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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

Latest release on Feb 17, 2020

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Rank #1: 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

20mins

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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: 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

26mins

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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

28mins

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Rank #5: 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 #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: 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 #8: Matchday 7 recap: A thriller, a not-so-thriller and Paco makes Valencia fans chuckle in Bilbao

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The seventh round of the 2019/20 LaLiga season is in the books and we've had the first big match between title rivals of the season as Real Madrid visited Atlético. There weren't any goals in that one, as the goals were saved for Sevilla vs Real Sociedad. We discuss those two matches and so much more.


Host Euan McTear (@emctear) reflects on his trip to the Basque Country to see Eibar and Athletic Club and catches up with Dan Parry (@DanParry_) outside San Mamés. Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) analyses Villarreal's good form and Levante's poor defending. Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) discusses Barcelona and Espanyol. Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100) explains what's going wrong at Mallorca. And Matt Clarke (MattClark_08) has the lowdown on the big Sevilla vs Real Sociedad five-goal thriller.


All of that, complete with commentary from Cadena Cope and Movistar, makes up your week seven La Liga Lowdown.

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Sep 30 2019

25mins

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Rank #9: Race for 4th takes a TWIST...while Levante, Villarreal and Valladolid are finally SAFE! Matchday 37 recap

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Football is often all about how you get up, not how you fell down in the first place. Barcelona and Valencia both responded to European exits last week by winning on Sunday, as all 10 matches in LaLiga were played at exactly the same time. Maybe it'll catch on, who knows? It made for a dramatic penultimate round of games, and a twist in the race for the Champions League.


Getafe went to Barça and had their chances but lost 2-0, even though the champions were poor by their own standards...while Valencia came from behind to beat Alavés 3-1 at home, to take control of the battle for 4th place. It means matters are in their own hands going into the final day of the league campaign. Sevilla could only draw 1-1 away to Atlético Madrid, so they are almost certainly going to have to settle for Europa League football next season.


There are still 3 teams who could finish 7th - Real Sociedad beat Real Madrid, Espanyol won at Leganés, Athletic Club defeated Celta Vigo...which in turn has implications for the relegation battle. Who will be playing in Segunda next season with Huesca and Rayo? It's down to Celta and Girona, but the latter need a miracle next Sunday to stay up, while Levante, Villarreal and Real Valladolid are safe - in fact, Valladolid are the only promoted team to stay up.


It's all set for a fascinating final day of LaLiga next Sunday - we'll bring you that, and also don't forget to check out our Twitter feed - we are @LaLigaLowdown.


Enjoy!


#LLL

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May 13 2019

24mins

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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: Joaquín: Player, Captain, Shareholder, Legend

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Joaquín is a legend. He's in his 20th season of professional football and, in this week's La Liga Lowdown Thursday episode, we look back at his entire career.


Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) discusses his rise through the ranks at Real Betis. Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) reflects on his strange transfer to Valencia and time at Mestalla. Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) talks about Joaquín's involvement in the Málaga project. David Whitworth (@DCWh1tw0rth) explains how much of a Real Betis legend Joaquín currently is. Matt Clarke (@MattClark_08) discusses his Spain career and dramatic 2002 World Cup. Euan McTear (@emctear) hosts, while there's commentary from Cadena Cope.


So come and reminisce with us about the career of one of Spanish football's living legends.

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Oct 03 2019

22mins

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Rank #13: 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 #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: 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 #18: 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 #19: 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 #20: The Tears of Iago Aspas... LaLiga Matchday 29 recap!

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At half-time of Celta Vigo's home game with Villarreal, it looked like the hosts were totally dead and buried...but for the irresistible force which is Iago Aspas, especially at Balaídos. 45 minutes later, Celta had fought back from 0-2 to win 3-2 and give their LaLiga survival hopes a real shot in the arm. The image of the night was Iago Aspas weeping on the bench, overcome by the emotion of it all - no doubt then about the hero of the weekend on Matchday 29 in LaLiga.


In terms of the other relegation-threatened teams, all of Huesca, Rayo Vallecano and Real Valladolid held leads, but none of them could see take 3 points - even though plucky Huesca almost got a single point away to Real Madrid, before losing 3-2. Levante also dropped 2 points at home to Eibar.


As for the title race, it really is Barcelona's to lose. They remain 10 points clear with now 9 games to go, after eventually getting past a stubborn Espanyol 2-0 - Lionel Messi with both goals, the first of which was a Panenka-style free-kick.


But Atleti are trying as best they can to give chase - their 4-0 victory at Alavés was a complete performance, featuring stunning strikes from Diego Costa and Thomas Partey, but you feel it's too little too late from Diego Simeone's side. Alavés though are still in with a shout of Champions League after Getafe's 2-0 defeat at home to Leganés in the southern Madrid derby, and Lega look safe.


The other key game was Valencia's 1-0 win at Sevilla, so Los Che could still clinch 4th, as well as still being in both the Europa League and Copa del Rey.

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Apr 01 2019

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