2015–16 La Liga

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La Liga
Season 2015–16
Dates 21 August 2015 – 15 May 2016
Champions Barcelona
24th title
Relegated Rayo Vallecano
Getafe
Levante
Champions League Barcelona
Real Madrid
Atlético Madrid
Villarreal
Sevilla (as Europa League champions)
Europa League Athletic Bilbao
Celta Vigo
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1,043 (2.74 per match)
Top goalscorer Luis Suárez
(40 goals)
Best goalkeeper Jan Oblak
(0.47 goals/match)
Biggest home win Real Madrid 10–2 Rayo Vallecano
(20 December 2015)
Biggest away win Deportivo La Coruña 0–8 Barcelona
(20 April 2016)
Highest scoring Real Madrid 10–2 Rayo Vallecano
(20 December 2015)
Longest winning run 12 matches[1]
Barcelona
Real Madrid
Longest unbeaten run 23 matches[1]
Barcelona
Longest winless run 13 matches[1]
Deportivo La Coruña
Getafe
Longest losing run 7 matches[1]
Getafe
Highest attendance 98,902
Barcelona 1–2 Real Madrid
(2 April 2016)[1]
Lowest attendance 4,215
Eibar 5–1 Granada
(18 January 2016)[1]
Total attendance 10,554,764[1]
Average attendance 27,775[1]

The 2015–16 La Liga football season (known as the Liga BBVA for sponsorship reasons) was the 85th since its establishment. Barcelona were the defending champions. It started on 21 August 2015 and concluded on 15 May 2016. Barcelona retained the title (their 24th Liga title) after beating Granada 3–0 on the final matchday.[2]

Luis Suárez finished as top scorer, being the first player apart from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to do so since the 2008–09 season.

Teams[edit]

Promotion and relegation (pre-season)[edit]

A total of 20 teams contested the league, including 17 sides from the 2014–15 season and three promoted from the 2014–15 Segunda División. This included the two top teams from the Segunda División (Real Betis and Sporting de Gijón), and the winners of the play-offs (Las Palmas).[3]

Almería and Córdoba were relegated to 2015–16 Segunda División in the last season, after being two and one years, respectively in La Liga. Elche was administratively relegated despite finishing 13th.[4] Following the competition rules, Eibar, who finished 18th, remained in the league.[5]

Real Betis was the first team from Segunda to achieve promotion, after a one-year absence from La Liga, on 24 May 2015 after winning 3–0 over Alcorcón.[6]

Sporting Gijón, promoted after finishing second, qualified on 7 June 2015, after winning 3–0 against Betis and taking advantage of the draw of Girona, who could not retain the promotion spot on the last match day. Sporting returned to the top level after three years.

Las Palmas achieved promotion on 21 June 2015 after defeating Real Zaragoza in the promotion playoff final on away goals, winning the second leg at home 2–0, after losing the first leg away 3–1. Las Palmas returned to the top level after 13 years. They also became the first island team to play in La Liga since Mallorca's relegation to Segunda Division in the 2012–13 season. During those 13 years, they played two seasons in Segunda División B.

Stadiums and locations[edit]

Location of teams in 2015–16 La Liga (Canary Islands)
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Athletic Bilbao Bilbao San Mamés 53,289
Atlético Madrid Madrid Vicente Calderón 54,907
Barcelona Barcelona Camp Nou 99,354
Celta Vigo Vigo Balaídos 30,000
Deportivo La Coruña A Coruña Riazor 34,600
Eibar Eibar Ipurua 6,267
Espanyol Barcelona RCDE Stadium 40,500
Getafe Getafe Coliseum Alfonso Pérez 17,393
Granada Granada Nuevo Los Cármenes 23,156
Las Palmas Las Palmas Gran Canaria 32,150
Levante Valencia Ciutat de València 26,354
Málaga Málaga La Rosaleda 30,044
Rayo Vallecano Madrid Vallecas 14,708
Real Betis Seville Benito Villamarín 52,500
Real Madrid Madrid Santiago Bernabéu 85,454
Real Sociedad San Sebastián Anoeta 32,076
Sevilla Seville Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán 42,500
Sporting Gijón Gijón El Molinón 29,029
Valencia Valencia Mestalla 55,000
Villarreal Villarreal El Madrigal 24,890

Personnel and sponsorship[edit]

Team Head Coach Captain Kit Shirt sponsor
Athletic Bilbao Spain Ernesto Valverde Spain Carlos Gurpegui Nike Kutxabank
Atlético Madrid Argentina Diego Simeone Spain Gabi Nike Plus500, Azerbaijan,1 Huawei2
Barcelona Spain Luis Enrique Spain Andrés Iniesta Nike Qatar Airways, UNICEF,4 Beko2
Celta Vigo Argentina Eduardo Berizzo Spain Hugo Mallo Adidas Citroën, Abanca, Estrella Galicia3
Deportivo La Coruña Spain Víctor Sánchez Spain Manuel Pablo Lotto Estrella Galicia, Abanca,1 西甲欢乐多5
Eibar Spain José Luis Mendilibar Spain Daniel García Puma AVIA, Wiko1 3
Espanyol Romania Constantin Gâlcă Spain Javi López Joma Rastar
Getafe Argentina Juan Esnáider Spain Pedro León Joma Tecnocasa Group
Granada Spain José González Spain Diego Mainz Joma Solver Sports Capital
Las Palmas Spain Quique Setién Spain David García Acerbis Gran Canaria
Levante Spain Rubi Spain Juanfran Nike East United
Málaga Spain Javi Gracia Portugal Duda Nike
Rayo Vallecano Spain Paco Jémez Spain David Cobeño Kelme QBAO.com, Nevir1
Real Betis Uruguay Gus Poyet Spain Jorge Molina Adidas UED Sports, Wiko1 3
Real Madrid France Zinedine Zidane Spain Sergio Ramos Adidas Fly Emirates
Real Sociedad Spain Eusebio Sacristán Spain Xabi Prieto Adidas QBAO.com, Kutxabank1
Sevilla Spain Unai Emery Spain José Antonio Reyes New Balance
Sporting Gijón Spain Abelardo Fernández Spain Alberto Lora Kappa Gijón, Telecable,3 Ternera Asturiana2
Valencia Spain Pako Ayestarán Spain Paco Alcácer Adidas beIN Sports1
Villarreal Spain Marcelino Spain Bruno Soriano Xtep Pamesa Cerámica
1. ^ On the back of shirt.
2. ^ On the sleeves.
3. ^ On the shorts.
4. ^ Barcelona makes a donation to UNICEF in order to display the charity's logo on the back of the club's kit.
5. ^ Deportivo has a Chinese characters phrase on the back of its shorts meaning "La Liga is Diverse".
6. Additionally, referee kits are now being made by Adidas, sponsored by Würth, and Nike has a new match ball, the Ordem LFP.

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position
in table
Replaced by Date of appointment
Real Madrid Italy Carlo Ancelotti Sacked 25 May 2015[7] Pre-season Spain Rafael Benítez 3 June 2015[8]
Getafe Spain Pablo Franco 1 June 2015[9] Spain Fran Escribá 26 June 2015[10]
Eibar Spain Gaizka Garitano Mutual consent 30 June 2015[11] Spain José Luis Mendilibar 30 June 2015[12]
Las Palmas Spain Paco Herrera Sacked 19 October 2015[13] 19th Spain Quique Setién 19 October 2015[14]
Levante Spain Lucas Alcaraz 26 October 2015[15] 20th Spain Rubi 27 October 2015
Real Sociedad Scotland David Moyes 9 November 2015[16] 16th Spain Eusebio Sacristán 9 November 2015
Valencia Portugal Nuno Espírito Santo Resigned 29 November 2015[17] 9th England Gary Neville 2 December 2015[18]
Espanyol Spain Sergio González Sacked 14 December 2015 12th Romania Constantin Gâlcă 14 December 2015[19]
Real Madrid Spain Rafael Benítez 4 January 2016[20] 3rd France Zinedine Zidane 4 January 2016[20]
Real Betis Spain Pepe Mel 10 January 2016[21] 15th Spain Juan Merino 3 February 2016
Granada Spain José Ramón Sandoval 22 February 2016[22] 20th Spain José González 22 February 2016[23]
Valencia England Gary Neville 30 March 2016[24] 14th Spain Pako Ayestarán 30 March 2016[24]
Getafe Spain Fran Escribá 11 April 2016[25] 19th Argentina Juan Esnáider 12 April 2016
Real Betis Spain Juan Merino End of caretaker spell 9 May 2016[26] 14th Uruguay Gus Poyet 9 May 2016

Overview[edit]

On 14 May 2016, Barcelona won their 24th title with a win over Granada CF by 3–0 at Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes.[27] Real Madrid finished as runner-up after performing a 12-win streak until the end of the season.[28]

The first team relegated to Segunda División was Levante UD, after losing 1–3 against Málaga CF on 2 May 2016.[29]

On 15 May 2016, Sporting Gijón remained in La Liga after beating Villarreal by 2–0 and taking advantage of Getafe's loss against Real Betis in its separate match, Getafe being relegated from La Liga for the first time in its history. Rayo Vallecano was also relegated despite winning its last season game.[30]

League table[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Barcelona (C) 38 29 4 5 112 29 +83 91 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Real Madrid 38 28 6 4 110 34 +76 90
3 Atlético Madrid 38 28 4 6 63 18 +45 88
4 Villarreal 38 18 10 10 44 35 +9 64 Qualification for the Champions League play-off round
5 Athletic Bilbao 38 18 8 12 58 45 +13 62 Qualification for the Europa League group stage[a]
6 Celta Vigo 38 17 9 12 51 59 −8 60
7 Sevilla 38 14 10 14 51 50 +1 52 Qualification for the Champions League group stage[b]
8 Málaga 38 12 12 14 38 35 +3 48[c]
9 Real Sociedad 38 13 9 16 45 48 −3 48[c]
10 Real Betis 38 11 12 15 34 52 −18 45
11 Las Palmas 38 12 8 18 45 53 −8 44[d]
12 Valencia 38 11 11 16 46 48 −2 44[d]
13 Espanyol 38 12 7 19 40 74 −34 43[e]
14 Eibar 38 11 10 17 49 61 −12 43[e]
15 Deportivo La Coruña 38 8 18 12 45 61 −16 42
16 Granada 38 10 9 19 46 69 −23 39[f]
17 Sporting Gijón 38 10 9 19 40 62 −22 39[f]
18 Rayo Vallecano (R) 38 9 11 18 52 73 −21 38 Relegation to the Segunda División
19 Getafe (R) 38 9 9 20 37 67 −30 36
20 Levante (R) 38 8 8 22 37 70 −33 32
Source: La Liga, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Fair-play points; 7) Play-off.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since the winners of the 2015–16 Copa del Rey, Barcelona, qualified for European competition based on league position, the spot awarded to the cup winners (Europa League group stage) was passed to the sixth-placed team and the spot awarded to the sixth-placed team (Europa League third qualifying round) was passed to the seventh-placed team.
  2. ^ Sevilla qualified for the Champions League group stage by winning the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League. Based on their league position (7th), they would have received the spot above to enter the Europa League third qualifying round. This spot was vacated without replacement as per UEFA regulations.
  3. ^ a b Málaga ahead of Real Sociedad on head-to-head record; Málaga–Real Sociedad 3–1, Real Sociedad–Málaga 1–1.
  4. ^ a b Las Palmas ahead of Valencia on head-to-head record; Valencia–Las Palmas 1–1, Las Palmas–Valencia 2–1.
  5. ^ a b Espanyol ahead of Eibar on head-to-head goal difference; Eibar–Espanyol 2–1, Espanyol–Eibar 4–2.
  6. ^ a b Granada ahead of Sporting Gijón on head-to-head record; Granada–Sporting Gijón 2–0, Sporting Gijón–Granada 3–3.

Positions by round[edit]

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included in the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 16.

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
Barcelona 5 4 1 1 5 2 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Real Madrid 10 5 2 2 1 3 2 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2
Atlético Madrid 3 3 6 5 4 5 5 4 3 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3
Villarreal 7 6 4 3 3 1 1 5 5 5 5 4 6 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
Athletic Bilbao 17 20 10 13 15 17 13 14 12 8 8 9 7 7 9 7 7 6 8 9 8 6 6 7 8 7 7 6 6 7 6 6 5 5 6 5 6 5
Celta Vigo 2 1 3 4 2 4 3 2 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 7 7 8 6 6 6 7 7 5 5 5 6 6 5 6 5 6
Sevilla 13 17 18 20 20 16 12 13 8 11 10 11 10 10 7 8 8 9 7 7 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Málaga 9 15 15 18 19 18 17 17 16 17 17 20 18 17 16 13 11 11 10 12 12 10 10 11 12 11 11 12 9 8 8 8 8 9 10 8 8 8
Real Sociedad 11 11 16 17 11 12 16 16 15 16 16 14 15 13 13 14 14 15 14 13 15 13 11 10 9 9 10 9 10 11 10 9 9 10 12 11 9 9
Real Betis 6 18 9 11 14 10 8 10 10 13 11 12 11 11 11 11 12 14 15 15 14 14 13 14 13 13 13 10 11 13 14 13 14 12 13 13 14 10
Las Palmas 19 14 13 16 12 14 19 19 18 19 18 18 19 20 19 19 16 16 16 16 18 16 18 18 18 17 15 15 15 15 12 10 11 13 9 10 10 11
Valencia 15 10 8 7 10 8 9 8 9 7 7 7 9 8 8 9 10 10 11 11 11 12 14 12 11 12 9 11 12 14 15 14 12 8 8 9 11 12
Espanyol 4 8 12 8 6 9 10 9 11 10 13 10 12 12 12 12 13 12 13 14 13 15 17 17 16 14 14 14 14 12 13 15 15 15 15 14 15 13
Eibar 1 2 5 6 8 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 8 9 10 10 9 8 6 6 6 8 8 6 7 8 8 8 8 9 9 11 10 11 11 12 12 14
Deportivo La Coruña 8 9 7 9 7 6 6 6 6 9 9 8 5 6 6 6 6 7 9 8 9 9 9 9 10 10 12 13 13 10 11 12 13 14 14 15 13 15
Granada 20 7 11 15 18 20 20 20 19 18 19 17 17 18 17 17 18 17 17 17 16 18 19 19 20 19 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16
Sporting Gijón 14 12 17 10 13 15 11 12 17 12 14 15 16 14 14 16 17 18 18 19 19 17 16 16 17 18 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17
Rayo Vallecano 12 16 19 12 9 11 15 15 14 15 12 13 14 16 18 18 19 19 19 18 17 19 15 15 15 16 16 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 17 19 18
Getafe 18 19 20 14 17 13 14 11 13 14 15 16 13 15 15 15 15 13 12 10 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 16 18 18 19 19 20 19 19 19 17 19
Levante 16 13 14 19 16 19 18 18 20 20 20 19 20 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 20 20 20 20 20

Source: BDFutbol

Leader
2016–17 UEFA Champions League group stage
2016–17 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
2016–17 UEFA Europa League group stage
2016–17 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
Relegation to 2016–17 Segunda División

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ATH ATM FCB CEL RCD EIB ESP GET GCF LPA LEV MCF RVA RBB RMA RSO SFC RSG VCF VIL
Athletic Bilbao 0–1 0–1 2–1 4–1 5–2 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–0 1–0 3–1 1–2 0–1 3–1 3–0 3–1 0–0
Atlético Madrid 2–1 1–2 2–0 3–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 5–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0
Barcelona 6–0 2–1 6–1 2–2 3–1 5–0 6–0 4–0 2–1 4–1 1–0 5–2 4–0 1–2 4–0 2–1 6–0 1–2 3–0
Celta Vigo 0–1 0–2 4–1 1–1 3–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 3–3 4–3 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–3 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–5 0–0
Deportivo La Coruña 2–2 1–1 0–8 2–0 2–0 3–0 0–2 0–1 1–3 2–1 3–3 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–2
Eibar 2–0 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 5–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–2
Espanyol 2–1 1–3 0–0 1–1 1–0 4–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–3 0–6 0–5 1–0 1–2 1–0 2–2
Getafe 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 1–2 4–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–5 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0
Granada 2–0 0–2 0–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 3–2 3–2 5–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–2 0–3 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–3
Las Palmas 0–0 0–3 1–2 2–1 0–2 0–2 4–0 4–0 4–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–0
Levante 2–2 2–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–2 2–1 3–0 1–2 3–2 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0
Málaga 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 2–2 4–1 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–1
Rayo Vallecano 0–3 0–2 1–5 3–0 1–3 1–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–2 0–2 2–3 2–2 2–2 2–1 0–0 2–1
Real Betis 1–3 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–4 1–3 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1
Real Madrid 4–2 0–1 0–4 7–1 5–0 4–0 6–0 4–1 1–0 3–1 3–0 0–0 10–2 5–0 3–1 4–0 5–1 3–2 3–0
Real Sociedad 0–0 0–2 1–0 2–3 1–1 2–1 2–3 1–2 3–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 0–2
Sevilla 2–0 0–3 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 5–0 1–4 2–0 3–1 2–1 3–2 2–0 3–2 1–2 2–0 1–0 4–2
Sporting Gijón 0–2 2–1 1–3 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–4 1–2 3–3 3–1 0–3 1–0 2–2 1–2 0–0 5–1 2–1 0–1 2–0
Valencia 0–3 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 3–0 3–0 2–2 0–0 2–2 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–2
Villarreal 3–1 1–0 2–2 1–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0

Updated to games played on 15 May 2016.
Source: La Liga
^ 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.

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 15 May 2016.[33][34]
Barcelona's Luis Suárez won the Pichichi Trophy, scoring 40 goals in the season.
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Uruguay Luis Suárez Barcelona 40
2 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 35
3 Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona 26
4 Brazil Neymar Barcelona 24
France Karim Benzema Real Madrid
6 France Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid 22
7 Spain Aritz Aduriz Athletic Bilbao 20
8 Wales Gareth Bale Real Madrid 19
Spain Rubén Castro Real Betis
10 Spain Borja Bastón Eibar 18

Top assists[edit]

As of 15 May 2016.[35]
Rank Player Club Assists
1 Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona 16
Uruguay Luis Suárez Barcelona
3 Spain Koke Atlético Madrid 14
4 Brazil Neymar Barcelona 12
5 Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 11
6 Wales Gareth Bale Real Madrid 10
Spain Roberto Soldado Villarreal
Germany Toni Kroos Real Madrid
Spain Marco Asensio Espanyol
10 Spain Jonathan Viera Las Palmas 9

Zamora Trophy[edit]

The Zamora Trophy is awarded by newspaper Marca to the goalkeeper with least goals-to-games ratio. A goalkeeper must play at least 28 games of 60 or more minutes to be eligible for the trophy.[36]

As of 15 May 2016.[37]
Rank Name Club Goals
Against
Matches Average
1 Slovenia Jan Oblak Atlético Madrid 18 38 0.47
2 Chile Claudio Bravo Barcelona 22 32 0.69
3 France Alphonse Areola Villarreal 26 32 0.81
4 Costa Rica Keylor Navas Real Madrid 28 34 0.82
5 Spain Gorka Iraizoz Athletic Bilbao 37 36 1.03

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date Reference
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo5 Real Madrid Espanyol 6–0 (A) 12 September 2015 Report
Spain Imanol Agirretxe Real Sociedad Granada 3–0 (A) 22 September 2015 Report
Brazil Charles Málaga Real Sociedad 3–1 (H) 3 October 2015 Report
Brazil Neymar4 Barcelona Rayo Vallecano 5–2 (H) 17 October 2015 Report
France Kevin Gameiro Sevilla Getafe 5–0 (H) 24 October 2015 Report
Uruguay Luis Suárez Barcelona Eibar 3–1 (H) 25 October 2015 Report
Spain Aritz Aduriz Athletic Bilbao Rayo Vallecano 3–0 (A) 29 November 2015 Report
Paraguay Antonio Sanabria Sporting Gijón Las Palmas 3–1 (H) 6 December 2015 Report
Wales Gareth Bale4 Real Madrid Rayo Vallecano 10–2 (H) 20 December 2015 Report
France Karim Benzema Real Madrid Rayo Vallecano 10–2 (H) 20 December 2015 Report
Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona Granada 4–0 (H) 9 January 2016 Report
Wales Gareth Bale Real Madrid Deportivo La Coruña 5–0 (H) 9 January 2016 Report
Uruguay Luis Suárez Barcelona Athletic Bilbao 6–0 (H) 17 January 2016 Report
Paraguay Antonio Sanabria Sporting Gijón Real Sociedad 5–1 (H) 22 January 2016 Report
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Espanyol 6–0 (H) 31 January 2016 Report[permanent dead link]
Uruguay Luis Suárez Barcelona Celta Vigo 6–1 (H) 14 February 2016 Report
Spain Aritz Aduriz Athletic Bilbao Deportivo La Coruña 4–1 (H) 2 March 2016 Report
Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona Rayo Vallecano 5–1 (A) 3 March 2016 Report
Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo4 Real Madrid Celta Vigo 7–1 (H) 5 March 2016 Report
Uruguay Luis Suárez4 Barcelona Deportivo La Coruña 8–0 (A) 20 April 2016 Report
Spain Paco Alcácer Valencia Eibar 4–0 (H) 20 April 2016 Report
Morocco Youssef El-Arabi Granada Levante 5–1 (H) 21 April 2016 Report
Uruguay Luis Suárez4 Barcelona Sporting Gijón 6–0 (H) 23 April 2016 Report
Uruguay Luis Suárez Barcelona Granada 3–0 (A) 14 May 2016 Report

4 Player scored four goals
5 Player scored five goals
(H) – Home ; (A) – Away

Discipline[edit]

As of 12 May 2016[38][39]

Attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Barcelona 1,486,763 98,902 65,531 78,251 +0.8%
2 Real Madrid 1,286,433 80,148 61,564 67,707 −7.8%
3 Atlético Madrid 820,812 51,933 29,737 43,201 −7.2%
4 Athletic Bilbao 797,268 47,785 37,552 41,961 +3.3%
5 Valencia 709,329 47,217 27,876 37,333 −14.8%
6 Real Betis 686,700 46,061 24,879 36,142 +18.0%1
7 Sevilla 646,007 40,395 21,915 34,000 +9.3%
8 Sporting Gijón 440,723 28,140 19,536 23,196 +20.1%1
9 Deportivo La Coruña 437,148 29,666 16,185 23,008 +8.1%
10 Las Palmas 402,922 28,414 15,819 21,206 +32.4%1
11 Málaga 401,292 28,290 13,909 21,121 −5.1%
12 Real Sociedad 386,468 27,484 12,755 20,340 −8.0%
13 Espanyol 348,353 27,395 12,461 18,334 −1.9%
14 Celta Vigo 342,272 24,519 13,584 18,014 −5.9%
15 Villarreal 318,573 23,450 12,843 16,767 +5.0%
16 Granada 301,361 20,552 12,711 15,861 −3.8%
17 Levante 259,258 22,424 9,225 13,645 −10.6%
18 Rayo Vallecano 218,308 13,775 9,301 11,490 +8.1%
19 Getafe 138,861 12,772 4,532 7,308 −0.7%
20 Eibar 98,868 5,941 4,215 5,204 +8.9%
League total 10,527,719 98,902 4,215 27,705 +3.6%

Updated to games played on 15 May 2016
Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
1: Team played last season in Segunda División.

LFP Awards[edit]

Seasonal[edit]

La Liga's governing body, the Liga de Fútbol Profesional, honoured the competition's best players and coach with the La Liga Awards.[40]

Recipient
Best Player France Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)
Best Coach Argentina Diego Simeone (Atlético Madrid)
Best Goalkeeper Slovenia Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid)
Best Defender Uruguay Diego Godín (Atlético Madrid)
Best Midfielder Croatia Luka Modrić (Real Madrid)
Best Forward Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Monthly[edit]

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
Manager Club Player Club
September Spain Marcelino Villarreal Spain Nolito Celta Vigo [41][42]
October Spain Ernesto Valverde Athletic Bilbao Spain Borja Bastón Eibar [43][44]
November Argentina Diego Simeone Atlético Madrid Brazil Neymar Barcelona [45][46]
December Spain Javi Gracia Málaga Spain Lucas Pérez Deportivo La Coruña [47][48]
January Spain Unai Emery Sevilla Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona [49][50]
February Spain Eusebio Sacristán Real Sociedad Venezuela Miku Rayo Vallecano [51][52]
March Spain Quique Setién Las Palmas Spain Aritz Aduriz Athletic Bilbao [53][54]
April France Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid Spain Koke Atlético Madrid [55][56]
May Spain Luis Enrique Barcelona Uruguay Luis Suárez Barcelona [57][58]

Number of teams by autonomous community[edit]

Autonomous Community Number of teams Teams
1  Andalusia 4 Granada, Málaga, Real Betis and Sevilla
 Community of Madrid Atlético Madrid, Getafe, Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid
3  Basque Country 3 Athletic Bilbao, Eibar and Real Sociedad
 Valencian Community Levante, Valencia and Villarreal
5  Catalonia 2 Barcelona and Espanyol
 Galicia Celta Vigo and Deportivo La Coruña
7  Asturias 1 Sporting Gijón
 Canary Islands Las Palmas

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Telefónica purchased the exclusive television broadcasting rights to telecast the 2015–16 season in Spain. Sky Sports have exclusive rights in the United Kingdom and beIN Sports have exclusive rights to air the season in various countries, including the United States, Canada, MENA, France and the Middle East.[59] KBSN Sports have the exclusive television broadcasting rights in South Korea except internet broadcasting.[60]

References[edit]

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