Soccer / Football : Spain : Primera Liga 2013/2014
Real Mad. 7.12.13
Gareth Bale sidelined by flu
Gareth Bale will not be able to make his debut in the Spanish Copa del Rey. He stayed in Madrid with flu symptoms and will try to recover for the match against Copenhagen next Tuesday. Bale's illness should not sideline him for a long, but he might wait until the game against Osasuna in order to recover properly.
Xavi, Iniesta out for King's Cup
Midfielders Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta will miss Friday's King's Cup opener at third-tier Cartagena. Barcelona say both players will rest for precaution after they noted pain in leg muscles. Barcelona are already without injured forward Lionel Messi, goalkeeper Victor Valdes and defender Dani Alves. Defender Jordi Alba is back in the squad after more than two months out with consecutive thigh injuries.
Sevilla president sentenced to seven years
Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido has been sentenced to seven years in jail after being found guilty of corruption charges. Del Nido was originally sentenced to seven and a half years in prison following an initial trial in 2011 but the case eventually made its way to the highest court in the land, which handed down a slightly reduced punishment on Thursday. The announcement means Del Nido must now stand down as president of Sevilla, having refused to do so after his initial trial. Vice-president Pepe Castro is expected to take over.
Garrido replaces Mel at Betis
Betis have named Juan Carlos Garrido as head coach following the sacking of Pepe Mel after a poor start to the season. Garrido takes charge of the Seville-based side, who are bottom of the Spanish top flight following just two wins in 15 games this term. Garrido, who was dismissed by Belgian side Brugge in September, has previously managed Villarreal in Spain. The 44-year-old led the Yellow Submarine to a fourth-place finish in his first full season as well as the UEFA Europa League semi-finals.
Barcelona without Puyol, Alves
Barcelona will be missing defenders Carles Puyol and Dani Alves for Sunday's game at Athletic Bilbao. Puyol won't travel after picking up a knee injury while Alves is sidelined due to pain in his right leg. Barcelona has defender Adriano returning from injury, while forward Lionel Messi and fullback Jordi Alba are still injured. Barcelona lost its first game of the season under new coach Gerardo Martino at Ajax on Tuesday.
Real Mad. 29.11.13
Ronaldo won't play this weekend
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says Cristiano Ronaldo will not play this weekend: "He is fully recovered. He had a sonography made this morning, and his muscle is ready, but he does not feel confortable. We will not take the risk." Ronaldo is suspended for next weekend's Copa del Rey game and will likely not play at Copenhagen in the Champions League with Madrid having already clinched top spot in Group B.
Real Mad. 27.11.13
Ronaldo to miss Galatasaray match
Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Wednesday's UEFA Champions League game against Galatasaray because of injury. The Real Madrid star forward limped off at the start of the second half of Saturday's 5-0 victory at Almeria and a scan on Monday confirmed he had damaged a hamstring. Coach Carlo Ancelotti said Ronaldo could return for Saturday's Spanish league game against Valladolid.
Center back Raphael Varane was also unavailable for Wednesday as rests a sore right knee, while midfielder Luca Modric is suspended for the game. Ancelotti is already without injured midfielder Sami Khedira and defender Fabio Coentrao. On a brighter note, midfielder Xabi Alonso and defender Marcelo were included in the 19-man squad despite injury concerns.
Real Mad. 25.11.13
Ronaldo diagnosed with hamstring injury
Cristiano Ronaldo is doubtful for Real Madrid's clash with Galatasaray on Wednesday after tests carried out on Monday detected a hamstring injury. The Portuguese limped off at the start of the second half of Saturday's victory over Almeria, but fears of a serious injury were immediately played down by the manager Ancelotti. Ronaldo left a medical examination on Monday morning, telling reporters: "I am fine", but the club released a statement later, saying "there is an injury to the back of the thigh which will be monitored".
|2||Atletico M||40||31||13-1-1 (15)|
|3||Real Mad.||37||27||12-1-2 (15)|
|4||A. Bilbao||29||4||9-2-4 (15)|
|6||Real Soc.||23||4||6-5-4 (15)|
|1.12||A. Bilbao - Barcelona||1:0|
|1.12||Betis - Rayo||2:2|
|1.12||Valencia - Ossasuna||3:0|
|1.12||Granada - Sevilla||1:2|
|30.11||Celta - Almeria||3:1|
|30.11||Espanyol - Real Soc.||1:2|
|30.11||Real Mad. - Valladolid||4:0|
|30.11||Elche - Atletico M||0:2|
|29.11||Villarreal - Malaga||1:1|
|29.11||Getafe - Levante||1:0|
Spanish Primera Liga stats
|home wins||45 %|
|away wins||35 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Spain : Primera Liga 2013/2014
The Primera Division (La Liga) is the top level of Spanish professional football. There are a total of 20 teams and each team plays a season 38-game schedule made up of two matches against each of the other 19 teams, home and away. As in all European football leagues, there are three points for a win, one for a tie and no points for loss. But if teams are level on points, the aggregate score between those two clubs determines the ranking before the general goal difference. If three or more teams are equal, then the combined head-to-head records of just the tied teams will be used to determine the final order of those clubs.
The top four clubs qualify for the Champions League, with the top three directly entering the group stage. The 18th, 19th or 20th placed teams in the Primera Division are relegated automatically, while the top three of the Spanish Second Division are promoted. Reserve teams of the Primera clubs (called team B) may also play in the Second Division, but could not be promoted to the Spanish top flight.