1939–40 La Liga
The 1939–40 La Liga was the ninth season since its establishment and the first one after the Spanish Civil War, that forced to suspend the competition during three years. The season started on December 3, 1939, and finished on April 28, 1940.
|Champions||Athletic Aviación |
|Goals scored||501 (3.8 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Victorio Unamuno|
|Biggest home win||Sevilla 8–2 Racing Santander|
|Biggest away win||Betis 0–4 Madrid|
|Highest scoring||Athletic Bilbao 7–5 Barcelona|
|Longest winning run||5 matches|
|Longest unbeaten run||7 matches|
|Longest winless run||8 matches|
|Longest losing run||4 matches|
Despite being relegated in the previous season, Athletic Aviación won its first title ever.
For this season, team qualified in the 10th position would face the second qualified team from Segunda División in a single-game play-off at a neutral venue. The winner would play the next season of La Liga.
Athletic Madrid changed its name to Athletic Aviación, after its merge with Aviación Nacional. Despite being relegated to Segunda División, it remained in the league by winning a play-off match against Osasuna for occupying the vacant berth after the resignation of Oviedo. Due to the damages at Estadio Metropolitano de Madrid, they played their games during this season at Estadio Chamartín, and one game at Vallecas.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Athletic Aviación (C)||22||14||1||7||43||29||+14||29|
|10||Celta (O)||22||9||1||12||45||50||−5||19[b]||Qualification to the relegation play-off|
|11||Betis (R)||22||6||4||12||26||51||−25||16||Relegation to Segunda División|
|12||Racing Santander (R)||22||6||1||15||37||57||−20||13|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
- Zaragoza finished ahead of Valencia on head-to-head points: Zaragoza–Valencia 1–0, Valencia–Zaragoza 0–0.
- Barcelona finished ahead of Celta on head-to-head points: Celta–Barcelona 1–2, Barcelona–Celta 2–0.
|Team 1||Score||Team 2|
|Celta||1–0||Deportivo La Coruña|
|1||Victorio Unamuno||Athletic Bilbao||20|
|5||Guillermo Gorostiza||Athletic Bilbao||14|
|Antonio Chas||Racing Santander|
|9||Manuel Alday||Real Madrid||13|
|10||Simón Lecue||Real Madrid||12|