After the drapes went over the La Liga last season, the World Cup filled in with the needed dose of footballing excitement and entertainment, however after France became World Champions, there returned the longing for the regular fix of league football.
In less than a fortnight, the most thrilling football competition in the world returns. The transfer activity of the major clubs makes it even more than worth the wait with Arturo Vidal joining Barcelona, France's Thomas Lemar moving to Atletico Madrid and Peru's Luis Advincula joining Rayo Vallencano. Three other notable names heading to pastures new within Spain are Mexico's Miguel Layun, who has joined Villarreal CF, Nigeria’s Moses Simon, who has joined Levante, and Japan's Takashi Inui, who has signed for Real Betis. The transfer window doesn't close until August 31st, so LaLiga Santander clubs still have plenty of time to add quality to their ranks.
The 2018/19 LaLiga Santander season will also get its quality addition with the league introducing VAR when it kicks off on August 17th.
SD Huesca, Rayo Vallecano and Real Valladolid CF are the newcomers in the league with Huesca featuring in the Spanish top flight for the first time. The club's participation in LaLiga Santander will put the city of just 50,000 inhabitants on the map. While Huesca are new to the elite of Spanish football, Rayo know the division well: they are now set for their seventh stint in the top tier.
Top-class football will be returning to the Madrid neighbourhood of Vallecas, which gave fantastic backing to their team last season. Last but not least are R. Valladolid, who are back in the big time after an absence of four years and will be the only LaLiga Santander club flying the flag for the autonomous community of Castilla y Leon.
The LaLiga Santander broadcasts will be of the highest possible standard, with Skycams, the Intel True View system and 4K production set to be a permanent fixture, as all 20 stadiums are now equipped with the requirements for these cutting-edge transmissions.
In addition to the technological advances in broadcasting, VAR will make its debut in Spain following its success at the World Cup. All of this makes for a more exciting, fair and modern footballing experience.
No fewer than 380 nail-biting encounters, heightened emotions every matchday and the agony and ecstasy that await the culmination of the season are all things that will make the LaLiga Santander 2018/19 season a unique spectacle. We can't wait!