April is nearly upon us and it’s the month where much will be decided and we’re faced with back to back ‘El Clasicos’. The weekend of the 17th will see Real Madrid try to close the gap on Barcelona in the league swiftly followed by the final of the Copa del Rey. Pride becomes before a fall. If all goes well (or badly depending how you see it) these two will face each other twice more in the semis of the Champions League… yawn.
To add to the hype, scarves are being mass produced by the clubs, Real’s with the caption ‘Podemous’… a not so clever play on words incorporating Jose Mourinho’s name into the word ‘We can (do it)’… from Catalunya we have ‘Peparaos’… ‘We’re ready’ in a Catalan ‘tinker with name of’ Pep Guardila.
The scrap at the bottom is as frisky as ever with Hércules plummeting like a stone, a really heavy stone, now finding themselves rock bottom. Málaga and Almería, the Andaluncian brothers, have picked up and now find themselves right back in the fight. Zaragoza and Deportivo are now looking nervously over their shoulders.
Finally, long suffering fans of Millionarios from the streets of Bogotá are now relocating to Spain in the shape of La Liga fans. Good friends Livy Vargas Sarmiento, Jesús Alfonso Soto Pineda and Maria Angelica Mejia recently visited the Vincente Calderón to take in the Atlético de Madrid v Villareal match. Jesús, with varying degrees of success, was attempting to train up the two young ladies in terrace etiquette, ranging from combining Colombian Spanish and traditional Castellano to abusive effect. For those of you that are interested ‘Pobre sopla pollas’ isn’t a nice thing to say. Jesús, for the record, is a Barcelona fan but works at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on match days. Any ‘Madridilistas’ might want to inspect the contents of their match day fare before eating it. Ah, Atlético won 3-1, good luck from Colombia with love.