The Premier League vs La Liga
The past few years, and certainly the near future, looks to belong to Spanish football. With Spain winning the World Cup in South Africa, Barcelona strolling to the Champions League and the Spanish Under 21’s making it a treble this past summer, this generation of football looks to belong to ‘La Furia Roja’. This begs the question as to whether La Liga is the best footballing league in the world despite the claims of the English Premier League.
One reason in particular which puts myself and many others off watching the eye-catching, technical football of La Liga, is the constant diving, play-acting and surrounding of referees. For many seasons I have contemplated getting into Spanish football, watching it week in, week out like I do with the English. However, 90 minutes or so of any match in La Liga puts me off watching any other match, regardless of the style of fluent football played.
Agreed, the diving and moaning does go on in our Premiership, but nowhere near to the extent of the Spanish. I’m sure anyone in the world would rather watch Messi, Villa and Ronaldo over Rooney, Tevez and Bent. Perhaps the three foreign players mentioned are not the worst for play-acting but it is the likes of Carles Puyol and Sergio Busquets in particular who, without question are good players, however it is the other side of their game which is ruining them. This type of behaviour is only supporting the claims that the Premier League really is the best league in the world.
Without question, I would rather watch the Spanish style of play, as the national team and the Catalans have proved that not only is it pleasing on the eye but it is also successful. But with this comes all the theatrical extras something that you do not see so much with England where you see passion for the game and players giving 100%, with the likes of Jamie Carragher and John Terry, simply defending, and leaving the attacking play and theatrics to the forward players.
Maybe this season I will give La Liga another try, but I am pretty sure the outcome will be the same, and I will be back watching the best league in the world, the Premiership!
By Calvin Critchley