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A brand new 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…

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    LaLiga Matchday 14 Recap: They just need the break

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 34:42

    Don't ever let anyone tell you LaLiga isn't fun. Join hosts Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) as they break down four days of action which swung like a pendulum.Part One begins at the top - with Barcelona. Not many saw it coming, but are they now favourites for the league? Real Madrid suffered their first defeat of the season and look less than imposing these days. Atlético Madrid - the less said the better, but we still said quite a lot.Part Two deals with the rest of the European race and relegation skirmish - the two aren't even that far removed from each other. The Basque sides can smile at their position for now, while Real Betis are sick of the sight of red. More so than usual. At the bottom, there are scoldings galore for any number of teams, managers, owners and more. Finally, in a shock turn of events, Luis Enrique will not spring any surprises in his Spain squad.Follow us @LaLigaLowdown on Twitter for more coverage of Spanish football and over the coming weeks, the World Cup. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 13 Recap: The Red Mist

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 31:27

    Two major events dominated Matchday 13, despite several storylines emerging elsewhere and demanding our attention. Join hosts Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) and Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) as they break it all down.Part one begins in Andalusia and it might be November, but temperatures and tempers ran hot in the Seville derby on Sunday night. Atlético Madrid bumbled their way to a draw with ten-man Espanyol - awkwardly, João Félix was their most dangerous player again. In Valencia, Villarreal's Quique Setién might be the first manager to be told to leave in their first home game in La Liga.Part two begins with a different type of emotion - Gerard Piqué inevitably struggled to hold in the tears. Román was there to give us a first-hand account of a historic moment. Down in the boggy bottom half there was another big win in Catalonia, while Elche look hopeless after a third of the season.With another midweek round on the way this Tuesday, follow us on Twitter @LaLigaLowdown to ensure you don't miss a beat in a busy week before Luis Enrique announces his Spain squad for the World Cup. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    Bonus: Gerard Piqué se va

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 24:45

    Gerard Piqué has announced that he is retiring from football, leaving Fútbol Club Barcelona after 14 years and 30 trophies. To mark this momentous occasion, we had to jump behind the microphones to record a special bonus pod. Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) is joined by Román De Arquer (@Aeroslavee) and Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) to reflect on the timing of the decision, whether it is the right one, and what factors have contributed to bring events to this end point.Part Two is a nostalgic reflection of 'Peak Piqué', looking back on his best moments, memorable manitas, grand goals and his propensity for the presidential.Always honest, sometimes nakedly so, Piqué has left an indelible mark on Barcelona and Spanish football in general. It's not adios but hasta luego, for Geri will be back in some capacity someday. For now though, gràcies Geri. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 13 Preview: A coat of prestige paint

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 34:43

    After the European group stages concluded this week, another round of LaLiga is upon us once more. Join Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) for a full discussion of the fixtures this weekend.There was a bit of soul-searching to do for some Spanish sides, namely Atlético Madrid. Knocked out of Europe entirely, the first time that has happened before Christmas in the Diego Simeone era. Paco discusses Cholo's future and whether he has another trick up his sleeve to recover yet again. We turn our attention to El Gran Derbi on Sunday night which promises to be as fiery as ever, although this time there is one overwhelming favourite. In the second half of the show, we discuss the latest managerial change in the division, as Chacho Coudet waves goodbye to Celta and Carlos Carvalhal lands in Vigo to take the reins. While discussing Barcelona's upcoming match, the news of Gerard Piqué's retirement breaks LIVE on the show. Hear how Matt and Paco react to this bombazo!After rounding up the remaining games, Paco reflects a little more on the legacy of Piqué before the close.Follow us @LaLigaLowdown and subscribe to our new substack for FREE: Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 12 Recap: ¡Hay Liga!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 32:15

    As the clock struck ninety at Mestalla on Saturday night, it was looking as if the gap at the top would be five points by the end of Matchday 12.Nonetheless, last-minute goals, controversial penalties and downward pressure on a football means that only one point separates Real Madrid and Barcelona at the summit of Spanish football, after another enthralling round of LaLiga Santander.With another 20 goals to get their teeth stuck into, join Thom Harris (@ThomHarris_) and Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) as they dissect all the big decisions, big winners and big losers of October's final fixtures, covering huge wins for Barcelona and Betis, and a damaging defeat for Atlético Madrid. Part One begins in Madrid, where a Uruguayan stunned the Bernabéu, but for a change it wasn't Fede Valverde. The significance of a second consecutive stumble is assessed.In Part Two, our panelists reflect on terrifying new lows for Sevilla, more home wins for Osasuna and Athletic Club, and incredible flukes against a luckless Mallorca.Make sure to follow us on Twitter, @LaLigaLowdown, where we'll keep you up to date with Monday night's crucial fixture between Elche and Getafe, before European competition returns, whether the Spanish clubs like it or not, in what promises to be another jam-packed midweek schedule! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 12 Preview: No Plan B

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 32:35

    Disaster, catastrophe and cruelty - Spain did not enjoy a good week in the Champions League. Join hosts Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) as they pick through the wreckage and then look ahead to a crucial weekend in LaLiga.Part one focuses on the European woes and La Ley del Deporte - the increasingly famous Spanish Sports Law. Atlético Madrid could scarcely have imagined a more ridiculous way to go out, the referee blowing full time on their Champions League twice. We analyse how it came to that and react to the failure in Barcelona. The Blaugrana may still make it into the Superleague though, after a draw was declared in parliament.In the second section we look ahead to some decisive matches in the European race. Barcelona must respond at Mestalla, while their former manager Quique Setién takes on former manager Ernesto Valverde in search of his first win with Villarreal. In the Sunday night partidazo, Manuel Pellegrini is running out of fingers upon which to count Real Betis' injuries on and they travel to Donostia-San Sebastián knowing the victor will head into next week in the Champions League spots. Stay until the end for Paco's pick of the week, this weekend's most fun fixture.To keep across all of the happenings this weekend follow us on Twitter @LaLigaLowdown. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 11 Recap: A mosquito bite for Valverde on his return to Camp Nou

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 32:22

    With games coming thick and fast, join Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Román De Arquer (@Aeroslavee) for a review of Matchday 11 in LaLiga. It was a tale of contrasting fortunes if your name is Valverde: Fede scored again as Real Madrid kept up their unbeaten run, while Ernesto suffered a 4-0 defeat on his return to Barcelona. The form of the big two is discussed, including the question of whether anyone can beat Los Blancos, a formation tweak from Xavi and an impressive performance from Ousmane Dembélé.Speaking of Frenchmen, Atlético Madrid are still unbeaten away from home and once again they owed their victory to Antoine Griezmann. His brace against Betis, including an Olympic goal no less, got Diego Smeone's side into the top three.In part two, we discuss the remaining matches, featuring plenty of drama and talking points. It was an emotional game for Villarreal and they won in thrilling style with a last-gasp goal from Nico Jackson, not bad at all. Controversy reigned with the dismissal of Álex Baena - was it the right call or should some common sense have been applied?Elsewhere, there were problems with the ex for Valencia, a 5-star Rayo performance, another win for Real Valladolid, and more dropped points for Girona, Espanyol and Elche.Follow us @LaLigaLowdown on Twitter and don't miss any of our written content by subscribing to our newsletter at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 10 Recap: Qué Embarbaridad

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 32:46

    You know that Mitchell and Webb sketch about the football? The constant, dizzying, twenty-four hour, year-long endless football? It all fell a bit too real this week. No sooner did LaLiga finish for Jornada 9, did it start again for Jornada 10, as Sevilla and Valencia played out an enthralling draw to kick off the midweek action. We also saw an incredible game in the rain at Valladolid, a goal-of-the-decade contender at Almería, and penalties, VAR, and penalties galore. Breathless stuff, once again, in the greatest league in the world.Join your hosts Thom Harris (@ThomHarris_) and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) as they round up another breathless game week. And if that's not enough for you, make sure to follow us on Twitter, at @LaLigaLowdown, and subscribe to our newsletter at, for all the latest news, reaction and analysis.Because if you want to stay up to date with all the football, your best chance is here! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 9 Recap: A quiet Sunday afternoon

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 34:18

    We can't quite remember the last time that we were so excited for a Clásico. We've been counting down the sleeps ever since that first lever was pulled...But Sunday was finally the day, and it was Real Madrid ran out 3-1 winners over Xavi's Barcelona in a thoroughly entertaining game, to swing the title race back towards the capital club's favour.Join your hosts Thom Harris (@ThomHarris_) and (@pacopolitENG) as they run through the ins and outs of the 250th meeting between these two clubs, before they close Part One with an analysis of Atlético Madrid's classic Atlético Madrid win at San Mamés.Part Two sees a thorough run through of the other European contenders, as Paco makes his prediction as to who will take that final Champions League spot.Make sure to subscribe to our substack - - for some fantastic written content on the topics discussed, and follow us on Twitter, @LaLigaLowdown, for all the latest news, reaction and entertainment! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 9 Preview: The greatest game in World football

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 32:03

    It's the (joint) biggest weekend of the year in Spanish football and there's only one place to get your preview. Join hosts Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) as they go into detail on the first El Clásico of the season.Part 1 is exclusively dedicated to all your Clásico needs as we talk through how each side is arriving at the Santiago Bernabéu - Blaugrana are aptly looking a little blue and quite red-faced after midweek. Then we break down the major question marks hanging over Xavi Hernández and Carlo Ancelotti, where this match will be won and lost, as well as what kind of game we can expect.In the second section we get into it with regards to the rest of the league - there's more than enough to dig into without either of the big two. We get the thesaurus out for a flummoxing decision in Alicante. That leads us into derbies galore across Spain, accompanied by a feverish Saturday night at San Mamés. Oh, and always watch Girona.Have a look at our substack - - for more written content about the week past and the weekend ahead. To keep across all of the happenings this weekend, El Clásico and otherwise, follow us on Twitter @LaLigaLowdown. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 8 Recap: Raging Doubtfire Ahead of El Clásico

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 36:02

    As the games stack up, it was a tight and tense La Liga weekend from top to bottom. Join hosts Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) and Román de Arquer (@aeroslavee) as they break down the all the doubts plaguing them this weekend.Part one begins with analysis on perhaps the team that raised the most questions about themselves, Barcelona. They go into a crucial week in the Champions League against Inter and de Arquer gives his thoughts on that clash. New Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli just about survived Athletic Club, Villarreal were not so lucky against Real Sociedad in a set of battles with European repercussions.In the second half of the show we look at both Madrid sides, who were in action on Saturday. In many ways it was same old for pair of them - although whether that's a good thing is another matter. Further down the table there was a crazy game at El Sadar, a barren run broken for Almería and a curse afflicting one particular position.Follow us on Twitter @LaLigaLowdown and for written analysis, head to Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 8 Preview: So long, Julen

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 43:41

    We have a feature-length pod for you this week as Julen Lopetegui's long and drawn out departure from Sevilla was finally made official. Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) are on hand to bring you reaction to that and the arrival of Jorge Sampaoli, before the usual comprehensive preview of Matchday 8 in LaLiga.We begin by telling the story of Sevilla's season and how things got so untenable that a change had to arrive. You'll hear from many of our contributors in clips from previous pods, as well as the sounds from the stands, with fans reacting to the poor start and sending their ultimate farewell to a coach whose time was successful in the main.Looking ahead to the weekend's matches, there is plenty to discuss, including Sampaoli's baptism of fire, Barcelona in need of a reaction, and coaches who could be following Francisco and Lopetegui out of a job. Find out which team Paco compares to a wrestler and what his predicted game of the weekend is.You can also follow us on Twitter @LaLigaLowdown and go in depth on these stories and more at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 7 Recap: Goals galore

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 29:44

    There were goals all over the place in LaLiga this weekend, and they brought about a new leader to the Spanish league as well. Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) and Thom Harris (@thomharris_) break down the action across the division.Athletic Club thrashed Almería to start us off, but Getafe and Real Valladolid and later Girona and Real Sociedad brought us the real entertainment in some thrilling encounters.Sam and Thom also discuss the future of Julen Lopetegui at Sevilla after defeat to Atlético Madrid, and what's going wrong for Karim Benzema that has allowed Robert Lewandowski to usurp him as LaLiga's goal king and put Barcelona ahead of Real Madrid in the standings. Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 7 Preview: Here Comes Your Man

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 35:22

    Here comes your man sang the Pixies and after 87 minutes of hard graft, there was Álvaro Morata for Luis Enrique. Join Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) as they react to Spain's victory over Portugal before looking ahead to the LaLiga Matchday headed our way.Part one is exclusively dedicated to pulling apart this Spain side. What exactly were we taught by this international break? And how does that influence the World Cup? Paco explains what success means for this Spanish side and who has won themselves a guaranteed place on the plane to Qatar.In part two, we meander on to a weekend hinting at upsets. The FIFA virus has taken multiple casualties and Barcelona certainly aren't fully recovered. Find out which two managers are leading the sack race and finally Paco picks out his game of the weekend.Follow us on @LaLigaLowdown for further reaction and you can find th latest written pieces from our team of scribes at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    Nations League Recap: Swiss stumble for sloppy Spain

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 28:34

    Midway through the international break, Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) convene to discuss Spain's surprise defeat against Switzerland in Zaragoza, introduced by some exasperated commentary from Cope.They dissect the lineup, the problems at both ends of the pitch, the positives, and the possible solutions. Ultimately, their Nations League destiny will be decided on Matchday 6 in Portugal, and Lucho's side must win to reach the final four.In Part Two, other stories are on the agenda, including the explosive crisis engulfing the Selección Femenino, with 15 players in open mutiny against the coach, Jorge Vilda. Román opines on the situation and how he sees events unfolding. Elsewhere, frustration is the theme for Barça as they lost not one but two key defenders to injury. Román laments this bad luck, before discussing some of the other results from the Nations League, which most of the major European nations have found challenging to say the least. Does this mean anything with less than 60 days until kick off in Qatar?As always, there is plenty more content on our Twitter (@LaLigaLowdown) and via our newsletter ( Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    Nations League Matchday 5 and 6 Preview: The struggle is real

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 34:12

    As LaLiga takes the back seat for the next seven days, international football makes a frantic return with the World Cup just under two months away. Join hosts Thom Harris (@ThomHarris_) and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) as they dissect another interesting convocatoria, as selected by Luis Enrique, ahead of two tantalising Nations League ties against Switzerland and Portugal.In Part Two, we're delighted to be joined by Swiss football expert Craig King (@FootballSwissEN) and Breaking the Lines co-creator Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) to analyse Spain's stubborn opposition, with in-depth analysis, players to watch, and predictions ahead of the closing two group games.Make sure to follow @LaLigaLowdown on Twitter for news, reaction and expert analysis, and subscribe to our newsletter at to receive fresh content every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning straight into your inbox, for absolutely FREE! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 6 Recap: Bailando

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 34:32

    The international break is upon us, leaving the LaLiga table frozen in time for another 12 days. Real Madrid go into the mini-break perfect, sealing their sixth win from six with a huge three points at the Cívitas Metropolitano, while Barcelona make it 18 goals scored and just one conceded to remain the closest challengers to Ancelotti's Champions. Join Thom Harris (@ThomHarris_) and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) as they discuss what looks to be one of the most tantalising title races in living memory.Also on the show, hear our experts dissect the race for European qualification, as Real Betis continue their best ever start to a LaLiga season, before turning their attention to an increasingly tense relegation battle, as basement boys Cádiz finally score their first goal to seal a dramatic away win at fellow strugglers Real Valladolid.Make sure to follow @LaLigaLowdown on Twitter for even more reaction to another dramatic week of LaLiga action, and subscribe to our newsletter to have our in-depth analysis sent straight to your inbox. Simply follow the link ( type in your email, and enjoy our latest content for FREE! Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 6 Preview: Muy tiquismiquis

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 31:55

    With the international break nearly upon us, join Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) for a comprehensive preview of Matchday 6 in LaLiga.After some reflection on the pair of Champions League defeats in Deutschland, we dive straight into the Madrid Derby, the partidazo of the round and one of the games of the season so far. How will Real Madrid line up? Will Atleti be able to improve their defending? Is this already make-or-break for their title challenge? These questions and more are answered in depth. We then take a tour around the rest of the matches, including a pivotal clash on Friday night, plus the attractive appetisers on offer before the main course in Madrid. You may be surprised to hear which one Ruairidh is looking forward to most.In the second half, we also discuss the upcoming international break, as Spain resume their Nations League campaign. With the World Cup just around the corner, we talk player selection and assess who is banging down Lucho's door. Whether he answers is another matter entirely.For more Spanish football content, follow us @LaLigaLowdown on Twitter and subscribe to our regular newsletter at Hosted on Acast. See for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 5 Recap: The first rule about fight club

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 32:56

    There were 35 goals in the nine La Liga games across this weekend and yet arguably the most dramatic events occurred off the pitch. Join hosts Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) and Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) as they slice and dice an incredibly entertaining Matchday 5 in LaLiga.Part one begins with the Sunday night partidazo as Real Betis laid down their credentials for the top four with a crucial victory over Villarreal, as we examine which team are now favourites for fourth place. Julen Lopetegui finally got his and Sevilla's first win away to Espanyol, which staves off fears for his position. Then the rest of part one is dedicated to Madrid. Atlético beat Celta Vigo and Real Madrid beat Real Mallorca, both by three goal margins. Neither were as comfortable as it ended up looking though, ahead of their meeting next week.The second half of the show gets underway as we recount a surreal match between Cádiz and Barcelona, which lasted close to four hours. On the footballing side of things, we question how ready they are for their big test against Bayern Munich. Getafe got their first victory too, but Cádiz and Elche remain winless. We analyse the impending jeopardy for Francisco, before rounding off the rest of the action - not least the fight scene at Rayo Vallecano.Follow us on Twitter for more quality coverage on Spanish football @LaLigaLowdown. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 5 Preview: Rejuvenate their backside

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 32:00

    After a momentous midweek in Europe, the domestic action continues at breakneck speed. It was a fantastic set of results which saw six Spanish victories out of seven - only Sevilla were unable to get a result, humbled and hammered by Haaland (sorry Julen). Join Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) to discuss what it all means for the next round of LaLiga: Will Real Madrid stay perfect? How many goals with Barcelona score against Cádiz? Can Sevilla recover from two dismal defeats? These questions and plenty more are on the agenda as Matt and Paco go through all ten upcoming matches. Make sure to keep Sunday night free as Betis take on Villarreal in a fascinating battle in the race for the top four. Paco insists this is a must-watch for everyone.Follow us @LaLigaLowdown and check out our newsletter at Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 4 Recap: The big two are back on top

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 32:04

    Following another scintillating weekend of LaLiga action, the table is beginning to look a little more familiar. Real Madrid edged out Real Betis before Barcelona brushed aside Sevilla. Atleti were unable to keep pace as they slipped to a draw at Real Sociedad, Hosts Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Thom Harris (@ThomHarris_) assess whether the title race consists of just two horses. Beyond that, Villarreal continued their spectacular start with another bag of goals and another clean sheet. Are they set for the top four? How long can Julen Lopetgui hold on at Sevilla, who are no longer stuttering but swerving off course.Part Two kicks off with reaction to Valencia's impressive home performance on Sunday night against hapless Getafe. Gattuso-ball is praised in generous measure, with a similar does of criticism for Geta, as well as Elche and Cádiz, who all occupy the bottom three.The rest of the matches are analysed too, including another Aspas show for Celta - is Luis Enrique watching? Osasuna also continued their strong start, while Athletic were stunned by Espanyol. Mallorca and Girona fought out a draw, while Real Valladolid host Almería on Monday night.Follow us @LaLigaLowdown and subscribe to our newsletter at Commentary clips from Cope. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 4 Preview: Partidazos aplenty

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 31:57

    After a frenetic end to the transfer window, we can concentrate on the football once again. That's exactly what Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) do here, with a mouth-watering round of LaLiga action in prospect.Featuring discussion on all ten matches across the weekend, there is a particular focus on the three partidazos on Saturday, which include a clash of the two hitherto perfect sides in the capital.Find out which game Paco calls 'a final' and what he thinks of Valencia's transfer market. Spoiler: it involves Carlos Soler sadness.We'll be back with the reaction to everything that unfolds, but in the meantime, follow us @LaLigaLowdown and subscribe to our newsletter to have all the reaction and analysis sent straight to your inbox - Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 3 Recap: PythagorAspas

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 32:12

    It might be late summer but everything still feels fresh in LaLiga. We bring you our review of all the weekend's action, from a late win for the champions to another defeat for Sevilla.In Part One, hosts Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) discuss the big two and compare their respective wins on a rousing Sunday night, forged in highly contrasting circumstances. Also on the agenda is Rayo's poor home form, the Celta captain in the form of an ancient mathematician and Julen Lopetegui's interesting choice of criticism for his own players.Before the break we hear from our man in Seville, Gregor Chappelle (@gregorchappelle), who gives us his analysis of the growing tensions at the Andalusian club, and whether Lopetegui really is in the last-chance saloon.After the break, we speak to Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) on his way home from Mestalla, after Valencia impressed again but fell to a narrow defeat thanks to Antoine Griezmann in his new super-sub role. The man of the moment is Edinson Cavani, and Paco tells us what he can bring to Los Che. Following a tour of the remaining games, we play out with the sweet sound of Valencianistas serenading their new signing: El Matador.Follow us @LaLigaLowdown on Twitter, and subscribe to our newsletter at Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 3 Preview: Already a must-win?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 34:18

    The LaLiga action keeps coming thick and fast with Matchday 3 already upon us. Join Thom Harris (@ThomHarris_) and Román De Arquer (@Aeroslavee) as they look ahead to ten more tantalising matches across the weekend.Starting on Friday night, can Girona quickly back up their Monday night win without another positive result when Celta visit Catalunya? Then there is a sizzler in Seville as two of the sides with a 100% record face off. Can Osasuna cause a surprise at Betis? Onto Saturday, we get a first look at how Real Sociedad will shape up without Alexander Isak, who is Premier League bound. The boys discuss this bombshell transfer and how Imanol will adjust his attack. Rayo look to continue their fine start with their first match in front of their own fans against Mallorca, before an Andalusian derby at Power Horse Stadium - is this for Sevilla the earliest must-win game in history?Sunday also promises plenty, with Getafe hosting Villarreal, Barcelona hosting Real Valladolid and Espanyol getting a visit from the champions. Tough tests for a couple of coaches already feeling a bit of pressure against raised expectations. The round concludes on Monday with basement boys Cádiz hosting Athletic before potentially the game of the weekend at Mestalla: Valencia vs Atleti. Can Diego Simeone's side respond from their home defeat to Villarreal? Antoine Griezmann could be important, but will Simeone be allowed to play him for any significant length of time?Keep up to date with all our content @LaLigaLowdown and subscribe to our newsletter at Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 2 Recap: Finally, Unai

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 32:16

    The second round of action is now complete and we reconvened to dissect all the action, from a Super Sunday that lived up to the billing to a Sevilla side that definitely did not. With only four sides on maximum points and only two without a point, there was plenty of intrigue across the matchday.Join Matt Clark (@MattClark_08), Román De Arquer (@Aeroslavee) and Thom Harris (@ThomHarris_) as they discuss 4-1 wins for Real Madrid and Barcelona alike, as well as that significant triumph for Villarreal at the Metropolitano. Part Two brings delights such as Osasuna's resurgent home form, the stark contrast between the two Seville giants, and a manic Monday at Montilivi, as well as the moments of the weekend. Follow us @LaLigaLowdown on Twitter, and subscribe to our newsletter at Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 2 Preview: The season's first Super Sunday

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 30:46

    Join Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) to preview the action in matchday two of LaLiga's 2022/23 campaign, including a super Sunday of fixtures.Barcelona travel to Real Sociedad while Atlético Madrid welcome Villarreal. Paco also tells us about how Mestalla has gone up in flames this week ahead of Gennaro Gattuso's trip to face Ernesto Valverde's Athletic Club at San Mamés.We also discuss the need for a win for Sevilla against Valladolid, Betis' optimism against Mallorca, and how the time is right for Espanyol, Osasuna and Getafe to push for the top half against Rayo Vallecano, Cádiz and Girona respectively. Elsewhere, Almería will also be hoping to get their first points on the board against Elche. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 1 Recap: It's here and it's perfect

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 31:15

    La Liga returned this weekend and it was every bit as fun as you had imagined so join hosts Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) and Thom Harris (@ThomHarris_) as they debrief all the action, with the actual football contradicting the transfer narratives.Barcelona were supposed to destroy everything in their path but nobody had reckoned with quite such a mighty Rayo Vallecano. What went wrong for Barcelona and what went right for Rayo, before we get into two managerial debuts. Diego Martinez's Espanyol and Gennaro Gattuso's Valencia had differing fortunes but there were green shoots to hang onto. Further up the predicted table, the race for the Champions League spot is arguably the tightest in La Liga, hence why Thom is so concerned about a haggard old Sevilla.In part two, Real Madrid looked tireless as knocked repeatedly on the door - find out why just a 2-1 victory over Almeria was so ominous. Atlético Madrid and Real Betis brought the entertainment value on Monday night, as both reminded us that they do actually have very good teams, even if they haven't signed many players. The show closes with Thom picking out his moment of the week and a commentator requesting that they be warned if you're going to do something like that.For more content and coverage of La Liga, follow @LaLigaLowdown on Twitter. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit for more information.

    LaLiga Matchday 1 Preview: Licking our lips

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 29:58

    As the new season dawns, join Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) for a full preview of the first round of matches. From Pamplona on Friday night to Seville on Monday, there are ten tantalising fixtures to look forward to. Will reigning champions Real Madrid back up their Super Cup triumph with a winning start to their title defence? Can Barcelona get all their signings registered in time? How will the new coaches fare in their first outings on their new benches? What about the promoted sides? All this and plenty more was on the agenda, including Ruairidh's assessment of the turbulent summer at Camp Nou.Check out our Twitter feed (@LaLigaLowdown), which features predictions for the season from our squad, and follow us for coverage of the opening weekend. See for privacy and opt-out information.

    LaLiga 22/23 Season Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 30:02

    The La Liga Lowdown squad are back after the summer break, fit and firing after pre-season training. Join Matt Clark (MattClark_08), Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) and Thom Harris (@ThomHarris_) for a comprehensive preview of the upcoming season, which promises to be another fascinating one.From Laporta's levers to Sevilla's sales, Madrid minus Mbappé to Atleti's quiet revolution, the top end of the table is the starting point. The pod asks whether there will be a closer title race this time around, and who could mount a realistic challenge for the top four (don't miss Sam's explosive pre-season prediction)!In part two, there is discussion of the remaining European hopefuls, from clubs we expect more from to those who might surprise a few. Lastly, attention turns to the battle at the bottom, with a look at the positive signs for the promoted sides, and the reasons for concern elsewhere. With the 22/23 season less than a week away, LLL are back! See for privacy and opt-out information.

    LaLiga Season Recap 2021-22

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2022 56:10

    Join us for the final time this season to reflect on a season packed with storylines, sentiment and special scenes.Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) are on hand to reflect on the 21/22 season.We start by congratulating the European champions and saluting their successful season. We evaluate the season for all the clubs, from the top to the bottom, and offer up our opinions on overachievers, underachievers and everything else in between.Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) is also present to reflect on the season for Atleti and sends us his winners and losers from the campaign.Complete with memorable montages, this is the ideal way to see out the season.Thanks to everyone for tuning in throughout this season. See for privacy and opt-out information.

    LaLiga Matchday 38 Recap: Granada pay the penalty

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 47:40

    They think it's all over... It is now! LaLiga came to a dramatic conclusion as the relegation battle took centre stage on Matchday 38. Join hosts Matt Clark (@MattClark08) and Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) as they pick through the debris.There's no other place to start than the shock relegation of Granada. Just a season after making it to the Europa League quarter-finals against Manchester United, Granada finish 18th and descend to Segunda. That contrasts to the firefighting job done at Cádiz by Sergio González and Javier Aguirre in Mallorca. We get the thoughts of Alex Fitzpatrick (@MallorcaAlex100) on Mallorca's survival.In the second half of the show we hear the gritty detail from Beñat Gutiérrez (@beinatguti) on the goings on at Athletic Club, including the possible departure of Marcelino. There are also closing notes on Unai Emery and Xavi Hernández as we wrap up the any other business section of the Matchday.Finally, we dig into the MVP section for the last time in the 2021/22 season and pick our moments of the week.Follow @LaLigaLowdown on Twitter for all the Spanish football coverage you need and want - also keep an eye out for our end of season review podcast in the coming days. See for privacy and opt-out information.

    LaLiga Matchday 37 Recap: Son Moix Pit

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 47:34

    The penultimate round meant concurrent matches and multigoal madness. Join hosts Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) and Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) to make sense of the chaos.Alavés had relegation confirmed after losing to fellow descenders Levante. Cádiz got a point against the champions but it felt pyrrhic. Mallorca were the big winners of the round, grabbing all three points in stoppage time.At the top end, more European places were settled too. Sevilla left it late to get the point they needed. Alan Feehely (@azulfeehely) of Football España discusses the work of the two Seville clubs and what the future holds.After the break, we turn to Louis Scattergood (@BroLeao) for a review of Villarreal's direct duel with Real Sociedad for a Europa League spot. The Basque side were triumphant, meaning Villarreal can only reach the Conference League at best.We evaluate what's left to play for before picking our MVPs and moments of the week (or day in this case). See for privacy and opt-out information.

    LaLiga Matchday 36 Recap: Benzema is second, Levante are Segunda

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 45:07

    Another midweek Matchday is in the books and for Levante, the final game of the round did spell the end for them, as their relegation was confirmed in a 6-0 thrashing at Real Madrid. Vini Jr scored his first hat-trick, Luka Modrić had a treble of his own, and Karim Benzema equaled Raúl as the club's second-highest goalscorer of all time. That is where hosts Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) begin, and they ponder which clubs will join Los Granotas in Segunda next season.Part one is rounded off with a look at 'Efecto Karanka' as Granada won again to ease their relegation fears. Heath Chesters (@HeathGCF) gives us the lowdown on the Andalusian side's ascent out of danger.In the second half we salute Atleti's qualification for the Champions League and assess their season as a whole with Jeremy Beren (@JBBeren) from Into the Calderón. We then shift our focus to the remaining runners and riders in the European race. Sevilla are close to sealing 4th, but Betis are on their tails. As for the Europa League, Real Sociedad and Villarreal both enjoyed convincing wins ahead of their direct duel at the weekend.We end with our MVP nominees and our moments of the week, and with so much on the line at this stage of the season, the pickings are plentiful. See for privacy and opt-out information.

    LaLiga Matchday 35 Recap: Molina mastery makes Mallorca miserable

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 46:20

    Matchday 35 in LaLiga came hot on the heels of European drama but it was the relegation skirmish which caught the eye this weekend. Join hosts Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) for the comical, the classy and everything in between.Atlético Madrid won their first Madrid derby in LaLiga since 2016 and that's the jumping off point for the pod, as we assess a fairly straight-forward European race in part one. Villarreal somehow avoided victory against Sevilla and Athletic did similar at San Mamés. Part one rounds off in conversation with Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee), as Xavi achieved his target via a dramatic win against Real Betis.Part two kicks off with the most shocking result of the weekend: a 6-2 thrashing for Mallorca. Paul McGarraghy (@PaulMcGarraghy) was kind enough to pick up the pieces from their point of view and give a verdict on their survival chances. Rayo Vallecano secured safety and Cádiz took a big step towards it too.The show wraps up with the MVP nominations and moments of the week, both with an abundance of options. Follow @LaLigaLowdown on Twitter for original content and all of the latest on Spanish football. See for privacy and opt-out information.

    LaLiga Matchday 34 Recap: Real Madrid Campeones

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2022 39:09

    Join our hosts Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) and Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) as they (kind of) celebrate Real Madrid being crowned champions of LaLiga for a 35th time.Providing a jubilant view of Los Blancos' triumph, Hasan Karim (@TheHasKarim) took a break from Los Cibeles to tell us how it feels to be champions again.The team discuss the race for the top four spots that nobody wants, and the relegation battle as Sergio Vargas (@CadizAnalytics) talks about his trip to see Cádiz draw at Sevilla.The hosts then discuss their MVP picks and joyous moments of the week. See for privacy and opt-out information.

    Copa del Rey final review - Real Betis are CAMPEONES!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2022 43:31

    The Copa del Rey final was a thriller at La Cartuja as Real Betis emerged as champions with a victory over Valencia in a penalty shoot-out. To dissect the action, Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) are joined by fans on the ground.First up, Real Betis TV's David Whitworth (@DCWh1tw0rth) joins us to tell us about his experience watching the game and joining the late night parties on the streets of Seville.Then, we're joined by a slightly despondent Paco Polit (@PacoPolitENG) as he breaks down where it went wrong for Valencia and what lies ahead.Stay tuned to @LaLigaLowdown on Twitter for all the reaction and analysis of the historic victory for Betis. See for privacy and opt-out information.

    LaLiga Matchday 33 Recap: Happy travels

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 45:34

    It's the time of the season where every goal and every result seems to matter more. Join Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) and Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) as they breakdown a frantic and fantastic midweek round of LaLiga.With plenty still to play for, we start at the top and ask when, not if, Real Madrid will be crowned champions. Then it's the race to join them in the top four, with a tense tussle between Real Sociedad and Barcelona capping off a round which saw a record-equalling number of away wins.Just days before the Copa final, Betis missed the chance to apply pressure on the top four and lost at home to Elche. We catch up with Keith Farnham (@Keith_678) to discuss Elche's almost-certain survival.After the break, we turn our attention to the bottom of the league, with six-pointers, fiver-goal thrillers and surprises aplenty. Granada have had another turbulent week and Heath Chesters (@HeathGCF) is on hand to explain how they went from conceding four against Levante to keeping a clean sheet at the Metropolitano. Then we discuss our MVP nominees, which you can vote for on Friday, as well as our closing reflections on a marvellous midweek. See for privacy and opt-out information.

    LaLiga Matchday 32 Recap: On the third day of the jornada, Real Madrid rose again

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2022 43:46

    The latest edition of the La Liga Lowdown Matchday Recap is a mixed bag: the title race got a lot less intriguing but everything else did. Join hosts Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) and Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) as they deal with the good, the bad and the ugly this week in Spain.Real Madrid got a crucial win as they close in on the La Liga title, so LLL called up Hasan Karim (@TheHasKarim) to endure/enjoy his revelry. There was also analysis on their comeback culture and Carlo Ancelotti included.Meanwhile the chase for European football is more of a maze at the moment with all the turns involved. Amongst the top half we touch on a missed chances, spiritual justice and a loose giraffe.In part two, the relegation battle takes precedence. Elche tread on Mallorca on their way to safety and Alaves get a big win without much of the feel-good factor. Then we speak to Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) about Levante's Netflix-worthy revival - they somehow have a chance after a big win over Granada.To wrap up, the MVP discussion is not short of heroes and the moments of the week have a fair few villains, taking a trip down to Segunda for a change.Follow @LaLigaLowdown for the latest news, views and most importantly of all, vote for your MVP there. See for privacy and opt-out information.

    LaLiga Matchday 31 Recap: Levante fail to make Barcelona pay the penalty

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2022 43:29

    Another emphatic weekend of LaLiga action was full of late goals and comeback wins. Join Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) delve into the drama.We start in Valencia and a five-goal thriller between Levante and Barcelona. Despite three penalties, Levante still ended on the losing side late on. They stay seven points from safety with seven games to go.After checking in with the rest of the teams scrapping for their lives, we chat to Jeremy Beren (@JBBeren) about Mallorca's surprise win over Atleti, and look ahead to the fascinating Champions League final second leg against Manchester City.After the break we focus on those hoping to be in Europe next season. Real Madrid edge closer to the title, and those close behind are still fighting, with Sevilla, Barça, Betis and La Real all coming from behind. Just behind them, Villarreal and Athletic faced off in what appears to be a shootout for 7th. Jamie Kemble (@JamieKemble) joins us to discuss that clash and the mammoth midweek match in Munich.Then there is time for the usual MVP nominations and our moments of the week. See for privacy and opt-out information.

    LaLiga Matchday 30 Recap: There's a wind of change blowing around Camp Nou

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 42:02

    LaLiga returned after the international break primed for the final stretch of the season and we are here to bring you the best of the action from Matchday 30. Join hosts Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) and Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) as they discuss some big games at both the top and the bottom.We start with a controversial match at Balaídos as Real Madrid needed penalties to return to winning ways and extend their lead at the top. The red-and-white half of Madrid also won and while the scoreline looked emphatic, it was anything but on an emotional night for Diego Simeone. Then the Sunday night partidazo saw Barcelona go second for the first time this season at the expense of Sevilla, who fell to 4th. We stay at Camp Nou to end Part 1 with a special focus on the historic Women's Champions League match. Diana Kristinne (@DianaKristinne) was there to witness the spectacle live and reflects on her experience.Into the second half and we focus on the bottom of the table. Mallorca changed coaches since their last match, so we dialled up Paul McGarraghy (@PaulMcGarraghy) to give us the lowdown on Javier Aguirre's return to the Spanish top-flight. Elsewhere, there was another huge win for Levante as they refuse to give up on survival, while Granada showed similar fighting spirit to comeback against Rayo. After rounding off the matches, we select our MVP candidates in a jazzy and jovial jaunt. All the Js. You can vote for the winner as always via Twitter on Monday. Ruairidh closes the show with his moment of the weekend, brought to you by Onda Cero. See for privacy and opt-out information.

    LaLiga Matchday 29 Recap: Are Barcelona, maybe, almost, back?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 43:18

    The matchday recap is never to be missed and the recap of one particular match is essential this week. There's no other place to start than Barcelona's 4-0 victory over Real Madrid, so join hosts Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) and Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) as they try to work out what happened and how.The first half of the show is dedicated mostly to what Sam witnessed at the Santiago Bernabéu, before moving onto the rest of the European race. That includes a chat with resident culé Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) and resident Madridista Hasan Karim (@TheHasKarim) breaking down el clásico.The second half of the show starts with Jeremy Beren (@JBBeren) discussing how Atlético Madrid are looking strangely like a settled team after five straight wins. There were big wins for Granada and Cádiz in the relegation battle, before MVP picks are cast and the momentazos are selected.Follow @LaLigaLowdown on Twitter to vote for your favourite and enjoy plenty more quality content. See for privacy and opt-out information.

    LaLiga Matchday 28 Recap: No hay Liga

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 43:13

    Only 15 goals in this weekend's LaLiga action, but there was no shortage of drama and there is no lack of analysis from La Liga Lowdown as Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) and Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) discuss the table from top to bottom.Sam was at all three fixtures in Madrid, including Atlético Madrid's win over Cádiz and José Bordalás' return to Getafe with Valencia. Principally though, we speak to Robbie Dunne (@robbiejdunne) on Rayo Vallecano as they threw a spanner into the works of Sevilla's title challenge, much to the delight of Barcelona.Later on, Matt and Sam are joined by LLL's very own Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) as he spills the beans on Levante's survival hopes following a draw with Espanyol, while Granada had no new manager bounce against Elche.Finally, the team discuss their choices of MVP and a touching moment of the weekend with a story that goes beyond football from Valencia. See for privacy and opt-out information.

    LaLiga Matchday 27 Recap: Things are moving (very quickly)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 43:17

    Another matchday moves past us and into the annals of history, as does Robert Moreno's spell as manager of Granada. Your hosts Matt Clark (@MattClark08) and Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) try to work out exactly how we got to a point where last season's top seven are exactly in the same place again.Fresh from the Sunday night partidazo between Real Betis and Atlético Madrid, the analysis begins with the large implications - Diego Simeone's tunnel run was especially chipper.The rest of part one is dedicated to a deep dive from Heath Chesters (@HeathGFC) on Moreno's sacking, but also the inside information on some shifting power dynamics behind the scenes at Granada. Following that, we come onto their nearest challengers at the bottom as Cádiz get a first home win.Part two kicks off with an emphatic win at the Santiago Bernabéu, which Jorge López-Torrecilla (@jorge_ltg_) breaks down with an eye on Real Madrid's date with PSG. The rest of the European race starts to take shape with a win for Barcelona and a shock defeat for Villarreal.As ever, MVP and moments of the week close out the show. Matt gets into hot water for being balanced and fair on Twitter - sounds about right.Follow @LaLigaLowdown for news, articles, match coverage and more. See for privacy and opt-out information.

    LaLiga Matchday 26 Recap: Fast and Furious - The European Race Heats up in Seville

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 41:08

    Arriving at the business end of the season, every point counts and we saw that on display in Matchday 26 as hosts Ruairidh Barlow (@RuriBarlow) and Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) analyse all the action.Sam's refereeing rant leads us into conversation with Football España editor Alan Feehely (@azulfeehely) fresh from his visit to the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán for a historic Gran Derbi as Sevilla upped the ante in the title race. We also discuss big results for Barcelona, Atlético and Yeremy Pino.In part two, Owen Mawer (@OwenJamesMawer) of MARCA and La Liga Lowdown spoke to Sam in Getafe about their relegation six-pointer against Alavés, while we also evaluate whether Levante really can achieve the impossible...To finish up, MVP is full of goalscorers, including one controversial pick, and Ruairidh and Sam share their moments of the weekend. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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