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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.






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...


11: El CLASH-ico recap as Barca stay unbeaten but ref takes centre stage, Atleti lose at home, Valencia return to Champions League

El Clásico was another enthralling affair and we take a look back at it in depth and detail as 10-man Barcelona drew 2-2 with Real Madrid to keep alive their hopes of completing an unbeaten LaLiga season. Plenty to discuss here, including the refereeing decisions of Alejandro Hernández Hernández - cards and fouls given and not given... Elsewhere, Atlético Madrid conceded and lost at home to Espanyol but then they did field a severely weakened side as they turn their full attentions to the...


10: BARCELONA SPECIAL - EXTENDED EDITION! Title-winners & Iniesta departure, while Montella leaves, Deportivo descend and Levante are safe...

In this extended edition of the La Liga Lowdown minipod, Diego Lorijn steps into the hosting it's a Barcelona Special! Our resident cule is joined by fellow LLL-ers Alex Jonson and Euan McTear, as they take us through Barca clinching the title with a 4-2 victory at El Riazor, with Lionel Messi fittingly scoring a hat-trick. It means that Ernesto Valverde's side have won the league with three games to spare, and add that title to their Copa del Rey success in a domestic double...


9: The Wanda of Iniesta, Las Palmas sink, Espanyol change coach...and Getafe for Europe?!

"Don Andrés Iniesta" - that was one of your "3-Word Verdicts" in honour of the Barcelona captain after he scored in the Copa del Rey final to lift the trophy at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday night. We discuss the start of his farewell from Spanish football, but also what the 5-0 defeat means for Sevilla head coach Vincenzo Montella. In LaLiga, we wave goodbye to Las Palmas whose relegation was confirmed in disastrous fashion - losing 4-0 at home to Alavés. Deportivo are almost down...


8: Barca break records, Betis bang in form, Depor aren't dead, golazos galore!

What a weekend it was in LaLiga on Matchday 32, and congratulations to FC Barcelona who set a new record of 39 matches unbeaten in Spain's top division - some achievement from Ernesto Valverde's side. That's after a 2-1 victory over Valencia - Diego casts his expert eye over both teams' performances, while the Madrid sides also won. There were some entertaining games as the fight for Europa League football next season goes on - Real Betis' winning streak continues, while Sevilla and...


7: Derby draw, matchball for Messi & Iago Aspas, but poor Las Palmas...

Two pivotal results could have settled two outstanding issues in LaLiga - at opposite ends of the LaLiga table. Barcelona are now totally champions in waiting after nearest challengers Atlético Madrid drew a pulsating derby 1-1 away to Real Madrid, who could and should have won. Barça's 3-1 victory over Leganés means they edge yet closer to an invincible league season, but could they slip up somewhere? Diego looks at that, Euan gives both Madrid teams his report card, while they're split by...


6: Messi saves Barcelona, Málaga finally win and Machín speaks exclusively to LLL!

Breathless. Pulsating. Frenetic. Dramatic. Unbelievable. Although could could believe it - Barcelona scoring twice in the last 3 minutes to get a point at Sevilla, Lionel Messi with the equaliser. That was the headline game on Matchday 30 in LaLiga, as Barça kept their unbeaten run alive, while the 3 teams immediately below them all won and kept a clean sheet too. But it'll take many more slip-ups for Ernesto Valverde's men to give up the title they have in their grasp… Málaga won for the...


5: Spain entertain: Iniesta fiesta, Isco nationalities and loyalties

LLL goes on the road as David visits Diego in Barcelona to discuss the Spain national team’s performance in Düsseldorf, as they drew 1-1 with world champions Germany. This is a feature-length episode of just over half an hour, and among the main talking points are: Iniesta: his passing, his career, his future, his winery! Isco shines, and the midfield make-up overall is Rodrigo now Spain’s first-choice “striker”? having two world-class keepers on show what is it like having two teams to...


4: Ronaldo goes goal-crazy, Atlético let it slip, Barça win again...

The action's been relentless as we head into the international break, with some pivotal results at the top and bottom of the LaLiga table. Real Madrid 6-3 Girona was the crazy game of Matchday 29, and now the champions have Atlético in their sights as they dropped 3 points away to Villarreal, and Barcelona have one hand on the trophy after beating Athletic Bilbao to go all of ELEVEN points clear at the top. Crucial games at the bottom too, with Deportivo and Las Palmas still in the...


3: Ronaldo, Griezmann and Dembélé star, while it's lift-off for Levante!

On this edition of the minipod, we hear from Barcelona fans preparing themselves for their Champions League showdown with Chelsea on Wednesday, plus Atlético Madrid win big again, but they need Barça to slip up to have any chance in the title race. Instead, their supporters tell us their priority this season - is it LaLiga or Europa League? Paco Polit runs the rule over Sevilla v Valencia, and gives both teams marks out of 10, as Los Che close in on a return to Europe's top table for next...