A New Season Beckons – La Liga

Real Madrid:

  • German Bernd Schuster takes over as coach after Fabio Capello.
  • Roberto Carlos leaves on a free transfer to Turkish Fenerbahce.
  • Fellow Brazilians Emerson (AC Milan) and Cicinho (Roma) move to Serie A.
  • David Beckham moves to LA Galaxy.
  • Portuguese defender Pepe moves from Porto.
  • Argentine defender Gabriel Heinze moves from Manchester Utd.
  • Dutch winger Arjen Robben moves from Chelsea.
  • Argentine striker Javier Saviola moves from Barcelona.
  • Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder comes from Ajax.


  •  Dutch full back Van Bronckhorst leaves for Feyenoord.
  • Argentine striker Saviola moves to Real.
  • French winger Giuly moves to Roma.
  • French striker Thierry Henry arrives from Arsenal.
  • French defender Eric Abidal comes from Lyon.
  • Argentine striker Gabriel Milito comes from Zaragoza


  • Fernando Torres leaves Atletico Madrid for Liverpool
  • Luis Garcia (Liverpool), Forlan (Villarreal) and Reyes (Arsenal) arrive at Atletico Madrid.
  • Hector Cuper former Valencia and Inter coach takes over at Betis.
  •  Danish Michael Laudrup takes over as coach of Getafe after that Schuster leaves for Real.
  • Argentine defender Roberto Ayala leaves Valencia for Zaragoza.

Opening fixtures:

  • The season open with the Madrid derby between Real and Atletico on Saturday 25 August.
  • On Sunday Barcelona start at Racing Santander and Villarreal travel to Valencia.



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