La Liga 2013-14 kicks off on the weekend of 17 and 18 August, 2013, earlier than usual to finish the season early in order to allow players to get ready for the World Cup in Brazil next year.
Real Madrid start their campaign against Real Betis at home. The first Clasico will be played on 27 October at Camp Nou with the return leg in Madrid on 23 March. The derby against Atletico Madrid will be matchday 7 and be played on 29 September at the Bernabeu. The return leg at the Vicente Calderon will be matchday 26 and be played on 2 March. Real Madrid end league proceedings against Espanyol at the Bernabeu on 18 May.