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We're just launching La Liga Lowdown, a new content hub on Spanish football in English, so we'd thought we'd give you a little taste of what we're all about. This is just a trailer episode to get us going, but we'll have our first full minipod on Monday 5th March, on a weekly basis. In the meantime, check out our Twitter (@LaLigaLowdown) and we'll also be kicking off our YouTube content over the next few days.

We're just launching La Liga Lowdown, a new content hub on Spanish football in English, so we'd thought we'd give you a little taste of what we're all about. This is just a trailer episode to get us going, but we'll have our first full minipod on Monday 5th March, on a weekly basis. In the meantime, check out our Twitter (@LaLigaLowdown) and we'll also be kicking off our YouTube content over the next few days.
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We're just launching La Liga Lowdown, a new content hub on Spanish football in English, so we'd thought we'd give you a little taste of what we're all about. This is just a trailer episode to get us going, but we'll have our first full minipod on Monday 5th March, on a weekly basis. In the meantime, check out our Twitter (@LaLigaLowdown) and we'll also be kicking off our YouTube content over the next few days.






Hark now hear the angels sing, Messi is the free-kick king! Matchday 15 recap.

How often have we said that superlatives don't do Lionel Messi justice? Well, we're saying it yet again after the little Argentine started and finished the Catalan derby with 2 sensational free-kicks, Barcelona beating Espanyol 4-0 away. We're giving our marks out of 10 to both sides. Atlético and Real Madrid both win but neither of them had it easy, while Sevilla almost won at Mestalla in LaLiga for the first time in nearly 7 years, but were denied by a late equaliser. Still, things aren't...


Barça go top, but what's wrong? Madrid win too, Atleti & Sevilla held - Matchday 14 recap

A win, a first clean sheet in 12 LaLiga games, they're back top of the table...but Barcelona fans still aren't happy. The style of play under Ernesto Valverde is coming under intense scrutiny, despite all the injuries they've got, but nevertheless they've reclaimed top spot, and the chasing pack slipped up. Sevilla in 2nd and Alavés in 4th drew at Mendizorrotza, while 3rd-placed Atlético Madrid were held yet again by Girona - but now Real Madrid are up to 5th and not too far off the lead...


Go on, try and predict Real Madrid crash and burn at Eibar! Matchday 13 recap

Every week, you think you've got LaLiga figured out and then something else happens to completely ruin your logic. This time it was Real Madrid losing 3-0 at Eibar, having seemingly found their feet under new head coach Santi Solari in recent weeks. Meanwhile Barcelona couldn't win either - in fact, they needed a very late equaliser from Ousmane Dembélé to get a point at Atlético. All of that meant Sevilla are now top after beating Real Valladolid 1-0. But elsewhere there were other...


Spain miss out on Final Four! Also focus on under-21s, the women's Clásico and Atleti v Barcelona preview!

We have a bumper edition of the minipod this maybe it's a maxipod? Or a gigapod?! David Garrido, Paco Polit and Román de Arquer are involved in this one and first up, we cover Spain who lost to Croatia to stop them reaching the Final Four in the UEFA Nations League, but then beat Bosnia in a friendly to round off 2018 - we dissect those matches and discuss how it's gone far under Luis Enrique and what the prospects are now for La Roja going forward. Then in part 2 it's on Spain's...


Barça LOSE at home, Madrid stick with Solari, Atleti & Sevilla comeback kings, but Celta SACK their coach!

LaLiga continues to throw up surprise after surprise, and this week it came primarily with Barcelona losing a 7-goal thriller against Real Betis at the Camp Nou - it's their first home defeat in the league since September 2016. We discuss how and why it's happened, with the chasing pack reducing the gap to just 1 point as all of Atlético Madrid, Sevilla & Alavés came from behind to win. The other big stories came at Balaídos in Galicia, where Real Madrid won 4-2 against Celta Vigo, making...


Barcelona & Real Madrid ALMOST embarrassed, white hankies out for Valencia, but bonkers Betis are BACK - LaLiga Matchday 11 recap

Matchday 11 in LaLiga was about late goals...we had 10 of them in the 80th minute or later spread across the games...and Barcelona needed to score 2 in the last 5 minutes to snatch the win at Rayo Vallecano - Luis Suárez continuing his scoring streak to rescue Barça in the absence of Lionel Messi. Real Madrid also scored twice late on to beat Real Valladolid. It wasn't a great weekend for the chasing pack - Atlético Madrid and Sevilla held away from home, Alavés lost at Eibar, but Espanyol...


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

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...


Barcelona top but Messi misses El Clásico! Real Madrid lose again, will Lopetegui get the sack? - Matchday 9 round-up

You could almost hear a pin drop as Lionel Messi was down receiving treatment after falling awkwardly on his arm...and despite already inspiring Barcelona towards victory at home to Sevilla on LaLiga Matchday 9, he will now be out for 3 weeks, meaning he'll miss El Clásico next Sunday. In this minipod, we discuss that with one of our squad members based in Barcelona, plus how Barça cope without Messi...while Real Madrid continue to stagger and stumble with a home defeat to Levante, heaping...


England reign in Spain...just! Plus U21 & U19 focus, and LaLiga returns soon!

It's another international special on the La Liga Lowdown minipod, as we recap Spain's 2 matches over the international break - a shock 3-2 loss to England in Seville in the UEFA Nations League as they suffered their first competitive home defeat in 15 years and 39 games, which came off the back of a 4-1 victory over Wales in a friendly in Cardiff last Thursday. David Garrido takes you through the big talking points from both games, with the help of Román de Arquer in Barcelona and Euan...


Madrid in crisis, Barcelona held again, Sevilla go top! It's all happening in LaLiga - Matchday 8 recap!

You'd never believe it, but Barcelona and Real Madrid aren't having it their own way in LaLiga - not by a long shot. For starters, they've both failed to win for a 3rd matchday in a row, and Sevilla are the team who've taken advantage to go top of the table, with Atlético Madrid well in the mix 1 point behind. In this La Liga Lowdown matchday 8 minipod, we discuss how and why Madrid went down 1-0 at Alavés and what is going wrong there, while Barcelona could only draw at Valencia which...


It's keepers on top in the Madrid derby, Barcelona fail to win again but Valencia finally do, and Sevilla score for fun - LaLiga Matchday 7 recap!

Look at that LaLiga table. 6 points covering the top half after 7 games, which just goes to show that The Big 3 don't always have things their own way. In fact, none of them won in this latest round of fixtures, with leaders Barcelona held at home by Athletic Club which means they've taken only 2 out of the last 9 points on offer. What's going on there? Real Madrid and Atlético drew an entertaining derby at the Bernabéu, with Thibaut Courtois and Jan Oblak excelling. Elsewhere, Sevilla...


Red Card Fiesta - as Barça drop points, Madrid & Atleti do enough, while Sevilla smash Levante for 6! Matchday 5 Re-Cap

LaLiga was back to its usual crazy self this weekend, as there were goals galore and no fewer than 7 red cards spread over the 10 games on Matchday 5. One of them came at the Camp Nou, as Clément Lenglet was sent off and Barcelona were held to a 2-all draw by Catalan neighbours Girona - and Cristhian Stuani scored twice to be joint top-scorer in LaLiga with 5, alongside Lionel Messi. Real Madrid rotated and survived as they beat Espanyol 1-0 at home, while Atleti were fortunate and won 2-0...


Barça stay perfect, but Real Madrid & Atlético scrape draws while Sevilla suffer a shocker - Matchday 4 in LaLiga

There's now just the one team with a 100% record in LaLiga, and that's Barcelona - not that they had it all their own way, having to come from behind to beat Real Sociedad in their newly refurbished stadium...but at least they won. Both Real Madrid and Atlético had to settle for draws against Basque opposition - Madrid frustrated by an Athletic Club inspired by young keeper Unai Simón, while Eibar goalie Marko Dmitrovic was the man who stopped Atleti at the Wanda Metropolitano - it leaves...


Spain shine at Wembley, thanks to Saúl, Rodrigo & Luis Enrique - International Break Extended Edition!

This week there's no LaLiga, so we're focusing on the Spain national team as David Garrido is joined by Alex Jonson and Euan McTear to discuss their 2-1 win over England at Wembley. David, Alex and Euan go through all the talking points, including what's different about this side under Luis Enrique compared to the one who failed at the World Cup, why Saúl is so pivotal, and which other players impressed as Spain begin their UEFA Nations League campaign. We also look ahead to the Croatia...


A Barça-bashing, brilliant Benzema and Betis brag - a frantic Matchday 3 in LaLiga!

Shock horror, we now have Barcelona and Real Madrid as the only 2 teams with 100% records in LaLiga after 3 rounds of games, and both flexed their muscles this weekend. Madrid are getting into their new style under Julen Lopetegui, beating Leganés 4-1 at the Bernabéu, while Barcelona doubled that scoreline, demolishing newboys Huesca 8-2. There was a shock elsewhere, as Atlético Madrid had a real off day and lost at Celta Vigo, and the 2 big derbies in Spain ended Real Betis 1-0 Sevilla...


Matchday 2 - pitch farce for Barça, Madrid "four" the title, Leganés and Huesca comeback kings!

We had it all in the second round of games in LaLiga! Barcelona were involved in the big controversy, playing on a terrible pitch at Real Valladolid as they won 1-0 away - and it's gone right to the very top. Real Madrid put 4 past Girona, but had to come from behind to do it. Talking of comebacks, 2 of the feel-good stories of the weekend - Leganés fighting back from 2 down against Real Sociedad on Friday night, while Huesca did likewise to Athletic Club on Monday night at San Mamés. Both...


Matchday 1 - magic Messi, brilliant Bale, historic Huesca, Mestalla stunner. LaLiga is GO!

What a weekend to get us underway in LaLiga! Where do we begin? The Big 2 won at home thanks to their talismen - Messi for Barcelona, Bale for Real Madrid...and what a belter at Mestalla on Monday night as Valencia and Atlético drew 1-1 - LaLiga has got off to an explosive start, with the stars delivering. And there were some super debuts - Huesca won their first game ever in Spain's top division away to Eibar, while André Silva scored a hat-trick against Rayo Vallecano, having joined...


2018-19 Season Preview: 3-horse title race? Can Betis be brilliant again? Are the newboys doomed for the drop?

LaLiga is well and truly BACK this weekend - have you missed it? So have we. In this preview edition, we look at how Real Madrid will cope in the post-Zidane, post-Ronaldo era, whether Barcelona can fit in their Brazilians and how Atlético Madrid can challenge once again. There's also that bunch of teams scrambling for the European places - expect Valencia to be there again, but can Villarreal and Real Betis make good on their summer signings, and what about 2 letdowns from last season,...


13: Adiós Andrés, Farewell Matchday 38 recap and EXCLUSIVE interview with John Guidetti

The curtain falls on the 2017-18 LaLiga season, and also on some big names at their current clubs - Andrés Iniesta at Barcelona, Fernando Torres at Atlético Madrid and Xabi Prieto at Real Sociedad. We focus on those farewells and take a broader look at how various clubs have fared this campaign after Matchday 38, plus there's a sneaky snippet of our exclusive interview with Alavés and Sweden striker John Guidetti which you can see on our YouTube channel on Wednesday and Thursday this...


12: Barcelona are beaten in 9-goal thriller! Madrid hit Celta for 6, Betis & Sevilla in derby draw...

After getting through El Clásico the weekend before, Barcelona fell at the penultimate hurdle in their quest for LaLiga invincibility this season - it was a thrilling game at Levante's Estadio Ciudad de Valencia, where the home side just about held on to win 5-4 after surviving a second-half comeback from Barça, who finally lose their unbeaten league record. It had been 36 games this campaign, and in fact 43 in total. Real Madrid intensified their preparations for the Champions League final...