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Culture clash

Guillem Balague continues the debate on the differences in English and Spanish football culture.

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Michael Almond (Sunderland fan) says...

Great article Guillem. Some excellent knowledge about UK culture and some good incite into Spanish culture too tht I didn't know about. The common view in this country that foreign players tend to be more subversive and sneaky is in my view, very harmful to our game. In incidents i've seen this year alone, British players are far more likely to be awarded a free kick or penalty as the ref is less inclined to believe that he could have dived (one that springs to mind was Osman at the Stadium of Light on Boxing Day who didn't dive but still conned the referee). Two of the best divers i've seen are English too (Rooney and Gerrard). I think as the clasico is by far the most watched Spanish game in the UK (and let's face it, the rest of the world too) this means that it is much easier for this game to create an impression of the whole league. In fairness to both Real and Barca, they can often bring the worst out of each other attitude wise and much of the bad behaviour isn't typical. The demands of the fans may also be a factor. I watch my team regularly and a comment I hear a lot is "if the players put in good effort then that's the most important thing". I'm only speculating here but I imagine that the remit for a La Liga fan going to the game is for the players to demonstrate good technical ability first and foremost for them to be satisfied. Again, a very good article Guillem. I look forward to the next one

Posted 19:03 2nd February 2012

Manchang Manchang (Chelsea fan) says...

Guillem, Why is everything Mourinhno in the Spainish league? It is clear that the Barca players are fun of diving. Can you please count how many player have been victims of yellow cards coming from the theatrics of Sergio Busquest? You've the records and you can verify it again, not only against real madrid but in general in the La liga. This is a wonderful team of players but who are fun of theatrics when the game gets tougher than they expects. As for the case of Mourihno, this is a couch that has been criticizes from the very first day that he entered Madrid. You've to read the spanish football press and you would notice that from the very first decision he makes is a point of contesting. He bought Calvalho, he was critise that the play was old. Luckily for him Cavahlo wasn't that expensive. Di Maria was the worst, he was accuse of connections to sent money to a portuguese club. As for Coentrao, is just something not to mention. Guiilem, the list is long. We all love spainish football from the 80s I've been following this football but now it is get worst with the art of cunning and looking for advantages.

Posted 18:54 2nd February 2012

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