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A weekly mini-podcast bringing you the best in Spanish football, focusing on LaLiga, arguably the best league in the world. We'll tell you not just what happened, but how and why, using our extensive squad of reporters spread throughout Spain. We'll have big-name interviews with current and former players and managers from LaLiga, and we'll truly interact with our listeners, featuring them in our content, encouraging their comments and challenging them regularly. Insight. Interviews. Interaction. In English. Spanish Football. Sorted. Follow us and chat with us on Twitter: twitter.com/LaLigaLowdown

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A weekly mini-podcast bringing you the best in Spanish football, focusing on LaLiga, arguably the best league in the world. We'll tell you not just what happened, but how and why, using our extensive squad of reporters spread throughout Spain. We'll have big-name interviews with current and former players and managers from LaLiga, and we'll truly interact with our listeners, featuring them in our content, encouraging their comments and challenging them regularly. Insight. Interviews. Interaction. In English. Spanish Football. Sorted. Follow us and chat with us on Twitter: twitter.com/LaLigaLowdown

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Far Too Top-Heavy

By woodside4life - Mar 07 2019
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If you’re looking for yet another podcast about Madrid and Barcelona, this is something to listen to. There is so little focus on the other 18 teams- even Atlético- that it’s unsatisfying if you want a fuller picture of the league as a whole.

Don’t even give them the download

By DDChelsea - Feb 04 2019
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“La Liga Lowdown”? For a podcast that is once a week and less than 30min long they spend about 7mins each pod talking about Messi like it’s news that he’s one of the greatest players to ever play. If someone is interested in La Liga they are surely already aware of this. If you are interested in La Liga I would suggest you download “The On The Continent” Podcast by the same provider. You also won’t have to listen to sh**y cabana music the whole time.

iTunes Ratings

23 Ratings
Average Ratings
17
2
1
1
2

Far Too Top-Heavy

By woodside4life - Mar 07 2019
Read more
If you’re looking for yet another podcast about Madrid and Barcelona, this is something to listen to. There is so little focus on the other 18 teams- even Atlético- that it’s unsatisfying if you want a fuller picture of the league as a whole.

Don’t even give them the download

By DDChelsea - Feb 04 2019
Read more
“La Liga Lowdown”? For a podcast that is once a week and less than 30min long they spend about 7mins each pod talking about Messi like it’s news that he’s one of the greatest players to ever play. If someone is interested in La Liga they are surely already aware of this. If you are interested in La Liga I would suggest you download “The On The Continent” Podcast by the same provider. You also won’t have to listen to sh**y cabana music the whole time.
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La Liga Lowdown

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A weekly mini-podcast bringing you the best in Spanish football, focusing on LaLiga, arguably the best league in the world. We'll tell you not just what happened, but how and why, using our extensive squad of reporters spread throughout Spain. We'll have big-name interviews with current and former players and managers from LaLiga, and we'll truly interact with our listeners, featuring them in our content, encouraging their comments and challenging them regularly. Insight. Interviews. Interaction. In English. Spanish Football. Sorted. Follow us and chat with us on Twitter: twitter.com/LaLigaLowdown

Rank #1: Barcelona 5-1 Real Madrid, Lopetegui sacked! LaLiga matchday 10 recap - Clásico Special

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There might have been no Messi and no Ronaldo, but Clásicos NEVER lack drama and Sunday's match at the Camp Nou was no different. Barcelona's 5-1 victory at home to Real Madrid sent them back to the top of the table, and in the process ended Julen Lopetegui's reign as Madrid head coach. We discuss the big talking points in the game, why it's gone wrong for Los Blancos under the ex-Spain boss, and who Madrid should get in long-term to replace Lopetegui.


We also take you through the rest of Matchday 10 in LaLiga, featuring:

- Alavés score an injury-time winner to go 2nd in the table

- Sevilla and Atlético Madrid dominate at home, they sit 3rd and 4th

- but Villarreal, Valencia and Athletic Club continue to struggle


Here's where you can catch our content on our other platforms...


Twitter - https://www.twitter.com/LaLigaLowdown

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/LaLigaLowdown

Website - https://www.laligalowdown.com


Enjoy!

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Oct 30 2018

24mins

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Rank #2: Golden: How Spain triumphed at the 1992 Olympic Games

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In this episode, we take a look back to 1992, when the Olympic Games came to Barcelona and Spain. The Spanish squad won the football tournament, the only time they've claimed gold at the Olympics.


We hear from Matt Clark (@MattClark_08), who picks out the most interesting names from the squad. We hear from Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG), who explains how Spain reached the final and how they did so in Valencia. Euan McTear looks back on the final, along with some wild commentary. And we hear from Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee), who reflects on the legacy of those Olympics.

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Feb 20 2020

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Rank #3: BONUS PODCAST! Valencia CF: their revival, their centenary...and more!

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It's a momentous time for Valencia - it's their 100th birthday this month, and the momentum is building in their season as well. Los Che are through to the Copa del Rey final, they've qualified for the quarter-finals of the Europa League and they're on an unbeaten run in LaLiga which is edging them up towards that 4th place which they covet to return to the Champions League next season.


In this bonus podcast, La Liga Lowdown's Paco Polit discusses all the big talking points with Che Scandinavia, a fan group from the most northern part of Europe. Hans and Oscar are representing this "peña", and they give their thoughts on how Valencia have turned their season around after a difficult start, who the main players have been, who has disappointed, who has delighted, with particular focus on a couple of the youth products, Ferrán and Kang-in Lee.


They also tell us about their first memories of Mestalla, and discuss what is so good about the mad festival of "Fallas", which is this time of year in Valencia, as well as the upcoming Spain v Norway friendly and legends' game at Mestalla.


Thanks so much to Hans and Oscar for being part of this bonus podcast, and don't forget to follow us on Twitter - our handle is @LaLigaLowdown.


Enjoy!

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Mar 15 2019

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Rank #4: The Giant Has Fallen... Real Madrid bonus podcast!

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In this bonus podcast, Euan McTear speaks to 2 colleagues in the Spanish capital about Real Madrid after Los Blancos suffered 7 days of their worst nightmares: being knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Barcelona, then losing in LaLiga to Barcelona and finally (and perhaps most shockingly) throwing away a 2-1 away first-leg advantage to crash out of the Champions League to Ajax.


In part 1, Euan and Robbie Dunne pick apart the week of woe, why it's gone so badly wrong, they discuss how much head coach Santi Solari is to blame or how much he has been let down by his players, and how much pressure is now on the Madrid president Florentino Pérez to take the right steps going forward.


In part 2, Euan speaks to Kiyan Sobhani about the Real Madrid loanees who are at other clubs, including Mateo Kovacic and Theo Hernández, but also the likes of Oscar Rodríguez at Leganés, Borja Mayoral at Levante and Raúl de Tomás at Rayo Vallecano. So how bright could the future look for Real Madrid, and who is likely to return to the Bernabeu and force their way back into the first team? Plus, who is the better player - Martin Ødegaard or Frenkie de Jong?!


You can find Robbie on Twitter at @robbiejdunne, and Kiyan is also @KiyanSo - thanks again to both for their contributions to this bonus podcast. Our Twitter handle is @ LaLigaLowdown so feel free to check that out too, and please do leave your lovely reviews and 5-star ratings for the pod if you've enjoyed it.


Enjoy!

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Mar 07 2019

28mins

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Rank #5: Matchday 1 recap: Barcelona stumble on the weekend of wonder goals!

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LaLiga is back and it came back with a bang! From Aritz Aduriz's stunning winner against Barcelona in the opening match of the weekend to Joao Felix's impressive debut in Atletico Madrid's latest victory over Getafe, we've got it all covered. We start by breaking down Barcelona's problems and wondering what Ernesto Valverde has to do now.


We also take an in-depth look at the newly promoted sides Real Mallorca, Osasuna and Granada as they returned to the top flight with positive results, with analysis from three reporters who were at their games. Granada's match was especially wild - an eight-goal thriller away at Villarreal.


Paco breaks down the madness that went on in Valencia's draw with Real Sociedad, as they started the season with their favourite result - a draw.


All of that and more is discussed in this podcast. Check us out on Twitter - @LaLigaLowdown - to let us know your thoughts on LaLiga's opening weekend.



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Aug 19 2019

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Rank #6: David Beckham: The Real Madrid Years

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In this episode, we look back on David Beckham's four seasons with Real Madrid between 2003 and 2007. Host Euan McTear (@emctear) starts the podcast off by explaining how Beckham ended up signing for Real Madrid even after an agreement had been announced with Barcelona.


Then Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) tells the story of Beckham's first couple of seasons at the Bernabéu and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) goes on to detail the Englishman's final two years in the Spanish capital. Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) then tells the story of Beckham's post-Real Madrid career, while we also hear clips from Beckham himself on his time at Real Madrid.





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Apr 23 2020

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Rank #7: The Clásico we'd all been waiting for

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It had been a long wait for this Clásico, as we'd had to wait an extra 55 days before finally getting to see Barcelona and Real Madrid go head to head. And, it had been a long time since we'd seen a goalless Clásico, as there hadn't been one since 2002. We discuss what happened at the Camp Nou in this podcast, starting with a discussion between Euan McTear (@emctear) and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG).


Then, Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) and Hasan Karim (@TheHasKarim) give us their player ratings, with Román running the rule over the Barça players and Hasan doing likewise for Real Madrid.

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Dec 19 2019

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Rank #8: Matchday 15 recap: Death, taxes and Messi slotting it in from the edge of the area

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The big game of matchday 15 was Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona and it was decided by Lionel Messi on the eve of his widely expected Ballon d'Or coronation. Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) provides a match report from the stadium, before Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) dissects and discusses the match with host Euan McTear (@emctear).


There's also analysis of Real Madrid's upturn in form and the return of Isco with Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy). Gregor Chappelle (@GregorChappelle) explains why he's confident about Leganés after seeing them take on Sevilla. Martin Devlin (@MartiRVCF) provides an update on Real Valladolid and the rumours of Mohammed Salisu going off to Manchester United. And Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100) reveals why Real Mallorca fans should be excited about one particular player's imminent return from injury.


Complete with audio from BeIN, LaLigaTV and Onda Cero.

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Dec 02 2019

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Rank #9: The Aritz Aduriz Story

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Athletic Club striker Aritz Aduriz is a LaLiga legend. We all know this. But how did his story start? What bumps were there along the way? That and more is all discussed in this podcast looking at the Aritz Aduriz story.


We speak to Phil Ball to explain how Aduriz, who grew up in San Sebastian, ended up playing for his hometown's biggest rivals. Alex Fitzpatrick talks about the Aduriz Real Mallorca years. Paco Polit reflects on what went well, and what didn't, for Aduriz at Valencia. Román de Arquer dissects Aduriz's role in Athletic Club's Supercopa de España win in 2015. And Gaizka Atxa looks ahead to his retirement along with your host, Euan McTear. Plus, commentary excitement from Mundo Futgol, Cadena COPE, beIN SPORTS, ITV and Radio Popular.


So click play, and enjoy learning some more about one of LaLiga's all-time greats.





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Aug 22 2019

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Rank #10: Matchday 5 recap: Granada beating Barça, just wow!

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Athletic Club and Real Madrid are the new leaders of LaLiga Santander on 11 points and we look at their victories over Alavés and Sevilla, as well as discussing Granada's hugely impressive victory over a Barcelona side that just cannot win away from home.


We discuss that special Granada night with a man who was there, Heath Chesters (@HeathGCF). We talk Real Madrid with Kristofer McCormack (K_mc06). There's a chat with Jeremy Beren (JBBeren) of @IntoTheCalderon about Atlético Madrid's difficult week. Paco Polit (pacopolitENG) talks Levante and Villarreal. And Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) analyses Espanyol's latest setback, as well as telling us about his trip to see the women's teams of Barcelona and Atlético Madrid.


There's all that and much more with host Euan McTear (@emctear), with sounds from À Punt Esports and Cadena Cope livening up the matchday recap even more.




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Sep 23 2019

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Rank #11: João Félix: How far has he come and how far can he go?

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João Félix became one of the star players in world football in the space of just a few months. The Benfica academy graduate rose to prominence at the beginning of 2019 and earned a huge transfer to Atlético Madrid in the summer.


In this podcast, we look at the story so far for the 19-year-old and at what his future could look like. Host Euan McTear (@emctear) hears from Cristiano Oliveira (@10CO10) of the @BenficaPodcast about his rise through the Benfica academy, from Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) about his breakout 2018/19 season, from Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) about his transfer saga, from Jeremy Beren (@JBBeren) of @IntoTheCalderon about his Atlético Madrid career and from Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) about the love for João Félix at the Wanda Metropolitano. With a clip from a João Félix ESPN interview too, this podcast has all you need to know about this potential future Ballon d'Or winner.



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Oct 24 2019

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Rank #12: Matchday 26 recap: ZZ goes top on Clásico weekend

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Here's La Liga Lowdown's matchday recap after Clásico weekend. Zinedine Zidane was bold and his Real Madrid team beat Barcelona 2-0 to go back to the top of the LaLiga table. We discuss the match in depth in part one of this podcast, as host Euan McTear (@emctear) speaks to Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee).


Also coming up in this podcast, Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100) provides the lowdown on Getafe's latest win, as they took the three points in Mallorca. Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) reflects on Valencia's victory over Real Betis and on what's going wrong for the Andalusian side this season. And Heath Chesters (@HeathGCF) provides a sense of the mood at Granada ahead of their big Copa del Rey week, while Dan Parry (@DanParry_) does the same for Athletic Club and Real Sociedad.


There's all that and more, plus commentary clips from Cadena Cope and LaLiga TV.


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Mar 02 2020

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Rank #13: REAL MADRID ARE OFFICIALLY AWFUL. Plus, Barca go 5 clear and the bottom 3 ALL WIN!

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3 words: More Madrid misery. Yes, they might be European champions, but Real Madrid definitely didn't look like it as they slumped to a 6th LaLiga defeat of the season at home to Real Sociedad. We absolutely tear into Los Blancos, and deservedly so because they were truly terrible. The result leaves them 10 points off leaders Barcelona who won away to hard men Getafe, but at least they've signed a 158th young player that they barely need in Brahim Diaz...

Barça were also helped by Sevilla and Atlético Madrid drawing in the glamour game of the weekend - some high-quality football in this one, but not so much from Valencia as they lost at Alavés to put Marcelino under real pressure...the result sends Alavés up to 4th, which is nuts.


In the relegation battle, all of the bottom 3 won, including an historic first LaLiga home victory for Huesca, but Rayo are also showing signs of life and Athletic Club look revitalised under Gaizka Garitano...Villarreal were held to a draw at Eibar, and it's they who are now in the drop zone.


There's also your 3-word verdicts on Matchday 18, thanks for sending those to us!  Don't forget to follow us on Twitter - our handle is @LaLigaLowdown - so come have a chat, and feel free to give this podcast and amazing review and a 5-star rating. We'd be forever in your debt.


Hasta luego!

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Jan 08 2019

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Rank #14: Matchday 11 recap: Messi is back!

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In this Friday edition of La Liga Lowdown, we recap the midweek round as Barcelona moved back to the top of the table thanks to some Lionel Messi magic. He is well and truly back, as explained by Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee).


There's a lot more to discuss too. Host Euan McTear speaks about Real Madrid's big win, Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) analyses Alavés and Atlético Madrid's sharing of the spoils, Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) breaks down the Valencia and Sevilla draw, Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100) gives his immediate reaction to Real Mallorca's tie with Osasuna and Ryan Maquiñana (@rmaq28) of the Athletic Club California Fangroup (@AthleticClubCal) tells us what it was like to be at San Mamés for Athletic Club's first win in six matches.


Along with some commentary from ESPN, LaLigaTV and Cadena Cope, matchday 11 can be re-lived right here.

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Nov 01 2019

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Rank #15: King Karim, Messi the Master, Rayo are rising, Yellow Sub sinking...

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Are Real Madrid back for good? Like REALly back? (Sorry.) Suddenly the boys in white (or actually a weird pinky red this week) are looking like European champions, with big names starring and scoring - especially Karim Benzema as they won at Espanyol. Question is: is he the best number 9 in the world?!


Just up the road, Barcelona beat Girona but it wasn't actually all that easy - still, it's 8 straight league wins, so they stay 5 points clear of Atlético who were totally in control at home to Getafe...and we make a deep analogy about watches.


Sevilla put 5 past leaky Levante who can now boast the worst defence in the division - all Sevilla's goals came in the 2nd half, all from different scorers. And they'll have enjoyed Betis' defeat at a rejuvenated Athletic Club by a goal to nil.


No big team seemed fazed on Derby Day as Valencia put away a poor Villarreal who look now to be really struggling 5 points from safety - whatever new boss Luis García Plaza is doing, it really ain't working, with all of the talent at his disposal. Rayo took advantage by beating Alavés to get out of the bottom 3.


That dropped Celta Vigo into it after they lost at Real Valladolid - we bring you an update after the Celta president decided to go public on a few things. Oh, and congratulations to Huesca - a first clean sheet after 23 games this season.


Enjoy!

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Jan 29 2019

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Rank #16: The Rise and Rise of Martin Ødegaard

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In this week's midweek podcast, we take a look at the Martin Ødegaard story so far.


We've got Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100) on his origins in Norway. We've got Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) on his arrival at Castilla, Real Madrid's B team. We've got Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) on his loan spells in the Netherlands. We've got Dan Parry (@DanParry_) on his time so far at Real Sociedad. And we've got Matt Clark (MattClark_08) on his international career.


All hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear) and with commentary clips from Sky Sports and Cadena Cope.

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Jan 16 2020

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Rank #17: Matchday 13 recap: Kubo's first goal, Aguirre's return and Aitor's election day conundrum

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The Seville derby honours went to Sevilla as they won away at Real Betis in the biggest game of the 13th round of the 2019/20 LaLiga season. There were many more fascinating storylines too and we dive into all of them in this recap podcast.


Kristofer McCormack (@K_mc06) analyses Real Madrid's latest big win. Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) is impressed with the way Valencia have responded to an injury crisis. Dan Parry (@DanParry_) reacts to an Athletic Club comeback win and Aitor's election day conundrum. And Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100) discusses Takefusa Kubo's first LaLiga goal.


Plus, Javier Aguirre had his first game as Leganés coach and Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) discusses that, while Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) dissects Óscar García's debut in the Celta Vigo dugout, as they were Messi-ed at the Camp Nou.

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Nov 11 2019

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Rank #18: MESSI HITS 400! Barca turn on the style, Sevilla lose ground, and it's tight at the bottom...

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This weekend we saw yet another milestone in the extraordinary career of Lionel Messi. He's now reached 400 goals in LaLiga after scoring in Barcelona's 3-0 win over Eibar, as the champions take a five-point lead into the second half of the season. The performance of Philippe Coutinho has given Ernesto Valverde food for thought, so Román tells us what the future holds for him.

With Atletico Madrid winning and Sevilla losing, maybe the title race is down to two horses - we're hearing from Euan on Atleti, while Sevilla have at least got some signings through the door including Barca forward Munir - Alex tells us a little bit about their new recruits.

As for the relegation battle, big wins for Leganés, Rayo Vallecano and resurgent Athletic Club, but Villarreal have plumbed new depths - defeat to Getafe leaves them second-bottom. Tough times at Valencia too - Paco was at Mestalla as they drew yet again, against Real Valladolid.


Don't forget to follow us on Twitter as well - our handle is @ LaLigaLowdown, and feel free to give us an amazing rating and review, however you listen to this podcast. Have a great week!

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Jan 15 2019

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Rank #19: Monchi: From backup goalkeeper to the world's top sporting director

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Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo, better known as Monchi, is the most famous sporting director in the world.


Sevilla benefited from his expertise for 17 years, between 2000 and 2017. Before that, he was a backup goalkeeper for the club. After that, he spent a couple of years running the sporting department at AS Roma. Now he is back at Sevilla. He's back home.


In this podcast, hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear), we tell Monchi's life story, speaking to those who know it best. Román de Arquer (Aeroslavee) talks though his playing career. Victor Orta, the Leeds United director of football, reflects on when he worked with Monchi at Sevilla, Conor Clancy (@ConJClancy) of @SerieAFFC discusses Monchi's time in Serie A, Matthew Clark (@MattClark_08) looks at the Spaniard's relationship with the Premier League and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) analyses Sevilla's 2019 summer transfer market. Thanks also go out to esRadio and Cadena COPE for the classic commentary.

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Sep 05 2019

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Rank #20: Takefusa Kubo: The Story So Far

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Takefusa Kubo is one of world football's rising stars, and the 18-year-old Japanese prodigy has already passed through three Spanish clubs. After spending time at Barcelona's academy and after returning to Japan, he signed with Real Madrid this summer and has been loaned out to Real Mallorca.


Euan McTear (@emctear) hosts this episode and speaks to Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) about Kubo's Barça days, to Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo) about his pre-season with Real Madrid and to Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100) about his arrival at Real Mallorca. We also hear from Ben Maxwell (@OnTheGas1999), the host of the J-Talk Podcast (@JTalkPod), for expert insight into Kubo's emergence in Japan. And Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) discusses Kubo's appearances with the Japanese national team. Thanks go out as well to J-League, Barça TV and Premier Sports for the Kubo clips.


So listen in and enjoy. This is Takefusa Kubo's story so far...



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Aug 29 2019

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LLL Live! Season Review - Audio Version

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The 2019/20 season has been completed, so it's time to review the campaign as a whole. We held an LLL Live show just after the season ended, with host Euan McTear (@emctear) joined by Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG), Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) and Hasan Karim (@TheHasKarim).


The entire show is available right here in audio-only format, or the full video version can still be viewed on our @LaLigaLowdown Twitter feed. Enjoy!

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Jul 22 2020

56mins

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Matchday 38 recap: EuroGranada and unlucky Leganés

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In our final matchday recap of the 2019/20 LaLiga season, we start by hearing from Granada fan Heath Chesters (@HeathGCF), who shared his reaction just moments after his team qualified for Europe for the first time ever. Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) then breaks down the entire Europa League race and Valencia’s failure to qualify.


Host Euan McTear (@emctear) then explains the drama of the relegation battle, as Celta Vigo stayed up and as Leganés went down. We also hear from Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100) about Real Mallorca’s relegation and their hopes for the future.


In part two, Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) discusses Barcelona’s five-goal win at Alavés and Allen Dodson (@groguet01) reflects on the emotional goodbyes at Villarreal as Bruno Soriano, Santi Cazorla and maybe Javi Calleja bid farewell. 

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Jul 20 2020

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Matchday 37 recap: Real Madrid are the champions

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Real Madrid are champions of Spain, so that’s where we begin this recap of the 37th matchday of the 2019/20 LaLiga Santander season. We have on-the-whistle reactions from Real Madrid fans Emily Wilson (@wilson_emt), Hasan Karim (@TheHasKarim) and Kristofer McCormack (@k_mc06). Then, host Euan McTear (@emctear) and Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) dissecting the title race in general, focusing on Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Villarreal and Barcelona’s 2-1 loss to Osasuna.


Then, Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) discusses the race for the final Europa League spots. And Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) explain what’s going on in the relegation battle, looking at Celta Vigo and Leganés respectively. One of those teams must go down, so we have an exciting matchday 38 in store. For now, this episode is your opportunity to reflect on all the storylines of matchday 37. 

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Jul 17 2020

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Matchday 36 recap: So tense that Ocampos can't bear to look

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It’s getting tense in LaLiga, so tense that Lucas Ocampos couldn’t even bear to watch as he took a no-look penalty...


In this recap episode, we start by discussing the title race as host Euan McTear (@emctear) speaks to Hasan Karim (@TheHasKarim) about Real Madrid’s latest win and to Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) about Barcelona’s latest victory.


We also discuss Ocampos and Sevilla with Alex Brotherton (@alex_brotherton), Atlético Madrid’s eighth straight Champions League qualification with Jeremy Beren (@JBBeren) and Osasuna with @The_Osasuna_Fan. There’s also some reflection on Cádiz’s promotion, on the situation in the relegation battle and on the sheer number of penalties we’ve seen in LaLiga this season. 

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Jul 14 2020

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Matchday 35 recap: Espanyol's worst nightmare

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In Matchday 35, we had our first confirmed relegation casualty as Espanyol were sent down to the second division for the first time in 27 years. Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) discusses the fallout of that, as they went down with a defeat at the home of their arch rivals Barcelona.That Barça win keeps them in the title race, but Real Madrid did win again too and host Euan McTear (@emctear) looks back at their victory over Alavés with Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo).


In part two of the podcast, Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) provides the lowdown on Adrià Guerrero and Víctor García, two players who he knows well and who made their debuts this week. Plus, Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100) discusses the excitement brewing on the island of Mallorca as they kept their survival hopes alive. Beñat Gutiérrez (@beinatguti) reflects on the importance of Raúl García for Athletic and Dom Tancock (@dorsetdom1905) offers some explanations for Getafe’s stuttering form since the restart. 

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Jul 11 2020

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Matchday 34 recap: Yet another coaching casualty

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There has been yet another managerial sacking in LaLiga, this time with Alavés firing Asier Garitano as they nervously look over their shoulders at the relegation zone. We discuss that decision with Alavés fan Rob Hextall (@robhextall) in this episode, before Brendy Boyle (@BrendyBoyle) wonders whether Garitano might be ready to now return to Leganés as he looks at the Pepineros’ long-term project.


We also reflect on the latest chapter of the title race, with Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) discussing Barcelona’s big win at Villarreal and Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) analysing Real Madrid’s three-point haul in Bilbao. There’s also lots of praise for the achievements of Real Valladolid and Granada with Martin Devlin (@MartiRVCF) and Heath Chesters (@HeathGCF ) respectively. As usual, the episode is hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear). 

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Jul 06 2020

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Matchday 33 recap: Griezmann goes missing… and Aguirre’s sandwich too

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Real Madrid have moved even further ahead thanks to their win over Getafe this week and thanks to Barcelona’s draw with Atlético Madrid. Hasan Karim (@TheHasKarim) discusses the Real Madrid victory, while Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) analyses all the talking points of Barça and Atleti’s draw. And there were many of them.


Valencia fan Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) and Real Betis fan David Whitworth (@DCWh1tw0rth) are both brave enough to face the music and to tell the details of their clubs’ respective crises. Real Mallorca fan Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100), meanwhile, is full of hope as his side earned a huge win in their relegation battle. And host Euan McTear (@emctear) wonders where Leganés coach’s Javier Aguirre’s sandwich went and whether there might actually be more pressing matters at Butarque than that. 

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Jul 03 2020

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Matchday 32 recap: Benzema’s backheel, Celades’ future and MGMT

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Real Madrid have extended their lead in LaLiga, opening up a two-point gap over Barcelona. We discuss their win over Espanyol and Karim Benzema’s sublime assist with Espanyol fan Geoff Gillingham (@GeoffGillingham), who also explains what went on with the Abelardo-for-Rufete decision.


We also discuss Barcelona’s 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo with Ian Morris of the Celta USA (@CeltaUSA) account on Twitter, Sevilla’s poor form with Gregor Chappelle (@gregorchappelle) and Albert Celades’ Valencia future with Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG). Plus, host Euan McTear (@emctear) tries speaking some Basque to celebrate Eibar virtually confirming their survival. 

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Jun 29 2020

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Matchday 31 recap: 1,128 days later… Bruno’s horror movie ends

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As the world of Spanish football celebrates Bruno Soriano’s return after 1,128 days out with injury, we lead with that heart-warming story in this episode. Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) explains just what the Villarreal midfielder went through as he fought to return to the pitch.


Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee), meanwhile, focuses on the title race and Barcelona and Real Madrid’s respective midweek wins. We also hear from David Whitworth (@DCWh1tw0rth) on Betis’ first game with Alexis Trujillo in charge, from Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100) on Real Mallorca’s 15-year-old Luka Romero, from Javier Martín (@kikomartin) on Leganés’ bad luck and from Nic from Atlético Fans (@AtleticoFans) on his team’s impressive restart. There’s even more too, with it all hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear). 

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Jun 26 2020

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Matchday 30 recap: Rubi gets fired, Piqué gets fired up and Benzema fires Real Madrid top

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In this Monday’s recap of matchday 30, we start off by discussing Real Betis’ decision to sack Rubi with Verdiblanco fan and LLL squad member Andrew Miller (@AndrewMillerNBA). Of course, there’s also a lot of focus on the title race as Real Madrid moved ahead of Barcelona. Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) discusses Barça’s draw with Sevilla and Gerard Piqué's post-match comments, while Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) of Breaking The Lines (@btlvid) breaks down Real Madrid’s win at Real Sociedad.


We also hear from Mallorca-based Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100) about the big relegation six-pointer between Real Mallorca and Leganés that ended with two points being shared thanks to Óscar’s latest wonder freekick.


We also hear from Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) about Getafe and Atlético Madrid, while host Euan McTear (@emctear) reflects on Celta Vigo’s huge 6-0 victory over Alavés.

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Jun 22 2020

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Matchday 29 recap: Asensio’s comeback, Cazorla’s tiredness and Nolito’s weird transfer

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The games are coming thick and fast, so there’s plenty to discuss as we recap matchday 29, the midweek round that ran from Monday to Thursday. Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) discusses Real Madrid’s win over Valencia, where Marco Asensio made a super comeback, while Paco also reflects on Levante’s most recent late heroics.


Barcelona won too and Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) discusses their so-so performance. Villarreal also have two wins from two and Allen Dodson (@groguet01) reflects on their two victories, on Santi Cazorla’s tiredness and on the club’s cardboard fans. There’s also a discussion with Dan Parry (@DanParry_), looking at the physical Eibar-Athletic Basque derby.


It’s all hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear), who also explains how Nolito is signing for Celta Vigo to replace their backup goalkeeper...


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Jun 19 2020

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Matchday 28 recap: LaLiga is back!

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LaLiga is back! Matchday 28 was finally played, as Spanish football returned following the coronavirus pause in action. In this episode, host Euan McTear (@emctear) and various contributors from across Spain analyse the first weekend of live football in three months.


The weekend started off with a couple of derbies, so the podcast does too as Gregor Chappelle (@gregorchappelle) discusses Sevilla vs Real Betis and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) reflects on the madness of Valencia vs Levante. Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) explains how bottom-side Espanyol were able to win thanks, literally, to a helping hand.


Then, looking at the two big matches in the title race, Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100) discusses Real Mallorca vs Barcelona and Sophia Villegas, a.k.a. Global Madridista (@gmadridista23), shares her thoughts on Real Madrid vs Eibar. 

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Jun 15 2020

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Euan, Paco and Román’s socially distant round table: It’s another preview ahead of LaLiga’s restart

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With LaLiga returning on Thursday, June 11th, we’ve got another La Liga Lowdown season (re)preview episode for you. Following on from our fan voices preview pod, where we spoke to one fan from each of the 20 teams, this time Euan McTear (@emctear), Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) and Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) have a more detailed discussion about the main topics in Spanish football right now.


With the trio chatting from Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona respectively, this was a socially distant round table that covered the new circumstances of Spanish football, the very tight title race between Barcelona and Real Madrid, the fight for European qualification, the relegation battle, the best coaches of the season so far, some bold predictions and more. 

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Jun 08 2020

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The supporter views on LaLiga's return: One fan for each of the 20 teams

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LaLiga football is almost back. It returns on June 11th and, a week before the resumption of the 2019/20 season, we’ve put together this La Liga Lowdown episode where we’ve spoke to a fan from each of the 20 teams of Spain’s top division.


Host Euan McTear (@emctear) asked each one the same question: How has your team’s season been so far and what are your hopes and expectations for the final 11 matches? So, tune in and hear the fan voices to get ready for the final 11 rounds of the 2019/20 LaLiga campaign.


The contributors were as follows:


Espanyol: Geoff Gillingham (@GeoffGillingham)

Leganés: Antía André (@Antiaandre)

Real Mallorca: Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100)

Celta Vigo: Ian Morris (@CeltaUSA)

Eibar: Jonathan Fritsch (@Fritschard)

Real Valladolid: Martin Devlin (@MartiRVCF)

Alavés: Rob Hextall (@robhextall)

Levante: Pal Ødegård (@paalpot75)

Betis: David Whitworth (@DCWh1tw0rth)

Osasuna: Ignasi Torné (@groundhopperbcn)

Athletic Club: Dan Parry (@DanParry_)

Granada: Heath Chesters (@HeathGCF)

Villarreal: Allen Dodson (@groguet01)

Valencia: Astorre Cerebronè‏ (@Cerebrone)

Atlético Madrid: Jeremy Beren (@JBBeren)

Getafe: Fran Iborra (@FranIborra16)

Real Sociedad: Phil Ball (@PhilBallTweets)

Sevilla: Chris Lail (@ChrisLail)

Real Madrid: Maria Garcia-Mella Cid (@tildegm)

Barcelona: Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee)

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Jun 05 2020

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The Most Dramatic Relegation Battles In LaLiga History

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In this episode, the La Liga Lowdown pod squad look at the five most dramatic LaLiga relegation battles of all time, as voted for by listeners. Host Euan McTear (@emctear) leads the countdown, looking at exciting last-day-of-the-season tales.


There are contributions from Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100), Panos Kostopoulos (@Panos88K), Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG), Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee), with each one telling a dramatic relegation story. The time period discussed in this podcast spans 33 years and goes from Galicia all the way to Mallorca. Tune in to find out about LaLiga’s most epic relegation battles ever. 

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May 29 2020

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When Real Valladolid Were Champions

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Once upon a time, Real Valladolid were champions. In this episode of La Liga Lowdown, we look back on the time when the White and Violets won the 1984 Copa de la Liga. It’s an interesting tournament that only lasted four years, but Real Valladolid were one of the teams to win it and Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) explains how.


In this podcast, hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear), we also hear from Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) on Real Valladolid’s beginnings, from Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) on their post-Copa de la Liga trips to Europe, from Martin Devlin (@MartiRVCF) on the legacy of this success and from Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) on what the future holds now that Ronaldo is in charge at the José Zorrilla. 

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May 21 2020

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LaLiga's Top 10 British & Irish Imports

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In this week's episode, we have a countdown of the top 10 British and Irish players to have played in LaLiga. We asked our listeners and followers to vote in a poll and we reveal the results in this episode, counting down the top 10.


Star players like David Beckham and Gareth Bale feature, as do some from several decades ago such as Laurie Cunningham or John Aldridge. To tell the stories of these top 10 players, we have contributions from Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee), Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG), Hasan Karim (@TheHasKarim), Dan Parry (@DanParry_), Gregor Chappelle (@gregorchappelle), Matt Clark (@MattClark_08), Alex Brotherton (@alex_brotherton) and Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge), while this episode is hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear).




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May 14 2020

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The Coaches of the Future

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In this episode of La Liga Lowdown, we look at five up-and-coming coaches. The coaches of the future. We held a poll for listeners and followers to pick five former LaLiga players who are currently taking their first steps into the world of coaching and, in this episode, we discuss how they’ve been transitioning to the dugout and what kind of coaches they could become.


It’s hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear), with five different contributors to discuss the five coaches picked. Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) talks about Diego Forlán and his new role at Peñarol in Uruguay. Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) tells us about Guti, or José María Gutiérrez as he now likes to be called. Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) reports on Raúl and his rise through Real Madrid’s academy. Dan Parry (@DanParry_) reflects Xabi Alonso’s return to Real Sociedad’s academy. And Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) tells us all about Xavi Hernandez’s coaching philosophy. 

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May 08 2020

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Juan Román Riquelme: The Story Of The No.10

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In this episode, we take a look back at one of the most fascinating players in the history of the game – Juan Román Riquelme.


We start off with his first steps and his first period in Argentine football, with Andrew Miller (@AndrewMillerNBA) telling this genesis chapter. Next, we hear from Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) about Riquelme’s sole season at Barcelona in 2002/03. Then, Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) reflects on the Argentine’s time with Villarreal.


In part two of the podcast, we look over his international career with Matt Clark (@MattClark_08). Next, we hear from Daniel Williamson (@winkveron), the author of Blue and Gold Passion, a book about Boca Juniors, about Riquelme’s second stint with the Buenos Aires club.


Finally, host Euan McTear interviews commentator Ray Hudson (@RayHudson), who may just be Riquelme’s number one fan. 

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May 01 2020

36mins

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David Beckham: The Real Madrid Years

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In this episode, we look back on David Beckham's four seasons with Real Madrid between 2003 and 2007. Host Euan McTear (@emctear) starts the podcast off by explaining how Beckham ended up signing for Real Madrid even after an agreement had been announced with Barcelona.


Then Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) tells the story of Beckham's first couple of seasons at the Bernabéu and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) goes on to detail the Englishman's final two years in the Spanish capital. Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) then tells the story of Beckham's post-Real Madrid career, while we also hear clips from Beckham himself on his time at Real Madrid.





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Apr 23 2020

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Far Too Top-Heavy

By woodside4life - Mar 07 2019
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If you’re looking for yet another podcast about Madrid and Barcelona, this is something to listen to. There is so little focus on the other 18 teams- even Atlético- that it’s unsatisfying if you want a fuller picture of the league as a whole.

Don’t even give them the download

By DDChelsea - Feb 04 2019
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“La Liga Lowdown”? For a podcast that is once a week and less than 30min long they spend about 7mins each pod talking about Messi like it’s news that he’s one of the greatest players to ever play. If someone is interested in La Liga they are surely already aware of this. If you are interested in La Liga I would suggest you download “The On The Continent” Podcast by the same provider. You also won’t have to listen to sh**y cabana music the whole time.