Barça and Real to begin on travels
Barcelona and Real Madrid will both start their 2010/11 La Liga campaigns away from home, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) revealed today as new season's fixture list was announced.
Pep Guardiola's side, champions in each of the last two seasons, will travel to Racing Santander on the last weekend in August, while Jose Mourinho will make his competitive debut as Los Merengues coach with a trip to Michael Laudrup's Real Mallorca.
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, UEFA Europa League champions Atletico Madrid host Sporting Gijon as they attempt to improve on last season's disappointing ninth-placed finish in La Liga.
In the remaining games, Espanyol are at home to Getafe, Deportivo La Coruna host Zaragoza, and Osasuna welcome Almeria.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are set for an intriguing battle this term and will meet at Camp Nou on 28 November, with the return fixture to be played just a month before the end of the season, at the Bernabeu on 17 April.