La Liga

Sport: Soccer
Country: Spain Spain
Founding year: 1929
Teams: 20
Teams promoted / relegated: 3

Commonly known as La Liga, the Primera Division of the Liga de Futbol Profesional, is the topmost professional football league in Spain. Contested by 20 teams, it is considered by many as the best and most competitive as well as the most entertaining domestic football league in the world.

The idea of a national football league in Spain was proposed by Jose Maria Acha, a director at Arenas Club de Getxo, in April 1927. The first season was played in 1928-1929 which was won by Catalan giants FC Barcelona. La Liga has since grown in stature and popularity and is now one of the most watched domestic football league in the world.

La Liga is comprised of 30 teams and follows the customary double round-robin format. The season usually lasts from September to June of the following year. Each club plays every other club twice, once at home and once away from home.

The team that gains the most points during the course of a season is considered the winner. If two teams are tied on points for the league title, then their head-to-head record is considered. The bottom three teams at the end of the season are relegated to the Spanish Segunda Division while three top teams from the second division are promoted to the first division.

The top four teams in La Liga qualify for the UEFA Champions League, although the third and fourth placed teams have to go through the third qualifying rounds to make it through. The fifth and the sixth placed teams qualify for the first round of the UEFA Cup.

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Standings table 2016/17

Rank Team G W D L GF GA Pts
1 Real Madrid Real Madrid 31 23 6 2 82 33 75
2 FC Barcelona FC Barcelona 32 22 6 4 91 30 72
3 Atletico Madrid Atlético 33 20 8 5 60 24 68
4 Sevilla FC Sevilla 33 19 8 6 58 39 65
5 Villarreal CF Villarreal 33 16 9 8 48 27 57
6 Athletic Club Bilbao Bilbao 32 16 5 11 45 37 53
7 Real Sociedad Sociedad 32 16 4 12 48 45 52
8 SD Eibar SD Eibar 32 14 8 10 52 44 50
9 Espanyol Espanyol 33 13 10 10 44 43 49
10 Celta de Vigo Celta de Vigo 31 13 5 13 48 51 44
11 Deportivo Alaves Deportivo Alaves 32 11 10 11 31 39 43
12 Valencia CF Valencia 33 11 7 15 47 56 40
13 Las Palmas Las Palmas 32 10 8 14 51 57 38
14 Malaga CF Malaga 33 9 9 15 38 49 36
15 Real Betis Real Betis 32 9 7 16 35 51 34
16 Deportivo de La Coruna Deportivo 32 7 10 15 35 50 31
17 CD Leganés CD Leganés 33 6 9 18 27 51 27
18 Sporting de Gijon Gijon 33 5 8 20 36 66 23
19 Granada CF Granada 33 4 8 21 27 70 20
20 Osasuna Osasuna 33 3 9 21 34 75 18

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