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 last
summer's pre-season games see separate section. (02.01.06)
| 30 Aug and 3 Sep
||Cádiz friendly games
Have arranged two more friendly matches
away from home against regional opposition, 30/08: Chipiona (Troféo Nono
Gutiérrez) W 0-2 (Benjamín, Mirosalvjevic), 03/09: Rota, W 2-9
(Acuña 3, Manolo Pérez 2, Benjamín 2, Bezares, Pavoni).
| 31 Aug
||Cultural Guarnizo 0 - Racing Santander 4
match for Paco Gento, who won six European Cup medals with Real Madrid in and
around the 1960s. Racing won 0-4, Antoñito opening the scoring on his
debut and Raúl, Juanjo and Jonathan completing the scoreline.
| 1 Sep
||Blanes 1 - Espanyol 2
Espanyol finally won a game! Played local
side from popular holiday resort. Goals from Jonathan and Yagüe, Luis
García made his debut.
| 1 and 6 Sep
||Getafe friendly matches
01/09: Toledo 0 - Getafe 4.
Target practice for Schuster's lesser used players against lower division
opposition. Pachón and Craioveanu scored two goals each.
Alcorcón 2 - Getafe 3. Puchero Trophy. Getafe won against their
neighbours with goals from Riki, Pachón and Cotelo.
| 2 Sep
||Saint Etienne 2 - Barcelona 1
Played a friendly against the
French side as part of the 30th anniversary of their appearance in the European
Cup final (which they lost to Bayern Munich). Barça were missing many
their internationals though, and lost 2-1 (Sable, Edmilson OG / Ronaldinho).
| 2 Sep
||Costa del Sol trophy in Málaga
Competition took place again,
although format changed from triangular tournament to a straight one-off game
which was played after the league season has started. Invited English side
Newcastle this year, although they turned up with a weakened side as many
players on international duty. Málaga won 2-0 with goals from Hidalgo
(penalty after Lee Clarke fouled Edgar) and Pablo Couñago in the last
quarter of an hour.
| 2 Sep
||Gondomar 0 - Celta 7
Name sounds like something out of Lord of
the Rings! Played friendly against local regional side as a testimonial for
their ex player Hermida, who scored over 100 goals in ten years or so from 1945
onwards. Won 0-7, with goals from Isaac (2), Jorge (2), Perera (2) and Silva.
| 6 Sep
centenary game vs Brazil
Signed up Brazil for their centenary presentation on 6th
September, with all the big names taking part except for Ronaldo, who was
injured. Drew 1-1, Kanouté giving the Andalusians the lead and Pablo
Alfaro putting through his own net near the end for the final scoreline.
| 6 Sep
||Vecindario v Deportivo La Coruña
another friendly during the international break against the side from Gran
Canaria in the Canary Islands. Won 1-3, with goals from Rubén Castro,
Héctor and new signing Taborda.
| 6 Sep
Vallecano 1 - Real Madrid 2
Match to give a run out to the players who didn't go on
international duty, including Woodgate in the back four with Diogo,
Pavón and Bravo. Both Madrid's goals from B team striker Barral, with
Arregui replying for Rayo.
| 6 Oct
Vallecano 2 - Real Madrid 3
Played Rayo again in another friendly during international
week. Madrid won with goals from De la Red, Guti and Oscar.
| 11 Oct
||City of Zaragoza trohy
Zaragoza won their own City of Zaragoza
(Carlos Lapetra) trophy on a penalty shoot out after drawing 2-2 with a
depleted Real Madrid. Woodgate put through his own net again, but goals from
Helguera and B team striker Barral turned the scoreline around before Generelo
made it all square after 90 minutes. Guti, De la Red and Tebar all missed their
penalties though and Zaragoza won 3-1 on the shoot out.
| 11 Oct
||Alavés 2 - Real Sociedad 1
Match played between the two
first division sides at at the new ground of S.D. Beasain to celebrate the
Basque regional club's centenary year. Bodipo and Mena scored for
Alavés, with Uranga replying for Real.
||Catalonia Cup (semi-finals)
Barça and Espanyol entered at this
stage and played Nàstic and Lleida who won through the previous stages.
Semi-finals took place at Girona's Montilivi stadium, results as follows:
Lleida 1 (Unai) - Espanyol 4 (Jonathan 2, Jofre, Velamazán);
Nàstic 0 - Barcelona 6 (Deco, Larsson (2), Maxi López (2, 1
Final to be played between Espanyol and Barcelona. Date and
venue still to be decided.
| 29 Nov
||Barcelona vs "The Peace Team"
Match between Barcelona and a
combined side from Israel and Palestine as part of the peace process in the
region. Barça fielded all their stars in two virtually different sides
(one in each half) in a match which was televised around the globe and was
attended by 32,000 fans, plus Sean Connery who took the honorary kick off.
Rijkaard was in bed with flu, but his team ran out 2-1 winners with goals from
Deco and Maxi López. Abas Suan replied for the visitors later on.
||Al Hilal 2 - Valencia 1
Were offered around 600,000 to play
friendly game against Saudi Arabian champions. A crowd of 65,000 turned up at
the King Fahd International stadium to see their side win with goals from Al
Qhatani and Aljaman. Regueiro pulled one back for the Chés later on.
As usual the regional sides will be
playing friendly games against international opposition during the Xmas break.
Not much news as yet as to whom will be playing, but Catalonia will be
organizing a game, possibly against Paraguay on 28th Dec, and the Basque
country will almost certainly have a fixture. Galicia will also be playing for
the first time, probably against Uruguay on 29 Dec in Compostela.
Murcia region announced they will also be playing a match this winter. Camacho
will be their manager against opponents as yet unknown. Andalusia will be
playing China on 28th December at a venue to be decided. They have played eight
times in the past and are still unbeaten. (25.10.05)
Catalonia will now be playing Cameroon
during the winter break and not Paraguay. (04.11.05)
Now it appears that the Basque country
will be playing Cameroon on 28 Dec, and Catalonia have been left without
opposition. They expect to name new opponents shortly. (15.11.05)
Paraguay will be
Catalonia's opponents in the end after Cameroon confirmed they will be playing
Results and reports as below:
||Navarra 1 - China 0
Navarra kept up their winning record with
a single goal victory against China. This was the Basque side's third game in
their history, and a strike by Osasuna's Muñoz following a cross by De
Carlos midway through the second half was enough for the win. It could have
been more though, Txiki missing a first half penalty in the newly named Reyno
de Navarra stadium, home of Osasuna.
Team: López Vallejo; Cruchaga,
Miguel Flaño, Lusarreta; Txiki, Raúl García, Orbaiz,
Gurpegui; Fran Moreno, De Carlos. Also played: Elía, Javier
Flaño, Josetxo, Lacruz, Nagore, Palacios, Muñoz, Ismael, Lezaun.
||Andalusia 4 - China 1
China were easy rivals for Andalusia in
the Ramón de Carranza stadium in Cádiz. Diego Tristán and
Jesús Navas put them two up in four minutes, and although Li Yi pulled
one back after the break, Antoñito restored the two goal cushion after
Bodipo was fouled. Marchena wrapped things up with a fourth later on.
Juanma, Mendoza, Sergio Ramos, Raúl López; Joaquín, Arzu,
Marchena, Jesús Navas; Güiza, Diego Tristán. Also played:
Luque, Melli, David Prieto, Antonio Puerta, Bezares, Benítez, Francis,
||Catalonia 1 - Paraguay 1
A disappointing result for Catalonia in
front of a smaller than usual (30,000) crowd in the Nou Camp. Visiting keeper
Gómez saved a Sergio García penalty in the first half, but
Espanyol's Jonathan gave the Catalans the lead before Dante López headed
the equaliser. Many key players were missing through injury or other
commitments, including Puyol, Jarque, Xavi, Luis García, Luque and
Valdés; Curro Torres, Oleguer, Lopo, Capdevila; Corominas, Sergio,
Celades, Roger; Pinilla, Sergio García. Also played: Arnau,
Damiá, De Quintana, David García, Bruno Saltor, Jordi
López, Guardiola, Oscar Serrano, Sellarés, Jonathan.
||Com. Murciana 1 - Lithuania 1
The Murcia Regional Community
played their first ever match under the watchful eye of coach José
Antonio Camacho. Toché and Real Madrid B's Javi García both hit
the bar in the first half, and García opened the scoring after the
keeper saved an Oscar Sánchez penalty. Luksys deprived them of a victory
though with a late equaliser.
Team: Juanmi; Juanma, Antonio Robles, Angel Robles,
Alcántara; Kike Mateo, Javi García, José María,
Oscar Sánchez; Toché, Mista. Also played: Sebas, Emilio, Zamora,
Leo, Mariano Sánchez, Pedro León, José García,
Olivares, Paco Jurado, Cañadas, Iban Espadas.
||Com. Valenciana 2 - Colombia 1
The Valencia Regional Community
made it three wins out of five games after a late win against Colombia in the
Mestalla stadium. Congo had a goal ruled out for the visitors before David
Navarro headed in Gavilán's free kick in the ninth minute, but
Castrillón levelled the scores a minute later. Espanyol's Juanfran got
the winner though five minutes from the end.
Team: Rangel; Varela, Albiol, David
Navarro, José Enrique; Moreno, Parri; Rufete, Héctor Font,
Gavilán; Juan Sánchez. Also played: Benja, Arzo, Pedro
López, Juanfran, Martí, Luis Gil, Xisco.
||Euskadi 0 - Cameroon 1
Euskadi fell to their first defeat in 15
games and 25 years against a Cameroon side who were missing their star player,
Samuel Eto'o. Although premier league players Del Horno, Xabi Alonso and
Mendieta could not turn up due to club committments, the Basque side put out a
strong line up in the San Mamés stadium. But Cruchaga (one of several
who also played for Navarra two days earlier) headed a free kick past his own
keeper, and Souleymanou and then Kameni kept them out after that.
Expósito, Cruchaga, Aitor Ocio, López Rekarte; Orbaiz, Mikel
Alonso; Etxeberría, Yeste, Gabilondo; Urzaiz. Also played: Armando,
Labaka, Barkero, Raúl García, Gurpegui, Xabi Prieto, Julen
Guerrero, Uranga, Llorente.
||Galicia 3 - Uruguay 2
Santiago Compostela. Galicia beat Uruguay
3-2 in their first game for 65 years. Nano headed them into the lead in the
ninth minute, and Deus added two more after the break. Their young opponents
came back though with strikes from Pereira and Albín in the last ten
minutes to set up a nail biting finish.
Team: Diego López, Otero,
Rubén, Capi, Cabrejo; Julio Alvarez, Borja, Cabanas, Pablo Alvarez;
Nano, Losada. Also played: Dani Mallo, Michel Salgado, Noguerol, Bouzón,
Dacosta, Isaac, Juanito, Viqueira, Roberto, Jonathan Aspas, Trashorras,
||Jesús Gil testimonial match
Arranged to play a match between
Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid in the Calderón stadium in memory
of ex Atlético president Jesús Gil. Game ended 1-1 with Soldado
opening the scoring from Balboa's cross in the first half and Ibagaza making it
all square after the break. Real Madrid won 5-6 in the penalty shoot out, with
Beckham amongst the scorers before García Calvo missed.
||Racing Santander 2 - China 0
Cantabria didn't put out a side this year, so arranged this
match in the Sardinero to entertain local fans. First half goals from Jonathan
Valle and Ayoze settled it.
Almería beat neighbours Poli Ejido 2-1 in the first game
of this new year's day tournament, and then went on to win the trophy with a
1-0 victory against a side made up of players from the "Comarca de Levante"
(featuring Sevilla youth international Diego Capel). The game between the
Comarca and Ejido ended without goals.
||Trofeo del Olivo
Annual trophy hosted by second division B side Jaén,
usually against first division opposition in summer. This year the game was
played in the Christmas break, with World Cup qualifiers Angola as guests.
Jaén won 1-0 with a goal at the start of the second half by Javi Moyano.
Angola then went on for an informal match at Málaga, D 1-1
||Columbia tournament (Trofeo Villa de Madrid)
Were thinking of playing 3 or 4
September, but many internationals away so have left this for a date sometime
in the future.