2013–14 La Liga

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La Liga
Season 2013–14
Champions Atlético Madrid
10th title
Relegated Real Betis
Osasuna
Real Valladolid
Champions League Atlético Madrid
Barcelona
Real Madrid
Athletic Bilbao
Europa League Sevilla
Real Sociedad
Villarreal
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1045 (2.75 per match)
Top goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo (31)[1]
Biggest home win Barcelona 7–0 Levante
(18 August 2013)[2]
Atlético Madrid 7–0 Getafe
(23 November 2013)[2]
Barcelona 7–0 Osasuna
(16 March 2014)[2]
Biggest away win Real Betis 0–5 Real Madrid
(19 January 2014)[2]
Almería 0–5 Real Madrid
(23 November 2013)[2]
Málaga 0–5 Celta de Vigo
(27 October 2013)[2]
Highest scoring Real Madrid 7–3 Sevilla
(30 October 2013)[2]
Longest winning run 9 games
Atlético Madrid
Longest unbeaten run 18 games
Real Madrid[2]
Longest winless run 14 games
Real Betis[2]
Longest losing run 6 games
Rayo Vallecano[2]
Highest attendance 98,761[2]
Barcelona 2–1 Real Madrid
(26 October 2013)
Lowest attendance 500[2]
Getafe 2–2 Real Sociedad
(19 January 2014)
Average attendance 26,702[2]

The 2013–14 La Liga season was the 83rd since its establishment. Match days were drawn on 9 July 2013. The season began on 17 August 2013 and ended on 18 May 2014. Elche CF, Villarreal, and Almería competed in La Liga this year after spending the previous season in lower leagues.

Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, and Barcelona traded the lead several times through the season. Entering the final weekend of play Atlético was three points ahead of 2013 champion Barcelona. However, with the two teams facing off, Barcelona could claim the title with a win. The game ended in a draw, giving the Colchoneros their first league title in 18 years, and their 10th overall. It was the first time since the 2003–04 La Liga that a club other than Barcelona or Real Madrid, who finished tied for second, have won the title. Osasuna, Real Valladolid, and Real Betis finished in the bottom three and were relegated.

Cristiano Ronaldo won the league scoring title with 31 goals along with the European Golden Shoe, and Ángel di María had most assists with 17. Thibaut Courtois won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for best goalkeeper. Cristiano Ronaldo also won Trofeo Alfredo Di Stéfano (Alfredo Di Stefano Award), as he named "Best Footballer" of La Liga this season. This is the 3rd Consecutive time to win this Award.

Teams[edit]

Promotion and relegation (pre-season)[edit]

A total of 20 teams contested the league, including 17 sides from the 2012–13 season and three promoted from the 2012–13 Segunda División. This included the two top teams from the Segunda División, and the victorious team of the play-offs.

RCD Mallorca, Deportivo de La Coruña and Real Zaragoza were relegated to 2013–14 Segunda División the previous season: Mallorca were relegated after sixteen years in La Liga, the longest period in its history and ending their golden era, Zaragoza returned to Segunda División after a four-year tenure in La Liga, while Deportivo de La Coruña made an immediate return to the Segunda División after being promoted the previous year. All three teams were relegated in the last matchday.[3]

The three relegated teams were replaced by three 2012–13 Segunda División sides: Elche CF returned to the top level as Segunda División champion after 24 years of absence and with the last 14 seasons consecutively in the Segunda División.[4] The second placed team Villarreal was also promoted to La Liga making an immediate return to La Liga[5] after a win over Almería in the decisive match of the last set of games where the winner would be directly promoted to La Liga.[6] Almería returned to the Spanish top flight after spending two years in the Segunda by beating Girona in the promotion play-offs.[7]

This was the first season since the 1988–89 season without any teams from the archipelagos of Spain (teams located on the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands) since RCD Mallorca was relegated and UD Las Palmas failed to be promoted after playing in the promotion play-offs later season.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Location of stadium Stadium Capacity
Almería Almería Juegos Mediterráneos 22,000
Athletic Bilbao Bilbao San Mamés 53,332
Atlético Madrid Madrid Vicente Calderón 54,851
Barcelona Barcelona Camp Nou 99,354
Betis Seville Benito Villamarín 52,500
Celta de Vigo Vigo Balaídos 31,800
Elche Elche Martínez Valero 36,017
Espanyol Barcelona Estadi Cornellà-El Prat 40,500
Getafe Getafe Coliseum Alfonso Pérez 17,700
Granada Granada Nuevo Los Cármenes 22,524
Levante Valencia Ciutat de València 25,534
Málaga Málaga La Rosaleda 30,044
Osasuna Pamplona El Sadar 19,553
Rayo Vallecano Madrid Campo de Vallecas 15,489
Real Madrid Madrid Santiago Bernabéu 85,454
Real Sociedad San Sebastián Anoeta 32,076
Sevilla Seville Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán 45,500
Valencia Valencia Mestalla 55,000
Valladolid Valladolid José Zorrilla 26,512
Villarreal Villarreal El Madrigal 24,890

Personnel and sponsorship[edit]

Team Chairman Head coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Almería Spain Alfonso García Spain Francisco Spain Corona Nike Urcisol.com
Athletic Bilbao Spain Josu Urrutia Spain Ernesto Valverde Spain Carlos Gurpegui Nike Petronor
Atlético Madrid Spain Enrique Cerezo Argentina Diego Simeone Spain Gabi Nike SOCAR and Kyocera2
Barcelona Spain Josep Maria Bartomeu Argentina Gerardo Martino Spain Carles Puyol Nike Qatar Airways and UNICEF2 3
Betis Spain Miguel Guillén Argentina Gabriel Calderón Spain Nacho Macron Cirsa and Andalucía4
Celta de Vigo Spain Carlos Mouriño Spain Luis Enrique Spain Borja Oubiña Adidas Citroën4 and Estrella Galicia2 4
Elche Spain José Sepulcre Spain Fran Escribá Spain Sergio Mantecón Acerbis Gioseppo
Espanyol Spain Ramón Condal Mexico Javier Aguirre Spain Sergio García Puma Cancún
Getafe Spain Ángel Torres Romania Cosmin Contra Spain Jaime Gavilán Joma Confremar and IG Markets4
Granada Spain Quique Pina Spain Lucas Alcaraz Spain Diego Mainz Luanvi Caja Granada
Levante Spain Quico Catalán Spain Joaquín Caparrós Spain Juanfran García Kelme Comunitat Valenciana
Málaga Qatar Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani Germany Bernd Schuster Portugal Duda Nike UNESCO5 and BlueBay resorts2
Osasuna Spain Miguel Archanco Spain Javi Gracia Spain Patxi Puñal Adidas Lacturale and Nevir2
Rayo Vallecano Spain Raúl Martín Presa Spain Paco Jémez Spain Trashorras Erreà AE — Adquisiciones Empresariales and Nevir2
Real Madrid Spain Florentino Pérez Italy Carlo Ancelotti Spain Iker Casillas Adidas Fly Emirates
Real Sociedad Spain Jokin Aperribay Spain Jagoba Arrasate Spain Xabi Prieto Nike Canal+ and Kutxa2
Real Valladolid Spain Carlos Suárez Spain Juan Ignacio Martínez Spain Javier Baraja Hummel El Norte de Castilla4
Sevilla Spain José María del Nido Spain Unai Emery Croatia Ivan Rakitić Warrior Interwetten
Valencia Spain Amadeo Salvo Argentina Juan Antonio Pizzi Portugal Ricardo Costa Joma JinKO Solar
Villarreal Spain Fernando Roig Alfonso Spain Marcelino García Toral Spain Bruno Soriano Xtep Pamesa Cerámica
2. ^ On the back of shirt.
3. ^ Barcelona makes a donation to UNICEF in order to display the charity's logo on the back of the club's kit.
4. ^ On the shorts.
5. ^ Málaga makes a donation to UNESCO in order to display the charity's logo on the club's kit.

As in the previous years, Nike provided the official ball for all matches, with a new Nike Incyte Liga BBVA model to be used throughout the season for all matches.[8]

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Málaga Chile Manuel Pellegrini Mutual consent 2 June 2013[9] Pre-season Germany Bernd Schuster 12 June 2013
Real Valladolid Serbia Miroslav Đukić 2 June 2013[10] Spain Juan Ignacio Martínez 17 June 2013
Real Madrid Portugal José Mourinho 2 June 2013[11] Italy Carlo Ancelotti 25 June 2013
Celta Vigo Spain Abel Resino 8 June 2013[12] Spain Luis Enrique 8 June 2013[13]
Almería Spain Javi Gracia 28 June 2013[14] Spain Francisco 29 June 2013[15]
Valencia Spain Ernesto Valverde End of contract 30 June 2013[16] Serbia Miroslav Đukić 4 June 20131[17]
Real Sociedad France Philippe Montanier 30 June 2013[18] Spain Jagoba Arrasate 8 June 20131[19]
Levante Spain Juan Ignacio Martínez 30 June 2013[20] Spain Joaquín Caparrós 10 June 20131
Athletic Bilbao Argentina Marcelo Bielsa 30 June 2013[21] Spain Ernesto Valverde 21 June 20131
Barcelona Spain Tito Vilanova Resigned 19 July 2013 Argentina Gerardo Martino 23 July 2013
Osasuna Spain José Luis Mendilibar Sacked 3 September 2013 20th Spain Javi Gracia 4 September 2013
Betis Spain Pepe Mel 2 December 2013[22] Spain Juan Carlos Garrido 2 December 2013
Valencia Serbia Miroslav Đukić 16 December 2013 9th Spain Juan Antonio Pizzi 26 December 2013
Betis Spain Juan Carlos Garrido 19 January 2014[23] 20th Argentina Gabriel Calderón 19 January 2014
Getafe Spain Luis García Plaza 10 March 2014 15th Romania Cosmin Contra 10 March 2014
Barcelona Argentina Gerardo Martino Resigned 17 May 2014 2nd, post-season Spain Luis Enrique 19 May 2014
Notes
  1. Announcement date. The appointment was made effective since 1 July 2013.

Season summary[edit]

The 2013–14 La Liga season was the 83rd since its establishment. Match days were drawn on 9 July 2013.[24] The season began on 17 August 2013 and ended on 18 May 2014.[25]

For the first time since 1951 and just the third time in league history, La Liga title came down to head-to-head match on the final weekend of play. Atlético Madrid was three points ahead of 2013 champion Barcelona, but had its final came on the road in Barcelona.[26] Barcelona took a 1–0 lead into the half and Atlético lost two starters to injury in the half. A late header, however, secured a 1–1 draw, earning the Colchoneros their first league title in 18 years, and their 10th overall. It was the first time since the 2003–04 La Liga that a club other than Barcelona or Real Madrid, which finished tied for second, won the title. It was also the first time in the 67-year history of Camp Nou that a visiting team had clinched the title in the building.[27]

The emergence of Diego Costa and Koke was a large part of Atlético Madrid's success. Costa scored 28 goals on the season (27 in league play), including the winner in Atlético's first victory over Real Madrid since 1999. Koke had 18 assists on the year (13 in league play), to go with 7 goals.[27]

Earlier in the season, Lionel Messi scored a hat trick as Barcelona ended a 31-match unbeaten streak for Real Madrid. The same day, Atlético beat Real Betis to claim the league lead. A loss against Levante and draw against Malaga left Atlético vulnerable heading into their final match.[27]

Cristiano Ronaldo won the league scoring title with 31 goals. Messi was second and Costa third.[1] Ángel di María had most assists with 17.[28] Thibaut Courtois won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for best goalkeeper.[29] Barcelona was the least penalised team.[30]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Atlético Madrid (C) 38 28 6 4 77 26 +51 90 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage
2 Barcelona 38 27 6 5 100 33 +67 87 BAR 2–1 RMA
RMA 3–4 BAR
3 Real Madrid 38 27 6 5 104 38 +66 87
4 Athletic Bilbao 38 20 10 8 66 39 +27 70 2014–15 UEFA Champions League play-off round
5 Sevilla 38 18 9 11 69 52 +17 63 2014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage 2
6 Villarreal 38 17 8 13 60 44 +16 59 2014–15 UEFA Europa League play-off round 1 VIL 5–1 RSO
RSO 1–2 VIL
7 Real Sociedad 38 16 11 11 62 55 +7 59 2014–15 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1
8 Valencia 38 13 10 15 51 53 −2 49 VAL 2–1 CEL
CEL 2–1 VAL
9 Celta de Vigo 38 14 7 17 49 54 −5 49
10 Levante 38 12 12 14 35 43 −8 48
11 Málaga 38 12 9 17 39 46 −7 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 13 4 21 46 80 −34 43
13 Getafe 38 11 9 18 35 54 −19 42 GET 0–0 ESP
ESP 0–2 GET
14 Espanyol 38 11 9 18 41 51 −10 42
15 Granada 38 12 5 21 32 56 −24 41
16 Elche 38 9 13 16 30 50 −20 40 ELC 1–0 ALM
ALM 2–2 ELC
17 Almería 38 11 7 20 43 71 −28 40
18 Osasuna (R) 38 10 9 19 32 62 −30 39 Relegation to the 2014–15 Segunda División
19 Valladolid (R) 38 7 15 16 38 60 −22 36
20 Betis (R) 38 6 7 25 36 78 −42 25

Source: La Liga
Rules for classification: [31] 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points;.
1 Since both the 2013–14 Copa del Rey champions (Real Madrid) and runners-up (Barcelona) qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, the 5th, 6th and 7th placed teams will qualify for the group stage, play-off round and third qualifying round of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League respectively.[32]
2 Sevilla automatically qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage as the defending champions.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.

Positions by round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after completion of each round.

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Atlético Madrid 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 3 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Barcelona 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2
Real Madrid 8 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3
Athletic Bilbao 6 3 5 5 6 5 5 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Sevilla 17 14 15 19 20 14 14 11 11 10 11 14 11 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Villarreal 5 4 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 7 7 7 7 6 7 7 7 7 6
Real Sociedad 4 7 8 7 7 12 13 15 12 9 9 7 7 6 6 6 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 6 6 6 6 7 6 6 6 6 7
Valencia 9 10 12 16 9 7 6 7 8 11 12 9 9 11 9 9 11 8 8 9 10 8 8 8 8 9 8 8 8 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 10 8
Celta de Vigo 10 8 7 8 8 11 15 16 19 15 17 15 16 16 14 15 15 18 15 16 13 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 12 11 13 12 13 10 9 8 9
Levante 20 16 10 9 10 10 9 9 9 7 7 8 10 13 13 11 13 12 10 11 8 9 10 10 9 8 10 10 9 10 10 9 10 11 11 10 9 10
Málaga 16 19 18 10 11 8 10 10 13 16 15 12 14 14 15 13 10 11 14 14 16 13 16 17 17 16 13 14 13 14 12 11 11 10 13 13 13 11
Rayo Vallecano 2 11 13 17 19 20 20 19 14 17 19 20 18 19 17 18 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 16 14 13 14 12 14 12 9 11 11 12
Getafe 18 13 19 14 15 9 8 5 5 6 6 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 11 12 12 12 13 15 15 15 16 17 18 18 16 18 18 18 17 18 16 13
Espanyol 11 6 6 6 5 6 7 8 7 8 8 10 12 9 10 12 9 10 12 8 9 10 9 9 10 10 9 9 10 8 9 10 9 9 12 12 12 14
Granada 7 9 9 13 13 15 12 14 16 13 14 11 8 12 12 10 12 13 9 10 11 14 17 12 13 14 12 12 11 11 13 15 13 14 14 15 17 15
Elche 19 15 16 15 17 18 17 12 10 12 10 13 13 10 11 14 14 16 17 15 17 15 12 13 14 12 14 13 15 15 15 14 15 16 15 14 14 16
Almería 12 12 14 18 16 17 18 20 20 20 20 19 17 18 19 19 16 14 16 17 15 17 15 16 16 17 18 19 16 16 18 19 19 19 19 17 15 17
Osasuna 13 20 20 20 18 19 19 18 18 19 16 17 19 15 16 17 18 15 13 13 14 16 14 14 12 13 15 15 17 17 19 16 16 15 16 19 18 18
Valladolid 14 18 11 12 14 16 16 17 17 14 13 16 15 17 18 16 17 17 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 18 19 19 17 17 17 17 18 16 19 19
Betis 15 17 17 11 12 13 11 13 15 18 18 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20

Last updated: 18 May 2014
Source: kicker.de
Round 4 clarification Source : LFP Statement

Leader
2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage
2014–15 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
2014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage
2014–15 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
2014–15 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
Relegation to 2014–15 Segunda División

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALM ATH ATM BAR BET CEL ELC ESP GET GRA LEV MLG OSA RVA RMA RSO SEV VAL VLD VILL
Almería 0–0 2–0 0–2 3–2 2–4 2–2 0–0 1–0 3–0 2–2 0–0 1–2 0–1 0–5 4–3 1–3 2–2 1–0 2–3
Athletic Bilbao 6–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 3–2 2–2 1–2 1–0 4–0 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 4–2 2–0
Atlético Madrid 4–2 2–0 0–0 5–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 7–0 1–0 3–2 1–1 2–1 5–0 2–2 4–0 1–1 3–0 3–0 1–0
Barcelona 4–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 3–0 4–0 1–0 2–2 4–0 7–0 3–0 7–0 6–0 2–1 4–1 3–2 2–3 4–1 2–1
Betis 0–1 0–2 0–2 1–4 1–2 1–2 2–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 2–2 0–5 0–1 0–2 3–1 4–3 1–0
Celta de Vigo 3–1 0–0 0–2 0–3 4–2 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 4–1 0–0
Elche 1–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–1
Espanyol 1–2 3–2 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 3–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 1–3 3–1 4–2 1–2
Getafe 2–2 0–1 0–2 2–5 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 3–3 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 0–3 2–2 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–1
Granada 0–2 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–0 0–3 0–1 1–3 1–2 0–1 4–0 2–0
Levante 1–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–1 2–1 3–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–3 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–3
Málaga 2–0 1–2 0–1 0–1 3–2 0–5 0–1 1–2 1–0 4–1 1–0 0–1 5–0 0–1 0–1 3–2 0–0 1–1 2–0
Osasuna 0–1 1–5 3–0 0–0 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–2 0–1 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–3
Rayo Vallecano 3–1 0–3 2–4 0–4 3–1 3–0 3–0 1–4 1–2 0–2 1–2 4–1 1–0 2–3 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–3 2–5
Real Madrid 4–0 3–1 0–1 3–4 2–1 3–0 3–0 3–1 4–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 4–0 5–0 5–1 7–3 2–2 4–0 4–2
Real Sociedad 3–0 2–0 1–2 3–1 5–1 4–3 4–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 5–0 2–3 0–4 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–2
Sevilla 2–1 1–1 1–3 1–4 4–0 0–1 3–1 4–1 3–0 4–0 2–3 2–2 2–1 4–1 2–1 1–0 0–0 4–1 0–0
Valencia 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–3 5–0 2–1 2–1 2–2 1–3 2–1 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 2–3 1–2 3–1 2–2 2–1
Valladolid 1–0 1–2 0–2 1–0 0–0 3–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–0 1–0
Villarreal 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 3–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 4–0 2–2 5–1 1–2 4–1 2–1

Last updated: 18 May 2014
Source: LFP

Season statistics[edit]