Featured Matches
Previous
Lille
FC Porto
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
NK Maribor
Celtic
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Standard Liege
Zenit St Petersburg
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Stjarnan
Internazionale
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Fulham
Wolverhampton Wanderers
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Colorado Rapids
Los Angeles Galaxy
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Seattle Sounders FC
San Jose Earthquakes
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
AaB
Apoel Nicosia
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Lille
FC Porto
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
NK Maribor
Celtic
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Slovan Bratislava
BATE Borisov
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Standard Liege
Zenit St Petersburg
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Hajduk Split
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Stjarnan
Internazionale
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Fulham
Wolverhampton Wanderers
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Livingston
Heart of Midlothian
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Colorado Rapids
Los Angeles Galaxy
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Seattle Sounders FC
San Jose Earthquakes
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
DC United
Waterhouse
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
CD FAS
Montreal Impact
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Nacional Potosí
Libertad
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
UTC
Deportivo Cali
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
General Díaz
Cobresal
11:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Peñarol
Wilstermann
11:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Deportivo La Guaira
Atlético Nacional
1:30 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
River Plate
Colón de Santa Fe
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Guadalajara
Zacatepec
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Puebla
Necaxa
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Altamira
Queretaro
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
At. San Luis
Monterrey
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Veracruz
Lobos BUAP
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Figueirense FC
Botafogo
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Santos FC
Atletico Paranaense
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Sport
Palmeiras
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Bahia
Criciúma
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Coritiba FBC
EC Vitória
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Chapecoense AF
Fluminense FC
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Flamengo
Atlético MG
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Internacional
São Paulo
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Western Sydney Wanderers
Guangzhou Evergrande
1
0
LIVE 85'
Leg 1
Game Details
Pohang Steelers
FC Seoul
0
0
LIVE 0'
Leg 1
Game Details
Free State Stars
SuperSport United
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Bidvest Wits
Maritzburg Utd
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Chippa United
Pretoria Univ
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Moroka Swallows
Mamelodi Sundowns
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Mpumalanga Black Aces
Silver Stars
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Orlando Pirates
Amazulu
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Saprissa
Santos
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Sky Blue FC
Houston Dash
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 28, 2008

Real tackle jinx and rejection in league opener

MADRID, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Spanish champions Real Madrid must break a 16-game jinx if they are to start the defence of their Primera Liga title away to Deportivo Coruna with a victory on Sunday.

Real have lost on their last five visits to the Riazor and have failed to come away with all three points since winning 3-0 there back in November 1991.

Their thrilling comeback to beat Valencia with nine-men, 6-5 on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup last weekend, and a 5-3 trouncing of Sporting Lisbon in a friendly on Wednesday has them brimming with confidence.

But the imminent departure of Brazil forward Robinho to Chelsea, and failed last-minute bids for Santi Cazorla and David Villa as possible replacements have cast something of a shadow over their preparations.

Real's new Dutch recruit Rafael van der Vaart will have to wait to make his league debut after receiving a straight red card in the Super Cup on Sunday, but Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro is back in contention after three months out with an ankle injury.

Runners-up Villarreal kick-off their campaign in Pamplona against Osasuna on Sunday but have selection problems up front.

Last season's top scorers Nihat Kahveci (18 goals) and Giuseppe Rossi (11) are both out injured, and French midfielder Robert Pires is sidelined with a muscle complaint.

Barcelona's new coach Pep Guardiola gets his first taste of league action away at second division champions Numancia, having suffered his first defeat at the helm on Tuesday.

Barca lost 1-0 away to Wisla Krakow but took the third Champions League qualifying round tie 4-1 on aggregate to progress to the group stage.

Guardiola, whose task is to prevent Real claiming a hat-trick of league titles, has a full squad to choose from including an in-form and typically defiant Samuel Eto'o, determined to prove his worth after almost being off-loaded during the close season.

'I don't think the league will only be about Real Madrid. If we play to our level it will be difficult for them to better us,' he told reporters in Poland.

Another newly-promoted side Malaga travel to the Calderon on Sunday to take on Atletico Madrid who are in celebratory mood after dismissing Schalke 04 4-0 on Wednesday, qualifying for the Champions League group stage for the first time in 11 years.

With a reinforced defence, midfielder Maniche reprieved after his fall out with coach Javier Aguirre, and inspirational Argentine striker Sergio Aguero leading the line, Atletico will be hoping to improve on last season's fourth place this time round.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.