Pre-season fixtures

La Liga took on the Premier League this weekend, with no less than five Spanish sides facing up against English opposition. Sevilla drew 1-1 with Arsenal in the Amsterdam Tournament, and honours were also shared between West Ham United and Villarreal, and between West Bromwich Albion and Mallorca. Osasuna played two games in just over 24 hours, drawing 2-2 at Stoke City and beating Hull City 0-1, and Valencia lost 2-1 to Newcastle in the last minute.

Real Madrid though preferred to warm up for the upcoming Spanish Supercup against the Ches travelling to Germany, drawing 1-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt in a match in memory of that epic 1960 European Cup Final which finished 7-3 to Madrid. Puskas got four and Di Stefano three in that match, but this time the result was a discreet 1-1 draw, with Robinho getting the only goal for Bernd Schuster's side. (12.08.08)