Coming fixtures
First division Day 15 8-11 Dec
Club World Cup Al Jazira v Real Madrid 13 Dec
First division Day 16 15-18 Dec
First division Day 17 19-23 Dec
Copa del Rey Fifth round, first leg 3/4 Jan

Europa League day six

Group tables

A full house for La Liga teams in the Europa League, Athletic Bilbao joining Villarreal and Real Sociedad (and also Atlético) in the knock-out stage after beating Zorya Luhansk 0-2 on Thursday. The Basque side only needed a draw to go through, but second half strikes from Aduríz and Raúl García gave them the three points which saw them end the group stage at the top of their table. Villarreal also finish in first place despite losing 0-1 to Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Blackman getting the only goal for the Israelis against a team packed with reserves and youngsters. Real Sociedad meanwhile end in second spot of their group after they lost 1-3 against Zenit. Both teams were already qualified, but although Willian José cancelled out Erokhin’s early goal, strikes by Ivanovic and Paredes took the Russians four points clear of their hosts. (07.12.17)


Champions League, day six

Group tables

There will be three Spanish teams in the first knock-out round of the Champions League after Real Madrid and Sevilla both classified as second in their respective groups. Real Madrid were already sure of finishing as runners up behind Tottenham, and they ended the group stage with a 3-2 victory over Borussia Dortmund. Early goals by Borja Mayoral and Cristiano Ronaldo (who set a new record of scoring in all six ties) appeared to have wrapped things up, but Aubameyang scored twice either side of half time, and it was not until ten minutes from the end that Lucas Vázquez got the winner. Sevilla meanwhile got the point they needed in a 1-1 draw at Maribor, Ganso making it all square after Tavares had given the locals the lead in the tenth minute. In the end however even that wasn’t necessary after third placed Spartak Moscow were thrashed 7-0 by group leaders Liverpool. (06.12.17)

Atlético Madrid have failed to reach the knock-out stage of the competition after they could only draw 1-1 at Chelsea on Tuesday, and they will now have to make do with the Europa League as the third placed team in their group. Simeone’s team needed a win in Stamford Bridge to have any chance of qualifying, and Saúl headed them in to the lead following a corner after the break. Savic turned Hazard’s cross in to his own net a few minutes later though, and Roma’s victory against Qarabag in the other group game meant that they would not have gone through even with a victory. Barcelona though had already made sure of top spot in their group two weeks’ ago, and they completed the formalities with a 2-0 victory over Sporting Lisbon. Valverde used the occasion to rest key players such as Messi, Busquets and Ter Stegen and give a run out to others, but even so an Alcácer header and injury time Mathieu own goal made sure of the three points. (05.12.17)



Match round-up - First Division, Day 14

Alavés moved off the bottom of the table to the detriment of Málaga after beating Girona 2-3 in the Monday night game. Two goals in three minutes around the hour mark by Stuani and Juanpe put the locals in front, but Ibai Gómez produced a hat-trick in the last twenty minutes to give new coach Abelardo a win in his first game in charge. (04.12.17)

Barcelona are now five points clear at the top after second placed Valencia were beaten 1-0 by Getafe on Sunday afternoon. The locals were left with ten men when Arambarri was sent off midway through the first half, but Bergara got the only goal after the break to hand the Ches their first defeat of the season. The top five have opened up a seven point gap over the rest though after sixth placed Villarreal lost 3-1 at Leganés in the mid-day kick-off. Dani Raba put the visitors ahead on the hour mark, but strikes by Diego Rico, El Zhar and Gabriel took the Madrid based team to within a point of their opponents in the table. Later in the day managerless Las Palmas clocked up their first win in nine games, the Canary Islanders beating Betis 1-0 with an early goal from Calleri to move to within two points of escaping the drop zone. Eibar meanwhile are now seven points clear of the bottom three after they won 3-1 against Espanyol, Kike García, Iván Alejo and Joan Jordán all scoring before Sergi Enrich put through his own net near the end. (03.12.17)

Leaders Barcelona were held to a 2-2 draw by Celta in the early Saturday game, and Valencia could move to within two points of them if they can win on Sunday. Iago Aspas gave the visitors the lead in the twentieth minute, and although strikes by Messi and Luis Suárez turned the scoreline around, Maxi Gómez made it all square later on. Third placed Atlético Madrid narrowed the gap on the Catalans to six points after they came from behind to beat Real Sociedad 2-1, Filipe Luis and Griezmann getting the goals in the second half after Willian José had opened the scoring from the penalty spot. Fourth placed Real Madrid are now two points below their city rivals however after they could only draw 0-0 at Athletic Bilbao, Zidane’s side unable to find the net and ending up with ten men after Sergio Ramos was sent off near the end. Sevilla are Madrid’s next opponents in the league, and they are now level with them in the table after they beat Deportivo 2-0, Ben Yedder and Krohn-Dehli the scorers for the Andalusians. One game on Friday evening as well, Málaga and Levante drawing 0-0 to leave Michel’s team even further down in the drop zone. (02.12.17)


Copa del Rey, fourth round, second leg

Fifth round draw

There will be four lower division sides in the last sixteen of the cup after Cádiz knocked out neighbours Betis on Thursday! With a 1-2 lead from the first leg, Quique Setién’s team appeared to have things under control. However the visitors scored four times before the break, and although Betis got back to within a goal, Kecojevic completed a 3-5 scoreline to take the second division team through. No other surprises though, Villarreal overturning a first leg defeat to beat Ponferradina 3-0, and Espanyol going through narrowly against Tenerife after a 3-2 victory (albeit thanks to a controversial penalty). Last season’s runners-up Alavés (currently managerless) won 3-0 against Getafe, and Valencia carried on their good league form with a 4-1 victory ahgainst Zaragoza. (30.11.17)

A humiliating night for the two big Basque sides Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, both knocked out of the cup by regional league teams on Wednesday evening. Real Sociedad lost 2-3 to Lleida despite going two goals up, the Catalans coming back with three goals in the last half an hour. And Athletic were beaten 0-1 by Formentera, Alvaro Muñiz heading the only goal for the Balearic Islanders from an injury time corner. Barcelona, Sevilla and Atlético Madrid cruised through though with big wins against Real Murcia, Cartagena and Elche, and Las Palmas will also be in Tuesday’s fifth round draw after beating Deportivo 6-4 on aggregate. The Galicians were close to an epic turnaround though before Rémy made it 2-3 on the night, and local coach Pako Ayestarán was fired soon after the match ended just a couple of months after taking over. (29.11.17)

Second division B side Fuenlabrada gave European champions Real Madrid a scare in the Bernabeu stadium, and although they were knocked out in the end they came away with their heads held high after drawing 2-2 in the second leg. Luis Milla (son of the ex Madrid player) fired the visitors in front, but substitute Gareth Bale set up two goals for Borja Mayoral before Portilla levelled it for the Madrid based side on the night. One second division team is already in the next round though, Numancia knocking out Málaga after a 1-1 draw in the Rosaleda stadium. Adrían González gave his father’s team the lead, but Elgezabal made it all square after the restart. Leganés won 1-0 against Valladolid to add to their 1-2 victory from the first leg, and Celta and Levante are also through, the Galicians beating Eibar 1-0 with a last minute Iago Aspas penalty, and the Valencia based team knocking out Girona 3-1 on aggregate despite a 1-1 draw in the home leg. (28.11.17)

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Match round-up - First Division, Day 13

Espanyol moved away from the lower reaches of the table after a 1-0 victory over Getafe in the Monday night game. Gerard Moreno got the only goal after the break from a Piatti free kick to take the Catalans level on points with their opponents. (27.11.17)

A 1-1 draw on Sunday between the top two, Valencia and Barcelona, the result keeping the Catalans four points clear of their hosts in the table. Messi had an early goal incorrectly ruled out by the referee, but after the restart Rodrigo put the Ches in front before Jordi Alba made it all square near the end. Sevilla were the only team to win on Sunday, the Andalusians consolidating fifth place after they came from two down to win 2-3 at sixth placed Villarreal. Real Sociedad are still two points below Villarreal after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Las Palmas, who themselves move off the foot of the table as a result, and Deportivo and Athletic Bilbao also drew 2-2 earlier in the day to open up a five point gap over the bottom three. (26.11.17)

With the top two playing each other on Sunday, the two Madrid sides took advantage to close the gap a bit on their rivals. Real Madrid had a few problems however before running out 3-2 winners against struggling Málaga, the visitors coming back twice to draw before Ronaldo fired home a late winner after Roberto had saved his penalty kick. Atlético though cruised through 0-5 at Levante, Gameiro and Griezmann scoring two each to take Simeone’s side above neighbours Real on goal difference. Elsewhere Betis and Girona drew 2-2 in a match which saw both teams score in injury time, and Eibar won 1-2 at Alavés to leave the Vitoria based side further adrift in the drop zone. (25.11.17)

One match on Friday evening, Celta climbing to within four points of the European spots after a 1-0 victory over Leganés. Iago Aspas got the only goal from the penalty spot midway through the first half to take the Galicians level with their opponents in the table. (24.11.17)

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


Friendly international

Russia 3 - Spain 3

Spain ended 2017 unbeaten after a 3-3 draw in Russia in their latest friendly game, although coach Julen Lopetegui wasn’t happy with the result after his side threw the lead away twice. Jordi Alba headed them in front early on from a Marco Asensio centre, and Sergio Ramos added the second with a hotly disputed penalty after Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi ruled that Kuzyaez had handled when the ball hit his upper arm (shoulder?) in the penalty area. Strikes from Smolov and Alexei Miranchuk either side of half time made it all square for the World Cup hosts, but soon afterwards Ramos converted another controversial penalty after he and Busquets were both felled in the area. Smolov got his second of the night however with a shot past De Gea later on, and in the end both teams settled for a draw. (14.11.17)

Saturday night game: Spain 5 - Costa Rica 0

Senior and under 21 squads


Under 21 Euro qualifier

Spain 5 - Slovakia 1

Spain’s under 21 side top their group with four wins in a row after beating Slovakia 5-1 on Tuesday evening. The visitors put up a good fight at first though, and they opened the scoring when Fabián deflected Mráz’s header in to his own net following a corner. Dani Ceballos came to the rescue however with the equaliser before the break, and half time substitute Córdoba made it two soon after the restart. Ceballos added two more in quick succession to complete a hat-trick, all long shots from outside of the area, and Borja Mayoral rounded things off after Córdoba set him up near the end. (14.11.17)

Thursday night game: Spain 1 - Iceland 0

Group table

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


World Cup qualifier

Israel 0 - Spain 1

Spain completed the formalities on Monday night, a 0-1 victory against Israel making it nine wins and a draw from their ten group games. Already sure of top spot after the match against Albania, Lopetegui used the occasion to give a run out to the rest of his squad, team captain Sergio Ramos the only one to repeat from that tie, and Busquets winning his 100th cap. The locals put out a defensive line-up though, and Harush only had to make a couple of saves from Ramos and Pedro before the break. Ex Mallorca striker Hemed went close at the other end either side of half time, but with a quarter of an hour to go Illarramendi volleyed in the only goal following Asensio’s corner to give his team the three points. (09.10.17)

Friday game: Spain 3 - Albania 0

Senior and under 21 squads
Spain's qualifying fixtures
Group G table
Friendly international games


Summer transfers

Latest moves

The summer transfer window closed at midnight last night, with the usual flurry of late signings as clubs rushed to complete their squads. Barcelona though failed to tie up anyone else, their last two targets, Coutinho and Di María, turned down after their respective clubs asked for exorbitant prices. That meant the likes of André Gomes, Arda Turan, Rafinha and Deulofeu stay at the Nou Camp, and Vermaelen has also been given a shirt number after Munir, Douglas and Marlon all went out on loan.

Elsewhere Espanyol, Sevilla and Valencia were all active in the last couple of days, the Catalans bringing back old boys Didac Vilà, Sergi Darder and Sergio Sánchez, the Andalusians taking on Carole and Geiss, and the Chés agreeing loan terms for Guedes and Andreas Pereira right at the end. Las Palmas have replaced Boateng with Loic Rémy and Tannane, Deportivo won their battle to get Lucas Pérez back to the Riazor, and Alavés, Betis, Eibar, Girona, Leganés, and Levante all added to their squads on the last day. That’s it now until the start of January, although clubs can still sign players if they are out of work, or to cover long-term injuries, and of course there will always be managerial changes at any time. Keep an eye on our pages for all the latest news. (02.09.17)

Date Player (Country) Old club New club Position/Comments
01/09/17 Andreas Pereira (BZL / BEL) Manchester United (ENG) / Granada Valencia MF Mou didn't want to let him go after good season on loan at Granada, but in the end he moves to Mestalla on loan.
01/09/17 Geis (GER) Schalke '04 (GER) Sevilla MF Berizzo completes squad with last minute signing. Will join on loan, with €7 Mio buy-out option.
01/09/17 Sergio Sánchez Rubin Kazan (RUS) Espanyol DF Another Periquito returning to the nest! Comes back to Espanyol for 3rd time after agreeing loan with Rubin.
31/08/17 Lucas Pérez Arsenal (ENG) Deportivo FW Many offers for him this summer, but only wanted to retrun to Depor. Loan, but no buy-out clause for now.

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2017/2018 New season transfers by club - Div 1
2017/2018 New season transfers by club - Div 2

First division squads and details
Second division squads and details
Second division B groups


Spanish Super Cup, second leg

Real Madrid 2 - Barcelona 0

Real Madrid continue to clock up the titles under Zinedine Zidane, a 2-0 victory over arch-rivals Barcelona giving them their first Spanish Super Cup in five years. Already 1-3 up from the first leg in the Nou Camp, Marco Asensio extended his side’s lead with an impressive shot from outside of the area in only the fourth minute. Lucas Vázquez rattled the upright before Benzema latched on to a Marcelo cross to make it two shortly before the break, and although Messi and Luis Suárez hit the woodwork after the restart, the game was already over. (16.08.17)

First leg: Barcelona 1 - Real Madrid 3


European Super Cup

Real Madrid 2 - Manchester United 1

Real Madrid won the European Super Cup for the second time in a row and the fourth time in their history after beating Manchester United in Skopje on Tuesday. Casemiro headed against the crossbar before connecting with a Dani Carvajal centre to open the scoring midway through the first half. Isco combined with Bale to make it two shortly after the restart, and Bale himself rattled the crossbar again a few minutes later. Lukaku got one back though after Keylor Navas could only push out a shot from Matic, and José Mourinho’s side could have levelled it had Navas not saved from Rashford later on. (08.08.17)


Fantasy Football

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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



Summary of 2016/2017

League champions Real Madrid
Spanish cup winners Barcelona
Promoted to the first division Levante, Girona, Getafe
Relegated to the second division A Sporting Gijón, Osasuna, Granada
Promoted to the second division A Albacete, Barcelona B, Cultural Leonesa, Lorca
Relegated to the second division B Mirandés, Elche, Mallorca, UCAM Murcia


Clubs taking part in international competitions in 2017/18 season
Champions League Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla
Europa League Villarreal, Real Sociedad, Athletic Bilbao
European Super Cup Real Madrid v Manchester United
Club World Cup Real Madrid

First Division
Getafe 0-0 Eibar
Espanyol 0-1 Girona
Alavés 2-0 L Palmas
Betis 0-1 Atlético
Real Soc 0-2 Málaga
Levante 1-2 Athletic
R Madrid 5-0 Sevilla
Deportivo 1-0 Leganés
Villarreal 0-2 Barcelona
Valencia 2-1 Celta
Day 15 - Dec 10

 

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