It's never easy around here. With the league scheduled to (supposedly) start on the weekend of the 20th-21st August, the country gets together for another seven or eight months of hilarity. The pitches will be pristine, fresh dew still lingering on the grass. Jerseys will be pressed, printed, folded, and sold. Fresh footballs by the bucket carried into the grounds. But first, the association has to get the footballers to show up to the games.
La Liga and Segunda División players will go on strike for the first two weekends of the new Spanish season as the players' union steps up pressure on the league for a new deal over conditions. [Guardian.co.uk]
Some things to chit-chat about: Málaga's clever, quiet squad-building under the thumb of their money-bags owner; the dichotomy between Barcelona and Real Madrid monopolising the league and eroding Spanish football; the prospects for Betis, Rayo Vallecano, and Granada as participants in the top flight, and whatever else, I suppose.
I'll leave you folks with some websites you can read when you want to know what's happening in Spain, or in Sid Lowe's mind.