Spanish soccer’s ‘El Clasico’ encounters
between Barcelona and Real Madrid will
happen in December and April, two of the
most anticipated games of the 2016-17
Primera Division season whose fixtures
were announced on Friday.
Defending champions Barca host Real on
Dec. 4 at the Camp Nou. The reverse
fixture will take place on April 23, at the
Bernabeu stadium, the Spanish Football
Federation (RFEF) confirmed after the
draw.
As the La Liga season kicks off, Barca will
begin their title defence at home to Real
Betis on Aug. 21.
Prior to that, the Catalan giants take on
Sevilla in the two-legged final of the
Spanish Super Cup. That trophy pits the
league champions against the King’s Cup
winners, or in this case the runners-up,
since Barca won that title, too.
The opening leg will be played on Aug. 14
at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium while the
return match will happen three days later
in Barcelona.
League runners-up Real Madrid kick off
their campaign, in what will be Zinedine
Zidane’s first full season in charge, away
to Real Sociedad.
Deportivo Alaves will mark their return to
Spain’s top flight after a 10-year absence
with a clash against Atletico Madrid at the
Calderon stadium.
Atletico visit Barcelona in round five, on
Sept. 21, and Barca will travel to the
Calderon stadium on Feb. 26.
The first Madrid derby will take place on
Nov. 20 at Atletico while Real will host
their city rivals on April 9.
CD Leganes , runners-up to Deportivo
Alaves in the Segunda Division, will play
their first ever La Liga game at Celta Vigo
on Aug. 21 while Osasuna, the last team
to be promoted, visit Malaga in the
opening weekend.

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