on the stroke of half time, but Arribas heading the equalizer for the visitors on the hour mark. The locals played most of the second half with ten men after Theo Hernández was sent off for a second bookable offence. Elsewhere Alcorcón won through in the battle between the two remaining second division sides, Piovaccari giving hosts Córdoba an early lead, but second half strikes from David Rodríguez and Iván Alejo making it 1-2 on the night. (11.01.17)

Atlético Madrid are the first team through to the quarter finals of the cup after they knocked out Las Palmas on Tuesday evening, although the Canary Islanders were just a goal away from overturning the result after they beat their hosts 2-3 in the second leg match. With a two goal advantage from a week ago, the locals were clear favourites to go through, and when Griezmann opened the scoring early on in the second half the tied appeared to be all over. However Livaja made it all square, and although Correa restored the lead for the locals, late strikes by Livaja and Mateo García set up a nail biting last couple of minutes. (10.01.17)


Match round-up - Second Division, Day 19 (rescheduled match)

Levante recovered their seven point lead at the top of the table after beating next to bottom club UCAM Murcia in a match which was postponed from three weeks ago due to a waterlogged pitch. Roger intercepted a bad back pass by Imaz to open the scoring midway through the first half, and Jefferson Lerma headed the second from Campaña’s corner some twenty minutes after the restart. (11.01.17)

Day 19 results / Updated table


Match round-up - First Division, Day 17

The relegation battle on Monday evening between Osasuna and Valencia ended in a 3-3 draw, leaving the visitors just a point above the drop zone, and their hosts firmly anchored to the foot of the table. The Ches took the lead in only the second minute through Munir, and although Oriol Riera made it all square soon afterwards, the striker headed in to his own net on the stroke of half time to put Voro’s team back in front. Roberto Torres levelled it after the restart, but Montoya scored again for Valencia, and Mario kept out a Dani Parejo penalty before Carlos Clerc saved a point for the locals in injury time. (09.01.17)

Barcelona drop behind Sevilla to third in the table after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Villarreal in the last match on Sunday. Sansone put the locals ahead at the start of the second half, but Messi saved a point for Luis Enrique’s side with a last minute free kick. Athletic Bilbao stay in seventh spot after they could only draw 0-0 against neighbours Alavés in the mid-day kick-off, and Celta are now three points behind them after they beat Málaga 3-1, Iago Aspas, Wass and Fontàs getting the goals for the Galicians before Wass put through his own net near the end. It was a losing start for new coach Gato Romero, and his team are now level with Betis, who beat Leganés 2-0 with second half strikes from Rubén Castro and Piccini. (08.01.17)

Real Madrid equalled Barcelona’s record of 39 games without defeat after a comfortable 5-0 victory over Granada on Saturday lunchtime. With only half an hour on the clock they were all ready four up with goals from Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo and Isco again, and Casemiro completed the scoring after the restart. Sevilla though are keeping up the pressure on the leaders, and they bounced back from their midweek cup defeat at Madrid with a 0-4 victory at Real Sociedad later in the evening. Ben Yedder was the hero of the night, the Israeli striker helping himself to a hat-trick and setting up Sarabia for the third goal as well to take his team above second placed Barcelona pending their game on Sunday. Atlético Madrid are up to fourth after they beat Eibar 0-2, Saúl Ñíguez and Griezmann getting the goals for Simeone’s side in the second half, and Las Palmas are now eighth after they won 1-0 against Sporting Gijón, El Zhar the scorer for the Canary Islanders some ten minutes after the interval. (07.01.17)

La Liga returned following the short winter break, Espanyol and Deportivo kicking things off with a 1-1 draw on Friday evening. Celso Borges headed the visitors into the lead on the hour mark from a Çolak corner, but Gerard Moreno levelled it just three minutes later after Sidnei failed to control a cross from Aarón Martín. (06.01.17)

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Second division

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



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


Europa League group stage, day six

A full house for La Liga teams in the Europa League, and all three will be in the round of thirty-two draw. Athletic Bilbao were already sure of their place, and a 1-1 draw at Rapid Vienna took them above KRC Genk to the top of group F pending the match between Sassuolo and Genk, which was postponed due to fog. Saborit got the only goal for the Basque side late on after Joelinton had given the Austrians the lead. Villarreal ended up second in group L after they beat Steaua Bucharest 2-1, although with all four teams separated by a point the outcome was in doubt until Trigueros got the winner with three minutes to go. Sansone had opened the scoring for the locals on the quarter hour mark, but substitute Achrim levelled it for the visitors just a minute after coming on. Celta meanwhile won 0-2 at Panathinaikos thanks to a header from Guidetti and an Orellana penalty, the result taking them up to second in group G, ahead of Standard Liège, who could only draw 1-1 against group leaders Ajax. (08.12.16)

PS Athletic ended as runners-up in their group as well after Genk beat Sassuolo in their rescheduled match.

Group tables


Champions League group stage, day six

Spain will have four teams in Monday’s round of sixteen draw, although Real Madrid and Sevilla will go in to the bowl as group runners up after both drew their games on Wednesday. Already qualified, Real Madrid needed to beat leaders Borussia Dortmund to finish top of their group, and two goals by Benzema appeared to have put them on the right track. However Aubameyang got one back on the hour mark, and with two minutes to go the striker set up Reus to make it 2-2 on the night. Sevilla could afford to lose by one goal at Olympique Lyon and still qualify in second place behind Juventus, but in the end a 0-0 draw took them through with margin to spare. Vitolo hit the post early on, but Tolisso and Valbueno both struck the bar for the French side, and only a couple of good saves by Sergio Rico kept the scoreline unmoved . (07.12.16)

The last round of group stage games are taking place this week, although for Barcelona and Atlético Madrid this was a bit of a formality as both had already made sure of top spot in their respective groups. Barcelona in any case had few problems beating Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-0, Messi combining with Arda Turan to put the Catalans one up at the break. Turan then helped himself to a hat-trick in the first twenty minutes of the second half with assists from Denis Suárez, Aleix Vidal and Paco Alcácer, and after that it was a question of saving energy for the upcoming fixtures.Atlético though saw their 100% record go to pot after they lost 1-0 at Bayern Munich, Lewandowski getting the only goal on the half hour mark with a well struck free kick past Oblak. (06.12.16)

Group tables


Friendly international

England 2 - Spain 2

Spain fought back with two goals right at the end of their friendly game in Wembley Stadium to draw 2-2 against England. Lopetegui used the occasion to give a run out to some of his second choice players, with only Caravajal, Nacho, Busquets and Silva repeating from the line-up against Macedonia three days ago. However with only nine minutes gone Lallana opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Reina brought down Vardy in the area, and Vardy himself headed the second from Henderson’s cross at the start of the second half. Reina had to keep out Vardy soon afterwards, and Nacho cleared off the line from Sterling with the keeper beaten. Koke and Morata tested Heaton later on the second half however, and with a minute of normal time remaining debutant Isco Aspas picked up a pass from Morata and curled a shot in off the far post. That silenced the crowd, and with the match in the fifth and final minute of injury time Isco controlled a pass from Real Madrid team-mate Carvajal on his chest before turning a shot under the legs of the local keeper. (15.11.16)


Under 21 Euro 2017 play-off, second leg

Spain 0 - Austria 0

Spain’s under 21 side are through to next summer’s European finals after knocking out Austria on the away goal rule! After the 1-1 draw in the first leg, Albert Celadés’ side were favourites to qualify. However they struggled to find the route to goal, even though the visitors had a player sent off, and the result was in doubt up until the last minute. (15.11.16)

First leg: Austria 1 - Spain 1

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


World Cup qualifier

Spain 4 - Macedonia 0

Spain stay top of their group, ahead of Italy on goal difference, after a 4-0 victory over Macedonia on Saturday night. With five of his first choice players injured Lopetegui had to make several changes to his line-up, particularly in defence where Bartra and Nacho started in place of Piqué and Ramos. There were a couple of early scares when De Gea had to save from Mojsov and Pandev headed just wide from a corner, but Spain settled after that, and Morata and Silva both had shots blocked. With ten minutes to go to the break however the locals took the lead thanks to a bit of luck, Velkoski and a colleague both trying to clear Caravajal’s cross only for the ball to hit the back of the defender’s head and loop up in to the net. Nàstic keeper Dimitrievski (who only played as first choice Alekovski injured himself in the pre-match warm-up) had to save from Morata soon after the restart, and Vitolo made it two with a far post header after Silva’s centre deflected up to him. Bardi could have got one back though, at first after a mistake by Bartra gifted him the ball, and then with a long shot which De Gea did well to keep out, and Hasani had a strike ruled out for a borderline offside. But with six minutes to go Monreal volleyed in the third from Caravajal’s cross, and just a minute later Aduríz made it four after Vitolo stepped over a centre from Silva. (12.11.16)

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


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)



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
Celta 1-0 Alavés
Leganés 0-0 Athletic
Atlético 1-0 Betis
Sporting 2-3 Eibar
Barcelona 5-0 L Palmas
Deportivo 0-0 Villarreal
Valencia 2-1 Espanyol
Granada1 1-1 Osasuna
Sevilla 2-1 R Madrid
Málaga 0-2 Real Soc
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