Liga Endesa and La Liga: Football and basketball teams from same cities
In India, this year there is another basketball league being aired on TV besides the NBA on Sony SIX. It is La Liga, the Spanish basketball league, and their game is very easy on the eyes. One issue which comes in the way of a casual fan while watching matches of La Liga is the lack of familiarity with the teams. We only cheer for those we identify with, and a league with teams named like Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada can take some warming up to.
One quick way to relate to these teams is to identify with their cities and corresponding football teams. Spain has home to the strongest football league in Europe over the last five years, according to UEFA’s league coefficient. And a lot of these cities have more than one football team which plays in the Spanish La Liga. The similarities don’t end there. These cities have a predominant football culture, and their basketball teams are simultaneously in the shadow of the football teams and have a shared identity with them. The fans are more raucous than the NBA fans, and their season is also less than half of that of the NBA’s. Here’s a full list of cities with teams in La Liga and Liga Endesa, to help you identify some of the teams in Liga Endesa when you watch them on Sony SIX:
FC Barcelona Regal
City: San Sebastián
Lagun Aro GBC
Fun fact, in the 52 years in the history of the Liga Nacional which later became the ACB (Liga Endesa), Madrid and Barcelona have shared 47 titles between them.
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