Real Madrid will start defending their La Liga championship at Almeria.

Real Madrid will open their Spanish league title defense against Almeria on Aug. 14 .

MADRID, Spain: Real Madrid will open their Spanish league title defense against Almeria on Aug. 14 and Barcelona will host Rayo Vallecano on the same weekend, according to La Liga.The La Liga season will not begin until June, with the World Cup in Qatar scheduled to be played for the first time in the middle of the European domestic season.The World Cup will begin on Nov. 21 and La Liga will begin on Dec. 31, two weeks after the final.Real Madrid and Barcelona will meet at Santiago Bernabeu on the weekend of October 16 and Camp Nou on March 19.