Despite arguments between clubs over concerning TV rights ownership issues, La Liga will begin games as scheduled beginning this weekend.
Real Madrid and Barcelona, perhaps two of the most notable football clubs in the world, are forecasted to dominate the league once again. He Two teams finished at least 30 points over third place finisher last season, Valencia.
Real Madrid resides as reigning champions with a virtually identical squad of the past 3 seasons. Raul Albiol, Alvaro Arbeloa and Angel Di Maria have sided with the club and extended their contracts, while Coach Jose Mourinho went through great effort to fend off prospective buyers Saint-Germain of France, who had been eyeing Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain.
Catalan team Barcelona finished 9 points behind RM last season and with come to the pitch with a fresh approach after owners decided to replace four year coach Pep Guardiola with Tito Vilanova, former midfielder and assistant coach for FC Barcelona.
The Catalans have seen only one addition to their line up thus far, coming in the form of full-back Jordi Alba from Valencia for a cool 14 million euros.
David Villa is set to return as well after recovering from a broken Tibia and Barca will have to rely less on Messi up front to pressure the net.
Valencia will pick up former RM midfielder Fernando Gago and Mexican wing Andres Guardado to better their positioning this season.
Malaga has seen players take their leave in the form of Santi Cazorla and Salomon Rondon, who have left for Arsenal and Rubin Kazan after the club’s owners withdrew their financial support.
Atletico Madrid has been busy as well, signing Cristian Rodriguez from Oporto, Cata Diaz from Getafe and ex-Newcastle midfielder Emre Belözo?lu from Fenerbahce. Raul Garcia also returns after a season on loan with Osasuna.
Tune in this weekend for the first matches of this year’s La Liga season.