2012–13 La Liga
The 2012–13 La Liga season (known as the Liga BBVA for sponsorship reasons) was the 82nd since its establishment. The campaign began on 18 August 2012, and ended on 1 June 2013. Barcelona won the league for a 22nd time, after leading the league the entire season and amassing 100 points. As in previous years, Nike provided the official ball for all matches, with a new Nike Maxim Liga BBVA model to be used throughout the season for all matches.
|Dates||18 August 2012 – 1 June 2013|
Deportivo La Coruña
|Goals scored||1,091 (2.87 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Lionel Messi|
|Best goalkeeper||Thibaut Courtois|
|Biggest home win||Atlético Madrid 6–0 Deportivo La Coruña|
(9 December 2012)
|Biggest away win||Rayo Vallecano 0–5 Barcelona|
(27 October 2012)
Mallorca 0–5 Real Madrid
(28 October 2012)
Valencia 0–5 Real Madrid
(20 January 2013)
|Highest scoring||Deportivo La Coruña 4–5 Barcelona (20 October 2012)|
|Longest winning run||12 matches|
|Longest unbeaten run||19 matches|
|Longest winless run||15 matches|
|Longest losing run||6 matches|
Deportivo La Coruña
Barcelona 2–2 Real Madrid
A total of 20 teams contested the league, including 17 sides from the 2011–12 season and three promoted from the 2011–12 Segunda División. This included the two top teams from the Segunda División, and the victorious team of the play-offs.
Villarreal CF, Sporting de Gijón and Racing de Santander were relegated to 2012–13 Segunda División the previous season: Villarreal were relegated after twelve years in La Liga, Sporting de Gijón returned to Segunda División after a four-year tenure in La Liga, while Racing de Santander ended ten consecutive seasons in La Liga, the longest period in its history.
The three teams that were relegated were replaced by three 2011–12 Segunda División sides: Deportivo de La Coruña made an immediate return to the top level as Segunda División champion. The second-placing team Celta de Vigo was also promoted to La Liga after a five-year absence. The third promoted team was decided in the promotion play-offs where Real Valladolid returned to La Liga after two seasons in Segunda División.
Stadia and locationsEdit
|Team||Location of stadium||Stadium||Capacity|
|Athletic Bilbao||Bilbao||San Mamés||39,750|
|Atlético Madrid||Madrid||Vicente Calderón||54,851|
|Deportivo La Coruña||A Coruña||Riazor||34,600|
|Getafe||Getafe||Coliseum Alfonso Pérez||17,700|
|Granada||Granada||Nuevo Los Cármenes||22,524|
|Levante||Valencia||Ciutat de València||25,534|
|Rayo Vallecano||Madrid||Campo de Vallecas||15,489|
|Real Madrid||Madrid||Santiago Bernabéu||85,454|
|Real Sociedad||San Sebastián||Anoeta||32,076|
|Sevilla||Seville||Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán||45,500|
Personnel and sponsorshipEdit
- 1. ^ Huawei is the sponsor for select matches.
- 2. ^ On the back of shirt.
- 3. ^ Barcelona makes a donation to UNICEF in order to display the charity's logo on the back of the club's kit.
- 4. ^ On the shorts.
- 5. ^ Málaga makes a donation to UNESCO in order to display the charity's logo on the club's kit.
- 6. ^ On the sleeves.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Replaced by||Date of appointment||Position in table|
|Barcelona||Pep Guardiola||End of contract||30 June 2012||Tito Vilanova||13 June 2012||Pre-Season|
|Valencia||Unai Emery||End of contract||30 June 2012||Mauricio Pellegrino||4 June 2012||Pre-Season|
|Rayo Vallecano||José Ramón Sandoval||End of contract||30 June 2012||Paco Jémez||14 June 2012||Pre-Season|
|Granada||Abel Resino||End of contract||30 June 2012||Juan Antonio Anquela||18 June 2012||Pre-Season|
|Espanyol||Mauricio Pochettino||Mutual consent||26 November 2012||Javier Aguirre||28 November 2012||20th|
|Valencia||Mauricio Pellegrino||Sacked||1 December 2012||Voro (caretaker)||1 December 2012||12th|
|Valencia||Voro (caretaker)||End of tenure as caretaker||5 December 2012||Ernesto Valverde||3 December 2012||12th|
|Deportivo La Coruña||José Luis Oltra||Sacked||30 December 2012||Domingos Paciência||31 December 2012||20th|
|Sevilla||Míchel||Sacked||14 January 2013||Unai Emery||14 January 2013||12th|
|Granada||Juan Antonio Anquela||Sacked||30 January 2013||Lucas Alcaraz||30 January 2013||17th|
|Mallorca||Joaquín Caparrós||Sacked||4 February 2013||Gregorio Manzano||5 February 2013||19th|
|Deportivo La Coruña||Domingos Paciência||Mutual consent||11 February 2013||Fernando Vázquez||11 February 2013||20th|
|Celta de Vigo||Paco Herrera||Sacked||18 February 2013||Abel Resino||18 February 2013||18th|
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Barcelona (C)||38||32||4||2||115||40||+75||100||Qualification for the Champions League group stage|
|4||Real Sociedad||38||18||12||8||70||49||+21||66||Qualification for the Champions League play-off round|
|5||Valencia||38||19||8||11||67||54||+13||65||Qualification for the Europa League group stage[a]|
|6||Málaga||38||16||9||13||53||50||+3||57||Excluded from European competitions[b]|
|7||Real Betis||38||16||8||14||57||56||+1||56||Qualification for the Europa League play-off round[a]|
|8||Rayo Vallecano||38||16||5||17||50||66||−16||53||Excluded from European competitions[c]|
|9||Sevilla||38||14||8||16||58||54||+4||50||Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round[a]|
|18||Mallorca (R)||38||9||9||20||43||72||−29||36||Relegation to the Segunda División|
|19||Deportivo La Coruña (R)||38||8||11||19||47||70||−23||35|
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th goal difference; 5th number of goals scored; 7th Fair-play points
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
- Since the 2012–13 Copa del Rey champions Atlético Madrid and runners-up Real Madrid qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League, the 5th, 6th and 7th placed teams qualified for the group stage, play-off round, and third qualifying round of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League respectively.
- Málaga was excluded from participating in any UEFA club competition in 2013–14 season. Málaga appealed against this UEFA ban, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed the decision of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body.
- Rayo Vallecano was excluded from participating in any UEFA club competition for the next season after RFEF denied them a "UEFA license" because they didn't meet the requirements as they were immersed in a creditor contest. They appealed to CAS in June 2013 and on 11 July that decision was confirmed. The team placed behind them, Sevilla, took their spot at the Europa League third qualifying round.
Positions by roundEdit
The table lists the positions of teams after completion of each round.
|2013–14 UEFA Champions League Group stage|
|2013–14 UEFA Champions League Play-off round|
|Relegation to 2013–14 Segunda División|
|Best Player||Lionel Messi (Barcelona)|
|Best Coach||Diego Simeone (Atlético Madrid)|
|Best Goalkeeper||Thibaut Courtois (Atlético Madrid)|
|Best Defender||Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)|
|Best Midfielder(s)|| Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad) |
Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
|Best Forward||Lionel Messi (Barcelona)|
|2||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||34|
|3||Radamel Falcao||Atlético Madrid||28|
|6||Rubén Castro||Real Betis||18|
|8||Gonzalo Higuaín||Real Madrid||16|
|9||Carlos Vela||Real Sociedad||14|
|Aritz Aduriz||Athletic Bilbao||14|
|1||Mesut Özil||Real Madrid||16|
|4||Karim Benzema||Real Madrid||11|
|6||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||10|
|Carlos Vela||Real Sociedad||9|
|1||Thibaut Courtois||Atlético Madrid||29||37||0.78|
|5||Claudio Bravo||Real Sociedad||40||31||1.29|
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 determine the best fair play, 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|
|Celta de Vigo|
Source: 2012–13 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)|
- First goal of the season: Fabrice Olinga for Málaga against Celta de Vigo (18 August 2012)
- Last goal of the season: Piti for Rayo Vallecano against Athletic Bilbao (1 June 2013)
|Radamel Falcao||Atlético Madrid||Athletic Bilbao||4–0||27 August 2012|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Deportivo La Coruña||5–1||30 September 2012|
|Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Deportivo La Coruña||5–4||20 October 2012|
|Radamel Falcao5||Atlético Madrid||Deportivo La Coruña||6–0||9 December 2012|
|Xabi Prieto||Real Sociedad||Real Madrid||3–4||6 January 2013|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Getafe||4–0||27 January 2013|
|Lionel Messi4||Barcelona||Osasuna||5–1||27 January 2013|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Sevilla||4–1||9 February 2013|
|Álvaro Negredo||Sevilla||Celta de Vigo||4–1||4 March 2013|
|Cesc Fàbregas||Barcelona||Mallorca||5–0||6 April 2013|
|Álvaro Negredo4||Sevilla||Valencia||4–3||1 June 2013|
- 4 Player scored 4 goals
- 5 Player scored 5 goals
- Most clean sheets: 20
- Atlético Madrid
- Fewest clean sheets: 5
Number of teams by autonomous communityEdit
|Autonomous Community||Number of teams||Teams|
|1||Andalusia||4||Betis, Granada, Málaga and Sevilla|
|Madrid||Atlético Madrid, Getafe, Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid|
|3||Basque Country||2||Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad|
|Catalonia||Barcelona and Espanyol|
|Galicia||Celta Vigo and Deportivo La Coruña|
|Valencian Community||Levante and Valencia|
|Castile and León||Valladolid|
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