Spain’s top-flight football club competition, LaLiga, has begun to turn the wheels for 2019/2020 season which is being considered to be its grandest yet in celebration of its 90-years of existence as one of the best domestic leagues in the footballing world.
In a kick-off event for the Philippine media held last September 2, 2019 in Makati, the league represented by Almudena Gomez Benito (Global Network Delegate for the Philippines) and Ivan Codina (Managing Director for Southeast Asia – Australia, Japan and South Korea), LaLiga presented what football fans are about to expect in its biggest season yet in terms of technical scope.
IT’S IN THE DETAILS
Already providing one of the most cutting-edge fan experiences in professional club football (who can forget those cool 360 degree replays?), LaLiga continues to raise the bar for the recently started 2019/2020 season as it further implements improvements in broadcasting technology from the number of cameras (including super slow-motion viewing angles) up to the auditory experience with the introduction of Dolby Atmos and 4K video quality broadcast in select matches.
The league, considered by many as arguably the strongest in relation to historical performances of its representatives in international club competitions such as the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and FIFA Club World Cup, featuring the most successful clubs ever to grace the sport with the likes of Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona, and Sevilla FC to name a few is set to give a treat this season to football followers as it starts to usher in its most ambitious year yet in terms of viewer experience.
A NEW “HEART OF LALIGA”
A new element that gets added in the 2019/2020 season is the new ball that fans will see in matches in a new deal Puma Football as the new match ball supplier.
The development is significant as LaLiga has been supplied by a different brand for the past several years, making the switch both exciting and bold as it provides a new flavor on the pitch ushering something fresh to loyal fans through the years.
AN EXCITING SEASON UNFOLDING
Despite the new season just being in its third match day, based on what transpired in all of the fixtures involved, the race to the top could turn out to be an interesting one.
Bannered by its young gem and new signing Joao Felix, head coach Diego Simeone and the rest of Atletico de Madrid find themselves in first place of the standings followed by a seemingly rejuvenated Athletic Bilbao and an always threatening Sevilla FC.
With Real Madrid at fifth and Barcelona in an unfamiliar eighth place due to upsets and unexpected draws, the chase is on for the big clubs as they try to regain their respective footings with the possibility of more surprise results in store.
2019-20 season is definitely poised to be an interesting marathon as who will find themselves at the summit come the its conclusion.
ALPHONSE AREOLA RETURNS TO LALIGA
France’s emerging star goalkeeper, who is of Filipino origin from both parents, just joined Real Madrid for a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain.
With his Filipino heritage, such a move back to Spain by the former Villarreal shot-stopper in the club with probably the biggest profile and history, could further boost LaLiga in the eyes of Filipino sports fans.
The optimism in this loan-move, as one of the best footballing talents in the world who traces his roots to the Philippines, could definitely add interest to the Southeast Asian nation.
SEGUNDA DIVISION IN YOUTUBE
Meanwhile, Spain’s second-tier, the Segunda Division, formally named as LaLiga SmartBank, will be available for live streaming in Youtube in selected countries.
What is good about this move and partnership by the league with Youtube is the Philippines is one of the countries that have free access to these matches and content.
Featuring storied clubs such as Deportivo La Coruna, Racing Santander, Malaga, and Real Zaragoza, along with other clubs that make up a productive conveyor belt of the biggest talents in football access to this quality league is a boon for Filipino football fans who have teams to root for in the second division.
BEST SEASON EVER?
Considering the very promising 2019/2020 LaLiga Santander season as the best ever, is quite premature at this moment from a sporting level, but with the improvements in terms of the technical aspects in presentation, and the accessibility of LaLiga SmartBank for Filipino football fans – not to mention Alphonse Areola’s on-boarding with Real Madrid, it can be said that this young season is already the best in these criteria.
It’s definitely a great way to celebrate 90-years of amazing football, which all began back in 1929.
Now it’s time to calendar those crucial matchdays and enjoy the as Spain’s best clubs fight for the title!
Key LaLiga matches for the remainder of 2019
- September 9 – Madrid Derby (Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid)
- October 20 – South Madrid Derby (Getafe CF vs CD Leganes)
- October 27 – El Clasico (Barcelona vs Real Madrid)
- November 10 – Seville Derby (Real Betis vs Sevilla FC)
- December 8 – Valencia Derby (Levante UD vs Valencia CF)
LaLiga Santander is available in the Philippines through BeIn Sports App or via BeIn channels in cable or satellite TV services that include the channel/s via subscription. LaLiga SmartBank matches can be viewed live via Youtube’s streaming services.
Photo credit: LaLiga Facebook Page