2010–11 La Liga
The 2010–11 La Liga season (known as the Liga BBVA for sponsorship reasons) was the 80th since its establishment. The campaign began on 28 August 2010 and ended on 21 May 2011. A total of 20 teams contested the league, 17 of which already contested in the 2009–10 season and three of which were promoted from the Segunda División. In addition, a new match ball – the Nike Total 90 Tracer – served as the official ball for all matches.
|Relegated||Deportivo La Coruña|
|Goals scored||1,042 (2.74 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Cristiano Ronaldo|
|Biggest home win||Real Madrid 7–0 Málaga|
(3 March 2011)
Real Madrid 8–1 Almería
(21 May 2011)
|Biggest away win||Almería 0–8 Barcelona|
(20 November 2010)
|Highest scoring||Valencia 3–6 Real Madrid|
(23 April 2011)
Real Madrid 8–1 Almería
(21 May 2011)
|Longest winning run||16 matches|
|Longest unbeaten run||31 matches|
|Longest winless run||11 matches|
|Longest losing run||7 matches|
Barcelona 5–0 Real Madrid
(29 November 2010)
Almería 0–0 Villarreal
(11 May 2011)
Almería 3–1 Mallorca
(15 May 2011)
Defending champions Barcelona secured their third-consecutive and 21st La Liga title after a 1–1 tie with Levante on 11 May 2011. The result gave Barcelona a 6-point lead with two matches remaining which, combined with their better head-to-head record with Real Madrid, ensured that they finished top of the table. Barcelona led the table since defeating Madrid 5–0 on 23 November 2010. Since then, they lost only one match en route to winning the title. It was the third straight title for Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola. Lionel Messi won the LFP Award for Best Player, which marked his third consecutive win.
The season was again dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid, with second-place Madrid 21 points ahead of third-place Valencia. Having encountered each other in the Champions League semifinals and the Copa del Rey final, the top two teams met four times in 17 days, for a total of five times this season.
Real Valladolid, CD Tenerife and Xerez CD were relegated to the Segunda División after finishing the 2009–10 season in the bottom three places. Tenerife and Xerez made their immediate return to the second level after just one year in the Spanish top flight, while Valladolid ended a three-year tenure in La Liga.
The relegated teams were replaced by 2009–10 Segunda División champions Real Sociedad from San Sebastián, runners-up Hércules CF from Alicante and Levante UD from Valencia. Hércules returned to the highest Spanish football league for the first time after 13 years, while Real Sociedad and Levante terminated their second-level status after three and two years, respectively.
Stadia and locationsEdit
|Team||Club home city||Stadium||Capacity|
|Almería||Almería||Estadio del Mediterráneo||22,000|
|Athletic Bilbao||Bilbao||San Mamés||39,750|
|Atlético Madrid||Madrid||Vicente Calderón||54,851|
|Deportivo La Coruña||A Coruña||Riazor||34,600|
|Espanyol||Barcelona||Estadi Cornellà-El Prat||40,500|
|Getafe||Getafe||Coliseum Alfonso Pérez||17,700|
|Hércules||Alicante||Estadio José Rico Pérez||30,000|
|Levante||Valencia||Estadi Ciutat de València||25,534|
|Osasuna||Pamplona||Estadio Reyno de Navarra||19,800|
|Racing Santander||Santander||El Sardinero||22,271|
|Real Madrid||Madrid||Santiago Bernabéu||80,354|
|Real Sociedad||San Sebastián||Estadio Anoeta||32,076|
|Sevilla||Sevilla||Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán||45,500|
|Sporting de Gijón||Gijón||El Molinón||29,800|
Personnel and sponsorshipEdit
^ Barcelona makes a donation to UNICEF in order to display the charity's logo on the club's kit.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Replaced by||Date of appointment||Position in table|
|Mallorca||Gregorio Manzano||End of contract||19 May 2010||Michael Laudrup||2 July 2010||Pre-season|
|Real Madrid||Manuel Pellegrini||Sacked||26 May 2010||José Mourinho||28 May 2010||Pre-season|
|Málaga||Juan Muñiz||Sacked||16 June 2010||Jesualdo Ferreira||17 June 2010||Pre-season|
|Sevilla||Antonio Álvarez||Sacked||26 September 2010||Gregorio Manzano||26 September 2010||7th|
|Málaga||Jesualdo Ferreira||Sacked||2 November 2010||Manuel Pellegrini||2 November 2010||18th|
|Zaragoza||José Aurelio Gay||Sacked||17 November 2010||Javier Aguirre||17 November 2010||20th|
|Almería||Juanma Lillo||Sacked||20 November 2010||José Luis Oltra||24 November 2010||19th|
|Racing Santander||Miguel Ángel Portugal||Sacked||7 February 2011||Marcelino||9 February 2011||16th|
|Osasuna||José Antonio Camacho||Sacked||14 February 2011||José Luis Mendilibar||14 February 2011||18th|
|Hércules||Esteban Vigo||Sacked||20 March 2011||Miroslav Đukić||23 March 2011||20th|
|Almería||José Luis Oltra||Sacked||5 April 2011||Roberto Olabe||5 April 2011||20th|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Barcelona (C)||38||30||6||2||95||21||+74||96||Qualification for the Champions League group stage|
|4||Villarreal||38||18||8||12||54||44||+10||62||Qualification for the Champions League play-off round|
|5||Sevilla||38||17||7||14||62||61||+1||58[a]||Qualification for the Europa League play-off round|
|7||Atlético Madrid||38||17||7||14||62||53||+9||58[a]||Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round[b]|
|18||Deportivo La Coruña (R)||38||10||13||15||31||47||−16||43||Relegation to the Segunda División|
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.
- SEV: 7 pts; ATH: 6 pts; ATM: 4 pts
- The 2010–11 Copa del Rey champions (Real Madrid) and runners-up (Barcelona) qualified for the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, thus the 7th-placed team qualified for the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League.
- OSA 1–1 SPG; SPG 1–1 OSA
- MLG 4–1 RAC; RAC 1–2 MLG
- ZAR: 9 pts; LEV: 4 pts → LEV 2–1 RSO; RSO: 4 pts → RSO 1–1 LEV
- GET 3–0 MLL; MLL 2–0 GET
Positions by roundEdit
|2011–12 UEFA Champions League Group stage|
|2011–12 UEFA Champions League Play-off round|
|2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round|
|2011–12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round|
|Relegation to 2011–12 Segunda División|
|Best Player||Lionel Messi (Barcelona)|
|Best Coach||Pep Guardiola (Barcelona)|
|Best Goalkeeper||Víctor Valdés (Barcelona)|
|Best Defender||Eric Abidal (Barcelona)|
|Best Midfielder(s)|| Xavi (Barcelona) |
Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
|Best Forward||Lionel Messi (Barcelona)|
|1||Mesut Özil||Real Madrid||18|
|4||Xabi Prieto||Real Sociedad||13|
|6||Ángel Di María||Real Madrid||11|
|7||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||10|
- Source: ESPN Soccernet
|2||Iker Casillas||Real Madrid||32||34||0.94|
|3||Daniel Aranzubia||Deportivo La Coruña||36||32||1.13|
- Source: futbol.sportec
Fair Play awardEdit
This award is given annually since 1999 to the team with the best fair play during the season. This ranking takes into account aspects such as cards, suspension of matches, audience behaviour and other penalties. This section not only aims to know this aspect, but also serves to break the tie in teams that are tied in all the other rules: points, head-to-head, goal difference and goals scored.
|Deportivo La Coruña|
|Sporting de Gijón|
- Source: 2010–11 Fair Play Rankings Season.
|Icon||Term||Points of sanction||Description|
|Yellow Card||1 point/yellow card|
|Double Yellow Card/Ejection||2 points/double yellow card|
|Direct Red Card||3 points/red card|
|Games of Suspension (Player)||As many as banned games||When a player is banned for play more than 3 future games. This punishment overrides the possible red card which caused this sanction|
|Games of Suspension (Club's Personnel)||5 points/banned game||When some person of the club (not player) is banned for x future games. This punishment overrides the possible red card which caused this sanction|
|Audience Behaviour||Mild (5 points)
Serious (6 points)
Very Serious (7 points)
|When the audience makes some altercations such as explosions, flares, throwing objects to the ground, racist chanting, etc.|
|Closure of Stadium||10 points/match with closured stadium||When serious incidents happen which are punished by the closure of the stadium|
|It also accounts cards to non-players|
|The number in superscript is the corresponding round to the sanction|
|Important note: This table is not a count of cards and sanctions resulting from the matches, this table takes into account the removal or application of some cards and sanctions by the competent bodies (Competition Committee, Appeal Committee and Spanish Sports Disciplinary Committee)|
Pedro Zaballa awardEdit
- First goal of the season:
Fernando Llorente for Athletic Bilbao against Hércules (28 August 2010).
- Last goal of the season:
Kennedy Bakircioglu for Racing Santander against Athletic Bilbao (21 May 2011).
|Cristiano Ronaldo4||Real Madrid||Racing Santander||6–1 (H)||23 October 2010|||
|Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Almería||8–0 (A)||20 November 2010|||
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Athletic Bilbao||5–1 (H)||20 November 2010|||
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Villarreal||4–2 (H)||9 January 2011|||
|Luís Fabiano||Sevilla||Levante||4–1 (H)||22 January 2011|||
|Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Atlético Madrid||3–0 (H)||5 February 2011|||
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Málaga||7–0 (H)||3 March 2011|||
|Roberto Soldado4||Valencia||Getafe||4–2 (A)||2 April 2011|||
|Diego Costa||Atlético Madrid||Osasuna||3–2 (A)||3 April 2011|||
|Gonzalo Higuaín||Real Madrid||Valencia||6–3 (A)||23 April 2011|||
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Sevilla||6–2 (A)||7 May 2011|||
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Getafe||3–0 (H)||10 May 2011|||
|Emmanuel Adebayor||Real Madrid||Almeria||8–1 (H)||21 May 2011|||
|Sergio Agüero||Atlético Madrid||Mallorca||4–2 (A)||21 May 2011|||
4 Player scored four goals(H) – Home ; (A) – Away
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