Soccer / Football : Spain : Primera Liga 2017/2018
|19.Celta - Real Soc.|
|Girona - Atletico M|
|Sevilla - Espanyol|
|20.A. Bilbao - Getafe|
|Barcelona - Betis|
|Deportivo - Real Mad.|
|21.Levante - Villarreal|
|Malaga - Eibar|
Valencia sign Murillo from Inter
Valencia have signed defender Jeison Murillo from Inter Milan. The Colombia international spent two seasons with Inter after impressing at the Copa America in 2015, but couldn't find space in new coach Luciano Spalletti's setup. Murillo played a total of 102 games for Inter, scoring five times. He has scored once in 25 international appearances for his country.
Valencia earlier on Friday completed the signing of Arsenal centre-back Gabriel. Both players will be presented by the club on Saturday.
Suarez out for a month
Barcelona have suffered a blow on the eve of the new La Liga season after Luis Suarez was ruled out for a month with a knee injury. The 30-year-old striker was hurt during the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Real Madrid, which La Liga champions won 2-0 to clinch a 5-1 aggregate victory. A statement published on Barca's website on Thursday afternoon said medical tests on Suarez had revealed damage to the back of his right knee.
Defender Gerard Pique, meanwhile, has injured an adductor muscle and could also miss Sunday's meeting with Betis.
Luis Suarez picks up injury
Barcelona have been dealt another blow with the news Luis Suarez picked up a knee injury in the Spanish Super Cup. The Uruguayan played as Barca fell to a devastating 5-1 aggregate loss courtesy of a 2-0 defeat against Real Madrid on Wednesday night in the second-leg of their encounter. Suarez pulled up with an injury in the latter stages of the game and struggled to see out the match at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Nou Camp club's official Twitter account wrote: 'Luis Suarez has a problem with his right knee. More tests on Thursday'.
Real Mad. 16.8.17
Ronaldo fails with appeal
Cristiano Ronaldo is out of Wednesday's Spanish Super Cup second leg against Barcelona after the Spanish Football Federation appeals committee confirmed that it turned down Real Madrid's attempt to overturn his five-game ban. Ronaldo was shown a second yellow card in Real Madrid's 3-1 first-leg win at the Camp Nou on Sunday after a referee ruled that he had dived to try to win a penalty. Ronaldo will also miss La Liga games against Deportivo La Coruna, Valenica, Levante and Real Sociedad.
Bacca joins Villarreal on loan
Colombia striker Carlos Bacca joined Spanish club Villarreal on a one-season loan from Milan. The 30-year-old returns to a Spanish league where had a highly successful two-year spell with Sevilla, winning two Europa League titles and scoring 49 goals in 108 games before joining Milan for €30m. Bacca scored 14 goals for the Seria A club last season.
Iniesta ruled out of Super Cup
Andres Iniesta will miss the second leg of Barcelona's Spanish Super Cup second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday night with a thigh injury. The club captain didn't train on Tuesday and was left out of the 19-man squad that will attempt to turn around a 3-1 first-leg deficit at the Bernabeu.
The midfielder played 68 minutes of the first leg at the Nou Camp on Sunday night but picked up the problem in his right thigh. He joins Rafinha (adductor) and Thomas Vermaelen (calf) on the sidelines as Barcelona look to beat the odds and lift the first trophy of the Spanish season.
Javi Garcia joins Betis
Javi Garcia has joined Betis from Zenit St. Petersburg for a reported €1.5m, with the former Real Madrid and Manchester City midfielder signing a three-year contract. Garcia, 30, spent two seasons with City before departing for Russia in August 2014. Garcia's contract with Zenit still has two more years to run, but he is not part of Roberto Mancini's plans, despite the coach bringing him to Manchester City in 2012.
Real Mad. 14.8.17
Ronaldo handed five-match ban
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo will serve a five-game suspension after pushing the referee following his dismissal during Sunday's Supercopa de Espana first leg against Barcelona. Real may yet appeal the decision, but as it stands he may not appear again until late September. He will miss the second leg of the Super Cup this week, and then the first four league games of the season.
|3||Real Soc.||0||0||0-0-0 (0)|
|3||L. Palmas||0||-1||0-0-1 (1)|
|3||Real Mad.||0||0||0-0-0 (0)|
|3||Atletico M||0||0||0-0-0 (0)|
|3||A. Bilbao||0||0||0-0-0 (0)|
|18.8||Valencia - L. Palmas||1 : 0|
|18.8||Leganes - Alaves||1 : 0|
Spanish Primera Liga stats
|home wins||100 %|
|away wins||0 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : Spain : Primera Liga 2017/2018
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.