Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid, and the Worlds Greatest Sports Rivalry by Sid LoweFear and Loathing in La Liga is the definitive history of the greatest rivalry in world sport: FC Barcelona vs. Real Madrid. It’s Messi vs. Ronaldo, Guardiola vs. Mourinho, the nation against the state, freedom fighters vs. Franco’s fascists, plus majestic goals and mesmerizing skills. It’s the best two teams on the planet going head-to-head. It’s more than a game. It’s a war. It’s El Clasico.
Only, it’s not quite that simple. Spanish soccer expert and historian Sid Lowe covers 100 years of rivalry, athletic beauty, and excellence. Fear and Loathing in La Liga is a nuanced, revisionist, and brilliantly informed history that goes beyond sport. Lowe weaves together this story of the rivalry with the history and culture of Spain, emphasizing that it is “never about just the soccer.” With exclusive testimonies and astonishing anecdotes, he takes us inside this epic battle, including the wounds left by the Civil War, Madrid’s golden age in the fifties when they won five European cups, Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona Dream Team, the doomed Galactico experiment, and Luis Figo’s “betrayal.”
By exploring the history, politics, culture, economics, and language—while never forgetting the drama on the field—Lowe demonstrates the relationship between these two soccer giants and reveals the true story behind their explosive rivalry.
When are La Liga 2019/20 season fixtures released? Real Madrid and Barcelona await dates
Ernesto Valverde's side are aiming to win a third title on the bounce, but Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will be aiming to knock them off their perch. Click here for the full list of fixtures. Zidane and Jose Mourinho are the only two managers to have led Real to La Liga title victories in the last decade as Barca have become the dominant force in Spanish domestic football. He also masterminded three consecutive Champions League triumphs in his first spell in charge as manager at the Santiago Bernabeu. One of the shortcomings of Real last season was their lack of goals.
Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale. Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates the team's 26th league title in April There are no two bigger or better clubs in world soccer than Barcelona and Real Madrid, and there are few more entertaining leagues than the one in which these giants compete, Spain's La Liga. No other club has won the title since Valencia in Chief among the title contenders is Barcelona.
Pre-season tours in Japan and the United States have been completed, and the start of the domestic competition is highly anticipated. But do you know everything about this new edition of the league? Football is back at our stadium on Sunday, August It will be the second round of matches and the opponent is Real Betis. International breaks will be in September - between weeks 3 and 4, in October - between weeks 8 and 9, and, finally, in November - between weeks 13 and
It has been a chaotic summer for Spanish soccer. From spending sprees, to transfers being canceled at the eleventh hour and ongoing speculations about major signings, there was rarely a dull moment for La Liga fans. As if that wasn't enough, a legal battle between the Spanish FA and La Liga over staging games on Monday and Friday nights rumbled on until last week. An agreement has now been reached to keep Friday night games but scrap Monday night kickoffs, meaning several games that had been provisionally scheduled for Monday nights will have to be rescheduled. As such, teams will begin their campaigns with a fixtures list that might be altered and changed throughout the season.