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Age doesn’t counts for Suarez as he says he’s still hungry for goals


Luis Suarez has insisted that he’s just as hungry for goals at the age of 34 as he has been at any stage in his footballing career.

The Uruguayan has been in fine form for Los Rojiblancos since signing from Barcelona and is currently top of the scoring charts in LaLiga Santander.

The veteran striker has been named the Mahou Jugador Cinco Estrellas for January – awarded to Atletico Madrid’s player of the month.


“Strikers live to score goals, but what I try to do is help the team,” Suarez said upon receiving the award.

“Although I’m 34 now, I still have the same ambition.

“We’re on a good run of form and it’s important for us to keep going like that in order to achieve our goals.

“A striker can’t perform if he doesn’t have a team that does a great job.

“You try to help your team [as a striker]. Sometimes you score lots of goals and sometimes you go a few matches without one.

“But the important thing is that the team keeps picking up three points to get to our objective.”


Athletic Club Bilbao, Athletico Madrid Match ‘Postponed’


Atletico Madrid’s LaLiga fixture against Athletic Club has been postponed.

Athletic were prevented from travelling for Saturday’s encounter because of a snow storm, forcing officials to call the game off.

A statement from Atletico read: “The match that we were supposed to play today against Athletic Club at the Wanda Metropolitano (set for 16:15) has been postponed due to the snowstorm in much of the peninsula.


“The inclement weather prevented the expedition of the Basque team from traveling to Madrid due to the temporary closure of the Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport and, in addition, the travel of our team, referees and club staff to the stadium was not guaranteed to be safe due to the poor condition of the roads in the Community of Madrid.

“Faced with this situation, La Liga has requested this morning the postponement of the meeting to the Professional Competition Committee given the exceptional circumstances caused by inclement weather and the latter has ratified the decision not to play the game today as planned. The new date of the meeting will be announced in the next few days.”



Beautiful Suarez’s strike seals Wanda metropolitano’s side a Victory over Real Betis


Marcos Llorente and Luis Suarez earned Atletico Madrid a 2-0 win over 10-man Real Betis at Wanda Metropolitano as Diego Simeone’s men made it a club-record 21 LaLiga games without defeat.


Atletico XI: Suarez, Oblak, Savic, Trippier, Koke, Felipe, Lemar, Correa, Hermoso, Llorente, Torreira

Subs: Herrera, Vitolo, Carrasco, Gimenez, I. Grbić, Saponjic, Felix, Lodi, Álvaro García, J. Sanabria, Sergio Camello, Ricard Sánchez

Betis XI: Bravo, Canales, Mandi, Bartra, Montoya, Tello, Carvalho, Fekir, Álex Moreno, Sanabria, G. Rodriguez

Subs: Joaquin, V.Ruiz, Robles, Iglesias, Moron, P. Akouokou, Lainez, Juan Miranda, Rebollo, Fran Delgado, Rodri


Final score: Levante 0-2 Madrid


Real Madrid climbed to the top of the LaLiga with a 2-0 win at Levante on Sunday afternoon.

2020/2021 La Liga
Vinicius (16′)
Benzema (90’+5′)


Vinicius put Real Madrid ahead after 16 minutes when Levante failed to clear a corner and left the Brazilian in space just inside the area. So often criticised for his finishing he curled a well-struck shot beyond Aitor Fernandez.

He was Madrid’s brightest player in the first half and when he raced clear of Levante’s high defensive line he flashed the centre across the six-yard box and Benzema, who had sprinted to arrive, couldn’t stretch to finish.

Levante were by no means out of it and Nicola Vukcevic headed on to the crossbar. The home side – playing in Villarreal’s Ceramic Stadium because their own redeveloped stadium will not be ready until the end of the month – finished strongly but Madrid deserved their half-time lead.

Madrid were wasteful at the restart with Benzema hitting the post and Vinicius missing two chances. The 20-year-old could and should have had a hat-trick. With those chances missed Levante grew in confidence and when Enis Bardhi shot through a crowd of players Courtois was at full length and it was the right foot that diverted the ball wide.


Ramos headed Real Madrid in front from Luka Modric’s free-kick but the flag was up. Replays appeared to show Ramos had stepped back from his offside position before the free-kick was taken. The replays also showed Ramos had pushed the defender in the back. The goal should have been ruled out for the push but not for the handball. The goal was ruled out, but for the apparently non-existent offside.

Courtois saved Madrid again with two more saves from Bardhi. The second was routine from the midfielder’s disappointing shot but the first was brave and alert, getting down to block the one-on-one chance. It was worthy of the three points.

Benzema raced clear to score the second with the last touch of the game. Levante did not deserve to lose by more than the solitary goal but Benzema’s first goal of the season doubled the lead.

Madrid go into the international break top of the table. ‘I’m glad to have scored but then I missed a chance in the second half which I should not have missed,’ said Vinicius. ‘I know I have to improve but I’m working hard.’


Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

4′ Yellow Card! Casemiro booked

7′ CLOSE! Marti’s shot wide out

16′ GOAL! Levante 0-1 Real Madrid (Vinicius)

31′ Post! Vukcevic nearly score

44′ Miramon fire his shot into the sky

52′ CHANCE! Vinicius almost score second goal

59′ Bardhi’s powerful shot stopped by Courtois

63′ Morales hits the side-nets

68′ Disallowed! Ramos scores but the goal is offside


78′ Courtois makes a decent save

88′ Subs! Ødegaard & Isco subbed on

95′ GOAL! Levante 0-2 Real Madrid (Benzema)


Levante XI: Fernandez, Postigo, Miramon, Campana, Vukcevic, Clerc, Marti, Vezo, Morales, M. Malsa, Bardhi

Subs: Duarte, Coke, Tono, Radoja, Melero, Koke, Son, Dani Cárdenas, Rober, Jorge de Frutos, Dani Gómez

Real Madrid XI: Ramos, Modric, Benzema, Courtois, Casemiro, Nacho, Varane, F Mendy, Asensio, Valverde, Vinicius

Subs: Marcelo, Isco, Vazquez, Jovic, M. Ødegaard, A. Lunin, Víctor Chust, Rodrygo, Altube.


New Season, New Surprises as Granada defeats Atletic Club Bilbao


Granada finished the 2019/20 campaign running rings around Athletic Club and they have started the new season in the same way.

After winning 4-0 at home to Gaizka Garitano’s side on the final day of last season, they this time won 2-0 against the Basques to go into next Thursday’s Europa League qualifier full of confidence.

After a Yangel Herrera header was ruled out at the end of the first half for a foul by German Sanchez, Herrera did then score the opening goal of the LaLiga Santander season just after the break when he headed in an Angel Montoro cross in the 49th minute.

Just four minutes after that, the Andalusian side made it 2-0 when summer signing Luis Milla fired a shot in off the post from the edge of the area.

Inaki Williams came off the bench for Athletic Club as the visitors looked to get back into the match and the forward did hit the woodwork, but Granada were very comfortable after the second half cooling break as they nursed their lead to the full time whistle.


Key Updates: El classicos, Derby matches and postponments; See below


The fixture list for the 2020/21 LaLiga Santander season has been released.

The draw, held at the Spanish Football Federation’s headquarters at Las Rozas, revealed the dates for all 38 matchdays in Spain’s top flight.

Seven fixtures will take place on the opening weekend of the campaign on September 13, including a derby between Valencia and Levante at Mestalla.

The first Clasico of the season will be held on October 25 when Barcelona host Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.

The return fixture will see Barcelona travel to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 11.

As for the Madrid derbies, Real Madrid will host Atletico Madrid on December 13, while Los Blancos travel to the Wanda Metropolitano on March 7.


None of the five teams involved in European competitions in August will take part in the opening weekend of the LaLiga Santander season – the same goes for playoff winners Elche.

Matchday 1 fixtures involving Atletico, Sevilla, Real Madrid, Getafe, Barcelona and Elche will all have to wait until the new year.

Atletico, Barcelona, Sevilla and Elche will also see their fixtures for Matchday 2 postponed because they finished later than Real Madrid and Getafe in August.

There is also the issue of Granada’s Europa League playoffs – their game against Osasuna from Matchday 4 will now take place on January 12.

No problems are expected for the final day of the season on May 23, which includes Real Madrid hosting Villarreal and Barcelona’s trip to Eibar.

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2020/21 LaLiga Santander calendar: All 38 matchdays


The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has decided the 2020/21 LaLiga Santander calendar, with the new campaign set to begin on September 13.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Getafe and Sevilla – as well as Elche who gained promotion via the playoffs, will have their opening matches postponed in order for these teams to get extra rest ahead of the campaign.

The schedule is asymmetrical, meaning that the first half of the season’s fixtures are not in the same order as the second half.

More to follow…

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