It’s Man City’s Title To Lose: Can Anyone Stop Guardiola’s Men?

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In what turned out to be one of the best Premier League seasons ever, Man City eventually triumphed after being pushed all the way by Liverpool. Will it be a case of new season, same result in 2019-2020? Or will the blue side of Manchester have some competition on their hands?

You only have to read the latest betting tips from Betfair to know Pep Guardiola’s men are strong favourites to defend their Premier League title. At 1/2, City are well-fancied. Liverpool at 3/1 are expected to offer the biggest threat with the other Big Six teams looking on from a distance.

While little weight might be attributed to pre-season results – after all, Man Utd have won every game they’ve played and remain an unfancied 39/1 for the title – Liverpool’s lacklustre warm-up schedule has shown frailties. The side has been leaking goals, losing to Borussia Dortmund 3-2, Napoli 3-0 and Sevilla 2-1, while drawing 2-2 with Sporting Lisbon.

Do Jurgen Klopp’s men have a hangover from last season; their exertions to win the title, and the eventual disappointment of losing out, playing on the minds of their talented squad. And while Arsenal and Manchester United have spent millions on new recruits, Liverpool have stayed relatively quiet in the transfer market.


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The Anfield faithful will argue the Merseysiders have no reason to add to an already stellar squad. But United aren’t the only Manchester club to spend big during the summer. City have almost matched their bitter cross-town rivals by spending in excess of £100 million.

Does that mean Manchester City are readying themselves to disappear off into the sunset? United and Arsenal will hope they have at least closed the gap, each having addressed two key issues that will make them better in 2019-2020.

By breaking their transfer record with the purchase of Nicolas Pepe from Lille, the Gunners add a new dimension to their already star-studded frontline. The goal-scoring winger has a directness and keen eye to shoot that’ll complement the talents of Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Similarly, the Red Devils, who conceded over 50 Premier League goals last year (worse than Wolves, Everton, Leicester City, Crystal Palace, and Newcastle as well as the teams that finished above them), have addressed their frailties with approximately £130 million spent on the defence alone. If centre-half Harry Maguire and right-back Aaron Wan Bissaka live up to their billing, United will undoubtedly be in the mix for the top 4 too.

Yet, despite the expenditure of the teams desperately seeking improvement over their 2018-2019 exploits, there’s still a clear gulf between them and Guardiola’s men. Spurs’ squad lacks depth, Chelsea have lost Eden Hazard and United and Arsenal appear to have too much ground to make up for a title push this year. Unless Liverpool rediscover the form that led them so close to a first Premier League title, there are few reasons to think the blue side of Manchester won’t be celebrating again.

Will Juventus win Serie A again next season?

Serie A is a very entertaining and exciting domestic league, if you are not challenging for the title. The relegation battle, fight for the Europa League spots and the contest to finish in the Champions League places are hugely enthralling. However, when it comes to the Scudetto, it has pretty much been a one-horse race.

Juventus have won Serie A for the past eight seasons, as the Bianconeri have established themselves as the team to beat in Italy. Not only do Juve play the best football in the country, but they also dominate matches and pretty much steamroll every team that stand in their way. This season, at one stage, it looked like Napoli were going to give them a run for their money, but Juventus ended up winning the championship by 11 points.

A lot could happen this summer during the transfer window, but at this point in time, it is hard to see anyone aside from Juventus winning the Serie A title during the 2019-20 campaign. The Turin giants have the best squad in Serie A, and in Cristiano Ronaldo, they have one of the greatest ever goalscorers. Then, there are midfielders Miralem Pjanic and Sami Khedira, forward Paulo Dybala as well as defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci. There is no doubt that Juventus will be favourites for the Serie A betting outright markets for the upcoming season

There is one club who will be determined to put an end to Juventus’s winning run who also have the resources and personnel to challenge them, and that is Inter Milan. While Juventus are still looking for a new manager following the departure of Massimiliano Allegri, Inter have appointed Antonio Conte as their boss. It was Conte who started the Bianconeri’s total domination of Italian football, and perhaps it will be Conte who will put an end to it.

Inter have not been great in recent years, but the 2010 Champions League winners are back in Europe’s premier club competition after finishing fourth in Serie A this season. Conte would not have taken charge of Inter had he not been given assurances of the club’s transfer budget and had they not had grand plans for the future. Inter’s appointment of Conte as their manager suggests that the Milanese club mean business. Players such as Mauro Icardi, Milan Skriniar, Radja Nainggolan and Ivan Perisic are superb footballers, and if Inter are able to bolster their squad this summer, then there could be a genuine title challenge on.

Elsewhere, Napoli will continue to challenge for the title, although one suspects that the Neapolitan club will be happy to finish in the top four yet again. In recent years, following the slide down the table of Inter Milan and AC Milan, it is Napoli who have taken upon themselves to give a fight to Juventus, but they always seem to fall short, and next season is unlikely to be any different.

Lightning Start from Napoli Gives Them a Chance to Win Serie A

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When you think about who will win Serie A, Napoli aren’t the first team you always think of and they have often remained in the shadow of the bigger clubs. However, a lightning start has taken them to the top of the league after seven games, and with some big clubs in behind them, they are in the driving seat right now. It remains to be seen whether they can stay there, but after watching them play this season, the signs are good, and they look set for a strong Serie A challenge.

Napoli have put together a hugely impressive start at both ends of the pitch to lead the chasing pack in Serie A. They have scored an impressive 25 goals from their seven league games, giving them the best goal scoring record in the division. Couple that with the fact that have conceded only five goals, giving them the joint-third best defensive record in the division, it is easy to see why they have caught the eye of many Serie A fans.

The big guns have all started well. Juventus and Inter Milan are both unbeaten, while Lazio and Roma have lost just once this season. Napoli are leading the way and overshadowing them, however, and if they can continue this run then all eyes will be on them as they look to lift the league title for the first time since the Diego Maradona-inspired 1989-90 season.

The latest Serie A betting has Napoli at 11/8 to win the title after their impressive start, although Juventus remain favourites with the bookmakers. That is sure to change if Napoli can continue their good run and are able to pull away from Juventus even further over the coming weeks.

 

The shining star so far this season for Napoli has once again been their striker Dries Mertens. After scoring 28 goals in 35 games for them last season, he currently has seven goals from seven games this season in an electric start. If Napoli are to land the league title they have been building towards for a number of years then he is going to be a key piece in their challenge, it is vital that he remains healthy and in-form.

The next few weeks are going to be fascinating to watch in Italy, with a number of huge games coming up. In October, Napoli will travel away to face Roma and then face Inter Milan at home, while Juventus will face both Lazio and AC Milan in the coming weeks. We also have a Milan derby to look forward to later this month, a game that is always a great spectacle for fans to enjoy, and this year is sure to be no different.

The start of the Serie A season has been a fantastic spectacle and with Napoli laying down a marker, it is time for Juventus to respond. These two look set for a battle all season long that is going to be great for neutrals and invested supporters alike.

EPL Spending Power in the Transfer Window – Summer 2017

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As summer begins to hit, the cheque books start to come out as the clubs in the EPL begin to splash the cash on players from around the club. Whether they have ambitions of league titles, champions league success or indeed merely staying in the division, the budgets that some of the EPL clubs will be toying with this transfer window are larger than ever. But what can we expect from the money flowing in the league? Who will be the big movers and shakers? And what are the odds that the world transfer record may be surpassed – maybe more than once? So who has the capital to back up their desires and dominate this transfer window.

Eyes must begin in the City of Manchester where the two rival clubs will be amongst the biggest spenders. The spending power of Manchester City seems to be unrivalled but there is every chance Manchester United will smash their own transfer record with the addition of a much needed striker, now that a certain Swede is no longer leading the line. Manchester City’s owners have made to clear to Pep Guardiola that he should set his sights no lower than a unprecedented quadruple haul of trophies and this will mean the cash will have to come out. It is unlikely any other club will match the spending power at City. Over at Manchester United “The Special One” has had time to build and after qualifying for the Champions League, the temptation to join the legendary red devils may be too much. Griezman, Bale…..all rumoured and I would imagine a £100 million player into Old Trafford is not unlikely.

What about the Champions? They certainly have money to spend but in the past that hasn’t always helped them. Last year Chelsea were such a force as they had no European football to occupy their midweek time, but this year they will be back in the Champions League and will need to add a range of players for back up. I don’t expect anything major but a few £20 million plus players should arrive. Liverpool have been throwing ridiculous prices around for the likes of Virgil Van Dyke and Jurgen Klopp clearly has big deals in mind. Anfield has struggled in the past few seasons to be the attractive place it once was but with the Champions League money, the lure of playing for a club with an impressive a history as any and the chance to work with Klopp, I imagine Liverpool will take up this chance with big spending power to match.

The team that will be very interesting in terms of spending power is Arsenal. The lack of Champions League may prove problematic in attracting the very best, but with money in the bank there could still be big moves to the Emirates. Wenger will know he has to buy to keep up and get back in the top 4 and they should still have the spending power to back it up!

Outside of the major clubs in the league, it will be interesting to see how the new boys cope. St James Park should see big money deals taking place as the boss has made it clear the team don’t have enough to secure a decent finish. Even when you look at clubs like Bournemouth, throwing £120,000 a week at Jermain Defoe to sign shows how much money is kicking around at all clubs. At the end of the day, the spending power of the clubs in the EPL has never been greater and although some will show caution, I expect the newspapers will be full of tales of big money buys and records will be broken. Which in turn, should lead to even more excitement for fans!

Who will be the Premier League Top Scorer?

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Now that the season has began and the battle lines have been drawn, pundits and fans alike are trying to predict all manner of events….Who will win the league? Who will be the first manager to leave? Who will get relegated? One question that is being talked about a lot is who will be the top scorer in the league. Let us take a look at some of the leading contenders…

Sergio Aguero – Given that he is part of one of the most formidable attacking line ups in world football, only a fool would bet against Sergio Aguero netting a hatful of goals this season. Pep Guardiola is a fan of the Agentine and providing he features in most of City’s games, he will rack up the goals. With the service from De Bruyne and Sterling and such like, Aguero must be the odds on o favourite!

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Aged 34, Zlatan heads to the Premier League in the twilight of his career but seemingly with a point to prove. As the leading man at a club with an attacking mentality, Zlatan is going to be given all the chances he needs to win the Premier League golden boot. He has already taken over Penalty duty and with his aerial presence and hunger to go out on a high, Zlatan will, and has already proven to be, a Dangerous option.

Daniel Sturridge – An outside bet maybe, but Liverpool are in for a strong year and with a team focused around good solid ground football, Sturridge, if he stays fit is the perfect man to bag the goals Jurgen Klopp needs to take his Liverpool side to new levels.

Jamie Vardy – Last season taught us to never rule out the underdog and although he is now a proven Premier League and International class striker, Jamie Vardy is still hungry and with a desire of wanting to prove he is no “on season wonder” he could be a very dangerous opponent for defenders once again.

Harry Kane – Whilst all the focus is on the Manchester Clubs and Chelsea, Spurs have been quietly preparing for what they hope will be another great season. Their achievements at coming second in the league went under the radar last season as Leicester shocked the world, but if Spurs are to challenge again, then the multi talented Kane will be sure to bag the goals.

Other than the leading lights there are other contenders…if Arsenal prove to have a good season  Oliver Giroud may lead the line. What about Jermaine Defoe and his current form at Sunderland? The way he ended the season last year who can rule out the veteran. There could be a surprise…Negredo at Middlesbrough has a lot to prove and Roman Lukaku is always a threat.

Let us see what happens and like all football fans, especially those with footy accumulator tips, I wait with baited breath to see who succeeds and who flops in front of goal in the 2016-2017 season!

 

 

What is the A League all about?

A League QuizAs the popularity of domestic football began to grow in Australia, the AFC decided to reinvent the top flight of the club game in the country by launching the A-League in 2004 to replace the National Soccer League. The hope was that the A-League would bring in new fans, players, sponsors and interest. Indeed since that inaugural season in 2005-2006, the A-League has indeed been a success.

Currently, 10 teams compete in the league, 9 from Australia and 1 from New Zealand, and season on season attendance and TV viewers have continued to rise. As well as producing domestic stars the A-League has attracted a range of footballing legends from around the world to ply their trade in the division.

To add excitement up until the final moments, the league involves a total of 27 rounds culminating in a play-off to crown the league champions. Whole cities come to a standstill when their team is involved in the A-League’s premier game and as a result the sport is starting to rival Rugby and Cricket in terms of popularity. With major sponsors on board, including 2015 league sponsors Hyundai, the future for the A-League looks bright!

One of the major attractions of the A-League has been its unpredictability which has resulted in a total of 6 different champions since inception. In 10 years that is an impressive total compared to other leagues ad gives every fan hope that one day their team will lift the crown.

One team has began to stand out in recent years with Brisbane Roar having won titles in 2011,2012 and 2014 but with the likes of Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners with multiple wins between them, the season’s are never over until the final seconds.

Has the A-League though achieved one of its aims of widening the horizon for Australian Football and increasing the global audience? The answer must be a resounding yes. This has been aided by the attraction of players with world class reputations. Alessandro Del Piero came to the league on a multi million dollar deal that made headline sports news across the globe. Dwight Yorke and Emile Heskey swapped the Premier League for the A League and David Villa, whilst still a potent force in world football, swapped La Liga for the A League too! Add in legends such as Romario and Robbie Flower and not to mention the world famous home brewed players including Harry Kewell, Brett Emerton and Joshua Kennedy and it is clear the league has raises its standards. This has attracted TV deals across the globe from major coverage in the UK, USA, Ireland and India. The league continues to grow and the future in terms of a global audience is very bright indeed!

The league, although young, has already established its own legends. Several players have become households in Australia after playing over 200 times in the division. The likes of John Hutchinson, Danny Vukovi, Andrew Durante and Archie Thompson are growing into national icons. Carl Veart is the answers to a common Australian Trivia Question by scoring the first goal in the league for Adelaide United and between them Archie Thompson, Shane Smeltz and Besart Bersiha have broken scoring records time after time.

In essence the A-League is growing into a division worthy of time, respect and attention. Just like in non-football nations such as American and India, the injection of money, sponsors, new leagues and world class players has risen the profile of the game and no one can now ignore the league. Pele once said that a team from Africa would have won the World Cup by 2000. If the A-League continues to develop at this rate, then it won’t be long before the effect of a strong home game has its effects on the national side. Just as the MLS became a major world league attracting talent and attention, the A-League is starting to grow and with highly charged atmospheres, competitive matches and unpredictable outcomes, any football fan will be giving themselves a treat by paying a little more attention to what is going on down under

MLS Quiz Database Update

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Over the last couple of weeks we have been working hard to increase our football quiz database beyond the England and indeed Europe.

Our latest update has seen us expand our database of ‘soccer’ teams from the otherside of the ‘pond’. Fresh from our recent article on Major League Soccer we have added the following trivia quizzes:

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Chicago Fire

New York Red Bulls

Seattle Sounders

Kansas City Wizards

If you are a fan of any other MLS franchise and would like us to add your team then get in contact and let us know.

So what is Major League Soccer (MLS)

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The major soccer league or “MLS” as we know it is the professional soccer league in both the United States and Canada. It was founded in 1993 although the first season didn’t take place until 1996. It was founded as part of the Unites States Successful bid to host the 1994 World cup which went down flawless and in which the United States received huger credit for.

The “MLS” is composed of nineteen teams, sixteen in the Unites States and only three in Canada. The season in the Unites States differs from that of Europe where in runs from March until December with each team playing 34 times in a season and then the winner being awarded the “Supporters Shield” and then ten teams compete in the postseason MLS cup playoffs which then ends with the championship game “The MLS cup”. A bit like the “NBA – National Basketball Association “The teams in the MLS are divided into Eastern and Western conferences and midway through the season the teams break for the annual “All star game”, this is a friendly game which includes the finest players from the MLS against a club from a different league.

After its first season, MLS suffered from a decline in attendance. The league’s low attendance was all the more apparent in light of the fact that eight of the original ten teams began playing in stadiums owned or rented by American football teams, most of the venues with capacities of 60,000 or more. Also the leagues quality was cast into doubt when the U.S. men’s national team, which was made up largely of MLS players, was eliminated in the first round of the 1998 World Cup by losing to all opponents in the group stage and finishing in last place. However this all changed after the 2002 World cup when the United States made the Quarter finals of the world cup leading to the resurgence in American soccer and in particular the MLS. So in its first season after the world cup the MLS set an attendance record when 61,000 people witnessed the LA Galaxy take home their first title.

It is commonly known that when the season finishes in the MLS a few players will be loaned to a premier league club in England until the MLS season kicks off again in March, this is to keep a players fitness going and also to help out a premier league club who maybe do not have sufficient funds to go out and buy a player in the January transfer window.

In 2007 the MLS pulled off its biggest coup when David Beckham signed for the LA Galaxy, this made International headlines across the world and was seen as a positive signing for the Galaxy and also helped the MLS acquire more big name signings which to this day can be seen at all teams around the MLS. One of these big names is none other than Thierry Henry who played his football with Arsenal before moving to Barcelona and who now plays with New York Red bulls. Robbie Keane, another player that played his football in England moved to LA Galaxy and is currently captain and doing remarkable things. Another big name that has just been announced and will be moving to Toronto FC is Jermaine Defoe who currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur; he is the latest premiership player to join the ranks in the MLS after agreeing a four year deal. After his successful five years playing for LA Galaxy, David Beckham left the LA Galaxy in 2012 and now there is big talk that he will be setting up a franchise in Miami.

The MLS has faced criticism from FIFA and some domestic soccer fans for neither abiding by the FIFA calendar nor changing the league schedule to one that begins in August and ends in May to coincide with the European leagues. The criticism received is because the current March to December format clashes with CONCACAF GOLD CUP and also the WORLD CUP and other FIFA-sanctioned international competitions held in June and July. This only leads to top players abandoning their MLS teams during those two months so they can compete in these tournaments, and thus makes it harder for the league to recruit more of the world’s best players.

In my opinion the Major League Soccer is still a long way away from being on par with major leagues around Europe and this clearly shows with players joining the league when they are clearly past their best and also because it is not the number one sport in the U.S and to be honest it will never be as you have the likes of the NBA, NFL and the MLB all ahead of the MLS. One can only say that since its existence in 1993 the MLS has proven people wrong and to this day is still going strong.

Although he has long since left the MLS check out David Beckhams Greatest Ever MLS goals:

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The Bundesliga comes to FootieQuiz

With the introduction of German football club quizzes and our Bundesliga quiz our guest editor Nash gives us his run down on German football.

The emergence and dominance of German football is evident with the fact that three of the last four years German clubs have contested the Champions League final.

The German football league or “Bundesliga” as it is known has been in existence since 1963 and comprises of 18 teams its top division. A total of 52 clubs have competed in the Bundesliga since its founding but there is no doubt that only one team stands out of the 52 and that is Bayern Munich, Germany’s top club winning the Bundesliga twenty three times. Starting to emerge and challenge Bayern Munich ascendency are Borussia Dortmund – although they have a long way to go match Munich’s titles haul.

The Bundesliga is composed of 2 Divisions and like most other continental leagues it’s season runs from August to May with a winter break for six weeks (mid-December through to the end of January), most of the games are played on Saturdays and Sundays and then a few games played midweek.

The Bundesliga holds the record for the highest league average attendance in Europe. German fans are also one of the most passionate in Europe and this clearly showed when I visited the “Commerzbank Arena” home of Eintracht Frankfurt. The crowds were unbelievably passionate and moisy. The most interesting about Bundesliga games is that once a goal is scored the announcer announces the first name of the goal scorer and the crowd scream his surname, so you can imagine 40,000 plus fans screaming the goal scorers second name.

Every team in the two Bundesliga must have a licence to play in the league, or else they are relegated into the regional leagues. To obtain a licence, teams must be financially healthy and meet certain standards of conduct as organisations.

As in other national leagues, there are significant benefits to being in the top division:

  • A greater share of television broadcast licence revenues goes to 1. Bundesliga sides
  • Bundesliga teams draw significantly greater levels of fan support. Average attendance in the first league is 42,673 per game — more than twice the average of the 2. Bundesliga.
  • Greater exposure through television and higher attendance levels helps 1. Bundesliga teams attract the most lucrative sponsorships.
  • Bundesliga teams develop substantial financial muscle through the combination of television and gate revenues, sponsorships and marketing of their team brands. This allows them to attract and retain skilled players from domestic and international sources and to construct first-class stadium facilities. 

As mentioned above the most popular Bundesliga team is Bayern Munich followed by Borussia Dortmund, these two teams would be the best known internationally followed by the likes of Schalke 04, Bayern Leverkusen, Hamburg and Stuttgart.

In the 2008–09 season, the Bundesliga reinstated an earlier German system of promotion and relegation, which had already been in use from 1981 until 1991

  • The bottom two finishers in the Bundesliga are automatically relegated to the 2. Bundesliga, with the top two finishers in the 2. Bundesliga taking their place
  • The third-from-bottom club in the Bundesliga will play a two-legged match with the third-place team from the 2. Bundesliga, with the winner taking up the final place in the following season’s Bundesliga 

From 1992 until 2008, a different system had been used in which the bottom three finishers of the Bundesliga had been automatically relegated, to be replaced by the top three finishers in the 2. Bundesliga. From 1963 until 1981 two respectively three teams had been relegated from the Bundesliga automatically, while promotion had been decided either completely or partially in promotion playoffs.

The Bundesliga is certainly up there with the likes of “La Liga” and “The Premiership” in terms of having strong teams when playing in the Champions League as Real Madrid and especially Barcelona – who found out last year what it was like to receive a thumping by the hands of Bayern Munich who over the two legs triumphed 7-0 and this led journalists to believe that the Bundesliga is currently the number one league in the world.

 

La Liga

Undoubtedly when we talk about the two biggest clubs in the world, we talk about Real Madrid and F.C Barcelona both who trade their football in “La Liga” in Spain. These two teams are by far the two biggest names in world football.

La Liga was founded in 1929 and has currently 20 teams in its top division with the three lowest placed teams relegated to the Segunda División and replaced by the top two teams in that division plus the winner of a play-off.  Each club plays every other club twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 38 games. Teams receive three points for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a loss. Although La Liga differs from other leagues in Europe where as when two clubs finish the season on the same amount of points, it then does not go down to goal difference to see who wins the championship but it goes down to head to head. Since its existence in 1929 la liga started off with 10 clubs and has now risen to 20 clubs.

La Liga is the strongest league in Europe over the past five years. It is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the world.

Since the 50’s and 60’s Real Madrid and Barcelona have dominated Spanish football winning a total of 54 titles between them, Real Madrid (32) Barcelona (22) with only a handful of other teams contesting the title with the most recent team being Valencia in the 2003-4 season. The last couple of seasons we have seen the emergence of Atletico Madrid who have been quite a handful for the big two and are currently having one of their best seasons to date. This can only be good for La Liga as in the past and present it has become a 2 horse race for the title so any team that starts to challenge has to be good for Spanish football and la liga.

The season in la liga runs from September to June with a winter break for 2 weeks last week of December through first week of January with games being played on Saturday and Sunday and also a few mid week. Unlike most of the teams in Europe a lot of the games in la liga are played in the evening time, usually between 8pm-10pm Spanish time and it is well know that sometimes games don’t finish to close to midnight on some occasions

During the latter half of the 20th century Barcelona re-emerged as something of a forced to be reckoned with, with the realm of Spanish Football. It was during this time that the rules changed regarding the number of foreign players which were able to play for each team, as certain clubs naturalized top players in order to include them. Real Madrid dominated the Primera División between 1961 and 1980, with Atlético Madrid proving to be their only serious competitor. The 1990s saw Barcelona dominate once again, as manager Johan Cruyff returned to put together what became known as the ‘Dream Team’. This newly formed team won the Primera División six times during this period, as well as the 1992 European Cup. To this day Real Madrid still hold the record for most European cups (9 in total). In addition to their success in Primera División, Valencia, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid are four of the most successful teams in European competition history. All four clubs are the only Spanish clubs to have won five or more international trophies. Whilst, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia are also in the top ten most successful clubs in European football in terms of total European trophies.

Since its existence la liga has seen some of the best players in the world grace its division, the likes of Puskas, Di Stefano, Maradona ,Zidane ,Ronaldo  have all played in la liga. Currently the two best footballers on the planet play their trade in la liga – Cristiano Ronaldo who plays for Real Madrid and Lionel Messi who plays for Barcelona.

You only have to visit the likes of the “Nou camp” and the “Santiago Bernabeu” to truly realise what amazing grounds they are, both hold capacity of over 80,000 people and the atmosphere can be electric especially when the big two are playing. I had the opportunity of visiting these two grounds, both empty, and when a game was on and all I can say is ‘WOW’.