La Liga
2018–19
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Season information
Dates 17 August 2018 – 19 May 2019
Winners Barcelona (26th title)
Relegated Girona
Huesca
Rayo Vallecano
Continental cup qualifiers
UEFA Champions League Barcelona
Atlético Madrid
Real Madrid
UEFA Europa League
Season statistics
Matches played 380
Goals scored 983
Average 2.59 (per match)
Top goalscorer Lionel Messi
(36 goals)
Biggest home win Barcelona 8–2 Huesca
(2 September 2018)
Biggest away win Levante 0–5 Barcelona
(16 December 2018)
Highest scoring Barcelona 8–2 Huesca
(2 September 2018)
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The 2018–19 La Liga season, also known as La Liga Santander for sponsorship reasons, was the 88th since its establishment. The season began on 17 August 2018 and finished on 19 May 2019. Fixtures for the 2018–19 season were announced on 24 July 2018. This was the first La Liga season using VAR.

Barcelona are the defending champions. Huesca, Rayo Vallecano and Real Valladolid join as the promoted clubs from the 2017–18 Segunda División. They replaced Málaga, Las Palmas and Deportivo La Coruña who were relegated to the 2018–19 Segunda División. Barcelona were crowned as league winners for the second season in a row on 28 April, after defeating Levante UD with 3 games to spare.

Summary

Several clubs made managerial changes before the start of the season. Among them were Real Madrid, when Zinedine Zidane resigned following the club's third consecutive UEFA Champions League victory. He was replaced by Julen Lopetegui, who was managing the Spanish national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia at the time of announcement and was dismissed from that job as a result. Other incomers included Pablo Machín at Sevilla, who was hired after his success with newly promoted Girona the previous season.

In the transfer window, the biggest deal saw Real Madrid lose Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus for a fee of €112 million; the Portuguese forward had scored 450 goals in 438 games during his nine years in the Spanish capital. Real Madrid's additions included Belgium international goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois for €35 million from Chelsea, and striker Mariano returned to the club from Lyon for €22 million. Defending champions Barcelona added Clément Lenglet to their defence, Arturo Vidal to midfield, and spent over €40 million on Brazilian forward Malcom. Players exiting Barcelona included Andrés Iniesta at the end of a successful 16-year-spell, as he signed for Vissel Kobe in Japan.

Veterans Gabi and Fernando Torres also left Atlético Madrid for new teams in Asia, while the same club welcomed in the likes of World Cup-winning French midfielder Thomas Lemar and Portugal's Gelson Martins. After a successful previous season, in which the team finished fourth and returned to the Champions League, Valencia made permanent the loan signing of Portuguese winger Gonçalo Guedes from Paris Saint-Germain. Forward Simone Zaza and midfielder João Cancelo both left to Italy, while Kevin Gameiro and Geoffrey Kondogbia arrived as replacements. Athletic Bilbao sold Kepa Arrizabalaga to Chelsea for €80 million, a world record fee for a goalkeeper.

The tenth round of matches featured the first El Clásico of the season, which Barcelona won 5–1 at home against Real Madrid with a hat-trick by Luis Suárez. The result put Madrid into 9th place, and led to the dismissal of Lopetegui after only five months.Other early pace-setters included Sevilla with their prolific strike partnership of André Silva and Wissam Ben Yedder,Alavés who were briefly league leaders in mid-October, Espanyol, and Valladolid who had been taken over by former Brazil international Ronaldo.

Teams

Promotion and relegation (pre-season)

A total of 20 teams will contest the league, including 17 sides from the 2017–18 season and three promoted from the 2017–18 Segunda División. This will include the two top teams from the Segunda División, and the winners of the play-offs.

Teams relegated to Segunda Division

The first team to be relegated from La Liga were Málaga. Their relegation was ensured on 19 April 2018, following a late 1−0 defeat to Levante, ending their 10-year spell in the top division.

The second team to be relegated were Las Palmas, after a 4−0 home defeat to Deportivo Alavés on 22 April 2018, ending their three-year spell in the league.

The last team to be relegated were Deportivo La Coruña, following a 4−2 home loss to Barcelona on 29 April 2018. This result ensured Deportivo's third relegation in seven years, and also handed Barcelona their 25th La Liga title.

Teams promoted from Segunda Division

On 21 May 2018, Huesca promoted to La Liga for the first time ever by winning 2–0 at Lugo.

Rayo Vallecano was the second team to earn promotion to La Liga on 27 May 2018 by winning against Lugo as well, this time 1–0. Rayo returns after a two-year absence.

Real Valladolid was the last team to be promoted after beating Sporting Gijón and Numancia in the play-offs. Valladolid returned to top division after 4 years.

This was the first season since the 2014–15 season without any teams from the archipelagos of Spain (teams located on the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands) since Las Palmas was relegated and Tenerife failed to qualify for the promotion play-offs.

Stadia and locations

As of 21 May 2018, these are the teams qualified.

Team Location Stadium Capacity
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Athletic Bilbao Bilbao San Mamés &0000000000053289.00000053,289
Atlético Madrid Madrid Wanda Metropolitano &0000000000067703.00000067,703
Barcelona Barcelona Camp Nou &0000000000099354.00000099,354
Celta Vigo Vigo Abanca-Balaídos &0000000000029000.00000029,000
Eibar Eibar Ipurua &0000000000007083.0000007,083
Espanyol Barcelona RCDE Stadium &0000000000040500.00000040,500
Getafe Getafe Coliseum Alfonso Pérez &0000000000017000.00000017,000
Girona Girona Montilivi &0000000000013450.00000013,450
Huesca Huesca El Alcoraz &0000000000005500.0000005,500
Leganés Leganés Municipal de Butarque &0000000000011454.00000011,454
Levante Valencia Ciutat de València &0000000000026354.00000026,354
Rayo Vallecano Madrid Vallecas &0000000000014708.00000014,708
Real Betis Seville Benito Villamarín &0000000000060720.00000060,720
Real Madrid Madrid Santiago Bernabéu &0000000000081044.00000081,044
Real Sociedad San Sebastián Anoeta &0000000000032000.00000032,000
Sevilla Seville Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán &0000000000042714.00000042,714
Valencia Valencia Mestalla &0000000000049500.00000049,500
Valladolid Valladolid José Zorrilla &0000000000026512.00000026,512
Villarreal Villarreal Estadio de la Cerámica &0000000000024890.00000024,890

Personnel and sponsorship

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Alavés Flag of Spain Abelardo Fernández Flag of Spain Manu García Kelme Betway, LEA,1 Araba-Álava,2 Integra Energía,3 Euskaltel3
Athletic Bilbao Flag of Spain Gaizka Garitano Flag of Spain Markel Susaeta New Balance Kutxabank
Atlético Madrid Flag of Argentina Diego Simeone Flag of Uruguay Diego Godín Nike Plus500, Hyundai2
Barcelona Flag of Spain Ernesto Valverde Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi Nike Rakuten, UNICEF,1 Beko2
Celta Vigo Flag of Spain Fran Escribá Flag of Spain Hugo Mallo Adidas Estrella Galicia 0,0, Abanca,1 Grupo Recalvi3
Eibar Flag of Spain José Luis Mendilibar Flag of Spain Asier Riesgo Puma AVIA, HiKOKI2
Espanyol Flag of Spain Rubi Flag of Spain Javi López Kelme Riviera Maya, InnJoo1
Getafe Flag of Spain José Bordalás Flag of Spain Jorge Molina Joma Tecnocasa Group, Granitos Buenavista1
Girona Flag of Spain Eusebio Sacristán Flag of Spain Álex Granell Umbro Marathonbet, Costa Brava2
Huesca Flag of Spain Francisco Flag of Spain Juanjo Camacho Kelme Huesca La Magia, DISA,1 Bodega Sommos,1 Grupo Cosehisa,2 El Dorado,3 Ambar3
Leganés Flag of Argentina Mauricio Pellegrino Flag of Spain Unai Bustinza Joma Betway, Sambil Outlet Madrid,2 BeSoccer3
Levante Flag of Spain Paco López Flag of Spain Pedro López Macron Betway, Baleària1
Rayo Vallecano Flag of Spain Paco Jémez Flag of Spain Adri Embarba Kelme Creditea1
Real Betis Flag of Spain Quique Setién Flag of Spain Joaquín Kappa Greenearth, Reale Seguros,2 BeSoccer3
Real Madrid Flag of France Zinedine Zidane Flag of Spain Sergio Ramos Adidas Emirates
Real Sociedad Flag of Spain Imanol Alguacil Flag of Spain Asier Illarramendi Macron Kutxabank,1 Reale Seguros2
Sevilla Flag of Spain Joaquín Caparrós Flag of Spain Jesús Navas Nike Playtika, Betfair2
Valencia Flag of Spain Marcelino Flag of Spain Daniel Parejo Adidas BLU, beIN Sports,1 Sesderma,2 Alfa Romeo3
Valladolid Flag of Spain Sergio González Flag of Spain Javi Moyano Hummel Cuatro Rayas, Valladolid Ciudad Amiga3
Villarreal Flag of Spain Javier Calleja Flag of Spain Bruno Joma Pamesa Cerámica, Endavant2
1. ^On the back of shirt.
2. ^On the sleeves.
3. ^On the shorts.

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Celta Vigo Flag of Spain Juan Carlos Unzué Sacked 21 May 2018 Pre-season Flag of Argentina Antonio Mohamed 22 May 2018
Girona Flag of Spain Pablo Machín Signed for Sevilla 28 May 2018 Flag of Spain Eusebio Sacristán 7 June 2018
Real Madrid Flag of France Zinedine Zidane Resigned 31 May 2018 Flag of Spain Julen Lopetegui 12 June 2018
Real Sociedad Flag of Spain Imanol Alguacil End of contract 30 June 2018 Flag of Spain Asier Garitano 24 May 2018
Huesca Flag of Spain Rubi 30 June 2018 Flag of Argentina Leo Franco 28 May 2018
Sevilla Flag of Spain Joaquín Caparrós End of caretaker spell 30 June 2018 Flag of Spain Pablo Machín 28 May 2018
Espanyol Flag of Spain David Gallego 30 June 2018 Flag of Spain Rubi 3 June 2018
Leganés Flag of Spain Asier Garitano Signed for Real Sociedad 30 June 2018 Flag of Argentina Mauricio Pellegrino 2 June 2018
Athletic Bilbao Flag of Spain José Ángel Ziganda Mutual consent 30 June 2018 Flag of Argentina Eduardo Berizzo 31 May 2018
Huesca Flag of Argentina Leo Franco Sacked 9 October 2018 20th Flag of Spain Francisco 10 October 2018
Real Madrid Flag of Spain Julen Lopetegui 29 October 2018 9th Flag of Argentina Santiago Solari 30 October 2018
Celta Vigo Flag of Argentina Antonio Mohamed 12 November 2018 14th Flag of Portugal Miguel Cardoso 12 November 2018
Athletic Bilbao Flag of Argentina Eduardo Berizzo 4 December 2018 18th Flag of Spain Gaizka Garitano 4 December 2018
Villarreal Flag of Spain Javier Calleja 10 December 2018 17th Flag of Spain Luis García 10 December 2018
Real Sociedad Flag of Spain Asier Garitano 26 December 2018 15th Flag of Spain Imanol Alguacil 26 December 2018
Villarreal Flag of Spain Luis García 29 January 2019 19th Flag of Spain Javier Calleja 29 January 2019
Celta Vigo Flag of Portugal Miguel Cardoso 3 March 2019 17th Flag of Spain Fran Escribá 3 March 2019
Real Madrid Flag of Argentina Santiago Solari 11 March 2019 3rd Flag of France Zinedine Zidane 11 March 2019
Sevilla Flag of Spain Pablo Machín 15 March 2019 6th Flag of Spain Joaquín Caparrós 15 March 2019
Rayo Vallecano Flag of Spain Míchel 18 March 2019 19th Flag of Spain Paco Jémez 20 March 2019

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
1 Barcelona  (C) 38 26 9 3 90 36 +54 87
Qualification for the  Champions League group stage
2 Atlético Madrid 38 22 10 6 55 29 +26 76
3 Real Madrid 38 21 5 12 63 46 +17 68
4 Valencia 38 15 16 7 51 35 +16 61
5 Getafe 38 15 14 9 48 35 +13 59
Qualification for the  Europa League group stage
6 Sevilla 38 17 8 13 62 47 +15 59
7 Espanyol 38 14 11 13 48 50 −2 53
Qualification for the  Europa League Second qualifying round
8 Athletic Bilbao 38 13 14 11 41 45 −4 53
9 Real Sociedad 38 13 11 14 45 46 −1 50
10 Real Betis 38 14 8 16 44 52 −8 50
11 Alavés 38 13 11 14 39 50 −11 50
12 Eibar 38 11 14 13 46 50 −4 47
13 Leganés 38 11 12 15 37 43 −6 45
14 Villarreal 38 10 14 14 49 52 −3 44
15 Levante 38 11 11 16 59 66 −7 44
16 Valladolid 38 10 11 17 32 51 −19 41
17 Celta Vigo 38 10 11 17 53 62 −9 41
18 Girona  (R) 38 9 10 19 37 53 −16 37 Relegation to the Segunda División
19 Huesca  (R) 38 7 12 19 43 65 −22 33
20 Rayo Vallecano  (R) 38 8 8 22 41 70 −29 32
Source: La Liga, Soccerway
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd goal difference; 3rd number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round; (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament

Season statistics

Scoring

Top goalscorers

As of 19 May 2019
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona 36
2 Flag of France Karim Benzema Real Madrid 21
Flag of Uruguay Luis Suárez Barcelona
4 Flag of Spain Iago Aspas Celta Vigo 20
5 Flag of Uruguay Cristhian Stuani Girona 19
6 Flag of France Wissam Ben Yedder Sevilla 18
7 Flag of Spain Borja Iglesias Espanyol 17
8 Flag of France Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid 15
9 Flag of Brazil Charles Eibar 14
Flag of Spain Raúl de Tomás Rayo Vallecano
Flag of Spain Jaime Mata Getafe
Flag of Spain Jorge Molina Getafe

Top assists

As of 15 May 2019
Rank Player Club Assists
1 Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona 13
Flag of Spain Pablo Sarabia Sevilla
3 Flag of Spain Santi Cazorla Villarreal 10
Flag of Spain Jony Alavés
5 Flag of Spain José Campaña Levante 9
Flag of France Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid
7 Flag of Spain Jordi Alba Barcelona 8
Flag of France Wissam Ben Yedder Sevilla
9 Flag of Spain Brais Méndez Celta Vigo 7
Flag of Spain Sergi Roberto Barcelona

Zamora Trophy

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

As of 15 May 2019
Rank Name Club Goals
against
Matches Average
1 Flag of Slovenia Jan Oblak Atlético Madrid 27 37 0.73
2 Flag of Spain David Soria Getafe 32 36 0.89
3 Flag of Germany Marc-André ter Stegen Barcelona 32 35 0.91
4 Flag of Spain Iago Herrerín Athletic Bilbao 30 30 1
Flag of Brazil Neto Valencia 34 34

Hat-tricks

Main article: List of La Liga hat-tricks
Player For Against Result Date Round
Flag of Portugal André Silva Sevilla Rayo Vallecano 4–1 (A) 19 August 2018 1
Flag of France Wissam Ben Yedder Sevilla Levante 6–2 (A) 23 September 2018 5
Flag of Spain Iago Aspas Celta Vigo Eibar 4–0 (H) 27 October 2018 10
Flag of Uruguay Luis Suárez Barcelona Real Madrid 5–1 (H) 28 October 2018
Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona Levante 5–0 (A) 16 December 2018 16
Flag of Spain Raúl de Tomás Rayo Vallecano Celta Vigo 4–2 (H) 11 January 2019 19
Flag of Morocco Youssef En-Nesyri Leganés Real Betis 3–0 (H) 10 February 2019 23
Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona Sevilla 4–2 (A) 23 February 2019 25
Flag of France Wissam Ben Yedder Sevilla Real Sociedad 5–2 (H) 10 March 2019 27
Flag of Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona Real Betis 4–1 (A) 17 March 2019 28
Flag of France Karim Benzema Real Madrid Athletic Bilbao 3–0 (H) 21 April 2019 33
Note

(H) – Home ; (A) – Away

Discipline

As of 12 May 2019

Player

Team

  • Most yellow cards: 115
    • Athletic Bilbao
  • Most red cards: 8
    • Rayo Vallecano
  • Fewest yellow cards: 71
    • Real Madrid
  • Fewest red cards: 0
    • Valladolid

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