Originally Posted by Tony Cloninger
My father has been a Real Madrid fan since the late 50's when he was living in Uruguay and a couple of players went over there.
I always liked the underdog and nowadays teams like RM and the likes....they just buy whoever they want and basically it seems to me....bully/badger other clubs to give up their player. It is disgusting to me.....like watching The Yankees before at least the Salary tax.
It does not help that every world class player seems to "Dream of playing for RM" or Barcelona.
Not getting on your case for your pick of teams...but I can barely watch La Liga. The two teams are catered to like whiny babies with not enough milk. IF they are being outplayed on a very rare game.....they get a call out of nowhere or just dive and simulate beyond belief.
Does that league not realize ..even in this day and age how you have to share your TV revenue? Every team except for maybe Atletico Madrid recently or Valencia....is just a development club for those 2 big clubs.
I went to Madrid in 1987. One evening everybody in the city stuck their heads out the window and screamed. Everybody. Some people ran out onto sidewalks and started dancing. I asked what happened (I was thinking this was Star Trek "Festival!" moment about to go down). Someone explained Real Madrid must have just scored a goal. From that moment, I was hooked.
Madrid does spend some stupid amounts of money. It has the money to spend, but Bale was a case of spending just to spend it. Yet it makes a lot of good buys along the way and you get to watch great games and amazing players. Being married to a Yankees fan I can confirm being a Real Madrid fan is a similar experience: every year is filled with excitement and expectation, your let-downs are other clubs' high points. It's a sweet ride.
I disagree about the league stuff. Yes, the TV money split is stupid, but the refs don't give Madrid and Barcelona extra calls. Any extra calls it may seem like they get are really just a function of them having so much more of the ball. La Liga players don't dive more than players in other leagues (there's no shortage of diving in the EPL for instance). Barca is the divingest team in the league, which is unfortunate because they're so good they really don't need to dive.
As for the quality of the league, Spain and Germany are the two deepest and most talented leagues in the world. Spanish clubs dominate the Europa Cup competition, and they dominated the UEFA Cup before it. Mid and lower table Spanish teams are loaded with talent and most of them play with style. The Madrid-Barcelona TV domination means a lot of people don't get to see those other teams in action beyond their games against the Big Two, but those are quality teams.