Australians in La Liga: Awer Mabil joins exclusive list of Aussie players in Spain's top-flight – Sporting News

The 2022-23 La Liga season kicks off on August 13 (AEST) with Real Madrid looking to defend their title. 
Fierce rivals Barcelona have had a busy summer and will be confident of challenging Carlo Ancelotti’s side. 
The new La Liga campaign will be broadcast exclusively on Optus Sport in Australia with a Socceroos attacker looking to impress in his first season in Spain’s top-flight.  
Going into the new season, Awer Mabil is the only Australian player contracted to a La Liga club. 
The 26-year-old joined Cadiz over the offseason after sealing a permanent exit from Danish club Midtjylland. 
Mabil, a regular for Australia’s national team, joins a Cadiz side that avoided relegation from La Liga last season by a single point. 
The 2022-23 campaign marks Cadiz’s third straight season in Spain’s first-division and they’ll be hoping Mabil can play his part to keep that streak going. 
Fellow Socceroo Maty Ryan was Australia’s only representative in La Liga last season but he left Real Sociedad over the offseason due to a lack of game time. 
Mabil could yet be joined by another Aussie in La Liga this season with Ajdin Hrustic recently linked with interest from Real Betis.
Mabil will become just the fifth Australian to play in La Liga when he takes the field for Cadiz. 
Andy Bernal was the first Aussie to feature in Spain’s top-flight when he lined up for Sporting Gijon in 1985 having also been scouted by Real Madrid. 
Aurelio Vidmar was the next when he pulled on a Tenerife shirt in the 1996-97 season. 
Five years later, John Aloisi became the third, playing for Osasuna first and then later Deportivo Alaves. In total, the iconic Socceroo and current Western United coach played 154 games in La Liga, scoring 39 goals. 
In 2015, Maty Ryan became the fourth Australian to play in La Liga as he turned out Valencia. After a difficult stint with the club, the goalkeeper played in Belgium and England before returning to Spain in 2021 with Real Sociedad. 
Osasuna’s history is full of heroes. Some come from far away but stay close to our hearts forever. One of those is John Aloisi, who looks back at his career in this interview. 😍🇦🇺#Osasuna #LaLiga #Australia pic.twitter.com/2UefRhPvCu
La Liga will be broadcast exclusively on Optus Sport this season after they picked up the rights from previous holder beIN Sports. 
Optus Sport also currently show the Premier League, among other competitions, with La Liga games to be streamed solely on their service for the 2022-23 season. 
La Liga matches can be watched on Optus Sport via the following ways:
The World’s Best Football in One Place. EPL & La Liga only on Optus Sport.

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