The 2013-14 season of La Liga will begin the weekend of 17th and the 18th of August and will have three games during the week, as approved by the General Assembly this afternoon the Professional Football League (LFP) during the meeting developed in Granada .
The schedule discussed and approved by the LFP, which must be ratified shortly by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, marks the end of the next season for the May 18 due to the dispute just after World Brazil.
The scarcity of dates complicates the away encounters of the third week of La Liga’s next season, first with the participation of teams in the Primera Division, who have to play the 6, 7 and 8 December.
The matchdays during the week in the Primera Division have been set for the days of September 25, 30 October to 26 March.
The final of the Copa del Rey will be held on Saturday April 19, while the meetings of the Supercopa of Spain will be on 21 and 28 August.
La Liga Adelante will also start on 18 August, while ending on June 8, while qualifiers will be played between 11 and 22 June.
UEFA has published today its “Equipo Revelacion” for the 2012-2013 season of the Spanish League. Decided on by the European sports editorial body, the eleven consists of Andrés Fernández (Osasuna); Rukavina and Ebert (Valladolid), Varane (Real Madrid), and Illarramendi Iñigo Martínez (Real Sociedad), and Kondogbia Moreno (Sevilla), Koke and Diego Costa (Atlético) and Baptistão (Ray).
The team, which includes players who have burst onto the championship scene or have maintained significantly high performance, would be headed by Paco Jemez (Rayo), the best manager of the League. Vallecano’s whole season has not gone unnoticed and the style of play was great, even though they finished eighth in the table.
A new signing from Atletico Madrid is joined on the team by two of his new teammates: Koke and Diego Costa. The Madrid midfielder has completed a great course, with a good number of assists, while the Brazilian striker has played in an incredible state that has given many goals to Simeone, with even the top Cup scorer with eight goals , one of them in the final. Continue reading UEFA body releases their “Equipo Revelacion” for the season
Match fixing has become a wide spread epidemic throughout the football world, and recorded statements from Spanish league players, managers and presidents in the First and Second Divisions show that Spanish football isn’t exempt.
“I went to play against Levante and the coach, in the pre-match team talk, told us: ‘We’re going to play, to jump, to compete and to score. If we score a goal, they will equalise, and if they score a goal against us, we will equalise. If, in the 85th minute, the scores are level, we give up and that’s it’. We both needed a draw. We finished 0-0. In the talk, he told us not to fake it the whole way through the match. It was laughable”, an anonymous First Division player told MARCA. Continue reading Spanish League players, coaches, and presidents admit to match fixing
Spanish football has been enjoying an incredible run for some time. Teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona have shined on a global stage while sporting the world’s greatest players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to begin. Spain took the 2012 Euro Cup in dominating fashion, topping off a streak of major tournament championships including the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 Euros.
But despite all of this success, a glaring reality is now beginning to set in after the recent Champions League thrashings suffered by both Barcelona and Real Madrid. German football has showed that they may just be better.
Bayern Munich smashed Barca in the first leg 4-0 Continue reading Is German football better?
As widespread claims of match fixing have overtaken the football landscape, La Liga has found they haven’t been able to escape being linked with many of the accusations. While Spanish Football League president Javier Tebas downplayed the extent of fixing throughout the league, he offered his commitment to seeing it disappear.
“The problem affects a small minority – maybe 1% – but it is a cancer that needs to be eradicated,” Tebas said. “If it isn’t remedied immediately, it could spread and end up killing the sport. I will not rest [until it is dealt with].”
Deportivo president Augusto César Lendoir has told much of a different story, claiming rigging is a much bigger issue than is believed. “Almost all the final matches of past seasons have been rigged in one way or another. Past cases will come into the spotlight, which even the odd Comunidad Autónoma (Autonomous Region) president should be asked about.”
The LFP continues to investigate the alleged accusations.
Ruben Castro helped Real Betis get back in the win column Saturday, keeping their chances alive for a long shot at catching Real Sociedad in 4th place. On the other hand, Celta Vigo may be headed back to relegation just one year after a joyous return to the Primera Division.
Os Celestes came into Benito Villamarín hoping to turn around a loss to Atletico after scoring 7 points in the three matches prior. However, after Fransisco Chica drifted to the right and centered a beautiful cross, Ruben Castro ended those hopes with a beautiful finish in the lower left corner.
Real Betis has three matches remaining in the season, with a contest next Monday against Mallorca. Celta Vigo finishes the season with Valladolid and Espanyol.