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La Liga Fixtures Released

Barca-ChampionsBarcelona and Real Madrid will meet in La Liga’s latest Clasico clashes in November and April after the 2015/16 Spanish top-flight fixtures were announced on Tuesday.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed the first of the highly-anticipated matches will see Real host defending champions Barca on 8 November at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Barça will not have new signings Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan available for the big game in Madrid but both players will be eligible for selection in the reverse fixture at the Camp Nou on 3 April.

Before the Clasico, Barça begin their title defence at Athletic Bilbao on 22 August. It will be the teams’ third meeting in eight days as Barça and Athletic face each other in the two-legged final of the Spanish Super Cup. The opening leg will be played on 14 August while the return match will take place three days later.

Real Madrid kick off their campaign under new coach Rafa Benitez against newly-promoted Sporting Gijon at El Molinon stadium.

UD Las Palmas will mark their return to the Primera Division after a 13-year wait with a clash against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium. Atletico will host Barça in round three of the competition, on 13 September, and Diego Simeone’s men will travel to the Camp Nou on 31 January.

The first Madrid derby will take place on 4 October at Atletico while Real will host their city rivals in round 26 on 28 February. The final round of Primera Division games will be on the weekend of 14-15 May.

The RFEF also announced that the Copa del Rey will begin on 2 September, with the Primera Division clubs only competing from 2 December in the Round of 16. The Spanish Cup final will be played on 21 May 2016.

Here’s the opening round of fixtures in full for the 2015/16 season, per Sport. A comprehensive fixture list for the entire season will follow shortly:

Round 1 Fixtures
Athletic Club vs. Barcelona
Malaga vs. Sevilla
Levante vs. Celta Vigo
Sporting Gijon vs. Real Madrid
Rayo Vallecano vs. Valencia
Espanyol vs. Getafe
Deportivo vs. Real Sociedad
Granada vs. Eibar
Real Betis vs. Villarreal
Atletico Madrid vs. Las Palmas