Premier League vs La Liga

Premier League vs La Liga

David Villa Celebrates for Barcelona - sourced from

In a week that saw every premier league club score in one weekend for the first time, and also one of the greatest team performances of all time from Barcelona, which is the stronger and more exciting league?

With some of the world’s greatest players no longer opting for the premier league and looking for clubs in other countries, is the English top division losing its appeal? In the past the top flight in England has boasted some of the greatest players ever to grace the field of play, names such as Ronaldo, Bergkamp, Overmars, and Cantona are just a few. But now, even though money seems no option for most of the big clubs in the premier league, big stars seem to go elsewhere.

The warm shores and attractive football of the Spanish La Liga seems to be the preferred destination for many of the world’s stars. David Villa is the most notable name to shun the premier league, opting to stay in his native Spain with Barcelona and turning down lots of offers on the table from English clubs, and after Monday night’s performance in El clasico few could blame him.

The performance of Barcelona in that game was one of the greatest team performances La Liga and the world has ever seen. The intricate passing and fluent skill of the Barcelona players blew Real Madrid away, as it would have done all teams. The performance stemmed from some of the world’s greatest players, Messi, Iniesta, Xavi and Villa. However, all of the Barca players can play the game with ease and quality.

The Spanish game is based on skill, quick short passing and fluency and you will see that in all the teams in the Spanish top division. It may be slow at times and some might say boring, but for true lovers of the game the precision, pure talent and vision on show is a joy to watch. The passing at times is a thing of beauty, and not just from the top teams such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia, lower sides like Hercules, Sporting Gijon, and Levante play the game of football with the same ethos. You will never see a Spanish team play “ugly” football. But at times this want for perfection can become painfully slow and boring with neither side taking hold of a game.

The English game on the other hand has been described, by some, as kick and chase or route one.

Our national sport is, for us, based on passion, pace and quality. And our top teams play with this and so much more. Arsenal , you could say, base their play on the Spanish style, trying to play the most attractive of football and keeping the play short and skilful. Lower sides like Stoke, Blackburn and Wolves seem to keep relying on passion and power, which at times can be really entertaining. However some onlookers say it is ugly and boring.

A team like Bolton has tried to move away from being in the same group as the so called “ugly” sides. Their play at times this season has been not

Elmander who has been at the centre of Boltons attacking football this season - sourced from

so unlike a Spanish side with wonderful passing moves and skill of the highest order. The manager Owen Coyle should be applauded for this.

So maybe the tide is turning in the English game? Maybe teams no longer want to be described as ugly and want to play attractive football like the Spanish sides?  I believe this should be encouraged as no team can cope playing against pure skill and accuracy of passing. However, we should not lose the passion and pace we have for the game. Manchester United plays with a wonderful combination of both styles and for many years in the premier league other sides have not been able to cope. But will this continue when Sir Alex leaves? I do hope so.

Over the past few years a few sides have caught up with Manchester United, who for a while were unstoppable. Many say it’s through money, buying payers to win the league. I for one however believe it could also be down to a change of style. Chelsea now has a mix of skill and power and Arsenal seem to play with beauty and steel. And possibly it is an appreciation of all styles of play from all over the world that has helped teams improve and catch up and has lead to an exciting premier league that seems to be getting closer and closer.

Both Leagues will always have their big teams. Spain have Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia. England have Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal. But through appreciation of the game on all sides and of course money, the chasing pack is not so far behind any more.

So which is the more exciting league? I think you have to look at both of them in a different light. The Spanish is one of beauty and skill, the English is one of passion and pace. In the future I think both leagues and both national sides will do the right thing and learn off one another as long as we both keep moving in the same direction.

Both styles and both leagues are a thing of beauty to a true lover of Football.

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Read a similar blog post by upper90magazine: Has the English Premier league become a ‘selling division’?


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I currently study sports science and coaching at Greenwich uni, realy enjoy playing football and most sports. and have a passion for music.

9 Responses to Premier League vs La Liga

  1. Omar says:

    Excellent article!

    For me La Liga is the most entertaining league. I also think La Liga is the best league, hence FC Barcelona(The best football club on planet earth), Real Madrid(The club of the 20th century), Lionel Messi(The greatest footballer on planet earth), Xavi(The greatest midfielder on planet earth) and others play their trade in La Liga. La Liga also produced 100% of the World Cup Champions and European Champions!

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  3. dony says:

    (England has boasted some of the greatest players ever to grace the field of play, names such as Ronaldo, Bergkamp, Overmar)are you serious????????and who on earth?? are:
    Maradona, Di Stefano,Puskas,Cruyff,Ronaldo (phenomenon),Zidane
    maybe one of teh probelmas is most of the best highly skilled players are South Americans (4 out of 5 best footballers all-time were born there) or from France, Itlay,Spain or Portugal, and the agressive footbal style of the EPL doesn’t appeal to them (is a sad true:( )

    • manman says:

      I agree. ITs a comment you’d expect from people who only watch English football who would think Ian Wright was world class…..

  4. Mike M says:

    Dony are you mental?

    Cristiano Ronaldo will definitely go down as one of the best players ever!

    Secondly you say ‘most of the best highly skilled players are South Americans (4 out of 5 best footballers all-time were born there)’. You then give Maradona, Di Stefano,Puskas,Cruyff,Ronaldo (phenomenon),Zidane as your list of best players ever. 3 of these players were born in Europe meaning your ratio is completely inaccurate! Do the math.

    Your final point ‘or from France, Itlay,Spain or Portugal, and the agressive footbal style of the EPL doesn’t appeal to them (is a sad true:( )…

    Henry, Pires, Cantona, Fabregas, Torres, Ronaldo…stop chatting crap!

  5. manman says:

    Henry, Pires, Cantona? Can they compare to World Players of the Year like Messi, Ronaldinho and Ronalod (phenomenon)?
    Please. Widen your prespective. Cantona is not even as big as Zidane in France.

  6. Richard Smith says:

    Puskas, Pele, Eusebio etc – These shouldn’t even be compared to the modern day footballer, it will forever be impossible to relate the two, such are the differences in football between now and then. Cristiano Ronaldo, hate him or not, is class. As are the Barcelona trio. Difference between the English and Spanish football is the defending. Only Barcelona have recently succesfully stamped their style on European football – which certainly must be the barometer for this article. And, if we are to use this as the barometer, then England at present wins hands down, we’ve had more teams further in Europe than the spanish.

    Back to the defending. In Spain, (Barcelona exempt again) pressurising the oposition is not the done thing, thus allowing players time and space to stroll about. A midfielder in the premier league recieving the ball in the middle of the pitch is lucky to get two touches before a rough and tumble midfielder comes flying in to him (I love this). At the very back, I doubt the centre halves of Levante, or another relatively rubbiosh spanish team would cope quite so admirably with the likes of Drogba, Torres, Rooney.

    Final arguement, I doubt it will ever happen, but Messi would not be half the player in the Premier League. The game is just too different, and lets be fair the full backs and centre halves wouldn’t give him such an easy ride. Just show him onto his right, you’d find at the Reebok when Messi cuts in he would come acroos the left back that should be marking him, plus the defensive midfielder that any half decent side would put there just to make sure he goes down the line on his right.

    Ronaldo however…………. literally best player I have ever seen (and Im only 24, so dont give me all the Maradona’s and Pele’s because lets be fair most of us are fed on reputation rather than footage.)

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