Espanyol: the club celebrated its first win at its new Cornella-El Prat Stadium, a 2-1 win over Malaga. Off the pitch there was further positive news as the girlfriend of captain Daniel Jarque, who died during a pre-season tour of Italy, gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Martina.
La Liga: The Director General of the LFP Francisco Roca has confirmed that the League is exploring the possibility of advancing weekend kick off times to 3pm to boost its popularity in the Far East. Roca spoke at a conference in China where Spanish matches are broadcast typically between 3 and 5am, compared to the evening primetime hours during which English Premier League matches are shown.
Roca admitted: “the main way (to promote Spanish football) in the short term is to play matches at a time which has a larger (television) audience in China.”
Fiorentina: President Andrea Della Valle quit the Stadio Artemio Franchi this afternoon, with vice-president Mario Cognini temporarily taking over the running of the club.
Andrea is the brother of leather magnate Diego Della Valle, who bought the club in 2002, when the club reformed in the Fourth Division after bankruptcy and demotion.
Milan: Gazzetta dello Sport has revealed a significant slump in season ticket sales, currently 25,984; down from last leason’s 41,606. The summer departures of Ancelotti, Kaka and Maldini combined with little summer recruitment have clearly had an effect on sales. On the pitch their dreadful start to the season continued with a 1-0 defeat at Udinese.
Serie A: Inter claimed top sport with a 3-1 win in the San Siro against Napoli, with Brazil captain Lucio scoring is first goal for the Nerazzurri. The pick of last night’s matches was a six goal thriller in Sicily where Palermo and Roma played out a pulsating 3-3 draw.
Liga Nacional: the 12th round of matches due to played midweek were suspended in the Honduran top flight due to a national curfew imposed by the interim government.