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La Liga
Liga BBVA.png
Countries Spain Spain
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1929
Number of teams 20
Relegation to Segunda División
Levels on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Copa del Rey
International cup(s) Champions League
Europa League
Current champions Barcelona (2008–09)
Most championships Real Madrid (31 titles)
TV partners Canal+ Liga, GolT, laSexta
Website http://www.lfp.es
2009–10 season
.The Primera División (First Division) of the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Professional Football League), commonly known as La Liga (The League) or, in terms of sponsorship, Liga BBVA (BBVA League)[1] since 2008, is the top professional association football league in Spain.^ La Liga de Las Americas .

^ Liga de Fútbol Profesional ( Professional Football League ), commonly known as the Primera División or simply La Liga or Liga BBVA , is the top professional football league in Spain.

^ A table of La Liga de Fútbol Profesional champions.
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.It is contested by 20 teams, with the three lowest placed teams relegated to the Segunda División and replaced by the top three teams in that division.^ It is contested by 20 teams, with the three lowest placed teams relegated to the Segunda División and replaced by the top three teams in that division.
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^ Of the original teams three have never been relegated to the second division.
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^ 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.
  • La Liga - News, Stats and Info About the League 6 January 2010 10:010 UTC www.sportspundit.com [Source type: General]

.A total of 58 teams have competed in La Liga, nine of which have been crowned champions.^ Bonus Champions League highlights involving teams from La Liga.
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^ A total of 58 teams have competed in La Liga, nine of which have been crowned champions.
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^ Which team won the most la liga?
  • WikiAnswers - How many times has Barcelona won the La Liga 6 January 2010 10:010 UTC wiki.answers.com [Source type: General]

.Since the 1950s, Real Madrid and Barcelona have dominated the championship.^ Real Madrid vs. Barcelona .
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^ Since the 1950s, Real Madrid and Barcelona have dominated the championship.
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^ Barcelona vs Real Madrid .

.The former have won the title 31 times while the latter have won it on 19 occasions.^ Real Madrid have been champions a grand total of thirty-one times whilst FC Barcelona have won it on eighteen separate occasions.
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^ Real Madrid and Barcelona are the club's top two teams, winning 31 and 19 titles, respectively.
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^ Title : Top 5 bàn thắng đẹp vòng 19 La Liga Keywords : La Liga Added : Thu, 28 Jan 2010 05:07:31 top 5 bàn thắng đẹp vòng 19 la liga .
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.However, during the 1930s and 1940s and in the last two decades, La Liga has seen other champions including Atlético Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Valencia, Sevilla, Deportivo, Real Sociedad and Real Betis.^ Barcelona, Real Madrid cruise to La Liga wins .
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^ Deportivo La Corua v Real Madrid (21:00 GMT) .
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^ Athletic Bilbao - Real Madrid 16.01.
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.La Liga is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the world, with an average attendance of 29,029 for league matches in the 2007-2008 season.^ La Liga is a great league!
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^ Spain La Liga Clubs in the 2008 39 09 Season […] .
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^ Liga ACB 2007-2008 .
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.This is the eighth highest of any domestic professional sports league in the world and the third highest of any professional association football league, behind the Bundesliga and the Premier League.^ Among professional football (soccer) leagues, Primera División was third-highest, behind the Bundesliga in first and the Premier League in second.

^ It is also one of the world’s premier leagues.

^ This is the eighth highest of any domestic professional sports league in the world and the third highest of any professional football league, behind the Bundesliga and the Premier League.
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[2] .La Liga is currently ranked the second strongest league in Europe according to UEFA's league coefficient, based on recent European performances.^ La Liga is a great league!
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^ ON LA LIGA : “I think the Spanish league is currently the best in the world.
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^ The La Liga is currently second in the UEFA rankings of European leagues based on their performances in European competitions over a five-year period, behind the English Premier League in first and ahead of Italy's Serie A in third.

Contents

Competition format

.La Liga follows the usual double round-robin format.^ La liga round up .
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^ If you're La Liga follower.
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^ La Liga round-up .
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  • Sky Sports | Football | Primera Division | Espanyol | La Liga round-up 6 January 2010 10:010 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: General]
  • Sky Sports | Football | Primera Division | Villarreal | La Liga round-up 3 February 2010 16:25 UTC www.skysports.com [Source type: News]

.During the course of a season, which lasts from September to June, each club plays every other club twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 38 games.^ A tough away game to start the season for Mallorca playing away at Valencia.....
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^ The season usually lasts from September to June of the following year.
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^ La Liga has a 38 games season with each team playing all other teams twice (both home and away); also know as the round-robin system.
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.Teams receive three points for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a loss.^ Teams receive three points for a win, one point for a draw and no points for a defeat.
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^ Deportivo have managed seven points from their last three away games, as a result of two wins and a draw.
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^ However, the Andalusians are on a run of three consecutive wins on the road, in which they have conceded only one goal.
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.Teams are ranked by total points, with the highest-ranked club at the end of the season crowned champion.^ A total of 58 teams have competed in La Liga, nine of which have been crowned champions.
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^ Atletico Madrid have been looking for a new goalkeeper since Leo Franco and Gregory Coupet both decided to leave the club at the end of the season.
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^ 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.
  • La Liga - News, Stats and Info About the League 6 January 2010 10:010 UTC www.sportspundit.com [Source type: General]

.If points are equal between two or more clubs, head-to-head results usually determine their placement.^ Deportivo have managed seven points from their last three away games, as a result of two wins and a draw.
  • La Liga Opta Facts - 2-3 January - Spanish La Liga Primera - Betting News | William Hill 3 February 2010 16:25 UTC news.williamhill.com [Source type: News]

^ As usual, it is all about Barcelona and, especially, Real Madrid -- and the gap between those two and the other clubs is bigger than ever.
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^ Matches between these two teams are fierce and the rivalry is not only one between clubs but between cities as well.
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.The first tiebreaker used when two teams are even on points is the goal difference resulting from the two matches between the clubs in question.^ PgoLite has also improved and should be used differently, to get even better results.
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^ The bulería mecánica team has changed its name many times since its foundation in 1907, switching between the two spellings for their city: "Xerez" and "Jerez".
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^ Ronaldo has already tallied five goals for the club in five games before missing Real?s sixth match against Sevilla, a match Los Blancos incidentally lost.
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.When more than two teams are tied, the points accumulated from the games between those teams are used to rank them, then goal difference if needed.^ The bulería mecánica team has changed its name many times since its foundation in 1907, switching between the two spellings for their city: "Xerez" and "Jerez".
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^ Tenerife 0 - 0 Valencia Spanish La Liga 24/01/2010 View : 46 Valencia had scored nine goals in their last three matches but could not find the breakthrough against Tenerife and now trail Real by two points in third having played one game more.
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^ If they win then it should be by more than a 1 goal margin.
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.If head-to-head results are not sufficient to separate teams, goal difference over the entire season, then total goals scored in the season may be used.^ On totals goals overall Barcelona have scored 153 and Real Madrid 93 in a classic played at Barcelona.

^ I also make montages to sell to the players some covering the entire season and may consist of dozens of shots of the same person.
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^ But it may be a bitter-sweet result for Angola as goal scorer Flavio and Gilberto both suffered injuries.

[3]
.A system of promotion and relegation exists between the Primera División and the Segunda División.^ It is contested by 20 teams, with the three lowest placed teams relegated to the Segunda División and replaced by the top three teams in that division.
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^ Live-Streaming package includes all games from the Spanish Primera and Segunda División until 2012.

.The three lowest placed teams in La Liga are relegated to the Segunda División, and the top three teams from the Segunda División are promoted to La Liga.^ La Liga goals - Week Three .
  • Sky Sports | Football | Primera Division | Sporting Gijon | La Liga round-up 6 January 2010 10:010 UTC msnsport.skysports.com [Source type: News]
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^ It is contested by 20 teams, with the three lowest placed teams relegated to the Segunda División and replaced by the top three teams in that division.
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^ Three teams can challenge for the La Liga title this year.
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Qualification for European competitions

.The top four teams in La Liga qualify for the UEFA Champions League, with the first, second, and third placed teams directly entering the group stage and the fourth placed team entering the third qualifying round.^ La Liga is a great league!
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^ UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE (12) .

^ Bonus Champions League highlights involving teams from La Liga.
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.The fifth and sixth placed teams qualify for the first round of the Europa League.^ The fifth and the sixth placed teams qualify for the first round of the UEFA Cup.
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^ Weekend Action On Goal.com: Premier League, La Liga, Serie A & Club World Cup Final Goal European football has centred around the final round of the Europa League and the draws for both the Champions League and the Europa League first knockout rounds, but domestic ...
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^ 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.
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History

Foundation

.In April 1927 Jose Maria Acha, a director at Arenas Club de Getxo, first proposed the idea of a national league in Spain.^ 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.
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^ Play now Commonly known as La Liga, the Primera Division of the Liga de Futbol Profesional, is the topmost professional football league in Spain.
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^ The Primera División (First Division) of the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Professional Football League), commonly known as La Liga (The League) or, in terms of sponsorship, Liga BBVA (BBVA League) since 2008, is the top professional football league in Spain.
  • La Liga, Sports League - News - Evri 6 January 2010 10:010 UTC www.evri.com [Source type: News]

.After much debate about the size of the league and who would take part, the Real Federación Española de Fútbol eventually agreed on the ten teams who would form the first Primera División in 1928.^ Real Madrid Club de Fútbol .
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^ Benzema, the top scorer in the French league the 2007-2008 season who has struggled to impress since he joined Real from French side Lyon in July, is likely to take Higuain’s place.

^ With erstwhile pacesetters Barca taking part in the Club World Cup in Japan, Sevilla knew a three-point haul against local rivals Recre would see them climb up to first place.
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.Barcelona, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad, Arenas Club de Getxo and Real Unión were all selected as previous winners of the Copa del Rey.^ See details Athletic de Bilbao .
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^ The summer was all about Real Madrid.
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^ Real Madrid vs. Barcelona .
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.Atlético Madrid, Espanyol and Europa qualified as Copa del Rey runners-up and Racing Santander qualified through a knockout competition.^ Racing Santander vs Atlético Madrid .
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^ Copa del Rey .
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  • La Liga: El Sevilla ganó 4 - 3 al Sporting de Gijón (Video) | ConEfecto.com 6 January 2010 10:010 UTC www.conefecto.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Spanish Copa del Rey .
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  • Sky Sports | Football | Primera Division | Villarreal | La Liga round-up 3 February 2010 16:25 UTC www.skysports.com [Source type: News]

.Only three of the founding clubs, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao, have never been relegated from the Primera División.^ Athletic Bilbao - Real Madrid 16.01.
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^ Real Madrid v Athletic de Bilbao Tickets .
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^ Athletic Bilbao Barcelona More teams + .
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The 1930s

.Although Barcelona won the very first Liga in 1929 and Real Madrid won their first titles in 1932 and 1933, it was Athletic Bilbao that set the early pace winning Primera División in 1930, 1931, 1934 and 1936.^ Real Madrid CF wins?

^ Athletic Bilbao - Real Madrid 16.01.
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^ Barcelona have been crowned Primera Liga champions 2009 after Real Madrid were defeated 3-2 at Villarreal .
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They were also runners-up in 1932 and 1933. .In 1935, Real Betis, then known as Betis Balompié, won their only title to date.^ Real Madrid have won 31 titles, FC Barcelona have 18, Atlético de Madrid 9, Athletic Club de Bilbao and Valencia 6 and Real Sociedad (now in Segunda) with 2 while Deportivo, Sevilla and Betis have each won one apiece - only nine clubs have shared the honours in 80 years.
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^ Real Valladolid have only won twice in their last 12 La Liga games.
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^ Although he is only 22, he's won the Ballon d'Or and 3 La Liga titles.
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.Primera División was suspended during the Spanish Civil War.^ Getafe Club de Fútbol is a Spanish Primera División football club based in Getafe, a city in the metropolitan area of South Madrid, founded in 1946 and refounded in 1983.
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^ Considered a Catalan institution, FC Barcelona holds a place in Spanish history for remaining a safe haven for Catalan pride after the Spanish Civil War.
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^ Club Atlético Osasuna, usually known as Osasuna, is a Spanish Primera División football club based in Pamplona in Navarra, founded in 1920.
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.In 1937, the teams in the Republican area of Spain, with the notable exception of the two Madrid clubs, competed in the Mediterranean League and FC Barcelona emerged as champions.^ FC Barcelona Lionel Messi, who helped dethrone ManU as the Champions League king, may earn that FIFA distinction for 2009.
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^ 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.
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^ Only nine football clubs have been crowned Campeones de Liga or Champions of the League Since the 1950s, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have by far dominated the opposition in the competition.
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.Seventy years later, on September 28 2007, Barcelona requested RFEF to recognise that title as a Liga title.^ Frank Rijkaard has won two La Liga titles and a Champions League trophy in four years.

^ A Real Madrid loss or a Barcelona victory will give Barca the Spanish La Liga title.

^ The hurt of last season should spur Barcelona to towards their 19 La Liga title in 2008-2009, with a much improved side to select from in 2008-2009.
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.This action was taken after RFEF recognised Levante FC's Copa de la España Libre win as equivalent to Copa del Rey trophy.^ La farsa de la Copa .

^ Copa del Rey .
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^ Spanish Copa del Rey .
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The 1940s

.When the Primera División resumed after the Spanish Civil War it was Atlético Aviación (nowadays Atlético Madrid), Valencia and Sevilla that initially emerged as the strongest clubs.^ Club Atlético de Madrid is a Spanish football club based in Madrid.
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^ Atlético Madrid vs Valencia .
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^ Club Atlético de Madrid .
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.Atlético Aviación were only awarded a place during the 1939-40 season as a replacement for Real Oviedo, whose ground had been damaged during the war.^ But this happens during such a long season with so many matches,” said Real keeper Iker Casillas.

^ The Real Madrid forward has only made two appearances this season and this follows the 2008/2009 campaign when he only managed 10 games.
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^ The Argentine youngster was Real’s top scorer with 22 league goals last season, but was making only his third start in nine league games on Saturday.
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.The club subsequently won their first Liga title and retained it in 1941.^ The club were also the first La Liga champions.
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^ The club has won 18 La Liga Championships, successively taking the cup from 1991-94 and most recently in 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2006.
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^ Their home stadium is the Vicente Calderón Stadium.The club has won both La Liga and the Copa del Rey on nine occasions, including a double in 1996.
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.While other clubs lost players to exile, execution and as casualties of the war, the Atlético Aviación team was reinforced by a merger.^ Anyway, I am glad that Messi wasn’t hurt by this play, unlike certain other teams (yeah, that means you Real Madrid) I have respect for Barcelona and unlike certain players (i.e.
  • Athletic Club Bilbao La Liga Football Blog - Athletic Club Bilbao 3 February 2010 16:25 UTC bilbao.theoffside.com [Source type: General]

^ Today the league boasts thousands of players and scores of clubs over its history, and currently two divisions with 20 teams.
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^ Those two players need little introduction and are by far the club’s biggest names, but attention must be paid to some of the other club players such as Xabi Alonso.
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.The young pre-war squad of Valencia had also remained intact and in the post-war years matured into champions, gaining three Liga titles in 1942, 1944 and 1947.^ Three teams can challenge for the La Liga title this year.
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^ After three brief spells in the First Division, the last being in 1991/92, they dropped back into the Second for five long years before returning in 1997 where they have remained ever since.
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^ Founded in 1905 the club played in the then ten strong second division until they gained promotion to La Liga in 1944.
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They were also runners-up in 1948 and 1949. .Sevilla also enjoyed a brief golden era, finishing as runners-up in 1940 and 1942 before winning their only title to date in 1946.^ Barcelona not letting up Independent online (SA) Madrid - Barcelona are hoping to start 2010 in the same way that they finished 2009: by playing well and winning.
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^ And if an average Real Madrid side win it, it is only because Barcelona could not be bother playing catch up.
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^ Sevilla have recorded only one win in the last four match-days of this campaign.
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.By the latter part of the decade Barcelona began to emerge as a force when they were crowned champions in 1945, 1948 and 1949.^ Barcelona, as they head in to a champions League semi final, are a club in crisis, according to the Catalan press.

^ Barcelona don’t play again at home until the 24th of the month, when they’ll take on The Special One’s Inter Milan in a tricky Champions League tie.
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^ And with that came the crowning of Barcelona as winter champions (grrr but its an arbitrary title) and a chance to take stock of the Perez revolution and see where we stand in terms of player performance.
  • Real Madrid Spanish La Liga Football Blog - Real Madrid 3 February 2010 16:25 UTC real.theoffside.com [Source type: General]

Di Stéfano, Puskás, Kubala and Suárez

.Although Atlético Madrid, previously known as Atlético Aviación, were champions in 1950 and 1951 under catenaccio mastermind Helenio Herrera, the 1950s saw the beginning of the Barcelona/Real Madrid dominance.^ Since the 1950s, Real Madrid and Barcelona have dominated the championship.
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^ Barcelona and Real Madrid have finished fir...
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^ Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona .
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.During the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s there were strict limits imposed on foreign players.^ However during the 1930s and 1940s and in more recent years, the Primera Divisin has become far more competitive.
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^ Other countries may have more problems, because it is more normal for them to contract with foreign players and there is a big discussion about that.

.In most cases clubs could only have three foreign players in their squads, meaning that at least eight local players had to play in every game.^ Every game the players give it their all.
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^ Barca dominated for most of the game, but they could not add to their lead in the absence of injured star Lionel Messi.
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^ On Tuesday, the disciplinary committee of the Spanish football league said the world’s most expensive player had been punished “for resorting to dangerous play that caused an injury” to an opponent.

.During the 1950s, however, these rules were circumnavigated by Real Madrid and Barcelona who naturalized Alfredo di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás and Ladislao Kubala.^ Since the 1950s, Real Madrid and Barcelona have dominated the championship.
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^ Barcelona and Real Madrid have finished fir...
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^ Since the 1950s, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have dominated the competition.

.Inspired by Kubala, Barça won the title in 1952 and 1953. Di Stéfano, Puskás and Francisco Gento formed the nucleus of the Real Madrid team that dominated the second half of the 1950s.^ Since the 1950s, Real Madrid and Barcelona have dominated the championship.
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^ Since the 1950s, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have dominated the competition.

^ In La Liga, Real Madrid is well-placed in the second place with 35 points from 15 games and only two points behind leaders Barcelona and will resume their title chase against Osasuna in Pamplona on Jan...
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.Madrid won the first division for the first time as Real Madrid in 1954 and retained its title in 1955. They were winners again in 1957 and 1958, with only Athletic Bilbao interrupting their sequence.^ Athletic Bilbao - Real Madrid 16.01.
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^ Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Highlights .
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^ Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid .
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.During this period, Real Madrid also won an unprecedented five consecutive European Cups.^ Antonio Banderas (Actor) Placido Domingo (Tenor) Julio Iglesias (Singer) for a short period goalkeeper for the Real Madrid soccer team.
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^ B, 26 Jul 09 - 21:30 BST Real Madrid v Al Ittihad Peace Cup grp.
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^ Real Madrid have won six of their last seven games in the league.
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Barcelona with a team coached by Helenio Herrera and featuring Luis Suárez gained the title in 1959 and 1960.

The Madrid Years

.Between 1961 and 1980, Real Madrid dominated the Primera División, being crowned champion 14 times.^ Only nine football clubs have been crowned Campeones de Liga or Champions of the League Since the 1950s, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have by far dominated the opposition in the competition.
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^ Real Madrid have been champions a grand total of thirty-one times whilst FC Barcelona have won it on eighteen separate occasions.
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^ Cristiano Ronaldo with the double (the second being just ridiculous) before being sent off in the 70th minute for an elbow as Real Madrid brush aside.
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This included a five-in-a-row sequence from 1961 to 1965 and two three-in-a-row sequences (1967-69 and 1978-1980). .During this era only Atlético Madrid offered Real Madrid any serious challenge, adding four more titles to their tally in 1966, 1970, 1973 and 1977. Of the other clubs, only Valencia in 1971 and the Johan Cruyff-inspired Barcelona of 1974 managed to break the dominance of Real Madrid.^ More Real Madrid and Barcelona gear up for big weekend .
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^ Atlético Madrid vs Valencia .
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^ Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona .
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The 1980s

.The Madrid winning sequence was ended more significantly in 1981 when Real Sociedad won their first ever title.^ Real Madrid CF wins?

^ Real Madrid have won 31 titles, FC Barcelona have 18, Atlético de Madrid 9, Athletic Club de Bilbao and Valencia 6 and Real Sociedad (now in Segunda) with 2 while Deportivo, Sevilla and Betis have each won one apiece - only nine clubs have shared the honours in 80 years.
  • La Liga - un knol de Simon Harris 6 January 2010 10:010 UTC knol.google.com [Source type: General]

^ However, during the 1930s and 1940s and in more recent seasons, La Liga has been more competitive with other winners including Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Deportivo de La Coruña, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Real Betis.

.They retained it in 1982 and their two in a row was followed by another by their fellow Basques, Athletic Bilbao who won back-to-back titles in 1983 and 1984. Terry Venables led Barcelona to a solitary title in 1985 before Real Madrid won again another five in a row sequence (1986-90) with a team, guided by Leo Beenhakker, and including Hugo Sánchez and the legendary La Quinta del Buitre - Emilio Butragueño, Manolo Sanchís, Martín Vázquez, Míchel and Miguel Pardeza.^ Athletic Bilbao - Real Madrid 16.01.
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^ Real Madrid v Athletic de Bilbao Tickets .
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^ Athletic Bilbao Barcelona More teams + .
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The 1990s

.Johan Cruijff returned to Barcelona as manager in 1988, and assembled the legendary Dream Team.^ Barcelona Team News : Andres Iniesta will train before the game and could make a return to the side following more than a month on the sidelines.
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^ Xavi reminisced with La Liga Review about a game that both were present at in 1994, when that famous Barcelona 'Dream Team' tore Ferguson's to shreds, beating them 4-0.

Cruijff introduced players like Josep Guardiola, José Mari Bakero, Txiki Beguiristain, Goikoetxea, Ronald Koeman, Michael Laudrup, Romário and Hristo Stoichkov. This team won Primera División four times between 1991 and 1994 and won the European Cup in 1992. Laudrup then moved to arch-rivals Real Madrid after a fall-out with Cruijff, and helped them end Barcelona's run in 1995. Atlético Madrid won their ninth Primera División title in 1996 before Real Madrid added another Liga trophy to their cabinet in 1997. After the success of Cruijff, another Dutchman - Ajax manager Louis van Gaal - arrived at the Camp Nou, and with the talents of Luís Figo, Luis Enrique and Rivaldo, Barcelona again won the title in 1998 and 1999. Meanwhile, Real Madrid also experienced success on the continental stage, winning the UEFA Champions League in 1998.

The 2000s

.As Primera División entered a new century, the Big Two found themselves facing new challengers.^ When Zlatan Ibrahimovic clamored to have a new challenge and leave Serie A, Barcelona found the replacement for Samuel Eto’o.
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.Between 1993 and 2004, Deportivo La Coruña finished in the top three on ten occasions, a better record than either Real Madrid or Barcelona, and in 2000, under Javier Irureta, they became the ninth team to be crowned champions.^ Deportivo La Corua v Real Madrid (21:00 GMT) .
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^ Deportivo de La Coruña tickets .

^ Deportivo la Coruna vs Real Madrid Live Streaming .
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.Real Madrid won two more Liga titles in 2001 and 2003 and also the UEFA Champions League in 2000 and 2002, and won their third league title in 2007 after a three year drought.^ Frank Rijkaard has won two La Liga titles and a Champions League trophy in four years.

^ Real Madrid (1st place in La Liga in 2007) .
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^ Three teams can challenge for the La Liga title this year.
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.They were challenged by a re-emerging Valencia in both competitions.^ They continue to play the game and have done it again, the iPhone maker have Neowin.net - iPhone firmware 3.1.3 released Apple has just released the iPhone firmware 3.1.3 available for both the iPhone and iPod touch to re Beware With iPhone 3.1.3 Firmware!
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^ Which might not be that easy considering they travel to Villareal and Valencia, both teams fighting for a Champions League place next season.
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.Under the management of Héctor Cúper, Valencia finished as Champions League runners-up in 2000 and 2001. His successor, Rafael Benítez, built on this and led the club to a Liga title in 2002 and a Liga/UEFA Cup double in 2004. The 2004-05 season saw a resurgent Barcelona, inspired by the brilliant Ronaldinho, win their first title of the new century, in addition to the Liga-Champions League double in 2005-06. Real Madrid won La Liga in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 season, and Barcelona again in 2009, as part of their treble winning season.^ Real Madrid CF wins?

^ Frank Rijkaard has won two La Liga titles and a Champions League trophy in four years.

^ La Liga 2009/10 .
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La Liga clubs in Europe

.In addition to their success in Primera División, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia are three of the most successful teams in European competition history.^ Barcelona and Real Madrid have finished fir...
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^ Since the 1950s, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have dominated the competition.

^ In addition to their success in Primera División, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and Valencia are three of the most successful teams in European competition history.

.All three clubs are the only Spanish clubs to have won 5 or more international trophies.^ The club hadn’t won a trophy in three years.

^ All three clubs are the only Spanish clubs to have won 5 or more international trophies.

^ OFFICIAL: Atletico Madrid Sign Valladolid Keeper Sergio Asenjo The Spanish club have completed the signing of the highly-rated Under-21 international for an undisclosed fee.
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.All three clubs are also in the top ten most successful clubs in European football in terms of total European trophies.^ The club is considered one of the most successful clubs in football history in Europe.

^ The club has won 18 La Liga Championships, successively taking the cup from 1991-94 and most recently in 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2006.
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^ Sevilla Fútbol Club is a Spanish professional football club that play in the top-flight Spanish La Liga championship.

[4] .In 2005/06, Barça won the UEFA Champions League and Sevilla won the UEFA Cup.^ In 2005/06 Barça won the UEFA Champions League and Sevilla won the UEFA Cup.

^ The 2005-06 average attendance of 29,029 for league matches is the sixth highest of any domestic professional sports league in the world.

^ FC Barcelona also claimed international championship wins for the UEFA Champions League in 1992 and 2006, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1979, 1982, 1989 and 1997, and the European Super Cup in 1992 and 1997.
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The Primera División became the first league to do the European "double" since 1997. [5]
.The Primera División is currently second in the UEFA rankings of European leagues based on their performances in European competitions over a five-year period, behind the English Premier League in first and ahead of Italy's Serie A in third.^ Among professional football (soccer) leagues, Primera División was third-highest, behind the Bundesliga in first and the Premier League in second.

^ The Primera División became the first league to do the European "double" since 1997.

^ The English premier league has had four different winners and the Spanish five different winners.
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[6]

Clubs in 2009/10 season

Club Position in
2008–09
First season after
most recent promotion
Region Stadium Capacity
Barcelona 1 Never relegated Catalonia Camp Nou 98,772
Real Madrid 2 Never relegated Madrid Santiago Bernabéu 80,400
Sevilla 3 2001/02 Andalusia Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán 45,500
Atlético Madrid 4 2002/03 Madrid Vicente Calderón 54,851
Villarreal 5 2000/01 Valencia El Madrigal 23,000
Valencia 6 1987/88 Valencia Mestalla 55,000
Deportivo La Coruña 7 1991/92 Galicia Riazor 34,600
Málaga 8 2008/09 Andalusia La Rosaleda 29,000
Mallorca 9 1997/98 Balearic Islands ONO Estadi 23,142
Espanyol 10 1994/95 Catalonia Cornellà-El Prat 40,500
Almería 11 2007/08 Andalusia Mediterráneo 22,000
Racing Santander 12 2002/03 Cantabria El Sardinero 22,271
Athletic Bilbao 13 Never relegated Basque Country San Mamés 39,750
Sporting Gijón 14 2008/09 Asturias El Molinón 25,585
Osasuna 15 2000/01 Navarre Reyno de Navarra 19,500
Real Valladolid 16 2007/08 Castile and León José Zorrilla 26,512
Getafe 17 2004/05 Madrid Alfonso Pérez 16,300
Xerez 1st
in Segunda
2009/10 Andalusia Chapín 20,300
Real Zaragoza 2nd
in Segunda
2009/10 Aragon La Romareda 34,596
Tenerife 3rd
in Segunda
2009/10 Canary Islands H. Rodríguez López 24,000

Champions

Year by year

Year Winner Runner Up Third Place
1928-29 FC Barcelona Madrid CF Athletic Bilbao
1929-30 Athletic Bilbao FC Barcelona Arenas Club de Getxo
1930-31 Athletic Bilbao Racing de Santander Real Sociedad
1931-32 Madrid CF Athletic Bilbao FC Barcelona
1932-33 Madrid CF Athletic Bilbao CE Espanyol
1933-34 Athletic Bilbao Madrid CF Racing de Santander
1934-35 Betis Balompié Madrid CF Oviedo CF
1935-36 Athletic Bilbao Madrid CF Oviedo CF
1936-39 League suspended due to the Spanish Civil War
1939-40 Atlético Aviación Sevilla FC Athletic Bilbao
1940-41 Atlético Aviación Athletic Bilbao Valencia CF
1941-42 Valencia CF Real Madrid Atlético Aviación
1942-43 Athletic Bilbao Sevilla FC FC Barcelona
1943-44 Valencia CF Atlético Aviación Sevilla FC
1944-45 FC Barcelona Real Madrid Atlético Aviación
1945-46 Sevilla FC FC Barcelona Athletic Bilbao
1946-47 Valencia CF Athletic Bilbao Atlético Aviación
1947-48 FC Barcelona Valencia CF Atlético Madrid
1948-49 FC Barcelona Valencia CF Real Madrid
1949-50 Atlético Madrid Deportivo de La Coruña Valencia CF
1950-51 Atlético Madrid Sevilla FC Valencia CF
1951-52 FC Barcelona Athletic Bilbao Real Madrid
1952-53 FC Barcelona Valencia CF Real Madrid
1953-54 Real Madrid FC Barcelona Valencia CF
1954-55 Real Madrid FC Barcelona Athletic Bilbao
1955-56 Athletic Bilbao FC Barcelona Real Madrid
1956-57 Real Madrid Sevilla FC FC Barcelona
1957-58 Real Madrid Atlético Madrid FC Barcelona
1958-59 FC Barcelona Real Madrid Athletic Bilbao
1959-60 FC Barcelona Real Madrid Athletic Bilbao
1960-61 Real Madrid Atlético Madrid FC Barcelona
1961-62 Real Madrid FC Barcelona Atlético Madrid
1962-63 Real Madrid Atlético Madrid Real Oviedo
1963-64 Real Madrid FC Barcelona Real Betis
1964-65 Real Madrid Atlético Madrid Real Zaragoza
1965-66 Atlético Madrid Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1966-67 Real Madrid FC Barcelona RCD Espanyol
1967-68 Real Madrid FC Barcelona UD Las Palmas
1968-69 Real Madrid UD Las Palmas FC Barcelona
1969-70 Atlético Madrid Athletic Bilbao Sevilla FC
1970-71 Valencia CF FC Barcelona Atlético Madrid
1971-72 Real Madrid Valencia CF FC Barcelona
1972-73 Atlético Madrid FC Barcelona RCD Espanyol
1973-74 FC Barcelona Atlético Madrid Real Zaragoza
1974-75 Real Madrid Real Zaragoza FC Barcelona
1975-76 Real Madrid FC Barcelona Atlético Madrid
1976-77 Atlético Madrid FC Barcelona Athletic Bilbao
1977-78 Real Madrid FC Barcelona Athletic Bilbao
1978-79 Real Madrid Sporting de Gijón Atlético Madrid
1979-80 Real Madrid Real Sociedad Sporting de Gijón
1980-81 Real Sociedad Real Madrid Atlético Madrid
1981-82 Real Sociedad FC Barcelona Real Madrid
1982-83 Athletic Bilbao Real Madrid Atlético Madrid
1983-84 Athletic Bilbao Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1984-85 FC Barcelona Atlético Madrid Athletic Bilbao
1985-86 Real Madrid FC Barcelona Athletic Bilbao
1986-87 Real Madrid FC Barcelona RCD Espanyol
1987-88 Real Madrid Real Sociedad Atlético Madrid
1988-89 Real Madrid FC Barcelona Valencia CF
1989-90 Real Madrid Valencia CF FC Barcelona
1990-91 FC Barcelona Atlético Madrid Real Madrid
1991-92 FC Barcelona Real Madrid Atlético Madrid
1992-93 FC Barcelona Real Madrid Deportivo de La Coruña
1993-94 FC Barcelona Deportivo de La Coruña Real Zaragoza
1994-95 Real Madrid Deportivo de La Coruña Real Betis
1995-96 Atlético Madrid Valencia CF FC Barcelona
1996-97 Real Madrid FC Barcelona Deportivo de La Coruña
1997-98 FC Barcelona Athletic Bilbao Real Sociedad
1998-99 FC Barcelona Real Madrid Real Mallorca
1999-2000 Deportivo de La Coruña FC Barcelona Valencia CF
2000-01 Real Madrid Deportivo de La Coruña Real Mallorca
2001-02 Valencia CF Deportivo de La Coruña Real Madrid
2002-03 Real Madrid Real Sociedad Deportivo de La Coruña
2003-04 Valencia CF FC Barcelona Deportivo de La Coruña
2004-05 FC Barcelona Real Madrid Villarreal CF
2005-06 FC Barcelona Real Madrid Valencia CF
2006-07 Real Madrid FC Barcelona Sevilla FC
2007-08 Real Madrid Villarreal CF FC Barcelona
2008-09 FC Barcelona Real Madrid Sevilla FC
2009-10 TBD TBD TBD

Performance by club

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Real Madrid
31
18
1931-32, 1932-33, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1956-57, 1957-58, 1960-61, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1963-64, 1964-65, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1968-69, 1971-72, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1977-78, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1994-95, 1996-97, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08
Barcelona
19
22
1928-29, 1944-45, 1947-48, 1948-49, 1951-52, 1952-53, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1973-74, 1984-85, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09
Atlético Madrid
9
8
1939-40, 1940-41, 1949-50, 1950-51, 1965-66, 1969-70, 1972-73, 1976-77, 1995-96
Athletic Bilbao
8
7
1929-30, 1930-31, 1933-34, 1935-36, 1942-43, 1955-56, 1982-83, 1983-84
Valencia
6
6
1941-42, 1943-44, 1946-47, 1970-71, 2001-02, 2003-04
Real Sociedad
2
3
1980-81, 1981-82
Deportivo
1
5
1999-2000
Sevilla
1
4
1945-46
Real Betis
1
0
1934-35

Note on name changes

.During the Second Spanish Republic clubs such as Real Madrid and Real Betis dropped the Real from their name and Real Sociedad became Donostia CF.^ Betis fans prepared and able to put up 500 euro each, they could stage a fan-based takeover and Betis could become a socio -run club like Real Madrid, Barcelona & Athletic, which is to my mind what a passionate support base such as that of the verdiblancos deserve.
  • Atlético conjure a 'miracle' but Madrid and Barcelona fail to sparkle | Sid Lowe | Football | guardian.co.uk 6 January 2010 10:010 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

In 1941, a decree issued by Franco banned the use of non-Spanish language names. .FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC became CF Barcelona and Sevilla CF, both Athletic Bilbao and Athletic Aviación changed the spelling of their prefix to Atlético, and Sporting de Gijón and Racing de Santander became Real Gijón and Real Santander.^ Monday 02 November 2009, 11:30 WEEKEND RESULTS Saturday Oct 31: Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Atlético Madrid, Deportivo Xerez 0-2 Sevilla, Osasuna 1-1 Barcelona, Real Madrid 2-0 Getafe.
  • La Liga Loca 6 January 2010 10:010 UTC fourfourtwo.com [Source type: General]

^ Monday 07 December 2009, 10:00 Weekend results: Deportivo La Coruna 1-3 Barcelona, Real Madrid 4-2 Almeria, Sevilla 1-1 Valladolid, Xerez 0-2 Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Valencia, Espanyol 0-4 Racing, Malaga 1-1 Osasuna, Mallorca...
  • La Liga Loca 6 January 2010 10:010 UTC fourfourtwo.com [Source type: General]

^ Tuesday 01 December 2009, 09:30 WEEKEND RESULTS Sat Nov 28: Sevilla 2-2 Málaga, Valencia 1-1 Mallorca, Sporting Gijón 1-0 Villarreal Sun Nov 29: Atlético Madrid 4-0 Espanyol, FC Barcelona 1-0 Real Madrid, Racing Santander 0-1 Deportivo...
  • La Liga Loca 6 January 2010 10:010 UTC fourfourtwo.com [Source type: General]

Players

Eligibility of non-EU players

.In La Liga players can claim citizenship from the nation their ancestors came from.^ In fact, La Liga Loca came home this afternoon to find its clothes in a suitcase on the front lawn, its dinner in the dog...
  • La Liga Loca 6 January 2010 10:010 UTC fourfourtwo.com [Source type: General]

^ From: Livin La Liga - Spanish Football The Bard's 100 Best Soccer Players: Messi (#94) — La Liga F..
  • La liga - surchur 3 February 2010 16:25 UTC surchur.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

If a player does not have European ancestry he can claim Spanish citizenship after playing in Spain for 5 years.[citation needed] Sometimes this can lead to a triple-citizenship situation e.g. .Leo Franco, who is Argentine-born, of Italian heritage and can claim a Spanish passport, having played in La Liga for over 5 years.^ Who will be the first to fall in la Liga?
  • La Liga Loca 6 January 2010 10:010 UTC fourfourtwo.com [Source type: General]

^ Wednesday 10 December 2008, 11:00 Over the years, La Liga Loca has found a number of varied uses for the likes of Marca and AS .
  • La Liga Loca 6 January 2010 10:010 UTC fourfourtwo.com [Source type: General]

^ The Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) and the professional soccer league (LFP) have agreed to reintroduce La Liga matches on Mondays from next month.
  • La liga - surchur 3 February 2010 16:25 UTC surchur.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In addition, players from the ACP countries—countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific that are signatories to the Cotonou Agreement—are not counted against non-EU quotas, due to the Kolpak ruling.^ Tuesday 10 November 2009, 11:30 ...in which Real Madrid rail against Ronaldo representing his country, while Barcelona rail against any of their players doing likewise...
  • La Liga Loca 6 January 2010 10:010 UTC fourfourtwo.com [Source type: General]

Individual awards

.Many individual awards are conceded relating to La Liga, although not sanctioned by the LFP nor the RFEF they are widely regarded as official.^ The Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) and the professional soccer league (LFP) have agreed to reintroduce La Liga matches on Mondays from next month.
  • La liga - surchur 3 February 2010 16:25 UTC surchur.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Although he is only 22, he's won the Ballon d'Or and 3 La Liga titles.
  • La liga - surchur 3 February 2010 16:25 UTC surchur.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Every weekday Goal.com celebrates the birthday of past and present La Liga-related figures.
  • La liga - surchur 3 February 2010 16:25 UTC surchur.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[citation needed]
.The most notable of these are three awarded by Spain's biggest sports paper, Marca, namely the Pichichi Trophy, awarded to the top scorer of the season, the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for the goalkeeper with the least "goals-to-games" ratio, and the Trofeo Alfredo di Stéfano, for the player judged to be the best overall player in the division.^ (This is undoubtedly the best second division goal compilation ever.
  • La liga - surchur 3 February 2010 16:25 UTC surchur.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The world's best player ensured Barca avenged the Coppa del Rey exit at the hands of Sevilla when he scored two goals in the 4-0 rout of the Rojiblancos.
  • La liga - surchur 3 February 2010 16:25 UTC surchur.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Sports) La Liga top scorers on Sunday.
  • La liga - surchur 3 February 2010 16:25 UTC surchur.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The most recent winners (for the 2008–09 season) were:

All-time top scorers

All-time top scorers in La Liga
Rank Player Goals Par
1 Spain Telmo Zarra 252 0,91
2 Mexico Hugo Sánchez 234 0,67
3 Argentina Spain Alfredo di Stéfano 227 0,69
3 Spain Raúl 227 0,42
5 Spain César Rodríguez 226 0,64
6 Spain Quini 219 0,49
7 Spain Pahiño 210 0,76
8 Spain Edmundo Suárez 195 0,84
9 Spain Santillana 186 0,40
10 Spain Juan Arza 182 0,52
11 Spain Guillermo Gorostiza 181 0,70
12 Bulgaria Luboslav Penev 163 0,44
13 Cameroon Samuel Eto'o 162 0,58
14 Spain Luis Aragonés 160 0,44
15 Hungary Spain Ferenc Puskás 156 0,86
16 Spain David Villa 154 0,67
17 Spain Julio Salinas 151 0,36
18 Spain Adrián Escudero 150 0,52
19 Spain Dani 147 0,48
20 Spain Silvestre Igoa 141 0,49
21 Spain Manuel Badenes 139 0,69
In bold Currently playing in La Liga

European Footballers of the Year

The following were all elected winners of The Golden Ball while playing in La Liga:

See also

Notes and references

External links

.
  • (Spanish) Official La Liga Site
  • (Spanish) Official RFEF Site
  • La Liga Results and News at Yahoo!^ Add your comment La Liga - Ronaldo 'angered' by divers - Yahoo!
    • La liga - surchur 3 February 2010 16:25 UTC surchur.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ From: La Liga Football Tickets The race to be Barça's new boss begins - La Liga Loca - Four..
    • La liga - surchur 3 February 2010 16:25 UTC surchur.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 10:01:38 GMT La Liga top scorers (Reuters via Yahoo!
    • La liga - surchur 3 February 2010 16:25 UTC surchur.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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Simple English

La Liga
Country Spain
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1929
Level 1
Number of teams 20
Relegation to Segunda División
Current champions Barcelona (2008/09)
Most successful club Real Madrid (31)

La Liga is a football league which is top division in Spain.

Contents

Clubs 2010/11

Champions

SeasonChampionsRunner-upThird place
2000/01Real MadridDeportivo La CoruñaMallorca
2001/02ValenciaDeportivo La CoruñaReal Madrid
2002/03Real MadridReal SociedadDeportivo La Coruña
2003/04ValenciaBarcelonaDeportivo La Coruña
2004/05BarcelonaReal MadridVillarreal
2005/06BarcelonaReal MadridValencia
2006/07Real MadridBarcelonaSevilla
2007/08Real MadridVillarrealBarcelona
2008/09BarcelonaReal MadridSevilla

Former champions

Other pages

  • Segunda División


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