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The 1997–98 La Liga season, the 67th since its establishment, started on 30 August 1997 and finished on 16 May 1998. On 29 March 1998, Sporting Gijón drew 0–0 with Real Zaragoza while Racing Santander, who were 19th in the table at the time, lost by Athletic Bilbao 4–3, to make Sporting Gijón the first team in La Liga history to be relegated in March, ending the season with a League record low points tally of just 13.

La Liga
Season1997–98
ChampionsBarcelona
15th title
RelegatedCompostela (relegation playoff)
Mérida
Sporting
Champions LeagueReal Madrid (group stage) (via UEFA Champions League)
Barcelona (group stage)
Athletic Bilbao (second qualifying round)
UEFA Cup Winners' CupMallorca (first round) (Copa del Rey runner-up)
UEFA CupReal Sociedad (first round)
Celta Vigo (first round)
Atlético Madrid (first round)
Betis (first round)
Intertoto CupValencia (third round)
Espanyol (second round)
Matches played380
Goals scored1,009 (2.66 per match)
Top goalscorerChristian Vieri (24)
Biggest home winSalamanca 6–0 Valencia
(12 April 1998)[1]
Biggest away winReal Oviedo 0–5 Real Sociedad
(19 October 1997)[2]
Highest scoringSalamanca 5–4 Atlético Madrid
(21 March 1998)[3]

Contents

Promotion and relegationEdit

Team informationEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Barcelona (C) 38 23 5 10 78 56 +22 74 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Athletic Bilbao 38 17 14 7 52 42 +10 65 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 Real Sociedad 38 16 15 7 60 37 +23 63[a] 1998–99 UEFA Cup First round
4 Real Madrid 38 17 12 9 63 45 +18 63[a] 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Group stage[b]
5 Mallorca 38 16 12 10 55 39 +16 60[c] 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round[d]
6 Celta de Vigo 38 17 9 12 54 47 +7 60[c] 1998–99 UEFA Cup First round
7 Atlético Madrid 38 16 12 10 79 56 +23 60[c]
8 Betis 38 17 8 13 49 50 −1 59
9 Valencia 38 16 7 15 58 52 +6 55 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
10 Espanyol 38 12 17 9 44 31 +13 53 1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
11 Valladolid 38 13 11 14 36 47 −11 50
12 Deportivo La Coruña 38 12 13 13 44 46 −2 49
13 Zaragoza 38 12 12 14 45 53 −8 48
14 Racing Santander 38 12 9 17 46 55 −9 45[e]
15 Salamanca 38 12 9 17 46 46 0 45[e]
16 Tenerife 38 11 12 15 44 57 −13 45[e]
17 Compostela (R) 38 11 11 16 56 66 −10 44 Qualification to relegation playoffs
18 Oviedo (O) 38 9 13 16 36 51 −15 40
19 Mérida (R) 38 9 12 17 33 53 −20 39 Relegation to Segunda División
20 Sporting Gijón (R) 38 2 7 29 31 80 −49 13
Source: LFP
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b RMA 2–0 RSO; RSO 4–2 RMA
  2. ^ Real Madrid was qualified directly for the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League as holders.
  3. ^ a b c MLL: 9 pts; CEL: 5 pts; ATM: 2 pts
  4. ^ Since Barcelona, winners of 1997–98 Copa del Rey, was qualified for the 1998–99 UEFA Champions League, losing cup finalists RCD Mallorca earned a spot in the first round of the 1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.
  5. ^ a b c RAC: 8 pts; SAL: 4 pts → SAL 2-0 TEN; TEN: 4 pts → TEN 2-0 SAL

Positions by roundEdit

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 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Athletic Bilbao 17 16 13 15 15 13 11 9 8 8 8 8 9 11 9 8 7 5 6 4 4 5 4 5 6 7 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 3 3 2 2 2
Real Sociedad 20 12 15 8 10 8 7 4 6 5 6 6 6 4 5 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 4 3 3 3 3 5 4 4 3 3
Real Madrid 10 7 3 3 4 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 4 4
Mallorca 6 9 2 2 2 4 4 5 7 6 7 7 7 8 10 11 9 8 9 9 9 9 6 6 7 5 7 8 9 8 7 4 4 4 5 5 5 5
Celta de Vigo 7 10 4 4 3 5 5 6 4 3 3 3 5 6 6 6 6 4 7 7 6 6 7 7 5 6 5 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 8 6
Atlético Madrid 9 2 9 10 6 3 3 7 5 4 5 5 3 3 3 3 4 6 4 5 5 4 5 4 4 3 3 4 7 7 8 9 8 7 8 9 7 7
Betis 2 5 12 14 7 9 9 8 9 10 10 12 11 10 7 7 8 9 8 8 8 8 9 8 8 10 6 6 5 5 5 7 7 8 7 6 6 8
Valencia 14 18 18 18 17 16 17 16 17 17 18 17 17 18 19 16 13 13 13 15 13 11 10 11 11 9 10 9 8 9 9 8 9 9 9 8 9 9
Espanyol 3 6 8 7 8 6 6 3 2 7 4 4 4 5 4 4 5 7 5 6 7 7 8 9 10 8 9 11 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Valladolid 16 20 19 20 20 18 19 19 18 18 17 18 18 17 18 14 16 14 16 18 16 19 19 16 15 14 12 12 13 13 12 11 11 10 11 11 11 11
Deportivo La Coruña 12 13 16 11 11 15 14 14 15 16 12 13 15 14 14 15 17 17 17 14 14 14 11 12 13 12 14 13 14 11 13 12 12 11 12 13 13 12
Zaragoza 13 14 11 13 13 12 15 12 10 11 13 11 10 9 11 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 13 10 9 11 11 10 10 12 11 13 13 14 13 12 12 13
Racing Santander 8 11 6 9 5 7 8 11 14 15 14 15 13 12 12 12 12 11 12 11 11 13 14 14 14 15 16 16 16 17 19 16 14 13 14 14 14 14
Salamanca 15 17 14 16 16 17 18 18 19 19 19 19 19 19 16 17 14 15 14 16 18 15 17 19 19 18 17 15 17 16 17 17 15 15 15 15 15 15
Tenerife 11 8 5 5 9 11 12 10 12 13 15 16 16 16 17 19 19 19 18 19 19 16 18 18 18 16 18 18 19 18 18 18 18 17 16 16 16 16
Compostela 4 3 10 12 12 14 13 15 13 14 16 14 14 15 15 18 18 18 19 17 15 18 15 15 17 19 19 19 18 19 16 19 19 19 18 17 17 17
Real Oviedo 5 4 7 6 14 10 10 13 11 9 9 9 8 7 8 10 11 12 11 12 12 12 12 13 12 13 13 14 12 14 14 14 16 16 17 19 18 18
Mérida 18 15 17 17 18 19 16 17 16 12 11 10 12 13 13 13 15 16 15 13 17 17 16 17 16 17 15 17 15 15 15 15 17 18 19 18 19 19
Sporting de Gijón 19 19 20 19 19 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 20 20 20 20 20 20 20

Source: LFP 1-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 17-20

Note: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup spot (in yellow) being non-related with a position in La Liga, does not appear until the team is assured to be qualified. Conditions to be assured are: Copa del Rey winner cannot reach UEFA Champions League's places or one of finalists' Copa del Rey cannot qualify mathematically to UEFA Champions League. Barcelona was qualified to UEFA Champions League since 33rd round, since this round, Mallorca's places are coloured in yellow where place is not of Champions League. In light yellow the spot expected for 1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

Leader
1998–99 UEFA Champions League Group stage
1998–99 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round
1998–99 UEFA Cup First round
1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
1998 UEFA Intertoto Cup Second round
Play-off relegation to 1998–99 Segunda División
Relegation to 1998–99 Segunda División

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away[1] ATH ATM FCB BET CEL COM RCD ESP MLL MER RAC RMA ROV RSO SAL RSG TEN VCF VLD ZAR
Athletic Bilbao 1–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 3–1 5–1 4–3 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 3–0 0–3 2–0 1–0
Atlético Madrid 3–0 5–2 0–0 3–3 3–1 3–0 0–2 2–3 4–0 2–1 1–1 4–1 2–2 1–1 2–1 2–2 3–1 5–0 2–1
Barcelona 4–0 3–1 1–3 3–2 2–0 2–1 3–1 0–0 3–1 2–0 3–0 2–1 3–0 1–4 2–1 3–2 3–4 1–2 1–0
Betis 1–1 2–3 0–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–3 2–1 2–1 0–2 3–2 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 3–0 3–3
Celta de Vigo 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 3–3 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–2 2–1 3–0 2–1 4–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–1
Compostela 1–4 2–1 2–2 2–3 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 3–0 3–1 2–3 1–0 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–2 3–1 0–0 2–0
Deportivo La Coruña 3–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–6 1–1 1–1 0–1 4–1 2–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–3 2–1
Espanyol 0–1 2–2 1–1 5–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–3 3–0 1–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 0–1
Mallorca 4–0 2–1 0–1 1–2 4–2 2–1 0–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 6–2 5–1 2–1 1–1 0–2
Mérida 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–3 4–0 3–3 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–2 2–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–1
Racing Santander 0–0 0–1 2–4 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 3–1 1–0 4–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 2–3
Real Madrid 0–0 1–1 2–3 1–0 3–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 5–1 2–0 1–0 3–0 3–0 1–2 3–1 0–2
Oviedo 1–2 0–2 1–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 0–5 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 3–0
Real Sociedad 1–1 0–0 2–2 2–0 2–1 5–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 4–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–1
Salamanca 0–0 5–4 4–3 0–0 0–1 0–1 4–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 0–2 0–2 0–0 4–0 2–0 6–0 1–0 1–2
Sporting Gijón 1–2 2–3 1–4 2–3 0–1 0–2 0–3 1–0 1–3 0–0 2–1 0–2 1–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–2 2–3
Tenerife 0–2 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–3 5–1 0–0 0–0 1–4 1–1 2–2 4–3 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 3–2 1–0 0–0
Valencia 1–1 4–1 0–3 1–0 2–1 4–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 3–0 6–1 0–2 1–1 3–2 0–1 2–2 1–2 1–2 2–1
Valladolid 3–0 2–1 1–2 1–3 0–0 4–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–4 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–3 4–0
Zaragoza 1–1 1–5 1–2 3–1 1–0 2–2 1–2 1–1 2–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–3 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 0–0

Source: LFP (in Spanish)
^ 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.

Relegation playoffEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Villarreal CF (a) 1–1 SD Compostela 0–0 1–1
Real Oviedo 4–3 UD Las Palmas 3–0 1–3

First LegEdit

Second LegEdit

AwardsEdit

Pichichi TrophyEdit

The Pichichi Trophy is awarded to the player who scores the most goals in a season.

Rank Goalscorers Goals Club
1
  Christian Vieri
24
Atlético Madrid
2
  Rivaldo
19
Barcelona
3
  Luis Enrique
18
Barcelona
4
  Darko Kovačević
17
Real Sociedad
5
  Lyuboslav Penev
16
Compostela
6
  Pauleta
15
Salamanca
7
  Fernando Correa
14
Racing Santander
8
  Juan Esnáider
13
Espanyol
  Alen Peternac
13
Valladolid
  Gabriel Amato
13
Mallorca

Zamora TrophyEdit

The Zamora Trophy is awarded to the goalkeeper with least goals to games ratio.

Rank Goalkeeper Goals Matches Average Team
1
  Toni
31
37
0.84
Espanyol
2
  Alberto
37
38
0.97
Real Sociedad
3
  Bogdan Stelea
32
30
1.07
Salamanca
4
  Imanol Etxeberria
42
38
1.11
Athletic Bilbao
5
  Andoni Zubizarreta
40
34
1.18
Valencia

SigningsEdit

Source: http://www.bdfutbol.com/es/t/t1996-97.html

Team Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Barcelona   Ruud Hesp (Roda)
0
0
  Winston Bogarde (Milan)
  Michael Reiziger (Milan)
0
  Dragan Ćirić (Partizan)
0
0
  Sonny Anderson (Monaco)
  Christophe Dugarry (Milan)
  Rivaldo (Deportivo)
Athletic Bilbao   Rafael Alkorta (Real Madrid)
  Patxi Ferreira (Valencia)
  Jesús Lacruz (Osasuna)
  Mikel Lasa (Real Madrid)
  Roberto Ríos (Betis)
  Gaizka Garitano (Lleida)
  Javi González (Celta)
  Txomin Nagore (Osasuna)
0
0
  Aitor Huegun (Eibar)
0
0
0
0
Real Sociedad   Mikel Antía (Valladolid)
  Iker Sarriegi (Eibar)
  Dietmar Kühbauer (Rapid Wien)
0
  Igor Cvitanović (Croatia Zagreb)
  Ricardo Sá Pinto (Sporting CP)
Real Madrid   Aitor Karanka (Athletic Bilbao)
0
  Sávio (Flamengo)
  Christian Karembeu (Sampdoria)
  Manuel Canabal (Mérida)
  Fernando Morientes (Zaragoza)
Mallorca   Carlos Roa (Lanús)
0
0
0
0
0
  Iván Campo (Valencia)
  Milan Milijaš (Zemun)
  Enrique Romero (Valencia)
0
0
0
  Vicente Engonga (Valencia)
  Xabier Eskurza (Valencia)
  Óscar Mena (Lanús)
  Palhinha (Cruzeiro)
  Paco Sanz (Racing Santander)
  Juan Carlos Valerón (Las Palmas)
  Gabriel Amato (Hércules)
  Gabi Moya (Valencia)
0
0
0
0
Celta Vigo   Goran Đorović (Red Star Belgrade)
  Dan Eggen (Brøndby)
  Michel Salgado (Salamanca)
  Ito Álvarez (Extremadura)
  Bruno Caires (Benfica)
  Valeri Karpin (Valencia)
  Jorge Cadete (Celtic)
0
0
Atlético Madrid   Pedro Jaro (Betis)
0
0
0
  Cristian Dáiz (Málaga)
  Andrei Frascarelli (Atlético Paranaense)
  Ramón González (Valladolid)
0
  Paulo Futre (West Ham United)
  Avi Nimni (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
0
0
  Rade Bogdanović (JEF United)
  Jordi Lardín (Espanyol)
  José Mari Romero (Sevilla)
  Christian Vieri (Juventus)
Betis   Jorge Otero (Valencia)
  Roberto Solozábal (Atlético Madrid)
  Joaquín Valerio (Albacete)
  Fernando Sánchez (Valladolid)
0
0
  Oli Álvarez (Oviedo)
  Ángel Cuéllar (Barcelona)
  Iván Pérez (Extremadura)
Valencia   Gustavo Campagnuolo (Dep. Español)
0
0
0
0
0
  Jocelyn Angloma (Internazionale)
  Amedeo Carboni (Roma)
  Miroslav Đukić (Dep. La Coruña)
  Juanfran García (Levante)
0
0
  Marcelinho Carioca (Corinthians)
  Gerard López (Barcelona B)
  Luis Milla (Real Madrid)
  Guillermo Morigi (Vélez Sarsfield)
  Moussa Saïb (Auxerre)
  José del Solar (Celta)
  Adrian Ilie (Galatasaray)
  Nico Olivera (Defensor)
0
0
0
0
Espanyol   Goran Milošević (Iraklis)
0
0
  Roberto Fresnedoso (Atlético Madrid)
  Constantin Gâlcă (Mallorca)
  José Mari García (Alavés)
  Juan Esnáider (Atlético Madrid)
  Quique Martín (Mérida)
0
Valladolid   José Belman (Zaragoza)
0
0
  Chavo Díaz (River Plate (M))
  José García Calvo (Real Madrid)
  Gabriel Heinze (Newell's Old Boys)
  Chema Jiménez (Atlético Madrid B)
  Eusebio Sacristán (Celta)
0
  Juan Carlos Gómez
  Diego Klimowicz (Rayo Vallecano)
0
Deportivo   Peter Rufai (Hércules)
0
0
0
  Luis Ramis (Sevilla)
  Lionel Scaloni (Estudiantes)
0
0
  Djalminha (Palmeiras)
  Mustapha Hadji (Sporting CP)
0
0
  Sebastián Abreu (San Lorenzo)
  Salaheddine Bassir (Al-Hilal)
  Luizão Goulart (Palmeiras)
  Manteca Martínez (Boca Juniors)
Zaragoza   Gary Sundgren (AIK)
0
0
0
  Roberto Acuña (Independiente)
  José Ignacio Sáenz (Valencia)
  Marcos Vales (Sporting Gijón)
  Nordin Wooter (Ajax)
  Yordi González (Atlético Madrid)
  Paulo Jamelli (Kashiwa Reysol)
  Pier Loggi (Betis)
0
Racing Santander   José Manuel Sietes (Valencia)
  Washington Tais (Peñarol)
0
0
  Nelson Abeijón (Nacional Montev.)
  Ignacio Conte (Tenerife)
  José Félix Guerrero (Eibar)
  Hugo Porfírio (Sporting Portugal)
  Nando Có (Vitória Setubal)
0
0
0
Salamanca   Bogdan Stelea (Steaua)
0
0
0
0
0
  Rogerio Brito (Os Belenenses)
  Sergio Korino (Athletic Bilbao)
  Marco Lanna (Roma)
  Gustavo Lombardi (River Plate)
  Dubravko Pavličić (Hércules)
  Axel Smeets (Gent)
  Edu Alonso (Athletic Bilbao)
  Gabi Popescu (University of Craiova)
  Manuel Tulipa (Boavista)
0
0
0
  Ronen Harazi (Beitar)
  Walter Silvani (Extremadura)
0
0
0
0
Tenerife   Juan Carlos Unzué (Sevilla)
0
  André Luiz Moreira (Corinthians)
  Ferdi Vierklau (Vitesse)
  Emerson Costa (Mifddlebrough)
  Samuel Slovák (Slovan Bratislava)
  Roy Makaay (Vitesse)
  Domingos (Porto)
Compostela   René Ponk (Utrecht)
0
0
0
0
  Francisco Agirretxu (Celta)
  Toño Castro (Almería)
  Jean-Fr. Hernandez (Marseille)
  Pignol (Aubargne)
  Óscar Tabuenka (Athletic Bilbao)
  Romano Sion (Emmen)
0
0
0
0
Oviedo   José María Buljubasich (Lleida)
0
  Joyce Moreno (Real Madrid B)
0
  Roberto Pompei (Boca Juniors)
0
  Julio Dely Valdés (PSG)
  Juan González (Nacional Montev.)
Mérida   Leo Franco (Independiente)
  Carlos N. Montoya (Extremadura)
0
0
0
0
  Pablo Alfaro (Atlético Madrid)
  José Cortés (Extremadura)
  Ramón de Quintana (Rayo Vallecano)
0
0
0
  Marcos Martín (Sevilla)
  Pirri Mori (Compostela)
  Francisco Ruano (Levante)
  Gonzalo de los Santos (Peñarol)
0
0
  David Ávila (Barcelona B)
  Leonardo Biagini (Atlético Madrid)
  Cléber Eduardo (Atlético Paranaense)
  Iván Gabrich (Ajax)
  Dmitri Radchenko (Rayo Vallecano)
  Juan Sabas (Betis)
Sporting Gijón   Dragoje Leković (Kilmarnock)
0
0
0
0
  Carles Mingo (Barcelona B)
  Roberto Trotta (Racing Club)
0
0
0
  José Manuel Colmenero (Mallorca)
  Mario Cotelo (Badajoz)
  Rodrigão (Braga)
  Alexei Kosolapov (Lokomotiv Moscow)
  Antonio Poyatos (Valencia)
  Cezary Kucharski (Legia)
  Kaiku Martín (Levante)
  Vladimir Popović (Zemun)
0
0

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Salamanca 6-0 Valencia". LFP. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Real Oviedo 0–5 Real Sociedad". LFP. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Salamanca 5-4 Atlético Madrid". LFP. Retrieved 14 September 2010.