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SPANISH LIGA CALENDAR SEASON 2014-2015

The Spanish League - Liga - calendar for the upcoming 2014-2015 season has been announced in the Spanish Football Federation’s HQ. Here are the most noticeable dates to keep in mind:

The opening games of Spanish Liga season 2014-2015 (Round 1)- 23, 24th & 25th of August 2014:
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Sevilla FC-Valencia CF
Levante-Villarreal
Malaga-Athletic Club Bilbao
Rayo Vallecano-Atletico de Madrid
Celta de Vigo-Getafe
FC Barcelona-Elche
Almeria-RCD Espanyol
Eibar-Real Sociedad
Granada-Deportivo A Coruña
Real Madrid-Cordoba

The "Classico" dates:
Real Madrid - FC Barcelona the weekend 26th October 2014,
FC Barcelona – Real Madrid the weekend 22nd March 2015 .

The Madrid "classico" dates:
Real Madrid - Atletico de Madrid weekend 13th September 2014,

Atletico de Madrid - Real Madrid weekend 7th February 2015

Also other interesting Spanish Liga regional derby dates:

Athletic Club Bilbao - Real Sociedad (Round 15, weekend of 13th December 2014), Levante UD - Valencia CF (Round 12, weekend 22nd November 2014), Deportivo - RC Celta de Vigo (Round 5,weekend 23rd September 2014) & FC Barcelona - RCD Espanyol (Round 14, weekend 6th of December 2014). 


FULL CALENDAR HERE 

FC BARCELONA SIGNS JEREMY MATHIEU FROM VALENCIA CF

After weeks of speculations & "cross-fire" between Clubs, FC Barcelona announced that they have come to an agreement to sign Valencia CF defender Jeremy Mathieu. The negotiations went down to the wire as Barça finally succumbed to the Valencia CF demands of 20M€ as transfer fee. The payment will be 10M€ upfront in cash & the rest in instalments.

The French player was literally pulled off the plane that Valencia CF was boarding this morning to go to Peru for pre-season matches. Mathieu signs for the next four seasons with a possible option of a fifth.

FC BARCELONA signing 2014

With the incorporation of Mathieu, Barça finally manages to fills a strategic field position, a Central Defender. The position has been a sour spot for years at Barça never being able to find the right profile, along with being able to accompany Pique next season & fill the huge gap left by the retired Carles Puyol.

Jeremy Mathieu is on his way to Barcelona to shut all the details of his new contract & will be officially presented to Sports media in the coming hours or days.

TOTTEMHAM HOTSPURS LOOKS AT GRIEZMANN OF REAL SOCIEDAD

Spanish Football Club Real Sociedad & French International player Antoine Griezmann is without doubt a superb player with just 23 years of age. The "youngster" is on the verge of exploding on the World Soccer scene & he may just need to make the jump to a more "resourceful" Club.

Real Sociedad

English Premier League Club Tottenham Hotspurs is showing some serious interest. According to local press the Club is thinking about putting up the 30M€ contract release clause (buy-out) in order to do with the services of the Frenchman. 

Tottenham Hotspurs will need however the OK from the player & they are working with their French goalkeeper Lloris (French National Team-mate) to see if he can help convince the Real Sociedad player to say yes to the English Club.

Said this, I have the sensation that Griezmann knows well his potential & may be waiting for a "better" offer from bigger Clubs. It is no secret that Atletico de Madrid has been eyeing the player, while Real Madrid has been also following Griezmann & could be thinking about him to replace Morata who has gone to Juventus FC. Added to all this is the interest from other major European Clubs in Italy, France & England.

Stay tuned!

REAL MADRID TO PRESENT JAMES RODRIGUEZ AS THEIR NEW PLAYER THIS AFTERNOON

The Football World never stops to amaze me. Four weeks back Colombian & Monaco Forward Radamel Falcao was the hot favourite to sign for Real Madrid, today the reality is that fellow countryman & team-mate James Rodriguez is now in Madrid passing the medical exam.

The fact is that JAMES RODRIGUEZ will be presented this afternoon by REAL MADRID CF as their new signing after they have shut a deal with Monaco. The details suggest a 75M€ transfer fee plus 5M€ more if the player succeeds with Champions League, other titles & objectives. The player signs for the next 6 years & will receive a salary close to 8M€ per season.


REAL MADRID CF 2014
James Rodriguez in Madrid passing the medical exam

The news is not as yet official but everything indicates that it will be in hours. The players schedule today is to go over to the "Santiago Bernabeu Stadium" to sign his contract & then be officially presented to Spanish & World media around 19.00-20.00. The player will later dress his players uniform (with Nº10) & be greeted by the Real Madrid fans to later attend an expected packed Press Conference. 

James Rodriguez joins German Toni Kroos as the new Real Madrid signings, with a third expected soon to be goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Apart from James Rodriguez being a World Soccer Star on the rise, the player has an enormous marketing attraction that should open up further markets in Latin America, USA & Asia. The Real Madrid model again is in full motion & the cashier keeps sounding. 

NEWSFLASH:
James Rodriguez has been officially presented by Real Madrid this afternoon in front of 45,000 fans at the "Santiago Bernabeu Stadium".

REAL MADRID PLAYER 2014

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REAL MADRID PRE-SEASON GAMES & MATCHES CALENDAR

Real Madrid left Spain today for Los Angeles USA to continue with their pre-season & to play some interesting quality Friendly matches that make up part of the 2º edition of the "International Champions Cup". There the Spanish Football Club will play teams like Inter Milan, AC Roma & Manchester United, plus hook up with the remaining squad players current on summer vacation after their World Cup participation or recently signed.

REAL MADRID 2014


REAL MADRID Pre-season dates & matches:

27th of July: Real Madrid - Inter de Milan (Berkeley, USA)
30th of July: Real Madrid - AC Roma (Dallas, USA)
2nd de August: Real Madrid - Manchester United (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)
5th of August: TBC if Real Madrid makes the Final (Miami USA) (2º edi. "Internationals Champions Cup")

12th of August: Real Madrid - Sevilla FC (UEFA European SuperCup de Europa /Cardiff, Wales)

16th of August: Real Madrid - Fiorentina (Warsaw, Poland)

20th of Ausgust: Atletico de Madrid - Real Madrid (Spanish SuperCup /away)
27th of August : Real Madrid - Atletico de Madrid (Spanish SuperCup /return)

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