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The main dates of a First Division with a break for the World Cup


The new season of LaLiga Santander dWill kick off next FridayAugust 12 and will end on June 4, 2023, later than usual due to the forced break in winter, when the the Cup in Qatar, with a calendar marked by the great duels of the course in Spain, such as the Clásico, the derbies and other decisive days.

With a Osasuna-Seville as the opening match of the competition, which faces its 92nd editionthe league start of the current LaLiga Santander champion will be against Almeria on Sunday, August 14 (10:00 pm), a rival that the Whites have not visited since December 2014. This will be the of the three games that Carlo Ancelotti’s men will play away from home consecutively at the start of the championship.

Thus, after visiting the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos, Real Madrid will travel a week later to Celtic (August 21) and on matchday three to Spanish (August 28). It won’t be until matchday four when the whites play their first league game at homeit will be in front of Betison Saturday, September 3.

The whites’ league calendar, in addition to the World Cup, as for the rest of the teams, will also be affected by the Mundialito de Clubs, a tournament that the madridistas will play this season after winning the fourteenth European Cup last May. However, the date of the competition is yet to be confirmed, since many of the champions that remain to be defined will not be known, even, until the beginning of 2023 -the case of Africa-.

By his part, the ‘new’ Barça of Xavi Hernández will premiere in LaLiga Santander on Saturday, August 13 (21.00) at the Camp Nou and against Vallecano Raya rival who already won the Barça fiefdom last season, in which it will be the first official exam for a team that has been reinforced with pieces that are bound to be key, such as Lewandowski, Koundé, Raphinha, among others.

The Atlético de Madrid of ‘Cholo’ Simeone will start another league challenge against Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, the first derby of the entire championshipwhile the Civitas Metropolitano will have to wait for matchday two to host the first game of the season, a week later (August 21, 7:30 p.m.) against Villarreal.

The classics, in October and March

The Clásico between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona arouses the interest of fans all over the world, and in this new edition of LaLiga Santander we will have to wait until October 15-16 (matchday 9) to enjoy the first of the two clashes between the two giants of Spanish football, with the Santiago Bernabéu as the stage. The Spotify Camp Nou will host the second on March 18-19 (matchday 26)just a few days after a hypothetical round of 16 in the Champions League.

Also noteworthy are the two Madrid derbies between Atlético and Real Madrid. The first, very early, in the day 6 the weekend of September 17-18, with the Metropolitan as the setting, while the Bernabéu will be the scene of one of the most relevant matches in the world on the weekend of February 25-26, in the day 23 of LaLiga Santander, after the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.

The Catalan derby between Barca and Spanish will be disputed December 31 (matchday 15), at the Camp Nou, and on May 13-14 (matchday 34), under the floodlights of the RCDE Stadium. For his part, the Seville derby will have a first act next November 5-6 (matchday 13) in Villamarín and Sánchez-Pizjuán will host the second act on May 20-21 (day 35).

While the Real Sociedad and Athletic will measure their strong rivalry in a first Basque derby on January 14-15 (matchday 17)before the eyes of the Reale Arena, with a second clash between the two clubs on April 15-16 (matchday 29), with San Mamés as judge.

Break of more than a month for the World Cup in Qatar

The 2022 World Cup will be remembered for being the first to be held in the European winter, to avoid playing games in extreme heat from Qatar. Thus, the 32 best teams in the world will play 64 games in less than a month in what will be the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East, between November 21 and December 18.

This forces to make a break in the domestic competitions. In the case of Spain, LaLiga Santander will paralyze its dynamics on November 9, with matchday 14, and will not return until December 31.

And it is that this is another of the great consequences, as far as the calendar is concerned, of the celebration of the World Cup on those extraordinary . Thus, it isMatchday 15 of the League will be played on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s, with outstanding matches such as the Barça-Spanish, Villarreal-Valencia or Cádiz-Almería derbies; a Betis-Athletic; while Atlético will receive Elche and Real Madrid will visit Valladolid.

Last and definitive day, in June

Ten months after start of the dispute of the first day, LaLiga Santander the curtain will fall on June 3-4presumably still with goals to define, perhaps the champion, European positions, or relegation.

Thus, Real Madrid, who lifted the title last year, will close the championship with a demanding duel against Athletic Club. Meanwhile, Barça will also have a complicated visit to Balaídos -they only have one victory in the last duels against Celta as a visitor- on this final day.

Those of ‘Cholo’ will finish the championship away from home against ‘Yellow Submarine’, while Sevilla will have to compete against Real Sociedad to end their domestic season. In addition, there will be a Betis-Valencia, Mallorca-Rayo, Valladolid-Getafe, Elche Cádiz, Español Almería and Osasuna-Girona.