La Tercera Express Play-Offs

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This weekend represents the beginning of the express play-offs of the regional La Tercera divisions. Intriguingly, the extraordinary circumstances of this season have simplified the highly complex structure of Spain’s lower leagues.

Spain’s enthusiasm for Football is a surprise to absolutely nobody, but probably what a lot of outsiders often underestimate about the Kingdom is its sheer size. It is often far easier to get to Spain than to get across it. Apart from being 700 kilometres apart, travel between Seville and Santander for example is

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Spain is Different

Cádiz cf fans

“Spain is Different” is an English-language phrase that our Iberian cousins commonly use among themselves whenever they idly summarise their country’s foibles and idiosyncrasies over an late afternoon drink. Take half an hour to sit and chat to your Spanish host about their customs and traditions over a crisp caña or smooth sherry and you will inevitably be told those exact three words eventually.

As ever at FBTG, we like to look at world cultures through the lens of Football fandom. Is Spain Different when it comes to the way in which their fans behave at games? Oh yes, and we have decided to comprise a small list of the little things you will pick up on at a game in Galicia, an away-day in Andalusia, a cup-tie in Catalonia or Continue reading

The Partisan Politics of the Peninsula

Cadiz CF fans

On the 28th of April, the majority of 47 million people go to the polls in Europe’s next major parliamentary election. After major votes in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy, it is the turn of Spain, a country that is possibly more politically divided than any other in 21st century Europe.

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The Copa Libertadores Embarrassment

River Plate Boca Juniors half scarves

The 2018 Conmebol Copa Libertadores final received an astonishing amount of press attention. Some have obsessed over the notion of Buenos Aires’ two largest clubs meeting head-to-head for the first time ever in South America’s largest club fixture. Pundits have dubbed the fixture as “The Biggest Club Football Match Of All Time”. And newspapers have lambasted the Asociación Fútbol Argentino‘s inability to curb Continue reading