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LA LIGA KICK-OFFS THIS WEEKEND

18 Aug 2012
The season 2012/13 begins today with Deportivo returning to Primera División, matchday 01 will be played between Saturday and Monday. The war between Real Madrid and Barca continues, while the other teams dream of Europe.

La Liga is back with Deportivo La Coruña retuning to Primera División as the current champion of Liga Adelante. For the first time in six years the nine clubs that have won the 81 previous championships are all competing in the league –Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Valencia, Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla, Betis, Real Sociedad and Depor-

As always all the interest will be focused in the battle between Real Madrid and Barcelona FC in order to clinch the title, both clubs haven’t been too active in the transfer window, but definitely are the favourites. Below them, Valencia CF and Atletico Madrid will try to probe that they´re the third force in the league. Los Ches sold one of their most promising players –Jordi Alba- but the true is that until today it’s one of the clubs that has invested more money in the market (€17.5 million) and should end among the first four places.

Meanwhile, the main news at Atletico is that the Madrilenians have refused to sell their best men –Adrian, Falcao- and are only missing Diego, but seems strong enough to aspire to the Champions League. The other sixteen teams will try to clinch the permanence as soon as possible, but without forgetting the possibility of reaching the European positions, this group includes last year’s high flyers Malaga CF, Athletic Bilbao and UD Levante. This trio that made important things on last season, but it’s currently having their own issues trying to build up a proper team for the new campaign.

Malaga CF was considered to be the “new force” in Spanish football, but the unexpected problems of the new owner, Sheik Al Thani, forced them to sell several players and as a result they only have 18 men available for the first matchday. Athletic Bilbao played two finals on last season (Europa League & Copa del Rey), but right now they seem under attack as several clubs from other leagues are trying to buy some of their key players –Javi Martinez & Fernando Llorente-

The situation is more stable at UD Levante; they have been completing some important signings like midfielder Papakouli Diop, but have just sold Arouna Koné to the Premier league, always remembering that, for the first time, they will face three competitions in one single season. RCD Espanyol and Sevilla CF are clubs that see the European positions as their main target, but the true is that they failed last season and haven’t made big signings, though the Catalans have just announced the capture of ex-Atletico Simao.

Real Betis, Real Sociedad, Osasuna, Getafe CF, Granada, RCD Mallorca Real Zaragoza and Rayo Vallecano represent the “mid-class” in the league; all of these clubs will feel content enough if they clinch the permanence, but always having in mind that the “miracle” of Levante could be repeated one more time.

Finally, new comers Deportivo, RC Celta and Real Valladolid will try to solidify their positions at liga BBVA; these three clubs have plenty of experience in this league and surely want to prolong the positive moments lived last year at Segunda División.

The league kick-offs today with the visit of Málaga CF to RC Celta; the main interest will be focused in the visit of Valencia CF to the Santiago Bernabéu in order to face Real Madrid. The matchday ends on Monday with three matches, including the debut of Deportivo hosting Osasuna.

Matchday 01 at Liga BBVA
18/08 - 19:00 | RC Celta Vs. Málaga CF    
18/08 - 21:00 | Sevilla FC Vs. Getafe CF    
18/08 - 23:00 | RCD Mallorca Vs. RCD Espanyol  
19/08 - 19:00 | Athletic Club Vs. Real Betis   
19/08 - 19:00 | Real Madrid CF Vs. Valencia CF  
19/08 - 21:00 | FC Barcelona Vs. Real Sociedad  
19/08 - 23:00 | Levante UD Vs. Atlético de Madrid  
20/08 - 19:00 | RC Deportivo Vs Club Atlético Osasuna  
20/08 - 21:00 | Rayo Vallecano Vs.  Granada CF  
20/08 - 23:00 | Real Zaragoza Vs. Real Valladolid

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