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Real kick off Liga title defence against Valencia

Liga champions Real Madrid begin their title defence at home to Valencia, after the 2012/13 fixtures were released.

 
Real open with Valencia - Football - LigaEFE
 

Jose Mourinho’s side finished the 38-game campaign with 100 points to unseat Barcelona as kings of Spain, and will face a tough challenge at the Bernabeu on the opening day in the form of third-placed Valencia - who finished 39 points behind Madrid last season.

Runners-up Barca also get the league campaign underway on home turf, welcoming Real Sociedad to Camp Nou for new manager Tito Vilanova's Liga bow, while fourth-placed Malaga travel to newly-promoted Celta Vigo.

Deportivo La Coruna, also making their return to the top flight, host Osasuna while Europa League winners Atletico Madrid are away to Levante and runners-up Athletic Bilbao are at home to Real Betis.

Real Valladolid, who claimed the third and final promotion berth via the play-offs, travel to Real Zaragoza on the opening weekend, set for the August 18 and 19.

The first Clasico of the season between Barcelona and Real will take place on the weekend of October 7 at Camp Nou with the reverse fixture on the weekend of March 3.

The two giants and great rivals also meet over two legs next month in the Spanish Super Cup, the traditional season opener that pits the league champions (Real) against the Copa del Rey winners (Barca).

LA LIGA OPENING MATCH DAY FIXTURES

Athletic Bilbao v Real Betis

Sevilla v Getafe

Real Zaragoza v Real Valladolid

Real Madrid v Valencia

Levante v Atletico Madrid

Barcelona v Real Sociedad

Celta Vigo v Malaga

Mallorca v Espanyol

Rayo Vallecano v Granada

Deportivo la Coruna v Osasuna

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