Liga Española de Baloncesto (1957–83)

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Spanish Basketball League
Liga Española de Baloncesto
Sport Basketball
Founded 1957
Inaugural season 1957
No. of teams 14
Country  Spain
Continent European Union FIBA Europe (Europe)
Ceased 1982–83 season
(renamed as Liga ACB)
Most titles Real Madrid (22 titles)
TV partner(s) TVE
Related competitions Spanish King's Cup
Level on pyramid 1st Tier (Spain)

The Liga Española de Baloncesto (English: Spanish Basketball League), whose top division was known as Primera División (English: First Division), was the old basketball league in Spain, from 1957 to the 1982–83 season. It was organized by the Spanish Basketball Federation, and played by the best clubs of the country. In 1983, the clubs decided to create the Basketball Clubs Association, and transformed the top division into the new Liga ACB, although that league was also named Primera División until 1988.

The league was played in a double round-robin format without playoffs. Two points were conceded for a winning game, one for a draw, and no points for the loser. The worst teams of each season were relegated to the second division (Segunda División, called Primera División B since 1978). The winner of the league was qualified to the Euroleague.


Season Champion Runner-up
1957 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1958 Real Madrid Joventut
1958–59 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
1959–60 Real Madrid Joventut
1960–61 Real Madrid Orillo Verde
1961–62 Real Madrid Joventut
1962–63 Real Madrid Estudiantes
1963–64 Real Madrid Picadero JC
1964–65 Real Madrid Picadero JC
1965–66 Real Madrid Picadero JC
1966–67 Joventut Real Madrid
1967–68 Real Madrid Estudiantes
1968–69 Real Madrid Joventut
1969–70 Real Madrid Picadero JC
Season Champion Runner-up
1970–71 Real Madrid Joventut
1971–72 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1972–73 Real Madrid Joventut
1973–74 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1974–75 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1975–76 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1976–77 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1977–78 Joventut Real Madrid
1978–79 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1979–80 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1980–81 FC Barcelona Real Madrid
1981–82 Real Madrid FC Barcelona
1982–83 FC Barcelona Real Madrid


Team Winners Runners-up
Real Madrid
FC Barcelona
Picadero JC
Orillo Verde

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