The 2013–14 La Liga season (known as the Liga BBVA for sponsorship reasons) was the 83rd since its establishment. Match days were drawn on 9 July 2013. The season began on 17 August 2013 and concluded on 18 May 2014; all top-flight European leagues ended earlier than the previous season due to the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup. Elche, Villarreal and Almería competed in La Liga this season after being promoted from the second tier.
|Dates||17 August 2013 – 18 May 2014|
|Champions League||Atlético Madrid|
|Goals scored||1,045 (2.75 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Cristiano Ronaldo|
|Biggest home win||Barcelona 7–0 Levante|
(18 August 2013)
Atlético Madrid 7–0 Getafe
(23 November 2013)
Barcelona 7–0 Osasuna
(16 March 2014)
|Biggest away win||Real Betis 0–5 Real Madrid|
(19 January 2014)
Almería 0–5 Real Madrid
(23 November 2013)
Málaga 0–5 Celta Vigo
(27 October 2013)
|Highest scoring||Real Madrid 7–3 Sevilla|
(30 October 2013)
|Longest winning run||9 matches|
|Longest unbeaten run||18 matches|
|Longest winless run||14 matches|
|Longest losing run||6 matches|
Barcelona 2–1 Real Madrid
(26 October 2013)
Getafe 2–2 Real Sociedad
(19 January 2014)
Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona traded the lead several times throughout the season. Entering the final weekend of play, Atlético Madrid were three points ahead of 2013 champions Barcelona. However, with the two teams facing off, Barcelona could claim the title with a win. The game ended in a draw, giving the Colchoneros their first league title in eighteen years, and their tenth overall. It was the first time since the 2003–04 season that a club other than Barcelona or Real Madrid, who finished second and third respectively, had won the title. Osasuna, Valladolid and Real Betis finished in the bottom three and were relegated.
Cristiano Ronaldo won the La Liga Award for Best Player for the first time. As the top scorer with 31 goals, Ronaldo also won the Pichichi Trophy, along with sharing the European Golden Shoe. Ángel Di María had the most assists, with 17. Thibaut Courtois won the Zamora Trophy for best goalkeeper.
Promotion and relegation (pre-season)Edit
A total of twenty teams contested the league, including seventeen sides from the 2012–13 season and three promoted from the 2012–13 Segunda División. This included the top two ranked teams from the Segunda División, and the victorious team of the play-offs.
Mallorca, Deportivo La Coruña and Zaragoza were relegated to the 2013–14 Segunda División at the end of the previous season; Mallorca were relegated after sixteen years in La Liga, the longest period in the club's history, Zaragoza returned to the Segunda División after a four-year tenure in La Liga, and Deportivo made an immediate return to the second tier after being promoted the previous year. All three teams were relegated on the final matchday.
The three relegated teams were replaced by three 2012–13 Segunda División sides: Elche returned to the top level as Segunda División champions, after 24 years of absence and having spent the last fourteen consecutive seasons in the Segunda División. Second-placed Villarreal were also promoted to La Liga, making an immediate return to the top flight after a win over Almería in a decisive match near the end of the season which would see the winners directly promoted to La Liga. Almería themselves also eventually achieved promotion; the club returned to the Spanish top flight after spending two years in the Segunda by defeating Girona in the final of the promotion play-offs.
This was the first season since the 1988–89 campaign without any teams from the archipelagos of Spain (teams located on the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands) in the top flight, as Mallorca were relegated and Las Palmas failed to return to La Liga after losing in the semi-finals of the promotion play-offs.
Stadium and locationsEdit
|Team||Location of stadium||Stadium||Capacity|
|Athletic Bilbao||Bilbao||San Mamés||53,332|
|Atlético Madrid||Madrid||Vicente Calderón||54,851|
|Espanyol||Barcelona||Estadi Cornellà-El Prat||40,500|
|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 Betis||Seville||Benito Villamarín||52,500|
|Real Madrid||Madrid||Santiago Bernabéu||85,454|
|Real Sociedad||San Sebastián||Anoeta||32,076|
|Sevilla||Seville||Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán||45,500|
Personnel and sponsorshipEdit
- 2. ^ On the back of shirt.
- 3. ^ Barcelona made 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 made a donation to UNESCO in order to display the charity's logo on the club's kit.
- Announcement date. The appointment was made effective since 1 July 2013.
For the first time since 1951 and just the third time in league history, the La Liga title came down to a head-to-head match on the final weekend of play. Atlético Madrid were three points ahead of 2013 champion Barcelona, but had its final game on the road in Barcelona. Barcelona took a 1–0 lead into the half and Atlético lost two starters to injury in the half. A second half header, however, secured a 1–1 draw, earning the Colchoneros their first league title in 18 years, and their 10th overall. It was the first time since the 2003–04 La Liga that a club other than Barcelona or Real Madrid, which finished tied for second, won the title. It was also the first time in the 67-year history of the Camp Nou stadium that a visiting team had clinched the title in the stadium.
The emergence of Diego Costa and Koke was a large part of Atlético Madrid's success. Costa scored 36 goals on the season (27 in league play), including the winner in Atlético's first victory over Real Madrid since 1999. Koke had 18 assists on the year (13 in league play), to go with seven goals.
Earlier in the season, Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona ended a 31-match unbeaten streak for Real Madrid. The same day, Atlético beat Real Betis to claim the league lead. A loss against Levante and draw against Málaga left Atlético vulnerable heading into their final match.
Cristiano Ronaldo won the league scoring title with 31 goals. Messi was second and Costa third. Ángel Di María had most assists with 17. Thibaut Courtois won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for best goalkeeper. Barcelona was the least penalised team.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Atlético Madrid (C)||38||28||6||4||77||26||+51||90||Qualification for the Champions League group stage|
|4||Athletic Bilbao||38||20||10||8||66||39||+27||70||Qualification for the Champions League play-off round|
|5||Sevilla||38||18||9||11||69||52||+17||63||Qualification for the Europa League group stage[b]|
|6||Villarreal||38||17||8||13||60||44||+16||59[c]||Qualification for the Europa League play-off round[d]|
|7||Real Sociedad||38||16||11||11||62||55||+7||59[c]||Qualification for the Europa League third qualifying round[d]|
|18||Osasuna (R)||38||10||9||19||32||62||−30||39||Relegation to the Segunda División|
|20||Real Betis (R)||38||6||7||25||36||78||−42||25|
Rules for classification:  1st points; 2nd head-to-head points;
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
- Barcelona finished ahead of Real Madrid on head-to-head points: Barcelona 2–1 Real Madrid, Real Madrid 3–4 Barcelona.
- Sevilla automatically qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage as the defending champions; the berth through their league position was vacated.
- Villarreal finished ahead of Real Sociedad on head-to-head points: Villarreal 5–1 Real Sociedad, Real Sociedad 1–2 Villarreal.
- Since both the 2013–14 Copa del Rey champions (Real Madrid) and runners-up (Barcelona) qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League, the 5th, 6th and 7th placed teams qualified for the group stage, play-off round and third qualifying round of the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League respectively.
- Elche finished ahead of Almería on head-to-head points: Elche 1–0 Almería, Almería 2–2 Elche.
Positions by roundEdit
The table lists the positions of teams after completion of each round.
|1||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||31|
|3||Diego Costa||Atlético Madrid||27|
|5||Karim Benzema||Real Madrid||17|
|6||Carlos Vela||Real Sociedad||16|
|Antoine Griezmann||Real Sociedad|
|Aritz Aduriz||Athletic Bilbao|
|9||Gareth Bale||Real Madrid||15|
|Javi Guerra||Real Valladolid|
|1||Ángel Di María||Real Madrid||17|
|3||Gareth Bale||Real Madrid||13|
|4||Carlos Vela||Real Sociedad||12|
|Markel Susaeta||Athletic Bilbao|
|10||Karim Benzema||Real Madrid||9|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid|
|1||Thibaut Courtois||Atlético Madrid||24||37||0.65|
|2||Gorka Iraizoz||Athletic Bilbao||32||33||0.97|
|3||Diego López||Real Madrid||36||36||1|
|Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Valencia||3–2 (A)||1 September 2013|
|Mounir El Hamdaoui||Málaga||Rayo Vallecano||5–0 (H)||15 September 2013|
|Pedro||Barcelona||Rayo Vallecano||4–0 (A)||21 September 2013|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Sevilla||7–3 (H)||30 October 2013|
|Youssef El-Arabi||Granada||Málaga||3–1 (H)||8 November 2013|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Real Sociedad||5–1 (H)||9 November 2013|
|Carlos Vela4||Real Sociedad||Celta Vigo||4–3 (H)||23 November 2013|
|Sergio García||Espanyol||Rayo Vallecano||4–1 (A)||24 November 2013|
|Gareth Bale||Real Madrid||Real Valladolid||4–0 (H)||30 November 2013|
|Jonas||Valencia||Osasuna||3–0 (H)||1 December 2013|
|Javi Guerra||Real Valladolid||Celta Vigo||3–0 (H)||16 December 2013|
|Pedro||Barcelona||Getafe||5–2 (A)||22 December 2013|
|Alexis Sánchez||Barcelona||Elche||4–0 (H)||5 January 2014|
|Ikechukwu Uche||Villarreal||Rayo Vallecano||5–2 (A)||6 January 2014|
|Aritz Aduriz||Athletic Bilbao||Granada||4–0 (H)||28 February 2014|
|Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Osasuna||7–0 (H)||16 March 2014|
|Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Real Madrid||4–3 (A)||23 March 2014|
4 Player scored four goals
5 Player scored five goals
(H) – Home ; (A) – Away
- Most yellow cards (club): 102
- Most yellow cards (player): 15
- Alberto Botía (Elche)
- Most red cards (club): 8
- Real Betis
- Rayo Vallecano
- Most red cards (player): 2
- 6 players
Source: Official websites and other Spanish media
Attendance numbers without playoff matches.
1: Team played last season in Segunda División
2: Athletic Bilbao played game 1 in Anoeta, with an attendance of 16,000.
La Liga AwardsEdit
|Best Player||Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)|
|Best Coach||Diego Simeone (Atlético Madrid)|
|Best Goalkeeper||Keylor Navas (Levante)|
|Best Defender||Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)|
|Best Midfielder|| Luka Modrić (Real Madrid)|
Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
|Best Forward||Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)|
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month||Ref.|
|September||Marcelino||Villarreal||Diego Costa||Atlético Madrid|||
|October||Diego Simeone||Atlético Madrid||Koke||Atlético Madrid|||
|November||Francisco||Almería||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid|||
|December||Jagoba Arrasate||Real Sociedad||Carlos Vela||Real Sociedad|||
|January||Ernesto Valverde||Athletic Bilbao||Ivan Rakitić||Sevilla|||
|February||Juan Antonio Pizzi||Valencia||Rafinha||Celta Vigo|||
|March||Unai Emery||Sevilla||Keylor Navas||Levante|||
|April||Paco Jémez||Rayo Vallecano||Diego Godín||Atlético Madrid|||
|May||Francisco||Almería||Diego Godín||Atlético Madrid|||
Number of teams by autonomous communityEdit
|Rank||Autonomous Community||Number of teams||Team(s)|
|1||Andalusia||5||Almería, Granada, Málaga, Real Betis and Sevilla|
|2||Community of Madrid||4||Atlético Madrid, Getafe, Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid|
|Valencian Community||Elche, Levante, Valencia and Villarreal|
|4||Basque Country||2||Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad|
|Catalonia||Barcelona and Espanyol|
|6||Castile and León||1||Valladolid|
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