La Liga

Sport Soccer
Country Spain Spain
Founded 1929
Teams 20
Teams promoted / relegated 3
Website www.lfp.es

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’s considered by many as the best and most competitive as well as the most entertaining domestic football league in the world.

History

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.

Format

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. The fifth and the sixth placed teams qualify for the first round of the Europa League.

Most Titles

Real Madrid 34 - FC Barcelona 26 - Atletico Madrid 10 - Athletic Bilbao 8

Standings table 2020/2021

Rank Team G W D L GF GA Pts
1 Atletico Madrid Atlético 28 20 6 2 51 18 66
2 FC Barcelona FC Barcelona 28 19 5 4 67 24 62
3 Real Madrid Real Madrid 28 18 6 4 49 23 60
4 Sevilla FC Sevilla 28 17 4 7 39 21 55
5 Real Sociedad Sociedad 28 12 9 7 44 28 45
6 Real Betis Real Betis 28 14 3 11 38 41 45
7 Villarreal CF Villarreal 28 10 13 5 39 31 43
8 Granada CF Granada 28 10 6 12 34 46 36
9 Athletic Club Bilbao Bilbao 28 9 8 11 38 32 35
10 Levante Levante 28 8 11 9 36 37 35
11 Celta de Vigo Celta de Vigo 28 8 10 10 35 43 34
12 Valencia CF Valencia 28 8 9 11 34 38 33
13 Osasuna Osasuna 28 7 9 12 23 35 30
14 Getafe Getafe 28 7 8 13 22 33 29
15 Cadiz CF Cadiz 28 7 8 13 24 44 29
16 Real Valladolid Real Valladolid 28 5 12 11 26 38 27
17 Elche CF Elche 28 5 10 13 25 42 25
18 SD Eibar Eibar 28 4 11 13 22 33 23
19 Deportivo Alaves Deportivo Alaves 28 5 8 15 23 44 23
20 SD Huesca SD Huesca 28 3 12 13 26 44 21
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