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The 2006–07 La Liga season, the 76th since its establishment, started on 27 August 2006 and finished on 17 June 2007. Real Madrid won La Liga on the better head to head against Barcelona in one of its most thrilling seasons to date. Celta de Vigo, Real Sociedad and Gimnàstic de Tarragona were relegated.

La Liga
Season2006–07
ChampionsReal Madrid
30th title
RelegatedCelta Vigo
Real Sociedad
Gimnàstic
Champions LeagueReal Madrid (group stage)
Barcelona (group stage)
Sevilla (3rd qualifying round)
Valencia (3rd qualifying round)
UEFA CupVillarreal (first round)
Zaragoza (first round)
Getafe (first round) (via Copa del Rey)
Intertoto CupAtlético Madrid (third round)
Matches played380
Goals scored942 (2.48 per match)
Top goalscorerRuud van Nistelrooy (25)
Biggest home winOsasuna 5–1 Betis
(14 January 2007)[1]
Gimnàstic 4–0 Espanyol
(28 January 2007)[2]
Barcelona 4–0 Villarreal
(25 November 2006)[3]
Sevilla 4–0 Levante
(29 August 2006)[4]
Sevilla 4–0 Deportivo
(20 December 2006)[5]
Valencia 4–0 Gimnàstic
(1 October 2006)[6]
Valencia 4–0 Deportivo
(10 December 2006)[7]
Biggest away winAtlético Madrid 0–6 Barcelona
(20 May 2007)[8]
Highest scoringRacing 5–4 Athletic Bilbao
(1 April 2007)[9]

Barcelona was in first place for much of the season while arch-rivals Real Madrid were six points behind and in fourth. However, Barcelona began playing inconsistently after January, while Madrid's form improved in that same period. On 12 May 2007, Real Madrid took the league lead for the first time all season by defeating Espanyol 4–3, coming back from 3–1 first half deficit. The Sunday after Madrid won their epic battle with Espanyol, Barcelona dropped points with a 1–1 draw to struggling Real Betis. By virtue of their superior head to head record, Madrid sat at the top of La Liga with both teams having four league games left.[1]

On the penultimate day of the season, Barcelona failed to overcome city rivals Espanyol in the Barcelona derby, drawing 2–2.[10] In the final La Liga matches, Barcelona thrashed Gimnàstic 5–1, but Madrid came back from a 1–0 deficit to beat Mallorca 3–1 and clinch the title on head-to-head superiority.

Contents

Promotion and relegationEdit

Team informationEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Real Madrid (C) 38 23 7 8 66 40 +26 76[a] 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Barcelona 38 22 10 6 78 33 +45 76[a]
3 Sevilla 38 21 8 9 64 35 +29 71 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Valencia 38 20 6 12 57 42 +15 66
5 Villarreal 38 18 8 12 48 44 +4 62 2007–08 UEFA Cup First round
6 Zaragoza 38 16 12 10 55 43 +12 60[b]
7 Atlético Madrid 38 17 9 12 46 39 +7 60[b] 2007 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
8 Recreativo 38 15 9 14 54 52 +2 54
9 Getafe 38 14 10 14 39 33 +6 52 2007–08 UEFA Cup First round[c]
10 Racing Santander 38 12 14 12 42 48 −6 50
11 Espanyol 38 12 13 13 46 53 −7 49[d]
12 Mallorca 38 14 7 17 41 47 −6 49[d]
13 Deportivo La Coruña 38 12 11 15 32 45 −13 47
14 Osasuna 38 13 7 18 51 49 +2 46
15 Levante 38 10 12 16 37 53 −16 42
16 Real Betis 38 8 16 14 36 49 −13 40[e]
17 Athletic Bilbao 38 10 10 18 44 62 −18 40[e]
18 Celta de Vigo (R) 38 10 9 19 40 59 −19 39 Relegation to Segunda División
19 Real Sociedad (R) 38 8 11 19 32 47 −15 35
20 Gimnàstic (R) 38 7 7 24 34 69 −35 28
Source: LFP
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th number of goals scored; 7th Fair-play points
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b RMA 2–0 BAR; BAR 3–3 RMA
  2. ^ a b ATM 0–1 ZAR; ZAR 1–0 ATM
  3. ^ Since Sevilla, winners of 2006–07 Copa del Rey, was qualified for the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League, so losing cup finalists Getafe earned a spot in the first round of the 2007–08 UEFA Cup.
  4. ^ a b MLL 1–0 ESP; ESP 3–1 MLL
  5. ^ a b BET 3–0 ATH; ATH 1–2 BET

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ATH ATM FCB BET CEL RCD ESP GET LEV MLL GIM OSA RAC RMA RSO REC SFC VCF VIL ZAR
Athletic Bilbao 1–4 1–3 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–2 0–3 0–0 1–4 1–1 4–2 1–3 1–0 0–1 0–0
Atlético Madrid 1–0 0–6 0–0 2–3 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 3–1 0–0
Barcelona 3–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 3–0 2–0 3–3 1–0 3–0 3–1 1–1 4–0 3–1
Betis 3–0 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–5 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 3–3 1–1
Celta de Vigo 1–1 1–3 2–3 2–1 1–0 0–2 2–1 1–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–2 3–2 1–1 1–1
Deportivo La Coruña 0–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–5 1–2 1–2 2–0 3–2
Espanyol 3–2 2–1 3–1 2–2 2–1 1–3 1–5 1–1 3–1 0–1 0–0 2–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–2
Getafe 0–0 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 3–0 3–0 2–2
Levante 0–0 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–4 2–0 1–4 2–0 2–1 2–4 4–2 0–2 0–0
Mallorca 1–3 0–0 1–4 2–0 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 3–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 1–2 2–1
Gimnàstic 2–3 0–2 1–5 0–1 1–2 0–0 4–0 1–3 2–1 2–3 2–3 2–2 1–3 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–3 1–0
Osasuna 1–1 1–2 0–0 5–1 0–1 4–1 0–2 0–2 2–1 3–0 2–0 0–1 1–4 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–4 2–2
Racing Santander 5–4 0–1 0–3 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–3 0–2 4–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 4–3 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–2
Real Madrid 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–2 3–1 4–3 1–1 0–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 0–3 3–2 2–1 0–0 1–0
Real Sociedad 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–0 3–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–1 3–2 2–1 0–0 1–2 2–3 1–3 0–1 0–1 1–3
Recreativo 0–0 1–0 0–4 2–0 4–2 1–1 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–1 2–0 4–2 2–3 1–0 1–3 2–0 2–1 1–1
Sevilla 4–1 3–1 2–1 3–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 1–0 4–0 1–2 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 3–0 0–1 3–1
Valencia 1–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 4–0 3–2 2–0 3–0 3–1 4–0 1–0 0–2 0–1 3–3 2–0 2–0 2–3 2–0
Villarreal 3–1 0–1 2–0 3–2 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–4 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 3–2
Zaragoza 4–3 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 3–0 1–2 0–0 2–2 3–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–0
Updated to match(es) played on 17 June 2007. Source: LFP
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

AwardsEdit

Pichichi TrophyEdit

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

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Ruud van Nistelrooy Real Madrid 25
2   Diego Milito Zaragoza 23
3   Frédéric Kanouté Sevilla 21
  Ronaldinho Barcelona 21
5   Diego Forlán Villarreal 19
6   David Villa Valencia 16
7   Raúl Tamudo Espanyol 15
  Fernando Baiano Celta Vigo 15
9   Fernando Torres Atlético Madrid 14
  Lionel Messi Barcelona 14
11   Fernando Morientes Valencia 12
  Florent Sinama Pongolle Recreativo 12
13   Daniel Güiza Getafe 11
  Javier Portillo Gimnàstic 11
  Nikola Žigić Racing Santander 11
  Roberto Soldado Osasuna 11
  Samuel Eto'o Barcelona 11
18   Luís Fabiano Sevilla 10
  Luis García Espanyol 10

Source: LFP

Zamora TrophyEdit

The Zamora Trophy is awarded to the goalkeeper with fewest goals to games ratio. Last updated 17 June 2007 [2]

Goalkeeper Goals Matches Average Team
  Roberto Abbondanzieri
30
36
0.83
Getafe
  Víctor Valdés
33
38
0.87
Barcelona
  Leo Franco
28
32
0.88
Atlético Madrid
  Sebastián Viera
25
28
0.89
Villarreal
  Andrés Palop
32
34
0.94
Sevilla
  Claudio Bravo
29
29
1
Real Sociedad
  Santiago Cañizares
33
32
1.03
Valencia
  Iker Casillas
40
38
1.05
Real Madrid
  Toño
36
32
1.13
Racing Santander
  José Francisco Molina
39
34
1.15
Levante

Assists tableEdit

Rank Player Club Assists
1   David Villa Valencia 12
2   Dani Alves Sevilla 11
  Pedro Munitis Racing Santander 11
4   Deco Barcelona 10
5   Juan Arango Mallorca 9
  Andrés D'Alessandro Zaragoza 9
  Ariel Ibagaza Mallorca 9
8   Samuel Eto'o Barcelona 8
  Gustavo López Celta Vigo 8
  Ronaldinho Barcelona 8

Fair Play awardEdit

Rank Club Points
1 Recreativo 84
2 Getafe 103
3 Mallorca 104
4 Barcelona 106
5 Villarreal 108
6 Real Sociedad 110
7 Gimnàstic 116
8 Zaragoza 125
9 Valencia 126
10 Athletic Bilbao 129
11 Deportivo La Coruña 131
12 Espanyol 133
13 Real Madrid 135
14 Celta Vigo 137
15 Racing Santander 139
16 Atlético Madrid 144
17 Osasuna 145
18 Levante 150
19 Sevilla 151
20 Betis 189

Pedro Zaballa awardEdit

Cuco Ziganda (Osasuna head coach) and David Belenguer (Getafe footballer)[11][12]

OverallEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Osasuna 5-1 Betis" (in Spanish). RFEF. 14 January 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Nàstic 4-0 Espanyol" (in Spanish). RFEF. 28 January 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Barcelona 4-0 Villarreal" (in Spanish). RFEF. 25 November 2006. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Sevilla 4-0 Levante" (in Spanish). RFEF. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Sevilla 4-0 Deportivo" (in Spanish). RFEF. 20 December 2006. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Valencia 4-0 Gimnàstic" (in Spanish). RFEF. 1 October 2006. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Valencia 4-0 Deportivo" (in Spanish). RFEF. 10 December 2006. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  8. ^ "Atlético Madrid 0-6 Barcelona" (in Spanish). RFEF. 20 May 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  9. ^ "Racing Santander 5-4 Athletic Bilbao" (in Spanish). RFEF. 1 April 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  10. ^ Sharma, Rik (27 March 2014). "Remembering the Tamudazo When Espanyol Dashed Barcelona's La Liga Title Dream". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Premio a los mejores (RFEF Magazine, page 52)" [Prize for the best] (PDF) (in Spanish). RFEF. July 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 December 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  12. ^ "Ganadores del Trofeo Pedro Zaballa" [Pedro Zaballa award Winners] (in Spanish). RFEF. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 5 September 2010.

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