Hello, I'm Sid Lowe. I'm the Spanish football correspondent for The Guardian, ESPN and World Soccer. I also for Onda Cero radio in Spain. I'm the author of Fear And Loathing in La Liga, a history of the Barcelona versus Madrid rivalry. And of Catholicism, War and the Foundation of Francoism in Spain. My twitter is @sidlowe. It's the clasico tomorrow. Ask away ...


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SidLowe138 karma

It's not tomorrow, is it? It's Saturday ... ah well .. here we go

Bob_Swarleymann65 karma

Uncertain of the AMA time again, Sid? It's almost like you're swimming in gum.

SidLowe53 karma

Almost ... loved Luis Enrique's respoinse, by the way

SmithFire13109 karma


Love you as a regular on Football Weekly. Have there been any updates on the fan fiction between you and Jimbo?

Cheers from the US!

SidLowe70 karma

hahahaha, no, not as far as I know ... hope not!

SidLowe70 karma

Thank you everyone. That was a lot of fun. Must dash now. Really enjoyed it. Hopefully, we'll do another one again soon. All the best and enjoy the clásico and the rest of the games in Spain this weekend. Cheerio! Oh, PS: @tsf_podcast ... me and Phil's Spanish football Podcast. Forgot to mention it before. Hope you enjoy it.

indaskies69 karma

You're the boss of all Spanish soccer (national team and leagues), what do you change?

SidLowe210 karma

A lot.

Kick off times in advance.

Recovery of a Cup that's a straight draw, one game, no arsing about.

More equal TV rights.

Quite a lot of presidents in jail. Or at least dumped on an island somewhere.

And do something about disastrous TV coverage ... direction of games, etc.

Games at same time. Not all of them but more of them.

Prices dropped. No games so late.

Oh look, there's a pig flying over the Bernabeu, JB...

BiroFace57 karma

Hi Sid,

Your report on Spain v Chile at the World Cup (here for those that haven't read it: http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jun/18/spain-chile-world-cup-group-b) is one of my favourite pieces of writing this year and certainly one of the best match reports I've read.

How do you do it? How do you write something that good to be filed on the final whistle?

What do you do for preparation? Are there any particular methods/rules you follow? Any tips or tricks?


SidLowe79 karma

Thank you. I was lucky with that piece: I had a fascinating story to guide me: the world champions becoming the first team knocked out of the world cup. In practical terms, I was helped too. That piece was done as a runner, which means: half of it sent at half time, another chunk on 70 minutes, another chunk just before the final whistle. if the game ends 3-2 with a last minute winner, you're in trouble. But I could write (still nervously) 'knowing' that the outcome was quite likely from quite early on ... Even now, many years later, I still find match reports extremely stressful and I imagine that the people on the desk waiting for my copy feel the same way ... They probably hate me. I have tried different preparation methods but they rarely work. Certainly, pre-writing various alternatives, as was once suggested to me, never works for me ... it feels much more natural to be carried along by the story.

DP_in_Space56 karma

Big fan of your work on the Guardian Football Weekly podcast. My question for you - why does your voice sound so different when you're on the phone versus in the studio?

SidLowe56 karma

quality of the phone line, I suppose. Is it really THAT different?

saf9353 karma

Do you have any funny stories from your time as a translator for Beckham/Owen?

SidLowe338 karma

Well ... I did make a small mistake that basically meant that Owen described Lampard as, effectively, "Well fit."

It was everywhere the next day.

one headline said: "Is Owen gay?" the opening line of the article said: "no, but his translator might be."

warlowtek41 karma


SidLowe88 karma

Spanish and history degree ... Spanish history MA and PhD ... and so I suppose Spanish football was sort of natural from there.

Sort of.


DidierDogba36 karma

Hi Sid,

Who are some lesser known La Liga players that we may not know about that we should keep our eyes on?

SidLowe139 karma

As it is a new season, in a sense I am finding that out myself as time goes on ... Yoda, good player he is. At Getafe he is. (sorry) But he is good. I love watching De Marcos's energy at Athletic. Arda at Atletico. but I guess they are not really unknowns.

that-there16 karma

De Marcos is playing as a right back these days, how's that transition gone?

SidLowe24 karma

Surprisingly well ... although I'd still prefer him further up

anarius29 karma

Both teams are in scintillating form. Who will prevail? No tactical stuff, just gut feeling.

SidLowe57 karma


SaoPaolo9025 karma

Hi Sid,

Thanks for doing this AMA, I’m a big fan of your work (especially your book!). I’m actually going down a similar route to you having just started my PhD in Spanish and Portuguese studies with an interest in academia and journalism as potential careers. I just wanted to ask you what it was that turned you against academia and towards sports journalism? Football is a particular passion of mine and I was wondering as well what advice you would give to a PhD student considering pursuing a career in European football journalism? Thanks!

SidLowe42 karma

I think it was more a natural drift that anything else ... there are times when I miss academia ... but I was never entirely sure that I wanted to stay in it. Advice is always a difficult one because everyone's path is different. My career path was an unusual one and I would normally say don't go down the same route but it sounds like you already are to some extent ... I guess then the advice is: write. Sounds banal but it's true: write, write, write ... watch football, write

assholetriceratops18 karma

Hey Sid, first of all: big fan of your work, etc. etc. I've got three questions:

  1. Who do you think will win the clasico this weekend?

  2. Weirdest place you've ever conducted a phone conversation with Jimbo and the Football Weekly crew?

  3. How amazing was it to watch the Real Oviedo shareholders campaign evolve and eventually succeed? I bought a share and it's something I'm quite proud of being a part of despite having no ties to the area or the team so I can't imagine how it feels for you.

Cheers Sid!

SidLowe21 karma

  1. Don't know ... but suspect Madrid are favourites.
  2. Weird? I'm not sure many have been weird. I suppose I probably have done some from in toilets. Must have. Trains, taxis, buses, training grounds ...
  3. Absolutely overwhelming. Just mind-blowing and quite emotional. A few tears along the way ... and THANKYOU for buying shares.

karoz16 karma

Sid, big fan, thanks for all your la liga coverage over the years. It's your words that brought the magnificent Rayo Vallecano to my attention and I've been rooting for them ever since.

Where do you think Rayo coach Paco Jemez will end up in the summer?

Who will they get to replace him? And are they doomed to relegation next season?

SidLowe17 karma

Good question ... Paco Jemez should be in line for someone quite big but people do see him as a risky option ..

Taggerd16 karma

Hey Sid,

what will a post-Messi/CR7 La Liga in, say five years time, look like? Will their respective clubs build players as iconic as them? Find players as good as them? Has that process already started?

SidLowe33 karma

Good question ... it's a strange thought. I'm not sure that two players have ever dominated as long as this ... certainly since Kubala/Di Stefano.

0vidiusNaso15 karma

With a smaller population, why is Spain so much more prolific than England at producing world class players?

SidLowe33 karma

Different styles, attitudes, facilities, leagues ... Long answer would keep us here for years but one thing I think is significant: futbol sala.

joavim14 karma

What do you think of Lineker's words yesterday saying that La Liga is stronger than the EPL?

SidLowe24 karma

I can see his point and on some levels agree ... I think it needs a careful analysis and much depends on how you judge it. Structurally, there is much wrong with the Liga, but the football tends ot be good. And Mafdid and Barcelona are monsters of course

megajon10114 karma

Hi Sid, thanks for doing this AMA.

Just one question, how far away do you think a move to a fairer distribution of TV money is in La Liga? I seem to remember Barcelona being in favour of this a few weeks ago. Do you think this would have an effect on the hegemony of the big two?

SidLowe14 karma

It should be enshrines in law ... but something is holding it up ... the interests of the bigger clubs, I suspect. It would help other clubs compete but I don't think it will ever prevent RM and FCB being the big two.

arseblog12 karma

Hey Sid.

Estrella or San Miguel or Mahou? Or do you just not give a Voll Damm?

SidLowe26 karma

Estrella ... sounds like Estella.

TheDeclanation12 karma

Hi Mr Lowe! I'm a big fan of your work and as an avid reader of World Soccer it brings a smile to my face when I notice you have made a contribution to it. I was wondering what it was that made you focus your career on La Liga? Also, what are your predictions for Saturday's El Clásico?

SidLowe16 karma

I suppose Spain and history is the answer to that ... even though I appreciate that that may sound simplistic. I started with Spanish history and language in terms of study, and like anyone really was a football fan. I suppose the two things came together naturally. A bit of a chance career path in the beginning

saf9312 karma

What would be your best XI of a Barcelona/Madrid team from recent times?

SidLowe34 karma

... defensively shambolic, as I crowbar in all the attackers. hahaha! Ok, I like this ... right, from the time I have been here ... let's think ...

Casillas Alves Hierro Roberto Carlos Zidane Xavi Xabi Ronaldinho Ronaldo Ronaldo Messi


That's off top of my head ...

greatemuwar12 karma

Hello Mr. Lowe,

As a press correspondent, which stadium in Spain gives you the best experience?

SidLowe43 karma

To work in is very different to as a fan ... basically you only really care about good wifi connection/phone line and visible TV screens to see replays etc ... you'd be surprised how few grounds fulfil those criteria. To work in, Barcelona and Madrid are probably the best. Great positions too.

that-there35 karma

Oh now Sid, we didn't need to know about your favourite positions...

SidLowe67 karma

Well, I thought this was an ask me ANYTHING?

lilleulv6 karma

And the food, surely?

SidLowe10 karma


suri198810 karma

Hi Sid, Thanks for the AMA. 1 question for you: 1) What is the general Catalan's perception of Mourinho? Despite the animosity and insults, does the general public still consider him a great manager? 2) What is expected of Carlo Ancelotti this season? Or in other words, what must he deliver to remain in the job?

SidLowe24 karma

Ancelotti delivered the thing he really had to deliver which was the decima ... I think his position is stronger than it has ever been. Madrid look very, very good at the moment and there is a recognition (maybe less from the board room than elsewhere) that he is handling things superbly.

Mourinho: I think they know he's a good manager, even if they don't like him in the slightest. that said, I think many of them may feel that he is an overrated manager, not quite as good as is often made out.

ovmatt9 karma

how long is Iker gonna be safe in his starting position at Real if he doesn't improve his performances? Is his influence at the club that big, or do the club not believe in their backup?

SidLowe36 karma

I'm surprised he has held on this long ... but there are signs of him, sort of, recovering ... the power issue is hard to judge. He actually has LESS support at key levels of the club than people think, not more.

deception429 karma

Big fan of your work, Sid! How does Simeone manage get everything out of his players at Atletico? It's amazing to me how they won the title and made the Champions League Final last year without the financial power Barcelona and Madrid have.

Also, what's happening to the Basque clubs? Everything seems to be going wrong with La Real and Athletic, yet Eibar is doing extremely well considering the circumstances they are in.

By the way, there are a lot of people who love your work on /r/soccer. There's probably a few us here already!

SidLowe12 karma

Force of character and personality ... also power. When he came in, he was the only person (because of personality, past, etc) who could unite the club and bring everyone under his direction ... but of course had he lost he would have lost that power too. He's very charismatic, very hard working, very obsessive, but has a nice line in humour and tongue in cheek ...

Eibar is incredible ... Athletic have had a mental block with Champions League imo. Real Sociedad: slow decline under a manager who I must admit I do not find convincing at all.

abhiddit9 karma

Rakitic or Kroos?

SidLowe11 karma

Kroos. but I like them both.

ExBABYYy8 karma

How you doing :) ?

SidLowe23 karma

alright, thanks

marko9118 karma

Which football journos do you look up to and admire most that are still active today?

SidLowe43 karma

None of them. they're all ba5tards ...

SidLowe20 karma


Erm, good question. I admire lots of them. I often read pieces and can't even begin to understand how they thought to wrote it that way, how they worked it out, or how they got the material ... how their minds allowed them to see so clearly or to deal so well with the material ...

In Spain I like Lu Martin, Santi Gimenez, Juanma Trueba, Jabois, Robero Palomar, Gemma Herrero, Diego Torres, Orfeo Suarez, and loads of others ... all for different reasons ...

In England, I hate to say this but I really do like the Guardian's team ... I thought Barney had a mind blowingly good world cup.

Also: Rory Smith. Big fan.

SidLowe7 karma

And my partner in crime: Pete Jenson.

cheshamfox8 karma

Sid who in your expert opinion is the better player once and for all because I'm sick and tired of the media and blogs always comapring these players. So Sid come on: Messi, Ronaldo or Linares?

SidLowe12 karma

Linares, obviously. And The Doc.

that-there7 karma

Hi Sid, two questions (edit: or three):

  1. Being a pundit in Spain, what do you think are the main differences between punditry in the UK (including commentators) and those on the continent? I mainly have experience listening to Italian ones who seem a lot more technical, and less biased...especially at European level.

  2. What was the experience like when being a translator for players? Do they have a smoke screen of what they can say, or are they aware of all the questions that will be asked beforehand?

Love your writing and books, but the next time you do an audiobook it needs to be down the phone!

edit: Any advice for someone wishing to start a European football blog?

SidLowe10 karma

  1. the big difference which stares you in the face is the bias in Spain. On a formal level, at least. That the mainstream had Madrid and Barcelona media. there are lots of different types of course but that is startling.
  2. Funny usually. A brief glimpse of them in a situation in which the relationship is different and therefore a bit more natural ...

PeterG927 karma

Do you see the Spanish TV deal changing to give more money to clubs not called Barcelona or Madrid to give more parity to the league?

SidLowe5 karma

yes ... see above

sigridl6 karma

Hello and thank you very much for this AMA. What are your thoughts (if any) about the current state of the Spanish NT? Does the future hold anything bright?

SidLowe7 karma

Yes. I think they're struggling for identity and to bring through the new generation. there's a certain degree of this being a transitional period. But there are very good players coming through and I think the future is bright ... 3 tourns in a row? no. But a strong, competitive side who can consider themselves among the favourites.

Thinkyt6 karma

Hi Sid, thanks for doing this!

So...How Do You Solve A Problem Like Balotelli?

SidLowe42 karma

You don't destroy him for swapping shirts, for a start.

After that, I'm not so sure. I think you have to work out what kind of player he is and how he fits. He is so different from Suarez that you can't expect to play in the same way (let alone be as good). So you have to play to his strengths. I must confess, I've never really thought he was that brilliant. But I also think that the scapegoating of him today is baffling.

Thinkyt2 karma

If you were Rodgers would you have bought him and/or where would you sell him if you needed to?

SidLowe12 karma

I'm not sure I would have signed him, no.

but maybe when he is alongside Strurridge it'll work better.

Where can you sell him to ?

ButtsMcKracken6 karma

Sid, with Barcelona's decline and Madrid's 10th Champions League do wish you'd delayed your book a few years?

SidLowe40 karma

Maybe ... but I wanted shot of it by then and we'd already broken a few deadlines.

More to the point, in the book I say no one other than RM and FCB will win the league in the foreseeable future ... (well, more or less I say that).


Bob_Swarleymann6 karma

There's always room for a sequel, no?

SidLowe18 karma

Maybe a new final chapter, aye.

king_zog6 karma

Hi Sid, huge fan, Fear and Loathing is one of my favorite books.

What Atletico accomplished last season was nothing short of astonishing. Do you think this marks a return to a more competitive La Liga like we saw in the early 2000s, when teams like Valencia and Depor were legitimate contenders and actually won the title, or was it just an anomaly, and this season we'll return back to the same two horse race?

I was pleasantly surprised to see Atletico spend a lot of money over the summer and bring in the likes of Griezemann and Mandzukic, I expected the squad to be decimated but instead they've shown a real determination to to defend their title, or at least to continue to mount a challenge. Sevilla and Valencia are also looking pretty good so far this season, and I'm curious to see what kind of impact Peter Lim will have on the latter's long term prospects. I'd hate to see a return to La Liga of a few years ago when the 3rd place side was closer to relegation than it was to 2nd.

Also, how long do you think Ancelotti will stay at Real? I've got a gut feeling that if they don't repeat in the Champions League and lose out to Barca in the league, he'll be out. Thoughts?


SidLowe5 karma

Thanks. I think there is a risk that because Atletico won the league too many people assume that all is ok, when structurally it is not. I think Atletico will compete up to a point and the money they spent is striking. But the balance is of course still tipped very definitely away from them. Valencia: let's see Lim's intentions. But it is hard to see beyond RM and FCB still. They still generate far, far more than anyone else can or will be able to do.

PrestigeThe5 karma

Why do you so often make vague tweets that leave us guessing what on earth you're talking about?

SidLowe21 karma

Good question ... I often ask myself that ...

I guess it's my own release that means I can make a point without everyone getting it, but knowing that some people will ....

I have started to quite enjoy the enigma but I imagine it's just annoying for some people. sorry.

It's partly cowardice of course: I can effectively attack something/one but always claim that I didn't ... and at the same time know that they chances are people won't get it ... but that (the right) people will

GeorgeD85125 karma

Picture of Estela for proof?

SidLowe4 karma

ooops, sorry, that is answered above by mistake.

iKidA5 karma

Also thoughts on the Indian Super League? Spanish players (Surprise Surprse!) are yet again tearing apart an international league. Why do you think Atletico invested in the Indian franchise Atletico de Kolkata? Can we see further investment from Spanish clubs in emerging markets like Asia and India?

SidLowe13 karma

I don't know enough about it but it seems like an interesting idea ... I don't know if it will later give way to a more long standing, less older-player-dependent structure. But at the moment the money is there and the intention to make it big. It could work. Would be nice if it did.

SidLowe4 karma

I'm not sure I know how to put a picture on here ... but my twitter pic is Estella. @sidlowe

DictatorshipWorks5 karma

Hi Sid,

How Vital was "Don Patricio" to Barcelona's survival during the Spanish civil war?

SidLowe10 karma

Very. Although it was more than he was part of a process than that he led it. he was the manager when they went on tour. The survival came from that, but was a proposal from outside the club. Also, survival came in the ability to keep the club from CNT-FAI hands, (anarchist union), which wasn't really down to him. It's wonderful that there is a campaign to rehabilitate his memory though and I very much hope they are successful. He's hugely important. Won the league with Betis ... only manager ever to do so.

Tuttle_not_Buttle5 karma

Sid, do you see or know much of Scotland's own Jack Harper at Real Madrid? I know you've worked closely with British players over there in the past, even if he is a bit of a difference case. We're starting to hear more about him over here and it would be good to know if the hype that is starting to build up is on solid foundations!

SidLowe7 karma

He is a very good player indeed. Hope he makes it. Great talent.

BrineyWhaleSemen5 karma

How do you see Suarez being utilised by Barcelona this season?

SidLowe16 karma

Up front (slight R) with Neymar (slightly L) and Messi a bit behind.

buymepizza5 karma

Hey Sid, who do you think is going to win the Classico?

SidLowe22 karma

Madrid. Or Barcelona. (Or maybe a draw). I suppose Madrid are favourites ...

IfniPhaidon4 karma

Hi Sid,

I once unsuccessfully attempted to help you find a Grenada CF mug for your collection. This was around the time you played match at Real Madrid's training ground with Mourinho in goal.

  1. Did you ever manage to get that elusive Grenada mug?

  2. How big is your collection now? (Photos please!)

  3. Serious question: What's more likely, that Messi breaks the Liga goals record in the Clasico, or that he doesn't?

SidLowe12 karma

  1. yes, thank you ... and thanks for trying.
  2. It's actually my dad's collection. I'm not sure. 250 or so I think. The Spanish first division is complete, so are the 92 English league teams
  3. Maybe he equals it but doesn't break it ...

IfniPhaidon8 karma

Thanks for answering.

I'll get you the UD Las Palmas mug if we make it up this year!

SidLowe10 karma

Magical ...

Ah, hang on ... I've got that one.

thanks, though. appreciated.

williamsass4 karma

Hi Sid, big fan of your work, cool to see you doing this.

What are some of your favourite football books - which ones would you recommend? Recently read Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson, which I really enjoyed.

SidLowe4 karma

Mentioned this up there somewhere ... I think.

A Life too Short. Wonderful.

Still haven't got to Pyramid. It's on the shelf.

mappsy913 karma

Hi Sid!

I really enjoyed fear and loathing, certain bits more than I thought I would.

Before I read I half expected to want to skip through the older historic sections up to the more modern day tales of Madrid and Barca. But in the end I think the stories around the two clubs in and around the civil war became my favorite parts.

What were your favorite sections to research and write?

SidLowe10 karma

thank you, appreciate that. Some friends have told me those bits were the heaviest, the hardest to engage with, but they are important. My favourite bits: hard to say because you get satisfaction from different parts for different reasons. Meeting Argila and Di Stefano were highlights. the civil war stuff reconnected me with my historian self, which was nice. the dream team chapter was perhaps the most fluid. and finding the Di Stefano transfer document in a state archive was a real 'holy shit, I've done it' moment ... the smoking gun. Well, almost.

DLdano3 karma

Hi Sid, Thoughts/prediction on the Clasico at the weekend? And also, why do you think so many British players are reluctant to move abroad (Gerrard and Real Madrid etc.)?

SidLowe4 karma

money, in part

gmj18923 karma

Hi Sid,

Massive fan of your work.

Any advice for young, aspiring football journalists who wish to cover a foreign league? How did you go about getting your break?

SidLowe3 karma

my pathway was a weird one, via a PhD, so not that route ...

write, write, write ... and go to the country and get as involved as you can. Never say no ... and at the same time, know that others will

merlinho3 karma

Hi Sid,

Big fan of the Guardian Podcast. I'm in Madrid this weekend for a stag - any recommendations on bars to watch the classico?

Edit: and what are the chances of getting tickets to Getafe on the gate on Sunday? Considering venturing out there but not much idea about it.

SidLowe5 karma

Getafe ... you should get tickets but they may be a bit pricey.

Bars for clasico? Don't know really, as I am so rarel in bars for games ... anywhere central or near Bernabeu should be fun ... there are a fair few decent ones right by ground

Cmoore40993 karma

Hey Sid, are Pipas your favorite match snack? or do you still miss Pukka Pies?

SidLowe4 karma

Not a pipas fan ... massive bags of sweets ... which never even last until half time. Gah.

Drygon3 karma

Atlético fan here. What do you think of the replacements we brought in this summer?

SidLowe5 karma

Very good, for the most part. But they do oblige a shift in style: you can't put the ball in front of Mandzukic like you did with Costa ... I like Griezemann a lot.

old_gregg752 karma

Thanks for doing this AMA Sid.

What is the situation at Oviedo now? Are the club still in danger of going out of business?

SidLowe5 karma

No. Thanks to the generosity of so many people, we're flying. People can be great sometimes. there will never be enough words to express everyone in Oviedo's gratitude.

silver_medalist2 karma

How many mugs do you own? What is your most cherished mug and what is your 'Holy Grail' mug that you still seek?

SidLowe6 karma

the other day I realised going through gthem with my dad that we were missing a Shanghai Xinhau (spelling?) mug to have every team that Nicolas Anelka has played for ... which would have been fun. It's my dad's collection but of the ones I have got for him, the Olympique Lyon one is lovely... and there was a great story behind one of the Italian ones my sister got for him ... basically the president hands it over.

JMP85uk2 karma

Hi Sid, do you think Pique will be able to recapture his form? Is The hunger still there?

SidLowe8 karma

I hope so. I also don't think his form is as bad as some people make out. I feel he has become a bit of a scapegoat. An easy target

Barry-Zito2 karma

Sid, why are the escalators at Atocha so bloody narrow?

SidLowe6 karma

Never mind the escalators, love the turtles

paranoiaman2 karma

Hi Sid, thanks for doing this AMA. Love your articles and podcast insight.

I recently read Morbo by Phil Ball and now I have a taste for quality books on Spanish football, are there any you'd recommend? (Feel free to include your own).

SidLowe9 karma

Well, mine of course ... hehe.

My favourites are probably Jeff King's two books. And Graham Hunter is great on Barcelona/Spain.

Hazelarc2 karma

Sid, in your opinion, did Cesc fail at Barca or did they misuse him? Thanks!

SidLowe10 karma

A bit of both

shouldbeworking232 karma

favorite futbol player?

SidLowe10 karma

Matt LeTissier.

cogito_ergo_doleo1 karma

Sid, as a Brit working in Spain, how do you feel about plans to either pull Britain out of the EU or reduce the freedom of movement for people such as yourself? It's a loaded question, obviously. But do the Spanish treat you as a foreigner that's 'come over there and taken their jobs'?

SidLowe3 karma

As a gut reaction, I am pro-European. In terms of the practical implications, I'm not sure how it would effect. I don't think I get seen as a 'job taker' as, by definition, a Spaniard could not do my job. But when I was commentating on La Sexta, there was a lot of rejection because I was a guiri, yes. that said, the immense majority of people are very welcoming indeed. I have been here a long timer ... and that's not likely if people aren't good to you.

Gelix1 karma

Cheese! DO YOU EAT IT?

SidLowe4 karma


Barry-Zito1 karma

Do you hope to write a Laurie Cunningham book?

SidLowe4 karma

Yes, maybe. Certainly something on him.

manutd191 karma

Which team do you support or follow?

SidLowe4 karma

Real Oviedo.

Sudhamshu1 karma

Hello Sid, I truly enjoy reading your articles. Especially player profiles and interviews. What stands out most among them are the back-stories, anecdotes from player's history and your quoting the player verbatim at times to make an effect. For instance, Fabregas saying hostia while explaining something. Which brings me to my question. How much (books/articles/videos) do you read before an interview or player profile? And how many languages do you speak?

SidLowe3 karma

Only really English and Spanish. (Although I understand Catalan).

It depends on the player ... some you feel like you have to read loads on because otherwise you're blind ... others you have such a clear sense of where to go, of what they do and who they are, that you can almost just go in and talk.

You always depend on them but there are ways of getting good stuff from them ... the key thing that I always think matters a lot (and I often think is overlooked) is so simple: listen to them.

RobInChains1 karma

About Saturday's game, if you were Luis Enrique - do you play Suarez at all? As a Liverpool fan I know how incredible he is but perhaps putting him in at the deep end straight away while not match sharp creates doubts. Then again, can he afford to not play him if they end up losing.

As for Madrid, how their team even works is incredible to me, the lack of a clear defensive minded player in their midfield is almost an alien concept in the modern game. When they play Saturday or in the future against the big teams, who can perhaps make them pay for the lack of defensive options, do Madrid just hope to outscore them in a brawl or do you think Ancelotti will play a different team/style for the big games?

Cheers Sid, love your work

SidLowe2 karma

I'd play him, yes.

scopetrial1 karma

As a person going through the horrors of completing a PhD, I have one question. Why did you decide to do one on Spanish history, when you already had a successful football journalist career under your belt?

SidLowe4 karma

Because the two things actually overlapped ... but I could have ditched it ... but then I had invested time and effort in it and wanted to do it.

manutd191 karma

Who would you say is the "next best thing" in Spanish football at the moment?

SidLowe2 karma

Paco Alcacer is a nice player. Goal scorer, clever movement.

I love watching Isco play.

Rafinha will be good.