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 2017/18

Rank Team G W D L GF GA Pts
1 FC Barcelona FC Barcelona 12 11 1 0 33 4 34
2 Valencia CF Valencia 12 9 3 0 32 11 30
3 Real Madrid Real Madrid 12 7 3 2 22 9 24
4 Atletico Madrid Atlético 12 6 6 0 16 6 24
5 Sevilla FC Sevilla 12 7 1 4 14 12 22
6 Villarreal CF Villarreal 12 6 3 3 19 12 21
7 Real Sociedad Sociedad 12 5 3 4 25 22 18
8 CD Leganés CD Leganés 12 5 2 5 9 11 17
9 Real Betis Real Betis 12 5 2 5 21 25 17
10 Getafe Getafe 12 4 4 4 19 14 16
11 Girona FC Girona 12 4 4 4 14 17 16
12 Levante Levante 12 3 6 3 14 15 15
13 Celta de Vigo Celta de Vigo 12 4 2 6 23 19 14
14 Espanyol Espanyol 12 3 4 5 9 15 13
15 Athletic Club Bilbao Bilbao 12 3 3 6 12 16 12
16 Deportivo de La Coruna Deportivo 12 3 2 7 15 23 11
17 SD Eibar SD Eibar 12 3 2 7 11 25 11
18 Malaga CF Malaga 12 2 1 9 9 25 7
19 Deportivo Alaves Deportivo Alaves 12 2 0 10 6 20 6
20 Las Palmas Las Palmas 12 2 0 10 8 30 6

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