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A weekly mini-podcast bringing you the best in Spanish football, focusing on LaLiga, arguably the best league in the world. We'll tell you not just what happened, but how and why, using our extensive squad of reporters spread throughout Spain. We'll have big-name interviews with current and former players and managers from LaLiga, and we'll truly interact with our listeners, featuring them in our content, encouraging their comments and challenging them regularly. Insight. Interviews. Interac ...
 
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El Clásico was the blockbuster fixture of Matchday Seven and this week's episode starts by discussing Real Madrid's 3-1 victory over Barcelona, with Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) taking us through the action and the best commentary clips, before Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) and host Euan McTear (@emctear) break down the key details of the game. That …
 
Cádiz and Getafe each earned 1-0 victories on the Saturday of LaLiga's Matchday Six, defeating Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, and we start the podcast by discussing these two giant-killing victories. Alex Brotherton (@alex_brotherton) explains what this win means to Cádiz, to the club and the city. Then Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) explai…
 
In this episode of La Liga Lowdown, we start by trying to work out what went wrong for Atlético Madrid, who went from scoring six in one game to failing to register a shot on target. Jeremy Beren (@JBBeren) of @intothecalderon joins host Euan McTear (@emctear) for that discussion on all things Atleti. We also hear from Gregor Chapelle (@gregorchapp…
 
We’ve just had the first midweek round of the 2020/21 LaLiga season, so here comes our first midweek matchday recap. We start by discussing Elche's win over Eibar and hear about Eibar’s problems from Basque journalist Beñat Gutiérrez (@beinatguti). There’s also praise for league leaders Getafe, with Geta fan Dom Tancock (@dorsetdom1905) joining the…
 
The big story this week in Spanish football is Luis Suárez’s transfer from Barcelona to Atlético Madrid. Both sides had huge wins in this weekend’s matchday, so both parties will feel they’ve won this divorce. At least so far... Barcelona-based Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) and host Euan McTear (@emctear) get stuck into Barça and Atleti’s wins, esp…
 
Matchday two of the 2020/21 LaLiga season saw Real Madrid back in action and saw Martin Ødegaard travel back to the Reale Arena. He was on loan there with Real Sociedad last season and then, in his first game back with Real Madrid, he took on the Basque club. The match finished goalless and this week’s episode starts off with host Euan McTear (@emc…
 
The 2020/21 LaLiga Santander season has started! So, here comes La Liga Lowdown's matchday one recap, where the main story is Valencia. Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) is on hand to explain the club's latest crisis and how they somehow finished matchday one top of the table. Host Euan McTear (@emctear) also speaks to Beñat Gutiérrez (@beinatguti) about …
 
We're back with the second of our two La Liga Lowdown preview podcasts, ahead of the start of the 2020/21 campaign. After preview podcast one looked at the title race, this time host Euan McTear (@emctear) is joined by Matt Clark (@MattClark_08), Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) and Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) to discuss the fight to qualify for Europe…
 
A brand new LaLiga Santander season is just around the corner, with the first match to kick off on Friday, September 11th. It's time, then, to look ahead to the new campaign and that's what Euan McTear (@emctear), Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG), Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) and Gregor Chappelle (@gregorchappelle) do in this episode, the first of two p…
 
Here comes a special La Liga Lowdown podcast in the hours after the news on Friday night that Lionel Messi is staying at Barcelona. The transfer saga has ended, but there’s so much to discuss. In this episode, host Euan McTear (@emctear) is joined by Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) to reflect on the winners and losers o…
 
Sevilla are Europa League champions once again, for a sixth time. In this episode, we look back at their 2019/20 campaign and at how they managed to win this tournament yet again. Gregor Chappelle (@gregorchappelle) looks back to the group stages and to the Round of 32, when Sevilla almost went out to Cluj. Then Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) charts th…
 
The 2019/20 season has been completed, so it's time to review the campaign as a whole. We held an LLL Live show just after the season ended, with host Euan McTear (@emctear) joined by Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG), Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) and Hasan Karim (@TheHasKarim). The entire show is available right here in audio-only format, or the full vi…
 
In our final matchday recap of the 2019/20 LaLiga season, we start by hearing from Granada fan Heath Chesters (@HeathGCF), who shared his reaction just moments after his team qualified for Europe for the first time ever. Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) then breaks down the entire Europa League race and Valencia’s failure to qualify. Host Euan McTear (@e…
 
Real Madrid are champions of Spain, so that’s where we begin this recap of the 37th matchday of the 2019/20 LaLiga Santander season. We have on-the-whistle reactions from Real Madrid fans Emily Wilson (@wilson_emt), Hasan Karim (@TheHasKarim) and Kristofer McCormack (@k_mc06). Then, host Euan McTear (@emctear) and Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) diss…
 
It’s getting tense in LaLiga, so tense that Lucas Ocampos couldn’t even bear to watch as he took a no-look penalty... In this recap episode, we start by discussing the title race as host Euan McTear (@emctear) speaks to Hasan Karim (@TheHasKarim) about Real Madrid’s latest win and to Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) about Barcelona’s latest victory. W…
 
In Matchday 35, we had our first confirmed relegation casualty as Espanyol were sent down to the second division for the first time in 27 years. Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) discusses the fallout of that, as they went down with a defeat at the home of their arch rivals Barcelona.That Barça win keeps them in the title race, but Real Madrid did win …
 
There has been yet another managerial sacking in LaLiga, this time with Alavés firing Asier Garitano as they nervously look over their shoulders at the relegation zone. We discuss that decision with Alavés fan Rob Hextall (@robhextall) in this episode, before Brendy Boyle (@BrendyBoyle) wonders whether Garitano might be ready to now return to Legan…
 
Real Madrid have moved even further ahead thanks to their win over Getafe this week and thanks to Barcelona’s draw with Atlético Madrid. Hasan Karim (@TheHasKarim) discusses the Real Madrid victory, while Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) analyses all the talking points of Barça and Atleti’s draw. And there were many of them. Valencia fan Paco Polit (@…
 
Real Madrid have extended their lead in LaLiga, opening up a two-point gap over Barcelona. We discuss their win over Espanyol and Karim Benzema’s sublime assist with Espanyol fan Geoff Gillingham (@GeoffGillingham), who also explains what went on with the Abelardo-for-Rufete decision. We also discuss Barcelona’s 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo with Ian Morr…
 
As the world of Spanish football celebrates Bruno Soriano’s return after 1,128 days out with injury, we lead with that heart-warming story in this episode. Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) explains just what the Villarreal midfielder went through as he fought to return to the pitch. Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee), meanwhile, focuses on the title race and …
 
In this Monday’s recap of matchday 30, we start off by discussing Real Betis’ decision to sack Rubi with Verdiblanco fan and LLL squad member Andrew Miller (@AndrewMillerNBA). Of course, there’s also a lot of focus on the title race as Real Madrid moved ahead of Barcelona. Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) discusses Barça’s draw with Sevilla and Gerard…
 
The games are coming thick and fast, so there’s plenty to discuss as we recap matchday 29, the midweek round that ran from Monday to Thursday. Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) discusses Real Madrid’s win over Valencia, where Marco Asensio made a super comeback, while Paco also reflects on Levante’s most recent late heroics. Barcelona won too and Román de…
 
LaLiga is back! Matchday 28 was finally played, as Spanish football returned following the coronavirus pause in action. In this episode, host Euan McTear (@emctear) and various contributors from across Spain analyse the first weekend of live football in three months. The weekend started off with a couple of derbies, so the podcast does too as Grego…
 
With LaLiga returning on Thursday, June 11th, we’ve got another La Liga Lowdown season (re)preview episode for you. Following on from our fan voices preview pod, where we spoke to one fan from each of the 20 teams, this time Euan McTear (@emctear), Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) and Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) have a more detailed discussion about th…
 
LaLiga football is almost back. It returns on June 11th and, a week before the resumption of the 2019/20 season, we’ve put together this La Liga Lowdown episode where we’ve spoke to a fan from each of the 20 teams of Spain’s top division. Host Euan McTear (@emctear) asked each one the same question: How has your team’s season been so far and what a…
 
In this episode, the La Liga Lowdown pod squad look at the five most dramatic LaLiga relegation battles of all time, as voted for by listeners. Host Euan McTear (@emctear) leads the countdown, looking at exciting last-day-of-the-season tales. There are contributions from Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100), Panos Kostopoulos (@Panos88K), Paco Polit …
 
Once upon a time, Real Valladolid were champions. In this episode of La Liga Lowdown, we look back on the time when the White and Violets won the 1984 Copa de la Liga. It’s an interesting tournament that only lasted four years, but Real Valladolid were one of the teams to win it and Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) explains how. In this podcast, hosted b…
 
In this week's episode, we have a countdown of the top 10 British and Irish players to have played in LaLiga. We asked our listeners and followers to vote in a poll and we reveal the results in this episode, counting down the top 10. Star players like David Beckham and Gareth Bale feature, as do some from several decades ago such as Laurie Cunningh…
 
In this episode, we take a look back at one of the most fascinating players in the history of the game – Juan Román Riquelme. We start off with his first steps and his first period in Argentine football, with Andrew Miller (@AndrewMillerNBA) telling this genesis chapter. Next, we hear from Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) about Riquelme’s sole season …
 
In this episode, we look back on David Beckham's four seasons with Real Madrid between 2003 and 2007. Host Euan McTear (@emctear) starts the podcast off by explaining how Beckham ended up signing for Real Madrid even after an agreement had been announced with Barcelona. Then Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) tells the story of Beckham's first couple of…
 
In this episode, we tell the Real Zaragoza story. The club from the fifth most populous city in Spain is a historic one and there is so much success to look back on. Matt Clark (@MattClark_08) recalls their first few titles, before Dan Parry (@DanParry_) tells the incredible story of their European Cup Winners’ Cup triumph of 1995. We also hear mat…
 
This episode of La Liga Lowdown is all about Diego Forlán, the Uruguayan striker who won the Pichichi award for the Spanish top division’s top scorer twice. He did so once with Villarreal and we hear from Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) about his time in yellow, while he repeated the trick with Atlético Madrid and we hear from Sam Leveridge (@samleverid…
 
The next four Copa del Rey finals will be held at the Estadio De La Cartuja in Seville, a stadium that is often forgotten. Built in 1999, it has hosted a number of events but has never truly felt like any team or any sport's home. In this episode, hosted by Euan McTear (@emctear), we look at the story of this stadium, starting with Román de Arquer …
 
There was no football to recap this weekend, with Spain and the world of Spanish football hit hard by the Coronavirus this past week. Topics that seemed so important just a few days ago suddenly faded into the background. While we’re not medical experts, we did want to bring you the lowdown from Spain. So, in this special episode, host Euan McTear …
 
Real Betis hadn't won any of their previous seven matches... so of course they went out and defeated the league leaders Real Madrid. In this episode we discuss Real Betis and their unpredictability with Radio Betis' David Whitworth (@DCWh1tw0rth). That result means Barcelona are leaders again and we analyse their win over Real Sociedad with Román d…
 
Here's La Liga Lowdown's matchday recap after Clásico weekend. Zinedine Zidane was bold and his Real Madrid team beat Barcelona 2-0 to go back to the top of the LaLiga table. We discuss the match in depth in part one of this podcast, as host Euan McTear (@emctear) speaks to Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee). Also coming up in this podcast, Alex Fitzpat…
 
To start off this matchday recap, we discuss the Martin Braithwaite saga and all the ramifications of it. With Javier Martín (@kikomartin), we discuss how the striker's move to Barcelona has hurt Leganés and how Lega fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to 10-man Celta Vigo at the weekend. With Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge), we then discuss Braithwai…
 
In this episode, we take a look back to 1992, when the Olympic Games came to Barcelona and Spain. The Spanish squad won the football tournament, the only time they've claimed gold at the Olympics. We hear from Matt Clark (@MattClark_08), who picks out the most interesting names from the squad. We hear from Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG), who explains h…
 
We start off this week's matchday recap with host Euan McTear (@emctear) discussing what he saw at the Bernabéu as Real Madrid were held to a 2-2 with Celta Vigo, complete with post-match comments from the back-from-injury Eden Hazard. The other team in the title race is Barcelona and they got the better of Getafe, winning 2-1. Román de Arquer (@Ae…
 
Did we have a preview of the 2020 Copa del Rey final in matchday 23? Maybe... Whether it ends up being repeated in the Copa del Rey final or not, we analyse Real Sociedad vs Athletic Club with Dan Parry (@DanParry_) to start off this week's recap podcast, while host Euan McTear (@emctear) looks at the weekend's other Basque derby between Alavés and…
 
Getafe have had a remarkable three and a half years under José Bordalás. Their coach arrived when they were second bottom of the second division and he led them to the Europa League and to the point where they're now a genuine contender for Champions League qualification. So, how did they do it? That's what we discuss in this midweek podcast. Paco …
 
The relegation battle has been sparked into life by a wonderful last-gasp winner from Leganés' Óscar Rodríguez as they defeated Real Sociedad 2-1 on Sunday. To start this week's episode, we discuss that game with Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge), while we also reflect on the relegation six-pointer between Real Mallorca and Real Valladolid with Alex Fi…
 
Sevilla made history by winning the Europa League three times in a row and, in this podcast, the La Liga Lowdown crew tell that story. It started in 2013/14 and Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) explains the impact Unai Emery had and reflects on the epic semi-final against Valencia, which ended up sending Sevilla to Turin to defeat Benfica on penalties. T…
 
We have a new leader at the top of the LaLiga table after the results of matchday 21, with Real Madrid winning at Real Valladolid 1-0 and with Barcelona falling to a 2-0 loss at Valencia. Paco Polit (@pacopolitENG) analyses that match and the two teams' styles of play, while there's also discussion of Atlético Madrid with Brendy Boyle (@BrendyBoyle…
 
This midweek podcast from La Liga Lowdown is all about Barcelona and Spain legend Carles Puyol. We tell his story, from his childhood to his playing days to his life after retirement. Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) kicks the podcast off by detailing how Puyol went from playing as a goalkeeper as a kid to making his Barcelona first-team debut at righ…
 
Barcelona changed their coach, but they didn't change their goalscorer. Once again, it was Lionel Messi who led them to victory, but their 1-0 win over Granada was a very different kind of performance under new boss Quique Setién and we break it down with Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee). Plus, host Euan McTear (@emctear) was in Mallorca this weekend …
 
In this week's midweek podcast, we take a look at the Martin Ødegaard story so far. We've got Alex Fitzpatrick (@Mallorcalex100) on his origins in Norway. We've got Sam Leveridge (@samleveridge) on his arrival at Castilla, Real Madrid's B team. We've got Román de Arquer (@Aeroslavee) on his loan spells in the Netherlands. We've got Dan Parry (@DanP…
 
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