There has been a lot of controversy surrounding LaLiga football over the last decade. The big clubs, such as Real Madrid and Barcelona, have struggled to keep their dirty laundry out of the public eye. Real Madrid has been embroiled in tax disputes, court cases, and conspiracy theories. And Valencia is owned by a businessman who is not popular with fans. While there is some evidence to support these claims, LaLiga has been able to solve these problems and remain competitive in the sport.
During the 2017-18 season, LaLiga has launched several innovations to improve the quality of broadcasts. New camera positions provide better camera angles and unique shots. The league has also introduced drones for aerial shots and 360o replays at eight stadiums. Those innovations will enhance the overall viewing experience for fans. The audiovisual product of the league will also benefit sponsors, broadcasters, and clubs. And there is no shortage of innovations to keep fans entertained.
La Liga football is played between twenty teams. Every team plays each other twice. Winning a game earns three points, while losing a match results in a zero. The highest-ranked club is declared champion. Those near the top of the table are awarded points, while those in the bottom are punished with relegation. The final standings are determined by goal difference. To see which teams have the best chances of reaching the Champions League, check out our guide to La Liga football.
LaLiga’s social responsibility program also extends to education. LaLiga Business School, run by the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, offers a variety of specialist courses to young players with intellectual disabilities. The initiative is designed to normalise the sport within the ID community. With its commitment to education, LaLiga has become a catalyst for social change. The LaLiga Academy’s Fan of the Future educational project is aimed at empowering young fans to be respectful and aware of anti-sporting attitudes.
In addition to the Madrid-Valencia derby, there are many other local derbies in LaLiga. The Asturian Derby is a battle between Sporting Gijon and Real Oviedo, while the Galician derby features Celta Vigo and Deportivo La Coruna. The LaLiga champion Atletico Madrid has competed in the league for ninety seasons. The league has produced a wide variety of players, from young players to veteran stars.
The history of La Liga begins in 1929 when Jose Maria Acha, a director at the Arenas Club de Getxo, first presented the idea for a national football league in Spain. The committee debated the format and size of the league and settled on ten teams for the Primera Division. This initial group of ten teams was chosen based on their performance in the Copa del Ray. Real Madrid and Barcelona were two of the teams that made it to this level. The league is now played by 20 clubs.
Players and managers are recognized at the end of each season by the league’s annual awards. Teams that finish first in La Liga are automatically placed in the UEFA Champions League, while the runners-up go on to the Europa League. The league also recognizes UEFA’s managers and coaches with the Liga de Futbol Profesional’s League Coefficient rankings. As a result, La Liga has been the best league in Europe for seven consecutive years. It has produced the best club in the continent more than 22 times, double the number of seasons compared to Serie A. Real Madrid and Barcelona have been the top clubs for ten consecutive years.