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 2017/2018

Rank Team G W D L GF GA Pts
1 FC Barcelona FC Barcelona 38 28 9 1 99 29 93
2 Atletico Madrid Atlético 38 23 10 5 58 22 79
3 Real Madrid Real Madrid 38 22 10 6 94 44 76
4 Valencia CF Valencia 38 22 7 9 65 38 73
5 Villarreal CF Villarreal 38 18 7 13 57 50 61
6 Real Betis Real Betis 38 18 6 14 60 61 60
7 Sevilla FC Sevilla 38 17 7 14 49 58 58
8 Getafe Getafe 38 15 10 13 42 33 55
9 SD Eibar Eibar 38 14 9 15 44 50 51
10 Girona FC Girona 38 14 9 15 50 59 51
11 Espanyol Espanyol 38 12 13 13 36 42 49
12 Real Sociedad Sociedad 38 14 7 17 66 59 49
13 Celta de Vigo Celta de Vigo 38 13 10 15 59 60 49
14 Deportivo Alaves Deportivo Alaves 38 15 2 21 40 50 47
15 Levante Levante 38 11 13 14 44 58 46
16 Athletic Club Bilbao Bilbao 38 10 13 15 41 49 43
17 CD Leganés CD Leganés 38 12 7 19 34 51 43
18 Deportivo de La Coruna Deportivo 38 6 11 21 38 76 29
19 Las Palmas Las Palmas 38 5 7 26 24 74 22
20 Malaga CF Malaga 38 5 5 28 24 61 20

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