The mood of the La Liga nation - Osasuna to Real Sociedad

La Liga Loca's Tim Stannard continues to ponder exactly how fans of La Liga's twenty clubs will be feeling, as their heroes (and the rest) return to pre-season training...

Mood – Violent

Pretty much the only thing Osasuna supporters get excited about this time of year is the thought of the three promoted teams joining la Primera, and with it the chance to intimidate and then run out of town some fresh sets of supporters.

Aside from that, the close season is a bog standard one for the Osasuna mob. As usual they have no cash in the coffers, and their debts mean that their half-decent players have left, with the sales of Javier Camuñas and Nacho Monreal to Villarreal and Málaga respectively raising €8.3 million - enough to keep the wolves from the door, for now...

FFT Travel Guide to Osasuna

Arriving at the club are the usual freebies. This year that group includes Rubén González, a defender who did the most un-Osasuna of things in his spell at Real Madrid by crying after being repeatedly made to look like a bit of goose by José Antonio Reyes. Osasuna fans will not forget that in a hurry, especially when this big girl’s blouse of an arrival is balanced with the departure of the wonderfully thuggish front two of Carlos Aranda and Walter Pandiani.

"Green and white? Not really my cup of tea - cheerio..."

Racing Santander
Mood – About to start walking into the sea

The debacle that was the ‘buy-out’ of the club by Indian businessman Ahsan Ali Syed has left Racing Santander entering the process of administration. This has left debts to players past and present outstanding, which has in turn meant zero signings.

This leaves the average Santander fan contemplating ending it all. The front pair of Giovani dos Santos and Markus Rosenberg have returned to their clubs after their respective loan spells, while the rest of the team presumably have their agents on redial, desperately trying to get out of Racing as fast as humanly possible.

FFT Travel Guide to Racing Santander

In a recent friendly game against the wonderfully-titled German outfit Wacker, 19-year-old former ‘B’ team player Julián Luque and 87-year-old Pedro Munitis were the club’s forward line. No goals were scored, although Racing didn’t lose. That’s the best news the club has had all summer.

Rayo Vallecano
Mood – Right behind the Racing fans on the beach

It should have been a summer of merry excitement and mass binge-drinking for Rayo supporters following June’s promotion back to the top flight. But instead, hardcore fans have started camping outside the stadium’s main entrance in a protest against the club falling into administration, failing to pay its players (although this is starting to be rectified after the squad went on strike - amazing coincidence that), and huge price hikes for season tickets.

FFT Travel Guide to Rayo Vallecano 

In fact, the situation is so desperate that a despondent Rayo supporter that LLL knows confessed that he would even accept a loan deal for Fernando ‘Lady’ Gago, things are so grim down in Vallecas.

The best Real Madrid team ever? No.

Real Madrid
Mood - The most excited they’ve ever been ever. Apparently.

Judging by ramblings of Marca this week, Real Madrid supporters must be vibrating with so much positive energy that they could slip through the cracks of space-time into a parallel dimension. The website poll on Tuesday asked fans whether the current squad was the greatest in Madrid’s history, after a 4-1 friendly victory over LA Galaxy where Fabio Coentrao looked fairly decent as one would expect for a €30m player.

FFT Travel Guide to Real Madrid

However, considering 77% answered ‘no’ to that particular poser, it seems José Mourinho still has some work to do on the transfer market. Besides, what is happening at the Santiago Bernabeu over the summer is less of a concern this year. Instead, it’s Barça’s ongoing failure - at time of writing - to land Cesc Fabregas or Alexis Sánchez that’s more of interest in Mordor this month.

Real Sociedad
Mood – Jimmy Hill contemplative chin-rubbing

The Basque club may be boasting 600 more season ticket holders than last season, but it’s a sign of some doubts over the year to come. Unknown Frenchie, Philippe Montanier, has taken over as coach from the sacked Martin Lasarte, and Atlético Madrid have had a €7m offer for the club’s brightest star, Antoine Griezmann, turned down.

FFT Travel Guide to Real Sociedad

The Rojiblancos will surely be back with another bid, and losing the 20-year-old Frenchman would be a bitter blow to la Real. With little activity on the transfer market, the club's supporters are very much in screen saver, stand-by mode at the moment.

The mood of the La Liga nation:
Athletic Bilbao, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Betis, Espanyol
Granada, Getafe, Levante, Malaga, Mallorca
Osasuna, Racing Santander, Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad
Sevilla, Sporting, Valencia, Villarreal, Zaragoza 

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