Pre-season Fixtures 2008/2009

As usual there will be an intensive programme of pre-season matches, this year starting early July and going on to the end of August, when the league season begins again. We set out below the most important games involving La Liga clubs, and will be publishing regular updates when more information is known. NB. Games completed in red, pending in blue, changes since our last report highlighted in bold. See also friendly fixtures section for matches which took place during the league season. (28.08.08)

10 Jul - 6 Aug Deportivo summer programme
Deportivo La Coruña are Spain's representative in the Intertoto Cup this season, and are therefore the first team to return from the summer break. Warm up games in Denmark against second division side Amager 10/07, W 0-4 (Laure, Verdú, Juan Rodríguez, Valerón) and first division club Brondby on 12/07, D 1-1 (Lafita), before Intertoto - see below.
They then embark on a brief tour of Venezuela, with games against Minerven in Puerto Ordaz 31/07, W 0-1 (Bodipo), Maritimo in Caracas 03/08, W 0-2 (Riki, Juan Rodríguez) and Deportivo Táchira in San Cristobal 06/08, L 4-2 (Pablo Alvarez, Bravo pen), before returning to play in the UEFA Cup qualifying round and to host the Teresa Herrera trophy - see below.
13 Jul - 5 Aug Atlético Madrid summer programme
Aguirre took his side on a tour of his native Mexico in the last fortnight of July. Played four games against Puebla 13/07, L 1-0 (González), Cruz Azul 16/07, L 1-0 (Andrade), Tigres Monterrey 19/07, D 2-2 (Blas Pérez, Viniegra / Heitinga, Forlán) and Toluca 23/07, D 1-1 (Ponce / Luis García).
Returned to Spain to play Alcalá in their Cervantes Trophy, W 0-4 (Costa, Santana, Heitinga, Ujfalusi). Invited to take part in Rayo Vallecano's presentation match on 05/08, W 2-4 (Piti, Aganzo / Sinama, Maxi 2, Camacho). Play Champions League qualifier and Deportivo's Teresa Herrero trophy later on in August (see below).
14 - 26 Jul Under 19 European Championship
Spain's under 19 side were defending their title again this summer in the Czech Republic. Group games 14/07. Germany, L 1-2; 17/07. Hungary, L 0-1; 20/07. Bulgaria, W 4-0. Spain eliminated. See separate section for details.
18 Jul - 22 Aug Mallorca summer programme
Going to Kossen in Austria for early training, with games against Rosenheim 18/07, W 0-8 (Castro 2, Trejo, Víctor, Keita, Varela 2, Arango), Swarovski Wattens 20/07, W 1-4 (Jurado, Arango 2, Víctor), Feyenoord 22/07, W 0-2 (Arango 2) and Wolfsburg 25/07, L 1-0.
Hosted "Summer Cup" in Palma together with Newcastle, Hamburg and Hertha Berlin from 1-3 Aug.
Games as follows: 01/08: Mallorca 4 - Hannover 2 (Keita, Jurado pen, Trejo, Arango); Newcastle 0 - Hertha 1;
03/08: Mallorca 1 - Newcastle 0 (Mario Suárez); Hannover 3 - Hertha 1. Winners: Mallorca.

Visit West Bromwich Albion on 09/08, D 1-1 (Bernard / Webó), and host Ciudad de Palma trophy against PSV Eindhoven on 14/08, D 1-1 (Varela / Mario og), lost 3-5 pso. Also invited to take part in Castellón's presentation match on 17/08, W 1-3 (Uranga / Keita, Mario, Trejo), and ended pre-season at Girona 22/08 (Costa Brava trophy), D 1-1 (Jito / David Navarro)., w4-5 pso.
18 Jul - 23 Aug Athletic Bilbao summer programme
Caparrós took squad to Ayamonte in his native Andalusia from 10 to 21 July. Play local sides San Roque de Lepe on 18/07, W 0-7 (Etxeberría 3, Susaeta, Yeste, Llorente, Murillo) and Ayamonte on 19/07, W 1-2 (Gabilondo, Aduríz). Then on to play two games in tournament in Morocco, against FAR Rabat 22/07, D 1-1 (Llorente), won 1-4 on penalties, and Udinese in the final in Casablanca 25/07, W 0-3 (Susaeta, Gurpegui, Aduríz).
Friendly at Lemona 30/07, W 0-1 (Orbaiz), then on for friendlies in England against Charlton 02/08, W 0-1 (Etxeberría) and Colchester 04/08, W 1-2 (Vernon / Aduriz, David López). Come back to Spain to take part in Recre's Colombino trophy (see below for details), then play Tenerife on 10/08 in Teide trophy (also see below), then Eibar in Zarautz on 12/08, L 2-0 (Germán, Peña), and have matches away at Conquense 21/08 , D 1-1 (Llorente) , L 6-5 pso, and Valladolid 23/08, L 5-2 (Kike, Vivar dorado 3, Baraja pen / Llorente, Yeste). Also took part in Cádiz's Caranza trophy, and will play Aluvión de Cascante in Bilbao on 03/09, after the season has started.
19 and 26 Jul Intertoto third round
Deportivo La Coruña are Spain's representative in the competition this season. Opponents will be Bnei Sakhnin (Israel) after they beat Renova (Macedonia) in the previous round. First leg away, W 1-2 (Lafita, Riki), then back to the Riazor for the second leg, W 1-0 (Valerón) . See separate section for more.
19 Jul - 12 Aug Espanyol summer programme
As usual, pre-season training locally at Perelada from 14 to 25 July, where they played Perelada themselves on 19/07, W 0-5 (De la Peña, Luis García, Valdo, Rufete, Jonathan) and then met Swansea on 25/07 in the First International "Gamba de Palamós" trophy, W 4-0 (Tamudo, Jonathan, Riera 2).
Then on to England to play Manchester United in Solksjaer testimonial on 02/08, L 1-0 (Campbell), Portugal to play Academica Coimbra on 07/08, D 1-1 (Callejón) and Os Belenenses on 09/08, W 0-2 (Rufete, Tamudo), and Holland with the following fixtures: 12/08. Volendam, D 2-2 (Jonathan, Callejón), 15/08. Willem II, D 0-0, 17/08. De Graafschap, L 3-1 (Jonathan), 19/08. Nimega, D 1-1 (Moisés). Hosted Ciudad de Barcelona trophy on 24/08 against Udinese, W 1-0 (Ramón Martínez).
19 Jul - 22 Aug Villarreal summer programme
Start with warm up games against local sides, Navaleta 19/07, W 0-12 (Franco 3, Edmilson, Llorente, Rubén 2, Jordi Pablo, Cristóbal 2, Matilla, Omar), Vilamalla 23/07, W 0-10 (Franco, Gonzalo 2, Edmilson, Pires, Cristóbal 2, Rubén, Joan Tomás 2) and Reus 25/07, D 1-1 (Joan Tomás). Arranged friendly against Liverpool 30/07 to present new squad to fans. Part of agreement which took Reina to Anfield. D 0-0. Took part in Ciudad de Teruel trophy against Zaragoza 0n 02/08, W 2-1 (Godín, Llorente / Milito), then visit West Ham United on 09/08, D 1-1 (Cole / Cazorla). Played at home against Valladolid on 19/08, L 1-5 (Kiko / Kike, Mendunjanin 2, Rueda, Víctor pen) and hosted Ceramica Trophy on 22/08 against Udinese, L 0-1 (Quagliarella).
19 Jul - 23 Aug Sevilla summer programme
Early training close to home, with fixtures at San Fernando 19/07, W 0-4 (Luis Fabiano, Chevantón (2), Capel), Conil 24/07, W 0-9 (Romaric, Chevantón 3, Koné, Navas, Squillaci, Luis Fabiano 2) and Rota 25/07, W 0-3 (Kanouté, Duda, Chevantón).
Took part in Lokomotiv Moscow's Railways Cup, where they joined the hosts, Chelsea and AC Milan. First game v Milan on 01/08, W 0-1 (Gattuso og), then final against Lokomotiv on 03/08, where they won 0-3 (Romaric, Koné, Chevantón) to take the trophy.
Afterwards on to Ajax's Amsterdam tournament, where they played Inter Milan 08/08, D 0-0, and Arsenal 09/08, D 1-1 (Vela / Chevantón). Sevilla finished third behind Arsenal and Inter, with hosts Ajax fourth.
Played in Cádiz's Carranza trophy (see below), and announced they are creating the Antonio Puerta trophy in memory of the player who died last year. Match took place 23/08 against Málaga, W 2-0 (Luis Fabiano pen, Renato).
19 Jul - 23 Aug Recreativo summer programme
Local training, with matches against regional sides Cartaya 19/07, W 0-4 (Vázquez, Joselito, Guerrero, Poli), Olhaenense 26/07, D 0-0, Linense 31/07 , W 0-1 (Joselito) and Algeciras 01/08, W 0-2 (Juan, Chechu). Hosted Colombino trophy (see separate note), and then played in Nerja against Motril 14/08, W 1-4 (Sisi pen, Joselito, Alexis, Javi Guerrero) and Málaga 15/08, D 1-1 (Duda / Rubén), lost 3-4 pso. Last pre-season game against Córdoba (a) 23/08, W 1-2 (Casas / Javi Guerrero 2).
22 Jul - 23 Aug Valladolid summer programme
Start off with games against regional sides Iscar 22/07, W 1-3 (Ogbeche, Quique 2), then Zamora 25/07, W 2-0 (Escudero pen, Canobbio). Tour Holland and Belgium, with game arranged against Zwolle 01/08, D 0-0, Mouscron 03/08, D 0-0, Gante 06/08, W 1-2 (Suler og, Kike), Circulo Brugge 09/08, D 0-0, and Den Haag 10/08, W 0-3 (Kike 3). Return to play Tenerife in Puma Trophy in Medina del Campo on 14/08, W 2-0 (Sesma, Goitom), Sporting Gijón 16/08, D 2-2 (Barral 2 / Goitom, Sesma), then played Villarreal away on 19/08, W 1-5 (Kiko / Kike, Mendunjanin 2, Rueda, Víctor pen). Athletic Bilbao were invited to take part in Trofeo Ciudad de Valladolid presentation match on 23/08, W 5-2 (Kike, Vivar dorado 3, Baraja pen / Llorente, Yeste).
23 Jul - 23 Aug Betis summer programme
Training locallly to start with, playing regional sides Sanluqueña 23/07, W 0-3 (Xisco, José Marí, Edu), Chipiona 26/07, W 0-9 (Melli, Edu, Caffa, José Marí 2, Segura, Xisco, Rodri 2), Roteña 30/07, W 0-5 (José Mari, Pavone 3, Emana), and Coria 02/08, W 1-3 (Xisco, Babic, Edu). Took part in Málaga's Costa del Sol trophy against the hosts on 09/08, see below, then on to Elche's Festa d'Elxe trophy on 16/08, W 0-3 (Mark González, Pavone, Caffa). Invited to Almería presentation match on 23/08, L 3-1 (Juanma Ortíz, Negredo pen, Piatti / Babic).
24 Jul Hércules v Tottenham Hotspur
Alicante based side set up a match with Juande Ramos's team in the Rico Pérez stadium on 24 July. Drew 1-1 (Addison / Bent).
24 Jul - 6 Aug Barcelona summer programme
Once again Barcelona are off on their travels in the summer. Start pre-season training in Saint Andrews, Scotland from 21-26 July, with a couple of friendlies against Hibs 24/07, W 0-6 (Gudjohnsen 2, Messi, Pedrito, Bojan, Touré Yaya) and Dundee United 26/07, W 1-5 (Henry, Messi 3, Eto'o). Then off to Italy to play Fiorentina on 30/07, W 1-3 (Puyol, Jeffren, Bojan), and on to USA to play Chivas Guadalajara in Chicago on 03/08, W 2-5 (Padilla, Hernández / Xavi, Hleb, Eto'o 2, Cáceres) and New York Red Bulls 06/08, W 2-6 (Xavi, Eto'o 2, Márquez, Jeffren, Pedro). Return afterwards to prepare Champions League qualifier and their own Gamper tournament - see below for details.
24 Jul - 21 Aug Murcia summer programme
Start centenary year in second division, with pre-season training in Galicia. Play Pontevedra 24/07, W 0-2 (Sikora, Montoro), and Racing Ferrol 30/07, W 0-1 (Despotovic). Then went to Cartagena 10/08, D 1-1 (Mejía), lost 4-3 pso, before presentation match at home against Ajax 16/08, W 2-1 (Despotovich, Dialiba). Ended pre-season at Écija on 20/08, L 2-1 (Guerreiro).
25 Jul - 19 Aug Racing Santander summer programme
From 21 Jul staying at Bad Kreuznach, near Frankfurt. Games against Mainz 25/07, D 2-2 (Bedia, Munitis), Mannheim 30/07, W 0-3 (Pereira 2, Juanjo) and Homburg 01/08, W 2-3 (Munitis, Pereira 2). Visited Olympiacos 06/08, W 2-3 (Pereira, Leonardo og, Smolarek), then to Osasuna on 16/08, L 2-1 (Ezquerro, Roversio / Cristian), and Eibar 19/08, D 1-1, L 3-1 pso (Canales / Peña). Played at Xerez in Vendimia trophy, 23/08, W 1-2 (Antoñito / Serrano, Pereira), and San Fernando 24/08, W 1-2 (Juanjo, Edu pen). Also trying to set up presentation match against Sevilla or Real Madrid.
25 Jul - 23 Aug Zaragoza summer programme
Life goes on despite drop to second division. Friendlies away from home against Mirandés 25/07, W 0-2 (Ewerthon, Milito), Villarreal in Teruel 02/08, L 2-1 (Godín, Llorente / Milito), Pontevedra in Villalba 05/08, W 2-3 (Oliveira, Braulio, Ripa), Racing Ferrol 07/08 (Concepción Arenal tournament), W 2-3 (Oliveira, Sergio García, Goni), Sporting Gijón in Ferrol 09/08, W 2-0 (Milito, Hidalgo), Alavés 16/08, L 3-2 (Reguero, Albacar, Moral pen / Ewerthon, Oliveira pen), Tauste 19/08, W 0-7 (Braulio 2, Oliveira, Ewerthon 3, Milito), and Numancia 23/08, L 1-0.
26 Jul - 12 Aug Valencia summer programme
Training in Ermelo, Holland, with games against Bochum 26/07, W 0-1 (Edu), and Borussia Moenchengladbach on 02/08, L 4-2 (Zigic, Mata). Played a friendly against Newcastle in Saint James Park on 09/08, L 2-1 (Duff, Milner / Joaquín). Hosted 37th Trofeo Naranja against Vitesse on 12/08, W 3-1 (Miguel, Silva 2), and then face Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercup - see below.
26 Jul - 23 Aug Getafe summer programme
Local training in July, with opening match against Gimnastica Segoviana on 26/07, W 0-5 (Manu, Uche, Juanfran, Cortés, Kas). Then travel around Europe, ending up in Holland for a week or so. Games against Olympiacos 31/07, L 1-0, Nuremburg 02/08, D 0-0, Lierse 07/08, W 0-3 (Contra pen, Granero, Celestini), Vitesse 09/08, W 0-2 (Uche, Manu), and Ciujk 10/08, W 0-8 (Albín 4, Polanski, Celestini 2, Manu). Return to Spain afterwards to play Villarrobledo (a) 15/08, W 0-1 (Uche), Rayo Vallecano (a) 18/08, D 1-1 (Piti / Casquero), and Salamanca (a) 20/08, W 1-2 (Azkorra / Celestini, Mario). Presentation against Volendam 23/08, W 3-0 (Gavilán, Manu, Contra).
26 Jul - 23 Aug Celta summer programme
Opening friendly against Galician regional side Portonovo 26/07, W 0-4 (Aitor 2, Trashorras, Maric). Then off to Melgaço in Portugal to play Valdevez 31/07, W 0-1 (David Rodríguez), Riberao 05/08, W 2-4 (Ghilas 2, David Rodríguez, Maric) and Maritimo 10/08, D 1-1 (Rosada), won 4-5 on pso. Hosted the Quinoco Memorial against Numancia 15/08, D 0-0, won 5-4 pso. Played Zamora on 19/08, W 0-3 (Danilo, Gonzalo og, Trashorras), and celebrated the 38th Celta de Vigo trophy against Sparta Rotterdam on 23/08, W 4-2 (David Rodríguez 3, Ghilas).
27 Jul - 12 Aug Real Madrid summer programme
Pre-season training as usual in Irdning, Austria, where they play LASK Linz on 27/07, W 2-3 (Baptista, Raúl, Saviola).
Off to London where they took part in the Emirates Cup together with hosts Arsenal, Juventus and Hamburg on 2/3 August. Madrid played Hamburg 02/08, W 2-1 (Van Nistelrooy, Parejo) and Arsenal 03/08, L 1-0 (Adebayor pen). Hamburg won the trophy after a 3-0 win over Juventus, who themselves beat Arsenal 0-1 in their first game. The bad news was a serious injury to Sneijder, who will be out for 3 months.
Whistle stop flight to Colombia to play Independiente de Santa Fé on 07/08, W 1-2 (Van der Vaart, Pepe), then back to Europe to face Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany on 12/08, D 1-1 (Robinho). Then play two-leg Spanish Super Cup against Valencia, and their own Bernabeu tournament (see below for details).
26 Jul - 23 Aug Numancia summer programme
Sergio Kresic's side began with games against lower division teams, Norma 26/07, W 0-2 (Boris, Jaio, Del Pino). Guadalajara 31/07, W 0-1 (Toché), Mirandes 04/08, L 1-0, Rayo Vallecano 09/08, W 1-0 (Boris), and Alavés 10/08 in the "Pradejón "Mushroom Trophy!?!", D 0-0, won on penalties. Played Celta away on 15/08, D 0-0, and Real Sociedad in Ágreda on 17/08, D 1-1 (Platero / Estrada). Met Osasuna away on 20/08, D 0-0, and played Zaragoza at home on 23/08, W 1-0 (Boris).
30 Jul - 24 Aug Sporting Gijón summer programme
Local training for newly promoted side from 23 Jul, with games at Barakaldo 30/07, L 2-1 (Omar), Marino Luanco 02/08, D 0-0, Ponferradina 06/08, D 1-1 (Neru), Zaragoza in Ferrol 09/08, L 2-0, Pontevedra 13/08, W 0-2 (Barral 2, 1 pen), and Valladolid 16/08 (XI Ramón Losada trophy), D 2-2 (Barral 2 / Goitom, Sesma), won 5-3 pso. Took part in Deportivo's Teresa Herrera tournament (see below), then presentation game in Villa de Gijón trophy against AC Milan on 24/08, W 2-0 (Barral, Bilic).
31 Jul - 23 Aug Osasuna summer programme
First match against Real Unión 31/07, D 1-1 (Rúper), then Real Sociedad in Lerín on 02/08, L 1-0 (Díaz de Cerio), and Barakaldo on 05/08, W 0-3 (Sola 2, Portillo). Visiting England again from 7-9 Aug, where they have games against new premier league sides Stoke 08/08, D 2-2 (Shawcross, Delap / Pandiani, Nekounam) and Hull 09/08, W 0-1 (Ezquerro). Returned to Spain to play newly promoted Huesca on 14/08, L 1-0 (Borrego). On 16/08 they hosted Racing Santander, W 2-1 (Ezquerro, Roversio / Cristian), then went to Tafalla to play another promoted side Numancia on 20/08, D 0-0. Presentation match 23/08 against Vitesse, W 4-0 (v.d. Struijk og, Plasil, Font, Portillo).
1 - 24 Aug Málaga summer programme
Local training to begin with, first fixture vs Marbella on 01/08, W 1-3, Lolo 2, Salva). Played in Recreativo's Colombino trophy on 05/08 and 06/08 (see below), then hosted Costa del Sol trophy against Betis on 09/08, W 2-1 (Cheli, Rivas og / Emana). Met Recreativo again at Nerja on 15/08, D 1-1 (Duda / Rubén), won 4-3 pso, and beat Sevilla Atlético 1-0 on 16/08 (Salva). Game scheduled at Las Palmas 21/08 called off out of respect for victims of Madrid air crash. Played at Sevilla in Antonio Puerta memorial game 23/08, L 2-0.
2 - 23 Aug Almería summer programme
Spent late July in a hotel near Alicante, and played Cartagena on 02/08 (a), D 1-1 (Negredo). Holland from 12-18 Aug, with games against Sparta Rotterdam 13/08, D 2-2 (Nieto, Piatti), Twente 16/08, W 0-1 (Natalio), and Roda 17/08, W 1-2 (Negredo, Acasiete). Returned to Spain for presentation match vs Betis on 23/08, W 3-1 (Juanma Ortíz, Negredo pen, Piatti / Babic), and finished off with visit to Lorca 24/08, W 1-2 (Carlos García, Crusat).
2 - 24 Aug Real Sociedad summer programme
Local training, then first game against Osasuna in Lerín on 02/08, W 1-0 (Díaz de Cerio). Play regional rivals Lagun Onak in Azpeitia on 05/08, W 0-2 (Albistegi, Díaz de Cerio), Real Unión in Irún on 07/08, W 2-3 (Sergio, Prieto 2), Amurrio 09/08, W 0-2 (Prieto, Gerardo), and Mirandés 14/08, W 1-2 (Prieto, Agirretxe). Went to Numancia on 16/08, D 1-1 (Platero / Estrada), then trip to Holland to play Heerenveen 22/08, L 3-1 (Sio) and Ado Den Haag 24/08, W 0-2 (Díaz de Cerio 2).
3 - 14 Aug Tenerife's XXXVIII Teide Trophy et al
Tenerife have opening games in the island of La Palma against regional side Tijarafe in Barlovento on 03/08, D 0-0, and against Mensajero in the final of the Santa Cruz de La Palma tournament on 05/08, W 0-6 (Nino 4, Alfaro, Cristo). The Canary Islanders hosted the Teide Trophy again, playing Athletic Bilbao on 10/08 in La Orotava, W 3-1 (Nino 2, Oscar Pérez / Muñoz). After Teide they went on to play Valladolid in the Puma Cup on 14/08 at Medina del Campo, L 2-0, and then Universidad Las Palmas in La Laguna, W 3-2 (Richi, Cristo, Ricardo). Took part in Manuel Velazquez Memorial tournament against Fuerteventura on 20/8, W 0-2 (Richi, Alfaro), and finished off with presentation match against Dutch side Roda on 23/08, W 3-0 (Nino, Juanma, Luna).
5 - 7 Aug Colombino trophy, Huelva
Recreativo hosting 44th edition of major summer competition. Three way this year, with Málaga and Athletic Bilbao invited.
05/08. Recre 2 - Málaga 1 (Arnau og, Colunga / Apoño);
06/08. Athletic 3 - Málaga 1 (Ion Vélez 2, Iraola / Lolo);
07/08. Recre 2 - Athletic 1 (Ersen, Camuñas pen / Gurpegui).
Winners: Recreativo.
6 - 23 Aug Olympic Games soccer tournament
The biggest sporting event of the summer was of course the Olympic Games in China. Unfortunately former champions Spain failed to qualify for the football finals this time around, although several players from La Liga took part in the competition. Argentina beat Nigeria in the final, with Messi, Agüero, Gago, Garay, Zabaleta, Ustari (who picked up a serious injury), Fazio, Acosta, Marco Rubén and Banega in a squad captained by Riquelme.
13 and 27 Aug Champions' League third qualifying round
Barcelona and Atlético Madrid enter the competition at this stage. Barça play Poland's Wisla Krakow, who beat Beitar Jerusalem in their previous round tie, starting at home. Atlético have been drawn against Germany's Schalke 04, with the first leg away.
First leg results:
Schalke 1 - Atlético 0; Barcelona 4 - Wisla 0.
Second leg results:
Wisla 1 - Barcelona 0; Atlético 4, Schalke 0.
See separate section for details.
14 - 16 Aug Ramón de Carranza trophy, Cádiz
Cádiz once again hosted this prestigious trophy, which this year celebrated it's 54th edition. Club are involved in legal battle to overturn relegation to 2B, but even so they invited Villarreal, Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao. Results as follows:
14/08. Cádiz 2 - Athletic Bilbao 0 (Rubiato, Acuña);
15/08. Sevilla 2 - Villarreal 0 (Luis Fabiano 2);
16/08. 3/4 play-off: Athletic Bilbao 1 - Villarreal 0 (Iraola);
16/08. Final: Cádiz 0 - Sevilla 3 (Chevantón 2, Adriano).
Winners: Sevilla.
14 and 28 Aug UEFA Cup qualifying round
Deportivo won through their Intertoto Cup tie, and have to play in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup before reaching the first round proper of the competition. Rivals are Croatia's Hajduk Split, with the first leg at home. D 0-0.
See separate section for details.
15 Aug Nàstic v Vitesse
Nàstic played local opposition at the beginning of August, and play their presentation match on 15th. Rivals were Dutch side Vitesse, who they beat 3-1 (Lolo, Moisés, Calle).
16 Aug Gamper tournament, FC Barcelona
43rd edition of FC Barcelona's annual tournament took place a couple of weeks earlier than normal due to the club's participation in the qualifying round of the Champions League. Won 2-1 against Argentina's Boca Juniors, Puyol and Eto'o getting late goals to overturn Viatri's opener.
17 - 19 Aug Teresa Herrera trophy, La Coruña
63rd edition of the tournament was scheduled again this summer, with Deportivo joined by Atlético Madrid, Sporting Gijón and Mexico's Cruz Azul. Results as follows:
17/08. Deportivo 2 - Cruz Azul 1 (Juanan, Sergio pen / Vigneri);
18/08. Atlético 3 - Sporting 3, 7-6 pso (Maniche, Luis García, Costa / Gerard, Barral 2, 1 pen);
19/08. 3/4 play off: Cruz Azul 2 - Sporting 2, 5-4 pso (Villaluz, Vigneri / Carmelo, Jorge);
19/08: Final: Deportivo 2 - Atlético 1 (Sergio 2, 1 pen / De Abreu).
Winners: Deportivo.
17 and 24 Aug Spanish Supercup
Two leg fixture between league champions Real Madrid and cup winners Valencia. First leg 17/08 in Mestalla stadium:
Valencia 3 (Mata, Villa, Vicente) - Madrid 2 (Van Nistelrooy 2).
Return 24/08 at the Bernabeu:
Madrid 4 (v.Nistelrooy, Ramos, De la Red, Higuaín) - Valencia 2 (Silva, Morientes).
Winners Real Madrid. See separate section for details.
20 Aug Spain under 21 match
Spain's under 21 side visited Russia for an important European qualifier on 20/08. W 1-2 (Xisco, Jurado). With two games to go, the youngsters top their group, now six points ahead of the East Europeans. See separate section for more details.
20 Aug Spain friendly match
Spain played Denmark in Copenhagen in a pre-season warm up prior to the World Cup qualifiers next month. Won 0-3 (Xabi Alonso 2, Xavi). See separate section for more details.
27 Aug XXX Santiago Bernabeu trophy
Real Madrid hosted this tournament once again. Played Sporting Lisbon a few days before start of season, W 5-3 (Higuaín 2, Robben, Raúl pen, Polga og / Izmailov, Yannick, Veloso). All Madrid's goals came in the first half.
9 Sep Catalonia Cup
Play this tournament again in the summer. Regional division sides play two rounds in May/June, and then continue from 10 August. Barcelona and Espanyol enter at the semi-final stage. Nàstic beat Barça in last season's final.
Semi finals will take place 09/09 in Sant Carles de la Ràpita. See "Friendliy matches" section for details.
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