2015–16 La Liga

The 2015–16 La Liga football season (known as the Liga BBVA for sponsorship reasons) was the 85th since its establishment. Barcelona were the defending champions. It started on 21 August 2015 and concluded on 15 May 2016. Barcelona retained the title (their 24th Liga title) after beating Granada 3–0 on the final matchday.[2]

La Liga
Season2015–16
Dates21 August 2015 – 15 May 2016
ChampionsBarcelona
24th title
RelegatedRayo Vallecano
Getafe
Levante
Champions LeagueBarcelona
Real Madrid
Atlético Madrid
Villarreal
Sevilla (as Europa League winners)
Europa LeagueAthletic Bilbao
Celta Vigo
Matches played380
Goals scored1,043 (2.74 per match)
Top goalscorerLuis Suárez
(40 goals)
Best goalkeeperJan Oblak
(0.47 goals/match)
Biggest home winReal Madrid 10–2 Rayo Vallecano
(20 December 2015)
Biggest away winDeportivo La Coruña 0–8 Barcelona
(20 April 2016)
Highest scoringReal Madrid 10–2 Rayo Vallecano
(20 December 2015)
Longest winning run12 matches[1]
Barcelona
Real Madrid
Longest unbeaten run23 matches[1]
Barcelona
Longest winless run13 matches[1]
Deportivo La Coruña
Getafe
Longest losing run7 matches[1]
Getafe
Highest attendance98,902
Barcelona 1–2 Real Madrid
(2 April 2016)[1]
Lowest attendance4,215
Eibar 5–1 Granada
(18 January 2016)[1]
Total attendance10,554,764[1]
Average attendance27,775[1]

Luis Suárez finished as top scorer, being the first player apart from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to do so since the 2008–09 season.

TeamsEdit

Promotion and relegation (pre-season)Edit

A total of twenty teams contested the league, including seventeen sides from the 2014–15 season and three promoted from the 2014–15 Segunda División. This included the two top teams from the Segunda División, Real Betis and Sporting Gijón, and the winners of the play-offs, Las Palmas.[3]

Almería and Córdoba were relegated to 2015–16 Segunda División in the previous season, after spending two and one years in La Liga, respectively. Elche was administratively relegated despite finishing in 13th.[4] Following the competition rules, Eibar, who finished 18th, remained in the league.[5]

Real Betis was the first team from the Segunda División to achieve promotion, after a one-year absence from La Liga, on 24 May 2015 after winning 3–0 over Alcorcón.[6]

On 7 June 2015, Sporting Gijón secured promotion on the final matchday, after their 3–0 win against Betis allowed the club to leapfrog Girona, who drew their final match and could not retain second place and automatic promotion. Sporting returned to the top level after three years.

Las Palmas achieved promotion on 21 June 2015, after defeating Zaragoza in the promotion play-off final on away goals. Las Palmas won the second 2–0 leg at home after losing the first leg away 3–1, and returned to the first division after thirteen years away. They also became the first island team to play in La Liga since Mallorca's relegation from the top flight in the 2012–13 season. During those thirteen seasons, the club spent two of them in the third-tier Segunda División B.

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Location of teams in 2015–16 La Liga (Canary Islands)
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Athletic Bilbao Bilbao San Mamés 53,289
Atlético Madrid Madrid Vicente Calderón 54,907
Barcelona Barcelona Camp Nou 99,354
Celta Vigo Vigo Balaídos 30,000
Deportivo La Coruña A Coruña Riazor 34,600
Eibar Eibar Ipurua 6,267
Espanyol Barcelona RCDE Stadium 40,500
Getafe Getafe Coliseum Alfonso Pérez 17,393
Granada Granada Nuevo Los Cármenes 23,156
Las Palmas Las Palmas Gran Canaria 32,150
Levante Valencia Ciutat de València 26,354
Málaga Málaga La Rosaleda 30,044
Rayo Vallecano Madrid Vallecas 14,708
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 42,500
Sporting Gijón Gijón El Molinón 29,029
Valencia Valencia Mestalla 55,000
Villarreal Villarreal El Madrigal 24,890

Personnel and sponsorshipEdit

Team Head Coach Captain Kit Shirt sponsor
Athletic Bilbao   Ernesto Valverde   Carlos Gurpegui Nike Kutxabank
Atlético Madrid   Diego Simeone   Gabi Nike Plus500, Azerbaijan,1 Huawei2
Barcelona   Luis Enrique   Andrés Iniesta Nike Qatar Airways, UNICEF,4 Beko2
Celta Vigo   Eduardo Berizzo   Hugo Mallo Adidas Citroën, Abanca, Estrella Galicia3
Deportivo La Coruña   Víctor Sánchez   Manuel Pablo Lotto Estrella Galicia, Abanca,1 西甲欢乐多5
Eibar   José Luis Mendilibar   Daniel García Puma AVIA, Wiko1 3
Espanyol   Constantin Gâlcă   Javi López Joma Rastar
Getafe   Juan Esnáider   Pedro León Joma Tecnocasa Group
Granada   José González   Diego Mainz Joma Solver Sports Capital
Las Palmas   Quique Setién   David García Acerbis Gran Canaria
Levante   Rubi   Juanfran Nike East United
Málaga   Javi Gracia   Duda Nike
Rayo Vallecano   Paco Jémez   David Cobeño Kelme QBAO.com, Nevir1
Real Betis   Gus Poyet   Jorge Molina Adidas UED Sports, Wiko1 3
Real Madrid   Zinedine Zidane   Sergio Ramos Adidas Fly Emirates
Real Sociedad   Eusebio Sacristán   Xabi Prieto Adidas QBAO.com, Kutxabank1
Sevilla   Unai Emery   José Antonio Reyes New Balance
Sporting Gijón   Abelardo Fernández   Alberto Lora Kappa Gijón, Telecable,3 Ternera Asturiana2
Valencia   Pako Ayestarán   Paco Alcácer Adidas beIN Sports1
Villarreal   Marcelino   Bruno Soriano Xtep Pamesa Cerámica
1. ^ On the back of shirt.
2. ^ On the sleeves.
3. ^ On the shorts.
4. ^ Barcelona made a donation to UNICEF in order to display the charity's logo on the back of the club's kit.
5. ^ Deportivo had a phrase in Chinese characters on the back of its shorts meaning "La Liga is Diverse".
6. Additionally, referee kits were now made by Adidas, sponsored by Würth, and Nike had a new match ball, the Ordem LFP.


Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position
in table
Replaced by Date of appointment
Real Madrid   Carlo Ancelotti Sacked 25 May 2015[7] Pre-season   Rafael Benítez 3 June 2015[8]
Getafe   Pablo Franco 1 June 2015[9]   Fran Escribá 26 June 2015[10]
Eibar   Gaizka Garitano Mutual consent 30 June 2015[11]   José Luis Mendilibar 30 June 2015[12]
Las Palmas   Paco Herrera Sacked 19 October 2015[13] 19th   Quique Setién 19 October 2015[14]
Levante   Lucas Alcaraz 26 October 2015[15] 20th   Rubi 27 October 2015
Real Sociedad   David Moyes 9 November 2015[16] 16th   Eusebio Sacristán 9 November 2015
Valencia   Nuno Espírito Santo Resigned 29 November 2015[17] 9th   Gary Neville 2 December 2015[18]
Espanyol   Sergio González Sacked 14 December 2015 12th   Constantin Gâlcă 14 December 2015[19]
Real Madrid   Rafael Benítez 4 January 2016[20] 3rd   Zinedine Zidane 4 January 2016[20]
Real Betis   Pepe Mel 10 January 2016[21] 15th   Juan Merino (caretaker) 3 February 2016
Granada   José Ramón Sandoval 22 February 2016[22] 20th   José González 22 February 2016[23]
Valencia   Gary Neville 30 March 2016[24] 14th   Pako Ayestarán 30 March 2016[24]
Getafe   Fran Escribá 11 April 2016[25] 19th   Juan Esnáider 12 April 2016
Real Betis   Juan Merino End of caretaker spell 9 May 2016[26] 14th   Gus Poyet 9 May 2016

OverviewEdit

On 14 May 2016, Barcelona won their second consecutive and 24th overall La Liga title, following a 3–0 win over Granada at the Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes on the final matchday.[27] Real Madrid finished one point behind Barcelona as runners-up, having gone on a twelve-match win streak to close out the season.[28] Atlético Madrid ended the season three points off the top in third place, having been eliminated from title contention after a loss to Levante on the penultimate matchday.[29]

Levante were the first team to be mathematically relegated to the Segunda División, following a 1–3 loss against Málaga on 2 May 2016.[30] On 15 May 2016, Sporting Gijón ensured they would remain in the top flight after defeating Villarreal 2–0 and taking advantage of Getafe's loss against Real Betis, which saw Getafe relegated from La Liga for the first time in club history. Rayo Vallecano also went down despite winning their final match of the season.[31]

League tableEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Barcelona (C) 38 29 4 5 112 29 +83 91 Qualification for the Champions League group stage
2 Real Madrid 38 28 6 4 110 34 +76 90
3 Atlético Madrid 38 28 4 6 63 18 +45 88
4 Villarreal 38 18 10 10 44 35 +9 64 Qualification for the Champions League play-off round
5 Athletic Bilbao 38 18 8 12 58 45 +13 62 Qualification for the Europa League group stage[a]
6 Celta Vigo 38 17 9 12 51 59 −8 60
7 Sevilla 38 14 10 14 51 50 +1 52 Qualification for the Champions League group stage[b]
8 Málaga 38 12 12 14 38 35 +3 48[c]
9 Real Sociedad 38 13 9 16 45 48 −3 48[c]
10 Real Betis 38 11 12 15 34 52 −18 45
11 Las Palmas 38 12 8 18 45 53 −8 44[d]
12 Valencia 38 11 11 16 46 48 −2 44[d]
13 Espanyol 38 12 7 19 40 74 −34 43[e]
14 Eibar 38 11 10 17 49 61 −12 43[e]
15 Deportivo La Coruña 38 8 18 12 45 61 −16 42
16 Granada 38 10 9 19 46 69 −23 39[f]
17 Sporting Gijón 38 10 9 19 40 62 −22 39[f]
18 Rayo Vallecano (R) 38 9 11 18 52 73 −21 38 Relegation to the Segunda División
19 Getafe (R) 38 9 9 20 37 67 −30 36
20 Levante (R) 38 8 8 22 37 70 −33 32
Source: La Liga, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Fair-play points; 7) Play-off.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since the winners of the 2015–16 Copa del Rey, Barcelona, qualified for European competition based on league position, the spot awarded to the cup winners (Europa League group stage) was passed to the sixth-placed team and the spot awarded to the sixth-placed team (Europa League third qualifying round) was passed to the seventh-placed team.
  2. ^ Sevilla qualified for the Champions League group stage by winning the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League. Based on their league position (7th), they would have received the spot above to enter the Europa League third qualifying round. This spot was vacated without replacement as per UEFA regulations.
  3. ^ a b Málaga finished ahead of Real Sociedad on head-to-head record; Málaga 3–1 Real Sociedad, Real Sociedad 1–1 Málaga.
  4. ^ a b Las Palmas finished ahead of Valencia on head-to-head record; Valencia 1–1 Las Palmas, Las Palmas 2–1 Valencia.
  5. ^ a b Espanyol finished ahead of Eibar on head-to-head goal difference; Eibar 2–1 Espanyol, Espanyol 4–2 Eibar.
  6. ^ a b Granada finished ahead of Sporting Gijón on head-to-head record; Granada 2–0 Sporting Gijón, Sporting Gijón 3–3 Granada.

Positions by roundEdit

The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches are not included in the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match is scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it will be added to the standings for day 16.

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Barcelona 5 4 1 1 5 2 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Real Madrid 10 5 2 2 1 3 2 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2
Atlético Madrid 3 3 6 5 4 5 5 4 3 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3
Villarreal 7 6 4 3 3 1 1 5 5 5 5 4 6 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Athletic Bilbao 17 20 10 13 15 17 13 14 12 8 8 9 7 7 9 7 7 6 8 9 8 6 6 7 8 7 7 6 6 7 6 6 5 5 6 5 6 5
Celta Vigo 2 1 3 4 2 4 3 2 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 7 7 8 6 6 6 7 7 5 5 5 6 6 5 6 5 6
Sevilla 13 17 18 20 20 16 12 13 8 11 10 11 10 10 7 8 8 9 7 7 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Málaga 9 15 15 18 19 18 17 17 16 17 17 20 18 17 16 13 11 11 10 12 12 10 10 11 12 11 11 12 9 8 8 8 8 9 10 8 8 8
Real Sociedad 11 11 16 17 11 12 16 16 15 16 16 14 15 13 13 14 14 15 14 13 15 13 11 10 9 9 10 9 10 11 10 9 9 10 12 11 9 9
Real Betis 6 18 9 11 14 10 8 10 10 13 11 12 11 11 11 11 12 14 15 15 14 14 13 14 13 13 13 10 11 13 14 13 14 12 13 13 14 10
Las Palmas 19 14 13 16 12 14 19 19 18 19 18 18 19 20 19 19 16 16 16 16 18 16 18 18 18 17 15 15 15 15 12 10 11 13 9 10 10 11
Valencia 15 10 8 7 10 8 9 8 9 7 7 7 9 8 8 9 10 10 11 11 11 12 14 12 11 12 9 11 12 14 15 14 12 8 8 9 11 12
Espanyol 4 8 12 8 6 9 10 9 11 10 13 10 12 12 12 12 13 12 13 14 13 15 17 17 16 14 14 14 14 12 13 15 15 15 15 14 15 13
Eibar 1 2 5 6 8 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 8 9 10 10 9 8 6 6 6 8 8 6 7 8 8 8 8 9 9 11 10 11 11 12 12 14
Deportivo La Coruña 8 9 7 9 7 6 6 6 6 9 9 8 5 6 6 6 6 7 9 8 9 9 9 9 10 10 12 13 13 10 11 12 13 14 14 15 13 15
Granada 20 7 11 15 18 20 20 20 19 18 19 17 17 18 17 17 18 17 17 17 16 18 19 19 20 19 18 18 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 16 16 16
Sporting Gijón 14 12 17 10 13 15 11 12 17 12 14 15 16 14 14 16 17 18 18 19 19 17 16 16 17 18 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17
Rayo Vallecano 12 16 19 12 9 11 15 15 14 15 12 13 14 16 18 18 19 19 19 18 17 19 15 15 15 16 16 17 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 17 19 18
Getafe 18 19 20 14 17 13 14 11 13 14 15 16 13 15 15 15 15 13 12 10 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 16 18 18 19 19 20 19 19 19 17 19
Levante 16 13 14 19 16 19 18 18 20 20 20 19 20 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 19 20 20 20 20 20

Source: BDFutbol

Leader
2016–17 UEFA Champions League group stage
2016–17 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
2016–17 UEFA Europa League group stage
2016–17 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
Relegation to 2016–17 Segunda División

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ATH ATM FCB CEL RCD EIB ESP GET GCF LPA LEV MCF RVA RBB RMA RSO SFC RSG VCF VIL
Athletic Bilbao 0–1 0–1 2–1 4–1 5–2 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–0 1–0 3–1 1–2 0–1 3–1 3–0 3–1 0–0
Atlético Madrid 2–1 1–2 2–0 3–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 5–1 1–1 3–0 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0
Barcelona 6–0 2–1 6–1 2–2 3–1 5–0 6–0 4–0 2–1 4–1 1–0 5–2 4–0 1–2 4–0 2–1 6–0 1–2 3–0
Celta Vigo 0–1 0–2 4–1 1–1 3–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 3–3 4–3 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–3 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–5 0–0
Deportivo La Coruña 2–2 1–1 0–8 2–0 2–0 3–0 0–2 0–1 1–3 2–1 3–3 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–2
Eibar 2–0 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 5–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–2
Espanyol 2–1 1–3 0–0 1–1 1–0 4–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 0–3 0–6 0–5 1–0 1–2 1–0 2–2
Getafe 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 3–1 1–2 4–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–5 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0
Granada 2–0 0–2 0–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 3–2 3–2 5–1 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–2 0–3 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–3
Las Palmas 0–0 0–3 1–2 2–1 0–2 0–2 4–0 4–0 4–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 0–0
Levante 2–2 2–1 0–2 1–2 1–1 2–2 2–1 3–0 1–2 3–2 0–1 2–1 0–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0
Málaga 0–1 1–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–0 2–2 4–1 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–1
Rayo Vallecano 0–3 0–2 1–5 3–0 1–3 1–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 3–1 1–2 0–2 2–3 2–2 2–2 2–1 0–0 2–1
Real Betis 1–3 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–4 1–3 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–1
Real Madrid 4–2 0–1 0–4 7–1 5–0 4–0 6–0 4–1 1–0 3–1 3–0 0–0 10–2 5–0 3–1 4–0 5–1 3–2 3–0
Real Sociedad 0–0 0–2 1–0 2–3 1–1 2–1 2–3 1–2 3–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 0–2
Sevilla 2–0 0–3 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 2–0 5–0 1–4 2–0 3–1 2–1 3–2 2–0 3–2 1–2 2–0 1–0 4–2
Sporting Gijón 0–2 2–1 1–3 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–4 1–2 3–3 3–1 0–3 1–0 2–2 1–2 0–0 5–1 2–1 0–1 2–0
Valencia 0–3 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–0 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 3–0 3–0 2–2 0–0 2–2 0–1 2–1 0–1 0–2
Villarreal 3–1 1–0 2–2 1–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–0
Source: La Liga
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Barcelona's Luis Suárez won the Pichichi Trophy, with his 40 goals in the season also enough for the European Golden Shoe.
Rank Player Club Goals[34][35]
1   Luis Suárez Barcelona 40
2   Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 35
3   Lionel Messi Barcelona 26
4   Karim Benzema Real Madrid 24
  Neymar Barcelona
6   Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid 22
7   Aritz Aduriz Athletic Bilbao 20
8   Gareth Bale Real Madrid 19
  Rubén Castro Real Betis
10   Borja Bastón Eibar 18

Top assistsEdit

Rank Player Club Assists[36]
1   Lionel Messi Barcelona 16
  Luis Suárez Barcelona
3   Koke Atlético Madrid 14
4   Neymar Barcelona 12
5   Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 11
6   Marco Asensio Espanyol 10
  Gareth Bale Real Madrid
  Toni Kroos Real Madrid
  Roberto Soldado Villarreal
10   Jonathan Viera Las Palmas 9

Zamora TrophyEdit

The Zamora Trophy was awarded by newspaper Marca to the goalkeeper with least goals-to-games ratio. A goalkeeper had to play at least 28 games of 60 or more minutes to be eligible for the trophy.[37]

Rank Name Club Goals
Against
Matches Average[38]
1   Jan Oblak Atlético Madrid 18 38 0.47
2   Claudio Bravo Barcelona 22 32 0.69
3   Alphonse Areola Villarreal 26 32 0.81
4   Keylor Navas Real Madrid 28 34 0.82
5   Gorka Iraizoz Athletic Bilbao 37 36 1.03

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date Reference
  Cristiano Ronaldo5 Real Madrid Espanyol 6–0 (A) 12 September 2015 Report
  Imanol Agirretxe Real Sociedad Granada 3–0 (A) 22 September 2015 Report
  Charles Málaga Real Sociedad 3–1 (H) 3 October 2015 Report
  Neymar4 Barcelona Rayo Vallecano 5–2 (H) 17 October 2015 Report
  Kevin Gameiro Sevilla Getafe 5–0 (H) 24 October 2015 Report
  Luis Suárez Barcelona Eibar 3–1 (H) 25 October 2015 Report
  Aritz Aduriz Athletic Bilbao Rayo Vallecano 3–0 (A) 29 November 2015 Report
  Antonio Sanabria Sporting Gijón Las Palmas 3–1 (H) 6 December 2015 Report
  Gareth Bale4 Real Madrid Rayo Vallecano 10–2 (H) 20 December 2015 Report
  Karim Benzema Real Madrid Rayo Vallecano 10–2 (H) 20 December 2015 Report
  Lionel Messi Barcelona Granada 4–0 (H) 9 January 2016 Report
  Gareth Bale Real Madrid Deportivo La Coruña 5–0 (H) 9 January 2016 Report
  Luis Suárez Barcelona Athletic Bilbao 6–0 (H) 17 January 2016 Report
  Antonio Sanabria Sporting Gijón Real Sociedad 5–1 (H) 22 January 2016 Report
  Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Espanyol 6–0 (H) 31 January 2016 Report
  Luis Suárez Barcelona Celta Vigo 6–1 (H) 14 February 2016 Report
  Aritz Aduriz Athletic Bilbao Deportivo La Coruña 4–1 (H) 2 March 2016 Report
  Lionel Messi Barcelona Rayo Vallecano 5–1 (A) 3 March 2016 Report
  Cristiano Ronaldo4 Real Madrid Celta Vigo 7–1 (H) 5 March 2016 Report
  Luis Suárez4 Barcelona Deportivo La Coruña 8–0 (A) 20 April 2016 Report
  Paco Alcácer Valencia Eibar 4–0 (H) 20 April 2016 Report
  Youssef El-Arabi Granada Levante 5–1 (H) 21 April 2016 Report
  Luis Suárez4 Barcelona Sporting Gijón 6–0 (H) 23 April 2016 Report
  Luis Suárez Barcelona Granada 3–0 (A) 14 May 2016 Report

4 Player scored four goals
5 Player scored five goals
(H) – Home ; (A) – Away

DisciplineEdit

[39][40]

OverallEdit

AttendancesEdit

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Barcelona 1,486,763 98,902 65,531 78,251 +0.8%
2 Real Madrid 1,286,433 80,148 61,564 67,707 −7.8%
3 Atlético Madrid 820,812 51,933 29,737 43,201 −7.2%
4 Athletic Bilbao 797,268 47,785 37,552 41,961 +3.3%
5 Valencia 709,329 47,217 27,876 37,333 −14.8%
6 Real Betis 686,700 46,061 24,879 36,142 +18.0%1
7 Sevilla 646,007 40,395 21,915 34,000 +9.3%
8 Sporting Gijón 440,723 28,140 19,536 23,196 +20.1%1
9 Deportivo La Coruña 437,148 29,666 16,185 23,008 +8.1%
10 Las Palmas 402,922 28,414 15,819 21,206 +32.4%1
11 Málaga 401,292 28,290 13,909 21,121 −5.1%
12 Real Sociedad 386,468 27,484 12,755 20,340 −8.0%
13 Espanyol 348,353 27,395 12,461 18,334 −1.9%
14 Celta Vigo 342,272 24,519 13,584 18,014 −5.9%
15 Villarreal 318,573 23,450 12,843 16,767 +5.0%
16 Granada 301,361 20,552 12,711 15,861 −3.8%
17 Levante 259,258 22,424 9,225 13,645 −10.6%
18 Rayo Vallecano 218,308 13,775 9,301 11,490 +8.1%
19 Getafe 138,861 12,772 4,532 7,308 −0.7%
20 Eibar 98,868 5,941 4,215 5,204 +8.9%
League total 10,527,719 98,902 4,215 27,705 +3.6%

Source:[citation needed]
Notes:
1: Team played last season in Segunda División.

La Liga AwardsEdit

SeasonalEdit

La Liga's governing body, the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional, honoured the competition's best players and coach with the La Liga Awards.[41]

Recipient
Best Player   Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)
Best Coach   Diego Simeone (Atlético Madrid)
Best Goalkeeper   Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid)
Best Defender   Diego Godín (Atlético Madrid)
Best Midfielder   Luka Modrić (Real Madrid)
Best Forward   Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

MonthlyEdit

Month Manager of the Month Player of the Month Reference
Manager Club Player Club
September   Marcelino Villarreal   Nolito Celta Vigo [42][43]
October   Ernesto Valverde Athletic Bilbao   Borja Bastón Eibar [44][45]
November   Diego Simeone Atlético Madrid   Neymar Barcelona [46][47]
December   Javi Gracia Málaga   Lucas Pérez Deportivo La Coruña [48][49]
January   Unai Emery Sevilla   Lionel Messi Barcelona [50][51]
February   Eusebio Sacristán Real Sociedad   Miku Rayo Vallecano [52][53]
March   Quique Setién Las Palmas   Aritz Aduriz Athletic Bilbao [54][55]
April   Zinedine Zidane Real Madrid   Koke Atlético Madrid [56][57]
May   Luis Enrique Barcelona   Luis Suárez Barcelona [58][59]

Number of teams by autonomous communityEdit

Autonomous Community Number of teams Teams
1   Andalusia 4 Granada, Málaga, Real Betis and Sevilla
  Community of Madrid Atlético Madrid, Getafe, Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid
3   Basque Country 3 Athletic Bilbao, Eibar and Real Sociedad
  Valencian Community Levante, Valencia and Villarreal
5   Catalonia 2 Barcelona and Espanyol
  Galicia Celta Vigo and Deportivo La Coruña
7   Asturias 1 Sporting Gijón
  Canary Islands Las Palmas

Broadcasting rightsEdit

Telefónica purchased the exclusive television broadcasting rights to telecast the 2015–16 season in Spain. Sky Sports have exclusive rights in the United Kingdom and beIN Sports have exclusive rights to air the season in various countries, including the United States, Canada, MENA, France and the Middle East.[60] KBSN Sports have the exclusive television broadcasting rights in South Korea except internet broadcasting.[61]

ReferencesEdit

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