November 29, 2022

Well, that wraps up our coverage of the draw for the LaLiga 2020/21 fixture list. You can follow the link below in the LaLiga tweet to see the full schedule of fixtures. But here are some of the highlights: 
Clásicos:
Barcelona – Real Madrid: 25 October 
Real Madrid – Barcelona: 11 April 
Madrid derby dates:
Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid: 13 December
Atlético Madrid – Real Madrid: 7 March
LaLiga fans in the UK will be able to watch the opening fixtures of the new 20/21 season free of chatge on LaLiga tv. The offer is open to Sky UK customers through premiersports.com.
Atletico open their season against Granada.
Here's Barcelona's full fixture list. 
Matchday 1-19
Real Madrid-Getafe (Postponed)
Real Sociedad-Real Madrid (19/20 Sept)
Real Betis-Real Madrid (26/27 Sept)
Real Madrid-Real Valladolid (29/30 Sept)
Levante-Real Madrid (3/4 Oct)
Real Madrid-Cádiz (17/18 Oct)
Barcelona-Real Madrid (24/24 Oct)
Real Madrid-Huesca (31 Oct/ 1 Nov)
Valencia-Real Madrid (7/8 Nov)
Villarreal-Real Madrid (21/22 Nov)
Real Madrid-Alavés (28/29 Nov)
Sevilla-Real Madrid (5/6 Dec)
Real Madrid-Atlético de Madrid (12/13 Dec)
Eibar-Real Madrid (19/20 Dec)
Real Madrid-Granada (22/23 Dec)
Elche-Real Madrid (29/30 Dec)
Real Madrid-Celta (2/3 Jav)
Osasuna-Real Madrid (9/10 Jan)
Real Madrid-Athletic (19/20 Jan)
Alavés-Real Madrid (23/24 Jan)
Real Madrid-Levante (30/31 Jan)
Huesca-Real Madrid (6/7 Feb)
Real Madrid-Valencia (13/14 Feb)
Real Valladolid-Real Madrid (20/21 Feb)
Real Madrid-Real Sociedad (27/28 Feb)
Atlético de Madrid-Real Madrid (6/7 Mar)
Real Madrid-Elche (13/14 Mar)
Celta-Real Madrid (20/21 Mar)
Real Madrid-Eibar (3/4 Apr)
Real Madrid-Barcelona (10/11 Apr)
Cádiz-Real Madrid (20/21 Apr)
Real Madrid-Real Betis (24/25 Apr)
Getafe-Real Madrid (27/28 Apr)
Real Madrid-Osasuna (1/2 May)
Real Madrid-Sevilla (8/9 May)
Granada-Real Madrid (11/12 May)
Athletic-Real Madrid (15/16 May)
Real Madrid-Villarreal (22/23 May)
David Silva is set to miss Real Sociedad's first game of the season against Valladolid after the club's new signing tested positive for coronavirus. 
The club tweeted: "Sociedad informs that @21LVA has tested positive for COVID-19 in the test carried out at Policlínica Gipuzkoa. "The player is asymptomatic and is self-isolating."
Ivan Rakitic could line out for Sevilla when they play Atlético Madrid on matchday 1 of the new season. All indications are that the Andalucian club will confirm the Croation's return to the Pizjuan shortly…
BARCELONA
No-show: Lionel Messi fails to appear for Barcelona training
Barcelona fans will not have been paying too much attention to the fixture draw this evening, as their living nightmare became ever-more real when the Argentine superstar failed to show up for training, the first under new coach Ronald Koeman.
Betis have announced the signing of defender Víctor Ruiz from Besiktas ahead of their fist LaLiga fixture against Alaves away on the weekend of 12 September. The centre back becomes the third signing of the club for the 2020/2021 season.
"Eibar have played vs FC Barcelona in the last MDs in three out of their seven #LaLiga seasons, drawing 2-2 only time they played between them at Ipurua (2019, when Barcelona had already won the title)," as pointed out by Opta Jose.
Real Madrid play Getafe at home on day one (13 September), and Villarreal at home on the final day of the seaon (25 May). 
Barcelona face newly promoted Elche on day one at home, and Eibar away on day 38. 
Valencia vs Levante: 13 September
Levante vs Valencia: 14 March
The LaLiga 2020-21 season gets underway on Saturday, 12 September, full fixture list for matchday 1 can be seen above. 
For the first time in history, there will be a Valencia derby on matchday one (via Opta Jose), with Valencia hosting Levante on 13 September at Mestalla. 
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad: 30 December 
Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao: 4 April 
Real Betis vs Sevilla: 3 January
Sevilla vs Real Betis: 14 March
Barcelona vs Elche
Real Madrid vs Getafe
Atlético Madrid vs Sevilla 
Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid: 13 December
Atlético Madrid – Real Madrid: 7 March
Barcelona – Real Madrid: 25 October 
Real Madrid – Barcelona: 11 April 
Barcelona – Real Madrid: October 25
Real Madrid – Barcelona: April 11
Real Madrid will play Getafe; Barcelona will play Elche on matchday one!
 
So they assure us in a few minutes we will start learning some fixtures. 
The fifth and final number has been drawn by a Madrid doctor, who, after a quick discussion about the coronavirus situation, has pulled the number "1". So that leaves us with "12751". This number will determine one of a possible 5,000 permutations for the fixtures. The RFEF super-computer is now working overtime, and we should have some fixtures to give you shortly.
Policeman, Mario Rodriguez, draws the fourth number, which is number "5". Of course, none of this will really means anything til we have a fixture list. We'll keep you posted. 
 
Julian Sanchez has drawn a "1", while the second number drawn by a cleaner at the RFEF offices (didn't catch her name) is number "2". Five numbers will be drawn from five seperate pots to determine the fixture list. The third number, drawn by a Madrid school principle, is number "7". 
Julian Sanchez, head coordinator for emergency services in Madrid, will be one of the special guests to draw the balls this evening. He's made his way on stage.
The show has started at the Salón Luis Aragones!
Great signig for Los Pucelanos. 
Hmmmm, indeed. Answers on a postcard!
The ceremony is set to start in six minutes, so stick with us!
Ronald Koeman is directing his first training session as we speak, with the session kicking off almost one hour ago at 17.30 (Spanish time). The players will train individually on different pitches at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, according to a statement released by the club…
Newly promoted Huesca were back training today as they prepare  to fight to stay up in 2020-21, something they were unable to achieve in 2018-19 when they played their first-ever season in the Primera Division. 
"I am very excited and my family is too. Being back in Spain, being back in LaLiga, and coming to Real Sociedad, who are playing really good football which suits my skills"
It will be nice to see the 34-year-old Spaniard back on home soil in 2020/21. After 10 incredible years at Man City, David Silva will make his first LaLiga appearance since 2010 with Real Sociedad…
Nothing to be read into from Messi's absence from training today, according to ESPN's Samuel Marsden…
Like many LaLiga clubs, Real Madrid returned to training following a short holiday, with just two weeks to go until they begin the defence of their title…
Following his impressive season with Real Sociedad, Madrid fans will be delighted to see Martin Odegaard back at the club's Valdebebas training ground.
The young Norweigan could be set for an important role in 2020/21 under Zinedine Zidane, who had asked that the youngster be brought back from Sociedad one year earlier (the two clubs had made a verbal agreement that the player would stay in San Sebastian for two seasons). 
Below are the 20 teams (in alphabetical order) who will compete for LaLiga 2020-21, including newcomers Cádiz, Huesca and Elche.
Cádiz return to the top flight after a 14-year absence, while Huesca are back following a one-year hiatus after they qualified for the Primera División for the first time in their history for the 2018-19 season. They were relegated at the end of that season, but find themselves back in the top tier after they beat Numancia 3-0 on July 20.
Elche, meanwhile, are back in Primera Division five years after their relegation for financial regularities, following their victory over Deportivo La Coruña. A goal 
LaLiga
Real Madrid, Barcelona: when does LaLiga 2020-21 kick off?
The draw for the 2020-21 LaLiga season takes place today, 31 August, two weeks later than the previous campaign kicked-off on August 16, 2019. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic the start of this campaign has been put back officially until September 12, although assuming the LFP persists with the deeply unpopular Friday night fixture in 2020-21 the first game will take place on September 11. The new campaign is scheduled to end on 23 May, 2021. Read more below…
 
One man who looks set for the Camp Nou exit door is Ivan Rakitic, who is reportedly on the verge of confirming his return to Sevilla, where he played from 2011 to 2014 before joining Barcelona. 
BARCELONA
Bartomeu-Messi meeting likely on Wednesday to discuss future
Will 2020-21 be the first season of the post-Messi era for Barcelona? If so, it will  havecome perhaps more unexpectedly than the coronavirus crisis, after the player sent the now-famous Burofax last week to demand that the club allow him to leave immediately. 
As reported by AS, a meeting between Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and Leo Messi's father, Jorge Messi, is likely to take place this coming Wednesday to discuss the player's situation. Read more on that story….
 
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the LaLiga 2020/21 fixture list draw. The 2019/20 season finished just a few weeks ago, but there will be a incredibly fast turnaround due to the stoppage between March and June because of the coronavirus.
Real Madrid have barely finished celebrating their title victory and now have to get ready to defend it, while Barcelona will be looking to right some wrongs from last year, but may have to do so without Lionel Messi. 
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