Spain’s top-flight football league, La Liga, is set to return for the 2022-23 season on the weekend of August 13-14. The season will begin on August 14th, with Barcelona hosting Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid traveling to Almeria. It will then end on June fourth, with Madrid hosting Athletic Club and Barcelona traveling to Celta.
La Liga champions Madrid will host last season’s runners-up at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first Clasico clash of the season. The entire footballing world will again focus its attention on the latest chapters of the great rivalry between the Catalans and Madrilenos – a match that features some of the best footballers on the planet.
Last season, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona each won an El Clasico. In the first leg at the Camp Nou, Los Blancos won 1-2 thanks to goals from David Alaba and Lucas Vazquez, while in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, Xavi Hernandez’s side secured a convincing 4-0 win thanks to two goals from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, one from Ronald Araujo and another from Ferran Torres.
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The most exciting and vibrant matches that stand out for their competitiveness and importance are those that are fought between two teams from the same city or area: derbies. Derbies are just different and always have a special meaning behind them – and football fans always want to mark them in their calendars.
These are the dates of the most important derbies in Spanish football: Real Betis – Sevilla FC: The first Seville derby will take place at the Benito Villamarin on Matchday 13 on the weekend of November 6, 2022. On Matchday 35, the weekend of May 21, 2023, a new edition of ‘El Gran Derbi’ will take place at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Atletico de Madrid – Real Madrid: The Wanda Metropolitano will host the first Madrid derby of the season on Matchday 6 on the weekend of September 18. On Matchday 23, on the weekend of February 26, the return leg will take place at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Real Sociedad – Athletic Club: The Blue and Whites and the Red and Whites will meet on Matchday 17 and 29. The Reale Arena will host the first Basque derby of the season on the weekend of January 14, 2023. The second leg will take place at San Mames on the weekend of April 16.
FC Barcelona – RCD Espanyol: Finally, the Barcelona derbies will take place on Matchdays 15 and 34. The first, held at Camp Nou, will take place on the weekend of December 31, 2022. The return leg at the RCDE Stadium will take place on the weekend of May 14.