About

La Liga Lounge is a place where football fans can relax, kick back and enjoy listening to a laid back look at the game in Spain with hosts Sophie Nicolaou and Ben Hayward!

Sophie has been in broadcast media her entire career operating in front of and behind the mic and camera. She contributes to a variety of global sports media outlets including, Talksport, CYBC, Bleacher Report, The Footy Show and is the former co-host of World Football Daily and London Greek Radio. From David Beckham, to Patrick Vieira, Jose Mourinho, Andres Villas Boas, Roberto Martinez, Rafael van der Vaart, Benoit Assou Ekotto, Louis Saha, Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Brazil legend Carlos Alberto, Sophie has interviewed some of the game’s best players and managers.

Ben Hayward is a journalist and expert football writer for Goal.com. Based in Barcelona, Ben has covered La Liga for many years and has also contributed to multiple media outlets from around the world including World Football Daily, Talksport, Milenio, Excelsior, Press Association and World Soccer. Ben has interviewed the world’s best player Lionel Messi, Real Madrid legend Hugo Sanchez, and other fascinating names including Samuel Eto’o, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Rafa Marquez, Landon Donovan, Frank Rijkaard, Santiago Cañizares, Patrick Kluivert and Michel Salgado

Both Sophie and Ben have covered the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, MLS, South American football, the World Cup, European Championships, Copa America, Confederations Cup and the Gold Cup.

From the latest news stories, to tactical breakdowns and hour-long specials about specific players, clubs or unique subjects, Sophie and Ben provide passionate debate and discussion which is shared with their listeners across social media platforms.

Join in the banter and fun on Twitter @laligalounge and have your voice heard in our football democracy Facebook/laligalounge!

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