Coming fixtures
Pre-season fixtures Friendly games & tournaments 15 Jul - 25 Aug
European Supercup Real Madrid v Sevilla 9 Aug
Spanish Supercup Sevilla v Barcelona
Barcelona v Sevilla
14 Aug
17 Aug
First division Day 1 20-21 Aug

Summer transfers

Latest moves

Three weeks in, and the transfer market is in full swing. The financial fair-play rules are preventing teams from spending beyond their means, but there have already been some big moves, with Barcelona in particular forking out €35 million on Valencia’s André Gomes (plus up to €35 million more in variables!), and also taking on Umtiti and Digne. They still need another striker though (albeit that he will spend most of his time on the bench!), and probably have to offload a couple of players, particularly in an over-populated midfield. Meanwhile Real Madrid and Atlético’s appeals against their FIFA transfer bans are due to be resolved very soon, and all indications are that the claims will be rejected. If that happens however the bans are only likely to come into force for the winter 2016 / summer 2017 windows, so they should be able to sign players up to the end of August.

Atlético have done most of their work anyway, as mentioned in our last report, and they only need a top class striker. Diego Costa would be their favourite, although Chelsea are unlikely to release him, and names such as Higuain, Gameiro or Cavani are being mooted. Real Madrid however have still not added further to their squad, and if the likes of Morata, Varane, James and Isco stay, they may not invest any further (unless Pogba is too much of a temptation for club president Florentino Pérez?!?). Elsewhere the other two Champions League teams have been active, Villarreal bringing Spaniards Andrés and José Angel in from Porto, and Sevilla as ever making some shrewd signings, the latest being Joaquín Correa, Franco Vázquez and Ganso. Valencia however (who are not in Europe this season) are offloading players, with Negredo, Barragán and Piatti moving on, although they have brought in Portugal’s Nani and Real Madrid B’s Alvaro Medrán to replace them. Still five or six weeks to go though until the window closes, so keep an eye on the link below to see all the latest moves. (21.07.16)

Date Player (Country) Old club New club Position/Comments
21/07/16 André Gomes (POR) Valencia Barcelona MF Got ahead of Real Madrid to sign Euro champion. Fee reportedly around €35 Mio + €15 (or more?) variable.
21/07/16 Lopetegui No club Spain MG Julen named as Del Bosque's replacement! Won Euro U19 & U21 tournaments as coach of youth teams.
18/07/16 Negredo Valencia Middles-
brough (ENG)
FW Ex Man City striker returning to UK to join Karanka's team on loan. Buy out clause being negotiated.
16/07/16 Ganso (BZL) Sao Paulo (BZL) Sevilla MF Have paid around €9 Mio to sign Brazilian international. Two thirds of rights belonged to agents DIS.


2016/2017 New season transfers by club - Div 1
2016/2017 New season transfers by club - Div 2

Pre-season fixtures

As usual there will be an intensive programme of pre-season matches, starting in July and going on until the new season begins on the weekend of 20/21 August. Details of all pre-season games can be seen at the above link. New season fixtures were draw today, and are as below. (15.07.16)

1st division fixtures, 2016/17 season
2nd division fixtures, 2016/17 season

Day one kick-off times

Copa del Rey draw: First round / Second round

European Championship finals – round of sixteen

Italy 2 - Spain 0

Spain are out of the European Championships, Del Bosque’s side beaten 2-0 by Italy in the first knock-out round! Chiellini opened the scoring for the Azzurri on the half hour mark after De Gea blocked an Eder free kick, and only two or three great saves from the Manchester United keeper prevented them from going further ahead by the break. Buffon had to keep out Iniesta and Piqué after the restart, but with the game in injury time Pellè scored a second from Darmian’s cross to put an end to Spain’s eight year reign as European champions. (27.06.16)

Second division B play-off finals: Cádiz and Sevilla B promoted!

European Championship finals – group stage

Spain 1 - Croatia 2

A disaster for Spain in their final group game, a 1-2 defeat against Croatia meaning they miss out on top spot, and have to face Italy in the first knock-out round next Monday! Del Bosque’s decision to put out the same starting line-up for the third match in a row appeared to have paid off when Silva and Fàbregas set up Morata for the opener with only seven minutes gone. However Kalinic equalized on the stroke of half time, and Subasic saved a Sergio Ramos penalty before Perisic fired home the winner with three minutes to go. (21.06.16)

Spain 3 – Turkey 0
Spain 1 - Czech Republic 0

Full squad
Euro 2016 fixtures
Group D table
Friendly fixtures
World Cup 2018 fixtures

Second Division play-off final, second leg

Girona 0 - Osasuna 1

Osasuna will take the third promotion spot after beating Girona 3-1 on aggregate in the play-off final! The 2-1 result from the first leg in Pamplona had left the tie in the balance, but Kodro ran on to a Roberto Torres pass to add to the lead at the start of the second half, and the Catalans ended with ten men after Lejeune was sent off near the end. (18.06.16)

Second division B play-off finals, 1st leg: Cádiz 1 - Hércules 0 / Lleida 0 - Sevilla B 1

Friendly internationals

Spain 0 - Georgia 1

Getafe. A wake-up call for Spain in their last warm-up game before the European championships, Del Bosque’s side losing 0-1 to Georgia, currently ranked number 137 in the World! The coach could count on his full squad for the first time, although Morata was rested after picking up a knock in the last friendly game, and the four new incorporations were only given limited run-outs. Spain totally dominated the opening minutes, Aduríz heading just wide and Thiago hitting the post, but with five minutes to go to the break Okriashvili gave the East Europeans the lead after Jigauri set him up on a quick breakaway. Del Bosque made several changes after that, but even with all his fire-power on the park, and with Georgia’s reserve keeper replacing Revishvili after a clash of heads with Busquets, there was no way past a heavy populated defence. (07.06.16)

Spain 6 - South Korea 1

Spain 3 - Bosnia-Herzegovina 1

Match round-up - Second Division, Day 42

Getafe and Rayo Vallecano may have been relegated from the first division, but Madrid will still have a third team in the top flight after Leganés beat Mirandés 0-1 on Saturday to tie up the second of the direct promotion posts. Pablo Insua headed the only goal following a corner at the start of the second half to take Garitano’s team up for the first time in their 88 year history. Gimnàstic Tarragona kept up the pressure on Leganés right up to the end however, Xavi Molina heading them into the lead against Alavés after the break. Manu Barreiro made it 1-1 late on though to ensure top spot for the visitors, who had already secured promotion last weekend.

Nàstic will now play off for the last promotion spot with Girona, Córdoba and also Osasuna, who won out on the head-to-head record in a three-way tie with Alcorcón and Zaragoza. Girona won 0-1 at Ponferradina, who were relegated as a result, and Córdoba drew 1-1 at Almería, who saved themselves on the last day. Mallorca also stay up after they came from a goal down to beat Valladolid 1-3. Osasuna beat Oviedo 0-5 and Alcorcón won 4-1 against Elche, but Zaragoza crashed out of the top six after they were humiliated in a 6-2 defeat at the already relegated Llagostera. Coach Lluis Carreras announced that he was resigning soon after the match ended. (04.06.16)


Results / League table

Second division B play-off, day 3 results

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)

Copa del Rey final

Barcelona 2 - Sevilla 0 (after extra time)

Barcelona won the cup for the second year in a row and the 28th time in their history after beating Sevilla 2-0 in this year’s final. Things seemed to go against them when Mascherano was sent off with ten minutes to go to the break, and they also lost Luis Suárez to an injury soon after the restart. However they held on to take the match in to extra time, and Sevilla were also reduced to ten men when Banega was shown a straight red card in the ninetieth minute. Some seven minutes later though Messi played a long ball through for Jordi Alba to score, and Carriço was also sent off before Neymar wrapped things up right at the end. (22.05.16)

Europa League final

Liverpool 1 - Sevilla 3

Sevilla won the Europa League for the third year in a row and the fifth time in eleven years after they came from behind to beat Liverpool 1-3 in Basel! Sturridge gave the Premier League side the lead shortly before the break, but Gameiro equalized just a minute after the restart, and team captain Coke scored two in a six minute period midway through the second half to turn things around. No time for Emery’s team to celebrate though as they meet Barcelona in the Spanish cup final on Sunday evening. (18.05.16)

Match round-up - First Division, Day 38

A thrilling last day of the season, with Sporting Gijón saving themselves and Madrid based sides Getafe and Rayo Vallecano both going down with Levante. Getafe were the best placed of the three coming in to Sunday’s games, needing only to win at Betis to stay up. However they were beaten 2-1 by the Andalusians, Alvaro Medrán’s strike coming too late to overturn a Pezzella header and a Rubén Castro penalty, and they end the campaign in next to bottom spot. Sporting though won 2-0 against Villarreal to ensure another year in the top flight, Jony opening the scoring early on, and Sergio Alvarez adding a second after the break. That left Rayo with no chance of overtaking the Asturians, and although they beat the already relegated Levante 3-1, their efforts were all in vain. Elsewhere there were two matches with nothing at stake, Málaga winning 4-1 against Las Palmas in the mid-day kick-off, and Espanyol clocking up a 4-2 victory against Eibar later in the evening. (15.05.16)

Barcelona retain the league title after they beat Granada 0-3 on Saturday, a Luis Suárez hat-trick keeping them a point ahead of Real Madrid, who also won 0-2 at Deportivo. Cristiano Ronaldo got both their goals in the first half. It was Barça’s sixth title in eight years, and their 24th overall. Later in the evening Athletic Bilbao tied up fifth spot after they beat a depleted Sevilla 3-1, Aduríz netting twice and Raúl García adding a third, and Juan Muñoz replying for the Andalusians. The Basque side move above Celta, who lost 2-0 at third placed Atlético Madrid. Fernando Torres and Griezmann were the scores for Simeone’s team after the break. Athletic, Celta and Sevilla will be Spain’s representatives in the Europa League next season, although Sevilla could be bumped up to the Champions League if they can win next Wednesday’s Europa League final. (14.05.16)

One fixture brought forward to Friday in the last weekend of the season, Real Sociedad beating Valencia 0-1 to move up to eighth place pending Málaga’s game on Sunday. Neither side had anything left to play for, and the match appeared to be heading for a draw until Oyarzabal scored the winner in the dying seconds. (13.05.16)


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

Second division B promotion play-offs

Under 21 Friendly international

Spain 1 - Norway 0

Spain’s under 21 side bounced back from their unexpected defeat in their Euro qualifier against Croatia, a 1-0 victory against Norway in this friendly international at least getting them back to winning ways. Team captain Deulofeu got the only goal after picking up a Pablo Fornals clearance with just over a quarter of an hour gone, and there were chances later in the first half for Asensio, Santi Mina and Fornals. After the restart Deulofeu and Carlos Castro tested Rossbach, and Munir fired a shot against the post, with the visitors replying in particular through Aursnes, who brought a couple of good saves out of half time substitute Rubén Blanco. Promising debuts at this level as well for Pau López, Aritz Elustondo and Fornals, but with Croatia and Sweden both winning Euro qualifiers elsewhere today, Spain find themselves down in third spot in their group. (28.03.16)

Under 21 Euro 2017 qualifier: Spain 0 - Croatia 3

Group 6 table

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

Club World Cup, final

Barcelona 3 - River Plate 0

Barcelona are World Champions for the third time after they beat River Plate 3-0 in this year’s final in Japan! Luis Enrique was able to put out a full strength line-up after Messi and Neymar recovered from their respective problems, and Messi tested Barovero a couple of times before he opened the scoring with ten minutes to go to the break, poking a shot past the keeper after Neymar headed back a Dani Alves cross. Luis Suárez drove a shot wide when free on goal just before the interval, but four minutes after the restart he ran on to a long ball from Busquets to fire a shot under the keeper for the second. That broke River’s resistence, and Messi and Neymar went close before Suárez ghosted in behind the defence to head Neymar’s cross back across the keeper, his second of the day and his fifth in the tournament. Backed by a fanatical following though the Argentinians didn’t give up, and Bravo had to make late saves from Alario and Martínez to stop them from getting back in the match. But for the second year in a row the World champions are Spanish, and Barcelona take over the mantle from arch rivals Real Madrid. (20.12.15)

Semi-final: Barcelona 3 - Guangzhou Evergrande 0

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)

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
Real Soc - R Madrid
Málaga - Osasuna
Sevilla - Espanyol
Granada - Villarreal
Valencia - L Palmas
Deportivo - Eibar
Barcelona - Betis
Sporting - Athletic
Atlético - Alavés
Celta - Leganés
Day 1 - Aug 21



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