As usual there will be an
intensive programme of pre-season matches, this year starting early July and
going on to the end of August, when the league season starts again. We set out
below the most important games involving first division clubs. NB. Games
completed in red, pending in blue, changes since our last report highlighted in
bold. See aslo friendly fixtures section for matches taking place during the
league season. (01.09.04)
|3 and 10 Jul
||Intertoto cup second round
Intertoto cup second round. Villarreal
entered at this stage. The first leg was away on 3rd July against OB Odense
(Denmark) with the Spaniards running out 0-3 winners, and the return leg was a
week later, with Pellegrini's side winning 2-0. (see separate section on
Played friendly against regional side Navata on 4/7
0-10; Guayre 4, Víctor 3, Gonzalo Rodríguez etc).
| 16-23 Jul
|| Barcelona summer programme
Barça started off without their
Euro 2004 players at Perelda near the Costa Brava for a few days up to 20th
July, with games at Banyoles (16/7: D 1-1 (Cristian)), Figueres (18/7: W 1-2
(Luis García, Ronaldinho)) and Palamos (20/7: W 0-6 (Iniesta, Luis
García, Gerard (2), Messi, Verdú)). Played another friendly at
Alicante based side Hércules (23/7: D 1-1 (Oleguer)). See below for
details of Far East tour.
|17/18 and 24 Jul
||Intertoto third round
Atlético Madrid entered the
competition at this stage, and played a warm up game against Segoviana on 9/7
which they won 0-5 (Novo, Javi Moreno 2, Movilla 2). They went on to win their
first leg match against Zlin of the Czech Republic 2-4, with goals from Novo,
Paunovic (2) and Musmapa. Villarreal played Spartak Moscow at home, running out
1-0 winners thanks to a second half goal from Anderson. Both teams won through
in the second leg, Villarreal drawing 2-2 at Spartak (Anderson, Roger), and
Atlético qualifying on the away goal rule despite losing 0-2. See
separate section for details.
| 17-21 Jul
||Zaragoza summer programme
Pre-season training in France.
Matches against Olympique Marseille (17/7: D 0-0), Benfica (19/7: L 1-0) and
Olympique Lyon (21/7: D 0-0). Three difficult games against top teams who had
started their pre-season training earlier, but still a disappointment that they
were unable even to score one goal. Did get off the mark though against Wohlen
(Swiss 2nd division), winning 1-5 (Villa, Camacho, Lafita, Drulic 2, 1 Pen) on
|| Deportivo summer programme
Have a few warm up games against local
opposition before playing their Champions League qualifiers. Fixtures against
Vilalbés17/7: W 0-9 (Abreu 2, Pandiani, Fran, Jesús, Rubén
3, Valerón), Viviero 20/7: W 0-5 (Tristán, Pandiani, Changui,
Xosé (OG), Abreu), Lemos 22/7: W 0-6 (Munitis, Rubén 2,
Valerón, Jesús, Acuña) and Palencia 24/7: W 0-5 (Changui
2, Rubén 3). Fitted in a hastily arranged game against 2B side Ourense
on 29/7, came from two down to draw 2-2 (Rubén, Jesús).
| 17-31 Jul
Sevilla summer programme (July)
Start off with friendlies against regional
opposition early on, Bollullos, 17/7: W 0-5 (Aitor Ocio 2, Daniel, Pablo,
Jesús Navas), San Roque de Lepe, 18/7: W 0-3 (Casquero, Jesús
Navas, Fernando Sales), Pilas, 24/7: W 0-5 (Antoñito 2, Carlitos,
Martí, Jesús Navas), Portuense, 30/7: D 1-1 (Antonio
López) and Mairena, 31/7: W 0-4 (Aranda 2, Jesús Navas 2).
| 20-25 Jul
|| Real Madrid summer programme
Have had to change their plans to
be ready for the CL qualifying round. Holidays end 16 July, and spent 10 days
in the South of Spain (Montecastillo) training, during which time they played
two kick-around games (with Camacho as referee) against Xerez juniors (20/7: W
1-8 (Morientes2, Solari etc)) and Chiclana (22/7: W 0-11 (Morientes, Portillo,
Raúl, Ronaldo 2, Zidane 2, Beckham, Guti 3)), and a friendly match
against Benfica in Lisbon (25/7: D 2-2 (Ronaldo, Morientes)). See below for
details of Japan tour.
| 20-28 Jul
||Betis summer programme
Training in Antequera (Málaga) from
15th, with games on against regional sides Antequero 20/7: W 0-3 (Castellini,
Alfonso, Fernando) and Lucentino 24/7: W 0-3 (Fernando 2, Capi). Moved down the
coast to Ayamonte to play Benfica in a friendly on 28/7, which they won 0-3
with a hat-trick from Fernando.
| 21-25 Jul
||Málaga summer programme
Started off in and around
Switzerland. Played in a four-way tournament with Lucerne, Nuremberg and
Kriens. Beat hosts Lucerne 0-3 (Litos, Duda 2) on 21/ 7, and won 6-5 on
penalties against Nuremberg in final on 23/7 after drawing 2-2 (Diego Castro,
Ador). Moved on to play another friendly against Austria's Casino Bregenz 25/7,
L 2-1 (Litos), and also fixed up a game at Karlsruhe, Germany on 31/7, L 1-0.
Clearly need to sign a striker or two.
| 21-28 Jul
||Valencia in the UK
Valencia warmed up on 21/7 with friendly
against 3rd division side Paterna (W 0-5 (Angulo, Mista, Salva, Cannobio,
Albiol)). Then start off their pre-season proper with a tour of England. Games
against Leeds United on 25/7, D 2-2 (Sissoko, Rufete) and Stoke City on 28/7, L
| 21-24 Jul
||Albacete summer programme (part one)
Staying in Spain, and have
matches against regional sides Chipiona 21/7: W 1-4 (Pablo García,
Luismi, Gato 2, Atlético Sanluqueño 24/7, D 1-1 (Pacheco pen),
Chicalana 28/7, W 0-3 (Luismi, Francisco, Gato) and Rota 31/7, W 1-3 (David
S´nchez, Francisco, Pacheco pen).
| 21-31 Jul
|| Celta summer programme (July)
Started off based in
Aix-les-Bains in France, with friendly matches as follows: 21/7: Paris Saint
Germain (L 1-0); 24/7: Olympique Marseille (D 0-0); 27/7: Servette (L 3-1
(Jesuli)); 30/7: Lens (L 1-0), 31/7: Saint Etienne (L 1-0). Only one goal
against top flight opposition.
| 23-30 Jul
||Espanyol summer programme
Took over facilities at Perelada when
Barça moved out. Friendlies against Perelada 23/7, W 0-6 (Oscar,
Corominas, Alex, Fredson, Dani 2), Figueres 27/7, W 0-2 (Maxi, Dani pen) and
Palamos 30/7, W 1-3 (Tamudo, Velamazán pen, Pochettino).
| 24 Jul
||Mallorca summer programme
Opening friendly against Poblense on 24/7,
D 1-1 (Campano), before moving on to England (see below).
| 25 Jul - 1 Aug
||Racing Santander summer programme (part 1)
England from 23 July to 3 August, based near Leicester. Several games against
British sides scheduled, including Tranmere, 25/7, D 0-0, Port Vale, 27/7, D
0-0 (again) and Cardiff 31/7, W 0-1 (Javi Guerrero).
|28 Jul and 4 Aug
There are six semi-final ties, played over
two legs. The two Spanish sides are still in the competition, Villarreal played
Hamburg, first leg at home (W 1-0 (Anderson)), and Atlético Madrid
played OFK Belgrade, first leg away (W 1-3 (Ibagaza, Torres pen, Simeone)).
Both won their second leg games, Villarreal 0-1 at Hamburg (José
Marí) and Atlético 2-0 against Belgrade (Torres,Aguilera) and
meet each other in one of the finals. See separate reports.
| 29 Jul - 1 Aug
|| Real Madrid tour of Japan
Play 2 games in Japan at the end of July,
the first against JEF United on 29/7 which they won 1-3. Camacho started off
with his first choice team, missing the injured Zidane and Ronaldo. Goals from
Guti and Raúl in the first half and Morientes right at the end.
against Tokyo Verdy on 1/8, winning 0-4 with strikes from Zidane and Ronaldo
before the break and Figo and Morientes after. Bad news was injury to Zidane,
but return to Spain some $18 million better off.
| 29 Jul - 9 Aug
|| Barcelona tour of the Far East
Organized a tour of the Far East
at the end of July/early August. Opening match against Suwon Samsung Bluewings
in South Korea on 29/7 which they lost 1-0. Rijkaard put out his first choice
line up, but the heat and the lack of match practice went against them. Urumov
scored the only goal from a late free kick.
Moved on to Japan to play
Kashima Antlers 1/8 which they won 0-5, Giuly scoring two and setting up
Larsson for a third, and Luis García and Messi getting two more in the
Next match was against Jubilo Iwata on 4/8, winning 0-3 with
two goals from Larsson and one from Luis García. Ronaldinho starred, and
made two of the goals.
Finally travelled to China to play a combined side
from International Shanghai and Sheng Hua Club on 8/8. Won 0-3 with two from
Luis García and one from Larsson. Oleguer and Li Yan sent off, leaving
both sides with ten men.
| 29 Jul -17 Aug
||Real Sociedad summer programme
Real Sociedad will be training in
Covaleda, Soria from 19 to 29 July before starting their pre-season round of
games. Their first match was against Piqueras on 29/7 (W 0-15 (Kovacevic 4,
Nihat 3, Oskitz 3, Arteta, De Paula, Schürrer, Alkiza, Gabilondo) and
after that they played 2B side Real Unión in the border town of
Irún on 4/8 (L 1-0). They went on to play against Everton at Goodison
Park on 7/8, drawing 2-2 (Kovacevic, Nihat). Returned to Irún to play a
friendly against Osasuna on 11/8, which they won 1-0 with a goal from
Gabilondo. Then played Eibar in Zarautz on 14/8, W 2-0 (Oskitz, De Paula pen)
before their presentation game in Anoeta on 17/8, where they faced Egyptian
side Zamalek. W 1-0 (Oskitz). Arteta took control in Alonso's absence, setting
up the winning goal in the second half.
| 29 Jul - 22 Aug
||Levante summer programme
After training in Huesca, play eight
friendly games. Started vs Jacetano 29/7, W 1-4 (Yago 4), then Hércules
in Alicante on 3/8, L 1-0. On 5/8 they played their presentation match vs NEC
Breda, which they won 4-0 (Cuéllar, Harte pen, Jofre, Yago). Then
Conquense 7/8, A: D 1-1 (Cuéllar), Lorca 10/8: W 1-2 (Culebras, Harte
pen), Denía 12/8, A: W 1-3 (Reggi 2, Sérvulo), Poli Ejido 14/8,
A: L 2-0, Olympiakos 17/8, H, D 1-1 (Reggi / Rivaldo), Villarreal, Trofeo
Cerámica, 19/8, D 3-3 (see below) and Castellón 22/8, A: D 1-1
| 29 Jul and 5 Aug
Madrid v Getafe in Alicante
Getafe kicked off against Segoviana on 29/7, W 1-4 (Yordi 2,
Fonseca, Alvaro). Then played hastily arranged match against Real Madrid in the
Rico Pérez stadium in Alicante on 5/8, a warm up for Madrid's Champions
League qualifier a few days later. Madrid won 1-0 with a late goal from
| 30 Jul
|| Athletic Bilbao warm up match
Athletic Bilbao go to Holland for
their pre-season training, but first played a friendly in Tafalla against
Peña Sport on 30/7 which they won 0-5 (Urzaiz, Yeste, Ezquerro 2,
| 30 Jul - 7 Aug
|| Osasuna summer programme
Based in Prestbury (England) for
pre-season training. Played Tranmere on 30/7 (D 0-0), Ipswich on 2/8 (L 2-1
(Couñago, Kuqi / Flaño) and won a 40 minute kick around against
Urawa 1-0 (Webó). Last match was against Birmingham on 7/8, which they
drew 1-1 (Valdo).
| 31 Jul - 5 Aug
|| Mallorca tour of England
Another team who will be touring England
during the pre-season. Played in Leicester City's four-way tournament, with
first match on 31/7 against Maritimo (Portugal) which they drew 1-1 (Perera).
Won on penalties. Then played Leicester in final on 1/8 after the English club
beat East Bengal (India). L 4-2 (Marcos Vales, Bruggink pen). Played
Middlesborough on 4/8, L 3-1 (Zenden, Mendieta, Job / Nadal), and Norwich on
7/8, W 0-1 (Nagore).
| 1-4 Aug
||Valencia - Japan tour 04
Valencia went on from uk to Japan,
arriving on 30 July. Based in Niigata, Play two games, first against Albirex
Niigata on 1/8 which they lost 5-2 (An 2, Oseas 2, Kurihara / Mista, Angulo).
The scoreline was already 4-2 at half time, and the five goals let in is the
biggest number of goals against for 6 years.
Played Kashima Antlers on 4th
August, winning 0-1 thanks to a last minute goal from Angulo, following up
after Salva's effort saved.
||Deportivo v Tokyo and Veracruz
Two exotic opponents in their
warm up for the Champions' League qualifying round. Played Tokyo FC (Japan) on
1/8 in the Juan Acuña trophy, losing in the end by 1-2. Víctor
scored early in the 2nd half, but Lucas and Kajiyama turned the scoreline
Next match was against Veracruz (Mexico) on 3/8, also in the Riazor
(Joma trophy). Comfortable victory by 5-1 to restore confidence for Champions'
League. Goals from Pandiani 2, Luque, Víctor and Jaime, with ex
Valladolid forward Cuahtemoc scoring for Veracruz.
Came down to earth to
play Zamora away on 5/8, which they won 0-3 (Pablo Amo, Rubén, Abreu
| 1 Aug - 2 Sep
||Numancia summer programme
Start late but make up for it with an
intensive programme. Games against Atlético B (1/8, H: D 1-1 (Sestelo)),
Real Madrid B (4/8, H: W 1-0 (Navarro)), Eibar (7/8, A: L 1-0), Athletic Bilbao
(11/8, H: L 0-1 (Angulo)), Alavés (14/8, A, D 2-2 (Kiko pen,
Epitié / Miguel Nuñez, Palacios)), Norma (16/8, A, D 2-2 (Merino
2)), Racing (18/8, H, L 0-1), Ponferradina (21/8, A, D 1-1 (Otxoa)), Alfaro
(22/8, A, D 4-4 (Toché 2, Mario Martínez, Huete), Alcorcón (2/9, A).
| 3-5 Aug
Bit of a tongue twister, this name! New
trophy played in the Cartuja Olympic stadium in Sevilla between Betis,
Feyenoord, Tottenham Hotspur and Partizan Belgrade.
3/8: Betis 1 (Lembo) -
Partizan 0. Goal came in second half, after which Melli was sent off. Betis
play Feyenoord in the final after they beat Spurs 2-1.
5/8: Final: Betis 1
(Alfonso) - Feyenoord 1 (Lazovic). Feyenoord won on penalties after Dani missed
|3 - 8 Aug
||Zaragoza tour of England
Touring UK after their early season
matches in France, based around Manchester from 30/7 to 10/8. Games against
Watford 3/8, W 1-2 (Galletti 2) and Bolton 7/8, D 1-1 (Drulic). Arranged
another match as well against Chelsea on 8/8, testimonial for Zola. Lost 3-0
with goals from Drogba, Parker and Zola himself.
| 4-14 Aug
Celta summer programme (August)
Were the guests at Racing Ferrol's XLV
Concepción Arenal trophy on 4/8, drawing 1-1 (Pablo/Gustavo
López) but winning the penalty shoot-out 0-3 (Pinto saved 3 pens).
Touring Portugal at start of August. Played Vitoria Guimaraes on 7/8, drawing
1-1 (Edu), then Maritimo 8/8, L 2-0 and Os Belenenses 11/8, L 1-0. Back to
Spain to play Cultural Leonesa on 14/8, L 1-2 (Jandro pen).
|| Sevilla summer programme (August)
Carrying on in Spain throughout
August. Matches against Ecija 4/8, A: W 0-1 (Jordi) - Darío Silva sent
off, Lokomotiv Sofia 10/8, H: W 3-0 (Baptista 2, Darío Silva), Sierra
Norte 11/8, A: W 0-13 (Aranda 4, Antoñito 3, Carlos 3, Marco Navas 3),
Celta 19/8, Chapín, L 0-1 (Jonathan) and Valladolid 21/8, (Ciudad de
Valladolid trophy) D 1-1 (Mateo / Aranda) - Valladolid won on penalties. Also
played in Costa del Sol and Carranza trophies (see below).
| 4-30 Aug
||Racing Santander summer programme (part 2)
Spain to play neighbours Gimnastica Torrelavega on 4/8 and then took on
Mexico's Veracruz in their presentation match at the Sardinero stadium on 6/8,
D 1-1 (Aganzo). Further games scheduled against Sporting Gijón in
Barreda) on 11/8, W 4-0 (Alvarez, Regueiro, Arturo, Afek) , Athletic Bilbao at
home on 14/8, L 2-5 (Regueiro, Alvarez / Etxeberría 2, Del Horno,
Gurpegui, Tiko), Amurrio away on 15/8, D 1-1 (Morán), Numancia away,
18/8, W 0-1 (Morán), Sporting away, 22/8, D 1-1 (Pablo Lago / Ayoze) and
Gimnastica Torrelavega away, 23/8, W 0-1 (Afek).
| 5 Aug
||Elche v Ergotelis Crete
Finally had to abandon greater
plans (Real Madrid, Bayern Munich) etc., and met Crete in their presentation
match. W 3-0 (Nino 2, Moisés).
| 5-10 Aug
||Espanyol tour of Portugal et al
Moved on to Portugal for what was
to be a badly organised tour. Opening fixture changed 3 or 4 times, but was
eventually fixed for 5/8 against Nacional de Madeira. W 0-1 (Dani). Then played
Beira Mar on 7/8, L 2-1 (Soldevilla).
Returned to Spain to play
Castellón on 10/8, W 1-3 (Jarque, Maxi, Soldevilla) and Blanes on 12/8,
W 0-7 (Jonathan 3, Jarque, Serrano, Corominas, Yagüe).
| 5-14 Aug
|| Athletic summer programme
Athletic Bilbao went to Holland for their
pre-season training. Matches played (in their psychedelic UEFA cup shirts)
against Groningen 5/8 (L 3-2 (Urzaiz, Etxeberría)) and Heerenveen 7/8 (W
1-2 (Hansson og, Arriaga)).
They returned to Spain to play Numancia on
11/8, W 0-1 (Angulo) and Racing away 14/8, W 2-5 (Regueiro, Alvarez /
Etxeberría 2, Del Horno, Gurpegui, Tiko).
| 6-8 Aug
||Costa del Sol trophy in Málaga
Triangular tournament returns
this year, hosted by Málaga. Teams invited are Sevilla plus Italian side
6/8: Málaga 0 - Parma 0;
7/8: Sevilla 3 (Darío
Silva 2, Jesús Navas) - Parma 0;
8/8: Málaga 1 (David og) -
Sevilla (Baptista pen). Sevilla were declared winners of the tournament, even
though Málaga equalised in the last minute.
played Córdoba at home on 13/8, W 1-0 (Juan Rodríguez).
| 6-22 Aug
||Albacete summer programme (part two)
More games against lower division
opposition, all away from home. Villarrobledo 6/8, D 0-0, La Roda 7/8, D 1-1
(Pacheco), Quintanar 11/8, W 0-1 (Alfaro), Almansa 12/8, L 1-0, Tarazona 14/8,
W 1-3 (Mikel, Francisco 2), Novelda 20/8, W 0-2 (Mikel, Rubén) and
Conquense 22/8, L 2-1 (Mingo).
| 7-22 Aug
||Getafe summer programme
Back down to Earth after playing
Real Madrid, with programme against lower division sides. Reserve players drew
0-0 at Talavera on 7/8, day after Madrid game. Beat neighbours Leganés
0-4 (Gallardo, Rivas, Pachón, Cubillo) in their "Villa de
Leganés" trophy on 13/8, even though Yordi sent off min 30.
Disappointing 0-0 draw at Toledo on 15/8, and the same result at their other
neighbours Rayo Vallecano on 17/8, although they won the match on a penalty
shoot out. Beat Salamanca 1-2 in their presentation match on 20/8, goals from
Nano and Rivas, with Aurelio replying for the hosts. Reserve players played
Alcalá 21/8, W 1-2 (Luis López pen, Belenguer).
presentation match against Greek side Apollon Kalamarias. W 2-0 (Nano, Vivar
||Catalonia Cup (early rounds)
Played this tournament in summer last year
rather than throughout the season, and are doing so again. Fifth round (first
involving second division sides) played on 8/8, and sixth round 3 days later.
finals - Lleida 1 - Nàstic 1; Perelada 0 - Terrassa 0. Nàstic and
Perelada win through on penalties. Winners join Barça and Espanyol in
final stage which will be played in Tarragona at ground of Nàstic on
20/8 and 22/8 (see below).
|8 and 21 Aug
||Atlético Madrid friendly games
8/8: Warmed up for Intertoto cup
against Alcalá, with a team full of reserve players and juniors. Won 0-2
with goals from Arizmendi and Braulio. Luccin made his debut.
warm up game, this time against regional side Rayo Majadahonda. W 1-3 (Nano,
Salva, Braulio pen). Salva scored on his re-debut, Sosa sent off on his debut
| 10 - 24 Aug
||Alavés summer programme
Cancelled stay in Luchón
(France) at last minute, but play friendlies against Valladolid 10/8, H, W 2-1
(Sánchez og, Kiko / Moré), Numancia 14/8 at Laguardia D 2-2, won
on penalties, and Burgos 18/8, A, W 1-2 (Bodipo, De Lucas).
match 24/8 against Richard Dutruel's side Strasbourg (Trofeo
Diputación). D 0-0, Alavés won 9-8 on penalties. Dutruel didn't
|10 and 24 Aug
Six sides played three finals as usual,
with the winners qualifying for the UEFA cup. Villarreal and Atlético
both reached this stage, and they faced each other after the draw for the final
rounds paired them together.
10/8: First leg: Villarreal 2 (Roger,
Rodríguez) - Atlético 0.
24/8: Second leg: Atlético 2
(Ibagaza, García Calvo) - Villarreal 0. Villarreal won 1-3 on penalties.
See separate section for more details.
|11 and 24/25 Aug
||Champions' League third qualifying round
and fourth placed Spanish sides Deportivo and Real Madrid entered at this
stage. Madrid played Wisla Krakow and Depor played Shelbourne.
First leg results: Wisla 0 - Madrid 2 (Morientes 2); Shelbourne 0 - Deportivo
24/25 Aug: Second leg results: Deportivo 3 (Víctor 2, Pandiani) -
Shelbourne 0; Real Madrid 3 (Ronaldo 2, Pavón)- Wisla 1 (Gorawski). See
separate section for more details.
||Valencia 1 - Parma 0
Team presentation against Italian side.
Won thanks to a first half strike from Baraja. New signings came on after the
break. Keeper Butelle got a knock and was rushed to hospital, where they had to
remove his spleen.
||Betis friendly matches
Betis carry on with friendly games against
local opposition. Played Portuenese with many reserve players 10/8, L 2-1
(Oliveira). Went to Portugal to play Sporting Braga on 16/8, W 1-2 (Capi,
Joaquín). Next match in Colombino trophy (see below).
||Gimnastic Tarragona 2 - Villarreal 2
moved up coast to play neighbours Nàstic in their hastily arranged
presentation match, despite reaching final of Intertoto Cup. Battaglia scored
from 60 yards, but Manolo and Pinilla put Catalans ahead before Guayre
||Ramón Carranza trophy,
Cádiz once again hosted this prestigious trophy, which
this year celebrates it's 50th edition, (although tournament was switched at
the last minute to the Bahía Sur stadium in San Fernando due to the poor
state of Cádiz's newly laid pitch).
!3/8: Cádiz 0 - Sevilla 3
(Darío Silva, Baptista 2). Hosts came up against "the Beast" Baptista,
who made one and scored two.
14/8: Valencia 3 (Mista, Di Vaio, Angulo) - Lazio 0. Good win
with Di Vaio and Mista up front and Caneira at left back.
Sevilla 2 (Baptista, Fernando Sales) - Valencia 1 (Angulo). Sevilla won the
trophy thanks again to Baptista. Carboni sent off in a hard match and U19
international Silva made his debut for Valencia.
Cádiz 1 (Manolo Pérez pen) - Lazio 0.
||Teresa Herrera trophy, La
59th edition of the tournament played again this summer. Hosts
Deportivo La Coruña joined by Atlético Madrid, Zaragoza and
13/8: Depor 2 (Pablo Amo, Toro Acuña) - Sporting 0.
A cruise for Depor, who fielded many reserves.
14/8: Atlético 3
(Luccin, Ibagaza 2) - Zaragoza 2 (Villa, Ponzio). Luccin and Ibagaza inspired
Atlético to victory.
15/8: Final: Deportivo 3 (Pandiani 2, Romero) -
Atlético 1 (Paunovic). Momo starred as Depor won their home trophy.
3/4 play-off: Zaragoza 2 (Soriano, Savio) - Sporting Lisbon 0. A better
performance from Víctor's side.
PS. 20/8: Depor drew 1-1 with UAE
side Al Ain in their last friendly in the Riazor before their CL qualifier.
Side packed with reserves, Toro Acuña got the goal.
|14 and 24 Aug
||Ciutat de Barcelona trophy
14/8: Espanyol's annual presentation match
against Italian side Udinese.
Espanyol 2 (Dani, Tamudo pen) - Udinese 0.
Twin strikers starting to show form and Oscar Serrano the revelation.
Last friendly against Sabadell. L 1-0 with many reserve players.
||Osasuna summer programme
Osasuna played Real Madrid B 14/8 in Aoiz
(Navarra), W 3-1 (Rosado, Puñal pen, Webó). Three-way match
between Osasuna, Espanyol and hosts Logroñés scheduled for 17/8
called off due to financial problems with Logroñés based side,
and replaced by friendly against Espanyol in Peralta. D 2-2 (Ortíz,
Puñal pen / Dani, Diomede). A boring game, by all accounts. Equaliser
scored by Diomede, who is on trial with Espanyol.
||Barcelona friendly games
Game against Ajax which was scheduled for
12/8 has been called off to allow players to rest after Asia tour. Played
against Italy's Parma in Cardiff on 14/8, winning 1-0 thanks to a late goal
from Iniesta. Then away against regional side Villafranca on 18/8 (without
players on international duty). W 0-6 (Deco, Márquez, Et'o 2, Giuly,
Luis García). Goals from debutants Deco and Eto'o against easy
||Tenerife v Las Palmas
Two sides met for the first of three times
pre-season in the final of the Teide trophy in Tenerife on 16/8, with the local
side winning 1-0 thanks to a goal from U19 international Gavilán.
After failing to sign up Bochum or Samporia, Tenerife also decided to
invite their neighbours for the presentation match on 20/8. The hosts won 1-0
with a goal from Raúl Martín.
Reciprocal game two days later
in Las Palmas, which Tenerife also won 0-1 (Cristo).
||Trofeo Festa d'Elx
45th edition of Elche's annual trophy,
this year against Deportivo La Coruña. D 1-1 (Rubén / Pablo Amo).
Elche´s Rubén scored in the first half from a free kick. Pablo Amo
equalised after the break and Abreu had a goal disallowed near the end, getting
himself sent off for insulting a linesman.
|17 Aug and 2 Sep
||Under 21 friendly matches
Iñaki Sáez drops back down
to take over the Spanish under 21 side again. Opening friendlies against France
17/8, D 1-1 (Jesús Navas), then Scotland 2/9, W 3-1 (Iniesta,
Cazorla, Melli pen) before Euro 2006 starts. See also separate section for
match reports etc.
||Spain v Venezuela
Friendly match to be played in the Las
Palmas new stadium. Warm up game before World Cup qualifiers. First match in
charge for Luis Aragonés. W 3-2 (Morientes, Tamudo 2). See separate
section for more details.
| 18-20 Aug
|| Mallorca summer programme
Played a couple more friendly games after
returning from England.
18/8: Trofeo del Melón: Villa franca 0 -
Mallorca 1 (Luis Garcia). New signing gets the only goal.
20/8: Palermo 1 -
Mallorca 0. (Poli og). Went to Sicilly for their last pre-season match, and
lost to an own goal.
Two leg fixture between league champions
Valencia and cup winners Zaragoza. Warm up match for Zaragoza beforehand on
18/8 against regional side Alcorisa which they won 0-14 (Villa 5, Javi Moreno
4, Movilla 3, Cani, Capi).
21/8: Zaragoza 0 - Valencia 1 (Vicente).
24/8: Valencia 1 (Corradi) - Zaragoza 3 (Alvaro, Galletti, Javi Moreno).
Winners: Zaragoza. See separate section for more details.
||Trofeo de la Cerámica
Fouth edition of Villarreal's annual
tournament, which this year was against newly promoted neighbours Levante.
Exciting game ended 3-3 (Josico, José Marí, Cazorla /
Cuéllar, Reggi, Congo), with Levante taking the trophy 5-6 on penalties.
||Colombino trophy, Huelva
Recreativo hosted another of the big
summer competitions, the 40th time the tournament has taken place. Teams
invited were Betis, Málaga and Real Sociedad.
19/8: Recreativo 5 -
Betis 1 (Angel Rodríguez, Uche, Calle, Cheli, Luna / Fernando); Recre
four up in 20 minutes, even though Betis put out first team.
Málaga 3 - Real Sociedad 0 (Geijo 2, Perico). In the absence of any new
signings, Málaga's youngsters won the game for them;
Recreativo 2 - Málaga 2 (Calle, Uche / Rodríguez, Edgar). Recre
beat Málaga on penalties after Uche saved the day in the last minute.
22/8: 3/4 play-off. Betis 1 - Real Sociedad 1 (Joaquín / Karpin).
Real took third spot after 18 penalty kicks in shoot-out.
||Catalonia Cup (semi-finals and final)
Played this tournament in summer
last year rather than throughout the season, and did so again. Early rounds
started on 8/8 (see above). Final stages played in Tarragona at ground of
Nàstic on 20/8 and 22/8, with Barça and Espanyol entering at that
20/8: Semi-finals: Barcelona 4 - Perelada 0 (Eto'o. Larsson, Giuly,
Motta). Easy win against 3rd division side.
Nàstic 1 - Espanyol 2
(Bolo / Martín Posse, Jonathan). Two injury time goals beat the hosts at
the last minute.
22/8: Final. Barcelona 2 - Espanyol 0. Barça won
their fifth Catalan cup with goals from a long Deco shot and a Ronaldinho free
kick. Márquez sent off and Dani had a goal disallowed inbetween.
||Athletic Bilbao presentation
Homenaje al socio match. Traditional
summer fixture, which this year was against Olympiakos of Greece. D 0-0,
Nikopolidis and the woodwork kept the fans from seeing their side win.
|| Osasuna presentation match
Pamplona based side's presentation match
was against Egypt's Al Ahli. W 1-0. Milosevic missed a hat-full on his debut
but Moha won it for them in the second half.
|| Real Murcia presentation match
Rea Murcia v Werder Bremen:
Invited top class opposition for the first "Nueva Condomina Trophy", flamboyant
double winners from Germany. D 2-2 (Karanka, Munteanu / Charisteas, Klose),
Murcia won 5-4 on penalties.
||Gamper tournament, FC Barcelona
Milan in the XXXIX edition of FC Barcelona's annual tournament. W 2-1. Serginho
put the visitors ahead, but Eto'o set up Giuly and then Iniesta either side of
half time to win. Gattuso sent off near the end for insulting the referee in
Trophy played out in Monaco between
Champions League winners Porto and UEFA cup champions Valencia. The Spanish
side won 1-2 with goals from Baraja and Di Vaio. See separate report.
||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.
| 2 Sep
|| Trofeo del Olivo
See friendly fixtures section.
||Spain v Scotland
Last friendly match for Luis
Aragonés to try out his side before opening World Cup game against
Bosnia a few days later. Match abandoned with scores at 1-1 (Baraja og /
Raúl pen) due to a thunderstorm. See separate section for details.
| 4 Sep
See friendly fixtures section.
| 4 Sep
||Sevilla v Bolton
See friendly fixtures section.
Trofeo Naranja - Valencia's annual
tournament at the Mestalla stadium, the Orange Trophy. was to be played for the
first time after the league starts with opponents new signing Di Vaio's old
side, Juventus. However tournament eventually postponed as too many players
were away on international duty.
||City of Vigo trophy
Information put out on the club's website
tells us that they are laying new turf, and that the competition will therefore
not take place this year, at least not until later in the new season.