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The 2008–09 La Liga season (known as the Liga BBVA for sponsorship reasons) was the 78th since its establishment. Real Madrid were the defending champions, having won their 31st La Liga title in the previous season. The campaign began on 30 August 2008 and ended on 31 May 2009. A total of 20 teams contested the league, 17 of which already contested in the 2007–08 season, and three of which were promoted from the Segunda División. A new match ball – the Nike T90 Omni – served as the official ball for all matches.

La Liga
Season2008–09
ChampionsBarcelona
19th title
RelegatedBetis
Numancia
Recreativo
Champions LeagueBarcelona (group stage)
Real Madrid (group stage)
Sevilla (group stage)
Atlético Madrid (playoff round)
Europa LeagueVillarreal (playoff round)
Valencia (playoff round)
Athletic Bilbao (third qualifying round) (via Copa del Rey)
Matches played380
Goals scored1,101 (2.9 per match)
Top goalscorerDiego Forlán (32)
Biggest home winReal Madrid 7–1 Sporting
(24 September 2008)[1]
Barcelona 6–0 Valladolid
(8 November 2008)[2]
Barcelona 6–0 Málaga
(22 March 2009)[3]
Biggest away winSporting 1–6 Barcelona
(21 September 2008)[4]
Highest scoringReal Madrid 7–1 Sporting
(24 September 2008)[1]
Real Madrid 2–6 Barcelona
(2 May 2009)[5]
Deportivo 5–3 Racing
(8 March 2009)[6]
Villarreal 4–4 Atlético Madrid
(26 October 2008)[7]

On 16 May 2009, after Villarreal's 3–2 victory over Real Madrid, Barcelona were declared champions, their 19th La Liga title, with three matches to play. Lionel Messi received the inaugural LFP Award for Best Player from the Liga de Fútbol Profesional.

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Promotion and relegationEdit

Real Zaragoza, Real Murcia and Levante were relegated to the 2008–09 Segunda División after finishing in the bottom three spots of the table at the end of the 2007–08 La Liga. Zaragoza were relegated to the Segunda División after five seasons of continuous membership in the top football league of Spain; Levante returned in Segunda División after two-year tenured in La Liga; and Murcia made their immediate return to the second level.

The three relegated teams were replaced by three 2007–08 Segunda División sides. Champions Numancia, who ended their second-level status after three years, runners-up Málaga, who returned to the top flight after two season in the second level, and Sporting de Gijón returned to the highest Spanish league after ten years.

Team informationEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Team Venue Capacity
Almería Estadio del Mediterráneo 22,000
Athletic Bilbao San Mamés 39,750
Atlético Madrid Vicente Calderón 54,851
Barcelona Camp Nou 98,772
Betis Manuel Ruiz de Lopera 52,132
Deportivo Riazor 34,600
Espanyol Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys 55,926
Getafe Coliseum Alfonso Pérez 16,300
Málaga La Rosaleda 35,530
Mallorca ONO Estadi 23,142
Numancia Los Pajaritos 9,700
Osasuna Estadio Reyno de Navarra 19,553
Racing Santander El Sardinero 22,400
Real Madrid Santiago Bernabéu 80,354
Recreativo Nuevo Colombino 21,600
Sevilla Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán 45,500
Sporting El Molinón 25,885
Valencia Mestalla 55,000
Valladolid Estadio José Zorrilla 26,512
Villarreal El Madrigal 23,000

Personnel and sponsoringEdit

Team Chairman Head Coach Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Almería Alfonso García   Hugo Sánchez UDA Corredor de Vida / IsladelFraile.com
Athletic Bilbao Fernando García   Joaquín Caparrós 100% Athletic Petronor
Atlético Madrid Enrique Cerezo   Abel Resino Nike Kia
Barcelona Joan Laporta   Pep Guardiola Nike UNICEF (*)
Betis Pepe León   José María Nogués Kappa Andalucía
Deportivo Augusto Lendoiro   Miguel Ángel Lotina Canterbury of New Zealand Estrella Galicia
Espanyol Daniel Sánchez Llibre   Mauricio Pochettino uhlsport Interapuestas.com
Getafe Ángel Torres   Míchel Joma Galco
Málaga Fernando Sanz   Antonio Tapia Umbro Málaga
Mallorca Mateu Alemany   Gregorio Manzano Reial Illes Balears / Viajes Iberia
Numancia Francisco Garcés   Juan José Rojo Martín Errea Caja Duero
Osasuna Patxi Izco   José Antonio Camacho Diadora Yingli Solar
Racing Santander Francisco Pernía   López Muñiz Joma
Real Madrid Vicente Boluda   Juande Ramos Adidas Bwin.com
Recreativo Francisco Mendoza   Lucas Alcaraz Cejudo Cajasol
Sevilla José María del Nido   Manolo Jiménez Joma 888.com
Sporting Manuel Vega-Arango   Manolo Preciado Astore Gijón / Asturias
Valencia Vicente Soriano   Unai Emery Nike Valencia Experience / Unibet / Compac Encimeras(†)
Valladolid Carlos Suárez Sureda   José Luis Mendilibar Puma Caja Duero
Villarreal Fernando Roig   Manuel Pellegrini Puma Aeroport Castelló
  • (*) Barcelona had no shirt sponsor during the 2008–09 season. Instead, following the signing of a five-year agreement with the humanitarian organisation UNICEF in 2006,[8] the club sported the UNICEF logo on the front of its jersey while making an annual donation to the organisation.
  • (†) on the back of the shirt

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Recreativo   Manolo Zambrano Sacked 7 October 2008[9]   Lucas Alcaraz 7 October 2008[10] 18th
Osasuna   José Ángel Ziganda Sacked 13 October 2008[11]   José Antonio Camacho 13 October 2008[12] 16th
Espanyol   Tintín Márquez Sacked 30 November 2008[13]   José Manuel Esnal 1 December 2008[14] 17th
Real Madrid   Bernd Schuster Sacked 9 December 2008[15]   Juande Ramos 9 December 2008[16] 5th
Almería   Gonzalo Arconada Sacked 21 December 2008[17]   Hugo Sánchez 22 December 2008[18] 16th
Espanyol   José Manuel Esnal Sacked 20 January 2009[19]   Mauricio Pochettino 20 January 2009[20] 18th
Atlético Madrid   Javier Aguirre Sacked 2 February 2009[21]   Abel Resino 2 February 2009[22] 7th
Numancia   Sergije Krešić Sacked 17 February 2009[23]   Juan Martín 17 February 2009[24] 19th
Betis   Paco Chaparro Sacked 6 April 2009[25]   José María Nogués 6 April 2009[26] 16th
Getafe   Víctor Muñoz Sacked 27 April 2009[27]   Míchel 27 April 2009[28] 17th

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Barcelona (C) 38 27 6 5 105 35 +70 87 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Real Madrid 38 25 3 10 83 52 +31 78
3 Sevilla 38 21 7 10 54 39 +15 70
4 Atlético Madrid 38 20 7 11 80 57 +23 67 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Villarreal 38 18 11 9 61 54 +7 65 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Valencia 38 18 8 12 68 54 +14 62
7 Deportivo La Coruña 38 16 10 12 48 47 +1 58
8 Málaga 38 15 10 13 55 59 −4 55
9 Mallorca 38 14 9 15 53 60 −7 51
10 Espanyol 38 12 11 15 46 49 −3 47
11 Almería 38 13 7 18 45 61 −16 46[a]
12 Racing Santander 38 12 10 16 49 48 +1 46[a]
13 Athletic Bilbao 38 12 8 18 47 62 −15 44 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round[b]
14 Sporting Gijón 38 14 1 23 47 79 −32 43[c]
15 Osasuna 38 10 13 15 41 47 −6 43[c]
16 Valladolid 38 12 7 19 46 58 −12 43[c]
17 Getafe 38 10 12 16 50 56 −6 42[d]
18 Betis (R) 38 10 12 16 51 58 −7 42[d] Relegation to Segunda División
19 Numancia (R) 38 10 5 23 38 69 −31 35
20 Recreativo (R) 38 8 9 21 34 57 −23 33
Source: LFP and Yahoo! Sport
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; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b ALM 1–1 RAC; RAC 0–2 ALM
  2. ^ Since Barcelona, winners of the 2008–09 Copa del Rey, already qualified for the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, losing cup finalists Athletic Bilbao earned a spot in the third qualifying round of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League.
  3. ^ a b c SPG: 12 pts; OSA: 2 pts → OSA 3–3 VLD; VLD: 2 pts → VLD 0–0 OSA
  4. ^ a b GET 0–0 BET; BET 2–2 GET
La Liga 2008–09 Winners
Barcelona
19th Title

Positions by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
Barcelona1515965442111111111111111111111111111111
Real Madrid138633553344245653222222222222222222222
Sevilla104754325555554324333333333333333333333
Atlético Madrid175477810676666535566766757556657655444
Villarreal96322234222322467655555444444565567655
Valencia22111111433433242444444568865444444566
Deportivo La Coruña410111213101112967777776788688886778888876777
Málaga201919191712768911119111098877877675687776788888
Mallorca191818139111281311151515171817191919182020181816171612151212109910999
Espanyol61481091011101216161718171818181819191920191920202020201918161414141210
Almería332766691113812141415161414151314151313101012131116111411109101011
Racing Santander111417181914141715101410131313141112109101111111212101010101311131313121112
Athletic Bilbao181710101215171919191818161614121311910910991111131512151613111111111313
Sporting Gijón14202020201915131214913101212111291114121214141713111113171717181818171714
Osasuna1213151514161920202020191920202020202020181717171818181814111415151617181815
Valladolid171113911131315141613988889101212119101099999999101212131416
Getafe558118897781214121091010131411131312121415171417141516171715161517
Betis16161617182016141615108119111315161316161415161516151716131012141516151618
Numancia89121615172016171817171815161516151717171819202019191919192020202020191919
Recreativo712141416181818181719202019191917171615151616151314141618181819191919202020
Leader
2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2009–10 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
Relegation to 2009–10 Segunda División
Source: kicker.de ‹See Tfd›(in German)

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away[1] ALM ATH ATM FCB BET RCD ESP GET MCF MLL NUM OSA RAC RMA REC SFC RSG VCF VLD VIL
Almería 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–3 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 2–2 3–2 3–0
Athletic Bilbao 1–3 1–4 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–5 1–1 1–2 3–0 3–2 2–0 1–4
Atlético Madrid 3–0 2–3 4–3 2–0 4–1 3–2 1–1 4–0 2–0 3–0 2–4 4–1 1–2 4–0 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–2 3–2
Barcelona 5–0 2–0 6–1 3–2 5–0 1–2 1–1 6–0 3–1 4–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 4–0 6–0 3–3
Betis 2–0 0–1 0–2 2–2 0–3 1–1 2–2 1–2 3–0 3–3 0–0 3–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–2
Deportivo La Coruña 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 5–3 2–1 4–1 1–3 0–3 1–1 1–0 3–0
Espanyol 2–2 1–0 2–3 1–2 2–0 3–1 1–1 3–0 3–3 3–4 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–1 3–0 1–0 0–0
Getafe 2–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–2 4–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 3–1 2–1 0–2 5–1 0–3 1–0 1–2
Málaga 3–2 0–0 1–1 1–4 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 4–2 1–0 0–1 0–2 2–2 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–2
Mallorca 2–0 3–3 2–0 2–1 3–3 1–1 3–0 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–3 2–3 0–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 2–3
Numancia 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 2–4 0–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–2 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–1 4–3 1–2
Osasuna 3–1 2–1 0–0 2–3 0–2 0–0 1–0 5–2 2–3 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–0 3–3 1–1
Racing Santander 0–2 1–1 5–1 1–2 2–3 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 5–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–2 1–1
Real Madrid 3–0 3–2 1–1 2–6 6–1 1–0 2–2 3–2 4–3 1–3 4–3 3–1 1–0 1–0 3–4 7–1 1–0 2–0 1–0
Recreativo 1–1 1–1 0–3 0–2 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–4 2–4 3–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 1–2
Sevilla 2–1 4–0 1–0 0–3 1–2 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–4 1–0 4–3 0–0 4–1 1–0
Sporting Gijón 1–0 1–1 2–5 1–6 1–2 3–2 0–3 1–2 2–1 0–1 3–1 2–1 0–2 0–4 2–1 1–0 2–3 2–1 0–1
Valencia 3–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 3–2 4–2 2–1 4–1 1–1 3–0 4–0 1–0 2–4 3–0 1–1 3–1 2–3 1–2 3–3
Valladolid 2–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 1–3 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–3 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 3–2 1–2 0–1 0–0
Villarreal 2–1 2–0 4–4 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 3–3 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 3–1 0–3

Source: LFP ‹See Tfd›(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.

AwardsEdit

LFP AwardsEdit

For the first time in La Liga's history, its governing body, the Liga de Fútbol Profesional, honoured the competition's best players and coach with the LFP Awards.[29]

Recipient
Best Player   Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Best Coach   Pep Guardiola (Barcelona)
Best Goalkeeper   Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)
Best Defender   Dani Alves (Barcelona)
Best Midfielder(s)   Xavi (Barcelona)
  Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
Best Forward   Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Pichichi TrophyEdit

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

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Diego Forlán Atlético Madrid 32
2   Samuel Eto'o Barcelona 30
3   David Villa Valencia 28
4   Lionel Messi Barcelona 23
5   Gonzalo Higuaín Real Madrid 22
6   Álvaro Negredo Almería 19
  Thierry Henry Barcelona 19
8   Raúl Real Madrid 18
  Frédéric Kanouté Sevilla 18
10   Sergio Agüero Atlético Madrid 17
11   Joseba Llorente Villarreal 15

Source: Yahoo! Sport

Zamora TrophyEdit

The Zamora Trophy is awarded by newspaper Marca to the goalkeeper with least goals-to-games ratio. A goalkeeper must play at least 28 games of 60 or more minutes to be eligible for the trophy.

Rank Name Club Goals
Against
Matches Average
1   Víctor Valdés Barcelona 31 35 0.89
2   Andrés Palop Sevilla 35 35 1.00
3   Daniel Aranzubia Deportivo 45 37 1.22
4   Toño Racing Santander 41 33 1.24
5   Carlos Kameni Espanyol 47 37 1.27

Source: LFP

Assists tableEdit

Rank Player Club Assists
1   Xavi Barcelona 22
2   Juan Mata Valencia 13
3   Duda Málaga 11
  Lionel Messi Barcelona 11
5   Diego Forlán Atlético Madrid 10
  Pedro Munitis Racing Santander 10
7   Gonzalo Higuaín Real Madrid 9
  Fernando Gago Real Madrid 9
  José Manuel Jurado Mallorca 9
  Juan Arango Mallorca 9
  Sergio Agüero Atlético Madrid 9
  Jesús Navas Sevilla 9
  Robert Pires Villarreal 9
  Dani Alves Barcelona 9

Fair Play awardEdit

Rank Club Points
1 Barcelona 98
2 Deportivo 102
3 Villarreal 110
4 Recreativo 113
5 Valladolid 114
6 Numancia 131
Valencia 131
8 Almería 132
9 Getafe 133
10 Espanyol 134
11 Mallorca 135
12 Atlético Madrid 136
Sevilla 136
14 Málaga 139
15 Osasuna 148
Real Madrid 148
17 Athletic Bilbao 149
18 Racing Santander 164
19 Betis 165
20 Sporting de Gijón 183
  • Source: 2008–09 Fair Play Rankings Season.[30]

Season statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date Reference
  Mate Bilić Sporting Gijón Sevilla 3–4 (A) 13 September 2008 [1]
  Rafael van der Vaart Real Madrid Sporting Gijón 7–1 (H) 24 September 2008 [2]
  Samuel Eto'o Barcelona Almería 5–0 (H) 25 October 2008 [3]
  Mohamed Tchité Racing Santander Valencia 4–2 (A) 1 November 2008 [4]
  Gonzalo Higuaín4 Real Madrid Málaga 4–3 (H) 8 November 2008 [5]
  Samuel Eto'o4 Barcelona Valladolid 6–0 (H) 8 November 2008 [6]
  Thierry Henry Barcelona Valencia 4–0 (H) 9 December 2008 [7]
  Roberto Soldado Getafe Sporting Gijón 5–1 (H) 25 January 2009 [8]
  Frédéric Kanouté Sevilla Valladolid 4–1 (H) 21 March 2009 [9]
  Raúl Real Madrid Sevilla 4–2 (A) 26 April 2009 [10]
  Diego Forlán Atlético Madrid Athletic Bilbao 4–1 (A) 23 May 2009 [11]
  Raúl Tamudo Espanyol Málaga 3–0 (H) 31 May 2009 [12]

4 Player scored four goals(H) - Home ; (A) - Away

DisciplineEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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