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La Liga
2010-11
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Season information
Winners Barcelona
21st title
Relegated Deportivo La Coruña
Hércules
Almería
Continental cup qualifiers
Champions League Barcelona
Real Madrid
Valencia
Villarreal
Europa League Sevilla
Athletic Bilbao
Atlético Madrid
Season statistics
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1042
Average 3.33
Top goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo (40)
Biggest home win Real Madrid 7–0 Málaga
(3 March 2011)
Biggest away win Almería 0–8 Barcelona
(20 November 2010)
Highest scoring Valencia 3–6 Real Madrid
(23 April 2011)
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The 2010–11 La Liga season (known as the Liga BBVA for sponsorship reasons) was the 80th since its establishment. The campaign began on 28 August 2010 and ended on 21 May 2011. A total of 20 teams contested the league, 17 of which already contested in the 2009–10 season and three of which were promoted from the Segunda División. In addition, a new match ball – the Nike Total 90 Tracer – served as the official ball for all matches.

Defending champions Barcelona secured their third-consecutive and 21st La Liga title after a 1–1 tie with Levante on 11 May 2011. The result gave Barcelona a 6-point lead with two matches remaining which, combined with their better head-to-head record with Real Madrid, ensured that they finished top of the table. Barcelona led the table since defeating Madrid 5–0 on 23 November 2010. Since then, they lost only one match en route to winning the title. It was the third straight title for Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola. Lionel Messi won the LFP Award for Best Player, which marked his third consecutive win.

The season was again dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid, with second-place Madrid 21 points ahead of third-place Valencia. Having encountered each other in the Champions League semifinals and the Copa del Rey final, the top two teams met 4 times in 17 days, for a total of 5 times this season.

The most significant managerial change prior to the start of the season was two-time Champions League-winning José Mourinho taking over at Real Madrid.

Teams

Real Valladolid, CD Tenerife and Xerez CD were relegated to the Segunda División after finishing the 2009–10 season in the bottom three places. Tenerife and Xerez made their immediate return to the second level after just one year in the Spanish top flight, while Valladolid ended a three-year tenure in La Liga.

The relegated teams were replaced by 2009–10 Segunda División champions Real Sociedad from San Sebastián, runners-up Hércules CF from Alicante and Levante UD from Valencia. Hércules returned to the highest Spanish football league for the first time after 13 years, while Real Sociedad and Levante terminated their second-level status after three and two years, respectively.

Stadia and locations

Team Club home city Stadium Capacity
Almería Almería Estadio del Mediterráneo 22,000
Athletic Bilbao Bilbao San Mamés 39,750
Atlético Madrid Madrid Vicente Calderón 54,851
Barcelona Barcelona Camp Nou 99,354
Deportivo La Coruña A Coruña Riazor 34,600
Espanyol Barcelona Estadi Cornellà-El Prat 40,500
Getafe Getafe Coliseum Alfonso Pérez 17,700
Hércules Alicante Estadio José Rico Pérez 30,000
Levante Valencia Estadi Ciutat de València 25,534
Málaga Málaga La Rosaleda 28,963
Mallorca Palma Iberostar 23,142
Osasuna Pamplona Estadio Reyno de Navarra 19,800
Racing de Santander Santander El Sardinero 22,271
Real Madrid Madrid Santiago Bernabéu 80,354
Real Sociedad San Sebastián Estadio Anoeta 32,076
Sevilla Sevilla Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán 45,500
Sporting de Gijón Gijón El Molinón 29,800
Valencia Valencia Mestalla 55,000
Villarreal Vila-real El Madrigal 25,000
Zaragoza Zaragoza La Romareda 34,596

Personnel and sponsorship

Team Chairman Head Coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Almería Alfonso García Flag of Spain Roberto Olabe Flag of Spain José Ortiz Rasán Urcisol.com
Athletic Bilbao Fernando Macua Flag of Spain Joaquín Caparrós Flag of Spain Pablo Orbaiz Umbro Petronor
Atlético Madrid Enrique Cerezo Flag of Spain Quique Sánchez Flores Flag of Spain Antonio López Nike KIA
Barcelona Sandro Rosell Flag of Spain Pep Guardiola Flag of Spain Carles Puyol Nike UNICEF
Deportivo La Coruña Augusto Lendoiro Flag of Spain Miguel Ángel Lotina Flag of Spain Manuel Pablo Lotto Estrella Galicia
Espanyol Daniel Sánchez Llibre Flag of Argentina Mauricio Pochettino Flag of Spain Iván de la Peña Li-Ning Interwetten
Getafe Ángel Torres Flag of Spain Míchel Flag of Spain Javier Casquero Joma Burger King
Hércules Valentín Botella Ros Flag of Serbia Miroslav Đukić Flag of Spain Paco Peña Nike Comunitat Valenciana
Levante Quico Catalán Flag of Spain Luis García Plaza Flag of Spain Sergio Ballesteros Luanvi Comunitat Valenciana
Málaga Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani Flag of CHI Manuel Pellegrini Flag of Spain Francesc Arnau Li Ning
Mallorca Jaume Cladera Flag of Denmark Michael Laudrup Flag of Portugal Nunes Macron bet-at-home.com
Osasuna Patxi Izco Flag of Spain José Luis Mendilibar Iran Javad Nekounam Astore
Racing de Santander Francisco Pernía Flag of Spain Marcelino Flag of Spain Pablo Pinillos SLAM Palacios
Real Madrid Florentino Pérez Flag of Portugal José Mourinho Flag of Spain Iker Casillas Adidas Bwin
Real Sociedad Jokin Aperribay Flag of Uruguay Martín Lasarte Flag of Spain Mikel Aranburu Astore Gipuzkoa Euskararekin Bat
Sevilla José María del Nido Flag of Spain Gregorio Manzano Flag of Spain Andrés Palop Joma 12bet.com
Sporting de Gijón Manuel Vega-Arango Flag of Spain Manolo Preciado Flag of Spain Rafel Sastre Astore Gijón / Asturias
Valencia Manuel Llorente Flag of Spain Unai Emery Flag of Spain Vicente Kappa Unibet
Villarreal Fernando Roig Flag of Spain Juan Carlos Garrido Flag of Spain Marcos Senna Puma Aeroport Castelló
Zaragoza Agapito Iglesias Flag of Mexico Javier Aguirre Flag of Spain Gabi Adidas Proniño

^Barcelona makes a donation to UNICEF in order to display the charity's logo on the club's kit.

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Mallorca Flag of Spain Gregorio Manzano End of contract 19 May 2010 Flag of Denmark Michael Laudrup 2 July 2010 5th (2009–10)
Real Madrid Flag of CHI Manuel Pellegrini Sacked 26 May 2010 Flag of Portugal José Mourinho 28 May 2010 2nd (2009–10)
Málaga Flag of Spain Juan Muñiz Sacked 16 June 2010 Flag of Portugal Jesualdo Ferreira 17 June 2010 17th (2009–10)
Sevilla Flag of Spain Antonio Álvarez Sacked 26 September 2010 Flag of Spain Gregorio Manzano 26 September 2010 7th
Málaga Flag of Portugal Jesualdo Ferreira Sacked 2 November 2010 Flag of CHI Manuel Pellegrini 2 November 2010 18th
Zaragoza Flag of Spain José Aurelio Gay Sacked 17 November 2010 Flag of Mexico Javier Aguirre 17 November 2010 20th
Almería Flag of Spain Juanma Lillo Sacked 20 November 2010 Flag of Spain José Luis Oltra 24 November 2010 19th
Racing de Santander Flag of Spain Miguel Ángel Portugal Sacked 7 February 2011 Flag of Spain Marcelino 9 February 2011 16th
Osasuna Flag of Spain José Antonio Camacho Sacked 14 February 2011 Flag of Spain José Luis Mendilibar 14 February 2011 18th
Hércules Flag of Spain Esteban Vigo Sacked 20 March 2011 Flag of Serbia Miroslav Đukić 23 March 2011 20th
Almería Flag of Spain José Luis Oltra Sacked 5 April 2011 Flag of Spain Roberto Olabe 5 April 2011 20th

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
1 Barcelona  (C) 38 30 6 2 95 21+74 96
2011-12 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Real Madrid 38 29 5 4 102 33+69 92
3 Valencia 38 21 8 9 64 44+20 71
4 Villarreal 38 18 8 12 54 44+10 62
2011-12 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Sevilla 38 17 7 14 62 61+1 58
2011-12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Athletic Bilbao 38 18 4 16 59 55+4 58
7 Atlético Madrid 38 17 7 14 62 53+9 58
2011-12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1
8 Espanyol 38 15 4 19 46 55−9 49
9 Osasuna 38 13 8 17 45 46−1 47
10 Sporting de Gijón 38 11 14 13 35 42−7 47
11 Málaga 38 13 7 18 54 68−14 46
12 Racing Santander 38 12 10 16 41 56−15 46
13 Zaragoza 38 12 9 17 40 53−13 45
14 Levante 38 12 9 17 41 52−11 45
15 Real Sociedad 38 14 3 21 49 66−17 45
16 Getafe 38 12 8 18 49 60−11 44
17 Mallorca 38 12 8 18 41 56−15 44
18 Deportivo La Coruña  (R) 38 10 13 15 31 47−16 43
Relegation to the  Segunda División
19 Hércules  (R) 38 9 8 21 36 60−24 35
20 Almería  (R) 38 6 12 20 36 70−34 30
Source: LFP, sportec.es, Yahoo! Sport
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th number of goals scored; 7th Fair-play points.
1 The 2010–11 Copa del Rey champions (Real Madrid) and runners-up (Barcelona) qualified for the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, thus the 7th-placed team qualified for the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated.


Results

Home \ Away ALM ATH ATMBARDEPESPGETHÉRLEVMLGMALOSARACRMARSOSEVSPGVALVILZAR
Almería 1–3 2–2 0–8 1–1 3–2 2–3 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 0–3 0–0 1–1
Athletic Bilbao 1–0 1–2 1–3 1–2 2–1 3–0 3–0 3–2 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–1 0–3 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–2 0–1 2–1
Atlético Madrid 1–1 0–2 1–2 2–0 2–3 2–0 2–1 4–1 0–3 3–0 3–0 0–0 1–2 3–0 2–2 4–0 1–2 3–1 1–0
Barcelona 3–1 2–1 3–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 0–2 2–1 4–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 5–0 5–0 5–0 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–0
Deportivo La Coruña 0–2 2–1 0–1 0–4 3–0 2–2 1–0 0–1 3–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 3–3 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–0
Espanyol 1–0 2–1 2–2 1–5 2–0 3–1 3–0 2–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–2 0–1 4–1 2–3 1–0 2–2 0–1 4–0
Getafe 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–3 4–1 1–3 3–0 4–1 0–2 3–0 2–0 0–1 2–3 0–4 1–0 3–0 2–4 1–0 1–1
Hércules 1–2 0–1 4–1 0–3 1–0 0–0 0–0 3–1 4–1 2–2 0–4 2–3 1–3 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–2 2–2 2–1
Levante 1–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 1–4 0–0 0–1 1–2 1–2
Málaga 3–1 1–1 0–3 1–3 0–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 4–1 1–4 1–2 1–2 2–0 1–3 2–3 1–2
Mallorca 4–1 1–0 3–4 0–3 0–0 0–1 2–0 3–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 0–4 1–2 0–0 1–0
Osasuna 0–0 1–2 2–3 0–3 0–0 4–0 0–0 3–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 3–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0
Racing Santander 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–3 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 4–1 1–3 2–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0
Real Madrid 8–1 5–1 2–0 1–1 6–1 3–0 4–0 2–0 2–0 7–0 1–0 1–0 6–1 4–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 4–2 2–3
Real Sociedad 2–0 2–0 2–4 2–1 3–0 1–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 2–3 2–1 1–2 1–0 2–1
Sevilla 1–3 4–3 3–1 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–3 1–0 4–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 2–6 3–1 3–0 2–0 3–2 3–1
Sporting de Gijón 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–0
Valencia 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 0–0 4–3 1–2 3–3 1–0 3–6 3–0 0–1 0–0 5–0 1–1
Villarreal 2–0 4–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 4–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 3–1 4–2 2–0 1–3 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–0
Zaragoza 1–0 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 3–5 3–2 1–3 1–1 1–3 2–1 1–2 2–2 4–0 0–3
Source: LFP and futbol.sportec (Spanish)
1The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Awards

LFP Awards

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

Recipient
Best Player Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Best Coach Flag of Spain Pep Guardiola (Barcelona)
Best Goalkeeper Flag of Spain Víctor Valdés (Barcelona)
Best Defender Flag of France Éric Abidal (Barcelona)
Best Midfielder(s) Flag of Spain Xavi (Barcelona)
Flag of Spain Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
Best Forward Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

Top goalscorers

LFP

This is the list of goalscorers in accordance with the LFP as organising body.

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Flag of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 40
2 Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona 31
3 Flag of Argentina Sergio Agüero Atlético Madrid 20
Flag of Spain Álvaro Negredo Sevilla 20
5 Flag of Spain Fernando Llorente Athletic Bilbao 18
Flag of Italy Giuseppe Rossi Villarreal 18
Flag of Spain Roberto Soldado Valencia 18
Flag of Spain David Villa Barcelona 18
9 Flag of France Karim Benzema Real Madrid 15
10 Flag of Venezuela Salomón Rondón Málaga 14


Pichichi Trophy

The Pichichi Trophy is awarded by newspaper Marca to the player who scores the most goals in a season, according to its own rules (different from the ones used by FIFA) to determine the goalscorer.

Rank Player Club Goals Penalties
1 Flag of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 41 8
2 Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona 31 4
3 Flag of Argentina Sergio Agüero Atlético Madrid 20 1
Flag of Spain Álvaro Negredo Sevilla 20 3
5 Flag of Spain Fernando Llorente Athletic Bilbao 18 0
Flag of Italy Giuseppe Rossi Villarreal 18 4
Flag of Spain Roberto Soldado Valencia 18 1
Flag of Spain David Villa Barcelona 18 0
9 Flag of France Karim Benzema Real Madrid 15 0
10 Flag of Venezuela Salomón Rondón Málaga 14 0

Assists table

Rank Player Club Assists
1 Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona 18
2 Germany Mesut Özil Real Madrid 17
3 Brazil Dani Alves Barcelona 15
4 Flag of Spain Xabi Prieto Real Sociedad 13
5 Flag of Spain Juan Mata Valencia 12
6 Flag of Argentina Ángel Di María Real Madrid 11
7 Flag of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 10
Flag of Spain Santi Cazorla Villarreal 10
9 Cape Verde Valdo Levante 8
Flag of Spain Borja Valero Villarreal 8

Zamora Trophy

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

Rank Name Club Goals
Against
Matches Average
1 Flag of Spain Víctor Valdés Barcelona 16 32 0.50
2 Flag of Spain Iker Casillas Real Madrid 32 34 0.94
3 Flag of Spain Daniel Aranzubia Deportivo La Coruña 36 32 1.13
4 Flag of Spain Diego López Villarreal 44 38 1.16
5 Flag of Spain Ricardo Osasuna 46 38 1.21

Fair Play award

This award is given annually since 1999 to the team with the best fair play during the season. This ranking takes into account aspects such as cards, suspension of matches, audience behaviour and other penalties. This section not only aims to know this aspect, but also serves to break the tie in teams that are tied in all the other rules: points, head-to-head, goal difference and goals scored.

Rank Team Games Yellow card Yellow card Yellow card Red card DIN 4844-2 D-P003 DIN 4844-2 D-P027 Waldhof fans Total Points
1
Barcelona
38
95
1
1
100
2
Mallorca
38
90
1
3
101
3
Racing de Santander
38
87
2
4
138
108
4
Hércules
38
94
3
3
109
5
Real Sociedad
38
81
0
0
29, 37
4 Milds3, 14, 23, 36
111
6
Deportivo La Coruña
38
96
4
1
1 Mild21
112
7
Real Madrid
38
94
4
3
15
116
8
Villarreal
38
95
3
2
225
117
9
Almería
38
99
1
3
325, 29, 35
125
Athletic Bilbao
38
105
3
3
1 Mild11
125
11
Getafe
38
111
4
4
132
12
Sporting de Gijón
38
110
2
3
227, 35
133
13
Atlético Madrid
38
104
0
5
38, 13
134
14
Espanyol
38
119
2
3
1 Mild36
137
15
Málaga
38
104
3
3
120
3 Milds18, 25, 38
139
16
Osasuna
38
112
4
2
3 Milds21, 36, 38
141
17
Sevilla
38
102
3
3
216, 28
4 Milds4, 6, 33, 38
147
18
Levante
38
125
0
3
236, 37
1 Mild38
149
Valencia
38
130
4
2
125
149
20
Zaragoza
38
125
3
4
18
1 Mild31
153
  • Source: 2010–11 Fair Play Rankings Season.

Sources of cards and penalties: Referee's reports, Competition Committee's Sanctions, Appeal Committee Resolutions and RFEF's Directory about Fair Play Rankings

Legend:

Icon Term Points of sanction Description
Yellow card Yellow Card 1 point/yellow card
Yellow card Yellow card Double Yellow Card/Ejection 2 points/double yellow card
Red card Direct Red Card 3 points/red card
DIN 4844-2 D-P003 Games of Suspension (Player) As many as banned games When a player is banned for play more than 3 future games. This punishment overrides the possible red card which caused this sanction
DIN 4844-2 D-P027 Games of Suspension (Club's Personnel) 5 points/banned game When some person of the club (not player) is banned for x future games. This punishment overrides the possible red card which caused this sanction
Waldhof fans Audience Behaviour Mild (5 points)
Serious (6 points)
Very Serious (7 points)
When the audience makes some altercations such as explosions, flares, throwing objects to the ground, racist chanting, etc.
Closure of Stadium 10 points/match with closured stadium When serious incidents happen which are punished by the closure of the stadium
It also accounts cards to non-players
The number in superscript is the corresponding round to the sanction
Important note: This table is not a count of cards and sanctions resulting from the matches, this table takes into account the removal or application of some cards and sanctions by the competent bodies (Competition Committee, Appeal Committee and Spanish Sports Disciplinary Committee)


Pedro Zaballa award

Real Madrid

Season statistics

Scoring

Hat-tricks

Player For Against Result Date Reference
Flag of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo4 Real Madrid Racing de Santander 6–1 (H) 23 October 2010 [1]
Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona Almería 8–0 (A) 20 November 2010 [2]
Flag of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Athletic Bilbao 5–1 (H) 20 November 2010 [3]
Flag of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Villarreal 4–2 (H) 9 January 2011 [4]
Brazil Luís Fabiano Sevilla Levante 4–1 (H) 22 January 2011 [5]
Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona Atlético Madrid 3–0 (H) 5 February 2011 [6]
Flag of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Málaga 7–0 (H) 3 March 2011 [7]
Flag of Spain Roberto Soldado4 Valencia Getafe 4–2 (A) 2 April 2011 [8]
Brazil Diego Costa Atlético Madrid Osasuna 3–2 (A) 3 April 2011 [9]
Flag of Argentina Gonzalo Higuaín Real Madrid Valencia 6–3 (A) 23 April 2011 [10]
Flag of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Sevilla 6–2 (A) 7 May 2011 [11]
Flag of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getafe 3–0 (H) 10 May 2011 [12]
Flag of Togo Emmanuel Adebayor Real Madrid Almeria 8–1 (H) 21 May 2011 [13]
Flag of Argentina Sergio Agüero Atlético Madrid Mallorca 4–2 (A) 21 May 2011 [14]

4 Player scored four goals(H) - Home ; (A) - Away

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