|6 and 12 Jul
||Racing v Györi
Intertoto cup second round. Racing are
first Spanish club to play in the new season. Legs home and away against
Hungarian side. First leg: Racing 1 - Györi 0. Second leg: Györi 2 -
Racing 1. Racing win on away goals rule. See separate section for report.
|19 and 26 Jul
||Intertoto third round
Villarreal enter at this stage, together
with Racing Santander. Villarreal's opponents will be Italian side Brescia,
Racing play Slovan Liberec.
First leg results: Racing 0 - 1 Slovan;
Villarreal 2 - 0 Bescia.
Second leg results: Slovan 2 - 1 Racing; Brescia 1
- 1 Villarreal.
Racing out, Villarreal qualify for semi-finals. See
separate section for reports.
|27 July - 4 Aug
||Barcelona in USA
27/07 (Foxborough, Boston): Barça 2
(Saviola 2, 1 Pen) - Juventus 2 (Di Vaio, Miccoli). Juventus came back with two
late goals but Barça won 6-5 on penalties. Ronaldinho made debut in 2nd
30/07, (Fedex field, Washington DC): Barça 2 (Quaresma,
Ronaldinho) - AC Milan 0. A good game from the new players, with Quaresma named
03/08, (Lincoln Field, Philadelphia): Barça 1 (Kluivert) - Man
Utd 3 (Forlan 2, Van Nistelrooy). Kluivert headed the first from Ronaldinho's
cross, but Man U came back to win. Rijkaard's first defeat.
||Málaga in Poland and Austria
Took part in pre-season
tournament with hosts Lech Posnan, Munich 1860 and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Beat Lech
1-2 in 50 min semi-final (Koke, Geijo) and then drew 0-0 with Maccabi in final,
losing 5-4 on penalties.
Moved on to Austria for 9 days, with matches in
Schruns against Bregenz (2/8: W 0-1 (Koke)) and Stuttgart (4/8: W 1-3 (Duda,
|27 Jul - 3 Aug
||Celta pre-season in Holland
Spending some time in Holland before
Champions League ties. Play four games:
27/7: vs Telstar: W 0-2 (Catanha,
Milosevic - pen) Cavallero, Juanfran and Cáceres sent off in punch up in
30/07: vs Emmen; W 0-5 (Milosevic, Jesuli, Edu, Catanha, Sergio).
Bus driver arrested for speeding.
02/08: vs Feyenoord; W 0-1 (Edu). A
better performance this time.
03/08: vs Groningen; W 1-3 (Gustavo
López, Jandro, Catanha). The referee called two "time-outs" during the
|27 Jul to 6 Aug
||Osasuna in Mexico
Javier Aguirre takes his side back to his
27/07: Pachuca L 1 - 0
31/07: Cruz Azul W 2 - 3
(Puñal pen, Pinheiro, Aloisi).
03/08: Pumas UNAM D 1-1 (Morales).
06/08: Monarcas Morelia D 1-1 (Valdo).
A good warm up tour for the
Navarrans, who return to play four games against 1st and 2nd division
opposition in Spain.
|27 July - 09 Aug
Training in Oosterbeek, Holland, from
where they will play friendlies against Dutch clubs.
31/07: De Treffers, W:
0 - 4 (Galletti, Ponzio, Yordi, Milito).
2/8: Twente, W 1-3 (Galletti,
David Villa, Espadas (Pen)).
4/8: Heusden, W 1-2 (Milito, García
6/8: Woerden, W 0-5 (Bilic, Drulic, Miguel García, Corona,
8/8: NAC Breda, W 0-1 (Alvaro).
A successful tour, with Milito
proving to be their star player.
|30 Jul and 6 Aug
Villarreal are the only Spanish side to
reach this stage. Their opponents are FC Brno, first leg in Czech Republic (D:
1-1) and second leg at home (W: 2-0). Villarreal to play Heerenveen in final
over two legs. See separate section for reports.
||Deportivo 0 - Porto 2
Juan Acuña trophy against
Portuguese side. Goals from McCarthy (ex Celta) and Jankauskas (ex Real
Sociedad) gave visitors the win. Makaay saw the game out in the stands.
||Mallorca pre-season in England
First warm up match for the
Islanders, a visit to Ashton Gate in England against Bristol City. W 2-6 (Novo
2, Campano 2, Eto'o, Toni González).
Then on to Derby County
(03/08), L 3-1 (Eto'o). Derby leading 3-0 at half time.
Bolton (06/08), D
0-0. Debut by Bruggink.
Birmingham City (09/08), D 0-0. Second score-less
draw in a row.
Fulham (10/08), L 2-1 (Eto'o). Novo and Ibagaza left out of
side. Early Eto'ogoal cancelled out.
||Racing Ferrol 1 - Deportivo 4
Depor were once again invited to
the "Concepción Arenal Trophy" at Ferrol. Racing scored first through
Trigo, but after that Valerón starred, scoring the equaliser and setting
up Víctor for a second. Tristán got a third before the break, and
Scaloni made it four near the end.
|2 - 10 Aug
||Real Madrid in Asia
Real Madrid touring Asia this summer.
Plans have changed somwhat and the program is now as follows:
Spain to travel to Kunming, China. 20,000 fans watched a practise match.
02/08: All star "Dragon Team", Beijing. W 0-4 (Figo, Morientes (2),
Portillo). Beckham debut. Figo scored from Raúl pass on stroke of half
time. Madrid added three late on with stars already on bench.
Tokyo, Japan. W: 0-3 (Beckham, Solari, Ronaldo). Beckham scored first goal for
club from free kick and was man of the match. Ronaldo came on in the second
half and got a beauty near the end.
08/08: Hong Kong all star team, Hong
Kong. W: 2-4 (Figo (Pen), Ronaldo (2), Raúl). All goals came in first
half, starting with penalty on R. Carlos.
10/08: Thailand national side,
Bangkok. W 1-2 (Portillo, Morientes). Players were looking tired after a
gruelling schedule of matches and other activities. McManaman, Munitis and
Julio César didn't play a minute in the whole tour.
||Athletic Bilbao pre-season
UK tour called off and visit Holland
instead. Games as follows:
02/08: Den Haag; W 2-7 (Tiko (2), Luis Prieto,
Yeste, Arriaga, Iraola (Pen), Javi González). Four goals from free
06/08: Volendam, W 1-3 (Yeste, Ezquerro, Iraola (Pen)). Won the game
in a rainy second half.
08/08: AZ67 Alkmaar. L 2-1 (Urzaiz). Threw away
lead in the fog.
Valencia started their pre-season training
in Switzerland, ending with two games.
3/8. Chenois. 0-10 (Sánchez 2,
Xisco 2, Baraja, Vicente 2, Salva, Aimar, Rufete. A mismatch against Swiss 2nd
5/8: Saint Gallen: W 0-1 (Pellegrino). A more difficult
||Teresa Herrera trophy, La
Once again all-star line up for one of the most prestigious
summer tournaments. Earlier this year, as Depor playing CL qualifier.
Deportivo 2 - 2 América de Mexico. América won on penalties;
5/8: Nacional 2 - 2 América de Mexico.
6/8: Deportivo 3
(Pandiani, Valerón, Amavisca) - Nacional de Montevideo 0. Pandiani took
over Makaay's nº 7 shirt and opened scoring.
Depor champions of 58th
edition of the tournament.
Madrid in Mexico
Movistar tournament in Monterrey goes ahead in the end after
doubts about fees.
06/08: Rayados Monterrey. W 0-3 (Colsa, Musampa, F
Torres). Good win against Mexican champions.
07/08: Roma. D 1-1
(Nikolaidis). Hard game, Contra injured. Samuel and Candela sent off for
||Celta 2 - Olympiakos 2
Memorial Quinocho trophy, ninth edition.
Celta's goals from Edu and an own goal. Celta won on penalties.
||Racing Santander 2 - Sporting Gijon 0
Game played in La Vigona stadium
in Luarca. Racing won with goals from Benayoun and Jonathan.
||Zamora 1 - Valladolid 1
Pre-season, but not very
friendly. Fernando Vázquez fought with opposing manager over which balls
they should use! Oscar Sánchez equalised for Valladolid in the first
||Colombino trophy, Huelva
Recreativo host another of the
big summer competitions, the 39th time the tournament has taken place. A tinge
of sadness due to their relegation and cup final defeat, but a star line up.
08/08: Recre 2 (Bermejo, Arteaga) - Panathinaikos 1 (Basinas). Four
players sent off by Paradas Romero, including Viqueira and Toedtli.
Málaga 2 (Miguel Angel, Luque (Pen)) - Sevilla 0. Rubinos sent off
Darío Silva against his old club and also manager Caparrós.
10/08: 3/4 play off: Sevilla 1 (Darío Silva) - Panathinaikos 0.
Darío made up for sending off in last match with a goal. Notario saved a
Final: Recre 1 Toedtli (Pen)) - Málaga 1 (Edgar) .
Both goals in the second half. Recre won 2-0 on penalties after Luque saved the
first three spot kicks.
||Barcelona in UK
Brief tour of UK after trip to USA.
08/08. Leicester City. W 0-1 (Saviola). Lineker guest of honour in home
town. Cocu sent off min 20, but Saviola goal gave Barça a win.
Man City. L 2-1 (Saviola). Inauguration of new stadium. Anelka gave City the
lead, and although Saviola equalised, Sinclair headed the winner in the second
12/8: Derry City. W 0-5 (Márquez, Andersson, Gerard, Saviola,
Ronaldinho). Match dedicated to peace. Barça more than a match for the
||Liverpool 0 - Valencia 2
Friendly match in England after pre-season
in Switzerland. A great win, with goals from Vicente in the first half and
Xisco after the break.
||Compostela 1 - Deportivo 4
Last game for Depor before CL qualifier.
Comfortable victory, with goals from Amavisca, Sergio, Diego Tristán and
Pablo Amo. Duscher and Fabiano sent off for brawling.
||Espanyol in Portugal
After unbeaten pre-season against lower
division sides in Perelada, near Girona, go on to play in Portugal.
Beleneneses, L 2-1 (Tamudo (Pen)). Lost lead after Bastia and Oscar sent off by
12/8: Beira Mar. A disappointing result. First start for
Jordi Cruyff with new club.
|12 and 26 Aug
Villarreal reached one of the three finals
for the second year running, and played Heerenveen. First leg in Holland on
12th August, W 1-2. Return leg in Spain on 26th, D 0-0. See separate section
||Sevilla presentation match
Sevilla played OFK Belgrade in their
presentation match this year. Also playing 9 friendlies against lower division
sides. They won this one 3-1 with goals from Hornos, Reyes (Pen) and Gallardo.
||Rayo Vallecano 2 - Valladolid 1
Rayo won the first ever Aranjuez
trophy. Their goals from Bolo and Geni, with Oscar getting one back in between.
Play the following: 12/8: Logroñes
(Laguardia: D 1-1 (Kiko)), 15/8: Numancia (H: W 1-0 (Kiko)), 20/8: Burgos (A: L
1-0), 23/8: Zalla (A) W: 1-5, 26/8: Sevilla (H - presentation match): L 1-2
(Navarro / Njegus, Antonio López).
|12/13 and 26/27 Aug
||Champions' League third qualifying round
Coruña and Celta Vigo will both have to survive one round before the
league stage starts. See separate section for details. First legs: 12/8: Celta
3 - Slavia Prague 0; 13/8: Rosenborg 0 - Deportivo 0.
||Betis 1 - Boca Juniors 1
Friendly match at home against South
American champions. 15,000 fans turned up for the team presentation. Boca came
over with many reserves, but went in front through Colautti. Maldonado
equalised later on.
||Valencia 1 - Perugia 0
Valencia's presentation match. The crowd
gave a hard time to club president Jaime Ortí for not signing any top
names. Only goal came when Di Loreto turned Albiol's effort into his own net.
Albelda and Obodo sent off for brawling in the first half.
||Real Sociedad pre-season
The last of the first division
sides to play pre-season friendlies. Games as follows:
13/8: Udinese (A), D
0-0. Debut of Lee Chun Soo as Karpin injured. The Italians won 3-1 in penalty
16/8: Al Alhy (H), D 1 (Kovacevic) -1 (Riad). Real won 4-3 on
penalties. Kovacevic putthe Basques ahead, but the Egyptians made it all square
later in the second half.
18/8: Osasuna (A), L 1 (Moha) - 0. Match played
at Hondarribia. Both managers put out reserve sides. Osasuna won with goal in
20/8: Malmöe (H) W 2 (De Paula, Lee Chun Soo) -1 (Ijeh).
Lee Chun Soo made the first goal and scored the second in Real's victory.
Kovacevic and Nihat away on international duty.
23/8: Inter Milan
(A-Catania) L 1-0. Inter left out many first choice players, but won with goal
from Van der Meyde.
||Ramón Carranza trophy,
Bigger event now that Cádiz promoted to second division
A. Cádiz, Málaga, Betis and Atlético Madrid will take
14/8: Cádiz 0 - Málaga 1 (Gerardo). An injury time free
kick took the visitors through to the final.
15/8: Betis 0 -
Atlético Madrid 2 (Musampa, Javi Moreno). Great goal by Musampa just
before half time and late strike from Moreno saw Atlético through.
16/8: 3/4 play-off: Cádiz 1 (Oli) - Betis 2 (Rivas, Tote). Betis
came from behind to take 3rd place ahead of hosts.
Atlético 0 - Málaga 0. Atlético won 4-2 on penalties,
theighth time they have won the trophy.
||Elche 0 - Barcelona 0
Festa de Elx trophy. Friendly match
against Barça. Game ended scoreless, Barça won 3-1 on penalties
after Víctor saved 3 spot kicks.
||Celta 1 - Athletic Bilbao 2
Gemma Cuervo trophy, played in Ribadeo,
Lugo (Gallicia). Bad state of pitch prevented any constructive football.
Etxeberría and Ezquerro gave Athletic half time lead, youngster
Oubiña pulled one back after the break.
||Osasuna 1 - Zaragoza 1
Friendly match between two first division
sides. Both goals from second half penalties, Aloisi for the home side and then
Soriano for the visitors.
||Valencia v Real Madrid
Trofeo Naranja - Valencia's annual
tournament at the Mestalla stadium, the Orange Trophy. Beckham's debut in
Spain. Valencia new boys Oliveira and Canobbio both hit the woodwork (as did
Carew), but in the end it ended without goals and went to penalties. Real
Madrid won the shoot out 6-5.
|17 and 20 Aug
17/8: Triangular tournament was to include Mallorca and
Atlético, but the Madrid based side dropped out so Extremadura played a
friendly against Mallorca. The visitors turned up with a weakened team and lost
2-0, thanks to two goals in a minute in the first half. Ibagaza was sent off
after the break.
20/8: Tournament eventually took place with Recreativo and
Sevilla three days later. A game of three halves, with scores as follows:
Recre 0 - Sevilla 0; Penalties - 7-6;
Extrtemadura 1 - Sevilla 1 (Kepa)
- Penalties 5-4;
Extreamdura 0 - Recre 0 - Penalties 3-1.
won on penalties.
2 - Racing Santander 1
Organizing friendlies now out of
Intertoto. Lost this one thanks in part to a doubtful first half penalty. Pablo
Casar got a late consolation goal.
Another traditional summer tournament
which this year involves Villarreal plus Castellón and Uruguay's
18/8: Villarreal 1 (Calleja - pen) - Castellón 1
(Eloy - pen). Roger made his debut, but Villarreal were held by 2B side.
20/8: Castellón v Peñarol (at Castellón);
Villarreal 2 (Belletti, Roger) - Peñarol 1 (Begoechea). Villarreal won
this year's trophy with two goals in the first half.
||Deportivo 0 - Atlético Madrid 1
friendly between two top sides. Promising start for Atlético, who won
this one with a late goal from Javi Moreno. They are undefeated in six games.
Really a match for trying out players though, with both sides changing almost
all their sides at half time.
||Hércules 1 - Valencia 2
Presentation of Alicante based 2B
club. Depleted Valencia side came from behind to win with goals from Canobbio
and Jorge López.
||Valladolid 2 - Girondins 0
City of Valladolid trophy. First real test
for Valladolid against Bordeaux. French side lined up with Riera and Celades in
the team. Goals from Jesús (Pen) and Cardetti a minute either side of
||Spain (not) in USA
Warm up game for Euro 2004 qualifiers. Due
to play Mexico in the New Jersey Giants stadium. Match postponed as it was
decided that the trip was too long at this time of the pre-season. Fixture will
be played at a date later in the year. Spain had a training session in Madrid
instead. Uncapped players Fernando Torres, Reyes, Pavón, Aranzubia and
López Rekarte called up in 25 man squad. The "reds" beat the "whites"
2-0 with both goals from Etxeberría.
||Sabadell centenary tournament
Celebration of centenary in the
Nova Creu Alta.
20/8: Sabadell v Terrassa. Sabadell won.
Barcelona B 1 (Arveloa og) - Real Madrid B 0.
23/8: 3/4 play off: Terrassa
1 (Quique Martín) - Real Madrid B 2 (Adrian, Riki).
Sabadell 1 (Jordi Tarres) - Barcelona B 0.
||Málaga v Brescia
Costa del Sol trophy, played in
Marbella against Italian side. Match ended without goals, and Brescia took the
trophy after winning 2-3 on penalties.
20/8: Eibar (A) L 1-0. Eibar presentation
match, which the home side won with a goal from Arregui.
23/8: Numancia (A)
L 1-0. Another "friendly" match, where Cruchaga and Octavio were both sent off
in the last minute and Osasuna's Exposito got his nose broken. The only goal
came from Fagiani late on.
||Ciutat de Barcelona trophy
Espanyol's annual presentation against
Italian side Parma. Match brought forward so team can participate in Catalonia
cup. Tamudo put the Catalans ahead, but Adriano equalised before half time.
Parma won 2-4 on penalties.
||City of Vigo trophy
Celta presentation against Sevilla. Match
ended 1-1 after Antoñito put the visitors ahead and Catanha equalised in
the first half. Sevilla won 4-1 in the penalty shoot-out.
||Gamper tournament, FC Barcelona
Barcelona's annual tournament. Boca Juniors were the opponents. New management
organized a big event, with pre-match activities. Match ended 1-1, with
Tévez scoring for the Argentina side and Gerard equalising in the second
half after Kluivert hit the post. Barça won 5-3 on penalties.
||Athletic Bilbao presentation
Homenaje al socio match. Opponents were
Italian revelation side, Chievo. Athletic lost 1-2 though, with
Etxeberría getting the only goal in the last minute after the Italians
scored twice late on.
||Rayo 2 - Atlético Madrid 1
Teresa Rivero trophy between two
Madrid based sides, although Atlético put out a team mainly made up of
reserves. Javi Moreno gave the visitors the lead, but Idiakez equalised and
Corino hit the winner from the penalty spot after the referee ruled that Hibic
had fouled Crusat. Atlético's first defeat of the pre-season.
||Xerez 0 - Betis 0
Betis late substitutes for this match
after Stuttgart pulled out. Palermo made his debut in the second half.
||Málaga 1 - Valencia 1
Friendly game in Málaga. The
visitors took the lead in the second half with Oliveira's first goal for his
new club, but Canabal equalised two minutes later.
||Poli Ejido 0 - Sevilla 1
Inauguration of reformed stadium was put
back to this date, and opponents were Sevilla rather than Ajax due to tight
programmme of Dutch side. The first division team won with a goal on the
quarter hour mark from Luis Gil.
||Zaragoza 1 - Chievo 0
Zaragoza won the City of Zaragoza trophy
with a goal from Yordi. The Italians had two players sent off with less than
half an hour gone, and Ferrón followed them ten minutes from the end.
||Salamanca 1 - Valladolid 1
Salamanca presentation game. Second match
between the two pre-season, after drawing 0-0 a few days ago. Caminero headed
the visitors ahead after the break, Juanpa equalised later on.
||Córdoba 2 - Valencia 0
game against a Valencia side full of reserves. Nico Olivera scored both goals
in the second half against his old club.
||Elche 5 - Real Murcia 2
A bad result for Peiró's
new side. Murcia scored two late penalties, converted by Luis García,
but Elche won easily with goals from Zárate, Nino, Cuéllar,
Moisés and Juan Carlos.
|24 and 26 Aug
Played this tournament in summer rather
than throughout the season. Barça and Espanyol qualify for semi-finals
automatically. Results as follows:
24/8: Terrassa 1 (Rodri - pen)- Espanyol
2 (Tamudo, Maxi). A relatively easy win for the Periquitos against the champion
of the last 2 years.
24/8: Girona 0 - Barcelona 4 (Luis Enrique, Cocu,
Saviola (2)). Barça beat the hosts to set up an all first division final
for the first time in 7 years.
26/8: Final in Minivili, Gerona; Barcelona 1
(Quaresma) - Epanyol 0. An individualist goal in the second half won it for a
full stregth Barça side who were up against a team containing many
reserve players. Ronaldinho was sent off at the end after being booked for
taking a quick free kick.
|24 and 27 Aug
Two leg fixture between league champions
Real Madrid and cup winners Mallorca. First leg in Mallorca (Mallorca 2 - Real
Madrid 1), return match in Madrid (Real Madrid 3 - Mallorca 0). Champions Real
Madrid. See separate reports.
||Roma 2 - Betis 2
Friendly match in Italy. Betis led at half
time with an Assunçao free kick and another goal from Capi after a
mistake by Chivu. Roma scored twice though in the last three minutes of the
game through Emerson and a dubious Cassano penalty to level the scores in the
||Atlético Madrid centenary
Atlético celebrate their centenary this season. Boca
Juniors were the opponents in the presentation match. Fernando Torres headed
the only goal from Nano's cross midway through the second half. Boca's
Villarreal was sent off near the end.
||Champions' League third qualifying round
26/08: Depor (0) 1 - Rosenborg (0) 0;
27/08: Slavia Prague (0) 2
- Celta (3) 0.
See separate section for details.
||Santiago Bernabeu trophy
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 ago.
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 the