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Highlight Fixtures For La Liga’s First Half

football stadiumLeague football is nearly underway for the 2014-15 campaign. Before the matches kick off this weekend, we thought we’d take a look ahead at La Liga‘s schedule and highlight a few matches you should try not to miss. Naturally, fanatic supporters will try to take in as much as they possibly can. However, if you’re only going to watch a few matches here and there, these are the best options for the first half of the season.

Real Madrid v. Cordoba – August 25

Want an early look at the winners of the 2014 Champions League complete with all their shiny new acquisitions? You might not get a better one than this opening week fixture with Cordoba, one of three clubs promoted to La Liga this season. Naturally, this is an extremely unbalanced pairing on paper, and it could be a chance to see Real Madrid rack up five goals or so at the Bernabeu. That said, however, some see Real Madrid as overreaching a tad. Michael Lintorn, a writer for Betfair, suggests that bringing in Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez might almost leave Carlo Ancelotti with too many talents to juggle in this article. Still—this is one to watch for the pure talent exhibition of Real Madrid.

Real Madrid v. Atletico Madrid – September 13

This one barely needs explaining. Any time two league rivals from the same city face off (in any league) it’s worth watching. When it’s the defending Champions League winners vs. the defending La Liga champs, it’s about as good a fixture as you could ask for. Rest assured, Real Madrid will be gunning for a win at the Bernabeu as they attempt to assert themselves early in the season. As for Atletico, this team will still be finding itself. As Inside Spanish Football noted in questioning whether the club can repeat its shocking La Liga win, this is basically an entirely new side following a wave of departures and a few new signings (chief among them Diego Costa replacement Mario Mandzukic).

Atletico Madrid v. Sevilla – September 27

This may not be the glossiest fixture on paper, but it could be crucial. Atletico Madrid may be reeling early from the loss of so many key players. Also, as Bleacher Report wrote, Sevilla returns with nearly the same team that just missed the top four in 2013-14. This match at Vicente Calderon Stadium is a great chance for Sevilla to make a strong early statement, and it should be a great contest.

Real Madrid v. Barcelona – October 25

Forget La Liga—this match is almost like a meeting of world all-star teams. We wrote back in July that we couldn’t wait for this matchup, and now it’s just two months away. While Barcelona and Real Madrid finished second and third last season, respectively, they should be the clear-cut class of La Liga this season. This will be the first visit to the Bernabeu for the unthinkably tantalizing Barcelona trio of Neymar, Messi and Luis Suarez. They’ll meet a Real Madrid core of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo that has been bolstered by the aforementioned additions of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos. This fixture is the stuff dreams are made of for league football fans.

Ultimately, this is only a small glimpse at some of the most noteworthy matches on La Liga’s schedule for the first half of the season. But from a first look at Real Madrid through the match of the year on October 25, these look like the highlights for La Liga supporters. That said, anything can happen. We may see another surprise contender like Atletico Madrid in 2013-14, and we may see one of the better club sides in a decade at either Barcelona or Real Madrid! Only time will tell—enjoy the season!

Tito Vilanova set to have surgery before starting chemotherapy

Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova is set to have surgery on Thursday as he attempts to fight off serious health problems once more.
Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova is set to have surgery on Thursday as he attempts to fight off serious health problems once more.

Barcelona have confirmed that head coach Tito Vilanova is set to undergo surgery on Thursday after the Portuguese tactician unfortunately suffered a recurrence of a cancerous tumor in a gland in his throat. Continue reading Tito Vilanova set to have surgery before starting chemotherapy

Deportivo La Coruna staring in the face of administration

The future looks ominous for Deportivo La Coruna and their impressive Riazor stadium as administration hangs over the club
The future looks ominous for Deportivo La Coruna and their impressive Riazor stadium as administration hangs over the club

Deportivo La Coruna are in danger of entering administration and they reveal that their financial struggles could see the administrators move in by the end of the month. Continue reading Deportivo La Coruna staring in the face of administration

Oguchi Onyewu saves Malaga from Eibar giant-killing

Oguchi Onyewu scored a dramatic late equaliser to ensure Malaga prevented a big upset in the Copa del Rey fifth round
Oguchi Onyewu scored a dramatic late equaliser to ensure Malaga prevented a big upset in the Copa del Rey fifth round

La Liga title contenders Malaga scored a last-gasp equaliser to save an embarrassing defeat to Eibar who play in the third tier of Spanish football as the teams drew 1-1 in their Copa del Rey first leg match-up.  Continue reading Oguchi Onyewu saves Malaga from Eibar giant-killing

Vilanova rubbishes Mourinho claims and insists title race isn’t over

Jose Mourinho thinks that Barcelona will win La Liga, but Tito Vilanova wants his players to remain focused on the coming fixtures.
Jose Mourinho thinks that Barcelona will win La Liga, but Tito Vilanova wants his players to remain focused on the coming fixtures.

Tito Vilanova has disagreed with Jose Mourinho and does not believe the La Liga title has already been decided, despite Barcelona’s nine-point lead over Atletico Madrid and 13-point lead over Real Madrid. Continue reading Vilanova rubbishes Mourinho claims and insists title race isn’t over

Messi, Xavi and Puyol sign new long-term deals at Barcelona

It will be all smiles and happy holidays for everyone at Barcelona as Lionel Messi, Xavi and Carles Puyol all sign new contract extensions with the club.
It will be all smiles and happy holidays for everyone at Barcelona as Lionel Messi, Xavi and Carles Puyol all sign new contract extensions with the club.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has signed a new contract that will keep him at the La Liga giants until 2018, with Xavi and Carles Puyol also reaching agreements to extend their current contracts. Continue reading Messi, Xavi and Puyol sign new long-term deals at Barcelona