The La Liga Lowdown Squad
David is the founder and editor of La Liga Lowdown, having launched the content hub in early 2018. He previously presented live Spanish football on Sky Sports in the UK where he has been since 2011, also presenting on Sky Sports News and making his first documentary. He has witnessed many LaLiga and Champions League games involving Spanish teams close up, in particular Barcelona's clashes with Chelsea and Arsenal in the 2000s when he worked for BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat as their sports presenter and reporter. David is a Valencia fan, having gone to Mestalla at the age of 4 and been blown away by the stadium, and fondly recalls Gaizka Mendieta's brilliant ball-juggling and volley in the 1999 Copa del Rey final against Atlético Madrid as his favourite Valencia goal. Above all, he loves the unique flavour and diversity of Spanish football up and down the divisions, the utterly crazy stories and the cracking atmospheres at grounds everywhere in Spain. Follow David on Twitter @SkySportsDavid
One day Paco suddenly woke up and realised he had been covering, broadcasting and being a pundit on Spanish football for 15 years (with particular insight on Valencia CF, Levante UD and Villarreal) - around half of his life so far. In his teenage years, he was transfixed by players like Rubén Baraja and David Albelda at Mestalla – a grip that took hold and has never loosened. Not that Paco is starstruck or unnerved when he talks to big-name footballers - he interviewed David Villa and David Silva in their pomp before they left Valencia. He's witnessed some huge games too - Valencia's 2-1 victory over Barcelona to win the 2019 Copa del Rey, and Levante's 5-4 win over the same opponents to ruin Barcelona's tilt at an unbeaten league season in the penultimate match in 2017-18. He says he'd go to war for his friends and his peers, and that he was the "weird kid in my neighbourhood who knew how to read and speak English". But, as a founder member of LLL, we're glad he does. Follow Paco on Twitter @PacoPolitENG
Román de Arquer
Román was born and is based in Barcelona, and has always enjoyed football since he first kicked a ball as a kid. He’s a ‘culé’ thanks to his grandfather and began idolising Rivaldo, who quickly became his favourite player, and still is nowadays. But unlike many Barça fans, he’s never gone on to dislike Espanyol, despite the strong rivalry between the clubs. In fact, he once even had a season ticket to watch their games at the RCDE Stadium (say it quietly!). Román still plays football twice a week and follows Barça’s matches frequently, as well as whatever other LaLiga or Premier League games he can catch, so it’s no wonder he likes football so much…
He studied journalism in Barcelona and now works for a Spanish sports news outlet that focuses on mountain biking and motorcycling, which he combines with his La Liga Lowdown duties. There’s a football quote from the late Manolo Preciado (ex-Sporting coach) which he always likes to remember: “There’s no better way to respect your opponent than to score as many goals as you can”. And on LLL, Román has been bagging hat-tricks ever since... Follow Román on Twitter @AeroSlavee
Matt's first association with Spanish football was watching the all-conquering Barcelona side under Pep Guardiola, as they sought to redefine the parameters of what was possible in football. The following decade saw the dominance of Spanish clubs in European competitions, and indeed of the greatest players of the generation in Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo whose phenomenal consistency he found staggering. In particular Matt enjoys the statistical side of Spanish football; interpreting the numbers and finding those curious nuggets which often take a second look to believe. Matt has been involved in La Liga Lowdown since March 2019 and reported on pre-season friendlies involving Spanish sides in England last summer, and he also attended Valencia's Champions League match at Stamford Bridge in September. Matt made his podcast debut last season and hopes to expand his contributions for our growing audience. Follow Matt on Twitter @MattClark_08
Hasan is a journalism student at the University of Worcester. An avid Real Madrid fan, Hasan enjoys writing about Real and Spanish football for blogs, as well as speaking about the club and La Liga on various podcasts. From legends such as Zinedine Zidane to Cristiano Ronaldo to the latest crop of talented youngsters such as Rodrygo Goes and Vinícius Junior, Hasan lives and breathes Los Blancos. An undying love for the Champions League saw Hasan fall for the club as a child, alongside the attacking football and the passion of the players like Sergio Ramos. The technical brilliance of Spanish football is why Hasan loves LaLiga more than any other league, there is a certain flair and style that is simply unmatched in Spain that he cannot find anywhere else. Follow Has on Twitter @TheHasKarim
Ruairidh's journey to his current level of devotion began aged seven, right when Ronaldinho was strutting his stuff. A series of trips to Spain and much walking around various stadia on holidays eventually led to a trip to Camp Nou in 2011. Watching Guardiola's Barcelona win 2-1 against Athletic Club wasn't a bad introduction to La Liga.
The experience was so intoxicating that he decided to do a degree in Spanish and handily ended up back in Barcelona/Camp Nou for his year abroad. Since finishing his Spanish football-themed dissertation he has formed a podcast and write for multiple blogs to fill this gap.
If it were up to him, Joaquín would be forced to remain in Spanish football for as long as it takes Betis to finally put it all together (forever). As a culé who began watching in the Rijkaard era, he is also ready to endure the many years of miserable football and failure that the football gods are due after fifteen years of good times. Follow Ruairidh on twitter @ruairidhbarlow
The self-proclaimed "funniest" member of the team, Andrew joined La Liga Lowdown in 2019, having previously worked with Bleacher Report, ESPN, Fox Sports and various independent outlets as a football and NBA writer, before moving into digital marketing & media. A Glasgow-born Scottish football die-hard, Andrew got his first taste of the beautiful Spanish game when Celtic took on Valencia in the Champions League in 2001, and he was hooked from that moment on. Although a strict Real Betis fan, Andrew idolised "the greatest football team ever assembled" (as he knows them) with Barcelona stars Dani Alves, Andrés Iniesta and Xavi Hernández having a huge impact on how he viewed the sport. These days, you can find Andrew right here on La Liga Lowdown (when he's not campaigning for a Sergio Canales Ballon d'Or nomination). Follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMillerNBA
Born in Glasgow and adopted by Madrid, Euan McTear is the host of the La Liga Lowdown podcast. When not podcasting or filming at a Spanish stadium near you, he works with MARCA In English, These Football Times, Managing Madrid, Into The Calderón, Nutmeg and others. Euan is also the author of two Spanish football books, ‘Eibar the Brave’ and ‘Hijacking la Liga’. His love of Spanish football was born during the 2012/13 season during a year living in Barcelona, where his very first game was actually a Clásico in that summer’s Supercopa. Quite a change from the tiny little grounds of Scotland. After that, a return to Spain was always going to be on the cards and Euan has been living in Madrid since the 2016/17 season. His ultimate Spanish football ambition is for Eibar to qualify for the Europa League, even if just for one qualifying round so a trip to the likes of Iceland or Kazakhstan can be planned with the Eibar locals. Follow Euan on Twitter @EMcTear
Sam is a football journalist and marketing professional who lives in Madrid. He attended his first LaLiga game at Camp Nou in 2009 as Barcelona beat Real Zaragoza by six goals to one. After spells living in Alicante and Barcelona, Sam moved to Madrid in 2018 and is a member and season-ticket holder at Atlético Madrid, as well as a regular at LaLiga’s clubs in the capital. He has seen more than 100 fixtures in Spain, across five divisions and the national team, at more than 20 different stadiums all over Spain, and seen Lionel Messi in the flesh 12 times (and counting). He regularly covers LaLiga and Spanish football for MARCA in English and Total Football Analysis, having previously featured in FourFourTwo and Bleacher Report. A long-suffering Southend United fan, when not in Spain, he can be found at Roots Hall. Follow Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge
Alex is a journalism student from Manchester, studying in Sheffield. Although he doesn’t follow a specific Spanish team as such (Manchester City fan born and bred, no abuse please), he does have soft spots for Málaga CF, Leganés and Rayo Vallecano. Alex loves LaLiga for its flair, its exciting fast-paced football and for the incredible players on show every week. But his favourite thing about LaLiga is Spanish fan culture; whether it’s the fascinating political and social divides within Iberian football, the escapades of active ultra groups like at Rayo Vallecano, matchday culture, the shirts, the songs or the food (RIP Leganés’ famous lomo sandwich) - if it’s fan culture then Alex is into it. His first memory of watching a full LaLiga game is the 2-2 Madrid derby in 2014, when Gabi smashed home a 30-yard worldie, and his favourite LaLiga moment actually happened this season: Aritz Aduriz’ scissor kick versus Barcelona. Alex has visited the likes of Málaga, Granada, Madrid, Sevilla and Barcelona and aspires to become a European football journalist, either in print, online or broadcast. Follow Alex on Twitter @Alex_Brotherton
Alan is a freelance journalist currently living in Seville but born and raised in Cork, Ireland. Having studied politics and economics at university he now covers sport, society and culture for These Football Times, Football España, World Football Index and others. Alan keeps a close eye on football throughout Andalusia but especially Sevilla and Real Betis, the great city rivals on his doorstep. Alan first fell for Spanish football watching Ronaldinho dominate La Liga in the mid-2000s, and his interest was consolidated by the rise of Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona team at the tail end of that decade. Alan is especially captivated by the complexity of Spanish football’s tactical systems on the pitch and its political and cultural connections off it. Follow Alan on Twitter @azulfeehely.
We're lucky enough to work with some of the best and brightest in the industry from all around Spain. Some of our regular contributors on the podcast include:
- Our Athletic Club especialista, Beñat Gutiérrez (@Beinatguti) will continue to cover football in the famous Basque country on our media channels.
- Granada-based Heath Chesters (HeathGCF) will be keeping our listeners up to date for the club's first ever European season.
- Sevillista Gregor Chappelle (@GregorChappelle) continues as a podcast regular this season from the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.
- Into the Calderón's Jeremy Beren (JBBeren) will be chipping in with coverage of Diego Simeone's first season without his sidekick Mono Burgos at Atleti.