|Copa del Rey||Third round||16-21 Jan|
|Spanish Super Cup final||Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao||17 Jan|
|First division||Day 19||19-21 Jan|
|Champions League||Round of 16||16/17 Feb|
|Europa League||Round of 32||18 Feb|
It is hard to work up any enthusiasm about football when our freedom and our very way of life are under threat. Spain’s government has imposed the most draconian restrictions in Europe in response to the pandemic, yet the country still has one of the highest reported Covid-19 death rates in the World, leading to the conclusion that the measures themselves are more responsible for the deaths than the disease itself.
Now it is reporting the highest number of new cases in the region, based on grossly over-amplified tests, of which almost 90% are “asymptomatic” (i.e. false positives). This is being used to justify further lockdowns and the obligatory wearing of useless and harmful masks (not to mention untested and dangerous vaccines), which will undoubtedly kill off what is left of the Spanish economy and produce more deaths through respiratory problems, untreated serious illnesses, suicides etc., all of which will, of course, be counted as Covid deaths. And so it goes on…
Many people are questioning this, but anyone who tries to go against the diktat is being brutally censored by the State and a controlled mainstream media, brave doctors and journalists who put forward sensible, alternative views are being struck-off or fired, protests are being squashed, and police are arresting and imposing harsh sanctions on anyone who dares to step out of line, accusing them of “crimes against humanity” by daring to step out onto the street unmuzzled, or even smoking a cigarette in the open air.
Meanwhile the general public are being frightened out of their wits by relentless scare messages, false and greatly distorted figures and just plain lies, and children (who are more likely to be killed by a lightning bolt than by C-19) are being completely traumatised by social distancing and other measures which make them believe that they will be responsible for killing their grandparents if they go near them. Such is the “New Normal” in Spain.
Soccer-Spain is just one of the tens of thousands of businesses in Spain which have been badly hit by all of this, but we will be keeping our site going on a minimalist basis (results, tables etc.), if only to try and shed a bit of light on what is going on, and to raise questions about things that don’t make sense. Why, for example are restrictions being extended in Spain when almost all those tested positive are either asymptomatic or just have mild flu symptoms (including many footballers, celebrities, politicians etc.), and death rates are now below rates for flu or traffic accidents, why can people go to a bullfight but not to a football match, why are newspapers safe but not menus and bank notes, and much more.
Our twitter link in particular will be retweeting stories and links to alternative sites in both English and Spanish (as long as we can) so you can find out for yourself information that you won’t see in the mainstream media. Some of you of course will not agree with us, but all we are asking is that you question what you are being told, look at alternative facts with an open mind, and decide for yourself. We all want things to return to normal, to see our kids smile, to shake hands with our friends and to go and see our favourite team in the flesh and not in instant replays, but if we don’t push back that is not going to happen for a long time to come.
Spain qualified for the finals, together with Belgium, France and Italy. (18.11.20)
Day 6: Spain 6 - Germany 0
Day 5: Switzerland 1 - Spain 1
Day 4: Ukraine 1 - Spain 0
Day 3: Spain 1 - Switzerland 0
The new season belatedly started with the latest edition of the European Nations League. Spain have been paired with Germany, Ukraine and Switzerland in group A4, and they got off to a good start with a 1-1 draw at Germany and 4-0 victory over Ukraine which takes them to the top of their table. Luis Enrique was finally back in charge in Stuttgart after his long lay-off for personal reasons, but a strike by Werner appeared to have given the hosts the win until Gayà levelled the scores with the game in the final seconds. Three days later though there was no problem against Ukraine in Madrid, 17 year old Ansu Fati winning a penalty in only the second minute which Ramos converted. Ramos headed a second before Fati became the youngest player in Spain’s 130 year history to score, and substitute Ferrán rounded things off with his first goal for the senior side near the end. (06.09.20)
Friendly international: Netherlands 1 - Spain 1
Friendly international: Portugal 0 - Spain 0
European Super Cup: Bayern Munich 2 - Sevilla 1 (after extra time)
They did it! Sevilla beat Inter Milan 3-2 in this year’s Europa League final to take the title for a record sixth time! Lopetegui’s side got off to a bad start, Lukaku converting an early penalty after he was brought down by Diego Carlos in the area. But De Jong headed two back in the next half hour to turn the scoreline around, the first from a Jesús Navas cross, and the second from a Banega free kick. Godín levelled the score quickly with a header from Brovocic’s free kick, but with a quarter of an hour to go Diego Carlos got the winner with an overhead kick which went in off the boot of Lukaku. A success for Spain after the disappointing Champions League campaign, and LaLiga will have a representative in this year’s European Super Cup once again. (21.08.20)
A brave effort by Leganés in the last round of games of the season, but in the end they will be going down together with Mallorca and Espanyol after a 2-2 draw against neighbours Real Madrid. Already sure of the league title, Zidane’s side took the lead twice through a Ramos header and a strike by Asensio at the beginning of the first and second halves, but goals by Bryan Gil and Assalé pegged them back both times. That was still a goal short of what they needed though, and they remained a point below Celta, who survive after a 0-0 draw at Espanyol. Mallorca themselves drew 2-2 at Osasuna, who finished in tenth spot.
The only other issue at stake was who would occupy the Europa League spots, with several teams involved. Villarreal made sure of fifth place with a 4-0 victory over Eibar, Cazorla assisting Anguissa in his last game at the club before Gerard Moreno netted a brace, and Moi Gómez finished things off. Real Sociedad ended up sixth after a 1-1 draw at Atlético Madrid, Januzaj saving a point after Koke had put the locals in front, and Granada snatched seventh place after beating Athletic Bilbao 4-0, the result taking them above Getafe, who lost 1-0 at Levante. Valencia also missed out on Europe after a 1-0 defeat at Sevilla, and they will be looking for yet another manager for next season.
Sevilla and Getafe of course are still in this season’s Europa League, which takes place in Germany next month, and Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Barcelona have Champions League ties coming up, the last rounds in Portugal. Barcelona ended the league season with a 0-5 win at Alavés, Messi scoring two of those to win his seventh “Pichichi” (top goalscorer) award, the Catalans finishing second, with Atlético and Sevilla occupying the other Champions League places for next season. Elsewhere Valladolid beat Betis 2-0 in a game with nothing at stake to move above their opponents to thirteenth. (19.07.20)
The cup final has been postponed indefinitely due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Although league and other matches are being played behind locked doors, the two clubs announced that the final will not take place until their fans can attend. (30.06.20)
There will be an all-Basque final for the first time in the history of the cup after Athletic Bilbao knocked out Granada in the second semi-final! Carlos Fernández cancelled out Athletic’s first leg lead when he headed a Carlos Neva cross past Unai Simon at the start of the second half, and when Germán headed in a corner with a quarter of an hour to go it looked like the Andalusians were going to win. Six minutes later however Yuri ran on to Vesga’s pass to fire an angled shot past Rui Silva and make it 2-1 on the night, taking Garitano’s team through on the away goal rule. (05.03.20)
Real Sociedad are the first side into this year’s Spanish cup final after a 0-1 win at Mirandés on Wednesday evening. After the 2-1 result in the first leg, a single goal would have taken the second division team through, and Remiro had some work to do early on. With five minutes to go to the break however, the visitors were awarded a penalty after Malsa handled in the area, and Oyarzabal converted the resulting spot kick to take the San Sebastian based club into their first final for 32 years. (04.03.20)
Real Madrid are this year's Spanish Super Cup winners, Zidane’s side defeating city rivals Atlético Madrid 4-1 on penalties in the final after the match itself finished 0-0. Neither keeper was particularly troubled in the first ninety minutes, Courtois saving a couple of times from Morata and from Thomas, and Oblak keeping out Casemiro, Modric and Mendy. Joao Felix, Fede Valverde and Jovic all missed chances, and with three minutes of extra time to go, Valverde (who was named man-of-the-match!) was sent off for bringing down Morata as he advanced on goal. That took it to penalties, and after Saúl hit the post and Courtois saved from Thomas, Sergio Ramos fired home the winner to hand the title to Real Madrid, who, by rights (after finishing third in the league last season), should not have even taken part in the competition! (12.01.20)
Atlético Madrid will be Real Madrid’s opponents in this year’s Super Cup final after they won 2-3 against Barcelona on Thursday. Half time substitute Koke gave Simeone’s side the lead just a minute after the restart, but strikes by Messi and Griezmann turned the scoreline around soon afterwards. Oblak had to make a couple of important saves, and Messi and Piqué had goals ruled out by VAR, but Morata levelled it from the penalty spot with ten minutes to go after Neto brought down Vitolo in the area, and Correa got the winner near the end. The result means that neither the Spanish league champions nor the cup winners will be in this season’s final, which furthermore will take place over 4,000 kilometres away in a half empty stadium. Such is the power of money. (09.01.20)
Spain’s revamped Super Cup kicked off in Saudi Arabia this week, with four teams competing for this year’s title, league champions Barcelona, cup winners Valencia, and the teams finishing second and third in the league, Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid. Real Madrid are the first team through to the final after they beat Valencia 1-3 on Wednesday, Kroos starting things off with an inswinging corner which caught keeper Jaume out of position on the quarter hour mark. Before the break Isco made it two after Garay blocked a shot from Modric, and Modric himself scored the third with a shot from outside of the area after the restart. Dani Parejo got a last minute consolation for Ches from the penalty spot after Ramos handled in the area, but too late to change the result. (08.01.20)
Spain tied up one of the top seed spots for next summer’s European finals after beating Romania 5-0 in the last group game. Gayà had a goal ruled out and Cazorla hit the bar before Fabián opened the scoring, following up after Tatarusanu could only push out a shot from Carvajal in the eighth minute. Gerard Moreno added two more from Cazorla and Gayà centres before crossing in for Rus to turn the ball into his own net on the stroke of half time, and Oyarzábal completed the scoring with a low shot in injury time. (18.11.19)
Spain made sure of top spot in their group after thrashing Malta 7-0 in their latest match. Morata opened the scoring midway through the first half, and Gerard Moreno had a goal ruled out before he set up his Villarreal team mate Cazorla for the second. After the restart Pau Torres, Sarabia, Dani Olmo and Moreno all got their first goals for Spain within ten minutes of each other, Torres and Olmo just minutes after coming on for their senior debut, and Jesús Navas rounded things off with a long shot near the end. (15.11.19)
Abu Dhabi, UAE. Real Madrid are world champions for the third year in a row and the fourth time in their history after beating Al Ain 4-1 in the final! The local champions were Madrid’s surprise opponents after they won through the previous rounds, and only Sergio Ramos’s foot prevented Elshahat from scoring early on. Just a minute later though Modric put the Liga side ahead with a shot from the edge of the area, and although Caio had a strike ruled out for offside, Benzema and Bale both had chances to extend the lead before the break. With an hour on the clock Marcos Llorente made it two with a first time volley after a Kroos corner was headed clear by Ahmed, and Sergio Ramos headed a third from a Modric corner with ten minutes to go. Shiotani did get one back with a header from Caio’s long free kick, but with the game in time added on Nader deflected a wayward shot from substitute Vinicius in to his own net for the final result. (22.12.18)
Spain’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals ended when England came from behind to beat Croatia 2-1, and it will be England who go to next summer’s final four rather than Luis Enrique’s side. The coach is still building his squad however for the Euro 2020 championship, and he made nine changes for this friendly fixture against Bosnia from the team who lost to Croatia, with Mario Hermoso, Brais Méndez, Pablo Formals and Pau López all winning their first caps. The match rather vindicated UEFA’s decision to add the new competition to reduce the number of meaningless friendlies though, with little real action and multiple substitutions breaking up play. Asensio, Isco and Suso all tested Sehic before the break, and Morata missed the easiest of chances after the restart. Dzeko and Visca replied for the visitors, but the only goal came with twelve minutes to go when Méndez was in the right place to finish off after the keeper could only push out a long shot from Isco. Spain’s next match will be in March, when the Euro 2020 qualification begins. (18.11.18)
Spain lost their last group match against Croatia, and they now need England and Croatia to draw on Sunday for them to qualify for next summer’s finals. Despite scoring six against the East Europeans in the first leg, a defeat against England meant that they had to win this match to be sure of finishing top of the group. However De Gea had to push an early effort from Persisic on to the post, and Kalinic was not troubled until he tipped a long shot from Isco over the bar before the break. Some ten minutes into the second half Kramaric opened the scoring for the hosts after a poor clearance from Sergi Roberto was intercepted, and although Dani Ceballos combined with Isco to make it all square just two minutes later, Jedvaj headed in a Modric cross to restore the lead soon afterwards. Rebic and Morata both missed good chances before Sergio Ramos levelled it again from the penalty spot after Vrsaljko handled in the area, but with the game in time added on Jedvaj got the winner after De Gea could only push out a shot from Berkalo. The result means that any of the three teams could finish top of the group, and the only thing for sure is that Spain won’t finish last. (15.11.18)
Atlético Madrid finally beat city rivals Real Madrid in a European final, Simeone’s team scoring twice in extra time in Tallinn to take their third European Super Cup title! With less than a minute on the clock they were already in front, Diego Costa heading on a long ball and holding off his markers to beat Keylor Navas from a wide angle. The Champions League winners were missing Cristiano Ronaldo for the first time, but new coach Julen Lopetegui still put out a strong line-up, and with just under half an hour gone Benzema headed in a long cross from Bale to make it all square. Early in the second half Sergio Ramos made it two from the penalty spot after Juanfran handled a Kroos corner, but Costa appeared again to equalise following a good team move. That took the game into extra time, and Saúl and Koke latched on to assists from substitutes Thomas and Vitolo to hand their neighbours their first defeat in an international final in 18 years. (15.08.18)
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|League champions||Real Madrid|
|Spanish cup winners||pending|
|Promoted to the first division||Cádiz, Huesca, Elche|
|Relegated to the second division A||Mallorca, Leganés, Espanyol|
|Promoted to the second division A||FC Cartagena, UD Logroñes, Castellón, Sabadell|
|Relegated to the second division B||Deportivo, Numancia, Extremadura, Racing Santander|
|Champions League||Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Sevilla|
|Europa League||Villarreal, Real Sociedad, Granada|
|European Super Cup||Sevilla|
|Club World Cup||None|
|Day 18 - 10 Jan|