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Andrea Calo 3rd Oct 2008 - 13:57

Spain’s Primera Liga: home of beautiful football

The Primera Liga –  Spain’s Premier League, loved by millions as “La Liga” despite its official name change to “Liga BBVA” in 2008 – is a unique blend of excitement, passion and skilful football.

It’s perhaps the strongest league in the footballing world; it’s certainly one of the most widely watched and, thanks to its mouthwatering mix of the very best footballers from around the world, an insistence on attacking football and European Championship-winning homegrown talent, it can arguably call itself the modern-day true home of the beautiful game. And, with games broadcast live on Sky Sports to a generally neutral UK, it’s a football betting dream.

La Liga: a football betting dream
Fans of the blood-and-thunder of the English Premier League and the Serie A tifosi might argue their league to be the best, but against most yardsticks they’d be wrong. The top Italian clubs know how to win European Cups, but they’re generally as exciting to watch as an accountant’s funeral. And the Premier League might be played at 100mph by players wearing hearts on their sleeves but it can’t match La Liga in terms of the quality on offer.

Consider some facts. Five UEFA Champions League finalists and five UEFA Cup finalists this century have been Spanish.  Only the English Premier League and the Bundesliga have higher attendances.  One of the top two World Players of the Year since 1998 has been from a La Liga club.  Twelve players appearing in the Euro 2008 Final (which, admittedly, featured Spain) and four in the 2006 World Cup Final (which certainly didn’t) were from La Liga clubs.

Superstars prefer La Liga
La Liga is the league that the world’s best players want to play in – including Cristiano Ronaldo, who would be playing in it now if Manchester United hadn’t prevented him – and that the world’s oligarchs want to buy. The only reason that Abramovich didn’t buy a Primera Liga club is because in Spain the fans own the clubs – and they’re not selling.

From Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Zidane at their peaks to David Villa today and stars like Atletico Madrid’s Aguero in the future, La Liga captures the world’s top talent. No wonder Thierry Henry went there when he left Arsenal and Lionel Messi won’t play anywhere else.

Spain’s top games – including the two superclassicos each year between Real Madrid and Barcelona – are broadcast on Sky Sports, bringing top-quality football to audiences in the UK. Games are notable for the absence of Serie A-style catenaccio and Premier League histrionics; goals are typically scored from all angles after sweeping counter-attacking moves from one end of the pitch to the other.

La Liga odds easier to assess
As such – and without the tribal affiliations that inevitably judge the assessment of a Premier League football match – La Liga is a football betting joy. First goalscorer betting coupons sometimes read like a Who’s Who of the world game, but if you get it wrong you’ll never enjoy not picking the winner so much.

William Hill offers a wide range of La Liga betting odds, and big match football betting previews can often be found on williamhillradio.com.


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