The fixtures for the new La Liga season have been announced with Real Madrid and Barcelona to meet in October and March.
The season’s first Clasico has been set for October 26 at Santiago Bernabeu, which means, pending appeal, Luis Suarez will be available to play in the fixture. Camp Nou hosts the return on the weekend of March 21.
Champions Atletico Madrid make the short journey to Rayo Vallecano to start the season while Madrid host newly-promoted Cordoba and Barca welcome Elche. The Madrid derbies will be held at the Bernabéu on 13/14 September, and at the Calderón on 7/8 February.
Once again Real Madrid have signed the star of the World Cup, this time it is James Rodriguez, who has joined the European Champions for a reported £63 million.
The winner of the World Cup’s Golden Boot got a rapturous reception from a 45,000-strong crowd, around a third of whom were wearing Colombia shirts, when he was introduced at the Bernabéu on Tuesday night.
Those Colombia shirts will soon become Real Madrid shirts and Marca is reporting that the Real Madrid shop sold 900 James Rodriguez No. 10 shirts in one hour after his presentation.
The Spanish fixture list was released today and it has conspiracy tongues wagging as the first Clasico could be played on October 26 at Santiago Bernabeu. At the moment, Luis Suarez’s four month ban is scheduled to end on October 25, meaning the Clasico would be the first game that that he will be eligible to play in.
The second meeting is scheduled for the Camp Nou on the weekend of March 21.
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Going to a Barcelona match at the world famous Camp Nou is an incredible experience. If you have never been, here is everything you need to know for a great time in Barcelona as well as a seating chart of the Camp Nou.
Barcelona Preseason Schedule
02 August: Nice v Barcelona – Buy Nice v Barcelona Tickets
06 August: Barcelona v Napoli in Geneva
09 August: HJK Helsinki vs FC Barcelona
18 August: Barcelona v Club Leon – Buy Nice v Barcelona Tickets
Barcelona 2014-15 La Liga Schedule
Sun 08/24/2014: FC Barcelona – Elche
Sun 08/31/2014: Villarreal – FC Barcelona
Carlo Ancelotti has called up 20 players to travel to the states, where they will play three matches in the International Champions Cup. If they qualify for the final, they will play a fourth friendly in Miami
The list includes Pepe, Coentrão and Xabi Alonso, who all played in the World Cup in Brazil. The Italian coach also included academy players Pacheco, Diego Llorente, Derik, Marcos Llorente, Medrán, Lucas, Mascarell, Sobrino and De Tomás.
With almost two weeks until the Manchester United game in Michigan I expect that Real’s squad will by then be bolstered by the arrival of Ramos, Ronaldo and Casillas.
For months it looked like Bayern Munich and Germany star Toni Kroos was heading to Manchester United, but a change in manager their gave Real Madrid the opportunity to grab Kroos for the bargain price of €25 million.
Kroos was in his last year of his contract at Bayern, and was not going to sign an extension, allowing the European Champions to get him for a song. Kroos won three Bundesliga titles and the German Cup three times at Bayern and was part of the historic treble-winning side of 2012-13 that lifted the Champions League, Bundesliga title and German Cup. He also won the Uefa Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup last season.
According to Spain’s El Confidencial, Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas wants the European Champions to tear up his contract so he can join Arsenal on a free transfer.
The Real Madrid legend lost his No 1 spot to Diego Lopez two seasons ago and now only starts for Real in the Champions League. With the signing of Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas, Casillas is looking at another season on the bench, something he is not prepared to do.
Real Madrid are expected to unveil Bayern Munich and Germany star Toni Kroos next week as Carlo Ancelotti’s first reinforcement for the 2014-15 campaign.
Los Blancos, who will wait for the Germany midfielder to finish his World Cup before making the move official, could present the player next week. No date has been set as of yet given that Kroos still has to dispute the final with Argentina on Sunday. If Kroos and Germany are crowned world champions, he will travel to Berlin on Tuesday with his team-mates to celebrate in front of the German fans. If they lose, however, he will fly to Frankfurt with the rest of the Germany squad, travel to Munich to collect some of his belongings and then make his way to Madrid.
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New Barcelona player Luis Suárez said in a statement to Liverpoolfc.com that to “play and live in Spain” was a “lifelong dream and ambition” and that he felt the timing was now “right”. He said though that he and his family would “always be Liverpool supporters”.
Suárez said he was leaving Liverpool “with a heavy heart” for a “new life and new challenges in Spain”. And affirmed that he and his family had “fallen in love with this club and with the city”.
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Arsenal fans are still buzzing over the signing of Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, but it does not look like Arsene Wenger has finished shopping in Spain as the Gunners are strongly linked with Real Madrid and Germany star Sami Khedira.
Khedira has 12 months remaining on his current deal at Madrid and the European Champions are said to be wiling to sell Khedira for around £25 million. Real are willing to let Khedira go as they have already agreed a deal with Bayern Munich for Khedira’s German teammate Toni Kroos.
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