Major battles await as LaLiga Santander reaches its climax: who’ll be relegated and who’ll reach the Europa League?
There’s plenty of drama in store as Spain’s top division comes to a close on Sunday evening.
Real Madrid have already mathematically clinched the LaLiga Santander title, doing so with one matchday to spare as they defeated Villarreal 2-1 on Thursday evening on Matchday 37. Yet they aren’t done with the drama quite yet, as they prepare to face CD Leganes – who must win to stand a chance to avoid relegation – in the final match of the season.
That’s just one of the storylines still needing its final chapter to be written. Here’s a look at all that’s left to play for on Matchday 38, which will be played out on Sunday
The race for Europe
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid and Sevilla have already wrapped up qualification for the Champions League and Villarreal have secured one of the Europa League spots, but there are still four different teams in the mix for the two remaining Europa league places.
Real Sociedad are currently sixth on 55 points and Getafe a point behind in seventh, with Valencia and Granada right behind on 53 points. Valencia are looking to make it a third season in a row in continental competition, while Granada are keen to put the cherry on top of what has already been an excellent first season back in Spain’s top flight.
The fixtures to look out for are Atlético de Madrid vs Real Sociedad, Levante UD vs Getafe CF, Granada CF vs Athletic Club and Sevilla FC vs Valencia CF.
The relegation battle
The fight to avoid the drop is going down to the final day. RCD Espanyol and RCD Mallorca have already been mathematically relegated, but the final position within the bottom three is still undecided.
A burst of good form at just the right time has seen CD Leganés power into the final matchday with a chance to save themselves, taking 10 points from the last 12 available without conceding a single goal. They picked up a shock 2-0 win away at Athletic Club on Matchday 37, effectively eliminating the Basques from European contention, and go into their final match confident of springing a surprise on the newly-crowned champions.
The only team Leganes could leapfrog in the standings is RC Celta, who sit in 17th on 36 points. In a polar opposite situation to their direct rivals from suburban Madrid, Celta have hit poor form a the worst possible time and are winless in their last five games, including a devastating 3-2 home loss to Levante on Thursday.
On paper, Celta have the easier fixture: against rock-bottom and already relegated side Espanyol. But with Lega playing at home and with momentum, the battle isn’t over yet and will be worth tuning in for on Sunday evening.
LaLiga premieres BehindTheCameras, a documentary on the virtualisation of sports broadcasts
The one-off show will delve into the innovations brought about by LaLiga following the return of competitive football in Spain
It will be aired by Facebook Watch in India
Mumbai, 17th July 2020. LaLiga is set to premiere BehindTheCameras, a one-off documentary showcasing the broadcast innovations that LaLiga has implemented since the return of LaLiga football in early June. It will focus in particular on how LaLiga has offered virtual atmosphere as part of its broadcasts across the last 11 matchdays. The one-off programme will be aired on Facebook watch in India.
Broadcasting a live sporting event with virtual crowd noise has been a veritable challenge for LaLiga, a pioneer in this kind of virtualisation, and a step unprecedented among sports leagues around the world. With this in mind, LaLiga has decided to offer a behind the scenes view of the entire process and show fans the innovation and hard work which underpins the technology.
The BehindTheCameras documentary will showcase everything that has gone on behind the scenes and feature interviews with those who have played a major role in making it possible, including LaLiga’s Audiovisual Director Melcior Soler; Head of TV Production at LaLiga Sergio Sanchez; Match Director at Mediapro Oscar Lago; and wTVision’s Willem van Breukelen.
Together they will show fans the process involved in installing a virtual crowd in the stands of LaLiga Santander stadiums for broadcasts. The documentary will show in detail how the virtual sound has been managed, using real audio recorded in stadiums during official LaLiga matches thanks to an agreement with partner EA Sports.
BehindTheCameras is the second documentary produced by LaLiga, which also created TodayWePlay, a special programme examining how the Return to Competition Protocol was produced during the enforced break and on the opening matchdays.
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England's spectacular performance in the 2nd ODI means that it's a winner-takes-it-all contest on Wednesday, 16th September 2020, in the 3rd ODI at Old Trafford. Australia having already lost the T20I series due to that surprising defeat in the opening game, the ODI team will be hoping that this series doesn't go the same route. Momentum with England but the Aussies have proven to be a strong force during their entire tour of England.
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BFI President Ajay Singh and Executive Council’s tenure extended for 3 months
BFI Special AGM modifies constitution to comply with the Sports Code 2011
New Delhi, September 19: In a Special General Meeting (SGM) that was conducted by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) today to decide on two major issues pertaining to the functioning of the body, the tenure of the Presidency of Ajay Singh and the office-bearers was extended by three months while the constitution was also unanimously amended in order to comply with the requirements of the National Sports Code 2011.
The inaugural session of the SGM also saw the august presence of the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) President Anas Alotaiba, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra and IOA Secretary-General Rajeev Mehta each of whom lauded the efforts shown by BFI in taking Indian boxing to greater heights ahead of the day’s proceedings.
The original four-year tenure of the BFI EC was supposed to get over on September 25 but the pandemic has made it difficult to conduct the election, making the extension necessary. The members were also apprised of the election that would now be held within the extended three months.
In these four years, India has not only made rapid strides in the development of the sport within the country but is a key member in the cohesive growth of the sport in Asia as well. The ASBC President Anas Alotaiba singled out India’s contribution for praise while also commending the leadership of Ajay Singh.
“India’s progress in the past four years reflects the vision of the leader. I hope this leadership continues because it has inspired India in leading the way for a greater cohesive functioning of all member nations to promote boxing in Asia,” he said.
With the ASBC Asian Boxing Championships being awarded to India already, the sport has got a major fillip and the future indeed looks promising, as emphasized by Ajay Singh.
“With the experience of having hosted the World Championships in India, we are looking forward to putting up a memorable show at next year’s ASBC Asian Championships which India will be hosting. Slated to take place in the early half of 2021. Getting the right to host is yet another validation of all the good work we are doing,” said the BFI President.
With the senior boxers having completed a successful training stint at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, the focus now is to get the training on track for the youth and junior pugilists at the Sports Authority of India, National Boxing Academy, Rohtak.
A possibility of sending senior boxers on a European tour for 45 days for training and playing tournaments were also apprised to the 74 members who attended the meeting.
ANAND KRIPALU TO ASSUME ROLE OF CHAIRMAN ROYAL CHALLENGERS SPORTS PVT LTD.
Friday, September 19, 2020: Diageo India today announced the appointment of Anand Kripalu as the Chairman of Royal Challengers Bangalore team, effective October 1, 2020. Anand is currently the Managing Director and CEO of Diageo India and assumes this role as an additional responsibility to his current profile.
He takes over the role of RCB Chairman from Sanjeev Churiwala, who is also the Chief Financial Officer of Diageo India and will be moving to Singapore to take up the position of Finance Director for the APAC region.
Commenting on the change in the leadership, Anand Kripalu, Managing Director & CEO, Diageo India said, “Royal Challengers Bangalore is an integral part of Diageo India and behind the scenes I have been part of the team’s journey for the past 6 years. As the new season starts, it’s going to be exciting new chapter to lead the team from the front along with Virat, Mike Hesson and Simon Katich and we look forward to playing bold. I would also like to thank Sanjeev for his tremendous contribution to RCB and Diageo and wish him luck for his new role.”
Anand Kripalu is leading Diageo India’s transformational journey since 2014 prior to which he held the position of President, India and South Asia at Mondelez International, and Managing Director of Cadbury India Ltd. He has also acquired significant experience on his stint with Unilever for 22 years. Anand is a graduate from IIT, Madras and IIM, Kolkata.
LaLiga to build on the fandom quotient with the official ‘LaLiga Fantasy League’ on Dream11
Football Fans in India can once again actively engage La Liga and showcase their knowledge by creating their virtual teams during the entire 2020/21 season
LaLiga Fantasy League witnessed the highest growth in user participation on Dream11 amongst the top European Football Leagues in 2019/20 season
Mumbai, September 15, 2020:
LaLiga, Spain’s top division football league, is all set to get their new season underway on the weekend of September 12, 2020. LaLiga fans across India can once again actively engage with their favourite league and showcase their knowledge and love for the game by daily creating their virtual teams during the entire 2020/21 season on Dream11. This season will also mark the start of the second year partnership with Dream11 as the ‘official fantasy league’ in India, to increase the fandom quotient among all sports enthusiasts across the country.
Last season, on Dream11, LaLiga witnessed the highest growth in user participation amongst the top European Football Leagues with a 125% growth compared to the 2018/19 season. On average, Dream11 users are playing 2X the number of LaLiga matches than last season. This year will be no different as LaLiga has always been at the forefront of adopting new means to reach a wider range of audience and transfer the emotion of football to millions of fans across India.
Jose Antonio Cachaza, Managing Director, LaLiga India said, “We are happy and excited to enter the second term of our association with Dream11 as the league’s Official Fantasy Game in India. The pandemic has forced sports fans to look at innovative ways to keep their spirits alive and Fantasy Sports is one such tool that is gaining tremendous ground in India. By associating with India’s largest Fantasy Sports platform, Dream11, we want to give our fans the opportunity to predict and use their knowledge of the game to win and further increase the horizon of experience and knowledge of the sport.”
Harsh Jain, CEO and Co-Founder of Dream11 & Dream Sports said, “We are happy to note the increasing popularity of LaLiga among Dream11 users. When comparing the performance of the first two seasons of LaLiga on Dream11, we saw the highest growth in user participation amongst the top European Football Leagues with almost 125% growth in participation over the last season. This an encouraging sign of fantasy football adoption among Indian sports fans.”
LaLiga is one of the most popular football leagues in the world and features some of Europe's best football clubs such as FC Barcelona, Real Madrid FC, Atlético de Madrid, Valencia CF, and many more with some of the finest global talents in football including 2019 Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi, FIFA World Cup 2018 winner Antoine Griezmann and Eden Hazard to name a few. This 2020/21 season will start with the returns of newly promoted clubs Cadiz CF, SD Huesca and Elche CF while the much-awaited first El Clasico of the season will take place during Matchday 7, the weekend of October 24, 2020. Fans in India will get to watch all the exciting and nail-biting action LIVE and Exclusive on the official Facebook page of LaLiga.
LaLiga Football Schools and India On Track organised an interactive online sports session for the students
The five-day e-training activity saw over 166 students across 34 cities in India
Mumbai, 15th September 2020: LaLiga ‘s historic grassroots football development program in India, LaLiga Football Schools along with India On Track organised five days e-training sessions recently, which included fun and interactive online sports and fitness session for the students.
This session was a great success and saw over 166 LLFS students across 34 cities in India taking part. This virtual sports festival and e-training sessions conducted by UEFA Pro acclaimed coaches, who are also part of the LLFS team conducted a high level of training, which includes nutrition, fun, games, and challenges to the youth and kept them motivated and gain more interest and knowledge about the game even during these unprecedented times. During the five day sessions, LaLiga not only had their coaches from India, but special sessions conducted by the Spanish coaches from Dubai, Miami, China, and Spain respectively.
India On Track partnered with some of the world’s leading sporting entities to host an online sports festival which saw LaLiga as one of their partners. The festival had interactive sessions on football and other sports for children aged 5-18 years. At the end of the festival, training scholarships and merchandise were given to the participants who won skill challenges set by the technical partners.
Jose Antonio Cachaza, Managing Director, LaLiga India said “Our commitment for football in India remains the same even during these undesirable and unprecedented times when the country is going through the Covid-19 phase. We are trying our best to keep the love for football alive in the youth here and with the association with India On Track we have again taken initiatives to reach out to the children and spread the love for the game although not physically but virtually and we look forward to doing a similar engagement activity and keep the spirit and love for football high amongst the students”
Javier Cabrera, Technical Director, LaLiga Football Schools, India said “Engaging with the students virtually was fantastic and was a different experience all together. It was fun to have children in large numbers glued to their screens and interact with us from all over the country. Sharing their experiences, the skill and the knowledge shows how much these children love this game of football. These sports sessions will help the children learn the better and finer parts of the game and make them ready for the physical and outdoor sports as things tend to normalise”
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