Spanish Primera Division 2013/2014 season preview
Barca reclaim La Liga crown
Barcelona scored in every Liga game last season and won their 22nd league title and fourth in five years. The Catalans were top from the opening day of the campaign, and are only the second side to have led a 20-team league from beginning to end after Real Madrid completed the same feat in 1987/88. The Catalans end the 2012/13 season with a 15-point advantage over their arch-rivals, a record since the league started awarding victories with three points. Barcelona also equaled Real Madrid's record of 100 points for the season and achieved a club-best total of 115 goals.
- Champions: Barcelona (UEFA Champions League group stage)
- Runners-up: Real Madrid (UEFA Champions League group stage)
- Third place: Atletico Madrid (UEFA Champions League group stage)
- Fourth place: Real Sociedad (Champions League play-off round)
- Fifth place: Valencia (UEFA Europa League group stage)
- Seventh place: Betis (UEFA Europa League QR4)
- Ninth place: Sevilla (UEFA Europa League QR3)
- Relegated: Mallorca, Deportivo La Coruna, Real Zaragoza
- Promoted: Elche, Villarreal, Almeria.
Malaga finished last season in a Europa League qualifying spot, although the club has been banned from European competition for not meeting their financial fair-play regulations. Rayo finished eighth last season, which would have been enough to qualify for the tournament as a result of Malaga's own exclusion from European competition, but the Spanish Football Federation denied the club's license request because of overdue unpaid debts. So Sevilla, who finished ninth, earned a UEFA Europa League qualifying spot alongside their city neighbours Real Betis.
The overall number of titles since 1929, for each club in Spanish Primera Division and their league standings in the last five seasons.
Barca line up Tata to replace Tito
Gerardo "Tata" Martino has signed a three-year deal to become Barcelona's new coach following an enforced departure of Tito Vilanova due to a recurrence of throat cancer. The 50-year-old Argentine, born in Rosario, the same city as Lionel Messi, led Newell's Old Boys to the national Clausura title last season as well as to the semifinal stage of the Copa Libertadores. Martino has spent much of his career coaching in Paraguay where he won four domestic titles during his time with Libertda and Cerro Porteno. He also spent five years in charge of the Paraguay national team between 2006 and 2011, taking them to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Real Madrid appoint Carlo Ancelotti
Real Madrid have confirmed the appointment of the Italian Carlo Ancelotti as their new coach, with the former Paris Saint-Germain boss signing a three-year contract. The 54-year-old Italian replaces Jose Mourinho, who left at the end of last season to join Chelsea. Ancelotti has been a leading candidate to replace Mourinho since announcing in May that he wanted to leave the Parc des Princes after 18 months in charge. The former Juventus, Milan and Chelsea arrives with a impressive CV, having won league titles in Italy, England, France and two Champions League titles with Milan. Ancelotti guided PSG to their first French title in 19 years last term.
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Sociedad hire Arrasate
Real Sociedad have hired Jagoba Arrasate as their new coach after he spent last season as an assistant to outgoing manager Philippe Montanier. Sociedad earned a spot in a Champions League playoff to enter into Europe's top-tier club competition after finishing fourth in the Spanish league last season. The 35-year-old Arrasate played for Sociedad as a youth and returned to coach their youth teams in 2010 before joining Montainer's staff.
Djukic takes charge of Valencia
Valencia have appointed former defender Miroslav Djukic as their new coach for the next two seasons. The 47-year-old Serbian arrives at Mestalla from Valladolid to replace Ernesto Valverde, who left the club after they narrowly missed out on a Champions League berth on the last day of the Spanish league season. Djukic most recently guided Valladolid to top-flight safety after first gaining promotion. He played at Valencia from 1997-2003, making 157 appearances. Meanwhile, Valverde has been named as new coach of Athletic Bilbao for a second time. He replaces Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa, who left the club in the summer. Valverde coached Bilbao from 2003-05 in his first stint.
Valladolid confirm Martinez as boss
Valladolid have hired former Levante boss Juan Ignacio Martinez as their new coach. The 48-year-old led Levante to a sixth place finish in La Liga in 2011/12 and their first ever campaign in Europe. However, he has paid the price for a poor second half of the campaign, which saw them win just two of their last 16 games in all competitions. Martinez, widely known as JIM in Spain, was replaced by Joaquin Caparros at Levante. Caparros has coached several Spanish clubs, including Athletic Bilbao, Deportivo La Coruna, Villarreal and Sevilla. Most recently he was sacked by Mallorca in February.
|2||Real Madrid||85||61||26-7-5 (38)|
|3||Atletico Madrid||76||34||23-7-8 (38)|
|4||Real Soc.||66||21||18-12-8 (38)|
|12||Athletic Bilbao||45||-21||12-9-17 (38)|
The Spanish La Liga standings for season 2012/2013.
Schuster named new Malaga coach
Malaga have appointed Bernd Schuster as their new coach, with the former West Germany midfielder agreeing terms on a five-year deal. The 53-year-old, who enjoyed a successful playing career in Spain with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid, returns to the dugout having last coached at Turkish side Besiktas, resigning in March 2011. This is a ninth managerial appointment for Schuster who has occupied the helm of Fortuna, Koln, Xerez, Shakhtar Donetsk, Levante, Getafe and Real Madrid. He replaces Manuel Pellegrini, who left the club to take over as manager of Manchester City.
Celta Vigo appoint Luis Enrique
Celta Vigo has hired Luis Enrique to replace Abel Resino as coach for the next two seasons. Enrique is a former midfielder who played for Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Sporting Gijon. He coached Roma to a seventh-place finish in 2011/12 after managing Barcelona's B team from 2008-11. Newly promoted Almeria have also a new coach, Francisco Rodriguez. Rodriguez has spent the last two seasons coaching Almeria's second team in Spain's third division. He replaces Javi Garcia after the former manager and club failed to agree on a contract extension despite earning promotion. At 34, Rodriguez is the topflight's youngest coach.
Barca or Real Madrid?
Barcelona have so far just purchased the one player. Neymar completed his transfer to the Catalan club in a deal that unites the Brazilian star with four-time world player of the year Lionel Messi. Neymar has agreed a five-year contract after choosing Barcelona over their arch-rivals Real Madrid in an intense two-year bidding war. The signing of the Brazilian has cost Barcelona �57m, to be split among Santos and three other companies that own shares of the player's rights. Barcelona's previous most expensive transfer was when they paid �45m to Inter Milan for Ibrahimovic in 2009, plus sent striker Samuel Eto'o the other way.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, have acquired three young Spanish players, all members of the victorious Euro Under-21 squad. Midfielder Asier Illarramendi arrives from Real Sociedad, midfielder Isco from Malaga and defender Daniel Carvajal from Bayer Leverkusen. Meanwhile, Real Madrid are in talks to sign Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed, amid speculation that the Spanish giants could be prepared to break the world transfer record for the 24-year-old Welsh international. Reports have emerged in Britain and Spain that Real were prepared to go well beyond �94m they paid Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
While the Barca-Real rivalry constitutes a league in itself, the real competition for the rest in Spain is the chase for third place.
|Real Madrid||2.2||Celta Vigo||2001|
The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2013/14 Spanish football league.
Spanish Cup finals in last five years
2013 Atletico Madrid - Real Madrid 2:1
2012 Barcelona - Athletic de Bilbao 3:0
2011 Real Madrid - Barcelona 1:0
2010 Sevilla - Atletico Madrid 2:0
2009 Barcelona - Athletic Bilbao 4:1
(transfer market value in m€)
Goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz (2.5); Defense: Andoni Iraola (6), Mikel San Jose (4), Jon Aurtenetxe (4); Midfield: Benat Etxebarria (12), Markel Susaeta (9), Ander Iturraspe (8), Oscar de Marcos (8), Ander Herrera (8); Forward: Iker Muniain (18), Aritz Aduriz (4).
Goalkeeper Oscar Ustari (0.5); Defense: Marco Torsiglieri (3), Hernan Pellerano (1.5), Cristian Fernandez (1.5), Nelson (1.5); Midfield: Suso (5), Verza (2), Marcos Tebar (1.5), Corona (1.5); Forward: Aleix Vidal (2), Sebastian Dubarbier (1).
Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (18); Defense: ; Forward: Diego Godin (18), Miranda (14), Filipe (14), Juanfran (12); Midfield: Arda Turan (24), Koke (14), Mario Suarez (10), Raul Garcia (10); Forward: Diego Costa (15), Adrian (10).
Goalkeeper Victor Valdes (10); Defense: Gerard Pique (36), Jordi Alba (25), Javier Mascherano (20), Dani Alves (20); Midfield: Andres Iniesta (65), Sergio Busquets (45), Cesc Fabregas (45); Forward: Lionel Messi (120), Neymar (50), Alexis Sanchez (26).
Goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez (1); Defense: Hugo Mallo (2.5), Andreu Fontas (1.5), Andres Tunez (1.5); Midfield: Rafinha (7.5), Augusto Fernandez (4), Alex Lopez (3), Michael Krohn-Dehli (3); Forward: Nolito (5), Fabian Orellana (3), Charles (2.5).
Goalkeeper Manu Herrera (2); Defense: Alberto Botia (4.5), Cristian Sapunaru (2.5), Damian Suarez (2.5), David Lomban (1.5); Midfield: Carlos Sanchez (3), Fidel (3), Ruben Perez (2.5); Forward: Manu del Moral (3), Coro (2.5), Carles Gil (1.5).
Goalkeeper Kiko Casilla (1.5); Defense: Hector Moreno (7), Javi Lopez (3), Raul Rodriguez (2), Diego Colotto (2); Midfield: Mubarak Wakaso (5), Victor Sanchez (3), Simao (2); Forward: Pizzi (6), Christian Stuani (3.5), Sergio Garcia (3.5).
Goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya (3.5); Defense: Roberto Lago (3), Juan Valera (2.5), Alexis (2); Midfield: Diego Castro (5), Pedro Leon (3), Pablo Sarabia (2.5), Angel Lafita (2.5); Forward: Miku (3), Alvaro (3), Adrian Colunga (2.5).
Goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis (1.5); Defense: Guilherme Siqueira (8), Allan Nyom (5), Pape Diakhate (2.5), Douglas Santos (2.5); Midfield: Mikel Rico (4), Yacine Brahimi (4), Manuel Iturra (3.5), Piti (3); Forward: Youssef El Arabi (6.5), Riki (2.5).
Goalkeeper Keylor Navas (1.5); Defense: Issam El Adoua (2), Christian Lell (1.5), Pedro Lopez (1.2); Midfield: Vicente Iborra (4), Ruben Garcia (4), Papakouli Diop (3.5), Jordi Xumetra (3), Andreas Ivanschitz (3); Forward: David Barral (2), Angel Rodriguez (1.5).
Goalkeeper Willy Caballero (5); Defense: Jesus Gamez (6), Vitorino Antunes (3), Sergio Sanchez (2.5); Midfield: Ignacio Camacho (5), Eliseu (5), Francisco Portillo (3), Recio (2), Duda (2); Forward: Roque Santa Cruz (3), Sebastian Fernandez (2.5).
Goalkeeper Andres Fernandez (5); Defense: Alejandro Arribas (4), Miguel Flano (2.5), Jordan Loties (2), Oier (2), Marc Bertran (1.8); Midfield: Alvaro Cejudo (3.5), Raoul Loe (2.5), Miguel de las Cuevas (2.5); Forward: Emiliano Armenteros (3), Nino (1.2).
Goalkeeper Ruben (1.5); Defense: Alejandro Galvez (2.5), Tito (2), Leonel Galeano (1.8); Midfield: Saul Niguez (5), Roberto Trashorras (2), Jose Carlos (2), Raul Baena (1.5), Adrian Gonzalez (1.5); Forward: Lass Bangoura (4), Joaquin Larrivey (1).
Goalkeeper Guillermo Sara (1.5); Defense: Didac Vila (3), Paulao (2.5), Jordi Figueras (2.5), Antonio Amaya (2); Midfield: Joan Verdu (7), Alvaro Vadillo (5), Xavi Torres (4), Juanfran (2); Forward: Ruben Castro (4.5), Jorge Molina (3.5).
Goalkeeper Iker Casillas (30); Defense: Sergio Ramos (40), Raphael Varane (25), Marcelo (25); Midfield: Mesut Ozil (40), Luka Modric (35), Angel di Maria (34), Isco (30), Sami Khedira (22); Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (100), Karim Benzema (34).
Real Sociedad San Sebastia
Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (4); Defense: Inigo Martinez (7.5), Mikel Gonzalez (5), Alberto de la Bella (5), Carlos Martinez (4); Midfield: Xabi Prieto (8), Chori Castro (7), Ruben Pardo (4); Forward: Carlos Vela (16), Antoine Griezmann (15), Imanol Agirretxe (6).
Goalkeeper Diego Marino (1); Defense: Antonio Rukavina (4), Marc Valiente (2), Jesus Rueda (2); Midfield: Patrick Ebert (4), Oscar Gonzalez (3.5), Victor Perez (2), Omar (2); Forward: Javi Guerra (2.5), Manucho (2.5), Alberto Bueno (1.8).
Goalkeeper Beto (4); Defense: Federico Fazio (6), Nicolas Pareja (4), Alberto Moreno (4); Midfield: Geoffrey Kondogbia (15), Ivan Rakitic (15), Gary Medel (10), Marko Marin (6), Jose Antonio Reyes (5); Forward: Kevin Gameiro (8), Carlos Bacca (7).
Goalkeeper Vicente Guaita (7.5); Defense: Adil Rami (12), Jeremy Mathieu (9), Andres Guardado (7), Aly Cissokho (6); Midfield: Ever Banega (18), Sofiane Feghouli (12), Dani Parejo (10), Oriol Romeu (7); Forward: Jonas (12), Helder Postiga (5).
Goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo (3); Defense: Mateo Musacchio (5), Jaume Costa (1.5), Aleksandar Pantic (1); Midfield: Bruno Soriano (6), Tomas Pina (5), Cani (2.5), Manu Trigueros (2); Forward: Giovani dos Santos (8), Ikechukwu Uche (3), Jeremy Perbet (2.5).