Coming fixtures
U21 Euro qualifiers Georgia v Spain
Spain v Sweden
7 Oct
13 Oct
Euro 2016 qualifiers Spain v Luxembourg
Ukraine v Spain
9 Oct
12 Oct
Second division Day 8 10/11 Oct
Copa del Rey Third round 14/15 Oct
First division Day 8 17-19 Oct

Match round-up - First Division, Day 7

None of the top six sides were able to win this weekend, and as a result Villarreal remain in first place despite losing 1-0 at neighbours Levante on Sunday evening. Marcelino’s side played over half the game with ten men after Jokic was sent off for a second bookable offence, and a spectacular Deyverson volley near the end handed them their first defeat of the season, and took their hosts off the bottom of the table. Later in the evening Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw which kept Rafa Benítez’s team in second place, with Atleti two points below them in fifth. Benzema headed in a Carvajal cross to open the scoring early on, and although Keylor Navas kept out a Griezmann penalty before the break, Vietto saved a point for the locals with six minutes to go. Betis closed in on the European spots after they won 0-2 at Rayo Vallecano in this Sunday’s mid-day game, Westermann starting things off midway through the first half, and Rubén Castro making it two on the hour mark. And Athletic Bilbao climb out of the drop zone after they came back from behind to beat Valencia 3-1, Dani Parejo giving the Ches the lead with a well struck free kick, but Laporte heading the equalizer before the break, and Susaeta and Aduríz scoring two more after the restart. (04.10.15)

A second away defeat in a row for Barcelona, Luis Enrique’s side losing 2-1 at Sevilla in the first match on Saturday afternoon. Neymar and Luis Suárez both hit the woodwork before the break, but soon after the restart Krohn-Dehli opened the scoring from Gameiro’s cross, and then set up Iborra for the second some six minutes later. Neymar got one back from the penalty spot with a quarter of an hour to go and Sandro hit the upright again later on, but the Andalusians held on for a second win in a row which takes them safely up to mid-table. Later in the evening Deportivo consolidated sixth spot with a 1-1 draw at Granada. Fayçal Fajr gave the Galicians the lead midway through the first half, but Piti equalized after the restart to end a run of four defeats in a row for the home side. Eibar are now level with Depor on points after they won 0-2 at Las Palmas, Saúl Berjón getting the first early on and Borja adding the second on the hour mark, but Espanyol lost ground on the teams vying for the European spots after they lost 1-2 to Sporting Gijón. Caicedo missed a penalty before cancelling out Halilovic’s earlier strike, but Alex Menéndez got the winner for the Asturians in injury time. Elsewhere Málaga got their first victory of the season, Xavi Gracia’s side beating Real Sociedad 3-1. The Andalusians had not scored all season, but Charles strick twice in the first seven minutes, and although Agirretxe headed one back soon afterwards, Charles rounded things off with his third of the night near the end. (03.10.15)

Celta missed out on a chance to move to the top of the table after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Getafe in the Friday evening game. The Galicians were the better side for most of the match, Iago Aspas hitting the outside of the post early on, and Guaita having to make a string of saves from Aspas, Orellana and Nolito, and later on from Guidetti. The visitors hardly tested Sergio Alvarez all night, although they almost snatched a win when Scepovic headed against the bar with twenty minutes to go. The result takes Celta up to second spot, and leaves Getafe in eleventh place pending the rest of the weekend games. (02.10.15)

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

Spanish international squads

Vicente Del Bosque named a 23 man squad today for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers with Luxembourg and Ukraine. The coach made five changes to the previous squad, with Iñigo Martínez, Bruno, Thiago, Morata and Nolito recalled to replace Koke and Iniesta (who are injured), Diego Costa (who is banned for one match) and Bernat and Vitolo (both left out). Spain just need one win to qualify for next summer’s finals. Under 21 coach Albert Celades also named his squad for the European qualifiers against Georgia and Sweden. Gayà and Denis Suárez (both injured) and Santi Mina have been left out, with Meré, Nahuel and Borja Mayoral drafted in to replace them. Full squads as below. (02.10.15)

Full squad:
Keepers: De Gea (Manchester United), Casillas (Porto), Sergio Rico (Sevilla);
Defenders: Juanfran (Atlético Madrid), Jordi Alba, Marc Bartra and Piqué (Barcelona), Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal and Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Iñigo Martínez (Real Sociedad);
Midfielders: Cazorla (Arsenal), Busquets (Barcelona), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Fàbregas (Chelsea), David Silva (Manchester City), Mata (Manchester United), Isco (Real Madrid), Bruno (Villarreal);
Forwards: Nolito (Celta), Pedro (Chelsea), Morata (Juventus), Paco Alcácer (Valencia).

Under 21 squad:
Keepers: Remiro (Bilbao Athletic), Pau López (Espanyol), Kepa (Valladolid);
Defenders: Bellerín (Arsenal), Jonny Castro (Celta), Duarte (Espanyol), Manquillo (Olympique Marseille), Jorge Meré (Sporting Gijón), Vallejo (Zaragoza);
Midfielders: Saúl Ñíguez and Oliver Torres (Atlético Madrid), Dani Ceballos (Betis), Marco Asensio (Espanyol), José Rodríguez (Galatasaray), Nahuel and Samu Castillejo (Villarreal);
Forwards: Munir (Barcelona), Deulofeu (Everton), Borja Mayoral (Real Madrid).

Europa League, day 2

Mixed results again for Spanish sides, although this time the opposite way round from the opening day. Villarreal beat Viktoria Plsen 1-0 for their first points in their mini-league, Leo Baptistao scoring the only goal following a spectacular run from inside his own half soon after the restart. Athletic Bilbao were beaten 2-1 by AZ Alkmaar however, a late goal from substitute Aduríz not enough to overturn a Henriksen strike and a Bóveda own goal. The Basque team drop to second spot behind Partizan Belgrade, who they meet next. (01.10.15)

Group tables

Champions League, day 2

Real Madrid made it two wins out of two after beating Malmö 0-2 on Wednesday evening, Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a goal in each half to take him past Raúl’s all-time club record of 323 goals in all competitions. The other two La Liga sides lost however, although wins on the opening day means that both stay second in their respective groups. Atlético Madrid were beaten 1-2 by Benfica, Correa’s first half opener overturned by strikes from Gaitán and Guedes either side of half time. And Sevilla were defeated 2-0 by Juventus, Spanish striker Morata heading the first for the Italians, and Zaza getting the second near the end. (30.09.15)

Problems for Barcelona in their first game without the injured Leo Messi, although in the end they came back from a goal down to beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1. Papadopoulos headed the German side into the lead following a corner midway through the first half, and it was not until the last ten minutes that Sergi Roberto and then Luis Suárez managed to beat Leno. Barça go top of their group though, and Valencia’s Champions League campaign is back on track as well after they won 0-1 at Olympique Lyon. Feghouli fired home the only goal just before the break, but it took a string of saves from keeper Jaume Domenech to ensure the three points in the end. (29.09.15)

Group tables

Match round-up - First Division, Day 6

The top sides all played on Saturday this weekend, but Deportivo are up to sixth spot after they beat Espanyol 3-0 on Sunday evening. Alvaro headed a Fajr free kick into his own net to start things off, and Lucas Pérez got two more either side of half time to take the Galicians two points above their opponents in the table. The big game of the day was the Basque derby between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao, although the two teams cancelled each other out in a dour 0-0 draw. The point took Athletic out of the bottom three though, with Málaga, Levante and Granada occupying the drop zone at the end of the weekend. Like Málaga, Levante have yet to win this season, and they were beaten 3-0 by relegation rivals Getafe. It was a close thing however before Alvaro Vázquez came on to score two in the last ten minutes, setting up youngster Emi Buendía for a third in-between. Elsewhere Betis climbed up to the top half of the table after coming from behind to beat Sporting Gijón 1-2. Carlos Castro gave the Asturians an early lead, but second half strikes by veterans Joaquín and Rubén Castro turned the scoreline around. (27.09.15)

Villarreal are the new leaders of the first division after a 1-0 victory over fourth placed Atlético Madrid on Saturday evening. On loan Atlético striker Leo Baptistao got the only goal on the quarter hour mark to take his team two points clear of Real Madrid and Celta, who both drew. Real Madrid were held to a 0-0 scoreline by Málaga, Kameni pulling off a string of saves to ensure a third goal-less draw for the Andalusians, who have yet to score a single goal this season. And Celta picked up a point in a 1-1 draw at Eibar in the last match of the evening, Iago Aspas levelling it in the second half after Borja Bastón had given the Basque side an early lead. As a result Barcelona are back up to second after they beat Las Palmas 2-1 earlier in the afternoon, Luis Suárez getting both goals either side of the break, and Jonathan Viera replying for the Canary Islanders near the end. More bad news for Luis Enrique though, Messi limping off in the tenth minute with a serious knee ligament injury which will keep him out for up to two months. Elsewhere Sevilla moved off the bottom of the table thanks to a 3-2 victory over Rayo Vallecano, Konoplyanka getting a late winner with a free kick after strikes by Bebé and Javi Guerra had cancelled out first half goals from Gameiro and N’Zonzi, and Valencia closed in on the European spots after a 1-0 win over Granada in the Friday night game, Mustafi the scorer there. (26.09.15)


Second division...

Copa del Rey, second round

Third round draw

Huesca will be the last name to go into the hat for next week’s the third round draw after they beat Mallorca 0-2 on Thursday evening. Tyronne and Fran Mérida got the goals in the second half for the newly promoted side. Osasuna’s place in the third round is in jeopardy though after it was confirmed that they included a suspended player, Unai García, in their line-up. Their opponents Mirandés have appealed and will almost certainly be reinstated. (10.09.15)

The second round of the Spanish cup took place this week, with second division clubs entering for the first time. Three of the ten matches involving those teams went past the ninety minutes, Almería and Nàstic beating Elche and Girona respectively on penalties, and Llagostera knocking out Albacete in extra time. They will be joined in the next round by Alavés, Leganés, Lugo, Osasuna, Oviedo and Ponferradina, together with Zaragoza, who were given a bye. Mallorca and Huesca play tomorrow.

Of the lower ranked clubs, only one third division side made it through, Laredo following up their first round victory against Racing Santander with a 3-1 win against Cultural Leonesa. Another eleven second division B teams qualified with them for the third round, Barakaldo, Cádiz, CD Ebro, Racing Ferrol, Huracán Valencia, Linares, Lleida Esportiu, UD Logroñés, UCAM Murcia, Reus and Villanovense, and as usual they will be paired together in the draw, with the six survivors promised a money-spinning fourth round tie with one of La Liga’s European sides. The third round draw will take place on Friday 18 th September. (09.09.15)

Euro 2016 qualifier

Macedonia 0 - Spain 1

Spain are almost certain of a place in the Euro 2016 finals after they won 0-1 in Macedonia, and their closest rivals Slovakia and Ukraine drew 0-0 in their own group game. It was not an impressive performance though, the only goal coming early on when Mata’s cross came back off the post and went in off the face of keeper Pacovski. Del Bosque had made six changes from the side which beat Slovakia three days ago, but against an ultra-defensive line-up they found it hard going, the only real chances after the goal a shot into the side-netting by Diego Costa, and a long cross by Dani Carvajal which came back off the crossbar. Macedonia started the day at the bottom of the group after losing to Luxembourg in their last match, but they too had their chances, Petrovikj and Hasani seeing efforts going over the top of De Gea’s goal either side of half time. As the game wore on Spain’s main objective was to protect the result, knowing that the draw in Zilina meant that a win at home to Luxembourg next month will ensure them one of the top two qualifying spots, irrespective of how they fare in the last group game in Ukraine. (08.09.15)

Saturday game: Spain 2 - Slovakia 0

Full and under 21 squads
Group C table
Euro 2016 fixtures
World Cup 2018 fixtures
Friendly internationals

Under 21 Euro 2017 qualifier

Estonia 0 - Spain 2

Spain’s new under 21 side began their European campaign with a late 0-2 victory in Estonia. An ultra defensive home side held on for much of the match though as Albert Celades’ team gave it their best, Munir bringing a couple of good saves out of Tamme, and Bellerín rattling the upright before the break, and the local keeper making the stop of the night from Oliver Torres after the restart. Kepa had to keep out a Liivak free kick though as the hosts grew in confidence, and it was not until eight minutes from the end that a persistent Deulofeu laid the ball across from the by-line for Gayà to turn a shot into the net. That took the pressure off, and with the game in injury time Deulofeu made it two from the penalty spot after Paju pulled down Munir in the area. (02.09.15)

Group 6 table

Other youth international games:
Under 19 / Under 18 / Under 17 / Under 16

Latest transfers

Post-window transfers

A sensational end to this summer’s transfer window, Manchester United and Real Madrid agreeing a swap deal on the last day for David De Gea and Keylor Navas, but eventually seeing the operation fall through as the documentation was not registered in time! The two keepers were valued at around €40 Mio and €15 Mio respectively, but delays in the drafting of contracts meant that the final papers didn’t reach the LFP until a few minutes after the midnight deadline. Conspiracy theories rapidly abounded on internet, United paying back Madrid for squeezing them on previous deals, the LFP taking it out on Madrid for the conflict over TV rights, Navas delaying the deal as he wasn’t keen to move, and at first Madrid saying they would appeal to FIFA as they had proof that they had presented everything before the deadline, later retracting their statement and blaming United for the failing. Whatever the case, the fallout is likely to go on for weeks!

The De Gea deal overshadowed all other operations on the closing days, but as usual there were frantic movements as teams scrambled to get in their late signings. Athletic Bilbao for example managed to tie up Atlético’s Raúl García at last, Valencia replaced Otamendi with Abdennour and Aderlan Santos, Joaquín sealed his return to his old club Betis, and Adrían López also agreed to come back to Spain, joining his ex Spanish international team-mate Soldado at Villarreal. With Llorente, Fernando Torres, Javi Guerra and Santa Cruz also back in Spain, it’s a bit of an old strikers’ reunion! That’s it though for the next few months, and hopefully things will quieten down until battle recommences at the beginning of January. (01.09.15)

Date Player (Country) Old club New club Position/Comments
31/08/15 De Gea / Navas (CRI) Manchester United (ENG) Real Madrid GK Swap deal agreed between 2 clubs, but everything fell through as documentation presented too late!
31/08/15 Raúl García Atlético Madrid Athletic Bilbao
MF Have been trying to sign nº 8 for some time, and Atleti finally allow him to go for fee of around €10 Mio.
31/08/15 Adrián López Porto (POR) Villarreal FW Betis miss out again! In the end Villarreal step in to take player on loan, joining Soldado & Bakambu.
31/08/15 Joaquín Fiorentina (ITA) Betis MF Local hero will be returning home after long negotiations.Also signed Van Wolfswinkel..


New season transfers - first division
New season transfers - second division

First division squads
Second division A squads
Second division B groups

Spanish Super Cup, second leg

Barcelona 1 - Athletic 1

Athletic Bilbao won the Spanish Super Cup after beating Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate! The 4-0 result from the first leg had virtually ended the contest, but Luis Enrique put out his strongest available side hoping for a miraculous turnaround in a packed Nou Camp. At half time it looked as if they may just do that, Piqué hitting the bar and Messi firing a free kick over the top before Luis Suárez chested back a Rakitic cross for Messi to open the scoring on the stroke of half time. But Eraso had missed a good chance shortly before that, and Bravo had to save from Susaeta and Aduríz early on in the second half as the visitors looked to score on the breakaway. Soon afterwards Barça were left with ten men when Piqué was shown a red card for insulting a linesman, and although Rakitic and Suárez went close, Aduríz took advantage of some sloppy defending to wrap things up after De Marcos headed a long punt into his path with a quarter of an hour to go. That ended Luis Enrique’s hopes of emulating Guardiola’s six cups in a calendar year, and Athletic had won their first trophy since their league and cup double way back in 1984. (17.08.15)

First leg: Athletic 4 - Barcelona 0

European Super Cup

Barcelona 5 - Sevilla 4 (after extra time)

Barcelona won the European Super Cup for the fifth time following an incredible match in Georgia, substitute Pedro scoring the winner in extra time after Sevilla came back from 4-1 down. The first three goals all came from free kicks in the first fifteen minutes of the match, Banega putting the Andalusians ahead, bu Messi striking twice in ten minutes to turn the scoreline around. Luis Suárez had a goal ruled out for a borderline offside soon afterwards, and with the first half coming to a close Beto managed to stop the striker on a quick breakaway, only for him to pass through the legs of Krohn-Dehli for Rafinha to make it three. When Suárez himself added a fourth after Busquets intercepted a poor pass by Tremoulinas, it appeared to be all over, but just five minutes later Reyes got on the end of Vitolo’s cross to pull one back. A quarter of an hour later Gameiro closed the gap to one goal when he converted a penalty, and with ten minutes to go substitutes Immobile and Konoplyanka combined for the latter to equalize. Luis Enrique turned to the unsettled Pedro though as the match went in to extra time, and the striker fired home the winner after a first Messi free kick was blocked, and a second shot by the Argentinian forward was pushed out by Beto. Even so however Sevilla didn’t give up, and Coke and Rami both failed to convert easy chances in the dying minutes. (11.08.15)

2014 Club World Cup final: Real Madrid 2 - San Lorenzo 0

Summary of 2014/2015

League champions Barcelona
Spanish cup winners Barcelona
Promoted to the first division Betis, Sporting Gijón,
Las Palmas
Relegated to the second division A Elche, Almería, Córdoba
Promoted to the second division A Nàstic, Oviedo,
Athletic Bilbao B, Huesca
Relegated to the second division B Racing Santander, Recreativo, Sabadell, Barcelona B

Clubs taking part in international competitions in 2015/16 season
Champions League Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla
Europa League Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao
European Super Cup Barcelona and Sevilla
Club World Cup Barcelona

First Division
Sevilla 2-1 Barcelona
L Palmas 0-2 Eibar
Celta 0-0 Getafe
Levante 1-0 Villarreal
Atlético 1-1 R Madrid
Málaga 3-1 Real Soc
Athletic 3-1 Valencia
Granada 1-1 Deportivo
Espanyol 1-2 Sporting
Rayo 0-2 Betis
Day 7 - Oct 4



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