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. (31.05.08)
| 5-11 Sep
Played this tournament again in the
summer. First semi-final at Palamós on 18/08, Nàstic 2 -Espanyol
2 (Oscar López, Rubio / Juanma, Zamora). pso 3-0 to Nàstic.
the second semi-final on 05/09 against Girona, who won through the previous
knock-out stages between Sabadell, L'Hospitalet, Girona and Premià. The
final was played on 11/09, the Catalan national day, in Palamos. Barça 1
(Víctor Vázquez) - Nàstic 2 (Pinilla, Maldonado). Winners
A couple of friendly matches were played
during the first international break. Details were as follows:
Zamora 0 - Atlético Madrid 0;
07/09: Vitoria Guimaraes 2 - Deportivo
2 (Taborda, P Alvarez pen). pso 5-3.
||XVIII Juan Acuña trophy, Coruña
Back to the
old format after last season's centenary special. Deportivo drew 1-1 with
Vitoria Guimaraes, Aythami equalising in the last minute after Miljan had
scored for the Portuguese side in the first half. Vitoria won 1-3 on the
penalty shoot out.
| 11/12 Oct
Several friendly matches were played
during the international break. Results were as follows:
Leganés 1 (Abraham) - Getafe 1 (Kepa)
11/10: Valladolid 1 (Alexis) -
Lille 2 (Debuchy, Tahlrovic);
11/10: Granada CF 1 (Israel) - Almería
1 (Ortíz (Pen));
12/10: Athletic Bilbao 0 - AC Milan 0;
Bordeaux 1 (Wendel) - Osasuna 2 (Cruchaga, Sola)
||XXIX Santiago Bernabeu trophy
Real Madrid were due to host this
tournament once again this summer against Sporting Lisbon, but the match was
postponed due to the death of Antonio Puerta. Finally played against Partizan
Belgrade in December, testominial to ex player Paco Gento. Won 2-0 with goals
from Baptista and Drenthe.
||Com. Murciana 1 - Ecuatorial Guinea 0
Cartagonova. As usual there was a
round of matches between Spanish regional sides and international opposition
during the festive season. The Regional Community of Murcia played their third
ever fixture against an Ecuatorial Guinea side which included several players
from La Liga, including Balboa, Benjamín and his brother Iván
Zarandona, Juvenal, Yago, Rondo and Epitié. Numancia striker
Toché got the only goal in the first minute.
Team: Juanmi, Leo, Zamora, Ángel
Robles, Óscar Sánchez; Valera, Pedro León, Mariano
Sánchez, Isaac; Mista, Toché. Also played: Antonio Robles,
Villanueva, Andrés, Juanma Iglesias, Nacho Jara, Álvaro, Meca,
||Andalusia 4 - Zambia 1
Xerez. Andalusia kept up their unbeaten
record with a comfortable 4-1 win over Zambia. Katongo put the African side
ahead, but an Arzu strike and a Barral penalty turned the scoreline around
before the break. Manu got a second penalty, and Paco Gallardo rounded things
off later on.
Team: Pinto; Mendoza, Mané, Melli, Abraham Paz; Arzu,
Jesús Vázquez, Jurado; Barral, Reyes, Manu Del Moral. Also
played: Luque, Abel, Bezares, Lolo, Alfaro, Pablo Gallardo, Paco Gallardo,
Manuel Ángel. Coach: Aldana.
||Galicia 1 - Cameroon 1
Balaidos, Vigo.Galicia's third match was
spoiled by a one hour delay and some crowd trouble. Fernando Vázquez was
in charge of the team, but couldn't count on Salgado, Barragán, Novo,
Couñago and others for various reasons. Barcelona pulled Eto'o out of
the Cameroon squad as a precaution, but Espanyol's Kameni was in the line up as
well as other well known names. Both goals came from penalties late on, Julio
Alvarez scoring for the locals and Rigobert Song replying for the visitors.
López; Jonathan Aspas, Rubén, Iago Bouzón, Roberto Lago;
Borja, Viqueira; Diego Castro, Julio Alvarez; Nano; Jonathan Pereira. Also
played: Roberto, Queco, Iago González, Iago Iglesias, Roberto
Trashorras, Piscu, Jonathan Vila.
||Extremadura 2 - Ecuatorial Guinea 0
Badajoz. Extremadura put out a
side for the first time this year, with several first division players in the
squad, including Valladolid's Víctor, Getafe's Cortés and
Murcia's Peña. Lleida's Luismi and Cádiz's Enrique got the goals,
with Cartagena's Juvenal replying for the African side.
Team: Cuéllar; David
Cortés, Peña, Juan Carlos, Cidoncha; Ito, Juanma, Torrecilla,
Sabino; Víctor, Luismi. Also played: Juanma, Ricardo Cavas, Fausto,
Perera, Pedro José, De Paula, Guzmán, Enrique.
||Canary Islands 2 - Angola 0
Las Palmas. The Canary Islands put out a
side for the first time in five years, also against an Africa team. Valencia's
Silva and Villarreal's Angel were the biggest names, with Deportivo's
Valerón (still recovering from a long injury) in the stands.
Adrián Martín and Jorge got the goals either side of half time.
Team: Ione Puga;
Ángel, David García, Alexis Suárez, Juanma; Adrián
Martín, Nauzet Alemán, David Silva, Jonathan Sesma; Cristo,
Braulio. Also played: Ricardo, Javi Ortega, Pablo Sicilia, Aythami, Carmelo,
Ayoze, Jorge, Rubén Castro, Pedro Vega, Ione Jiménez, Momo,
||Euskadi 1 - Catalonia 1
Bilbao. Once again the Basque regional side played Catalonia, a
repeat of the match which took place in the Nou Camp some 14 months ago which
ended 2-2. Bojan ran on to Coro's pass to open the scoring in the first half,
but Mendieta and Gabilondo combined to set up Aduriz for the equaliser after
the break. The bad news was a serious injury to Barça keeper Jorquera,
who will be out for the rest of the season.
Euskal Herria: Lafuente (Riesgo 46'); Iraola
(López Rekarte 46'), Labaka, Amorebieta (Mikel González 46'), Del
Horno (Urzelai 76'); Xabi Prieto (Mendieta 60'), Orbaiz (Puñal 46'),
Aranburu, Yeste (Gabilondo 46'); Etxeberria (Aduriz 42'), Fernando Llorente
(Joseba Llorente 46').
Coaches: Iribar and Etxarri.
(Morales 14'); Bruno, Belenguer (Tortolero 46'), Puyol (Carlos García
46'), David García (Chica 46'); Sergio, Xavi (Angel Martínez
65'), Verdú; Corominas (Soler 81'), Sergio García (Marc Crosas
74'), Bojan (Pinilla 60').
Las Palmas beat Roseborg in the final of this winter trophy,
which takes place each year in the Canary Isles. The match finished 2-2
(Viyuela, Yuri / Kone (2)), but the Spanish side won 4-1 in the penalty shoot
out. Las Palmas beat Kaiserslauten 2-0 in the semi-final (Ruyman, Castellanos),
and Rosenborg won by the same score against Helsingborg (Troaré,
||Costa del Sol trophy
Trophy postponed from August due to bad state of pitch.
Málaga played Borussia Dortmund instead of Betis, with the game taking
place in their Rosaleda stadium. Match ended 0-1 in favour of the German side,
with Petric getting the only goal in the first minute.
||Almería v Bayern Munich
Bayern took advantage of winter training
in Marbella to organize a friendly game which was pending for loan of Julio Dos
Santos. However the clubs couldn't agree on a kick off time, and the fixture
was cancelled! A match between Granada 74 and Borussia Moenchengladbach was
also postponed as the pitch in Motril was not in good condition.
||Tenerife 0 - Munich 1860 1
Another friendly game against a German side who are training in
the Canary Isles during the winter break. Holebas got the only goal.
||Elche 2 - South Korea 2
La Manga. Warm up match for Korea for the
Olympic qualifiers later this year. Drew 2-2, goals from José Vega and
Centurión for the Spanish side.
||Espanyol 1 - Swansea 1
Friendly organised against Roberto Martínez's team.
Valverde gave a run out to his reserve players against the Welsh side. Ewerthon
scored for the locals, with McDonald replying for the visitors.
||Al Nasr 4 - Real Madrid 1
Flew to Saudi Arabia for a post-season friendly. Robben put
Madrid ahead soon after the restart in front of a 70,000 crowd, but between
changes and the intense heat they lost 4-1. Moath (2), Akram and Kreri scored
for the hosts.
Celta beat Deportivo La Coruña in a penalty shoot out
to take the Galician Cup this year. The game ended goal-less, but keeper Luis
García saved Filipe's spot kick to give the Vigo based side a 6-5
||Europa centenary match
Europa 1 (Delmás) - Espanyol 4 (Luis García,
Ewerthon, Pedraza 2). La Liga founder club Europa, currently in the regional
third division, celebrated their centenary with a friendly against city
||Catalonia 0 - Argentina 1
Post season friendly in Nou Camp. Messi, Agüero,
Higuaín et al in Argentina side. Lavezzi got the only goal.