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2013–14 La Liga

2013–14 La Liga

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 ended on 18 May 2014 due to all top-flight European leagues ending earlier than the previous season because of 2014 FIFA World Cup. Elche, Villarreal and Almería competed in La Liga this year after spending the previous season in lower leagues.

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 18 years, and their tenth overall. It was the first time since the 2003–04 La Liga that a club other than Barcelona or Real Madrid, who finished second and third respectively, have won the title. Osasuna, Real 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 the European Golden Shoe. Ángel Di María had the most assists, with 17. Thibaut Courtois won the Zamora Trophy for best goalkeeper.

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Dates17 August 2013 – 18 May 2014
ChampionsAtlético Madrid
10th title
RelegatedReal Betis
Real Valladolid
Champions LeagueAtlético Madrid
Real Madrid
Athletic Bilbao
Europa LeagueSevilla
Real Sociedad
Matches played380
Goals scored1,045 (2.75 per match)
Top goalscorerCristiano Ronaldo
(31 goals)[7]
Biggest home winBarcelona 7–0 Levante
(18 August 2013)[8]
Atlético Madrid 7–0 Getafe
(23 November 2013)[8]
Barcelona 7–0 Osasuna
(16 March 2014)[8]
Biggest away winReal Betis 0–5 Real Madrid
(19 January 2014)[8]
Almería 0–5 Real Madrid
(23 November 2013)[8]
Málaga 0–5 Celta de Vigo
(27 October 2013)[8]
Highest scoringReal Madrid 7–3 Sevilla
(30 October 2013)[8]
Longest winning run9 matches
Atlético Madrid
Longest unbeaten run18 matches
Real Madrid[8]
Longest winless run14 matches
Real Betis[8]
Longest losing run6 matches
Rayo Vallecano[8]
Highest attendance98,761[8]
Barcelona 2–1 Real Madrid
(26 October 2013)
Lowest attendance500[8]
Getafe 2–2 Real Sociedad
(19 January 2014)
Average attendance26,702[8]
← 2012–13
2014–15 →
2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage
2014–15 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
2014–15 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
2014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage
2014–15 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
Relegation to 2014–15 Segunda División


Promotion and relegation (pre-season)

A total of 20 teams contested the league, including 17 sides from the 2012–13 season and three promoted from the 2012–13 Segunda División. This included the two top teams from the Segunda División, and the victorious team of the play-offs.

RCD Mallorca, Deportivo de La Coruña and Real Zaragoza were relegated to 2013–14 Segunda División the previous season: Mallorca were relegated after 16 years in La Liga, the longest period in its history and ending their golden era, Zaragoza returned to Segunda División after a four-year tenure in La Liga, while Deportivo made an immediate return to the Segunda División after being promoted the previous year. All three teams were relegated in the last matchday.[9]

The three relegated teams were replaced by three 2012–13 Segunda División sides: Elche CF returned to the top level as Segunda División champion after 24 years of absence and with the last 14 seasons consecutively in the Segunda División.[10] The second placed team Villarreal was also promoted to La Liga making an immediate return to La Liga[11] after a win over Almería in the decisive match of the last set of games where the winner would be directly promoted to La Liga.[12] Almería returned to the Spanish top flight after spending two years in the Segunda by beating Girona in the promotion play-offs.[13]

This was the first season since the 1988–89 season without any teams from the archipelagos of Spain (teams located on the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands) since RCD Mallorca was relegated and UD Las Palmas failed to be promoted after playing in the promotion play-offs later season.

Stadium and locations

TeamLocation of stadiumStadiumCapacity
AlmeríaAlmeríaJuegos Mediterráneos22,000
Athletic BilbaoBilbaoSan Mamés53,332
Atlético MadridMadridVicente Calderón54,851
BarcelonaBarcelonaCamp Nou99,354
BetisSevilleBenito Villamarín52,500
Celta de VigoVigoBalaídos31,800
ElcheElcheMartínez Valero36,017
EspanyolBarcelonaEstadi Cornellà-El Prat40,500
GetafeGetafeColiseum Alfonso Pérez17,700
GranadaGranadaNuevo Los Cármenes22,524
LevanteValenciaCiutat de València25,534
MálagaMálagaLa Rosaleda30,044
OsasunaPamplonaEl Sadar19,553
Rayo VallecanoMadridCampo de Vallecas15,489
Real MadridMadridSantiago Bernabéu85,454
Real SociedadSan SebastiánAnoeta32,076
SevillaSevilleRamón Sánchez Pizjuán45,500
ValladolidValladolidJosé Zorrilla26,512
VillarrealVillarrealEl Madrigal24,890

Personnel and sponsorship

TeamHead coachCaptainKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
AlmeríaSpainFrancisco RodríguezSpainCoronaNikeUrcisol.com
Athletic BilbaoSpainErnesto ValverdeSpainCarlos GurpeguiNikePetronor
Atlético MadridArgentinaDiego SimeoneSpainGabiNikeSOCAR and Kyocera2
BarcelonaArgentinaGerardo MartinoSpainCarles PuyolNikeQatar Airways and UNICEF23
Celta VigoSpainLuis EnriqueSpainBorja OubiñaAdidasCitroën4and Estrella Galicia24
ElcheSpainFran EscribáSpainSergio MantecónAcerbisGioseppo
EspanyolMexicoJavier AguirreSpainSergio GarcíaPumaCancún
GetafeRomaniaCosmin ContraSpainJaime GavilánJomaConfremar and IG Markets4
GranadaSpainLucas AlcarazSpainDiego MainzLuanviCaja Granada
LevanteSpainJoaquín CaparrósSpainJuanfranKelmeComunitat Valenciana
MálagaGermanyBernd SchusterPortugalDudaNikeUNESCO5and BlueBay resorts2
OsasunaSpainJavi GraciaSpainPatxi PuñalAdidasLacturale and Nevir2
Rayo VallecanoSpainPaco JémezSpainRoberto TrashorrasErreàAdquisiciones Empresariales and Nevir2
Real BetisArgentinaGabriel CalderónSpainNachoMacronCirsa and Andalucía4
Real MadridItalyCarlo AncelottiSpainIker CasillasAdidasFly Emirates
Real SociedadSpainJagoba ArrasateSpainXabi PrietoNikeCanal+ and Kutxa2
Real ValladolidSpainJuan Ignacio MartínezSpainJavier BarajaHummelEl Norte de Castilla4
SevillaSpainUnai EmeryArgentinaFederico FazioWarriorInterwetten
ValenciaArgentinaJuan Antonio PizziPortugalRicardo CostaJomaJinKO Solar
VillarrealSpainMarcelinoSpainBrunoXtepPamesa Cerámica
**^**On the back of shirt.
**^**Barcelona makes a donation to UNICEF in order to display the charity's logo on the back of the club's kit.
**^**On the shorts.
**^**Málaga makes a donation to UNESCO in order to display the charity's logo on the club's kit.

As in the previous years, Nike provided the official ball for all matches, with a new Nike Incyte Liga BBVA model to be used throughout the season for all matches.[14]

Managerial changes

TeamOutgoing managerManner of departureDate of vacancyPosition in tableReplaced byDate of appointment
MálagaChileManuel PellegriniMutual consent2 June 2013[15]Pre-seasonGermanyBernd Schuster12 June 2013
Real ValladolidSerbiaMiroslav Đukić2 June 2013[16]SpainJuan Ignacio Martínez17 June 2013
Real MadridPortugalJosé Mourinho2 June 2013[17]ItalyCarlo Ancelotti25 June 2013
Celta VigoSpainAbel Resino8 June 2013[18]SpainLuis Enrique8 June 2013[19]
AlmeríaSpainJavi Gracia28 June 2013[20]SpainFrancisco29 June 2013[21]
ValenciaSpainErnesto ValverdeEnd of contract30 June 2013[22]SerbiaMiroslav Đukić4 June 20131[23]
Real SociedadFrancePhilippe Montanier30 June 2013[24]SpainJagoba Arrasate8 June 20131[25]
LevanteSpainJuan Ignacio Martínez30 June 2013[26]SpainJoaquín Caparrós10 June 20131
Athletic BilbaoArgentinaMarcelo Bielsa30 June 2013[27]SpainErnesto Valverde21 June 20131
BarcelonaSpainTito VilanovaResigned19 July 2013ArgentinaGerardo Martino23 July 2013
OsasunaSpainJosé Luis MendilibarSacked3 September 201320thSpainJavi Gracia4 September 2013
BetisSpainPepe Mel2 December 2013[28]SpainJuan Carlos Garrido2 December 2013
ValenciaSerbiaMiroslav Đukić16 December 20139thSpainJuan Antonio Pizzi26 December 2013
BetisSpainJuan Carlos Garrido19 January 2014[29]20thArgentinaGabriel Calderón19 January 2014
GetafeSpainLuis García Plaza10 March 201415thRomaniaCosmin Contra10 March 2014
  1. Announcement date. The appointment was made effective since 1 July 2013.

Season summary

The 2013–14 La Liga season was the 83rd since its establishment. Match days were drawn on 9 July 2013.[30] The season began on 17 August 2013 and ended on 18 May 2014.[31]

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.[32] 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.[33]

The emergence of Diego Costa and Koke was a large part of Atlético Madrid's success. Costa scored 28 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.[33]

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 Malaga left Atlético vulnerable heading into their final match.[33]

Cristiano Ronaldo won the league scoring title with 31 goals. Messi was second and Costa third.[7] Ángel Di María had most assists with 17.[34] Thibaut Courtois won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy for best goalkeeper.[35] Barcelona was the least penalised team.[36]

League table

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification or relegation
1Atlético Madrid(C)3828647726+51902014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage
3Real Madrid38276510438+6687[1]
4Athletic Bilbao38201086639+27702014–15 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5Sevilla38189116952+17632014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage[2]
6Villarreal38178136044+1659[3]2014–15 UEFA Europa League play-off round[4]
7Real Sociedad381611116255+759[3]2014–15 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round[4]
9Celta Vigo38147174954−549[5]
12Rayo Vallecano38134214680−3443
18Osasuna(R)38109193262−3039Relegation to 2014–15 Segunda División
20Real Betis(R)3867253678−4225

Positions by round

The table lists the positions of teams after completion of each round.

Team ╲ Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
Atlético Madrid32222222222222222222213333221111111111
Real Madrid85443333333333333333332211112333233333
Athletic Bilbao63556556655555444444444444444444444444
Real Sociedad478771213151299776665566666666656666766667
Celta Vigo108788111516191517151616141515181516131111111111111112121113121310989
Rayo Vallecano21113171920201914171920181917181919191919191919191919161413141214129111112


Athletic Bilbao6–11–21–02–13–22–21–21–04–02–13–02–02–11–11–13–11–14–22–0
Atlético Madrid4–22–00–05–02–12–01–07–01–03–21–12–15–02–24–01–13–03–01–0
Celta Vigo3–10–00–20–34–20–12–21–11–10–10–21–10–22–02–21–02–14–10–0
Rayo Vallecano3–10–32–40–43–13–03–01–41–20–21–24–11–02–31–00–11–00–32–5
Real Madrid4–03–10–13–42–13–03–03–14–12–03–02–04–05–05–17–32–24–04–2
Real Sociedad3–02–01–23–15–14–34–02–12–01–10–00–05–02–30–41–11–01–01–2

Season statistics

Top goalscorers

The Pichichi Trophy is awarded by newspaper Marca to the player who scores the most goals in a season.

1PortugalCristiano RonaldoReal Madrid31
2ArgentinaLionel MessiBarcelona28
3SpainDiego CostaAtlético Madrid27
4ChileAlexis SánchezBarcelona19
5FranceKarim BenzemaReal Madrid17
6MexicoCarlos VelaReal Sociedad16
FranceAntoine GriezmannReal Sociedad
SpainAritz AdurizAthletic Bilbao
9WalesGareth BaleReal Madrid15
SpainJavi GuerraReal Valladolid
FranceKevin GameiroSevilla

Source: pichichi.es [74]

Assists table

1ArgentinaÁngel Di MaríaReal Madrid17
2SpainKokeAtlético Madrid13
SpainCesc FàbregasBarcelona
4WalesGareth BaleReal Madrid12
MexicoCarlos VelaReal Sociedad
SpainMarkel SusaetaAthletic Bilbao
7ArgentinaLionel MessiBarcelona11
8CroatiaIvan RakitićSevilla10
ChileAlexis SánchezBarcelona
10FranceKarim BenzemaReal Madrid9
PortugalCristiano RonaldoReal Madrid

Zamora Trophy

The Zamora Trophy is awarded by newspaper Marca to the goalkeeper with least goals-to-games ratio. Keepers must play at least 28 games of 60 or more minutes to be eligible for the trophy.

RankNameClubGoals AgainstMatchesAverage[35]
1BelgiumThibaut CourtoisAtlético Madrid24370.65
2SpainGorka IraizozAthletic Bilbao32330.97
3SpainDiego LópezReal Madrid36361
4Costa RicaKeylor NavasLevante39361.08
5SpainSergio AsenjoVillarreal41351.17


ArgentinaLionel Messi
3–2 (A)1 September 2013[40]
MoroccoMounir El Hamdaoui
Rayo Vallecano
5–0 (H)15 September 2013[41]
Rayo Vallecano
4–0 (A)21 September 2013[42]
PortugalCristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
7–3 (H)30 October 2013[43]
MoroccoYoussef El-Arabi
3–1 (H)8 November 2013[44]
PortugalCristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
Real Sociedad
5–1 (H)9 November 2013[45]
MexicoCarlos Vela4
Real Sociedad
Celta Vigo
4–3 (H)23 November 2013[46]
SpainSergio García
Rayo Vallecano
4–1 (A)24 November 2013[47]
WalesGareth Bale
Real Madrid
Real Valladolid
4–0 (H)30 November 2013[48]
3–0 (H)1 December 2013[49]
SpainJavi Guerra
Real Valladolid
Celta Vigo
3–0 (H)16 December 2013[50]
5–2 (A)22 December 2013[51]
ChileAlexis Sánchez
4–0 (H)5 January 2014[52]
NigeriaIkechukwu Uche
Rayo Vallecano
5–2 (A)6 January 2014[53]
SpainAritz Aduriz
Athletic Bilbao
4–0 (H)28 February 2014[54]
ArgentinaLionel Messi
7–0 (H)16 March 2014[55]
ArgentinaLionel Messi
Real Madrid
4–3 (A)23 March 2014[56]

4 Player scored four goals5 Player scored five goals(H) – Home ; (A) – Away


  • Most yellow cards (club): 102 Málaga

  • Most yellow cards (player): 15 Alberto Botía (Elche)

  • Most red cards (club): 8 Real Betis Rayo Vallecano Osasuna

  • Most red cards (player): 2 6 players


2Real Madrid1,356,43485,45451,65371,391+2.4%
3Atlético Madrid881,14955,00030,00046,376+6.5%
5Athletic Bilbao638,31636,55016,00033,596+3.6%2
9Real Sociedad442,27530,48510,49223,278+2.8%
11Celta de Vigo399,84929,45714,63621,045+21.0%
19Rayo Vallecano193,11313,8746,39510,164−2.7%
League total10,171,06298,76150026,766−9.1%

LFP Awards


La Liga's governing body, the Liga de Fútbol Profesional, honoured the competition's best players and coach with the LFP Awards.[57]

Best PlayerPortugalCristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Best CoachArgentinaDiego Simeone (Atlético Madrid)
Best GoalkeeperCosta RicaKeylor Navas (Levante)
Best DefenderSpainSergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Best Midfielder(s)CroatiaLuka Modrić (Real Madrid)
SpainAndrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
Best ForwardPortugalCristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)


MonthManager of the MonthPlayer of the MonthReference
SeptemberSpainMarcelinoVillarrealSpainDiego CostaAtlético Madrid[58]
OctoberArgentinaDiego SimeoneAtlético MadridSpainKokeAtlético Madrid[59]
NovemberSpainFranciscoAlmeríaPortugalCristiano RonaldoReal Madrid[60]
DecemberSpainJagoba ArrasateReal SociedadMexicoCarlos VelaReal Sociedad[61]
JanuarySpainErnesto ValverdeAthletic BilbaoCroatiaIvan RakitićSevilla[62]
FebruaryArgentinaJuan Antonio PizziValenciaBrazilRafinhaCelta Vigo[63]
MarchSpainUnai EmerySevillaCosta RicaKeylor NavasLevante[64]
AprilSpainPaco JémezRayo VallecanoUruguayDiego GodínAtlético Madrid[65]
MaySpainFranciscoAlmeríaUruguayDiego GodínAtlético Madrid[66]

Number of teams by autonomous community

Autonomous CommunityNumber of teamsTeams
1Andalusia5Almería, Betis, Granada, Málaga and Sevilla
2Community of Madrid4Atlético Madrid, Getafe, Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid
Valencian CommunityElche, Levante, Valencia and Villarreal
4Basque Country2Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad
CataloniaBarcelona and Espanyol
6Castile and León1Valladolid
GaliciaCelta Vigo

See also

  • List of Spanish football transfers summer 2013

  • 2013–14 Segunda División

  • 2013–14 Copa del Rey


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