Spanish Football – La Liga
La Liga is the more commonly used name of the Spanish Primera División and according to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, it is currently the best league in the world.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad, Arenas Club de Getxo, Real Unión, Atlético Madrid, Espanyol, Europa and Racing de Santander were chosen as the first teams to play in the league; primarily based on previous successes in the Copa Del Rey.
Of the original ten teams, only Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Athletic Bilbao, have never been relegated from the Primera División.
As you would expect, Real Madrid are the current record holders for most La Liga titles, which currently stands at thirty two and have also been La Liga runners up on twenty occasions.
Pretty much dominating the league between 1953 and 1980, only losing the odd title here and there, the sixties were their most dominant decade capturing eight out of the titles up for grabs.
It’ll come as even less of a surprise to find out that their fierce rivals Barcelona, are next in the record books for La Liga titles, they currently have twenty one to their name.
Unlike Madrid, Barcelona have only enjoyed brief periods of dominance, mainly in the eighties and nineties. With the exception of Atletico Madrid in 95-96 and Valencia in 01-02 and 03-04, the La Liga title has been passed between the two Spanish giants since 1984.
Some of the worlds greatest players have played in the La Liga, from the great Alfredo Di Stefano to the two current worlds best, Lionel Messi and Christiano Ronaldo.
The open play and expectancy of flair and skill is what has the crowds pouring in. Never mind the millions of viewers watching from around the world, the La Liga is big business, not surprising as according to Deloitte, Real Madrid and Barcelona top their rich list when it comes to football clubs.