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. (30.06.07)
||Alberto Ormaetxea memorial trophy
A new trophy in honour of Eibar's
ex coach who died recently. Triangular tournament with fellow Basque sides
Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad invited. Results as follows:
Eibar 0 -
Real Sociedad 1 (Díaz de Cerio)
Eibar 0 - Athletic Bilbao 0
Athletic Bilbao 0 - Real Sociedad 0.
Winners: Real Sociedad
| 31 Aug - 6 Sep
Several friendly matches were played
during the first international break. Results were as follows:
Alcalá 1 - Getafe 1 (Paunovic ) Cervantes trophy - Getafe win on
02/09: Racing 6 - Barquereño 0 (Juanjo 3, Rubén,
06/09: Lugo 2 - Deportivo 0 (Copa Xunta Galicia)
Pontevedra 2 - Celta 0 (Copa Xunta Galicia)
||XXXIII Ciutat de Barcelona trophy
Espanyol once again hosted this
match, which this year took place once the season has started. Rivals were
Lazio, Espanyol running out 2-0 winners with goals from Pandiani and Corominas.
| 3 Sep
||Juan Acuña trophy, Coruña
put on something special in their centenary year, and invited all their old
stars to play in an exhibition match. The veterans beat the "Superdepor" side
of recent years with two from Bebeto.
| 3 Sep
||Ciudad de Zaragoza trophy
Zaragoza took on Livorno in the Carlos
Lapetra City of Zaragoza trophy during the international break. Víctor
Fernández's side won 2-1, goals from Diego Milito and Segio
García cancelling out Vigiani's earlier strike.
| 5 Sep
||Catalonia Cup (2005/2006)
The final from last year's competition
between Barcelona and Espanyol was postponed last season due to lack of dates,
and was re-arranged for 5th September at the Montilivi stadium in Gerona.
Espanyol won 1-0 with a first half strike from Corominas, the first time they
have beaten their city rivals in five years.
A few more friendly matches this week,
including the following:
Wisla Krakow 1 - Sevilla 0
Terrassa 2 -
Espanyol 2 (Joanthan - pen, Luis García). Terrassa centenary match;
Laracha 0 - Deportivo 2 (Bodipo, Estoyanoff);
CD Naval 0 - Racing
Santander 7 (Rubén Castro 4, Rui Miguel 2, Momo).
| 5-6 Oct
||More sundry matches
More friendly matches during the
international break, including the following:
Saint Etienne 2 (Guarin 2) -
Dos Hermanas 1 - Betis 7 (Roberto 4, Xisco, Fernando, Dani);
Dubra 0 - Deportivo 6 (Taborda 3, Iago, Verdú, Rodri);
Jaén 3 - Getafe 2 (Manu, Güiza) - Olive trophy;
1 (Marcos) - Mónaco 2 (Ménez, Di Vaio) - Ceramica trophy;
Celta 4 (Nené 2, Perera, Aspas) - Boavista 3 (Zairi 2, Tambussi);
Osasuna 0 - Toulouse 0.
| 8 Oct
||Catalonia 2 - Euskadi 2
Two regional sides agreed to play
each other in Barcelona during the international break. Venue was the Nou Camp.
The Basques went two up with goals from Athletic Bilbao's Aduriz and Llorente,
but deflected shots from Deportivo's Verdú and Newcastle's Luque saved
Catalonia: Valdés; Curro Torres, Oleguer, Lopo, Fernando
Navarro; Corominas, Sergio, Gerard, Roger; Luque, Jonathan Soriano. Also
played: Jorquera, Belenguer, Daniel Fernández, Jordi, Oscar Serrano,
Euskadi: Riesgo; López Rekarte, Labaka, Aitor
Ocio, Casas; Mendieta, Muñoz, Orbaiz, Gabilondo; Uranga, Aduriz. Also
played: Lafuente, Murillo, Cruchaga, Garitano, Mikel Alonso, Aranburu, Tiko,
||World Club Championship
champions Barcelona participated in the tournament in Japan, entering at the
semi-final stage on 14/12 against Central America champions Club América
(Mexico) Won 4-0, but went on to lose final 0-1 against Brazil's Internacional
Porto Alegre. See separate section for details.
||Second Jesús Gil testimonial match
A repeat of last year's trophy,
with both mangers putting out fairly strong sides to begin with, and then
brining on many youngsters later on. Real Madrid keeper Diego López
saved a Fernando Torres penalty early on, and with no goals at the end of the
game, once again it went to a penalty shoot-out. this time though
Atlético were the winners by 4-3 after Falcón saved Nieto's kick.
||Euskadi 4 - Serbia 0
Javier Clemente returned to the San
Mamés stadium with his Serbia side, but they were humiliated by a Basque
team who opened the scoring on the half hour mark with a Yeste penalty, and
then went on to score three more through Urzaiz, Sarriegui and Uranga.
Iraizoz; López Rekarte, Labaka, Luis Prieto, Garrido; Iraola, Garitano;
Etxeberría, Yeste, Tornavaca; Urzaiz. Also played: López Vallejo,
Sarriegui, Javi Martínez, Aranburu, Xabi Prieto, Uranga, Gabilondo,
||Andalusia 3 - Peace Team 1
An historic match between Andalusia and a
"Peace Team" made up of players from Israel and Palestine ended with a 3-1 win
for the Spaniards. The result was the least important though as local and
international dignatories witnessed a game in which the message was, well,
Pinto; Josemi, Juanma, Llera, Antonio Puerta; Reyes, Arzu, Juan
Rodríguez, Jurado; Maldonado, Güiza. Also played: Calatayud, Pablo
Ruíz, Raúl López, Francis, Jesús Vázquez,
Scorers: Güiza (2), Alfaro / Saban.
||Com. Valenciana 3 - Peru 1
The Valencia Regional Community came from
behind to beat Peru 3-1. Vassallo gave the South Americans an early lead, but
despite having Arzo sent off before the break, second half strikes by Natalio,
Parri and Redondo turned the scoreline around.
Team: Toño; Ruz, Moreno,
César Arzo, Gomis; Farinós, Pallardó; Juanfran, Rufete,
Héctor Font; Soldado. Also played: Rangel, Manolo, Pedro, Abel Buades,
Redondo, Parri, De Lucas, Xisco, Natalio, Bellvis.
||Galicia 1 - Ecuador 1
Riazor, La Coruña. A second game
for Galicia after their return last year, with Villarreal's pereira cancelling
out Calle's earlier free kick.
Team: Diego López, Barragán, Rubén,
Noguerol, Fuentes; Borja, Viqueira; Julio Alvarez, Trashorras, Nano; Pablo
Couñago. Also played: Losada, Pereira, Capi, Manuel, Iago, Roberto,
Roberto Lago, Diego Castro. Coaches: Vázquez / Arsenio.
||Aragón 1 - Chile 0
Aragón put out a side this year,
with the match taking place in Zaragoza's Romareda stadium. And they won the
match with a Javi Suárez header following a corner in injury time.
Rubén Pérez; Arbeloa, Chus Herrero, Pablo Alfaro, Rodri; Cani,
Zapater, Longás, Víctor Bravo; Lafita, Moisés. Also
played: Rubén Falcón, Javi Suárez, Capdevila, Gibanel,
Bosque, Linares, Machote, Seba.
||Com. Murciana 3 - Ecuador 0
A second ever fixture for José
Antonio Camacho's Murcia Regional Community side, with a 3-0 victory thanks to
an early penalty converted by Kike Mateo, a Zamora header before the break and
a second half goal from Pedro León.
Team: Juanmi; Juanma, Zamora, Pedro
López, Oscar Sánchez; Valera, Mariano Sánchez, Pedro
León, Kike Mateo; Isaac, Mista. Also played: Leo, Quinín,
Olivares, Rodri, Tato, Manolo, Emilio, Lorca.
|3 Jan 2007
||Xunta de Galicia Trophy
Regional competition played
during the year, with the final between second division B side Lugo and Celta.
The first division team won 2-3, with second half goals from Canobbio, Baiano
| 24 Apr 2007
||Al Ahly 0 - Barcelona 4
Played a freindly against
Egyptian champions during a break in their busy agenda. 16 year old Spanish
youth international Bojan Krkic made first team debut and scored. Other three
goals from Saviola, and Eto'o (2). Were paid a measly 2 million for their
| 5 Jun 2007
||Catalonia Cup (2006/2007)
Nova Creu Alta, Sabadell. Now was this
last year's competition or the year before? Fixture problems meant that the
semi-finals and finals of this season's edition were played during the
international fortnight. Both sides were packed with reserve players, and
Barça took the trophy on penalties after a 1-1 draw, with goals from
Ezquerro and Pedraza. Barça beat Nastic and Espanyol beat Lleida in the
semi-finals a few days ago.
| 5 Jun 2007
||Europa 1 - Osasuna 2
One of La Liga's founding clubs celebrated
their centenary with a match against first division Osasuna. The Barcelona
based second division B side lost 1-2, with Puñal (penalty) and Sola
scoring for the Navarrans.
| 20 Jun 2007
||Mamelodi Sundowns 1 - Barcelona 2
Post season tour to South
Africa. Goals from Ezquerro and Marc Crosas. Bad news of the tour was that
Puyol picked up a serious injury.
| 21 Jun 2007
||Venezuela 3 - Euskadi 4
Won post-season friendly
against team warming up as hosts of Copa América. Goals from Athletic
Bilbao's Aduriz, Gabilondo and Etxeberría (2). Mallorca's Arango got two
for the hosts.