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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.

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22 Ratings
Average Ratings
17
2
0
1
2

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.
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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

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Rank #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: Valencia's shock Copa win as Barça's double dream dies - BUMPER FINAL EDITION!

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We've gone double-length for this podcast, as it's the final one of the season and we wanted to give you, the fans, TOP value. Of course this pod focuses on the Copa del Rey final where Valencia shocked Barcelona to win 2-1 at the Estadio Benito Villamarín to lift their first trophy in 11 years, while also denying Barça a domestic double - the culés have to settle for one piece of silverware.


We dissect and analyse the final in real depth, the players who performed, the players who didn't, should Ernesto Valverde leave the Camp Nou and what this means for Los Che - David Garrido hosts, with Paco Polit who was at the stadium in Seville on Saturday night and Román de Arquer based in Barcelona.


We also speak to Euan McTear in Madrid as we take a considered look at the main narratives of the 2018-19 campaign, and David and Euan also reveal their teams of the season, but with a twist: only 1 player allowed per LaLiga team!


Don't forget to give us a lovely review and a 5-star rating if you'd be so kind, and also to check out our Twitter feed (@LaLigaLowdown) - we'd be so grateful.


Enjoy!


#LLL

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May 27 2019

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Rank #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: 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 #10: Matchday 2 recap: Griezmann's glory, Granada's graft and Guardiola's goal

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The second week of the 2018/19 LaLiga Santander season is in the books and there are just two teams remaining with a 100 percent record - Sevilla and Atlético Madrid. We discuss that and much more, speaking to multiple experts.


We hear from Heath Chesters (@HeathGCF) in Granada, Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) in Valencia, Joseph Sexton (@josephsbcn) in Vigo, Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) in Barcelona, Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100) in Mallorca and Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo) in Canada, all hosted by Madrid-based Euan McTear (@emctear).


There's an in-depth chat with Heath about Granada and their survival, we get the lowdown from Paco on Villarreal throwing away another lead and Kiyan talks Real Madrid's problems. That and and more is discussed and the conversation doesn't end there. Check us out on Twitter (@LaLigaLowdown) to let us know your thoughts on the first two weeks of the season.

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Aug 26 2019

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Rank #11: 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 #12: 2019-20 SEASON PREVIEW - LaLiga European Fight & Relegation Battle

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Listen up! It's our second season-preview podcast, and this time we're focusing on all the other stories aside the Big Three in LaLiga.


Host Euan McTear is once again joined by Paco Polit and Román de Arquer as they discuss the race for fourth place - can Valencia do it again, or will the recent turmoil at the club spoil their campaign before it's even begun? And what about the likes of Sevilla and Real Betis who have strengthened their squads, and can Villarreal improve on what was a terrible season in 2018-19? Or could there be a surprise package?


The relegation battle could be equally fascinating - the new boys are Granada, Osasuna and Mallorca who were last in LaLiga 7 seasons ago, but do they have enough to stay up? And who else might struggle? Levante, Real Valladolid, Alavés or maybe even a bigger name? We also hear from LLL new recruit Matt Clark who saw Valencia, Espanyol, Athletic Club and Real Sociedad in pre-season while they were on tour in the UK.


Don't forget to subscribe to this podcast, and check out our Twitter feed - https://twitter.com/laligalowdown


Enjoy!

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Aug 15 2019

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Rank #13: BARCELONA ARE CHAMPIONS! Full analysis and reaction on Barça's title triumph, plus a Matchday 35 recap.

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Well, we knew it was coming, and in the end, Barcelona have done it with 3 games to spare. They are once again champions of Spain, retaining their title, making it 8 out of the last 11 that they've won and their 26th crown overall. Lionel Messi, who else, scored the only goal in their 1-0 win over Levante, meaning that Barça could celebrate their triumph in front of their own fans. Atlético Madrid also won 1-0 at home to Real Valladolid, so the gap is 9 points with 3 games to go, but because Barcelona's head-to-head record is better between themselves and Atleti, it means that they are deserved champions.


Real Madrid surprisingly (or maybe not) went down at Rayo by the same scoreline, giving the side from Vallecas the slightest glimmer of hope that they might stay up, but there were also points for the teams around them. Huesca and Villarreal drew, and so did Celta Vigo, but Girona went one better and won.


That result was significant in the race for 4th place, as Sevilla were the team on the wrong end of that result. Not that they were made to pay, because Getafe above them and Valencia below them also lost - to Real Sociedad and Eibar respectively. Very, very odd. So it's as you were in that battle for the final Champions League spot, and 7th-placed Athletic and Alavés in 8th also drew.


Real Betis versus Espanyol is the meh-looking mid-table Monday night game, with both teams safe but neither really able to threaten the European spots.


Don't forget to follow us on Twitter, we are @LaLigaLowdown - don't forget the European semi-finals kick-off this week, with Barcelona at home to Liverpool on Wednesday and Valencia away to Arsenal on Thursday. And feel free to leave a nice comment or a 5-star review about the pod, we always really appreciate it.


Enjoy!


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Apr 29 2019

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Rank #14: 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 #15: Matchday 14 recap: In that order

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Our matchday 14 recap is out and we have insight from Dan Parry (@DanParry_), Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG), Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) and Geoff Gillingham (@GeoffGillingham). In that order.


Dan discusses the back-to-back derbies we had in the Basque Country and Navarre over the weekend. Paco explains how the two Valencia-based teams did. Román analyses Barcelona's narrow win at bottom-placed Leganés. And Geoff provides an update on the frustration at Espanyol.


Host Euan McTear (@emctear) is on hand too to discuss the Gareth Bale drama, while there's also some commentary along the way from LaLigaTV and Cadena Cope.

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Nov 25 2019

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Rank #16: 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 #17: When Real Madrid Played Their B Team in the Copa del Rey Final

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In this episode, we tell the story of the 1980 Copa del Rey final, which was held at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu between Real Madrid's first team and Castilla, the Real Madrid B team. It was a unique situation, one that had never happened before and that has never happened since.


Setting the scene, Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) gives a brief history of Castilla. Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100) then explains how they got to the final, killing some giants along the way. Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) explains how the match itself played out. Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) then discusses Castilla's qualification for the following season's Cup Winners' Cup and their tie against West Ham. And finally, host Euan McTear (@emctear) talks to Kristofer McCormack (@K_mc06) about B teams in general and their place in Spain's footballing pyramid.

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Nov 28 2019

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Rank #18: Matchday 10 recap: Granada rise, Betis sink and Leganés win a match

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Barça who? Real Mad-what? There was ultimately no Clásico this weekend, but LaLiga still produced nine entertaining matches and countless storylines. We go through them all in this week's La Liga Lowdown podcast, starting with the new table-toppers Granada.


We also discuss Real Betis' woes with David Whitworth (@DCWh1tw0rth), Real Valladolid's good run of form with Martin Devlin (@MartiRVCF), the latest at Athletic Club and Real Sociedad with Dan Parry (@Dan Parry), Pablo Machín's encouraging start with Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee), Villarreal's strength in attack with Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG), Sevilla's battle with Getafe with Gregor Chappelle (@GregorChappelle) and Leganés finally getting a win with Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge).


There's much more too and it's all hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear), along with some commentary clips from LaLigaTV and Cadena Cope.


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Oct 28 2019

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Rank #19: Matchday 4 recap: What's happening at Valencia and how amazing is Ansu Fati?

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Club football has returned and it has done so with plenty of drama. All of that is discussed in this LaLiga matchday four recap.


16-year-old Ansu Fati had a breakout performance for Barcelona, one that Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) reflects on. Valencia had their first match since the shock sacking of Marcelino and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) tries to work out what's going on. Real Sociedad christened the redeveloped Anoeta with a win and Spanish stadium expert Chris Clements (the man behind the @Estadios_Spain account) explains what has changed.


There's also a look at Villarreal's start to the season with Allen Dodson (@groguet01) of @VillarrealUSA and some analysis of Sevilla's rise to the top of the table from Gregor Chappelle (@GregorChappelle), plus commentary clips from Cadena Cope and LaLiga TV.

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Sep 16 2019

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Rank #20: Matchday 16 recap: Hat-tricks for Messi and Joaquín and a thrilling Valencian derby

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Matchday 16 was an action-packed one, with lots of drama packed into the 10 fixtures. We go through it all in this week's podcast, starting with Alex Fitzpatrick, who was pitchside for Barcelona vs Real Mallorca.


Host Euan McTear (@emctear) also reflects on Real Madrid's win over Espanyol with Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee), on the Valencian derby with Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG), on Javier Aguirre's first win at Leganés with Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) and on Granada's return to winning ways with Heath Chesters (@HeathGCF). There's also commentary excitement from beIN and from Cadena Cope.

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Dec 09 2019

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The big Supercopa and Copa del Rey recap

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It was a bit of a different weekend this weekend. A very different weekend, in fact. There was no LaLiga, but there was the Supercopa for Valencia, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid and the Copa del Rey for everyone else. Well, apart from Alavés. Sorry Alavés...


Looking at the Supercopa, Valencia fan Cesar Benoit (@amunti), Barcelona fan Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee), Atlético Madrid fan Jeremy Beren (@JBBeren) and Real Madrid fan Kristofer McCormack (@K_mc06) all share their thoughts on how their teams did in Saudi Arabia.


Later, Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) recaps what went on in the Copa del Rey over the weekend as we lost another LaLiga side in the form of Getafe. It's all hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear), along with commentary clips from Cadena Cope and Movistar.

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Jan 13 2020

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The LLL XI Of The Primera Vuelta

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We asked you, our listeners and followers, to vote in a survey to decide your top XI from the first half of the 2019/20 LaLiga season and the results are in. In this special podcast, we reveal each player who made the XI one by one, with analysis on their first half of the season from the journalists and fans in the know.


It's all hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear) and the contributions come from Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee), Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100), Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge), Matthew Clark (@MattClark_08), Dan Parry (@DanParry_) and Gregor Chapelle (@GregorChappelle).

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Jan 09 2020

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Matchday 19 recap: It's a happy Wu year for Espanyol

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The first matchday of 2020 was a thrilling one, and potentially an important one for the LaLiga title race. Barcelona dropped points in the Catalan derby against Espanyol as they conceded a late equaliser to Wu Lei and Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) shares his thoughts on that match. Real Madrid moved level on points with Barcelona thanks to their victory over Getafe and Emily Wilson (@wilson_emt) praises Fede Valverde, Thibaut Courtois and Éder Militão when reflecting on that game.


In the second half of this week's episode, Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100) summarises the start to the season for each of this year's newly promoted sides, Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) looks back at those frantic five minutes of goals in Atlético Madrid vs Levante and Matthew Clark (@MattClark_08) analyses the Real Sociedad vs Villarreal attacking football showdown.


Every other game from the weekend is covered as well, with the episode hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear).

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Jan 06 2020

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Matchday 18 recap: The most wonderful time for a LaLiga podcast

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We've just had the final LaLiga matchday of 2019, so here's your final La Liga Lowdown podcast of the year!


In this one, we reflect on Sevilla finishing the calendar year in third with Gregor Chappelle (@GregorChappelle), on Villarreal's latest win and Valencia's fighting spirit with Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) and on the basement battle between Leganés and Espanyol with Panos Kostopoulos (@Panos88K).


Looking at the title battle, Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo) analyses Real Madrid's 0-0 draw with Athletic Club and Los Blancos' recent bad luck, while Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) looks back on Barcelona's 4-1 victory over Alavés that puts them top over Christmas.


It's all hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear), along with some commentary clips from Cadena Cope.

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Dec 23 2019

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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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Matchday 17 recap: Courtoooooooooiiiiiis!!!

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In the weekend before El Clásico, both Barcelona and Real Madrid drew to remain level on points. We discuss both of their thrilling draws, analysing Valencia 1-1 Real Madrid with Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) and Real Sociedad 2-2 Barcelona with Phil Ball (@PhilBallTweets).


We also look in detail at Getafe's excellent form with Matt Clark (@MattClark_08), at Atlético Madrid's impressive performance against Osasuna with Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) and at the return of Rubi and Borja Iglesias to Espanyol with Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee). Plus, Dan Parry (@DanParry_) talks Athletic Club tactics after waking up from the snoozefest that was their 0-0 draw with Eibar.


Finally, host Euan McTear (@emctear) reacts to the Champions League and Europa League draw and the ties it threw up for the Spanish sides. All with some commentary clips from Movistar+ as well.

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Dec 16 2019

26mins

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Illa illa illa, Villa maravilla!

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David Villa's career is coming to an end and, in the week where he played his final league game, we look back at what the Spanish striker achieved. Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) tells the story of Villa's first steps in football. Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) reflects on his time at Valencia. Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) covers the Barcelona years. Host Euan McTear (@emctear) explains how he helped Atlético Madrid to win a league title. And Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) discusses the striker's overseas adventures.


It's a true celebration of Spain's all-time top scorer, accompanied with the sounds of his farewell in Kobe and commentary from Canal+ and ITV.

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Dec 12 2019

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Matchday 16 recap: Hat-tricks for Messi and Joaquín and a thrilling Valencian derby

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Matchday 16 was an action-packed one, with lots of drama packed into the 10 fixtures. We go through it all in this week's podcast, starting with Alex Fitzpatrick, who was pitchside for Barcelona vs Real Mallorca.


Host Euan McTear (@emctear) also reflects on Real Madrid's win over Espanyol with Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee), on the Valencian derby with Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG), on Javier Aguirre's first win at Leganés with Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) and on Granada's return to winning ways with Heath Chesters (@HeathGCF). There's also commentary excitement from beIN and from Cadena Cope.

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Dec 09 2019

26mins

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Ronaldinho's Barcelona Years

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In this Thursday episode, we look back at the greatness of Ronaldinho and at his Barcelona years. There are so many historic moments to get into. Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) discusses the drama of the transfer itself. Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) offers a reminder of how the first season went. Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) looks back on the high points, from the ovation against Real Madrid to the Champions League win. And Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) reflects on the decline.


It's all hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear), who finishes off the podcast with a chat with Jason Pettigrove (@jasonpettigrove) about the legacy Ronaldinho left behind and his impact on Lionel Messi. There are also some audio treats from ITV, Canal+, Sky Sports, Barça TV and, of course, it wouldn't be a Ronaldinho podcast without reliving the 2002 FIFA World Cup theme song.

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Dec 05 2019

23mins

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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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When Real Madrid Played Their B Team in the Copa del Rey Final

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In this episode, we tell the story of the 1980 Copa del Rey final, which was held at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu between Real Madrid's first team and Castilla, the Real Madrid B team. It was a unique situation, one that had never happened before and that has never happened since.


Setting the scene, Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) gives a brief history of Castilla. Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100) then explains how they got to the final, killing some giants along the way. Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) explains how the match itself played out. Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) then discusses Castilla's qualification for the following season's Cup Winners' Cup and their tie against West Ham. And finally, host Euan McTear (@emctear) talks to Kristofer McCormack (@K_mc06) about B teams in general and their place in Spain's footballing pyramid.

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Nov 28 2019

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Matchday 14 recap: In that order

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Our matchday 14 recap is out and we have insight from Dan Parry (@DanParry_), Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG), Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) and Geoff Gillingham (@GeoffGillingham). In that order.


Dan discusses the back-to-back derbies we had in the Basque Country and Navarre over the weekend. Paco explains how the two Valencia-based teams did. Román analyses Barcelona's narrow win at bottom-placed Leganés. And Geoff provides an update on the frustration at Espanyol.


Host Euan McTear (@emctear) is on hand too to discuss the Gareth Bale drama, while there's also some commentary along the way from LaLigaTV and Cadena Cope.

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Nov 25 2019

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November international break recap: Luis Enrique in, Robert Moreno out, and we shake our mailbag all about

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Who said international breaks are boring? The past few days have been packed with drama in Spain as Robert Moreno was replaced by Luis Enrique as Spain coach. We discuss what's gone on, why it's gone on and who it's gone on with, with Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) and with host Euan McTear (@emctear).


We also answer our followers' mailbag questions in part two, discussing topics such as Borja Iglesias, the fall of Deportivo La Coruña and LaLiga's proposed game in the USA.



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Nov 19 2019

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Santi Cazorla: From Villarreal to Villarreal

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Santi Cazorla has been through a lot, but he's back where it all began. Sort of...


In this episode, we tell the Santi Cazorla story, going from his childhood to his emergence in LaLiga to his triumphs with Spain to his time with Arsenal to the injuries. And then the happy ending of his return to the top table of Spanish football.


Host Euan McTear (@emctear) is joined by Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) to hear about Cazorla's first stint at Villarreal, by Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) to hear about the injuries, by Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) to hear about the comeback and by Allen Dodson (@groguet01) of @VillarrealUSA to talk about Cazorla's current role in the team. With clips as well from ITV, Arsenal media and FATV, this podcast fully chronicles this special player's footballing journey.

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Nov 14 2019

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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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El Gran Derbi: What makes Betis vs Sevilla so special?

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There's a Seville derby coming up on Sunday, November 10th, so what better time than now to ask what makes this fixture so special? In this podcast we hear from Betis fan David Whitworth (@DCWh1tw0rth) of Radio Betis and Sevilla fan Chris Lail (@ChrisLail) of @MonchisMen to hear their favourite derby memories. Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee), Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) also join in to narrate the story of this rivalry.


Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin), the author of 'The Frying Pan of Spain', a book all about this fixture, joins the podcast too and there is a chance to win a copy of his book by answering a question about the derby. Details of the competition and how to enter are read out at the end of the podcast.


Hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear) and featuring some atmospheric commentary from Cadena Cope, this podcast walks you through the story of the Seville derby, widely considered the most intense one in Spain.




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Nov 07 2019

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Matchday 12 recap: Valencia 2-0 Catalonia

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The 12th round of the 2019/20 LaLiga season is in the books and we review all the main talking points here. Saturday was a great day for the Valencian Community and less so for the Catalan teams as Levante beat Barcelona and as Valencia defeated Espanyol. We have Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) to discuss all of that at the beginning of the show.


We also reflect on the dramatic 1-1 draw between Sevilla and Atlético Madrid with Gregor Chappelle (@GregorChappelle) and we take a deeper look at Villarreal's recent performances and results with Allen Dodson (@groguet01) of the Villarreal SB Nation site (@VillarrealUSA).


Hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear), this podcast also looks at how Real Betis' centre-back diamond thwarted Real Madrid, coaching changes at Celta Vigo and Leganés and Sandro's first goal in 23 months and 11 days. Along with some commentary from BeIN Sports, this podcast has all you need to look back over matchday 12.

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Nov 04 2019

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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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Matchday 10 recap: Granada rise, Betis sink and Leganés win a match

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Barça who? Real Mad-what? There was ultimately no Clásico this weekend, but LaLiga still produced nine entertaining matches and countless storylines. We go through them all in this week's La Liga Lowdown podcast, starting with the new table-toppers Granada.


We also discuss Real Betis' woes with David Whitworth (@DCWh1tw0rth), Real Valladolid's good run of form with Martin Devlin (@MartiRVCF), the latest at Athletic Club and Real Sociedad with Dan Parry (@Dan Parry), Pablo Machín's encouraging start with Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee), Villarreal's strength in attack with Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG), Sevilla's battle with Getafe with Gregor Chappelle (@GregorChappelle) and Leganés finally getting a win with Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge).


There's much more too and it's all hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear), along with some commentary clips from LaLigaTV and Cadena Cope.


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Oct 28 2019

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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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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.