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Under 21 European Championship

Spain 3 - Italy 1

A second half hat-trick from Saúl Ñíguez took Spain’s under 21 side in to next Friday’s European championship final! The Atlético Madrid midfielder combined with Dani Ceballos to open the scoring some eight minutes after the break, and although Gagliardini was sent off soon afterwards, Bernardeschi levelled it for Italy a few minutes later. Saúl added two more later on however to take his tally for the finals to five, and Albert Celades’ side will now face Germany on Friday evening after they beat England on penalties in the other semi-final. (27.06.17)


New season fixtures

New season fixtures for the first and second divisions will be set at the Spanish Football Federation general meeting on 20th July. (25.06.17)



Match round-up - Second Division, play-off finals, second leg

Getafe 3 - Tenerife 1

Getafe are back in the first division after they beat Tenerife 3-1 in the second leg of their play-off final! Strikes by Faurlín and Dani Pacheco overturned the Canary Islanders’ first leg lead in only twelve minutes, and although Lozano scored five minutes later to give the visitors the edge, Pacheco got his second of the night to put the Madrid based team back in front by the break. Another away goal would have turned things around again though, and there were a few nervous moments for the local fans before the referee called it a day. (24.06.17)

First leg: Tenerife 1 - Getafe 0

Second division B play-offs, Albacete & Barcelona B promoted


Under 21 European Championship

Spain 1 - Serbia 0

Spain’s under 21 side completed the group stage of the European Championships with a 1-0 victory over Serbia which gives them maximum points from the three matches. Having already made sure of first place in their mini-league three days ago, Celades changed all eleven of his players for this game. They were lucky not to go behind though when Veljkovic and Djurdjevic missed early opportunities for the East Europeans, but a few minutes later Carlos Soler wasted an easy chance, and later on in the first half Denis Suárez opened the scoring after Williams and Odriozola combined to set him up. Two minutes after that Serbia were left with ten men when Djurdjevic was shown a second yellow card for catching Merino with his elbow, and only some good saves by Manojlovic prevented Suárez, Williams and Mayoral from increasing the scoreline. Spain’s opponents in the semi-finals will not be known until the final group games are completed tomorrow, although Portugal are out after they fell a goal short of overtaking Slovakia as the best runners-up, and so either Slovakia themselves or the winners of group C (most likely Germany) will be their rivals. (23.06.17)

PS In the end, Spain's opponents will be Italy after they beat Germany in the last match. Germany still qualify though as the best runners-up, and they will play England in the other semi-final. (24.06.17)

Spain 3 - Portugal 1
Spain 5 - Macedonia 0

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


World Cup qualifier

Macedonia 1 - Spain 2

Spain beat Macedonia 1-2 in their latest World Cup qualifier to stay at the top of their group, ahead of Italy on goal difference. Strikes by David Silva and Diego Costa in the first half hour appeared to have put Julen Lopetegui’s side on track for a comfortable victory. However Ristovski ran through to pull one back midway through the second half, and there were some nervous moments for the visiting supporters before the final whistle. (11.06.17)

Senior and under 21 squads
Spain's qualifying fixtures
Group G table
Euro 2016


Friendly international

Spain 2 - Colombia 2

Spain drew 2-2 with Colombia in the latest friendly international, a late goal by Morata saving his team’s unbeaten record under coach Julen Lopetegui. David Silva opened the scoring after connecting with Pedro’s cross midway through the first half, but strikes either side of half time by Cardona and Falcao turned the scoreline around before Morata connected with Saúl’s cross to head home the equalizer with three minutes to go. (07.06.17)


Champions League Final

Juventus 1 - Real Madrid 4

Real Madrid are winners of the Champions League for the second year in a row and the twelfth time in their history after they beat Juventus 1-4 in this season’s final! An acrobatic overhead kick from Mandzukic cancelled out Ronaldo’s opener, but two in three minutes from Casemiro and Ronaldo midway through the second half restored the lead for Zidane’s side, and Marco Asensio wrapped things up in the final minute. It was the first time that Madrid have sealed a domestic league and European cup double in 59 years, and they become the first club to take the Champions League title in successive seasons. (03.06.17)

Europa League Final: Ajax 0 - Manchester United 2


Copa del Rey Final

Barcelona 3 - Alavés 1

Barcelona are champions of the Spanish cup for the third season in a row after they beat Alavés 3-1 on Saturday evening! The Vitoria based side were playing their first Copa del Rey final in their history, and Ibai Gómez hit the post before Messi opened the scoring on the half hour mark. Theo Hernández equalized though with a well struck free kick just three minutes later, but with half time approaching Neymar restored the lead, and just before the break Alcácer added a third following a good run by Messi. No more goals after that, and a first title of the season for Luis Enrique in his last game in charge before moving on to pastures new. (27.05.17)


Match round-up - First Division, Day 38

Real Madrid are league champions for the 33rd time in their history after they beat Málaga 0-2 on Sunday night! Zidane’s side needed at least a draw to stay ahead of Barcelona, but with only two minutes gone Ronaldo gave them the lead, and some ten minutes in to the second half Benzema wrapped things up with the second. Barcelona themselves came back from two goals down to beat Eibar 4-2, although their efforts were all in vain. Inui put the visitors two up, but Juncà put through his own net with just over an hour gone, and Luis Suárez levelled the score before Messi scored twice to give his team the three points. Earlier in the evening Villarreal made sure of fifth place after a 1-3 victory at Valencia, and Real Sociedad take the second of the Europa League spots after a last minute 2-2 draw at Celta. Athletic Bilbao drop to seventh though after a 3-1 defeat at third placed Atlético, and they have to wait for the result of next weekend’s cup final to see whether they get the third Europa League place or not. (21.05.17)

Four more matches on Saturday, fourth placed Sevilla rounding off their season with a 5-0 win over next to bottom club Osasuna, Vitolo and Franco Vázquez got two each and Jovetic was also on the scoresheet in what was Sampaoli’s last game in charge before taking over as the Argentina national coach. The early evening had been reserved for the battle to avoid the last relegation spot, but as Sporting Gijón went down last weekend, there was nothing left to decide. Sporting themselves drew 2-2 with Betis in their last game, and Deportivo and Leganés both celebrated their survival, the Galicians beating Las Palmas 3-0, and the Madrid based side drawing 1-1 with cup finalists Alavés. (20.05.17)

The last weekend of the season, with the league title and the Europa League spots still to be decided. All of that takes place on Sunday though, but before the big day several games have been scheduled between teams with nothing to play for but pride (and possibly a bit of extra income from television rights!). The first of those was on Friday night between the already relegated Granada and their visitors Espanyol, the Catalans running out 1-2 victors to move up to eighth pending the rest of the weekend matches. All the goals came in the first quarter of the game, Leo Baptistao opening the scoring and then crossing in for Rubén Vezo to put through his own net, and Andreas Pereira getting one back for the locals. A sad end for the Andalusians though after six years in the top flight, and a disappointment for coach Tony Adams, whose side have failed to pick up a single point since he took over seven games ago. (19.05.17)

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Second division

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


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


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 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
Leganés 1-1 Alavés
Atlético 3-1 Athletic
Sporting 2-2 Betis
Barcelona 4-2 Eibar
Deportivo 3-0 L Palmas
Valencia 1-3 Villarreal
Granada 1-2 Espanyol
Sevilla 5-0 Osasuna
Málaga 0-2 R Madrid
Celta 2-2 Real Soc
Day 38 - May 21

 

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