||Santiago Bernabeu trophy
XXV edition was postponed to this date due
to Real Madrid's participation in the Supercup. Testimonial for honorary
president Alfredo Di Stefano, who made his debut for the club exactly 50 years
Real Madrid 3 (Portillo (2), Solari) - River Plate 0. Most of the
stars played the first half, but Madrid ended with nine home-grown players on
||Barcelona in Mexico
Took advantage of gap in calendar to
travel to Mexico for match against América in the Azteca stadium. Lost
though 2-0, with goals from the locals by Castillo and Oviedo. No less than
95,000 fans turned up to see Márquez dressed in blaugrana.
||Charity match "Drogas No"
The XII annual charity game for the fight
against drugs (Proyecto Hombre). Usually celebrated in the ground of the league
champions, but this year was at Atlético Madrid as part of their
centenary celebrations. Final result: Atlético 2 (Toché, Ibagaza
(Pen)) - Spanish League XI 3 (Riquelme, Giovanella, Javi Guerrero).
|| Under 20 World Cup warm up games
Real Madrid B 0 - Spain under
20s 0; Warm up for youth World Cup. No goals from either side
Atlético Madrid B 3 - Spain under 20s 1; Second game.
Gavilán put "la selección" ahead, but Manu (2) and Raúl
Medina won it for the hosts.
||Porto 2 - Barcelona 0
Another friendly during an international
gap. Both sides were missing many star players though, and Barça only
had four of their regular first team available. Goals from Derlei (Pen) and
Hugo Almeida in the second half.
||Málaga B 2 - Lokomotiv Moscow 3
prepared for their CL match with a friendly in Marbella. Málaga B's
goals from Nacho and Calderón.
||Sabadell 1 - Barcelona 3
Whilst the other big clubs were playing
their Champions' League fixtures, Barcelona were the guests for Sabadell's
centenary celebrations at the Nova Creu Alta stadium. Rijkaard put out a strong
side in preparation for the league game at Espanyol. Goals from Luis Eneique,
Luis García and Saviola, with Alberto replying for the hosts.
||Andalucia 1 - Latvia 0
The usual round of regional matches took
place during the winter break. Andalucia played their game at the Nuevo
Colombino stadium in Huelva. Reyes and Diego Tristán starred, with
Tristán getting the only goal from a first half free kick.
|| Euskadi 2 - Uruguay 1
The Basque country once again put out a
side at the San Mamés stadium against top class opposition, although
they were missing their captain Mendieta, who was playing for Middlesborough at
the time. The basis of the side was from Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad,
although both goals came from Rayo Vallecano striker Bolo a couple of minutes
either side of half time, the first from Gabilondo's cross and the second a
header from Julen Guerrero's centre. Uruguay were missing many stars, and their
goal came from Vigneri later in the second half.
||Comunidad Valenciana 1 - Cameroon 0
Another game for the Valencians,
this time in Castellón's stadium. Missing some key players through
injury, including Albelda, Raúl Bravo Juanfran and Rufete, although
Farinós returned from Inter Milan and Vicente, Javi Moreno and Juan
Sánchez spearheaded the attack. Moreno it was who scored the only goal
from a pass by the other Juanfran, Real Madrid's under 20 international.
Cameroon's side was unrecognisable, with Eto'o, Geremi etc all missing, and
keeper Emane was their star player.
||Catalonia 4 - Ecuador 2
As usual the Catalan
"selección" turned out again this winter. This time they played World
Cup participants Ecuador in the Nou Camp. Guardiola returned from Qatar to
captain the side, which included Jordi Cruyff and Deportivo pairing Sergio and
Luque. 67,100 fans turned up to see the side win 4-2, with two goals from
Barcelona's under 20 international Sergio García and others from Xavi
and Luis García. Ordónez scored both goals for Ecuador.
|| Navarra 4 - Burkina Faso 0
A first ever run out for the Navarrans,
although Navarran born Athletic Bilbao players Urzaiz, Tiko and Gurpegui all
turned down the invitation as they had already been selected to play for
Euskadi. Over half the side were from Osasuna, and goals came from De Carlos
(2), Txiki (Leganés) and Palacios.
||Other regional games
Four other regions were considering
playing during this holiday, but for varying reasons they were not able to
arrange games. Cantabria for example had already arranged a match against
Macedonia, but called it off as only 150 tickets had been sold two days before
kick off. The Balearic Islands were banned by their new government from playing
(political in-fighting), and Asturias and the Canary Islands didn't arrange a
match for economic reasons.
|| Friendlies in Portugal
Celta and Málaga both
played friendly matches in Portugal to warm the players up for the restart
after the winter break. Celta lost 1-0 to Sporting Braga and Málaga drew
0-0 at Boavista in the inauguration of the Porto based side's remodelled
|13 Jan 2004
||Mallorca 0 - Bayer Leverkusen 1
Bayer training in island during
winter break, and organised a friendly match. Luis Aragonés used the
game to try out lesser used players and youngsters, plus new signing Finidi
etc. Lost thanks to a headed goal from Babic in the first half.
|20 Jan 2004
|| Las Palmas 1 - Hertha Berlin 0
German side training in Canary
Islands in winter break, and organized this friendly game. The only goal came
from trialist Matheus, the Brazilian defender heading past Fiedler on the
stroke of half time.
|21 Jan 2004
|| Tenerife 2 - CSKA Sofia 1
Another friendly in the Islands, with
Tenerife coming from behind to win. CSKA scored first with a Gargarov penalty
just before the break, but goals from Hormiga and Cristo won it for the second
|3 Feb 2004
||Cádiz 0 - Shakhtar Donetsk 1
Friendly against Bernd Schuster's
side, who are training in South of Spain. Played Barça in kick around at
Nou Camp a few days later, Frank Rijkaard's ide winning 3-2 with goals from
Saviola (2) and Luis Enrique.
|13 Feb 2004
Villarreal v Anyang LG Cheetahs
Organised a friendly match in Burriana
against Korean side which was televised live in their home country.
|25 May 2004
|| Catalonia 2 - Brazil 5
Organised another friendly international
match between the two sides, which once again took place in the Nou Camp in
front of over 80,000 fans. Warm up for Brazil before the Copa America. Two
goals each from Ronaldo and Baptista and another from Oliveira gave Brazil the
win, with Gerard and Sergio García scoring for the Catalans late on.
|25 May 2004
|| Glasgow Celtic v Sevilla
Spanish side were invited for Henrik
Larsson's testimonial match. No news on scorelines etc?
|27 May 2004
||Lugo 1 - Deportivo La Coruña 2
End of season to help financially
hard-up neighbours to raise funds. Stars not called up to play for their
countries all played, with Lugo taking the lead through Braulio after half time
and Jorge Rodríguez and Iván Pérez scoring for Depor.
| 27 May 2004
First ever Basque cup. Final played in
Ipurua (Eibar). Athletic Bilbao beat Real Sociedad 2-1. Ezquerro got the first
just before half time, with Larrea equalising after the restart and Del Horno
getting the winner.
| 28 May 2004
||Granada 3 - Betis 1
Friendly match to raise funds for the hard
up third division side, whose employees are currently occupying the club's
offices in protest. The players sat down on the pitch for the first minute as a
further protest. Tote got the goal for a depleted Betis.
|29 May 2004
||Barcelona Dream Team v World Selection
match for Stoitchkov between members of the Champions League winning "Dream
Team" and a selection of world stars from the 1980s and 90's, including several
from Bulgaria. Hristo scored twice as his side won 2-1, with Suker getting the
goal for the All Stars.
| 29 May 2004
||Balearic Isles cup
Mallorca beat Satany 4-0 in the semi-final
(Bruggink (2), José, Campano) and play Peña Deportiva in the
| 29 May 2004
||Alfaro 0 - Osasuna 1
End of season friendly for the Pamplona
based side to inaugurate Alfaro's new ground. Bakayoko got the only goal.
|30 May 2004
||Xavi Aguado testimonial game
Zaragoza's ex captain was given a
testimonial match. The cup winners cup side which beat Arsenal in 1995 all made
an appearance, as well as Barça's dream team.
| 8 Jun 2004
||Xerez 0 - Betis 1
Betis seem to be attracting trouble these
days! For the second match in a row the opposing players staged a sit-down
strike at the start of the game in protest about non payment of wages. Ismael
got the only goal for Betis when things did get under way.
||Atlético tour of Mexico
Could also go on an end of season
tour, but unlikely now they have to play the Intertoto cup in mid-July.
||Deportivo tour of China
Have deided in the end to take
their vacations now, and the tour has been postponed until the middle of July,
once players return to prepare the start of the new season. See pre-season
fixtures for more details as and when these are announced.