Coming fixtures
First division Day 24 24-26 Feb
First division Day 25 28 Feb - 2 Mar
First division Day 26 3-6 Mar
Champions League Round of 16, second leg 7/8 Mar
First division, day 21 Deportivo v Betis 8 Mar
Europa League Celta v FC Krasnodar 9 Mar

Europa League, round of 32, second leg

Spain will at least have one team in tomorrow’s draw after Celta beat Shakhtar Donetsk 0-2 on Thursday evening. They left it late though, Iago Aspas cancelling out the Ukrainian side’s first leg lead with a last minute penalty, and Cabral heading the winner following a corner with the game in extra time. Earlier in the evening Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao both bowed out of the competition after losing against Roma and APOEL Nicosia respectively. Villarreal had little hope after the 0-4 first leg defeat, but a strike from Santos Borré at least gave them a 0-1 victory in the return match. Athletic though were favourites to go through after a 3-2 win in the San Mamés stadium win a week ago. However they were unable to convert any of the many chances they created, and a Soteriou strike and a Gianniotas penalty in the first ten minutes of the second half gave the Cypriot side a 2-0 victory in the end. (23.02.17)


Match round-up - First Division, Day 16 (rescheduled match)

Valencia 2 - Real Madrid 1

A set-back for leaders Real Madrid on Wednesday evening, Zidane’s side losing the first of the two games they have in hand over the teams below them. Hosts Valencia raced in to a two goal lead in the first ten minutes with strikes by new signings Zaza and Orellana. And although Ronaldo headed one back for the visitors on the stroke of half time, they could not prevent a defeat which leaves them just a point ahead of second placed Barcelona. (22.02.17)



Champions League, round of 16, first leg

Sevilla 2 - Leicester City 1

Sevilla beat Leicester City 2-1 in their first leg tie, although they will rue the fact that they wasted chances to go in to the return match with a bigger advantage. Visiting keeper Schmeichel saved an early Correa penalty before Sarabia headed the Andalusians in to the lead with twenty-five minutes on the clock. Jovetic and Vitolo hit the woodwork either side of half time, and Correa made it two after Jovetic set him up on the hour mark. A few minutes later though Vardy got on the end of a Drinkwater cross to score a vital away goal for the Premier League side, and everything will now be decided in the King Power stadium in a month’s time. (22.02.17)

Bayer Leverkusen 2 - Atlético Madrid 4

Atlético Madrid have one foot in the quarter finals after a 2-4 victory at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night. Simeone’s side went two up by the break, Saúl Ñíguez opening the scoring with an impressive shot from the edge of the area, and Griezmann getting the second after Gameiro set him up on a quick counter-attack. Bellarabi got one back soon after the interval, but Gameiro restored the two goal cushion from the penalty spot some ten minutes later. Midway through the second half Savic put through his own net, but with the game coming to an end Fernando Torres headed a Vrsaljko cross past Leno to wrap things up. (21.02.17)


Match round-up - First Division, Day 23

Málaga distanced themselves from the danger zone after a 2-1 victory over Las Palmas in the Monday night game. Lemos gave the Canary Islanders an early lead with a direct free kick, but strikes by Fornals and Charles turned things around before the break, and the Andalusians held on for a first win under new coach Gato Romero despite having José Rodríguez sent off with twenty minutes to go. (20.02.17)

Barcelona hold on to second spot after a 2-1 win over Leganés in the last match on Sunday evening, although it was only thanks to a last minute Messi penalty that they were able to take the three points. Messi gave Luis Enrique’s side the lead in only the fourth minute, but the visitors tested Ter Stegen a couple of times before Unai López levelled the scores with twenty minutes to go. Earlier in the day Villarreal beat fifth placed Real Sociedad 0-1 to move up to within two points of their hosts in the table, Samu Castillejo getting the only goal in injury time. Athletic Bilbao are now four points adrift of the European spots however after they lost 2-0 at Valencia, Nani and Zaza scoring for the Ches in the first half, and Celta are now just two points behind Valverde’s side after they beat bottom club Osasuna 3-0, Sisto getting the opener in the first half, and Jozabed and Iago Aspas adding two more in the last five minutes or so of the match. (19.02.17)

Real Madrid kept up their push at the top of the table, a 2-0 victory over Espanyol on Saturday afternoon keeping them clear of their closest rivals. Zidane rested several key players, but Morata headed the opener from Isco’s cross on the half hour mark, and Gareth Bale made it two just minutes after coming on for his first appearance after a long injury lay-off. Sevilla moved back up to second pending Barcelona’s game on Sunday after they won 2-0 against Eibar later in the evening. Both goals came from Jovetic assists, Sarabia volleying in the first with thirty minutes on the clock, and Vitolo getting the second on a quick counter-attack in the last minute of the match. A few hours earlier Atlético Madrid had closed temporarily to within a point of the Andalusians after they beat Sporting Gijón 1-4, the result leaving the Asturians still down in the bottom three. All the goals came after the break, Sergio Alvarez cancelling out a Carrasco strike, but substitute Gameiro helping himself to a hat-trick in a five minute period near the end. Elsewhere Alavés won 0-1 at Deportivo to move up safely to mid-table. The only goal came from the penalty spot midway through the second half, Manu García converting the kick after he was brought down by Albentosa in the area. The defeat leaves the Galicians just three points above the drop zone. (18.02.17)

Granada moved to within two points of safety pending the rest of the weekend games after a 4-1 victory over neighbours Betis in the Friday night game. Strikes by Carcela-González, Adrián Ramos and Andreas Pereira put the locals three up with just over half an hour gone, and Ramos added a fourth before Petros headed one back later on. (17.02.17)

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


Europa League, round of 32, first leg

A fairly disastrous night for Spanish clubs in the Europa League, Celta and Villarreal both losing at home, and Athletic Bilbao only managing a narrow 3-2 win against APOEL Nicosia. The Basque side went behind to a strike from Efrem, and although a Merkis own goal and two in the second half from Aduríz and Williams turned the result around, Giannitos scored a second away goal for the visitors near the end. Celta were beaten 0-1 by Shakhtar Donetsk, Blanco getting the only goal for the Ukrainians midway through the first half, and Villarreal were thrashed 0-4 by Roma, Emerson giving the Italians a first half lead, and Dzeko completing a hat-trick after the break. (16.02.17)


Champions League, round of 16, first leg

Real Madrid 3 - Napoli 1

Real Madrid came from a goal down to beat Napoli 3-1 on Wednesday evening, a result which stands them in good stead going in to the return leg in Italy. Insigne caught Keylor Navas out of position with a long shot early on, but Benzema headed the equalizer from a Carvajal cross just ten minutes later. Soon after the restart Kroos scored a second after Ronaldo laid the ball back, and Casemiro volleyed a spectacular third past Reina just five minutes later for the final result. (15.02.17)

Paris Saint Germain 4 - Barcelona 0

Barcelona are almost certainly out of the Champions League after a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday night! Unai Emery’s side dominated throughout, Di María giving them an early lead and Draxler adding a second before the break. André Gomes missed a good chance in the first half, and Umtiti headed against the bar later on, but further goals from Di María and Cavani virtually sealed the French team’s place in the quarter finals. (14.02.17)


Match round-up - First Division, Day 22

Eibar are just a point away from the European spots after a 4-0 victory over Granada on Monday evening. An Adrián González penalty and a strike by Sergi Enrich put the Basque side two up at the break, and Iván Ramis and Pedro León added two more after the restart for their second four-goal win in a row. The result leaves the Andalusians further down in the drop zone, albeit still only five points away from safety. (13.02.17)

Atlético Madrid move back above Real Sociedad to fourth spot after a 3-2 victory over Celta in the last match on Sunday evening. Cabral headed the visitors in front early on, but Fernando Torres levelled the scores soon afterwards with a spectacular over-head kick. Torres then missed a penalty though, and with a quarter of an hour left on the clock Guidetti restored the lead after Wass set him up. However with four minutes to go Carrasco equalized again, and two minutes later Griezmann got the winner after Gameiro headed back Correa’s cross. Sevilla stay four points clear of Atleti though after they won 0-1 at Las Palmas earlier in the evening, Joaquín Correa getting the only goal with ten minutes left to go to hand the Canary Islanders their first home defeat of the season. Elsewhere sixth placed Villarreal lost ground on the top five after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Málaga in the mid-day kick-off. Charles headed the opener for the visitors on the quarter hour mark, but Bruno made it all square from the penalty spot after the restart. Further down the table Sporting Gijón beat Leganés 0-2 to open up the fight for survival, the result taking the Asturians to within two points of their hosts. Both goals came in the last quarter of the match, Canella getting the first from Burgui’s corner, and Burgui scoring the second himself late on. (12.02.17)

Real Madrid stay at the top of the table, still with two games in hand, after they beat bottom club Osasuna 1-3 in the last game on Saturday evening. Ronaldo’s opener was cancelled out by a strike by Sergio León before the break, but after the restart Isco restored the lead, and Lucas Vázquez wrapped things up with the game in injury time. Earlier in the day through Barcelona had moved temporarily above Zidane’s side after hammering Alavés 0-6. It was rehearsal for the Spanish cup final after both teams qualified midweek, but Luis Suárez and Neymar put the visitors two up shortly before the interval, and the Catalans added four more in a ten minute period around the hour mark, Messi, Alexis (in his own net), Rakitic and Luis Suárez the scorers. Athletic Bilbao meanwhile are back up to the brink of the European spots after they came from a goal down to beat Deportivo 2-1, Aduríz celebrating his 36 th birthday by setting up Muniain and then scoring a last minute winner himself after Çolak had given the Galicians a first half lead. And before that Betis and Valencia drew 0-0 in the lunchtime kick-off, the result keeping the hosts four points above their oponents in the lower reaches of the table. (11.02.17)

Real Sociedad are up to fourth place pending Atlético’s game on Sunday after a 1-2 victory at Espanyol on Friday evening. Carlos Vela gave the Basque side the lead midway through the first half, and although Hernán Pérez equalized before the break, Illarramendi fired home the winner on the hour mark. (10.02.17)

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Second division


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)


Under 21 Euro 2017 play-off, second leg

Spain 0 - Austria 0

Spain’s under 21 side are through to next summer’s European finals after knocking out Austria on the away goal rule! After the 1-1 draw in the first leg, Albert Celadés’ side were favourites to qualify. However they struggled to find the route to goal, even though the visitors had a player sent off, and the result was in doubt up until the last minute. (15.11.16)

First leg: Austria 1 - Spain 1

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


World Cup qualifier

Spain 4 - Macedonia 0

Spain stay top of their group, ahead of Italy on goal difference, after a 4-0 victory over Macedonia on Saturday night. With five of his first choice players injured Lopetegui had to make several changes to his line-up, particularly in defence where Bartra and Nacho started in place of Piqué and Ramos. There were a couple of early scares when De Gea had to save from Mojsov and Pandev headed just wide from a corner, but Spain settled after that, and Morata and Silva both had shots blocked. With ten minutes to go to the break however the locals took the lead thanks to a bit of luck, Velkoski and a colleague both trying to clear Caravajal’s cross only for the ball to hit the back of the defender’s head and loop up in to the net. Nàstic keeper Dimitrievski (who only played as first choice Alekovski injured himself in the pre-match warm-up) had to save from Morata soon after the restart, and Vitolo made it two with a far post header after Silva’s centre deflected up to him. Bardi could have got one back though, at first after a mistake by Bartra gifted him the ball, and then with a long shot which De Gea did well to keep out, and Hasani had a strike ruled out for a borderline offside. But with six minutes to go Monreal volleyed in the third from Caravajal’s cross, and just a minute later Aduríz made it four after Vitolo stepped over a centre from Silva. (12.11.16)

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


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
Espanyol - Osasuna
Villarreal - R Madrid
L Palmas 0-1 Real Soc
Eibar - Málaga
Betis 1-2 Sevilla
Athletic - Granada
Alavés 2-1 Valencia
Leganés - Deportivo
Atlético - Barcelona
Sporting - Celta
Day 23 - Feb 19

 

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