1939–40 La Liga

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Primera División
Season 1939–40
Champions Athletic Aviación Club (1st title)
Relegated Betis Balompié
Racing de Santander
Matches played 132
Goals scored 501 (3.8 per match)
Top goalscorer Víctor Unamuno (20)
Biggest home win Sevilla FC 8-2 Racing de Santander
Biggest away win Betis Balompié 0-4 Madrid CF
Highest scoring Athletic Bilbao 7-5 Barcelona

La Liga 1939–40 season was the ninth since its establishment. The season started on December 3, 1939 and finished on April 28, 1940. It involved the following clubs:

 

Team locations[edit]

Final table[edit]

P Club Pld W D L GF GA Pts GD Comments
1 Athletic Aviación Club1 22 14 1 7 43 29 29 +14 Champion of La Liga
2 Sevilla FC 22 11 6 5 60 44 28 +16 Champion of 1939 Copa del Rey
3 Athletic Bilbao 22 11 4 7 57 44 26 +13
4 Madrid CF 22 12 1 9 47 35 25 +12
5 CE Espanyol 22 11 2 9 43 43 24 0 Chmpion of 1940 Copa del Rey
6 Hércules CF 22 9 5 8 41 34 23 +7
7 Zaragoza 22 7 7 8 30 40 21 -10
8 Valencia CF 22 9 3 10 40 36 21 +4
9 FC Barcelona 22 8 3 11 32 38 19 -6
10 Celta de Vigo 22 9 1 12 45 50 19 -5
11 Betis Balompié 22 6 4 12 26 51 16 -25 Relegated to Segunda División
12 Racing de Santander 22 6 1 15 37 57 13 -20 Relegated to Segunda División

1 Oviedo CF did not play in the first division 1939/40 due to the poor condition of their field at Buenavista after the Civil War. It was decided to allow Oviedo CF one season to improve their pitch, automatically allowing them to play in the first division in 1940/41. For the open place in the first division in 1939-40 a playoff between Athletic Aviación Club and Atlético Osasuna, the two teams relegated after the 1935-36 season was organized. Athletic Aviación Club won 3-1.

Since Oviedo CF was promised one spot in the first division in the 1940-41 season, only the first-placed team from the Segunda División in 1939-40 would be given an automatic berth to the first division. The second-placed team could also earn promotion in a special play-off against the 10th-placed team in the first division. Celta de Vigo won the playoff and remained in the top division.

Results table[edit]

  • Please note that the home teams are read down the left hand side while the away teams are indicated along the top.
Ath AtM Bar Bet Cel Esp Hér Mad Rac Sev Val Zar
Athletic Bilbao 1-3 7-5 6-1 4-1 4-0 4-1 3-1 3-2 3-4 1-2 1-1
Athletic Aviación Club 3-1 3-0 0-0 4-1 2-0 2-1 2-1 2-1 4-2 2-0 5-1
FC Barcelona 0-2 1-2 2-0 2-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 3-1 1-2 4-1 2-1
Betis Balompié 0-0 1-2 3-0 2-0 2-0 4-3 0-4 2-1 3-2 0-3 0-0
Celta de Vigo 2-4 1-0 1-2 4-2 2-0 4-0 2-3 5-1 2-0 3-2 5-1
CE Espanyol 3-4 2-0 1-1 5-0 4-1 3-3 5-4 3-1 2-1 2-3 2-0
Hércules CF 1-0 4-1 1-2 3-0 6-1 1-2 0-2 3-1 3-3 2-1 5-1
Madrid CF 4-1 2-0 2-1 3-0 2-1 3-1 0-1 3-2 1-3 2-1 5-1
Racing de Santander 3-0 0-2 2-3 4-2 6-2 2-3 0-1 2-1 3-3 2-1 1-0
Sevilla FC 3-3 4-1 2-1 4-3 1-4 4-0 1-1 3-2 8-2 4-2 3-0
Valencia CF 3-4 1-0 3-1 4-0 1-1 1-3 2-1 3-1 4-0 2-2 0-0
Zaragoza 1-1 4-3 3-1 1-1 3-2 4-1 0-0 3-1 3-0 1-1 1-0

Pichichi Trophy[edit]

Goalscorers Goal Team
Spain Víctor Unamuno
20
Athletic Bilbao
Spain Raimundo
18
Sevilla FC
Spain Vilanova
17
Hércules CF
Spain Campanal I
16
Sevilla CF

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