Coming fixtures
Second division Day 31 25/26 Mar
U21 friendly international Italy v Spain 27 Mar
Friendly international France v Spain 28 Mar
First division Day 29 31 Mar - 3 Apr
First division Day 30 4-6 Apr

World Cup qualifier

Spain 4 - Israel 1

Spain stay top of their group, still ahead of Italy on goal difference, after a 4-1 victory over Israel on Friday night. Thiago hit the bar before David Silva opened the scoring with just under a quarter of an hour gone, and Vitolo and Diego Costa added two more either side of half time. Refaelov fired one back for the visitors with fifteen minutes to go, but 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



Under 21 friendly international

Spain 3 - Denmark 1

Spain’s under 21 side beat Denmark 3-1 in the first of two warm-up games prior to this summer’s European finals. Albert Celades’ side went behind to an early strike by Celta’s Hjulsager, but a few minutes later Mikel Merino headed the equalizer, and second half goals from substitutes Saúl Ñíguez and Denis Suárez gave them the win. (23.03.17)

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


Match round-up - First Division, Day 28

Barcelona kept up pace with Real Madrid going in to the short international break, a 4-2 victory over Valencia on Sunday keeping them two points behind the leaders having played one game more. Mangala gave the visitors the lead with just under half an hour gone, but Luis Suárez made it all square soon afterwards, and with half time approaching the visiting defender was sent off for pulling back Súarez in the area, Messi converting the resulting penalty kick. A minute later Munir levelled it again, but after the restart a Messi strike and a late goal by André Gomes wrapped up the three points for the Catalans. They are now six points clear of third placed Sevilla after Sampaoli’s side lost 3-1 at the side immediately below them in the table, Atlético Madrid. Godín headed in a Griezmann free kick before the break, and Griezmann himself made it two with another free kick after the restart. Koke added a third later on, and a strike by Joaquín Correa came too late to prevent a defeat which leaves the Andalusians just two points clear of their hosts in the rankings. Later in the day Sporting Gijón came from a goal down to beat relegation rivals Granada 3-1, the result taking them two points above their opponents in the table. Traoré, Babín and Carmona got the goals in a seven minute period midway through the second half after Ingason had scored for the Andalusians. Sporting are now five points below Leganés, who drew 0-0 against Málaga in the mid-day kick-off, and six behind Málaga and also Deportivo, who lost 0-1 to neighbours Celta. Iago Aspas got the only goal for the visitors with a quarter of an hour to go to take his team back up to eleventh spot. (19.03.17)

Leaders Real Madrid were the only team in the top four to play on Saturday, and they opened up a five point gap over second placed Barcelona after a 1-2 victory at Athletic Bilbao. Benzema latched on to Ronaldo’s cross to open the scoring midway through the first half, and although Aduríz headed the equalizer after the break, Casemiro restored the lead just three minutes later. Athletic are still only four points below sixth placed Real Sociedad though after Eusebio’s side lost 1-0 at neighbours Alavés later in the evening. Deyverson got the only goal from Theo’s cross shortly before the break, and the visitors ended with ten men after Granero was sent off for a second bookable offence with a quarter of the game still to go. Eibar and Espanyol are still in the running for the European spots as well, but they are now respectively seven and eight points below the top six after drawing 1-1 in the lunchtime game. Kike García headed the opener for the Basque side in the twentieth minute, but Jurado levelled the scores with a volley past Yoel early on in the second half. Further down the table Betis moved twelve points clear of the drop zone after a 2-0 win over Osasuna. Rafa Navarro and Rubén Castro got the goals in the first half to leave the Pamplona based side even further adrift at the foot of the table. (18.03.17)

Las Palmas virtually ensured their place in the top flight for another season after a 1-0 victory over Villarreal on Friday night. Boateng headed the only goal from a Dani Castellano cross early on, and the visitors were left with ten men soon afterwards when Víctor Ruíz was sent off for bringing down Boateng as he advanced on goal. The defeat leaves Fran Escribá’s side still four points below fourth placed Atlético pending their game on Sunday. (17.03.17)

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Second division

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


Europa League, round of 16, second leg

Quarter final draw

FC Krasnodar 0 - Celta 2

Spain will have one team in the quarter finals of the Europa League after Celta knocked out FC Krasnodar on Thursday evening! Hugo Mallo built on the 2-1 lead from the first leg with the opening goal early on in the second half, and Iago Aspas put the game beyond the reach of the Russian side with ten minutes to go. (16.03.17)


Champions League, round of 16, second leg

Quarter final draw

Atlético Madrid 0 – Bayer Leverkusen 0

No real problems for Atlético Madrid, a 0-0 draw at home to Bayer Leverkusen taking them through comfortably to the quarter finals for the fourth year in a row. The 2-4 result from the first leg meant that the German side had to win by a margin of three in the Calderón stadium, but with Oblak on great form that was never going to happen. The Slovenian keeper made important saves from Brandt, Volland and others, whilst his opposite number Leno also kept out Correa and Koke before the break. Job done, and Atleti now have to concentrate on the weekend match against Sevilla. (15.03.17)

Leicester City 2 - Sevilla 0

Sevilla are out of the Champions League after they lost 2-0 at Leicester on Tuesday evening! Wes Morgan gave the Premier League side the lead following a Mahrez free kick with just under half an hour gone, and Albrighton made it two with a low shot past Sergio Rico some ten minutes in to the second half. Nasri was sent off for a second bookable offence a few minutes later, but the Andalusians had a chance to level the tie when Schmeichel brought down Vitolo in the area with ten minutes to go. However for the second two in two games the keeper saved the Andalusians’ spot kick, this time from N’Zonzi, and Vardy and Slimani could have extended the lead for the locals near the end. (14.03.17)

Last week's results:
Barcelona 6 - Paris Saint Germain 1
Napoli 1 - Real Madrid 3


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


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)


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
L Palmas 1-0 Villarreal
Eibar 1-1 Espanyol
Betis 2-0 Osasuna
Athletic 1-2 R Madrid
Alavés 1-0 Real Soc
Leganés 0-0 Málaga
Atlético 3-1 Sevilla
Sporting 3-1 Granada
Barcelona 4-2 Valencia
Deportivo 0-1 Celta
Day 28 - Mar 19

 

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