2006–07 La Liga

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La Liga
Season 2006–07
Champions Real Madrid
30th title
Relegated Celta Vigo
Real Sociedad
Gimnàstic
Champions League Real Madrid (group stage)
Barcelona (group stage)
Sevilla (3rd qualifying round)
Valencia (3rd qualifying round)
UEFA Cup Villarreal (first round)
Zaragoza (first round)
Getafe (first round) (via Copa del Rey)
Intertoto Cup Atlético Madrid (third round)
Matches played 380
Goals scored 942 (2.48 per match)
Top goalscorer Ruud van Nistelrooy (25)
Biggest home win Osasuna 5–1 Betis
(14 January 2007)[1]
Gimnàstic 4–0 Espanyol
(28 January 2007)[2]
Barcelona 4–0 Villarreal
(25 November 2006)[3]
Sevilla 4–0 Levante
(29 August 2006)[4]
Sevilla 4–0 Deportivo
(20 December 2006)[5]
Valencia 4–0 Gimnàstic
(1 October 2006)[6]
Valencia 4–0 Deportivo
(10 December 2006)[7]
Biggest away win Atlético Madrid 0–6 Barcelona
(20 May 2007)[8]
Highest scoring Racing 5–4 Athletic Bilbao
(1 April 2007)[9]

The 2006–07 La Liga season, the 76th since its establishment, started on 27 August 2006 and finished on 17 June 2007. Real Madrid won La Liga on the better head to head against Barcelona in one of its most thrilling seasons to date. Celta de Vigo, Real Sociedad and Gimnàstic de Tarragona were relegated.

Barcelona was in first place for much of the season while arch-rivals Real Madrid were six points behind and in fourth. However, Barcelona began playing inconsistently after January, while Madrid's form improved in that same period. On 12 May 2007, Real Madrid took the league lead for the first time all season by defeating Espanyol 4–3, coming back from 3–1 first half deficit. The Sunday after Madrid won their epic battle with Espanyol, Barcelona dropped points with a 1–1 draw to struggling Real Betis. By virtue of their superior head to head record, Madrid sat at the top of La Liga with both teams having four league games left.[1] On the penultimate day of the season, Barcelona failed to overcome city-rivals Espanyol in the Barcelona derby, drawing 2–2. In the final La Liga match, Barcelona thrashed Gimnàstic 5–1, but Madrid came back from a 1–0 deficit to beat Mallorca 3–1 and clinch the title on head-to-head superiority.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Teams promoted from 2005–06 Segunda División

Teams relegated to 2006–07 Segunda División


Team information[edit]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Barcelona Camp Nou 98,772
Real Madrid Santiago Bernabéu 80,354
Espanyol Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys 55,926
Atlético Madrid Vicente Calderón 55,005
Valencia Mestalla 55,000
Real Betis Manuel Ruiz de Lopera 52,132
Sevilla Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán 45,500
Athletic Bilbao San Mamés 39,750
Deportivo de La Coruña Riazor 34,600
Real Zaragoza La Romareda 34,596
Celta de Vigo Estadio Balaídos 32,500
Real Sociedad Anoeta 32,200
Levante Ciudad de Valencia 25,354
Mallorca ONO Estadi 23,142
Villarreal El Madrigal 23,000
Racing de Santander El Sardinero 22,400
Recreativo de Huelva Nuevo Colombino 19,860
Osasuna Estadio Reyno de Navarra 19,553
Getafe Coliseum Alfonso Pérez 16,300
Gimnàstic de Tarragona Nou Estadi 14,500

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Real Madrid (C) 38 23 7 8 66 40 +26 76 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Group stage RMA 2–0 BAR
BAR 3–3 RMA
2 Barcelona 38 22 10 6 78 33 +45 76
3 Sevilla 38 21 8 9 64 35 +29 71 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Valencia 38 20 6 12 57 42 +15 66
5 Villarreal 38 18 8 12 48 44 +4 62 2007–08 UEFA Cup First round
6 Zaragoza 38 16 12 10 55 43 +12 60 ATM 0–1 ZAR
ZAR 1–0 ATM
7 Atlético Madrid 38 17 9 12 46 39 +7 60 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
8 Recreativo 38 15 9 14 54 52 +2 54
9 Getafe 38 14 10 14 39 33 +6 52 2007–08 UEFA Cup First round 1
10 Racing Santander 38 12 14 12 42 48 −6 50
11 Espanyol 38 12 13 13 46 53 −7 49 MLL 1–0 ESP
ESP 3–1 MLL
12 Mallorca 38 14 7 17 41 47 −6 49
13 Deportivo La Coruña 38 12 11 15 32 45 −13 47
14 Osasuna 38 13 7 18 51 49 +2 46
15 Levante 38 10 12 16 37 53 −16 42
16 Betis 38 8 16 14 36 49 −13 40 BET 3–0 ATH
ATH 1–2 BET
17 Athletic Bilbao 38 10 10 18 44 62 −18 40
18 Celta de Vigo 38 10 9 19 40 59 −19 39 Relegation to Segunda División
19 Real Sociedad 38 8 11 19 32 47 −15 35
20 Gimnàstic 38 7 7 24 34 69 −35 28

Source: LFP
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th number of goals scored; 7th Fair-play points.
1Since Sevilla, winners of 2006–07 Copa del Rey, was qualified for the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League, losing cup finalists Getafe earned a spot in the first round of the 2007–08 UEFA Cup.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ATH ATM BAR BET CEL DEP ESP GET LEV MLL GIM OSA RAC RMA RSO REC SEV VAL VILL ZAR
Athletic Bilbao 1–4 1–3 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–2 0–3 0–0 1–4 1–1 4–2 1–3 1–0 0–1 0–0
Atlético Madrid 1–0 0–6 0–0 2–3 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 3–1 0–0
Barcelona 3–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 3–3 1–0 3–0 3–1 1–1 4–0 3–1
Betis 3–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–5 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 3–3 1–1
Celta de Vigo 1–1 1–3 2–3 2–1 1–0 0–2 2–1 1–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–2 3–2 1–1 1–1
Deportivo La Coruña 0–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–5 1–2 1–2 2–0 3–2
Espanyol 3–2 2–1 3–1 2–2 2–1 1–3 1–5 1–1 3–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–2
Getafe 0–0 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 3–0 3–0 2–2
Levante 0–0 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–4 2–0 1–4 2–0 2–1 2–4 4–2 0–2 0–0
Mallorca 1–3 0–0 1–4 2–0 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 3–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 2–1
Gimnàstic 2–3 0–2 1–5 0–1 1–2 0–0 4–0 1–3 2–1 2–3 2–3 2–2 1–3 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–3 1–0
Osasuna 1–1 1–2 0–0 5–1 0–1 4–1 0–2 0–2 2–1 3–0 2–0 0–1 1–4 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–4 2–2
Racing Santander 5–4 0–1 0–3 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–3 0–2 4–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 4–3 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–2
Real Madrid 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–2 3–1 4–3 1–1 0–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 0–3 3–2 2–1 0–0 1–0
Real Sociedad 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–1 3–2 2–1 0–0 1–2 2–3 1–3 0–1 0–1 1–3
Recreativo 0–0 1–0 0–4 2–0 4–2 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 4–2 2–3 1–0 1–3 2–0 2–1 1–1
Sevilla 4–1 3–1 2–1 3–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 1–0 4–0 1–2 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 3–0 0–1 3–1
Valencia 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–0 3–2 2–0 3–0 3–1 4–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 3–3 2–0 2–0 2–3 2–0
Villarreal 3–1 0–1 2–0 3–2 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–4 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 3–2
Zaragoza 4–3 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 3–0 1–2 0–0 2–2 3–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–0

Updated to games played on 17 June 2007.
Source: LFP
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Awards[edit]

Pichichi Trophy[edit]

The Pichichi Trophy is awarded to the player who scores the most goals in a season.

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy Real Madrid C.F. 25
2 Argentina Diego Milito Real Zaragoza 23
3 Mali Frédéric Kanouté Sevilla 21
Brazil Ronaldinho Barcelona 21
5 Uruguay Diego Forlán Villarreal 19
6 Spain David Villa Valencia 16
7 Spain Raúl Tamudo Espanyol 15
Brazil Fernando Baiano Celta de Vigo 15
9 Spain Fernando Torres Atlético Madrid 14
10 Spain Fernando Morientes Valencia 12
France Florent Sinama Pongolle Recreativo Huelva 12
12 Spain Dani Güiza Getafe 11
Spain Javier Portillo Gimnàstic de Tarragona 11
Serbia Nikola Žigić Racing de Santander 11
Spain Roberto Soldado Osasuna 11
Cameroon Samuel Eto'o Barcelona 11
17 Brazil Luís Fabiano Sevilla 10
Spain Luis García Espanyol 10

Source: LFP

Zamora Trophy[edit]

The Zamora Trophy is awarded to the goalkeeper with least goals to games ratio. Last updated 17 June 2007 [2]

Goalkeeper Goals Matches Average Team
Argentina Roberto Abbondanzieri
30
36
0.83
Getafe CF
Spain Víctor Valdés
33
38
0.87
FC Barcelona
Argentina Leo Franco
28
32
0.88
Atlético Madrid
Uruguay Sebastián Viera
25
28
0.89
Villarreal CF
Spain Andrés Palop
32
34
0.94
Sevilla FC
Chile Claudio Bravo
29
29
1
Real Sociedad
Spain Santiago Cañizares
33
32
1.03
Valencia CF
Spain Iker Casillas
40
38
1.05
Real Madrid
Spain Toño
36
32
1.13
Racing de Santander
Spain José Francisco Molina
39
34
1.15
Levante UD

Assists table[edit]

Rank Player Club Assists
1 Spain David Villa Valencia 12
2 Brazil Daniel Alves Sevilla 11
Spain Pedro Munitis Racing Santander 11
4 Portugal Deco Barcelona 10
5 Venezuela Juan Arango Mallorca 9
Argentina Andrés D'Alessandro Zaragoza 9
Argentina Ariel Ibagaza Mallorca 9
8 Cameroon Samuel Eto'o Barcelona 8
Argentina Gustavo López Celta Vigo 8
Brazil Ronaldinho Barcelona 8

Fair Play award[edit]

Rank Club Points
1 Recreativo 84
2 Getafe 103
3 Mallorca 104
4 Barcelona 106
5 Villarreal 108
6 Real Sociedad 110
7 Gimnàstic 116
8 Zaragoza 125
9 Valencia 126
10 Athletic Bilbao 129
11 Deportivo La Coruña 131
12 Espanyol 133
13 Real Madrid 135
14 Celta Vigo 137
15 Racing Santander 139
16 Atlético Madrid 144
17 Osasuna 145
18 Levante 150
19 Sevilla 151
20 Betis 189

Pedro Zaballa award[edit]

Cuco Ziganda (Osasuna head coach) and David Belenguer (Getafe footballer)[10][11]

Overall[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Osasuna 5-1 Betis" (in Spanish). RFEF. 14 January 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Nàstic 4-0 Espanyol" (in Spanish). RFEF. 28 January 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Barcelona 4-0 Villarreal" (in Spanish). RFEF. 25 November 2006. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Sevilla 4-0 Levante" (in Spanish). RFEF. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Sevilla 4-0 Deportivo" (in Spanish). RFEF. 20 December 2006. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Valencia 4-0 Gimnàstic" (in Spanish). RFEF. 1 October 2006. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Valencia 4-0 Deportivo" (in Spanish). RFEF. 10 December 2006. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Atlético Madrid 0-6 Barcelona" (in Spanish). RFEF. 20 May 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Racing Santander 5-4 Athletic Bilbao" (in Spanish). RFEF. 1 April 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Premio a los mejores (RFEF Magazine, page 52)" [Prize for the best] (in Spanish). RFEF. July 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Ganadores del Trofeo Pedro Zaballa" [Pedro Zaballa award Winners] (in Spanish). RFEF. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 

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