2018–19 La Liga

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La Liga
Season 2018–19
Dates 17 August 2018 – 26 May 2019
Matches played 70
Goals scored 174 (2.49 per match)
Top goalscorer Cristhian Stuani
(8 goals)
Biggest home win Barcelona 8–2 Huesca
(2 September 2018)
Biggest away win Rayo Vallecano 1–5 Alavés
(22 September 2018)
Levante 2–6 Sevilla
(23 September 2018)
Highest scoring Barcelona 8–2 Huesca
(2 September 2018)
Longest winning run 4 matches[1]
Barcelona
Longest unbeaten run 6 matches[1]
Real Betis
Longest winless run 6 matches[1]
Huesca
Valencia
Longest losing run 4 matches[1]
Huesca
Highest attendance 78,562
Real Madrid 0–0 Atlético Madrid
(29 September 2018)
[1]
Lowest attendance 4,209
Eibar 1–2 Huesca
(19 August 2018)
[1]
Total attendance 1,893,393[1]
Average attendance 27,440[1]
2019–20
All statistics correct as of 1 October 2018.

The 2018–19 La Liga season, also known as La Liga Santander for sponsorship reasons,[2] is the 88th since its establishment. The season began on 17 August 2018 and is scheduled to finish on 26 May 2019.[3] Fixtures for the 2018–19 season were announced on 24 July 2018.[4] This is the first La Liga season using VAR.[5]

Barcelona are the defending champions. Huesca, Rayo Vallecano and Valladolid join as the promoted clubs from the 2017–18 Segunda División. They replaced Málaga, Las Palmas and Deportivo La Coruña who were relegated to the 2018–19 Segunda División.

Summary[edit]

Several clubs made managerial changes before the start of the season. Among them were Real Madrid, when Zinedine Zidane resigned following the club's third consecutive UEFA Champions League victory. He was replaced by Julen Lopetegui, who was managing the Spanish national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia at the time of announcement and was dismissed from that job as a result.[6] Other incomers included Pablo Machín at Sevilla, who was hired after his success with newly promoted Girona the previous season.[7]

In the transfer window, the biggest deal saw Real Madrid lose Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus for a fee of €112 million; the Portuguese forward had scored 450 goals in 438 games during his nine years in the Spanish capital.[8] Real Madrid's additions included Belgium international goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for €35 million from Chelsea, and striker Mariano returned to the club from Lyon for €22 million.[9][10] Defending champions Barcelona added Clément Lenglet to their defence, Arturo Vidal to midfield, and spent over €40 million on Brazilian forward Malcom.[11] Players exiting Barcelona included Andrés Iniesta at the end of a successful 16-year-spell, as he signed for Vissel Kobe in Japan.[12]

Veterans Gabi and Fernando Torres also left Atlético Madrid for new teams in Asia,[13] while the same club welcomed in the likes of World Cup-winning French midfielder Thomas Lemar and Portugal's Gelson Martins.[14] After a successful previous season, in which the team finished fourth and returned to the Champions League, Valencia made permanent the loan signing of Portuguese winger Gonçalo Guedes from Paris Saint-Germain. Forward Simone Zaza and midfielder João Cancelo both left to Italy, while Kevin Gameiro and Geoffrey Kondogbia arrived as replacements.[15] Athletic Bilbao sold Kepa Arrizabalaga to Chelsea for €80 million, a world record fee for a goalkeeper.[16]

Teams[edit]

Promotion and relegation (pre-season)[edit]

A total of 20 teams will contest the league, including 17 sides from the 2017–18 season and three promoted from the 2017–18 Segunda División. This will include the two top teams from the Segunda División, and the winners of the play-offs.

Teams relegated to Segunda Division

The first team to be relegated from La Liga were Málaga. Their relegation was ensured on 19 April 2018, following a late 1−0 defeat to Levante, ending their 10-year spell in the top division.[17]

The second team to be relegated were Las Palmas, after a 4−0 home defeat to Deportivo Alavés on 22 April 2018, ending their three-year spell in the league.[18]

The last team to be relegated were Deportivo La Coruña, following a 4−2 home loss to Barcelona on 29 April 2018. This result ensured Deportivo's third relegation in seven years, and also handed Barcelona their 25th La Liga title.[19]

Teams promoted from Segunda Division

On 21 May 2018, Huesca were promoted to La Liga for the first time ever by winning 2–0 at Lugo.

Rayo Vallecano was the second team to earn promotion to La Liga on 27 May 2018 by winning against Lugo as well, this time 1–0. Rayo returns after a two-year absence.

Real Valladolid was the last team to be promoted after beating Sporting Gijón and Numancia in the play-offs. Valladolid returned to top division after 4 years.

This was the first season since the 2014–15 season without any teams from the archipelagos of Spain (teams located on the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands) since Las Palmas was relegated and Tenerife failed to qualify for the promotion play-offs.

Stadia and locations[edit]

Location of Madrid teams in 2018–19 La Liga

Celta signed a sponsorship contract with Abanca for renaming their stadium as Abanca-Balaídos.[20]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Alavés Vitoria-Gasteiz Mendizorrotza 19,840[21]
Athletic Bilbao Bilbao San Mamés 53,000[22]
Atlético Madrid Madrid Wanda Metropolitano 68,000[23]
Barcelona Barcelona Camp Nou 99,354[24]
Celta Vigo Vigo Abanca-Balaídos 29,000[25]
Eibar Eibar Ipurua 7,083[26]
Espanyol Barcelona RCDE Stadium 40,000[27]
Getafe Getafe Coliseum Alfonso Pérez 17,000[28]
Girona Girona Montilivi 13,500[29]
Huesca Huesca El Alcoraz 7,638[30]
Leganés Leganés Butarque 12,450[31]
Levante Valencia Ciutat de València 26,354[32]
Rayo Vallecano Madrid Vallecas 14,708[33]
Real Betis Seville Benito Villamarín 60,721[34]
Real Madrid Madrid Santiago Bernabéu 81,044[35]
Real Sociedad San Sebastián Anoeta 32,000[36]
Sevilla Seville Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán 42,714[37]
Valencia Valencia Mestalla 49,500[38]
Valladolid Valladolid José Zorrilla 26,512[39]
Villarreal Villarreal Estadio de la Cerámica 23,500[40]

Matches outside Spain[edit]

On 16 August 2018, La Liga signed a 15-year agreement with Relevent Sports (owners of the International Champions Cup) to schedule one match per season within the United States. This would mark the first time ever that an official La Liga league match would be held there.[41][42] Match between Girona and Barcelona, to be played on 27 January 2019, was selected to be played in Miami, but it required the approval of the Royal Spanish Football Federation.[43] On 21 September 2018, the Royal Spanish Football Federation denied approval of the match being held in Miami.[44]

Personnel and sponsorship[edit]

Team Manager[45] Captain[46] Kit manufacturer[47] Shirt sponsor[47]
Alavés Spain Abelardo Fernández Spain Manu García Kelme Betway, LEA,1 Araba-Álava,2 Integra Energía,3 Euskaltel3
Athletic Bilbao Argentina Eduardo Berizzo Spain Markel Susaeta New Balance Kutxabank
Atlético Madrid Argentina Diego Simeone Uruguay Diego Godín Nike Plus500, Hyundai2
Barcelona Spain Ernesto Valverde Argentina Lionel Messi Nike Rakuten, UNICEF,1 Beko2
Celta Vigo Argentina Antonio Mohamed Spain Hugo Mallo Adidas Estrella Galicia 0,0, Abanca,1 Grupo Recalvi3
Eibar Spain José Luis Mendilibar Spain Asier Riesgo Puma AVIA, HiKOKI2
Espanyol Spain Rubi Spain Javi López Kelme Riviera Maya, InnJoo1
Getafe Spain José Bordalás Spain Jorge Molina Joma Tecnocasa Group, Granitos Buenavista1
Girona Spain Eusebio Sacristán Spain Álex Granell Umbro Marathonbet, Costa Brava2
Huesca Spain Francisco Rodríguez Spain Juanjo Camacho Kelme Huesca La Magia, DISA,1 Bodega Sommos,1 Grupo Cosehisa,2 El Dorado,3 Ambar3
Leganés Argentina Mauricio Pellegrino Argentina Alexander Szymanowski Joma Betway, Sambil Outlet Madrid,2 BeSoccer3
Levante Spain Paco López Spain Pedro López Macron Betway, Baleària1
Rayo Vallecano Spain Míchel Spain Alberto García Kelme
Real Betis Spain Quique Setién Spain Joaquín Kappa Greenearth, Reale Seguros,2 BeSoccer3
Real Madrid Spain Julen Lopetegui Spain Sergio Ramos Adidas Emirates
Real Sociedad Spain Asier Garitano Spain Asier Illarramendi Macron Kutxabank,1 Reale Seguros2
Sevilla Spain Pablo Machín Spain Jesús Navas Nike Playtika, Betfair2
Valencia Spain Marcelino Spain Daniel Parejo Adidas BLU, beIN Sports,1 Sesderma,2 Alfa Romeo3
Valladolid Spain Sergio González Spain Javi Moyano Hummel Cuatro Rayas, Valladolid Ciudad Amiga3
Villarreal Spain Javier Calleja Spain Bruno Joma Pamesa Cerámica, Endavant2
1. ^ On the back of shirt.
2. ^ On the sleeves.
3. ^ On the shorts.

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Celta Vigo Spain Juan Carlos Unzué Sacked 21 May 2018[48] Pre-season Argentina Antonio Mohamed 22 May 2018[49]
Girona Spain Pablo Machín Signed for Sevilla 28 May 2018[50] Spain Eusebio Sacristán 7 June 2018[51]
Real Madrid France Zinedine Zidane Resigned 31 May 2018[52] Spain Julen Lopetegui 12 June 2018[53]
Real Sociedad Spain Imanol Alguacil End of contract 30 June 2018[54] Spain Asier Garitano 24 May 2018[55]
Huesca Spain Rubi 30 June 2018[56] Argentina Leo Franco 28 May 2018[57]
Sevilla Spain Joaquín Caparrós End of caretaker spell 30 June 2018[58] Spain Pablo Machín 28 May 2018[59]
Espanyol Spain David Gallego 30 June 2018[60] Spain Rubi 3 June 2018[61]
Leganés Spain Asier Garitano Signed for Real Sociedad 30 June 2018[62] Argentina Mauricio Pellegrino 2 June 2018[63]
Athletic Bilbao Spain José Ángel Ziganda Mutual consent 30 June 2018[64] Argentina Eduardo Berizzo 31 May 2018[65]
Huesca Argentina Leo Franco Sacked 9 October 2018 20th Spain Francisco Rodríguez 10 October 2018[66]

League table[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Sevilla 8 5 1 2 18 8 +10 16 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Barcelona 8 4 3 1 19 9 +10 15
3 Atlético Madrid 8 4 3 1 9 4 +5 15
4 Real Madrid 8 4 2 2 12 7 +5 14
5 Espanyol 8 4 2 2 11 7 +4 14 Qualification for the Europa League group stage
6 Alavés 8 4 2 2 11 8 +3 14 Qualification for the Europa League second qualifying round
7 Valladolid 8 3 3 2 7 6 +1 12
8 Real Betis 8 3 3 2 5 6 −1 12
9 Real Sociedad 8 3 2 3 12 11 +1 11
10 Celta Vigo 8 2 4 2 13 12 +1 10
11 Levante 8 3 1 4 12 14 −2 10
12 Eibar 8 3 1 4 8 12 −4 10
13 Getafe 8 2 3 3 6 7 −1 9
14 Valencia 8 1 6 1 6 7 −1 9
15 Girona 8 2 3 3 10 13 −3 9
16 Villarreal 8 2 2 4 6 7 −1 8
17 Athletic Bilbao 7 1 4 2 9 13 −4 7
18 Leganés 8 2 1 5 7 12 −5 7 Relegation to the Segunda División
19 Rayo Vallecano 7 1 2 4 7 15 −8 5
20 Huesca 8 1 2 5 7 18 −11 5
Updated to match(es) played on 7 October 2018. 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 (Note: Head-to-head record is used only after all the matches between the teams in question have been played)[67]

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 to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards.

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
Sevilla135127531
Barcelona22111112
Atlético Madrid891095343
Real Madrid41222224
Espanyol104748675
Alavés19171173466
Valladolid131416191814107
Real Betis2018131013858
Real Sociedad77813910139
Celta Vigo983347810
Levante31041116171611
Eibar1419151511131712
Getafe1711951011913
Valencia1115171715161414
Girona12161266121115
Villarreal161318141491216
Athletic Bilbao556812151517
Leganés1512192020182018
Rayo Vallecano1820201819191819
Huesca66141617201920
Leader
UEFA Champions League Group stage
UEFA Europa League Group stage
UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round
Relegation to Segunda División

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ALA ATH ATM BAR CEL EIB ESP GET GIR HUE LEG LEV RAY BET RMA RSO SEV VAL VLD VIL
Alavés 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0
Athletic Bilbao a 2–2 2–1 1–1 1–3 0–3
Atlético Madrid 1–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 a
Barcelona 3–0 1–1 a 2–2 8–2 a
Celta Vigo 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–3
Eibar 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–3
Espanyol a 1–0 1–0 2–0 3–1
Getafe 0–2 2–0 a 0–1 0–0
Girona 3–2 2–3 0–1 1–4 0–0
Huesca 1–1 0–1 0–1
Leganés 2–1 a 1–0 2–2 0–1
Levante 2–1 1–2 2–6 2–2
Rayo Vallecano 1–5 2–2 1–4
Real Betis 2–2 1–0 0–3 1–0
Real Madrid a 0–0 a 1–0 2–0 4–1
Real Sociedad a 1–2 2–2 0–1
Sevilla 2–1 0–2 a 3–0 0–0
Valencia 1–1 1–1 1–1 a 0–0 a
Valladolid 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–1
Villarreal 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 7 October 2018. Source: La Liga
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 7 October 2018[69]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Uruguay Cristhian Stuani Girona 8
2 Portugal André Silva Sevilla 7
3 Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona 6
4 Spain Iago Aspas Celta Vigo 5
France Wissam Ben Yedder Sevilla
6 France Karim Benzema Real Madrid 4
Uruguay Maxi Gómez Celta Vigo
Spain Roger Martí Levante

Top assists[edit]

As of 1 October 2018[70]
Rank Player Club Assists
1 Spain Jony Alavés 4
Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona
3 Uruguay Maxi Gómez Celta Vigo 3
France Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid
Spain Jesús Navas Sevilla
Spain Pablo Sarabia Sevilla

Zamora Trophy[edit]

The Zamora Trophy is awarded by newspaper Marca to the goalkeeper with the lowest goals-to-games ratio. A goalkeeper has to have played at least 28 games of 60 or more minutes to be eligible for the trophy.[71]

As of 1 October 2018[72]
Rank Name Club Goals
against
Matches Average
1 Spain Sergio Asenjo Villarreal 4 7 0.57
Slovenia Jan Oblak Atlético Madrid
3 Spain Diego López Espanyol 6 7 0.86
Spain Jordi Masip Valladolid
Spain David Soria Getafe

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date Round
Portugal André Silva Sevilla Rayo Vallecano 4–1 (A) 19 August 2018 1
France Wissam Ben Yedder Sevilla Levante 6–2 (A) 23 September 2018 5
Note

(H) – Home ; (A) – Away

Discipline[edit]

As of 1 October 2018[73]
  • Most yellow cards (club): 21
    • Athletic Bilbao
    • Getafe
  • Fewest yellow cards (club): 10
    • Rayo Vallecano
  • Most yellow cards (player): 5
  • Most red cards (club): 2
    • Levante
    • Real Sociedad
  • Fewest red cards (club): 0
    • 11 teams
  • Most red cards (player): 1
    • 11 players

Average attendances[edit]

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Barcelona 275,319 76,055 52,356 68,830 −0.8%
2 Real Madrid 254,197 78,562 48,346 63,549 −3.2%
3 Atlético Madrid 219,141 63,719 47,109 54,785 −1.3%
4 Real Betis 196,260 52,819 45,337 49,065 +5.8%
5 Valencia 168,227 46,280 35,575 42,057 +8.7%
6 Athletic Bilbao 208,755 46,860 36,900 41,751 +11.7%
7 Sevilla 152,020 41,037 35,847 38,005 +14.9%
8 Real Sociedad 71,451 26,482 21,459 23,817 +20.9%
9 Levante 81,657 22,550 19,592 20,414 +15.5%
10 Valladolid 73,246 21,674 16,420 18,312 +56.7%1
11 Espanyol 69,517 19,485 13,469 17,379 −1.5%
12 Celta Vigo 66,848 19,262 14,474 16,712 +2.5%
13 Villarreal 64,974 17,969 15,452 16,244 −2.7%
14 Alavés 56,715 17,329 12,490 14,179 −9.0%
15 Rayo Vallecano 35,968 12,111 11,842 11,989 +27.7%1
16 Girona 54,812 13,383 9,696 10,962 +7.0%
17 Leganés 40,934 11,407 8,951 10,234 +9.6%
18 Getafe 38,997 12,458 7,600 9,749 −4.7%
19 Huesca 20,165 6,877 6,502 6,722 +60.5%1
20 Eibar 20,344 6,174 4,209 5,086 −4.5%
League total 2,169,547 78,562 4,209 27,463 +1.8%

Updated to games played on 7 October 2018
Source: World Football
Notes:
1: Team played last season in Segunda División.

LFP Awards[edit]

Monthly[edit]

Month Player of the Month Reference
Player Club
September Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona [74]

Number of teams by autonomous community[edit]

Source:[75]

Autonomous Community Number of teams Teams
1  Community of Madrid 5 Atlético Madrid, Getafe, Leganés, Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid
2  Basque Country 4 Alavés, Athletic Bilbao, Eibar and Real Sociedad
3  Catalonia 3 Barcelona, Espanyol, and Girona
 Valencian Community Levante, Valencia, and Villarreal
5  Andalusia 2 Real Betis and Sevilla
6  Aragon 1 Huesca
 Castile and Leon Valladolid
 Galicia Celta Vigo

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