Stories from our La Liga Series.
A look back on a tumultuous season with no fans, the loss of a legend and an unexpected win by Atlético de Madrid. We are diving into one of the world’s strongest football leagues through the talents that gave Spanish football its notoriety and a look into its precarious future.
Atlético de Madrid had not won a La Liga title since 2014. Nor had anyone else except Real Madrid or FC Barcelona. With Real Madrid beating FC Villarreal in a simultaneous match, the title would have gone to them had Atlético tied or lost to Real Valladolid.
A shift in hierarchy, a scandal, a pandemic and many tears — last season of La Liga took us for a ride. Now with the loss of big names like Messi and Ramos, fans flocking back to the stadiums and fresh new rosters, there is a lot to be revealed in the 2021-22 season.
It is a unique trick to make a photograph of the most prestigious trophies in club football – four Champions League cups, 10 La Liga crowns, seven Copa del Reys and more – project an aura of humiliating failure. But that is what Barcelona managed when they shared an image on social media, showing the full collection of Lionel Messi’s achievements, after the club’s greatest ever player was clumsily shoved out the door.
Narrowing it down to five is never easy but sports columnist, Sofia Bergmann has managed to. As part of an exciting, upcoming editorial project – take a sneak peak with this article from our writer and La Liga enthusiast.