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 2018/2019

Rank Team G W D L GF GA Pts
1 FC Barcelona FC Barcelona 28 20 6 2 73 27 66
2 Atletico Madrid Atlético 28 16 8 4 39 19 56
3 Real Madrid Real Madrid 28 17 3 8 49 32 54
4 Getafe Getafe 28 12 10 6 36 24 46
5 Deportivo Alaves Deportivo Alaves 28 12 8 8 31 31 44
6 Sevilla FC Sevilla 28 12 7 9 47 36 43
7 Valencia CF Valencia 28 8 16 4 30 23 40
8 Real Betis Real Betis 28 11 6 11 32 36 39
9 Athletic Club Bilbao Bilbao 28 8 13 7 28 31 37
10 Real Sociedad Sociedad 28 9 9 10 33 33 36
11 SD Eibar Eibar 28 8 11 9 36 38 35
12 Girona FC Girona 28 8 10 10 31 37 34
13 Espanyol Espanyol 28 9 7 12 32 41 34
14 CD Leganés CD Leganés 28 8 9 11 27 34 33
15 Levante Levante 28 8 7 13 38 49 31
16 Real Valladolid Real Valladolid 28 7 8 13 23 39 29
17 Villarreal CF Villarreal 28 6 11 11 32 36 29
18 Celta de Vigo Celta de Vigo 28 6 7 15 36 47 25
19 Rayo Vallecano Rayo Vallecano 28 6 5 17 30 51 23
20 SD Huesca SD Huesca 28 5 7 16 28 47 22

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