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Fathers and Sons Who Have Played In The Spanish League

By: Jeroen Bennink

To find a footballing family is not entirely a rare thing. All the major leagues in Europe have hosted members of the same family, with the most common pairing being brothers. However, to find a fathers-son combination can be somewhat rare. Herein are some of the most famous father and son combinations ever to grace the Spanish league. Some of these are still playing football, so if you’re interested in seeing them play live, then head over to Spanish Kicks and grab yourself some football tickets to see the maestros in action.

Miguel Alonso And Xabi Alonso

Miguel Alonso is an accomplished legend in the Spanish football. He plied his trade in the great Real Sociedad team of the late 70s and early 80s. During his time with Real Sociedad, he played 154 games. His period with the club was fruitful, with two domestic league championships to show for his work and dedication to the club. He would go to represent his national team, Spain in the 1982 World Cup that was hosted in his home country. After that, he did a small spell with Barcelona.

In more recent history, his son, Xabi Alonso, emerged as club favourite at Real Sociedad. However, he opted to make a switch to the English Premier League, gracing the Liverpool colours. During his spell at Liverpool, Xabi Alonso went on to win a Champions League trophy, which saw him score in a dramatic final where Liverpool recovered from three goals down to win the cup. He would later return to the Spanish League, but would don Real Madrid colours, with whom he won a second Champions League Cup and other domestic cups. To further cement his legendary status in Spanish football, he represented Spain In 2010s South African World Cup, where they won thus becoming arguably the most successful of the two Alonso footballers.

Johann And Jordi Cruyff

This is a case of a son trying to emulate his father but not being able to fit the bill. Johann is Barca legend, having played for the club and later on going to manage it, some of his goals are extraordinary. His love for the Barcelona football club was so insurmountable that he gave his son a name that honours the club. The name Jordi came from the patron saint of Catalonia, Saint Jordi.

Although Jordi did not fit the boots of his father, he did have a decent career as well. In the min 90s, Jordi made 41 appearances for the high- profile club that is no mean feat.

Manuel Sanchis Martinez And Manuel Sanchis Hontiyuelo

This is another legendary father-son combination. Having both plied their trade for Real Madrid, it is true to say that they both ascribed to the saying “Hala Madrid”. Manuel Sanchis senior is a decorated player. He is 1966 European Cup winner. The Real Madrid defender amassed over 140 appearances throughout his period with this famous club that saw him win many domestic cups aside from the European Cup. He also represented Spain in the 1966 World Cup Finals in England.

However, his son arguably had the most successful period of the two. In his time with Real Madrid, he amassed an astonishing 700 appearances, dwarfing his father’s tally. He would also win two European Cups with the club, in 1998 and 2000. Just like his father, Manuel Sanchis junior represented Spain in the World Cup Finals as well as in the European Championship.

Carles Busquets And Sergio Busquets

This is a tale of a son perfecting his father’s trade, though in a different area. Carles Busquets was reputed as the back keeper for Spain, behind the number one choice Andoni Zubizarreta Carles. He, however, did manage 79 appearances for Barcelona including an appearance for the 1991 loss against Man United in the European Cup Winner’s Cup Final, although they won the Cup the following year.

Hi son, Sergio Busquets is a story success. He has won numerous domestic and international cups including three Champions League Cups. Unlike his father who was a goalkeeper, Busquets junior plies his trade as a middle fielder with Barcelona.

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Barcelona Fixtures into 2014

With a capacity of 100,000, the Camp Nou, home to FC Barcelona, is one of the great arenas in the footballing world. A deep bowl of towering stands, throbbing with passion and noise while the likes of Messi, Neymar, Iniesta and Xavi turn football into sublime art on the pitch.

A team packed with some of the greatest talents of their generation, Barcelona continue to be one of the biggest draws in football.

Flocking in their tens of thousands from all over the world, footy lovers make the pilgrimage each season, joining the masses of loyal, fervent Catalonian fans, to sample the unique flavour of a Barca match day.

The Golden Age

Since being crowned Champions of Europe for the 2nd time in their history back in 2006, the Catalan giants have been the benchmark to which all other clubs have had to compare, with a trophy cabinet positively bulging with silverware:

  • 3 x Champions of Europe
  • 5 x La Liga Champions
  • 2 x Copa Del Rey Winners
  • 1 x UEFA Super Cup
  • 2 x World Club Champions.

New Challenges, Old Rivals

Heading into the 2013-14 season Barcelona found themselves in the familiar position of reigning La Liga champions.

However, with the departure due to illness of their coach Tito Villanova and their humbling capitulation at home to eventual Champions League winners Bayern Munich at the semi-final stage last year, there’s been a sense that the team are having to prove themselves all over again.

Despite their generally imperious form at home and abroad, Barcelona find themselves in a real dog-fight as they bid to hang onto their crown. Fired by the devastating form of World Player of the Year Christiano Ronaldo and world record acquisition Gareth Bale, bitter rivals Real Madrid are launching a fierce bid to wrest the title away from Camp Nou while the ‘other’ Madrid team Atletico have stunned the league with some breath-taking football this year to keep very much apace with the big guns.

All of which has made for intriguing times in La Liga which promises something of a dramatic climax as the season moves towards the sharp end.

When it comes to FC Barcelona, every game is a big game.

That being said, moving into the home straight this year a quick glance at the calendar will tell you that there are some massive games on the horizon.

As ever, the biggest of the lot will undoubtedly be the next instalment of ‘El Classico’ – Barcelona vs Real Madrid.

It’s arguably become the biggest club match in world football in recent times and 2014 will be no different with the winner of the match surely taking great strides towards league glory.

However, with the title race so close this season Barcelona can afford very few slip ups so matches against city rivals Espanyol as well as Champions League hopefuls Villareal and Athletic Bilbao should make for extremely interesting viewing.

And with the mouth-watering prospect of Atletico Madrid at home on the final weekend of the season, drama and tension is likely to be the order of every match between now and May.

Not to mention the likelihood of a Champions League quarter and semi-final to throw into the mix!

The matches to look out for

  • March 18th          Barcelona vs Manchester City – Champions League Round of 16, 2nd leg.
  • March 23rd         Real Madrid vs Barcelona (El Classico) – La Liga
  • March 30th          Espanyol vs Barcelona – La Liga
  • April 1st & 8th      UEFA Champions League Quarter Final
  • April 20th             Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao – La Liga
  • April 27th             Villareal vs Barcelona – La Liga
  • May 18th              Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid – La Liga

Valencia FC – 2014 Fixture Preview

It might be a decade since Valencia’s last golden age – 2 La Liga titles, a UEFA Cup title and a couple of trips to the Champions League Final – but the men from the Mestalla remain one of the big attractions in Spanish Football.

Spain’s 3rd Team

It’s no secret that the ‘big guns’ of the Spanish league are Real Madrid and Barcelona, global footballing giants whose success, support and wealth simply dwarfs all other clubs in the country.

Best of the rest, however, is arguably Valencia FC.

With a proud history, a fervent fan-base who always provide a white-hot reception for visiting teams and, considering the competition, an impressive record of achievement and success, Valencia are, in their own right, one of the great teams of Spanish football.

After such amazing success at the turn of the century, more recent seasons has been something of a mixed bag however. Financial problems has seen many of their prized talents – Villa, Silva, Mata, Soldado – sold off to cover debts. Despite this, the team have continued to compete, regularly gaining Champions League qualification and getting to the latter stages of the domestic cup competitions.

Match Day at the Mestalla

Make no mistake, the Mestalla is a ‘proper’ footballing venue.

Valencia’s home since 1923 the Mestalla is one of the more intimidating arenas in the whole of Spain. With its steep stands and close proximity to the pitch, match days in this classic 55,000 capacity stadium will regularly turn gladiatorial as the home fans ramp up the passion, noise and singing in ways comparable to old English stadia.

And then there’s Manolo.

Valencia and indeed Spain’s most recognisable fan with his ever-present bass drum, is a fixture at the Mestalla and even runs a bar next door!

Although regularly boasting the third highest attendances in La Liga, those wanting to sample the experience for themselves usually can, with tickets as a rule reasonably easy to come by.

The Team of 2014

Many of the household names of their past may have moved on to pastures new in recent years but Valencia can still pick a team packed with talent that, on their day, can be a match for most teams in Spain and indeed, throughout Europe.

Players such as ex-Arsenal defender Phillipe Senderos and ex-Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita provide some much needed experience in the team alongside exciting talents such as Daniel Parejo and Eduardo Vargas.

In 2013 Valencia once again qualified for the Champions League group stages after finishing in 4th place in La Liga. However, the first half of the 2013-14 season did not necessarily go according to plan. Patchy league form and a disappointing Champions League campaign saw then languishing in the lower half of the table and failing to qualify for the knockout stages of Europe’s premier competition.

Still a lot to play for.

Since the turn of the year there’s been a steady upturn in form, notably with a monumental victory away to Barcelona, which has kept alive their hopes of a European spot for next year. And, with back to back matches against the two Madrid clubs, Real and Athletico, in the closing weeks of the season, Valencia may yet play a part in the eventual destination of this year’s league title.

And, despite an early exit from the Champions League, they still have ambitions for continental glory through their continued involvement in the Europa Cup. The Mestalla faithful may hope for potential ties against some prestigious names from around Europe, including Benfica, Napoli and Spurs (including Valencia old boy, Roberto Soldado).

Whatever the rest of the season may hold, a Valencia home match is always an experience for any football fan.

Atletico Madrid – Fixture Guide 2014

It’s a good time to be an Atletico Madrid fan.

Under the guidance of former Argentine international Diego Simeone, Atletico have steadily grown to become one of the best and most exciting teams in Spain and throughout Europe.

With two successes in three years in both the Europa League and UEFA Super Cup, Simeone’s men have, in the past 12 months, launched an impressive campaign to break the domestic dominance of Barcelona and city rivals Real Madrid.

Eyes on the Prize

Winning the 2013 Copa Del Rey with the sweet taste of victory coming at the expense of Real in the Final (their first win over the neighbours for more than 14 years) Atletico have taken their form into the 2013-14 season and head into the final stretch of the season still very much in the hunt in La Liga and the Champions League.

Matching neighbours Real and defending champions Barcelona step for step through the first half of the season, Atletico even tasted the joy of being league leaders for the first time since the 1990s.

A Home for Great Strikers

Over the past decade Atletico have become synonymous with attacking football and being the home of some of the great strikers and goal-scorers anywhere in the world.

Before heading to Liverpool in the Premier League Fernando Torres was the darling of the Atletico fans, producing sparkling performances even when the side were languishing in relative mid-table obscurity.

With his departure however, there’s been a veritable conveyor belt of striking talent leading the line and firing Atletico ever further up the table. Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan became one of the deadliest strike-forces in Spain and, with Europa success, throughout Europe before they too moved along.

Filling the void was Radamel Falcao, a Colombian whose two seasons at the club were marked by simply prolific marksmanship.

Falcao moved to Monaco in the summer of 2013 having fired the club into the Champions League but his absence has been overcome with yet more remarkable  forward play as the Chilean Diego Costa has come to the fore, aided by the Spanish legend that is David Villa.

Vincente Calderon – The Fortress

Atletico’s home is a classic, old-style football arena in the heart of the Spanish Capital. With a capacity of just under 55,000 the steep stands lend a raucous match day atmosphere.

An atmosphere which has helped create the Vincente Calderon into something of a fortress for the rejuvenated Atletico over the past year.

It’s this home form, as much as anything, which has helped Atletico stay in the race for honours this season. They remain undefeated so far in the 2013-14 season with even the giants of Barcelona and Real Madrid unable to claim victory at the impregnable stadium.

El Derbi Madrileño

El Classico, the Barcelona – Real Madrid match-up, might get all the publicity as the biggest game in the Spanish calendar but make no mistake, the big Madrid derby is another huge encounter.

For Atletico fans this is the match of the season. A chance to stick it to their glamorous neighbours. Perennial underdogs against the might and, indeed, the success of Real the Derbi Madrileño had become something of a one-sided affair for too long with Atletico, frequently coming out second best.

However, the with the recent Atletico renaissance has come greater parity in the battle of the capital. And, the higher stakes being played for at the top of the table has made this annual encounter ever more intense for players and fans alike.

Experience Real Madrid – Tickets to Football Utopia

Most football fans that are considering a trip to the Spanish capital will fall into one of two categories. There will be those that want to visit the tourist hot spots of Madrid and possibly take in a game of football and those that must go to watch Real Madrid and possibly visit a few other places of note whilst you are there. Both types of visit can be hugely enjoyable but with a place like Madrid they really do need to be planned well in advance in order to get the most from the limited time that you have in this enchanting city.

Why watch Real Madrid?

If you love your football then it really is a no brainer. You simply must get to a Real Madrid game whilst in town. Along with Barcelona they possess the most expensively-assembled side in the world. And the world is a pretty big place. Now I know that spending big doesn’t always guarantee you a great football performance or a superb victory but any visit to a Madrid match is about so much more than just watching ninety minutes of football. What you will get is the opportunity to watch some of the greatest footballers playing the game today in the flesh.

Football Superstars

The likes of Iker Casillas, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos are already football legends but you will get to see up and coming players who will over the course of the next decade be on the lips of football pundits all over the world. Players such as Karim Benzema and Raphaël Varane have been at Madrid for a while and have established their credentials already but the club have been adding to their “Galácticos” over this last summer in a big way. The biggest signing of course is that of Tottenham Hotspurs Gareth Bale – a mere snip at just €94m but less noisily they also picked up Asier Illarramendi from Real Sociedad for €32.2m and Isco from Malaga for €30m. Bale is still only 24 years old, Illarramendi 23 years old and Isco a real youngster at 21. These players will form the backbone of the side for years to come and will no doubt be added to in the next few years. The idea of the Galácticos may date back to the 1950’s but it shows no sign of being forgotten.

Plan your trip ahead

If you do want to see Real Madrid play most of you will just want to go to a match, watch the ninety minutes and come away having enjoyed your day. But with a little bit of thought and planning you can get so much more from your experience, take a little time to work out what you want from your time in Madrid and organise your visit to get the most from the time you have available to you. By doing this you will get a thorough experience with a lifetime of memories rather than just the match.

Madridista International Card

Once you know the dates of your time in Madrid and the game or games you want to watch I’d really recommend looking into the benefits of becoming a club member. Even if you are not a die hard fan of the club it could prove to be a good move financially particularly if you are combining the football with visiting other tourist sights in Madrid.

What to consider

As a first step I would just get registered at realmadrid.com and have a look around the website. The section which will be of the most interest if you are going to a game is the part for “Madridistas” where you can decide if being a Madridista International Card Holder is for you or not. Do this before buying your tickets for the game. There are various prices which give different levels of benefits. They range from €30 to €65 with the more expensive options basically “giving you” items such as a Welcome Pack, quarterly hard copies of the club magazine – Hala Madrid – and a loyalty prize (i.e. a club scarf). Of course by paying the higher rate you’ve in effect just bought these things but you do get them at a preferential rate. The Welcome pack includes signed photos of some players, a pin badge and a poster so is really geared towards junior fans of the club.

Great Discounts Available

Most of us would opt for the cheapest option at €30. For this price you will get a discount of up to 10% on club purchases over the internet and also generous discounts when visiting the clubs official stores in Madrid. One of the best benefits is a very nice discount of €6 off the price of the Stadium Tour making it a very affordable €13 for adults. If you are a junior Madridista you’ll receive €4 off the normal price of €13. You will also get a discount on tickets should you want to see Real Madrid’s basketball team. If you are spending some time in the city then potentially the best benefit is the special offers available at more than 2.500 different companies linked to the club. Just by holding your Madridista card you will have access to promotions and discount on fashion, entertainment, shows, theme parks, restaurants, holidays and much more. This is where you can make the cost of the card pay for itself. This will also be there for you on return visits to Spain even if you are not always going to a match.

Buy your tickets

Long after your holiday and matchday experience you will still receive regular e mail newsletters, be entered into competitions with monthly prizes to be won and receive the “Hala Madrid” magazine via e mail. As a Madridista International Card holder you also get priority access to the Bernabéu. So give the club a call at least one month before your visit to reserve and buy your ticket and get the most from your membership.

How to get the most from your membership

Although the membership isn’t cheap at €30 you really can with a little bit of thought make it work for you. By the time you’ve had the guided tour, taken in a game, bought a few bits and pieces in the club shop and visited a few of the connected retailers, tourist sites or theme parks in Madrid during the rest of your stay you’ll find that it may well have saved you a pretty penny. And of top of this you’ll be kept in the loop for the rest of the year as a full member of the club.  Like most schemes of this type if you just want to take in a game then it’s probably not for you but if you are a fan of the club then it can be a great way to feel part of the club, make new friends who also mad about the team and save some money.

Matchday Ticket Prices

The ticket prices for a game are on a par with those charged by leading sides in the Premier League. Typically you are looking at €49 to €75 for the cheapest tickets, €65 to €95 for the majority of ordinary seated positions and €129 to €155 for the best seats in the house. If you want to go and watch “el clasico” against Barcelona then I’d consider getting a second mortgage out in preparation. Prices for this game are very high and this season were around the €450 mark for the cheapest seats in the house. Watching in style would put you back up to €730. Check out the tickets section on this website for an accurate up to the minute price. Do consider going to see a Champions League match when in Madrid. These can be a good way to get to see a game since not all the teams that Madrid may face are box office hits and the take up for these games can sometimes lead to empty seats at such a large stadium. The likes of Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen don’t tend to inspire too many excited gulps in the mouth if you are a Madridista.

Seating in the Bernabéu

When considering a trip to the Bernabéu you will be faced with these three seating choices. They are split into categories 1, 2 and 3. Category 1 tickets are the best seats in the stadium and are basically the ones lower down and to the sides of the pitch. Category 2 tickets are those lower down and behind each goalmouth or up higher and to the sides. The last batch of tickets Category 3, are the cheapest ones but not the most plentiful. If you opt for this ticket then you will find yourself up in the gods right at the back and behind the goals. It should be pointed out here though that no seating position at the Bernabéu is bad and the experience can be just as much fun from a vantage point far away from pitch side.

Create those Lifetime Memories

To summarise, I’d certainly consider taking membership of the club before turning up for a game. Plan ahead and you’ll have a greater experience of your time in Madrid. When in Madrid visit the club shop as early as possible before the match, maybe taking in a stadium tour a day or two prior to matchday. Get acquainted with where the stadium is located and places you want to visit. Before the match consider getting to the ground early, you’ve already bought the tickets so have a coffee in one of their restaurants and really sample the atmosphere as it builds up in the hours and minutes before kick off. Experience and enjoy every moment of what will be a truly memorable time at Real Madrid Football Club.

 

 

Real Madrid – The Fixture List

As you run your fingers down the list of Real Madrid games in the La Liga calendar you will notice that there is a definite pattern to the way that the games are handled. Most games have a set price which is comparable to watching top clubs in the UK but you will notice that prices tend to increase the closer to the end of the season you get. As ex-Manchester United managerial legend Sir Alex Ferguson liked to describe it – squeaky bum time. The greater the squeak in Spain the more expensive it is to watch the football.

Stand Out Matches cost a tad more

Champions League games are much more expensive than your standard league game as befits the leading Football Cup competition in the world. Then we have “El Clásico”. If you want to watch the “Galácticos” you need to be aware the matches with Barcelona and their stars are priced at an out of this world stratospheric level. With standard tickets being priced at almost TEN times the cost of a normal game it really is the stand out fixture. And the game will be sold out.

New teams to watch

For me when watching my team I love nothing more than seeing an opposing side I’ve never seen before at my home ground. I get a genuine buzz when the likes of Blackpool, Charlton or Cardiff arrive for a game. Yes, you’ll be expected to win but it’s still fun to watch a new side. Of course in the case of Real Madrid then they will always be expected to win but this season they have new potential canon fodder in Elche, Villareal and Almeria. It’s always exciting to watch a closely fought, tense battle for the three points but sometimes it’s also enjoyable to watch your side knock 6 goals past a team out of their depth. This season you can witness the likes of Elche – who have been out of La Liga for 24 seasons – attempt to upset the applecart and get a result at the Bernabéu. Villareal have bounced back into La Liga at the first attempt after a disappointing relegation in 2011-12. Famously known as “El Submarino Amarillo” or the “Yellow Submarine” they have been a top Spanish side for many years. Arsenal fans may remember Robert Pires leaving North London on a free transfer and plying his trade for Villareal back in 2006. Almeria are a surprise package in that they have only been in existence in their current club format since 1989.

“El Clásico”

The stand out game in the Bernabéu this season and every season is the match with Barcelona. Indeed it is widely considered to be the biggest club game in the world. It is watched live by a huge worldwide audience. Affectionately termed – “El Clásico” – it rarely fails to live up to that billing and is usually a classic. When you consider that Barça have been the most creative, inspirational and skilful side on the planet for the past decade and with Madrid continuing to sign World Class players like Gareth Bale then you have a formula for a fantastic match each and every time these clubs meet. Quite often current form goes out of the window with raw talent and yes at times an aggressive enthusiasm to win the match prevails. In the last five seasons it is Barça who have proved to be the more successful but Real can claim that overall throughout history they have notched up marginally more wins (90 to 86). Of course you are only as good as the games that you can remember and Madridistas will not be pleased that Barça are the more dominant side at the moment. They will be hoping that this season will be different.

Where to Sit

Seating at the Bernabéu is split into three categories. The closer you want to get to the action the more expensive the ticket becomes. Most tickets are either Category 1 or 2, there are some cheaper tickets available in Category 3 but you will find yourself a fair distance from the pitch.

Create Memories of a Lifetime

Whatever you decide to do a visit to the Bernabéu is an amazing experience and one not to be missed if you are visiting Madrid. It really is a memorable place to watch a game of football and I guarantee you will be telling your friends all about it for years to come.

 

 

 

The Online Home of Real Madrid – realmadrid.com

Visitors to the Official Real Madrid website will not be surprised to find that it is informative, professional and easy to use. If ever evidence were needed to prove that the club are truly a worldwide phenomenon then a few minutes browsing this website tells you all you need to know. The website in its entirety is available in Spanish, English, French, Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian. As an English speaking browser you will have no problems navigating its pages since it becomes apparent that it is maintained by staff who are English rather than using somewhat dodgy translation software or relying on Spanish nationals to update it.

Informative, practical and interactive

As a football website it gives the reader everything that you could possibly want. It is primarily informative both with regard to events as they happen around the club on a daily basis but also has detailed articles recalling the clubs history. It is practical in that it allows users to buy match day tickets on line along with stadium tour packages which can be bought before arriving at the ground. You will just need to pick up your tickets from a dedicated window at the Bernabéu before making your way into the ground. The website also allows users to connect with other Madridistas or fans of the club via links to all the normal media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and youtube.

Regular updates

The site is updated on a daily almost hourly basis a lot of the time with lots of photos of training sessions before games and news conferences. Videos are constantly being posted and there really is no excuse for not being kept up to date on your favourite club. As you would expect for a top club the attention to detail on this site is equalled by some top clubs but second to none. There are links to the Real Madrid TV station and game highlights, interviews, daily news and any other relevant news items constantly being updated to their video section.

Madridistas from around the globe

Football fans in Spain tend to fall into one of two categories – they are either Barça fans or Madridistas. The two clubs have dominated Spanish football for so long now that children growing up over the last forty years or so have tended to affiliate themselves to these clubs at the expense of more local teams. Similar in a way to a typical Manchester United fan hailing from the home counties or Torquay, many miles from Old Trafford. Success in football inevitably leads to youngsters wanting their team to win every week to naturally follow the bigger teams. That’s not to say they don’t support other clubs but if you travel around Spain particularly you will see Real Madrid supporters clubs dotted everywhere. Normally alcohol and good conversation are not a million miles away. Bars in the most remote, mountainous and extreme parts of the country will be bedecked with Real Madrid scarves and memorabilia very firmly nailing their colours to the mast. This is reflected on the website which has links to literally hundreds of supporters clubs all around the world. Joining up on line will give you access to all sorts of exclusive information, videos and web related games and wallpapers etc.

Club shop

The prices of the merchandise in the official shop are not for the faint hearted but to be honest are comparable with leading Premier League teams. It is a pleasant surprise to find that delivery costs are low despite the club being based in Spain. Standard delivery for orders up to £100 is just £3.95, if you want your order quicker then it might be better to opt for the express delivery which still isn’t too bad at £5.95 per order. However, it does make a refreshing change to see that if you order goods over £100 then they will send it to you in the UK for free.