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 38 26 9 3 90 36 87
2 Atletico Madrid Atlético 38 22 10 6 55 29 76
3 Real Madrid Real Madrid 38 21 5 12 63 46 68
4 Valencia CF Valencia 38 15 16 7 51 35 61
5 Getafe Getafe 38 15 14 9 48 35 59
6 Sevilla FC Sevilla 38 17 8 13 62 47 59
7 Espanyol Espanyol 38 14 11 13 48 50 53
8 Athletic Club Bilbao Bilbao 38 13 14 11 41 45 53
9 Real Sociedad Sociedad 38 13 11 14 45 46 50
10 Real Betis Real Betis 38 14 8 16 44 52 50
11 Deportivo Alaves Deportivo Alaves 38 13 11 14 39 50 50
12 SD Eibar Eibar 38 11 14 13 46 50 47
13 CD Leganés CD Leganés 38 11 12 15 37 43 45
14 Villarreal CF Villarreal 38 10 14 14 49 52 44
15 Levante Levante 38 11 11 16 59 66 44
16 Real Valladolid Real Valladolid 38 10 11 17 32 51 41
17 Celta de Vigo Celta de Vigo 38 10 11 17 53 62 41
18 Girona FC Girona 38 9 10 19 37 53 37
19 SD Huesca SD Huesca 38 7 12 19 43 65 33
20 Rayo Vallecano Rayo Vallecano 38 8 8 22 41 70 32

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