Spanish Primera Division 2017/2018 season preview

Real Madrid end five-year wait for La Liga title

Real Madrid had their best season in 59 years after winning Spanish and Champions leagues. Zinedine Zidane's side have won their first La Liga title since 2011/12 on the final day of last season, breaking Barcelona run of two straight trophies. They completed a superb season with a second straight Champions League title, making history with a 4-1 win over Juventus. Real Madrid also became the first team to retain the Champions League in its modern expanded format. The Spanish gianst have won La Liga for a record 33 times, nine more than their Catalan rivals, with neighbours Atletico lying in third on 10 victories. Barca ended last season with a win in the Copa del Rey final against Alaves

Levante have been promoted to La Liga after a one-year absence, Getafe also returned to La Liga one year in the second division, while Girona were promoted to the top flight of Spanish football for the first time in their history. The three promoted clubs replace Gijon, Ossasuna, Granada.

Real Madrid3323221
Atletico M.1031333
Athletic B.8124757
Real Soc.2471296
Celta Vigo-1798613
Las Palmas----1114

The overall number of titles since 1929, for each club in Spanish Primera Division and their league standings in the last five seasons.

Barca confirm Valverde as new manager

Barcelona have confirmed Ernesto Valverde as their new manager following Luis Enrique's departure. Valverde arrives from Athletic Bilbao having led the Basque club to seventh place in La Liga and Europa League qualification. The 53-year-old has also managed Villarreal, Valencia and Espanyol in his coaching career that included two years in Greece with Olympiakos. Valverde also had a two-year spell as a Barcelona player in the late 1980s and will now return to the Camp Nou after a 27-year absence. Enrique secured nine out of a potential 13 trophies during a fruitful three years in charge at the Nou Camp, including two La Liga titles and the 2015 Champions League crown. Yet although the Blaugrana secured a third straight Copa Del Rey title with a 3-1 victory over Alaves, they have suffered a disappointing season by their own high standards.

Ziganda appointed as new Athletic Bilbao coach

Athletic Bilbao have promoted Jose Angel Ziganda to head coach following the departure of Ernesto Valverde. Ziganda has been in charge of the club's reserves since 2011 and was considered the leading candidate to replace Valverde, who left the club after four years in charge to join Barcelona. Ziganda spent seven years with the club as a player between 1991 and 1998 before returning as part of the coaching staff in 2011, following spells in charge of Osasuna and Xerez. The 50-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Bilbao side.

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Berizzo named as new Sevilla boss

Following Jorge Sampaoli's decision to become head coach of Argentina, Sevilla have announced the appointment of Eduardo Berizzo as their new head coach. Berizzo was in charge of LaLiga rivals Celta Vigo for three seasons from 2014, leading the Galicians to last season's Europa League semi-finals, and to eighth and sixth-placed finishes in his first two years in charge before coming 13th in the last campaign. He has now signed a two-year contract with the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan-based side.

Celta Vigo hire Juan Carlos Unzue as coach

Celta Vigo have confirmed the appointment of Juan Carlos Unzue as the club's new first team coach. Unzue, who has been the number two at Barcelona for the last three seasons and was linked with the manager's job after Luis Enrique decided he would step down in the summer, takes over the reigns at Celta for the next two seasons. The 50-year-old Spaniard is to return to the club where he was assistant to Enrique during the 2013-14 season before the duo joined the Catalan giants. Unzue was head coach of second-division club Numancia in 2010/11.

Marcelino named Valencia coach

Valencia have confirmed the appointment of Marcelino as their new head coach after two disappointing and tumultuous seasons for the club. The 51-year-old is the fourth permanent coach to have taken charge at Mestalla in the last two years, with Gary Neville, Pako Ayestaran and Cesare Prandelli all failing to complete a full La Liga season. Marcelino has 18 years of coaching experience and has led several clubs, including Sporting Gijon, Racing Santander, Sevilla and Villarreal. He has been out of work since his surprise departure from Villarreal in August 2016.

Betis hire Quique Setien as new coach

After a disappointing campaign which saw them win 10 and lose 19 of their 38 games to finish 15th in the standings, Betis have appointed former Las Palmas boss Quique Setien as their new head coach. The 58-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the Andalusian side, who sacked both Victor Sanchez del Amo and Gus Poyet last term. Setien guided Las Palmas to a 14th-place finish in the 2016/17 campaign but did not sign a contract extension with the Canary Islands-based club.

Manolo Marquez appointed Las Palmas head coach

Las Palmas have named former reserve-team boss Manolo Marquez as their new coach. Marquez has been handed the top job after helping Las Palmas Atletico win promotion to Segunda Division B in stunning fashion last season, the team losing just twice and finishing 28 points clear at the top of the table. The 48-year-old has signed an initial one-year deal with the option of another and replaces Quique Setien, who left the Canary Islands club for Betis at the end of the campaign.

Alaves confirm Zubeldia appointment

Alaves have named Argentine Luis Zubeldia as their new coach. The 36-year-old replaces compatriot Mauricio Pellegrino, who left the Basques at the end of last season after leading the club to ninth in La Liga and a first ever Copa del Rey final. Zubeldia joins from Colombia's Independiente Medellin and has also been in charge of clubs in his homeland, Ecuador and Mexico, overseeing 300 matches in the dugout.

1Real Mad.936529-6-3
3Atletico Madrid784323-9-6
6Real Sociedad64619-7-12
7Athletic Bilbao631019-6-13
14Las Palmas39-2110-9-19

The Spanish La Liga standings for season 2016/2017.

Barca, Real title favourites

The 2017/18 season will be very similar to last campaign, according to online bookmakers.

Real Madrid1.8Espanyol751
Atletico Madrid29Real Betis1001
Athletic Bilbao301Las Palmas1001
Real Sociedad301Deportivo La Coruna1001
Celta Vigo751Getafe2001

The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2017/18 Spanish football league.

Spanish Cup finals in last five years

2017   Barcelona - Alaves   3:1
2016   Barcelona - Sevilla   2:0   (aet)
2015   Barcelona - Athletic Bilbao   3:1
2014   Real Madrid - Barcelona   2:1
2013   Atletico Madrid - Real Madrid   2:1

Key players
(transfer market value in m€)


Goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco (5); Defense: Victor Laguardia (3), Rodrigo Ely (2), Alexis (1.5); Midfield: Oscar Romero (5), Enzo Zidane (2.5), Daniel Torres (2), Manu Garcia (1.5), Tomas Pina (1.5); Forward: Ibai Gomez (2), Aleksandar Katai (2).

Athletic Bilbao

Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (8); Defense: Aymeric Laporte (25), Yeray Alvarez (15), Oscar de Marcos (8), Mikel Balenziaga (5); Midfield: Mikel San Jose (12), Raul Garcia (12), Benat Etxebarria (8); Forward: Inaki Williams (25), Iker Muniain (15), Markel Susaeta (7.5).

Atletico Madrid

Goalkeeper Jan Oblak (40); Defense: Diego Godin (38), Stefan Savic (30), Jose Gimenez (28), Filipe Luis (18); Midfield: Koke (60), Saul Niguez (40), Thomas (4.5); Forward: Antoine Griezmann (80), Yannick Carrasco (40), Kevin Gameiro (24).


Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen (25); Defense: Gerard Pique (40), Jordi Alba (32), Samuel Umtiti (30); Midfield: Sergio Busquets (60), Ivan Rakitic (45), Sergi Roberto (25), Andre Gomes (25); Forward: Lionel Messi (120), Luis Suarez (90), Arda Turan (24).

Celta Vigo

Goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez (5); Defense: Jonny Castro (8), Hugo Mallo (8), Sergi Gomez (6), Facundo Roncaglia (5); Midfield: Daniel Wass (10), Nemanja Radoja (8), Pablo Hernandez (6); Forward: Iago Aspas (18), John Guidetti (8), Pione Sisto (5).

Deportivo La Coruna

Goalkeeper Przemyslaw Tyton (1); Defense: Sidnei (6), Juanfran (5), Raul Albentosa (3), Alejandro Arribas (3); Midfield: Emre Colak (7.5), Celso Borges (5), Guilherme (4), Pedro Mosquera (4); Forward: Florin Andone (5), Adrian Lopez (3.5).


Goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez (2.5); Defense: Ander Capa (5), Paulo Oliveira (4), Alejandro Galvez (2.5); Midfield: Gonzalo Escalante (5), Dani Garcia (5), Fran Rico (2.5); Forward: Sergi Enrich (10), Pedro Leon (5), Takashi Inui (3), Kike (3).


Goalkeeper Pau Lopez (1.5); Defense: Aaron Caricol (10), David Lopez (6.5), Naldo (4), Oscar Duarte (2); Midfield: Victor Sanchez (4), Jose Manuel Jurado (3.5), Esteban Granero (2); Forward: Gerard Moreno (8), Pablo Piatti (6), Leo Baptistao (4).


Goalkeeper Vicente Guaita (1.8); Defense: Vitorino Antunes (4), Bruno Gonzalez (2.5), Damian Suarez (2.5); Midfield: Gaku Shibasaki (2), Faycal Fajr (2), Markel Bergara (1.5), Mehdi Lacen (1.5), Francisco Portillo (1.5); Forward: Dani Pacheco (1.5), Alvaro Jimenez (1).


Goalkeeper Bono (1); Defense: Marc Muniesa (3), Bernardo Espinosa (2.5), Jonas Ramalho (1.5), Carles Planas (1.5), Pedro Alcala (1); Midfield: Pere Pons (2.5), Portu (1.8), Borja Garcia (1.5); Forward: Cristhian Stuani (3.5), Marlos Moreno (1).

Las Palmas

Goalkeeper Leandro Chichizola (1); Defense: Mauricio Lemos (10), Pedro Bigas (5), Dani Castellano (4); Midfield: Kevin-Prince Boateng (5), Alen Halilovic (4), Vicente Gomez (3.5); Forward: Vitolo (25), Jonathan Viera (10), Jonathan Calleri (8), Hernan Toledo (4.5).


Goalkeeper Jon Ander Serantes (1.5); Defense: Ezequiel Munoz (3), Tito (2.5), Mauro dos Santos (2), Dimitrios Siovas (2), Diego Rico (2); Midfield: Gabriel (4), Ruben Perez (2.5), David Timor (2); Forward: Alexander Szymanowski (5), Nabil El Zhar (2).


Goalkeeper Raul Fernandez (1.5); Defense: Antonio Luna (2), Sergio Postigo (1.5), Chema (1.5), Tono (1.5); Midfield: Jose Campana (2.5), Jefferson Lerma (1.5), Verza (1.2); Forward: Roger Marti (2.5), Jose Luis Morales (2), Alex Alegria (2).


Goalkeeper Roberto (2); Defense: Roberto Rosales (5), Paul Baysse (3.5), Luis Hernandez (3), Juankar (2.5); Midfield: Recio (3.5), Adrian Gonzalez (3), Juanpi Anor (2.5); Forward: Borja Baston (10), Keko (3), Javier Ontiveros (3).


Goalkeeper Antonio Adan (8); Defense: German Pezzella (6), Aissa Mandi (6), Riza Durmisi (6); Midfield: Ryad Boudebouz (10), Javi Garcia (7), Andres Guardado (6), Victor Camarasa (5), Darko Brasanac (4); Forward: Forward: Cristian Tello (8), Antonio Sanabria (5).

Real Madrid

Goalkeeper Keylor Navas (18); Defense: Sergio Ramos (40), Marcelo (38), Raphael Varane (35), Daniel Carvajal (32); Midfield: Toni Kroos (70), Luka Modric (40), Isco (40); Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (100), Gareth Bale (80), Karim Benzema (60).

Real Sociedad San Sebastia

Goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli (14); Defense: Inigo Martinez (20), Diego Llorente (7.5), Alvaro Odriozola (7.5), Raul Navas (5); Midfield: Asier Illarramendi (15), Ruben Pardo (4), David Zurutuza (3); Forward: Mikel Oyarzabal (15), Carlos Vela (15), Willian Jose (12).


Goalkeeper Sergio Rico (20); Defense: Simon Kjaer (11), Clement Lenglet (7.5), Sergio Escudero (7.5); Midfield: Steven N'Zonzi (30), Franco Vazquez (18), Ever Banega (16); Forward: Luis Muriel (17), Pablo Sarabia (15), Wissam Ben Yedder (15), Nolito (12).


Goalkeeper Neto (6); Defense: Joao Cancelo (20), Jose Gaya (18), Ezequiel Garay (15), Martin Montoya (10); Midfield: Dani Parejo (15), Carlos Soler (7.5), Nemanja Maksimovic (3); Forward: Simone Zaza (15), Nani (10), Rodrigo (7.5).


Goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo (7.5); Defense: Mario Gaspar (16), Victor Ruiz (14), Ruben Semedo (9), Jaume Costa (9); Midfield: Roberto Soriano (16), Manu Trigueros (15), Pablo Fornals (10); Forward: Nicola Sansone (16), Cedric Bakambu (16), Enes Unal (10).

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