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La Liga 2008–09

La Liga
Season 2008–09
Champions Barcelona
19th title
Relegated Betis
Numancia
Recreativo
Champions League Barcelona (group stage)
Real Madrid (group stage)
Sevilla (group stage)
Atlético Madrid (playoff round)
Europa League Villarreal (playoff round)
Valencia (playoff round)
Athletic Bilbao (third qualifying round) (via Copa del Rey)
Matches played 380
Goals scored 1101 (2.9 per match)
Top goalscorer Diego Forlán (32)
Biggest home win Real Madrid 7–1 Sporting
(24 September 2008)[1]
Barcelona 6–0 Valladolid
(8 November 2008)[2]
Barcelona 6–0 Málaga
(22 March 2009)[3]
Biggest away win Sporting 1–6 Barcelona
(21 September 2008)[4]
Highest scoring Real Madrid 7–1 Sporting
(24 September 2008)[1]
Real Madrid 2–6 Barcelona
(2 May 2009)[5]
Deportivo 5–3 Racing
(8 March 2009)[6]
Villarreal 4–4 Atlético Madrid
(26 October 2008)[7]

The 2008–09 La Liga season (known as the Liga BBVA for sponsorship reasons) was the 78th since its establishment. Real Madrid were the defending champions, having won their 31st La Liga title in the previous season. The campaign began on 30 August 2008 and ended on 31 May 2009. A total of 20 teams contested the league, 17 of which already contested in the 2007–08 season, and three of which were promoted from the Segunda División. In addition, a new match ball - the Nike T90 Omni - served as the official ball for all matches.

On 16 May 2009, after Villarreal's 3–2 victory over Real Madrid, Barcelona were declared champions, their 19th La Liga title, with three matches to play.

Promotion and relegation

Real Zaragoza, Real Murcia and Levante UD were relegated to the 2008–09 Segunda División after finishing in the bottom three spots of the table at the end of the 2007–08 La Liga. Zaragoza were relegated to the Segunda División after 5 seasons of continuous membership in the top football league of Spain, Levante returned in Segunda División after two-year tenured in La Liga, while Murcia made their immediate return to the second level.

The three relegated teams were replaced by three 2007–08 Segunda División sides. Champions CD Numancia, who terminated their second-level status after three years, runners-up Málaga CF, who returned to the top flight after two season in second level and Sporting de Gijón returned to highest Spanish league for first time after 10 years.

Team information

Stadia and locations

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Location of teams in La Liga 2008–09
Team Venue Capacity
Almería Estadio del Mediterráneo 22,000
Athletic Bilbao San Mamés 39,750
Atlético Madrid Vicente Calderón 54,851
Barcelona Camp Nou 98,772
Betis Manuel Ruiz de Lopera 52,132
Deportivo Riazor 34,600
Espanyol Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys 55,926
Getafe Coliseum Alfonso Pérez 16,300
Málaga La Rosaleda 35,530
Mallorca ONO Estadi 23,142
Numancia Los Pajaritos 9,700
Osasuna Estadio Reyno de Navarra 19,553
Racing Santander El Sardinero 22,400
Real Madrid Santiago Bernabéu 80,354
Recreativo Nuevo Colombino 21,600
Sevilla Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán 45,500
Sporting El Molinón 25,885
Valencia Mestalla 55,000
Valladolid Estadio José Zorrilla 26,512
Villarreal El Madrigal 23,000

Personnel and sponsoring

Team Chairman Head Coach Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Almería Spain Alfonso García Mexico Hugo Sánchez UDA Corredor de Vida / IsladelFraile.com
Athletic Bilbao Spain Fernando García Spain Joaquín Caparrós 100% Athletic Petronor
Atlético Madrid Spain Enrique Cerezo Spain Abel Resino Nike Kia
Barcelona Spain Joan Laporta Spain Josep Guardiola Nike UNICEF (*)
Betis Spain Pepe León Spain José María Nogués Kappa Andalucía
Deportivo Spain Augusto Lendoiro Spain Miguel Ángel Lotina Canterbury of New Zealand Estrella Galicia
Espanyol Spain Daniel Sánchez Llibre Argentina Mauricio Pochettino uhlsport Interapuestas.com
Getafe Spain Ángel Torres Sánchez Spain Míchel Joma Galco
Málaga Spain Fernando Sanz Spain Antonio Tapia Umbro Málaga
Mallorca Spain Mateu Alemany Spain Gregorio Manzano Reial Illes Balears / Viajes Iberia
Numancia Spain Francisco Rubio Garcés Spain Juan José Rojo Martín Errea Caja Duero
Osasuna Spain Patxi Izco Spain José Antonio Camacho Diadora Yingli Solar
Racing Santander Spain Francisco Pernía Spain López Muñiz Joma
Real Madrid Spain Vicente Boluda Spain Juande Ramos Adidas bwin.com
Recreativo Spain Francisco Mendoza Spain Lucas Alcaraz Cejudo Cajasol
Sevilla Spain José María del Nido Spain Manolo Jiménez Joma 888.com
Sporting Spain Manuel Vega-Arango Spain Manolo Preciado Astore Gijón / Asturias
Valencia Spain Vicente Soriano Spain Unai Emery Nike Valencia Experience / Unibet
Valladolid Spain Carlos Suárez Sureda Spain José Luis Mendilibar Puma Caja Duero
Villarreal Spain Fernando Roig Alfonso Chile Manuel Pellegrini Puma Aeroport Castelló

(*) FC Barcelona had no shirt sponsor during the 2008-09 season. Instead, following the signing of a 5-year agreement with the humanitarian organisation UNICEF in 2006,[8] the club sported the UNICEF logo on the front of its jersey while making an annual donation to the organisation.

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment Position in table
Recreativo Spain Manolo Zambrano Sacked 7 October 2008[9] Spain Lucas Alcaraz 7 October 2008[10] 18th
Osasuna Spain José Ángel Ziganda Sacked 13 October 2008[11] Spain José Antonio Camacho 13 October 2008[12] 16th
Espanyol Spain Tintín Márquez Sacked 30 November 2008[13] Spain José Manuel Esnal 1 December 2008[14] 17th
Real Madrid Germany Bernd Schuster Sacked 9 December 2008[15] Spain Juande Ramos 9 December 2008[16] 5th
Almería Spain Gonzalo Arconada Sacked 21 December 2008[17] Mexico Hugo Sánchez 22 December 2008[18] 16th
Espanyol Spain José Manuel Esnal Sacked 20 January 2009[19] Argentina Mauricio Pochettino 20 January 2009[20] 18th
Atlético Madrid Mexico Javier Aguirre Sacked 2 February 2009[21] Spain Abel Resino 2 February 2009[22] 7th
Numancia Croatia Sergije Krešić Sacked 17 February 2009[23] Spain Juan José Rojo Martín 17 February 2009[24] 19th
Betis Spain Paco Chaparro Sacked 6 April 2009[25] Spain José María Nogués 6 April 2009[26] 16th
Getafe Spain Víctor Muñoz Sacked 27 April 2009[27] Spain Míchel 27 April 2009[28] 17th

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Barcelona (C) 38 27 6 5 105 35 +70 87 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Real Madrid 38 25 3 10 83 52 +31 78
3 Sevilla 38 21 7 10 54 39 +15 70
4 Atlético Madrid 38 20 7 11 80 57 +23 67 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
5 Villarreal 38 18 11 9 61 54 +7 65 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
6 Valencia 38 18 8 12 68 54 +14 62
7 Deportivo La Coruña 38 16 10 12 48 47 +1 58
8 Málaga 38 15 10 13 55 59 −4 55
9 Mallorca 38 14 9 15 53 60 −7 51
10 Espanyol 38 12 11 15 46 49 −3 47
11 Almería 38 13 7 18 45 61 −16 46 ALM 1–1 RAC
RAC 0–2 ALM
12 Racing Santander 38 12 10 16 49 48 +1 46
13 Athletic Bilbao 38 12 8 18 47 62 −15 44 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 1
14 Sporting de Gijón 38 14 1 23 47 79 −32 43
SPG: 12 pts
OSA: 2 pts → OSA 3-3 VLD
VLD: 2 pts → VLD 0-0 OSA
15 Osasuna 38 10 13 15 41 47 −6 43
16 Valladolid 38 12 7 19 46 58 −12 43
17 Getafe 38 10 12 16 50 56 −6 42 GET 0–0 BET
BET 2–2 GET
18 Betis (R) 38 10 12 16 51 58 −7 42 Relegation to Segunda División
19 Numancia (R) 38 10 5 23 38 69 −31 35
20 Recreativo (R) 38 8 9 21 34 57 −23 33

Source: Yahoo! Sport
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
1Since Barcelona, winners of the 2008–09 Copa del Rey, already qualified for the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, losing cup finalists Athletic Bilbao earned a spot in the third qualifying round of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (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; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

La Liga 2008–09 Winners
Barcelona
19th Title

Positions by round

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Barcelona
Real Madrid
Sevilla
Atlético Madrid
Villarreal
Valencia
Deportivo La Coruña
Málaga
Mallorca
Espanyol
Almería
Racing Santander
Athletic Bilbao
Sporting de Gijón
Osasuna
Valladolid
Getafe
Betis
Numancia
Recreativo

Source: kicker.de (German)

Leader
2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2009–10 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
Relegation to 2009–10 Segunda División



Results

Home \ Away[1]
Almería 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 0–3 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 2–2 3–2 3–0
Athletic Bilbao 1–3 1–4 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 3–2 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–5 1–1 1–2 3–0 3–2 2–0 1–4
Atlético Madrid 3–0 2–3 4–3 2–0 4–1 3–2 1–1 4–0 2–0 3–0 2–4 4–1 1–2 4–0 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–2 3–2
Barcelona 5–0 2–0 6–1 3–2 5–0 1–2 1–1 6–0 3–1 4–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 4–0 6–0 3–3
Betis 2–0 0–1 0–2 2–2 0–3 1–1 2–2 1–2 3–0 3–3 0–0 3–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–2
Deportivo La Coruña 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 5–3 2–1 4–1 1–3 0–3 1–1 1–0 3–0
Espanyol 2–2 1–0 2–3 1–2 2–0 3–1 1–1 3–0 3–3 3–4 1–0 1–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–1 3–0 1–0 0–0
Getafe 2–2 1–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–2 4–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 3–1 2–1 0–2 5–1 0–3 1–0 1–2
Málaga 3–2 0–0 1–1 1–4 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 4–2 1–0 0–1 0–2 2–2 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–2
Mallorca 2–0 3–3 2–0 2–1 3–3 1–1 3–0 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–3 2–3 0–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 2–3
Numancia 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–0 2–4 0–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–2 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–1 4–3 1–2
Osasuna 3–1 2–1 0–0 2–3 0–2 0–0 1–0 5–2 2–3 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–0 3–3 1–1
Racing Santander 0–2 1–1 5–1 1–2 2–3 0–0 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 5–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–2 1–1
Real Madrid 3–0 3–2 1–1 2–6 6–1 1–0 2–2 3–2 4–3 1–3 4–3 3–1 1–0 1–0 3–4 7–1 1–0 2–0 1–0
Recreativo 1–1 1–1 0–3 0–2 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 0–4 2–4 3–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 1–2
Sevilla 2–1 4–0 1–0 0–3 1–2 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 0–2 2–4 1–0 4–3 0–0 4–1 1–0
Sporting de Gijón 1–0 1–1 2–5 1–6 1–2 3–2 0–3 1–2 2–1 0–1 3–1 2–1 0–2 0–4 2–1 1–0 2–3 2–1 0–1
Valencia 3–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 3–2 4–2 2–1 4–1 1–1 3–0 4–0 1–0 2–4 3–0 1–1 3–1 2–3 1–2 3–3
Valladolid 2–0 2–1 2–1 0–1 1–3 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–3 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 3–2 1–2 0–1 0–0
Villarreal 2–1 2–0 4–4 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 3–3 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 3–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 3–1 0–3
Source: The 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

Pichichi Trophy

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

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Uruguay Diego Forlán Atlético Madrid 32
2 Cameroon Samuel Eto'o Barcelona 30
3 Spain David Villa Valencia 28
4 Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona 23
5 Argentina Gonzalo Higuaín Real Madrid 22
6 Spain Álvaro Negredo Almería 19
France Thierry Henry Barcelona 19
8 Mali Frédéric Kanouté Sevilla 18
Spain Raúl González Real Madrid 18
10 Argentina Sergio Agüero Atlético Madrid 17
11 Spain Joseba Llorente Villarreal 15
12 3 players 13
15 3 players 12
18 4 players 11
22 3 players 10
25 5 players 9
30 9 players 8
39 8 players 7
47 11 players 6
58 23 players 5
81 17 players 4
98 29 players 3
127 42 players 2
169 96 players 1
Own goals 22
Total goals 1101
Total games 380
Average per game 2.9

Source: Yahoo! Sport

Zamora Trophy

The Zamora Trophy is awarded to the goalkeeper with least goals to games ratio.

Goalkeeper Goals Matches Average Team
Spain Víctor Valdés
31
35
0.89
Barcelona
Spain Andrés Palop
35
35
1
Sevilla
Spain Daniel Aranzubia
45
37
1.22
Deportivo
Spain Toño Martínez
41
33
1.24
Racing Santander
Cameroon Carlos Kameni
47
37
1.27
Espanyol
Spain Iker Casillas
52
38
1.37
Real Madrid
Spain Diego López
54
38
1.42
Villarreal
Spain Asier Riesgo
57
38
1.5
Recreativo
Argentina Leo Franco
48
32
1.5
Atlético Madrid
Spain Gorka Iraizoz
60
36
1.67
Athletic Bilbao

Source: LFP

Assists table

Rank Player Club Assists
1 Spain Xavi Barcelona 20
2 Spain Juan Mata Valencia 13
3 Portugal Duda Málaga 11
Argentina Lionel Messi Barcelona 11
5 Uruguay Diego Forlán Atlético Madrid 10
Spain Pedro Munitis Racing Santander 10
7 Argentina Sergio Agüero Atlético Madrid 9
Brazil Daniel Alves Barcelona 9
Venezuela Juan Arango Mallorca 9
Argentina Fernando Gago Real Madrid 9
Argentina Gonzalo Higuaín Real Madrid 9
Spain José Jurado Mallorca 9
Spain Jesús Navas Sevilla 9
France Robert Pirès Villarreal 9
  • Source: ESPN Soccernet

Fair Play award

Rank Club Points
1 Barcelona 98
2 Deportivo 102
3 Villarreal 110
4 Recreativo 113
5 Valladolid 114
6 Numancia 131
Valencia 131
8 Almería 132
9 Getafe 133
10 Espanyol 134
11 Mallorca 135
12 Atlético Madrid 136
Sevilla 136
14 Málaga 139
15 Osasuna 148
Real Madrid 148
17 Athletic Bilbao 149
18 Racing Santander 164
19 Betis 165
20 Sporting de Gijón 183
  • Source: 2008–09 Fair Play Rankings Season.[29]

Season statistics

Scoring

Discipline

Overall

Home

Away

Clean sheets

See also

References

External links

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