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First division Day 19 12-15 Jan
Copa del Rey Quarter finals, first leg 17/18 Jan
First division Day 20 19-22 Jan
Copa del Rey Quarter finals, second leg 23-25 Jan

Copa del Rey, fifth round, second leg

Defending champions Barcelona cruised through to the next round after a convincing 5-0 win against Celta on Thursday. The 1-1 scoreline from the first leg left the tie in doubt, but within half an hour Valverde’s side were four up, Messi latching on to two assists in as many minutes from Jordi Alba to open the scoring, and then sliding through a pinpoint pass from alba to make it three. Soon afterwards Luis Suárez intercepted a bad back pass by sisto to score the fourth, and Rakitic headed the fifth from Dembélé’s corner with three minutes to go. Sevilla will also be in Friday’s draw after they knocked out neighbours Cádiz, Ben Yedder adding to the two goal lead from the first leg after Yañez saved from Correa, and Correa himself headed a second from a second half corner before Alvaro García got a late consolation for the second division side. Meanwhile Espanyol overcame a 1-2 first leg defeat, a 0-2 victory at Levante taking the Catalans into the last eight. Both goals came in the first half, Baptistao running on to a long pass from Gerard Moreno to beat Raúl Fernández on the quarter hour mark, and Moreno himself getting the second after the local defence failed to clear a Didac Vila cross some twenty minutes later. The locals could have forced extra time though had Jason not headed against the bar after the interval. (11.01.18)

Real Madrid also made it through fairly easily to the last eight, although once again it was a disappointing performance as they could only draw 2-2 at home to second division Numancia. Three up from the first leg, Zidane once again put out his “B” side, and Lucas Vázquez gave them an early lead with a header from a Dani Carvajal centre. Substitute Guillermo made it all square though from a Marc Mateu cross just before the break, and although Vázquez restored the lead after Borja Mayoral headed back a Marco Asensio centre, Guillermo beat Kiko Casilla with a late header to earn a respectable draw for the visitors. Earlier in the evening last season’s runners-up Alavés secured their place in the next round with a 2-0 win against regional side Formentera, B team striker Demirovic getting his third goal in the tie after Rubén Sobrino set him up soon after the restart, and Alfonso Pedraza rounding things off in injury time. Villarreal are out though despite winning 2-1 against Leganés, the 1-0 result from the first leg taking the Madrid based side through to the quarter finals for the first time in their history. El Zhar scored the deciding away goal after running on to a long pass from Naranjo on the half hour mark, but Raba equalised soon after the restart. Champagne though made a string of saves, and a late strike by Cheryshev following good work by Samu Castillejo left the locals a goal short. (10.01.18)

Atlético Madrid and Valencia are the first two sides to classify for the quarter finals of the cup after both won through their second leg ties on Tuesday evening. Atlético had no problems seeing off regional second division side Lleida Esportiu, a 3-0 win adding to the 0-4 scoreline from a week ago. The goals though didn’t come until after the break, Diego Costa setting up Carrasco for the opener, Gameiro adding the second following a good run by Correa, and new boy Vitolo picking up a long pass from Fernando Torres to open his account for the Colchoneros. Valencia came in to their game against Las Palmas later in the evening tied at one all, but in the end a 4-0 victory saw them through with room to spare. Marcelino gave a first start to new signing Vietto, and he was the star of the night with a hat-trick, the first after Raúl Lizoain pushed out a header from Zaza on the half hour mark. Soon after the restart Vietto made it two from a Pereira assist, and Maksimovic fired home a third before Vietto completed the scoring with a shot from just over the halfway line which caught the keeper out of position. (09.01.18)



Match round-up - First Division, Day 18

Espanyol got their first away win of the season, a 0-1 victory at Málaga on Monday night taking them eight points clear of the drop zone. Sergi Darder got the only goal against his old club in the sixth minute to leave Michel’s team still in joint bottom spot together with Las Palmas. (08.01.18)

Barcelona stay nine points clear at the top of the table after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Levante on Sunday afternoon. Messi and Luis Suárez put Valverde’s side two up at the break, and although Ter Stegen did have a couple of saves to make after the restart, Paulinho wrapped things up in injury time. Real Madrid are now sixteen points adrift of the leaders after they were held to a 2-2 draw at Celta in the last match of the evening. Daniel Wass lobbed the visitors into the lead with just over half an hour gone, but Bale scored twice in the run up to the break to turn the scoreline around. However Maxi Gómez headed in a Wass cross with eight minutes to go to save a point for the Galicians.

Athletic Bilbao are up to eighth after they beat regional rivals Alavés 2-0, and their poor start to the season appears to be behind them. Etxeita opened the scoring with a shot which looped in off Maripán following a Susaeta corner, and Aduríz got the second from the penalty spot after the referee ruled that Rubén Duarte had fouled Raúl García in the area with just over an hour gone. Leganés are level with the Basque side after they won 1-0 against Real Sociedad in the mid-day kick-off, Gabriel getting the only goal following an Eraso free kick with a quarter of an hour left on the clock, and local keeper Cuéllar producing a string of saves to ensure the result. And Deportivo moved out of the relegation zone to the detriment of Alavés after they picked up a point in a 1-1 draw at sixth placed Villarreal, Enes Ünal giving the visitors the lead from Bacca’s cross on the half hour mark, and Andone heading the equaliser for the visitors late on. (07.01.18)

Atlético Madrid and Valencia put the pressure on leaders Barcelona after both won on Saturday. Atlético beat neighbours Getafe in the first league game of the new year, Correa giving them an early lead after Griezmann set him up. Diego Costa made it two midway through the first half in his first start in the Metropolitano stadium, but the ex Chelsea striker was sent off immediately afterwards after the referee showed him a second yellow card for celebrating with the crowd. Later in the afternoon Valencia won 2-1 against Girona, even though the Catalans took the lead through Portu in the eighth minute. Ramalho turned a Guedes cross into his own net soon afterwards though, and Dani Parejo got the winner from the penalty spot at the start of the second half.

A thrilling city derby between Sevilla and Betis to round off the evening, the visitors running out 3-5 winners to move to within five points of their hosts in the table. Quique Setien’s side went ahead twice in the first half through Fabián and Feddal, Ben Yedder and Kjaer pegging them back both times. Strikes by Durmisi and Sergio León restored the lead after the restart, but Lenglet headed one back and N’Zonzi hit the bar before Tello made sure of the victory in injury time. Sevilla stay fifth pending Sunday’s games, but Eibar are now only two points below them after they came from behind to win 1-2 at bottom club Las Palmas. Jonathan Viera opened the scoring for the Canary Islanders from the penalty spot on the half hour mark, but new signing Orellana levelled it just two minutes after coming on, and Sergi Enrich headed the winner soon afterwards. (06.01.18)

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


Copa del Rey, fifth round, first leg

Real Madrid virtually sealed their place in the next round with a 0-3 victory at Numancia on Thursday. As expected, Zidane changed most of his line up, but Bale put them ahead from the penalty spot shortly before the break. The second division side were left with ten men when Diamanka was sent off midway through the second half, and an Isco penalty and a Borja Mayoral header in the last five minutes wrapped things up. Defending champions Barcelona also travelled to Celta without several key players, but they came away from the Balaidos stadium with a 1-1 draw which gives them the edge for next week’s return leg. Youngster José Arnáiz opened the scoring for the visitors on the quarter hour mark, but Pione Sisto made it all square a few minutes later. Elsewhere Leganés beat Villarreal 1-0, Amrabat getting the only goal soon after the interval, and Levante won 1-2 at Espanyol, Gerard Moreno heading the Catalans into the lead with half an hour gone, but a controversial Morales penalty and a second half strike by Ivi turning the scoreline around. (04.01.18)

The short winter break is over, and the new year opened with the first legs of the fifth round of the cup. Four teams were in action on Wednesday, including Atlético Madrid, who are almost sure of a place in the last eight after a 0-4 win at second division B side Lleida. A Godín header and a Fernando Torres strike put Simeone’s team two up at the break, and Diego Costa celebrated his return scoring the third with his first touch after coming on a substitute. The Catalans were left with ten men when Trilles was sent off, and Griezmann completed the scoring with a direct free kick in injury time. Last season’s runners-up Alavés are also close to qualifying after they beat the other regional side Formentera 1-3. B team striker Demirovic took advantage of a first start to score two goals either side of half time, and Munir got the third later on. The Balearic islanders put up a good fight though, Javi Rosa momentarily equalising at the start of the second half.

Sevilla’s new coach Vicenzo Montella got off to a good start, the Andalusians winning 0-2 at neighbours Cádiz later in the evening. The second division team had knocked out Sevilla’s city rivals Betis in the last round, but early goals by Nolito and Jesús Navas gave the visitors a comfortable victory, albeit that Sergio Rico had to save a Salvi penalty later on. Las Palmas were under new management as well, Paco Jémez returning to his home town as the Canary Islander’s fourth coach this season. They got off to a good start against Valencia, Calleri giving them the lead shortly before the break, but substitute Rodrigo saved a 1-1 draw for the visitors near the end. (03.01.18)

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Match round-up - First Division, Day 17

Barcelona are nine points clear at the top of the table after a 0-3 victory against Real Madrid in the latest “clásico” on Saturday lunchtime! All the goals came after the break, Luis Suárez opening the scoring after Rakitic and Sergi Roberto combined to set him up. Messi made it two from the penalty spot after Dani Carvajal was sent off for handling in the area soon afterwards, and substitute Aleix Vidal rounded things off in injury time. The Catalans are already sure of the honorary title of winter champions after the four teams below them all lost, Valencia missing out on a chance to return to second spot following a 0-1 defeat against regional neighbours Villarreal later in the afternoon. Bacca got the only goal midway through the first half to keep his team in sixth spot. The last match of the year was the Galician derby between Deportivo and Celta, the visitors winning 1-3 to move up to eleventh and leave their hosts still down in the relegation zone. Daniel Wass headed an early opener and Iago Aspas added two more either side of the break before Andone got one back later on. (23.12.17)

Atlético Madrid were just two minutes away from ending the year unbeaten away from home, but a late strike by Espanyol’s Sergio García on Friday gave the Catalans a 1-0 victory which takes them away from the danger zone. It was also a first defeat in the league this season for Simeone’s side, who may lose out on second spot if Valencia win on Saturday. Athletic Bilbao meanwhile are safely up to mid-table after they beat Betis 0-2 earlier in the evening. Raúl García started things off from the penalty spot after Amat was sent off for a foul on Laporte shortly before half time, and Feddal put through his own net near the end. (22.12.17)

Eibar moved above Getafe and Real Sociedad to seventh spot after a 4-1 victory over Girona on Thursday, the Basque side now having taken sixteen points from their last six games. The Catalans themselves were looking to end the year in the top six, but although a Timor free kick pegged one back after early strikes by Inui and Charles, Inui and Jordan added two more after the break to tie up the three points. Further down the table, Alavés inched out of the relegation spots after a 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Málaga. Munir got the only goal with an hour on the clock to take his team above Deportivo on goal difference, and leave the Andalusians joint bottom with Las Palmas. (21.12.17)

Getafe and Real Sociedad are within a point of the European spots pending the rest of the week’s games after they both won on Wednesday. Getafe beat bottom club Las Palmas 2-0, the goals coming early on through Cala and Amath. And Real Sociedad won 3-1 against fifth placed Sevilla, an Iñigo Martínez header cancelled out by a Ben Yedder strike before the break, but goals by Zubeldia and Carlos Vela (his last before moving on to the MLS) won it for the Basque side. Las Palmas confirmed that Paco Jémez will be their third coach of the seasonbut, after three poor results in a row, Sevilla have decided to fire Berizzo, who had just returned to the bench after an operation for prostate cancer. (20.12.17)

The last round of games of the Calendar year will be spread over five days (leading up to the “clásico” between Real Madrid and Barcelona on Saturday), Levante and Leganés kicking things off with a fairly eventless 0-0 draw on Tuesday evening. (19.12.17)


Club World Cup final

Real Madrid 1 - Gremio 0

Real Madrid are Club World Champions for the second time in a row and the third time in their history after beating Gremio 1-0 in the final! Zidane’s side had several chances before Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a long free kick which found a gap in the defensive wall shortly after the break. Ronaldo had a second goal ruled out for the borderline offside of Benzema, Modric hit the post, and Grohe had to make several saves, particularly from Ronaldo and Bale later on, and Keylor Navas hardly had a save to make throughout the ninety minutes. It was a third title of the season for Zidane’s side after winning the European and Spanish Super Cups in summer. (16.12.17)

Semi-final: Al Jazira 1 - Real Madrid 2


Europa League day six

Round of 32 fixtures

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)

Group tables


Champions League, day six

Round of 16 fixtures

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)

Group tables


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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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
Girona 6-0 L Palmas
Eibar 0-1 Atlético
Getafe 1-0 Málaga
Espanyol 1-1 Athletic
Alavés 1-0 Sevilla
Betis 3-2 Leganés
Real Soc 2-4 Barcelona
Levante 0-1 Celta
R Madrid 0-1 Villarreal
Deportivo 1-2 Valencia
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