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Suarez could debut at Bernabeu as La Liga calendar published

Posted on Jul 25 2014 | IANS

Madrid, July 25 : As usual the schedule for the 'Clasico' between Barcelona and Real Madrid hogs the limelight this Spanish La Liga season. There will be added spice as the first meeting between the two sides will be on either Oct 25 or 26 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

What adds the zing is the fact that if the game is played Oct 25, Luis Suarez will not be able to play for Barca as that is the last day of the four-month suspension he was handed by FIFA for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in the World Cup finals, reports Xinhua.

However, should the game be scheduled for Oct 26, Suarez could in theory make his Barcelona debut away to Real Madrid (although match fitness would obviously be an issue) after the calendar for the 2014-2015 Spanish football season was confirmed Thursday.

Spanish BBVA Primera Liga Champions Atletico Madrid will begin their title defence with a Madrid derby.

Atletico will not line up against Real Madrid, who they will also play in the Spanish Supercup around the start of the season, but away to Rayo Vallecano in the first game of the campaign which will be played over the weekend of Aug 23 and 24.

FC Barcelona will begin their campaign at home to Elche, while Real Madrid will entertain newly promoted Cordoba in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Other standout dates are the Madrid derby between Real and Atletico Madrid, which will be played in the Bernabeu Sep 13, while newly promoted Eibar will play their first ever top-flight match at home to neighbouring Real Sociedad.

Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed by the Spanish Football League (LFP) that this season will see them adopt the 'vanishing spray' which was introduced in the recent World Cup finals in order to ensure players keep the correct distance when defending set pieces.

The spray will be used in both the Primera Liga and the Liga Adelante (Second Division).

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