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(ESPN FC)   To increase worldwide profile of Spain and Spanish soccer, La Liga to run annual summer tournament featuring Real Madrid, Barcelona, and other clubs playing opponents in Asia, Latin America, and the USA   (espnfc.com) divider line 11
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2014-01-12 06:01:53 AM  
That's a stupid idea. It's like the NFL playing a game in England.
 
2014-01-12 07:31:05 AM  

Ishkur: That's a stupid idea. It's like the NFL playing a game in England.


+1

particularly thinking you need to increase exposure in South America. There's a shiatload of CONMEBOL players in La Liga. You bet they follow it.
 
2014-01-12 08:58:40 AM  
Ye$, of cour$e thi$ i$ being done to increa$e the profile of La Liga.
 
2014-01-12 09:52:44 AM  

nursetim: Ye$, of cour$e thi$ i$ being done to increa$e the profile of La Liga.


Definitely. TFA says that La Liga collectively owe €650 million in back taxes. They're scheduling friendlies as pure money spinners. Also, I doubt that either of them will want to risk injuring their star players in those matches, so the people buying those expensive tickets can forget about seeing the first team play.

But I suppose it's that or collapse under the weight of their own debt and die like Rangers did, or like Hearts and Dunfermline nearly did. Not that I wouldn't mind seeing some of the huge overspending clubs collapse.
 
2014-01-12 10:06:01 AM  
To increase the profile of flopping in La Liga worldwide...
 
2014-01-12 10:27:01 AM  

Gordon Bennett: nursetim: Ye$, of cour$e thi$ i$ being done to increa$e the profile of La Liga.

Definitely. TFA says that La Liga collectively owe €650 million in back taxes. They're scheduling friendlies as pure money spinners. Also, I doubt that either of them will want to risk injuring their star players in those matches, so the people buying those expensive tickets can forget about seeing the first team play.

But I suppose it's that or collapse under the weight of their own debt and die like Rangers did, or like Hearts and Dunfermline nearly did. Not that I wouldn't mind seeing some of the huge overspending clubs collapse.


I think La Liga has looked at the piles of cash the English Premier League is getting from overseas and wants a slice of it. The problem is that the La Liga product isn't as good outside of Real and Barca and the EPL is already in the markets.
 
2014-01-12 10:30:42 AM  

Gordon Bennett: nursetim: Ye$, of cour$e thi$ i$ being done to increa$e the profile of La Liga.

Definitely. TFA says that La Liga collectively owe €650 million in back taxes. They're scheduling friendlies as pure money spinners. Also, I doubt that either of them will want to risk injuring their star players in those matches, so the people buying those expensive tickets can forget about seeing the first team play.


All of the clubs in the top division combined? Man, that's a lotta dosh - wonder how much of that comes from Real Madrid?


/your handle makes me miss I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
//RIP Humph
 
2014-01-12 11:01:04 AM  
La Liga seems to be the most fundamentally broken league in Europe...with the possible exception of Scotland.
 
2014-01-12 12:51:40 PM  

Kurohone: La Liga seems to be the most fundamentally broken league in Europe...with the possible exception of Scotland.


La Liga and the SPL are pretty much one two.
 
2014-01-12 01:27:13 PM  

Ishkur: That's a stupid idea. It's like the NFL playing a game in England.


No...it's like the NFL letting a few teams play against the CFL, and maybe a handful of teams from the minor European and Asian leagues.

Course, it'll probably fall flat once Barca runs into a legitimately good team like, say, Kashima Antlers, and has to resort to serial diving.
 
2014-01-12 03:18:58 PM  

Zik-Zak: /your handle makes me miss I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue//RIP Humph


Cheers. Jack Dee is doing as well as anyone could at replacing the unreplaceable on ISIHAC. Sort of like Graham Norton replacing Terry Wogan at the Eurovision Song Contest. Not the same but still quite good and worth catching up with.
 
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