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La Liga

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Liga de Fútbol Profesional

The Spanish football league is called La Liga. It is divided into various divisions. The top two: Primera división (First division) and Segunda división (Second division) have professional teams. The lower leagues are amateur.

The structure of Liga:

  • Primera división (20 teams)
  • Segunda división (22 teams)
  • Segunda división B (4 groups, 20 teams each)
  • Tercera división
  • Regional divisions

The number of regional divisions depends on the region, in Catalonia, for example, there are five divisions under Tercera división:

  • Primera catalana
  • Preferente
  • Primera regional
  • Segunda regional
  • Tercera regional

In other regions there are fewer divisions. The number of teams in each division also depends on the region: there are groups in Tercera that have 18 teams, and some others that have 20.

Contents

1 Champions by year
2 Top flight champions in Spanish football
3 Classification 2004/05
4 Teams 2005/06
5 Top Scorers 2004/05
6 Top Goalkeepers 2004/05
7 See also
8 External link

Liga championship rules

Each team of every division has to play with all the other teams of its division twice, once at home and the other at the opponent's stadium. This means that in Primera división the league ends after every team plays 38 matches.

Like many other leagues in continental Europe, the Primera takes a winter break once each team has played half its schedule. One unusual feature of the league is that the two halves of the season are played in the same order—that is, the order of each team's first-half fixtures is repeated in the second half of the season, with the only difference being the stadiums used.

Each victory adds 3 points to the team in the league ranking. Each drawn adds 1 point. At the end of the league, the winner is:

  1. The team that has most points in the ranking.
  2. If two or more teams are level on points, the winner is the team that has the best results head-to-head.
  3. If there is no winner after applying the second rule, then the team with the best overall goal difference wins.

Champions by year

Year Team
1929 FC Barcelona
1930 Athletic Bilbao
1931 Athletic Bilbao
1932 Real Madrid
1933 Real Madrid
1934 Athletic Bilbao
1935 Real Betis
1936 Athletic Bilbao
1937 civil war
1938 civil war
1939 civil war
1940 Atletico Aviación
1941 Atlético Aviación
1942 Valencia CF
1943 Athletic Bilbao
1944 Valencia CF
1945 FC Barcelona
1946 Sevilla FC
1947 Valencia CF
1948 FC Barcelona
1949 FC Barcelona
1950 Atlético de Madrid
1951 Atlético de Madrid
1952 FC Barcelona
1953 FC Barcelona
1954 Real Madrid
1955 Real Madrid
1956 Athletic Bilbao
1957 Real Madrid
1958 Real Madrid
1959 FC Barcelona
1960 FC Barcelona
1961 Real Madrid
1962 Real Madrid
1962 Real Madrid
1964 Real Madrid
1965 Real Madrid
1966 Atlético de Madrid
1967 Real Madrid
1968 Real Madrid
1969 Real Madrid
1970 Atlético de Madrid
1971 Valencia CF
1972 Real Madrid
1973 Atlético de Madrid
1974 FC Barcelona
1975 Real Madrid
1976 Real Madrid
1977 Atlético de Madrid
1978 Real Madrid
1979 Real Madrid
1980 Real Madrid
1981 Real Sociedad
1982 Real Sociedad
1983 Athletic Bilbao
1984 Athletic Bilbao
1985 FC Barcelona
1986 Real Madrid
1987 Real Madrid
1988 Real Madrid
1989 Real Madrid
1990 Real Madrid
1991 FC Barcelona
1992 FC Barcelona
1993 FC Barcelona
1994 FC Barcelona
1995 Real Madrid
1996 Atlético de Madrid
1997 Real Madrid
1998 FC Barcelona
1999 FC Barcelona
2000 Deportivo de La Coruña
2001 Real Madrid
2002 Valencia CF
2003 Real Madrid
2004 Valencia CF
2005 FC Barcelona

Top flight champions in Spanish football

First Division Winners:

Classification 2004/05

Spanish First Division Classification
Team P W D L F A Pts
1 FC Barcelona 38 25 9 4 73 29 84
2 Real Madrid 38 25 5 9 71 32 80
3 Villarreal 38 18 11 8 69 37 65
4 Betis 38 16 14 9 62 50 62
5 Espanyol 38 17 10 11 54 46 61
6 Sevilla FC 38 17 9 12 44 41 60
7 Valencia 38 14 16 8 54 39 58
8 Deportivo 38 12 15 11 46 50 51
9 Athletic Club 38 14 9 15 59 54 51
10 Malaga FC 38 15 6 17 40 48 51
11 Atletico de Madrid 38 13 11 14 40 34 50
12 Zaragoza 38 14 8 16 52 57 50
13 Getafe 38 12 11 15 38 46 47
14 Real Sociedad 38 13 8 17 47 56 47
15 Osasuna 38 12 10 16 46 65 46
16 Racing Club 38 12 8 18 41 58 44
17 Mallorca 38 10 9 19 42 63 39
18 Levante 38 9 10 19 39 58 37
19 Numancia 38 6 11 21 30 61 29
20 Albacete 38 6 10 22 33 56 28

Teams 2005/06

  • Promotion to First Division from Second Division:

Top Scorers 2004/05

  • Diego Forlán - Villarreal: 25 goals
  • Samuel Eto'o - FC Barcelona: 24 goals
  • Oliveira - Betis: 22 goals
  • Ronaldo - Real Madrid: 21 goals
  • Julio Baptista- Sevilla FC: 18 goals

Top Goalkeepers 2004/05

  • Victor Valdes - FC Barcelona: 25 goals In 35 Matches
  • Íker Casillas - Real Madrid: 30 goals In 37 Matches
  • Leo Franco - Atletico de Madrid: 32 goals In 37 Matches
  • Reina - Villarreal: 37 goals In 38 Matches
  • Calizares - Valencia: 29 goals In 29 Matches

See also

External link

es:Liga española de fútbol it:Campionato di calcio spagnolo ja:リーガ・エスパニョーラ sv:La Liga zh:西班牙足球甲级联赛 fr:Championnat d'Espagne de football

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