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    They're two of the biggest clubs in the world today but how popular were they back in the 90s & early 2000s?

    Were Italian clubs the most popular back then or were Barcelona & Real Madrid just as popular?
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    Never really knew anyone who was interested in Spanish football in the 1990s, all started around 2001 with Real Madrid Galaticos I think.

    Was actually quite difficult to watch La Liga back then, James Richardson's Football Italia on Channel 4 was your best option for continental footie without some kind of pricey specialist equipment.
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    I actually liked la liga then especially early 00s. When Barca had seen better days and Deportivo were highly relevant.

    That rivaldo's goal against Valencia is something I'll never forget.

    But it was all about serie a during those era as far as the uk is concerned.


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    What Zurich and 419 said, the Italian league was more popular in the 90's/early 200's, Spanish football exploded with the Galacticos era and then Ronaldinho, Messi & co. Plus the Italian league was shown on Sundays on Channel 4 so easily accessible, it wasn't until La Liga was on Sky Sports 3 (live matches & Revista de La Liga) that it started to really become popular imo.

    Barca, while no means a 'small' club, didn't even win their first European Cup until the 90's which is incredible really when you think of how big they are now.
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    In the late 90s, Barcelona were hardly a force. They had Luis Enrique, Rivaldo and Figo but the Galacticos really heightened La Liga's popularity, alongside the emergence of the likes of Ronaldinho, Xavi, Iniesta and eventually Messi. Italian football was great in the late 90s and early 00s, it's amazing to think how far it has fallen since the AC and Juventus' glory days.
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    (Original post by Wilfred Little)
    What Zurich and 419 said, the Italian league was more popular in the 90's/early 200's, Spanish football exploded with the Galacticos era and then Ronaldinho, Messi & co. Plus the Italian league was shown on Sundays on Channel 4 so easily accessible, it wasn't until La Liga was on Sky Sports 3 (live matches & Revista de La Liga) that it started to really become popular imo.

    Barca, while no means a 'small' club, didn't even win their first European Cup until the 90's which is incredible really when you think of how big they are now.





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    (Original post by Zürich)
    Was actually quite difficult to watch La Liga back then, James Richardson's Football Italia on Channel 4 was your best option for continental footie without some kind of pricey specialist equipment.
    Used to love watching that, didn't they have the occasional live game on C4 as well? There was Eurogoals on Eurosport as well I seem to remember, always watched it on a Monday night before football training. Had most of the big European leagues.

    Absolutely mad to think what Serie A was like in the late 90's compared to what it is like now. Take 98/99 for example, there were so many teams stacked with top quality players...

    Fiorentina - Toldo, Rui Costa, Batistuta
    Inter - Pirlo, Pagliuca, Bergomi, Baggio, Ronaldo, Zamorano
    Roma - Cafu, Totti, Aldair
    Juventus - Henry, Inzaghi, Zidane, Davids, Del Piero, Deschamps
    Lazio - Salas, Nedved, Nesta, Vieiri
    Parma - Buffon, Baggio, Crespo, Veron, Cannavaro, Thuram
    Milan - Maldini, Weah, Costacurta, Boban
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    Used to love watching that, didn't they have the occasional live game on C4 as well? There was Eurogoals on Eurosport as well I seem to remember, always watched it on a Monday night before football training. Had most of the big European leagues.

    Absolutely mad to think what Serie A was like in the late 90's compared to what it is like now. Take 98/99 for example, there were so many teams stacked with top quality players...

    Fiorentina - Toldo, Rui Costa, Batistuta
    Inter - Pirlo, Pagliuca, Bergomi, Baggio, Ronaldo, Zamorano
    Roma - Cafu, Totti, Aldair
    Juventus - Henry, Inzaghi, Zidane, Davids, Del Piero, Deschamps
    Lazio - Salas, Nedved, Nesta, Vieiri
    Parma - Buffon, Baggio, Crespo, Veron, Cannavaro, Thuram
    Milan - Maldini, Weah, Costacurta, Boban
    Yeah they definitely did have live games too, on Sundays IIRC :moon:

    Arguably the strongest ever division, the PL around 2008 and La Liga a few years back would be closest. At the time I was too young to appreciate the football, the novelty of being able to watch continental football was something else though. The fact all the teams seemed to have superstars and the money that was thrown around made it unbelievably glamorous.

    Actually loads of footage of it on youtube which is nice to watch, James Richardson really is the dogs *******s, so good at his job.

 
 
 
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