La Liga has released it’s 2010/2011 schedule and Barcelona will begin their bid for a third consecutive La Liga title at Racing Santander on the final weekend of August.
Real Madrid, and new coach Jose Mourinho, face a potentially tricky trip to Real Mallorca, fifth last campaign and beaten only three times at their Ono Estadi.
Valencia, who finished third last term, and Sevilla, fourth, will also start on the road. Unai Emery’s team visit Malaga, while the Andalusians travel to newly-promoted Levante.
The other two promoted clubs, Hercules and Real Sociedad, are at home to Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal respectively.
Meanwhile, Europa League champions Atletico Madrid host Sporting Gijon as they attempt to improve last season’s disappointing ninth-place finish in La Liga.
In the remaining games, Espanyol are at home to Getafe, Deportivo La Coruna host Zaragoza and Osasuna welcome Almeria.
The opening “Clasico” between Barca and Real Madrid will be at Barca’s Nou Camp stadium on November 28 and they face each other again at Real’s Bernabeu arena April 17. The game at the Bernabeu comes with only a month left in the La Liga schedule and could well be the title decider.