2021–22 La Liga

The 2021–22 La Liga is the 91st season of La Liga, Spain's premier football competition. It began on 13 August 2021 and will conclude on 22 May 2022.[1] The fixtures were announced on 30 June 2021.[2]

La Liga
Season2021–22
Dates13 August 2021 – 22 May 2022
Matches played68
Goals scored141 (2.07 per match)
Top goalscorerKarim Benzema
(8 goals)
Biggest home winReal Madrid 6–1 Mallorca
(22 September 2021)
Biggest away winAlavés 1–4 Real Madrid
(14 August 2021)
Osasuna 1–4 Valencia
(12 September 2021)
Highest scoringReal Madrid 5–2 Celta Vigo
(12 September 2021)
Real Madrid 6–1 Mallorca
(22 September 2021)
Longest winning runReal Madrid
(4 matches)
Longest unbeaten runReal Madrid
(7 matches)
Longest winless runGetafe
Levante
Granada
(7 matches)
Longest losing runGetafe
(7 matches)
Highest attendance38,789
Atlético Madrid 0–0 Athletic Bilbao
(18 September 2021)
Lowest attendance583
Rayo Vallecano 4–0 Granada
(29 August 2021)
Total attendance737,482
Average attendance12,715
2022–23
All statistics correct as of 23 September 2021.

On 24 June 2021, the Spanish Council of Ministers resolved that spectators could return to stadium by means of a modification of the royal decree regulating the 'new normality', in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.[3]

Atlético Madrid are the defending champions, having won their eleventh title in the previous season. Espanyol, Mallorca and Rayo Vallecano join as the promoted clubs from the 2020–21 Segunda División.

This is the first La Liga season since 2003–04 that does not feature the league all-time top goalscorer Lionel Messi.

TeamsEdit

Promotion and relegation (pre-season)Edit

A total of twenty teams contest the league, including seventeen sides from the 2020–21 season and three promoted from the 2020–21 Segunda División. This includes the two top teams from the Segunda División, and the winners of the promotion play-offs.

Teams relegated to Segunda División

The first team to be relegated from La Liga were Eibar, after a 1–4 loss to Valencia on 16 May 2021, ending their seven-year stay in the top tier.[4] The second team to be relegated were Valladolid, following a 1–2 home defeat against Atlético Madrid on 22 May 2021, in their final game of the season, ending their three-year stay in the top tier. The third and final team to be relegated were Huesca, after drawing 0–0 against Valencia on 22 May 2021 in their final game of the season, suffering an immediate return to the second division.

Teams promoted from Segunda División

On 8 May 2021, Espanyol became the first side to mathematically be promoted, assured of a return to the top flight following a 0–0 draw against Zaragoza.[5] The second team to earn promotion was Mallorca, following Almería's 2–3 loss to Cartagena on 18 May 2021. Both teams made an immediate return to the first division after a season away. The third and final team to be promoted were Rayo Vallecano, after winning the play-off final 3–2 against Girona on 20 June 2021, returning after a two-year absence.

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Location of Community of Madrid teams in 2021–22 La Liga
Team Location Stadium Capacity
Alavés Vitoria-Gasteiz Mendizorroza 19,840[6]
Athletic Bilbao Bilbao San Mamés 53,289[7]
Atlético Madrid Madrid Wanda Metropolitano 68,456[8]
Barcelona Barcelona Camp Nou 99,354[9]
Cádiz Cádiz Nuevo Mirandilla 20,724[10]
Celta Vigo Vigo Abanca-Balaídos 29,000[11]
Elche Elche Martínez Valero 33,732[12]
Espanyol Barcelona RCDE Stadium 40,000[13]
Getafe Getafe Coliseum Alfonso Pérez 17,393[14]
Granada Granada Nuevo Los Cármenes 19,336[15]
Levante Valencia Ciutat de València 26,354[16]
Mallorca Palma Visit Mallorca Estadi 24,262[17]
Osasuna Pamplona El Sadar 23,576[18]
Rayo Vallecano Madrid Vallecas 14,708[19]
Real Betis Seville Benito Villamarín 60,721[20]
Real Madrid Madrid Santiago Bernabéu 81,044[21]
Real Sociedad San Sebastián Anoeta 39,500[22]
Sevilla Seville Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán 43,883[23]
Valencia Valencia Mestalla 55,000[24]
Villarreal Villarreal Estadio de la Cerámica 24,890[25]

Personnel and sponsorshipEdit

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor(s)
Alavés   Javier Calleja   Víctor Laguardia Kelme
Athletic Bilbao   Marcelino   Iker Muniain New Balance Kutxabank
Atlético Madrid   Diego Simeone   Koke Νike Plus500
Barcelona   Ronald Koeman   Sergio Busquets Nike Rakuten
Cádiz   Álvaro Cervera   Jon Ander Garrido Macron Bitzi
Celta Vigo   Eduardo Coudet   Hugo Mallo Adidas Estrella Galicia 0,0
Elche   Fran Escribá   Gonzalo Verdú Νike TM Grupo Inmobiliario
Espanyol   Vicente Moreno   David López Kelme Riviera Maya
Getafe   Míchel   Djené Dakonam Joma Tecnocasa Group
Granada   Robert Moreno   Víctor Díaz Νike
Levante   Paco López   José Luis Morales Macron Gedesco
Mallorca   Luis García   Manolo Reina Nike αGEL
Osasuna   Jagoba Arrasate   Oier Sanjurjo Adidas Verleal
Rayo Vallecano   Andoni Iraola   Óscar Trejo Umbro Digi Communications
Real Betis   Manuel Pellegrini   Joaquín Kappa Finetwork
Real Madrid   Carlo Ancelotti   Marcelo Adidas Emirates
Real Sociedad   Imanol Alguacil   Asier Illarramendi Macron
Sevilla   Julen Lopetegui   Jesús Navas Νike Naga App
Valencia   José Bordalás   José Gayà Puma Socios.com
Villarreal   Unai Emery   Mario Gaspar Joma Pamesa Cerámica
1. ^ On the back of shirt.
2. ^ On the sleeves.
3. ^ On the shorts.

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Valencia   Voro[26] End of interim spell 22 May 2021 Pre-season   José Bordalás[27] 27 May 2021
Getafe   José Bordalás[28] Mutual consent 26 May 2021   Míchel[29] 27 May 2021
Real Madrid   Zinedine Zidane[30] Resigned 27 May 2021   Carlo Ancelotti[31] 1 June 2021
Granada   Diego Martínez[32] 27 May 2021   Robert Moreno[33] 18 June 2021

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Real Madrid 7 5 2 0 21 8 +13 17 Qualification to Champions League group stage
2 Real Sociedad 7 5 1 1 10 6 +4 16
3 Sevilla 6 4 2 0 10 2 +8 14
4 Atlético Madrid 7 4 2 1 9 6 +3 14
5 Rayo Vallecano 7 4 1 2 13 7 +6 13 Qualification to Europa League group stage
6 Barcelona 6 3 3 0 11 5 +6 12 Qualification to Europa Conference League play-off round
7 Real Betis 7 3 3 1 11 7 +4 12
8 Valencia 7 3 2 2 12 8 +4 11
9 Osasuna 7 3 2 2 10 11 −1 11
10 Athletic Bilbao 7 2 4 1 6 4 +2 10
11 Villarreal 6 1 5 0 6 3 +3 8
12 Mallorca 7 2 2 3 6 12 −6 8
13 Celta Vigo 7 2 1 4 7 10 −3 7
14 Cádiz 7 1 3 3 7 11 −4 6
15 Elche 7 1 3 3 4 8 −4 6
16 Espanyol 7 1 3 3 4 7 −3 6
17 Levante 7 0 4 3 6 12 −6 4
18 Granada 7 0 3 4 5 12 −7 3 Relegation to the Segunda División
19 Alavés 6 1 0 5 2 11 −9 3
20 Getafe 7 0 0 7 2 12 −10 0
Updated to match(es) played on 27 September 2021. Source: LaLiga Santander
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 (Note: Head-to-head record is used only after all the matches between the teams in question have been played)[34]

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ALA ATH ATM BAR CAD CEL ELC ESP GET GRA LEV MLL OSA RAY BET RMA RSO SEV VAL VIL
Alavés 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–4
Athletic Bilbao 1–1 2–0 1–2 a a
Atlético Madrid 0–0 1–0 a 2–2
Barcelona a a 2–1 1–1 3–0 a 4–2
Cádiz 0–0 1–1 2–3 0–2
Celta Vigo 0–1 1–2 1–2 1–0
Elche 0–0 1–1 1–1
Espanyol 1–0 1–2 a 0–0
Getafe 1–2 0–1 0–1
Granada 1–2 2–3 1–1
Levante 0–2 1–1 3–3 a
Mallorca 1–0 2–3 1–1 0–0
Osasuna 0–0 0–0 1–3 1–4
Rayo Vallecano 3–1 3–0 4–0
Real Betis 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–1 a
Real Madrid a a a 5–2 6–1 0–0
Real Sociedad a 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
Sevilla 2–0 3–0 a 3–1
Valencia 3–0 1–1 1–0 a 1–2 a
Villarreal 4–1 0–0 a
Updated to match(es) played on 27 September 2021. Source:[citation needed]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

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 to the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards.

Season statisticsEdit

As of 26 September 2021

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals[35] Notes
1   Karim Benzema Real Madrid 8 Pichichi Trophy
2   Vinícius Júnior Real Madrid 5
  Mikel Oyarzabal Real Sociedad Zarra Trophy
4   Marco Asensio Real Madrid 3
  Ángel Correa Atlético Madrid
  Memphis Depay Barcelona
  Youssef En-Nesyri Sevilla
  Radamel Falcao Rayo Vallecano
  Willian José Real Betis
  Álvaro García Rayo Vallecano
  Erik Lamela Sevilla
  Carlos Soler Valencia
  Luis Suárez Atlético Madrid

Top assistsEdit

Rank Player Club Assists[36]
1   Karim Benzema Real Madrid 7
2   Iker Muniain Athletic Bilbao 3
  Yeremi Pino Villarreal
4   David Alaba Real Madrid 2
  Bebé Rayo Vallecano
  Frenkie de Jong Barcelona
  Gonçalo Guedes Valencia
  Salva Sevilla Mallorca
  Vinícius Júnior Real Madrid
  Gonzalo Melero Levante
  Santi Mina Celta Vigo
  Rubén Rochina Granada
  Guido Rodríguez Real Betis
  Sergi Guardiola Rayo Vallecano
  Carlos Soler Valencia
  Roberto Torres Osasuna
  Óscar Trejo Rayo Vallecano

Zamora TrophyEdit

The Zamora Trophy was awarded by newspaper Marca to the goalkeeper with the lowest goals-to-games ratio. A goalkeeper had to have played at least 28 games of 60 or more minutes to be eligible for the trophy.[37][38]

Rank Player Club Goals
against
Matches Average
1   Jan Oblak Atlético Madrid 6 7 0.86
2   Diego López Espanyol 7 1.00
  Stole Dimitrievski Rayo Vallecano
4   Thibaut Courtois Real Madrid 8 1.14
  Kiko Casilla Elche

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date Round
  Karim Benzema Real Madrid Celta Vigo 5–2 (H) 12 September 2021 4
  Marco Asensio Real Madrid Mallorca 6–1 (H) 22 September 2021 6

ScoringEdit

Attendance to stadiumsEdit

RestrictionsEdit

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, clubs were not allowed to use the total capacity of their stadiums. According to the progress of the pandemic, the capacity allowed each month was decided by the Government of Spain, in agreement with the Autonomous Communities.

  • August (rounds 1 to 3): 40% of capacity allowed.[40] Aditionally, the Basque Country reduced it to the 20%,[41] Catalonia to the 30%[42] and the Valencian Community limited the attendance to a maximum of 15,000 spectators, always respecting the agreement.[43]
  • September (rounds 4 to 7): 60% of capacity allowed.[44] The Basque Country raised its own limit to 30%,[45] while Catalonia did to the 40%.[46]

Average attendancesEdit

Pos Team Total High Low Average Change
1 Atlético Madrid 90,564 38,798 24,926 30,188 n/a3
2 Real Betis 75,881 30,189 22,590 25,294 n/a3
3 Barcelona 74,024 27,097 20,384 24,674 n/a3
4 Real Madrid 63,972 23,985 19,874 21,324 n/a3
5 Valencia 47,184 26,689 9,868 15,728 n/a3
6 Sevilla 37,616 23,654 13,962 18,808 n/a2
7 Espanyol 40,670 15,321 11,095 13,208 n/a3
8 Real Sociedad 39,167 23,757 7,652 13,056 n/a3
9 Athletic Bilbao 40,196 16,236 9,394 13,399 n/a3
10 Levante 34,801 12,974 9,838 11,600 n/a3
11 Elche 31,037 11,507 9,145 10,346 n/a3
12 Osasuna 34,887 13,940 6,175 8,722 n/a4
13 Cádiz 38,398 12,180 6,940 9,600 n/a4
14 Granada 19,753 9,552 3,934 6,584 n/a3
15 Villarreal 16,071 8,234 7,837 8,036 n/a2
16 Mallorca 22,976 9,168 6,279 7,659 n/a3
17 Celta Vigo 17,647 6,754 5,401 5,882 n/a3
18 Getafe 20,616 8,950 4,810 6,872 n/a3
18 Alavés 12,144 8,176 2,896 4,048 n/a3
19 Rayo Vallecano 3,863 3,280 583 1,932 n/a2
League total 737,482 38,798 583 12,715 n/a

Updated to games played on 23 September 2021
Source: World Football
Notes:
1: One match played with limited attendance.
2: Two matches played with limited attendance.

Number of teams by autonomous communityEdit

Rank Autonomous Community Number Teams
1   Andalusia 4 Cádiz, Granada, Real Betis and Sevilla
  Community of Madrid Atlético Madrid, Getafe, Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid
  Valencian Community Elche, Levante, Valencia and Villarreal
4   Basque Country 3 Alavés, Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad
5   Catalonia 2 Barcelona and Espanyol
6   Balearic Islands 1 Mallorca
  Galicia Celta Vigo
  Navarre Osasuna

NotesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  39. ^ https://www.laliga.com/en-ES/laliga-santander/results
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La Liga 2021-22 Schedule, Squad

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