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La Liga returns to our screens this weekend and here's 10 reasons why we can't wait

Spanish football is back.

THE NEW LA Liga season is just around the corner and after Sky Sports fought off stiff competition from arch rival BT Sport to retain the television rights, we can look forward to another year of Guillem Balague, Revista de la Liga and Gerry Armstrong.

Here’s why we can’t wait.

1. Goals, goals and more goals

Spain Soccer La Liga Source: AP/Press Association Images

An average of 2.77 goals per game. Only the Bungesliga can trump that. Golazo overload, particularly when Real Madrid and Barcelona are involved.

2. Messi and Ronaldo trying to outdo each other

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Pure entertainment.

3. Literally every match is live on Sky Sports


No joke. You can watch all 10 games – starting on Friday – on Sky this weekend.

4. Gerry Armstrong’s insightful co-commentary

You either love him or hate him but did you know he scored against Spain at the 1982 World Cup?

Perhaps our favourite quote: ”Ronaldo reminds me, looks a little like Kyle Lafferty. Doesn’t he? A big, tall, lean lad…”

5. It’s the perfect way to end the weekend

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Sunday evening. Back-to-back games on the box. What more could you ask for?

6. Those weird slo-mo replays that don’t show an irrelevant part of play instead of the goal chance

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Bloody Spanish directors.

7. El Clasico

Spain Soccer La Liga Source: Emilio Morenatti

7 November 2015 and 2 April 2016 . Mark your diary.

9. Wondering if Guillem Balague and the lads have had a go off the tapas and red wine in front of them


Just for show or not?

10. Keeping an eye out for Gareth Bale and arguing whether he’s good enough to hack it at Real

Soccer - 2015 Audi Cup - Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur - Allianz Arena Source: EMPICS Sport

He’s a bit overrated. Until he scores goes on a trademark, length-of-the-pitch run.

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Ryan Bailey

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