Stung by criticism that last season's Copa del Rey final was seen as a bit of an afterthought by the Spanish FA - and, indeed, by most of the clubs taking part in it - the buffet-loving bigwigs have moved swiftly to award it pride of place in La Liga's calendar for 2009. Having stuck the most recent affair between Valencia and Getafe at three-in-the-morning on a rainy Wednesday night in the leaky, peaky Vicente CalderÃÂ³n, next season's showpiece event will be held on June 20, almost a year from now. This being Spain, there is one teeny, tiny flaw in this most cunning of plans. The Primera is due to finish on May 31 - some three weeks before this massive match between Mallorca and Getafe - meaning that the reward for those players battling to appear in the final is three weeks less holiday. That isn't going to work for half the current Barcelona squad, for starters. The starting date of the shiny new season is set to be the weekend of August 31 and La Liga Loca is already placing Javier Aguirre as favourite for the first Primera coach to be given the chop, firstly due to blog tradition and secondly as AtlÃÂ©tico Madrid will have finished their Champions League campaign by then. Three brand new spanking relegation candidates will be joining Recreativo in desperately trying to survive the year in the Spanish top flight. Numancia won promotion some time ago - with their boss taking the confidence boosting move of jumping ship to AlmerÃÂa and on Sunday Malaga and Sporting joined them - the latter having been away from La Liga's limelight for a good 10 years and the former's boss having also taken the confidence boosting move of jumping ship to Racing Santander.