For many years the Spanish La Liga has been condemned for the duopoly of Barcelona and Real Madrid, with people tagging the league as boring for the incompetence of the other 18 teams that make up the league but these critics of the beautiful Spanish football fail to acknowledge the fact that Spain as a nation is in a state of financial turmoil and that money and TV rights unlike in other European leagues is not shared equally among the 20 clubs in the league and even given these derailing facts people fail also fail to acknowledge the fact that very few teams(that is if there are any) in the world can compete with Barcelona and Real Madrid and come out successfully . But even with these setbacks none of the top European leagues can boast of the type of beautiful fluid football seen in Spain.
The English Premier league (regarded as the best league many soccer loving fans) is known for its physicality and high tempo style of play but not for its technicality, the technicality we see week in week out from the likes of Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla, Real Sociedad, Villareal, Valencia and co. and therefore it is no surprise that Spain is the first destination for English teams when they look to improve their mode of play, the likes of Sergio Aguero, Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Yaya Toure, Michu and so on, have all took the premier league by storm but we have seen the likes of Michael Owen, David Beckham and even to some extend the returning Cesc Fabregas struggle with the mode of play of the Spanish BBVA and these players were one of the best in the EPL and therefore it is no surprise that the Ballon D’or winners since 2009 have been from the La liga and that Fifa pro XI of 2012 was filled with only players from the Spanish league.
Spanish teams are the most successful teams when it comes to the continental competitions over the past years with at least two representatives in the UCL semi finals over the past four years and come may 24 they would have won the UCL three times in six years since 2009 and they have always won in Europe in style, with Barcelona whitewashing Arsenal and Ac Milan, Athletic Bilbao getting one over Manchester United, Atletico Madrid doing Chelsea twice and Real Madrid defeating both Manchester Clubs and recently Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich over the past few years. Spanish teams are also history makers with the Spanish national team becoming the first team to win three consecutive major tournaments after their victory over the ever defensive Italians in the finals of Euro 2012, and in Real Madrid they also boast a the team with the most European cups and the UCL final in the year 2000 was the first final that was contested by teams from the same league and come may 24 they would create another history of the first UCL final contested by tea ms from the same city.
The Spanish league might be known for the duopoly of the two greatest team of this century but the English Premier league had Manchester United, German Bundesliga has Bayern Munich and Italian Serie A has Juventus and therefore the glitter and glamour of the Spanish BBVA should not be taken away from it because of the so called perceived duopoly which is very likely to be ended by the debt ridden but ever improving Atletico Madrid. The Spanish League and it’s other 18 teams really deserve to be recognized and given it’s due merit without any affiliation to the Classico duo.