Get closer to @LaLiga with Twitter

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The new season is here. @LaLiga began with a flourish over the weekend, with heavyweights FC Barcelona (@fcbarcelona) and Real Madrid (@realmadriden) cruising to wins while reigning champions Atletico Madrid (@atletienglish) could only manage a draw.

While the action on the field is warming up, there is plenty of excitement off it as well.

With 95% of the teams and around 50% of the players being active on Twitter, not to mention coaches, club presidents and sport journalists, Twitter is the best place to watch, experience and comment on the best football moments and this was evident during the first game day of the season. Watch out for broadcaster @StarSportsIndia for updates from India.

For the start of the season, La Liga clubs and players shared their experiences through Twitter, bringing the fans closer to the action.

Real Madrid’s manager Carlo Ancelotti (@MrAncelotti) even did a Twitter Q&A a few days prior to the season:

Newly promoted clubs Cordoba (@cordobacfsad), Eibar (@sd_eibar) and Deportivo de La Coruna (@RCDeportivo) also shared their joy of playing in the top category.

An example of this was when @JaviLara2 shared his joy with all his followers after scoring his first goal in Spain’s top football league:

Or that of @cordobacfsad who shared these snapshots with the fans before leaving to the Santiago Bernabeu to play against @RealMadrid:

There will be many such Tweets to share throughout the season as Twitter will continue to be the pulse of the La Liga action.

When something happens in the world, it also happens on Twitter. While we know the standings of the league table after the first weekend, here’s what the Twitter leaderboard looks like:

The top 5 most followed clubs are:

  1. Barcelona, @FCBarcelona (English account)
  2. Real Madrid, @RealMadrid or @RealMadridEn (English account)
  3. Atletico de Madrid, @Atleti or @AtletiEnglish (English account)
  4. Valencia, @valenciacf or @Valencia_en (English account)
  5. Sevilla, @SevillaFC

The top 5 most followed players are:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo, @cristiano
  2. Neymar Jr, @neymarjr
  3. Andres Iniesta, @andresiniesta8
  4. Gerard, Pique, @3gerardpique
  5. Xabi Alonso, @XabiAlonso

Yet the conversation was not only around what happened on the field. We cannot forget that the transfer market is still open until the end of the month and therefore, although the league has already started, the teams are still in the process of completing their squads.

This leads to conversation about possible transfers and breaking news that is discovered on Twitter in real time. Undoubtedly, the focus this weekend was on @RealMadrid player Angel Di Maria’s record transfer to @ManUtd, and Twitter was also the platform chosen by his teammates to wish him luck in his new adventure:

All in all, it’s an exciting season of football ahead. See you on Twitter!