The Madrid barrio of La Latina was full of 24 hour party people and peace this weekend.
Four days of boozy fiestas to celebrate... well, nothing much really... saw thousands and thousands of young dudes descending on a plethora of street-side bars to boogie and barf. The most amazing aspect of an enchanted weekend of chundering was - to channel The Wire, at this point - the complete lack of poÃ¢ÂÂlice anywhere.
Instead the fiesta was a hippy-filled love-fest. And this is why, at the start of a new week, La Liga Loca feels the need to purge itself of these unfamiliar and unwelcome feelings of fraternity by spreading the bile and bitterness. Over the past few days, the blog has been asking lovers of la Liga for the names of those in the game in Spain who get their goat, sour their sangria and drive them to watching Deportivo.The one rule stipulated by La Liga Loca in any selection in its summer of hate was down to FourFourTwo being a family-friendly, God-fearing, naughty-word dodging institution.
The rule was that Guti was exempt from any nominations. And itÃ¢ÂÂs a good thing too, as that was the player whose name came up first with literally everyone and would have required the most ******ing over the text. However, the cleaner highlights of the many rants against the Real Madrid midfielder included his various haircuts and Ã¢ÂÂthe way he walks.Ã¢ÂÂThe most loathed list of la Liga kicks off with one nomination of the entire football club of Betis, Ã¢ÂÂfrom their dodgy owner, half-wit fans and cheating players.Ã¢ÂÂFortunately for that nominator, Betis will be stuck in la Segunda next season, having failed in their charming legal attempts to get Xerez relegated after accusations surfaced of financial irregularities at the club back in 2002.
Betis are just as rubbish at the law as they are at football, it would appear. Blog favourite and current Athletic Bilbao coach, JoaquÃÂn CaparrÃÂ³s is a gentleman who is controversially on one particular hit list for apparently turning every team he has ever managed into sides Ã¢ÂÂthat are dirty and only kick players and never the ball.Ã¢ÂÂ And, to be fair, there was some evidence of this in Sunday nightÃ¢ÂÂs Super Cup tie against Barcelona, a typically bruising approach to the game by the men from Basque country. Sevilla Ã¢ÂÂkeeper, Andres Palop is also named for being the most unsportsmanlike goalie in the game from an AtlÃÂ©tico Madrid fan, due to his love of winding up opposition fans. Ã¢ÂÂLike a South American,Ã¢ÂÂ was the unimpressed verdict. Valencia centre-back, Carlos Marchena appears to be unloved by pretty much everyone due to his love of smashing his knees into opposition playersÃ¢ÂÂ backs at set-pieces.
Although one pundit suggests that Ã¢ÂÂhe pretends to be a hardman but cries like a baby when anyone goes near him.Ã¢ÂÂAnother defender, Real MadridÃ¢ÂÂs Marcelo, apparently Ã¢ÂÂneeds a damn good stomping from a mid-table hoofer,Ã¢ÂÂ to take the smug-arse grin of his face.
While Dani Alves gets it in the neck because Ã¢ÂÂhe's a brilliant player but thereÃ¢ÂÂs just something about him that really annoys me.Ã¢ÂÂ Poor, hopeless, mullet-abuser Javier Portillo of Osasuna - 38 appearances, 3 goals last season - is on the list as a striker who is utterly useless, but still gets a gig. Meanwhile, AtlÃÂ©tico Madrid defender Luis Perea is nominated for being Ã¢ÂÂgifted without the ball, but the worst footballer with it.Ã¢ÂÂ The Colombian is joined by former Atleti team-mate Luis GarcÃÂa, due to his Ã¢ÂÂwet fishÃ¢ÂÂ nature and Ã¢ÂÂallergy to running.Ã¢ÂÂThe blog fully backs the selection of ZaragozaÃ¢ÂÂs Peter Luccin for being as Ã¢ÂÂlazy as f**k,Ã¢ÂÂ and his tendency for playing for teams that get relegated. La Liga Loca is sure that this is just a small percentage of the loathed and reviled in the game in Spain.
For this reason, it invites the good, good readers of the blog to send in their nominations and the reasons for their inclusion. Two rules - the more irrational the better and mind your language.
NOTE: Due to a current comments restriction of 20, continue adding the players you love to hate at the end of Tuesday's La Liga Loca entry.
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