As usual there was an
intensive programme of pre-season matches, this year starting mid July and
going on to the end of August, when the league season began 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. (01.09.06)
|15 and 22 Jul
||Intertoto third round
A new format for the Intertoto cup this
year with only one Spanish side competing. Villarreal take on Slovenia's
Maribor for a place in the second qualifying round of the UEFA cup. If they get
through, they will play the qualifier on 10th and 24th Aug.
First leg: Villarreal 1
(Forlán) - Maribor 2 (Rakic, Mihelic).
Second leg: Maribor 1 (Zajc)
- Villarreal 1 (Nihat).
Villarreal fail to qualify for the UEFA cup. See
separate section for reports.
|16 - 29 Jul
summer programme (July)
Based in Ermelo, Holland for a few days in July. Played a
friendly against Go Ahead Eagles on 16/07, W 1-2 (Ars / Mista, Vicente), and
then faced off against Feyenoord on 21/07, W 1-2 (Baraja, Regueiro). Returned
to Spain to play Charlton Athletic in presentation match at the Mestalla
stadium on 29/07, W 3-1 (Morientes, Baraja, Silva / Sarondo).
|17 - 28 Jul
Sevilla summer programme (July)
As usual starting off locally with
friendlies against regional opposition. First game against San Roque de Lepe on
17/07, W 1-5 (Kanouté 3, Luis Fabiano, Adriano), then Pilas on 21/07: W
0-4 (Kepa, Makukula, Jesuli, Puerta), Marbella on 25/07, W 0-4 (Jesús
Navas 2, Bruno, Poulsen), and Chiclana on 28/07, W 0-6 (Jesús Navas 2,
Kanouté 2, Makukula, Kepa).
|18 - 29 Jul
||Under 19 European Championship
Spain's youngsters were in action
again in Poland this summer, with group games against Turkey on 18/07, W 5-3,
Scotland on 20/07, W 4-0, and Portugal on 23/07, D 1-1. Then a semi-final
against Austria on 26/07, W 5-0, and final against Scotland on 29/7 which they
won 2-1 to take the championship for the third time in five years. See separate
section for more details.
|18 - 29 Jul
||Celta summer programme (July)
Training in France at the start
of the pre-season, with matches as follows: 18/07: Tottenham Hotspur in Annecy,
0-2 (Defoe 2); 20/07: Panathinaikos in Aix-les-Bains, D 1-1 (Perera); 22/07:
Nice in Albertville, L 2-1 (Baiano); 26/07: PSG in Aix -les-Bains, D 1-1
(Gustavo López); 28/07, Saint Etienne, D 1-1 (Nené).
|19 Jul - 2 Aug
||Osasuna warm up games
Play a couple of warm up games in Scotland
prior to their Champions' League qualifying round. 19/07: Hearts, L 2-0; 20/07:
Dunfermline, D 0-0. Then played Toulouse in Capbreton on 25/07, W 0-1 (Romeo),
Stade Rennais on 28/07, D 0-0; Numancia (A) on 01/08, L 2-1 (Arruabarrena), and
Zaragoza (Peralta) on 02/08, L 2-1 (Milosevic, Puñal pen / Sergio
|19 Jul - 17 Aug
||Málaga summer programme
Started their pre-season playing
Birmingham in Marbella on 19/07: L 4-3 (Salva 2, Morales pen / Forsell 2,
Campbell, Duna). Then played regional club Cartaya on 22/07, L 0-1,
Córdoba in Cartaya on 25/07, L 3-0, Olhanense in Olhan on 29/07, L 1-0;
Recre in Antequera (Torcal trophy) on 05/08, D 2-2 (Cheli, Calle / Salva, Edgar
- Málaga won on penalties); Marbella (City of Marbella trophy), 11/08, D
1-1 (Morales - Málaga won on penalties); Murcia on 13/08, L 1-2 (Morales
/ Aranda 2). Hosted Costa del Sol trophy on 17/08 against Nacional de
Montevideo, L 0-1, then played Granada (A), L 3-1 (Sandro).
|20 - 29 Jul
summer programme (July)
Travel to Kössen, Austria for pre-season training and a
series of games as follows: 20/07: TSV Siegsdorf, Germany, W 0-15 (Maxi 2, Doni
2, Basinas 2, Víctor 2, Jonás 2, Delibasic, Ramis, Ernesto,
Pereyra, Mader og); 22/07: TSG Hoffenheim, Germany, W 0-1 (Víctor);
26/07: Maccabi Haifa, L 1-2 (Doni); 29/07: 1860 Munich, L 2-1 (Víctor).
|20 Jul - 14 Aug
|| Betis summer programme
Stay in Spain for pre-season
training and friendly games against local opposition: 20/07, Chiclana, W 0-7
(Robert, Edu, Cañamero, Dani 2, Maldonado 2); 28/07, Sanluqueño,
W 1-2 (Xisco, Assunçao); 02/08, Marchena, W 0-8 (Dani 2, Cañamero
2, Fernando, Robert, Juanito, Xisco); 05/08, Poli Ejido, D 0-0; 08/08, Xerez.;
11/08: Levante (A), D 1-1 (N'Diaye / Edu pen). Went to Portugal to play
Sporting Braga on 14/08, L 3-0.
|21 Jul - 3 Aug
||Real Madrid in Austria
Training as usual in Irding, Austria from
17th July for 20 days or so, and play friendly matches with Plymouth on 21/7, W
1-0 (Baptista - pen); Irding on 25/07, W 2-10 (Cassano 4, Baptista 3, Portillo
2, Juanfran); Fulham on 29/07, D 0-0, and Reggina (in Graz) on 03/08, W 1-0
(Raúl). Van Nistelrooy and Emerson made their debuts.
|21 - 28 Jul
summer programme (July)
No China tour this year, so pre-season training at Perelada as
usual, with friendly against Perelada on 21/07: W 0-5 (Julián, Pandini,
Coro, Ito, Jonathan). Then play Villarreal 28/07, L 1-0,
| 22 Jul - 8 Aug
|| Real Sociedad summer programme (July)
went to Far East, but this season have gone to England, based around
Birmingham. Fixtures as follows: 22/07, Doncaster, L 0-1; 25/07, Huddersfield,
D 0-0; 28/07: Leicester City, D 0-0; 30/07: West Bromwich Albion, D 0-0.
|22 Jul - 20 Aug
||Zaragoza summer programme
Pre-season training close to home, with
friendly games as follows: 22/07: Barbastro (A), D 1-1 (Lafita); 25/07:
Sabiñanigo (A), W 0-1 (Ewerthon); 29/07: Numancia (A), W 1-2 (Del Pino /
Ewerthon, Oscar González); 02/08: Osasuna (Peralta), L 2-1 (Milosevic,
Puñal pen / Sergio García). Went to Oosterbeek, Holland to play
Heracles on 09/08, W 0-3 (Sergio García 2, Aimar), then RKC Waalwijk on
11/08, D 1-1 (Lafita), and Roda on 13/08, D 1-1 (Aimar). Back to Spain to play
newly promoted Nàstic away on 17/08, W 0-1 (Morales og). Closed
pre-season with friendly against Roma in Italy, D 0-0.
| 24 Jul - 5 Aug
|| Recreativo summer programme
Pre-season training in Spain and matches
in and around Galicia. 24/07 Villaalbés, W 0-8; 26/07 Lugo, W 1-4; 29/07
Ferrol, D 0-0; 02/08 Extremadura, D 0-0; 05/08 Málaga (Antequera), D 2-2
(Cheli, Calle / Salva Edgar); then host Colombino trophy - see below. Visited
Tenerfie on 19/08, L 2-1 (Raúl, Tomy / Cazorla).
|25 Jul - 18 Aug
||Deportivo summer programme
Deportivo La Coruña were invited to
50th anniversary match at San Roque de Lepe, in Andalusia on 25/07, which they
won 0-3. Went on to play in the Guadiana International trophy in Vila Real,
Portugal, versus Benfica 28/07 which they won 0-1 (Sergio) but lost
Valerón to another knee injury which will keep him out for 4 months, and
versus Sporting Lisbon on 29/07, L 1-0. Returned to Spain to play Ayamonte
31/07, W 1-2 (Cristian, Iago), and a Galician combination on 05/08, W 0-2
(Cristian, Riki). Teresa Herrero, and then take part in the "Copa Xunta
Galicia", 18/08: Negreira (A), W 0-2 (Sergio, Cristian). Final game at
Betanzos, W 0-4 (Verdú, Taborda, Juan Rodríguez, Arizmendi).
|26 - 29 Jul
||Atlético Madrid summer programme (July)
arranged the following games during their stay in Germany: 26/07: Energie
Cottbus, D 1-1 (Agüero); 29/07: Dinamo Dresden, D 0-0. Then on to China -
|27 Jul - 17 Aug
||Nàstic summer programme
Newly promoted side travelled to
Klagenfurt in Austria for their pre-season training. Started with a triangular
match on 27/07 against Treviso, W 0-1 (Pinilla) and Sudtirol, W 0-2 (Merino,
Ismael), follwed by friendly against Catania on 30/07, D 0-0, then (after
several cancellations and changes) versus Kuwait on 02/08, W 6-0 (Pinilla 3,
Ismael 2, Matellán). Played Ascoli (H) on 09/08, W 2-0 (Matellán,
Pinilla) and Villarreal (A) on 11/08, L 1-0, and presentation match against
Zaragoza on 17/08, L 0-1 (Morales OG).
| 27 Jul - 19 Aug
|| Levante summer programme
Pre-season training in Austria. Played
Manisaspor 27/07, W 3-1 (Manchev pen, Alexis, Juanma); Maccabi PT 30/07, L 2-0;
Hércules 04/08, D 0-0. Presentation match 11/08 vs Betis, D 1-1 (N'Diaye
/ Edu pen), then Estrella Amadora on 13/08, D 1-1 (Manchev). Go on to play Os
Belenenses (A), 17/08, W 1-2 (Kapo, Manchev); and Elche (A - Trofeo Festa
D'Elx), 19/08, L 1-0 (Casas).
|28 Jul - 5 Aug
||Villarreal warm up games
Start early for Intertoto Cup, and have
the following games: 28/07: Espanyol (H - part payment for transfer of Armando
Sá), W 1-0 (Sergio Sánchez og); 02/08: Vilamalla, W 1-10 (Pires
2, Franco 2, Nihat, Forlán, José Marí, Gonzalo, Cani,
Jordi Pérez, Marcos); 05/08: Newcastle (A), D 3-3 (Ameobi, Butt 2 /
Josico, Pires, Gonzalo); 09/08: Navata (A), W 0-13 (Nihat 3, Ordoñez 3,
Somoza, Gonzalo, Venta, Forlán 2, Franco, Senna); 11/08: Nàstic
(H), W 1-0 (Forlán). Went on to take part in Cádiz's Carranza
trophy, where they ended up third.
|28 Jul - 12 Aug
|| Barcelona summer programme
Barcelona began pre-season training in
Denmark again. Played friendly game on 28/07 against Aarhus. W 0-3 (Dos Santos,
Ezquerro, Schulz (OG)).
From the beginning of August off on an international tour of
Mexico and USA, with matches against Tigres de Monterrey on 03/08, W 0-3
(Brisueño og, Ronaldinho, Gudjohnsen), Chivas in Los Angeles on 06/08, D
1-1 (Gudjohnsen), América de México in Houston on 09/08, D 4-4
(Márquez, Saviola, Ronaldinho pen, Eto'o), and New York Bulls on 12/08,
W 1-4 (Ronaldinho 2, 1 pen, Messi, Saviola).
| 28 Jul - 19 Aug
|| Getafe summer programme
First game in Spain against regional side
Gimnastica Segoviana on 28/07, W 2-3 (Nacho, Manu Del Moral), then warming up
in Bitburg, Germany. Games as follows: 02/08: Georgia Under 21 side, D 1-1
(Celestini); 04/08: Bayer Leverkusen, D 0-0; 06/08: Kickers Offenbach, W 0-3
(Pachón 2, Nacho); 08/08: Estella Ettelbrick, W 0-3 (Paunovic, Manu,
Sánchez); 10/08: VLF Leverkusen, W 0-9 (Güiza 2, Pachón 2,
Jaja 2, Manu, Albín, Sánchez); 15/08: Castilla (A), W 0-2
(Albín 2, 1 pen); 17/08: Salamanca (A), D 2-2 (both own goals).
Presentation finally against city neighbours Atlético on 19/08, D 0-0.
|29 Jul - 16 Aug
|| Racing Santander summer programme
Started off with friendlies
against local opposition. 29/07: Amurrio, W 0-1 (Oriol); 05/08: Cayón, W
0-3 (Moratón, Juanjo, Matabuena); 06/08: Velarde, W 0-1 (Matabuena);
09/08: Torrelavega, W 0-1 (Felipe Melo). Home to Osasuna on 13/08, W 2-0
(Juanjo 2), and played in Lasesarre trophy (see below) on 16/08. Then guests at
Sporting Gijón presentation, 18/08, D 0-0 and won on penalties.
|30 Jul - 21 Aug
||Alavés tour of USA
Piterman took the squad to his home
country once again despite relegation. Matches against a Jamaican combination
on 30/07, L 2-1 (Papa Thiaw pen), Romario's Miami on 03/08, W 1-2 (Romario /
Arthuro, Pape Thiaw pen), and George Weah's Soccer Locker (Florida) on 06/08, W
1-2 (Weah / Gabri, Navarro). Returned to Spain to play Numancia (A) 12/08, W
3-0 (Arthuro, Astudillo, Gentil); Racing (Barakaldo) 16/08, D 1-1 (Thiago /
Juanjo), and Eibar (A) 19/08, W 1-2 (Mena, Gentil). Presentation against
Academica de Coimbra on 21/08, W 1-0 (Navarro).
|3 - 11 Aug
||Espanyol summer programme (August)
Travelled to Greece to play
Larissa on 03/08, D 2-2 (Fredson, Luis García) and Ergotelis Crete on
05/08, W 0-3 (Julián, Torrejón, Luis García). Trip to
Italy called off and fixed up another friendly against Palermo (A) on 11/08, D
0-0. Spanish Supercup ties against Barcelona - see below. Also due to visit
Terrassa for their centenary match, and will host the Ciudad de Barcelona
trophy on 1st September against Lazio. Also see below.
|3 - 19 Aug
Bilbao summer programme
Started off in triangular tournament in Cologne, Germany on
03/08, with hosts and Middlesbrough as opponents. Athletic 1 - M'boro 0
(Etxeberría); Cologne 1 - Athletic 0; Cologne 2 - M'boro 0.
play Rot Weiss Essen on 06/08, W 0-1 (Yeste), Ijsselmeervogels (Spakenburg) on
08/08, W 0-3 (Alex García 2, Beñat), and on to England to play
Everton on 12/08, W 0-1 (Aduriz). Returned to Spain to participate in Lasesarre
trophy - see below. on 16/08. Lazio match called off, so played Almería
(A) on 19/08 in Juan Rojas memorial game, W 0-3 (Prieto, Llorente,
|3 - 19 Aug
||Real Sociedad summer programme (August)
Olympiakos in Greece on 03/08, L 5-1 (Stevanovic); Vitoria Guimaraes in
Portugal on 06/08, W 0-2 (Stevanovic, Uranga); Academica Coimbra, also in
Portugal on 08/08, W 0-2 (Gerardo, Mikel Alonso). Travel to UK to play
Tottenham on 12/08, L 2-1 (Defoe, Dawson / Uranga); than back to Spain to play
Tolosa on 14/08, W 0-4 (Kovacevic 2, Felicio, Díaz de Cerio).
Presentation of squad (no match) on 19/08.
|4 -6 Aug
||Shanghai International Tournament
The Shanghai International
Tournament took place again this year, with Atlético Madrid invited from
Spain. Their opener was against Kashima Antlers from Japan on 04/08, which they
won 3-1 (Torres, Agüero, Galletti). Then played Shanghai Shenhua on 06/08,
winning 3-0 (Kezman 2, Agüero) to take the trophy.
|4 - 18 Aug
|| Sevilla summer programme (August)
Travelled to Japan to play
Albinex Niigata on 04/08, W 0-6 (Alves, Kepa, Kanouté, Bruno, Alfaro,
Makukula), and Jubilo Iwata, 05/08, W 2-3 (Makukula 2, Adriano). Took part in
Colombino trophy in Huelva (9, 10 Aug) - see below, Then played Man Utd in Old
Trafford on 12/08, L 3-0 (Saha, Ronaldo, Jones). Presentation match against New
Zealand national side on 15/08, W 5-1 (Chevantón 3, Luis Fabiano, Alves)
and visit to Las Palmas for their presentation match on 18/08, D 0-0, lost on
|5 - 19 Aug
||Mallorca summer programme (August)
Started month playing Lorca's
presentation match on 05/08, D 2-2 (Iker Begoña, Javi Rodríguez /
Maxi Lopez, Pisculichi pen). Were invited to take part in a tournament hosted
by Olympiakos in Athens. 09/08 vs Olympiakos, L 2-1 (Víctor); 10/08 vs
Egaleo, W 1-2 (Arango 2). Hosted Ciutat de Palma trophy on 19/08, rivals were
Inter Milan, L 0-1 (Maicon).
|8 - 10 Aug
||Colombino trophy, Huelva
Newly promoted Recreativo hosted another
of the big summer competitions, the 42nd time the tournament has taken place.
Games as follows: 08/08: Recre 3 - Bolton Wanderers 2 (Calle 2, Vázquez
/ Nolan 2);
09/08: Sevilla 2 - Sporting Lisbon 4 (Kanouté 2 /
Liedson 2, Moutinho, Yannick);
10/08: Final. Recreativo 0 - Sporting Lisbon
3 (Farnerud, Ronny, Liedson);
3/4 play-off: Sevilla 3 - Bolton 0 (Luis
Sporting Lisbon champions.
|8 - 19 Aug
||Celta summer programme (August)
Pitch in poor condition, so home
fixtures had to be postponed. Played friendlies against Rio Ave in
Tamiño on 08/08, L 0-2; Sporting Braga (A - Memorial Quinocho which
should have been at home) on 12/08, L 2-1 (Perera); Maritimo de Funchal (A) on
15/08, W 0-2 (Jonathan, Perera); Ourense (A - Xunta Galicia cup) on 17/08: W
0-5 (Nené, Jonathan, Lucas, Perera, Gustavo López) and Beira Mar
(A) on 19/08, D 0-0.
|9 - 12 Aug
||Real Madrid in USA
Travelled to USA on 7th August to play two
matches, against DC United in Seattle, Washington on 09/08, D 1-1 (Cassano),
and against Real Salt Lake in Salt Lake City, Utah on 12/08, W 0-2 (Van
Nistelrooy pen, Robinho).
|9 and 22 Aug
||Champions' League third qualifying round
Osasuna entered at this stage, with one tie over two legs in an attempt to make
it through to the league stage. Valencia play Salzburg after they beat Zurich,
and Osasuna have a difficult tie against Hamburg. Both play the second leg at
home. See separate section for details.
09/08: First leg:
Salzburg 1 -
Valencia 0; Hamburg 0 - Osasuna 0.
22/08: Second leg:
Valencia 3 -
Salzburg 0 (Morientes, Villa, Silva); Osasuna 1 - Hamburg 1 (Cuéllar /
De Jong). Valencia qualified, Osasuna knocked out and will play in the UEFA
|11 - 13 Aug
||Teresa Herrera trophy, La
61st edition of the tournament scheduled again this summer, a
more special event this time around given Deportivo's centenary year.
11/08: Depor 3 - Nacional de Montevideo 0 (Rodri, Sergio, Juan
12/08: AC Milan 1 - Atlético Madrid 0
13/08: 3/4 play-off: Atlético 2 - Nacional 1 (Kezman,
Luccin / Garcés);
Final: Deportivo 3 - AC Milan 1 (Coloccini, Riki,
Juan Rodríguez / Kaká).
Depor won the title for the 7th year
in a row.
Had problems finding dates for their
annual trophy in the past, but Valencia fitted it in this pre-season match
between Champions League qualifying games. Rivals were Roma this year. W 2-0,
David Silva, Albelda).
|12 - 15 Aug
Tenerife hosted this tournament again,
with guests Las Palmas, Vecindario and Lleida.
12/08: Tenerife 0 -
Vecindario 1 (Xisco);
13/08: Las Palmas 1 - Lleida 0 (Nauzet Aleman);
14/08: Tenerife 1 - Lleida 2 (Sicilia / Tevenet 2);
15/08: Final Las
Palmas 1 - Vecindario 1 (Darino / Xisco pen).
Las Palmas won 4-1 in penalty
||Osasuna presentation match
Played Shakhtar Donetsk in presentation
match at the Reyno de Navarra stadium between the two legs of the Champions
League. W 1-0 (Soldado).
||Spain friendly match
A pre-season warm up for "la
selección" prior to the start of the 2008 European qualifiers next
month. Played Iceland away, D 0-0. See separate section for more details.
||Albacete presentation match
Invited Atlético Madrid this season
for presentation match in Carlos Belmonte stadium. D 1-1 (Biagini /
||Lasesarre Trophy, Barakaldo
Novel four-way tournament hosted by 2B
side, with winners based on goals scored. Results:
Barakaldo 0 - Athletic
Alavés 1 - Racing Santander 1 (Thiago / Juanjo).
Racing proclaimed winners as they scored first goal.
|17 and 20 Aug
Two leg fixture between league champions
Barcelona and cup winners, city neighbours Espanyol. First leg played at home
of cup winners, with the return three days later in the Nou Camp.
Espanyol 0 - Barcelona 1 (Giuly).
20/08: Barcelona 3 - Espanyol. 0 (Xavi,
Deco 2). See separate section for details.
| 18 - 19 Aug
||Ramón Carranza trophy,
Cádiz once again hosted this prestigious trophy, which
this year celebrated it's 52nd edition. Although they have been relegated back
to the second division, they had the usual high turn out and participation of
top clubs, with neighbours Betis the first side to confirm their presence and
then Real Madrid accepting an invitation. Final dates and participants depended
to a certain extent on the court cases taking place in Italy, as the inital
idea was to invite at least one top Italian side, but after Inter Milan and
then Brazilian cup champions Flamingo pulled out, Villarreal completed the line
up. Scores as follows:
18/08: Cádiz 2 - Villarreal 2 (César,
Enrique / Gonzalo, Nihat- Cádiz won on penalties);
Real Madrid -
Betis (Van Nistelrooy pen, Raúl, Cannavaro / Dani 2, Edu pen - Betis won
19/08: 3/4 play-off: Villarreal 1 - Real Madrid 0 (Riquelme).
Final: Cádiz 2 - Betis 2 (Medina, Acuña / Edu, Joaquín
- Cádiz won on penalties). .
| 19 / 20 Aug
Play this tournament again in the summer.
Barcelona and Espanyol will enter directly at the semi-finals stage, with
Nàstic and Lleida entering in the 6th round (quarter finals), as
19/08: Quarter-finals: Balaguer 1 - Nástic 4 (Merino, Juan
20/08: Girona 1 - Lleida 1 (Nacho / Lanzarote). Lleida won
2-4 on penalties.
Dates and draw for semi-finals pending.
||Gamper tournament, FC Barcelona
edition of FC Barcelona's annual tournament took place as usual this summer.
German champions Bayern Munich were the team invited this time around.
Barcelona 4 - Bayern 0 (Ronaldinho, Eto'o 2, Saviola). Joan Laporte took his
seat again as president after being re-elected unopposed.
||XXVIII Santiago Bernabeu trophy
Belgium's Anderlecht were Real
Madrid's rivals this year for their annual presentation match. Madrid won 2-1
with 2 goals from Van Nistelrooy, with Siani getting one back for the visitors
|| European Supercup
All Spanish affair in Monaco this year,
with European champions Barcelona taking on UEFA cup winners Sevilla. Sevilla
ran out 0-3 winners with goals from Renato, Kanouté and Marseca (Pen).
See separate section for details.