It has been a disorganized summer for Spanish soccer. From spending binges, to moves being dropped at the eleventh hour and continuous theories about significant signings, there was seldom a dull minute for La Liga fans.
As though that wasn't sufficient, a fight in court between the Spanish FA and La Liga over arranging games on Monday and Friday evenings thundered on until a week ago. An understanding has now been come to keep Friday night games yet scrap Monday night the opening shots, which means a few games that had been temporarily booked for Monday evenings should be rescheduled.
All things considered, groups will start their battles with an apparatuses list that may be adjusted and changed all through the season.
Barcelona starts its mission for a third continuous class title on Friday, when it goes to Bilbao to take on Athletic. The Blaugrana have spent uninhibitedly this mid year, marking Dutch midfielder Frenkie De Jong from Ajax for $83 million, while Antoine Griezmann touched base from Atletico Madrid for $133 million.
When the Spanish exchange window closes on September 2, in any case, Barcelona could have pulled off a significantly greater upset, with the club in converses with sign Neymar.
The Brazilian left the Camp Nou for Paris in caustic conditions two years back, yet now looks resolved to come back to Barcelona with Philippe Coutinho and charge north of $100m expected to head the other way.
Neymar has likewise been on Real Madrid's radar, as Zinedine Zidane hopes to add the completing contacts to what has been an effectively costly summer.
The Spanish goliaths have effectively burned through $340 million on players. Eden Hazard joined from Chelsea and Luka Jovic left Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt, while Ferland Mendy joined from Olympique Lyon and Eder Militao and Rodrygo touched base from Porto and Santos individually.
Endeavors to draw Paul Pogba to Madrid, be that as it may, have flopped as Manchester United has would not tune in to offers for the Frenchman. Plans to offload Gareth Bale and his $18.7 million-a-year after-charge contract, which keeps running until 2022, have additionally hit a hindrance with a transition to China falling at the eleventh hour.
On the opposite side of Madrid, Atletico lost Griezmann to Barcelona in a dubious exchange and furthermore waved farewell to Lucas Hernandez, who marked for Bayern in a $90 million arrangement.
In any case, Diego Simeone sprinkled a club-record $141 million to sign Portuguese wunderkind Joao Felix from Benfica, while Kieran Trippier was a $24.5 million marking from Tottenham Hotspur.
Alvaro Morata made his credit move from Chelsea perpetual, while Spain protector Mario Hermoso, Brazilian left-back Renan Lodi and previous Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente were additionally among the entries.
Here's all that you have to know in front of the up and coming season.
When does La Liga start?
The 89th season of La Liga gets underway on Friday, August 16, when two-time defending champions Barcelona travel to Bilbao to face Athletic.
Five games are scheduled for Saturday, with Real Madrid taking on Celta Vigo away from home in the early afternoon kick-off.
Four games complete the schedule on Sunday, with Atletico Madrid hosting Getafe at the Wanda Metropolitano to round off the first week of action.
Earlier this week, beIN Sports confirmed it had retained exclusive broadcasting rights to La Liga in the U.S. and that former US women's soccer star Hope Solo will be part of its coverage this season.
The broadcaster has held rights to the Spanish league since 2012 and has signed a new deal that will run until the end of the 2024 season.
Live stream will be available via beIN Sports website, and beIN Sports' digital platforms. Live stream for selected games will also be available via fuboTV.
Matchday 1 TV schedule (All times ET)
Friday, August 16
- Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona—3 p.m., beIN Sports
Saturday, August 17
- Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid—11 a.m., beIN Sports, beIN Sports Español
- Valencia vs Real Sociedad—1 p.m., beIN Sports
- Leganes vs Osasuna—3 p.m., beIN Sports
Sunday, August 18
- Deportivo Alaves vs Levante—11 a.m., beIN Sports
- Espanyol vs Sevilla—1 p.m., beIN Sports
- Atletico Madrid vs Getafe—3 p.m., beIN Sports
The bookmakers expect Barcelona to make it three league titles in a row. According to Oddschecker, the Blaugrana are 63/100 favorite to win La Liga, followed by Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at 27/20 and 16/1 respectively.
The next in line are Valencia and Sevilla, who are 95/1 and 100/1 outsiders respectively.