Although clubs have a busy
calendar once the league and other competitions commence, there will be several
friendly matches whenever time allows. We set out below details of those games
which have come to our attention. Please bear in mind that all dates are
provisional and are subject to change at short notice. Matches already played
in red, games pending in blue, changes since our last update in bold. For next
summer's pre-season games see separate section. (16.06.05)
|31 Aug 2004
||XXVI Santiago Bernabeu trophy
Real Madrid's presentation match
was due to take place in September against MLS All Stars side from USA, but was
eventually fixed for end of August against the Mexican side managed by Hugo
Sánchez, "Pumas", formally known as Universidad Nacional Autónoma
de México". Owen made his home debut in the first half, but Madrid lost
0-1 with a goal from Castro late on.
||Friendly games, 1st to 8th September
A series of friendly games took
place during the first international break which followed the opening day of
the season. Results of games involving first division clubs (other than those
detailed separately) were as follows:
2/9: Constancia 4 - Mallorca 1
2/9: Almansa 0 - Albacete 2 (Rubén Castro (2, 1 pen).
2/9: Alcorcón 1 - Numancia 1 (Kiassos).
3/9: Guillena 0 - Betis
11 (Dani 3, Oliveira 3, Ismael 2, Capi, Edu, Varela)
3/9: Toulouse 0 -
Osasuna 1 (Webó)
3/9: Real Sociedad 0 - Bordeaux 1
| 2 Sep
|| Trofeo del Olivo
Trophy played in Jaén every summer,
with Atlético Madrid as invited guests this year, The locals won 2-1,
with a depleted Atlético side equalising momentarily through Aguilera.
With many of his squad on international duty, Ferrando used the occasion to try
out some of his reserve players.
| 4 Sep
Atlético Madrid hosted this
triangular tournament, named "The Hellboy trophy", sponsored by the film
company Columbia. Opponents were Deportivo La Coruña and AEK Athens, the
club where ex Atlético striker Demis Nikolaidis has taken over as
Depor 1 (Munitis) - AEK 1 (AEK won 2-4 on
Atlético 1 (Munitis) - Atlético 1 (Ibagaza).
(Atlético won 5-4 on pens).
Atlético -0 AEK 0 (Atlético
won 3-2 on penalties).
Atlético declared winners.
| 4 Sep
||Sevilla 2 - Bolton 0
Added another friendly during the
international break, which they dedicated to their fans "homenaje al socio". A
trial run for their centenary proceedings. Casquero (penalty) and Aranda got
the goals either side of half time against a side which included ex Real Madrid
players Hierro, Iván Campo and Julio César in the starting line
up. The down side was another injury to Makukula.
| 6 Oct
||Friendly games, 6th October
A couple of friendly games took place
during the second international break, as follows:
6/10: Cornellà 1
- Espanyol 2. (Corominas 2).
6/10: San José 0 - Betis 3 (Dani (2),
| 7 Oct
|| Olympique Marseille 0 - Barcelona 0
Barça paid half a million
euros for this friendly match in France, but due to injuries and international
call ups only Oleguer and Fernando Navarro were available from first team
| 8 Oct
|| Trofeo Ciudad de Zaragoza
Zaragoza 0 - Atlético Madrid 2.
Took advantage of international break to play this new trophy. Both sides put
out weakened teams and gave run outs to lesser used players. Goals early in the
second half from Salva and Novo.
| 30 Nov
||Barcelona v World XI
Charity match in the Nou Camp organised by
Medecins sans Frontières, TV3 and "Sport" newspaper to collect funds for
AIDS victims. Johan Cruyff was in charge of the World XI, which hopes to
include names such as Michael Owen, Baraja, Nakata and Benni McCarthy. Goals
from Iniesta, Deco, Belletti for Barça and Nakata, McCarthy and Petrov
for the All Stars.
||The Match Against Poverty
Charity match played in Real Madrid's
Santiago Bernabeu stadium to collect funds to combat poverty. UNICEF
"ambassadors" Zidane and Ronaldo picked the two sides, which included the likes
of Hierro, Redondo, Suker, Mijatovic, Kluivert, Tristán, Luque,
Gascoigne, De la Peña, Iván Campo, Tamudo, Molina, Mauro Silva,
Fernando Torres, Rosicki, Mascherano etc.
Game ended 4-4, with goals for Zidane's
side from Tristán (2), Raúl and Yakin, and Ronaldo's team
replying with goals by Figo, Sorín, Costa and rally driver Carlos Sainz
(twice taken penalty). Michael Schumacher and Rafa Nadal also took part, the
tennis player showing he has picked up some nice touches from his uncle.
||Barcelona 2 - Ajax 1
Friendly match between Frank Rijkaard's
Barça and Ronald Koeman's Ajax in Elche. All ten of Barça's fit
first teamers played at least half the game, with Eto'o scoring twice. Lindgren
got one back for the Dutch side near the end.
||Comunidad Valenciana 1 - Bulgaria 2
The first of the regional sides
to kick off in the tradtional Christmas round of matches, Valencia lost for the
first time in their brief (five year) history to Christo Stoitchkov's Bulgaria.
The East Europeans went two up through Berbatov and Levante's Manchev, with
Javi Moreno getting one back in the last minute.
||Catalonia 0 - Argentina 3
Depleted Catalonia and Argentina sides met
in the Nou Camp, with the visitors running out clear winners. Scaloni opened
the scoring in the first minute, with Maxi and Galletti adding two more after
the break. Xavi, Puyol, Iniesta, Tamudo and Luque were not available to play,
so youngsters Damià, Corominas, Piqué and Jonathan all got a run
|| Euskadi 2 - Honduras 0
A team made up almost entirely of
players from Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad beat Honduras comfortably in the
Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian. Both goals were scored by Athletic's Yeste in
the first half, the first a long shot and the second after beating the offside
trap. Osasuna keeper Sanzol was carried off with a bad cut on the head later
||Andalusia 0 - Malta 0
A disappointing result for the Southerners
against a Malta side who were returning to Sevilla for the first time since
their famous 12-1 defeat at the hands of Spain 21 years ago. Top names such as
Tristán, Carlitos, Antoñito, Bodipo and Marchena were unable to
find the net, even missing a penalty. Reyes and Joaquín were not allowed
to play by their respective clubs.
|| Navarra 2 - Morrocco 1
Another victory for Navarra, who
played their first ever match last season. The side was made up largely of
current and former players from Osasuna, with De Carlos putting them ahead in
the first half and Nagore getting the winner with a last minute penalty after
Houcine had equalised.
|4 Jan 2005
||Villarreal 0 - Liga XI 1
The annual match to collect funds for the
fight against drugs was organized by Villarreal this season after
Atlético hosted the fixture last year. Many big names turned out, with a
starting line up of Cañizares, Belletti, Javi Navarro, Pablo Amo,
Peña, Joaquín, Pablo García, Figo, Ibagaza, Baptista and
Tamudo, plus 14 substitutes from all first division sides. The only goal came
from Getafe's Gabi late on. Sevilla announced afterwards that they will host
the match next season.
|6 Jan 2005
||Elche 0 - Albacete 1
Friendly match arranged in Elche for the
Three Kings' day holiday. Testimonial for Paraguay's Juan Angel Romero Isasi,
ex player from Elche and ex manager of Albacete. New signings Ismael and Nico
Olivera made their debuts for their respective sides. The only goal from a
Pachón penalty in the last minute.
Albacete also beat Quintanar 6-1
on 11th Jan, with five from Rubén Castro and one from David
|10 Jan 2005
||Levante 3 - Mainz-05 2
Played a friendly against the German side,
who were training in Spain during their winter break. Goals from Cuéllar
(2, 1 Pen) and Congo, with Jovanovic and Teinent replying for the visitors.
|10 Jan 2005
||Badajoz 1 - Espanyol 3
Espanyol agreed to play a friendly game to
collect funds for the hard-up club's players. Raised around 24,000 from
the 5,000 or so fans. Guzmán scored for the 2B side early on, with
Tamudo, Velamazán and Corominas all getting goals for the visitors
|27 Jan 2005
||Levante 2 - Dynamo Zagreb 1
Another friendly for Levante, giving a run
out again to reserve players. Reggi and Manchev scored in the first half, with
Karic scoring a penalty for the visitors after the break.
|9 Feb 2005
||Málaga 0 - Torpedo Moscow 1
problems continued, and they were beaten by the Russian side in a friendly
match which took place in Marbella. Antonio Tapia's side couldn't even score
from the penalty spot after Tote won the spot kick but failed to convert it.
|10 Feb 2005
benefit match - Valencia
Another match arranged to collect funds for the victims.
Combined Valencia / Levante side took on the rest of the league, made up of a
squad of at least one player from each club. The league side won 1-3 with goals
from Diego Rivas, Oscar Serrano and Rubén Castro, with Corradi getting
one back for the hosts. More important though was the cause, with a crowd of
around 10,000 helping to swell the collection for the people affected by the
|15 Feb 2005
||Tsunami benefit match - Barcelona
FIFA organized a benefit match in
Barcelona's Nou Camp for the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. A World XI,
led by Ronaldinho, played a European XI, led by Shevchenko. The World XI won
6-3, with goals from Eto'o (2), Camara (2), Ronaldinho and Cha Du Ri, with Del
Piero, Zola and Suazo replying for the Europeans.
|23 Feb 2005
||Levante 0 - Krylia Sovetov 2
Certainly not a friendly after the game
developed into an all out punch up after a hard tackle on Rubiales in the
second half. Punches were flying all round, and even Levante manager Bernd
Schuster got involved. At that time the Russians were two up through Koreman
and Bobyja in a fixture which was played at the Oliva Nova golf complex.
|9 Mar 2005
||Osasuna 1 - LA Galaxy 0
Friendly match against Los
Angeles Galaxy in Pamplona as warm up to US tour later in month. Only goal
scored by youngster Raúl García in the last minute.
||Espanyol in Saudi Arabia - cancelled
Had arranged a friendly match for
the end of March in Saudi Arabia, possibly to play Al Hilal, and collect
72,000 for turning up with all their star players. However plans
abandoned after required guarantees not given and friendly with Marseille set
|25 Mar 2005
||Olympique Marseille 3 - Espanyol 1
Friendly match played in
Béziers. Lotina was missing internationals De la Peña, Maxi,
Kameni, Jarque and Jonathan, and put out a side largely made up of reserves and
youth team players. Velamazán equalised Costa's first half strike, but
Batlles and Cheyrou won it for the French side after the restart.
|24/26 Mar 2005
||Osasuna in USA
Sgned agreement worth $200,000 with
Soccer+ to play four games in the States, two at the end of March and two more
at the end of the season. First two games of tour vs Mexico Pumas in Dallas on
24th March (D 1-1, Puñal penalty / Oldoni) and Chivas in Los Angeles on
26th March (W 1-0, Valdo).
|31 May to 7 Jun 2005
||Espanyol in Mauritius
Lotina's squad are making a brief tour of
the Indian Ocean island chain as a prize for their good season.
Played a combination Mauritius side which included Laurent Robert and Bernard
Olivier. W 2-3, with a hat-trick from Dani.
05/06: Second match against
island of Reunión, W 1-2 (Fredson, Velamazán). Domi played a half
for each side!
|12/15 Jun 2005
||Barcelona in Japan
Signed agreement to visit Japan in
summer to coincide with Expo in Aichi. Played two friendlies at end of Spanish
season, the first against Yokohama Mariners on 12/06 (D:3-3 (Sakata, Oshima,
Oku (pen) / Motta 2, Giuly) and then against Urawa Red Diamonds on 15/06 (W:
0-3 (Larsson 2, Xavi). Ronaldinho and Eto'o were missing as they are
international duty, but club still made 3 million profit. Talk of return
later in summer.
||Osasuna in USA
Remaining two games of US tour will be
played at the end of the season. Dates and opponents still to be decided,
but has been delayed due to Osasuna's appearance in the cup final.