My interest in football like most of my friends and 90% of the male population started from a very young age both playing and watching. My first and still main love is Liverpool Football Club, this started on that fateful day in April, 1989. At the age of 8 I can distinctly remember papers and television coverage of the event, seeing all the scarves and the support and coming together of the fans in a time of pain was something that would have a profound effect on my life. I didn’t know where Liverpool was, I barely knew where the Midlands was but when the FA cup final was played a few weeks later i knew which team I wanted to win and they were wearing red. I wanted Liverpool to win that match as it felt right as a tribute for the 96 that lost their lives and it has felt right ever since.
In 2004 it was announced that Rafa Benitez would be the new manager of Liverpool. What did I know of him ? Very little if im honest, a successful manager with Valencia that had managed to topple the big 2 in Spain. The spanish football I had watched up to then had been the Galactico era at Real Madrid and that was about it. As we started to make signings from Spain and were linked with hundreds more I made it my aim to learn more about the league and the players that were in it. It has been an absolute joy to watch with the technique of players and tactics of the managers helping me understand Rafa’s ways. For the last 6 years I have watched more and more to the point where I watch it as much as the English Premier League and I lay all this down to 2 reasons: 1) The increase in global football on British televisions 2) Rafa Benitez
Things have changed at Liverpool rightly or wrongly but my love of the spanish game has not. In the last 6 years I have seen one of the best teams ever in club football in Barcelona. English players trying to make a go of things outside their comfort zones. World Class players that have not been seen in the Premiership. The rise of the legend Fernando Torres. The second coming of the Galactico era. Fantastic skills and goals. Spain becoming European and World champions. And much much more.
So why a La Liga blog then ? Well I have been toying with the idea of a blog for about a year now and i believe my continued viewing of spanish football, general football knowledge, understanding of Spain as a country as a whole and my willingness to put in the research would put me in a good position. I’m no journalist and my vocabulary at times may be limited but I will do my best to put across my views as I see them for better or worse. I could have written a Liverpool blog but there are so many good ones around I thought the majority of what I would be saying would just be repeating them. With the problems facing the club watching La Liga is a welcome break and although I have teams that I enjoy watching more than others in La Liga I am totally unbiased to any of the teams. I have an affection with all the teams for different reasons.
I will look to post as often as I can once the season has got underway looking to write articles on the key goings on in spanish football and evaluating careers, players, managers and performances. I will also look to not just La Liga news and events but spanish personnel as a whole. That includes updates on spanish players abroad and how Rafa fares at Inter Milan. Hope you enjoy and comments are welcomed…….