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La Liga (also known as the Primera Division or Liga BBVA) is the top division of the professional football league in Spain and one of the most popular professional football leagues in the world. La Liga consists of 20 clubs and operates on the same promotion and relegation basis as the football league with the three lowest placed teams relegated to the Segunda Division and replaced by the top three teams in that division.

The teams that achieve the top four places in the La Liga table qualify for the UEFA Champions League. While the teams in the top three places enter the group stage automatically, the team in the fourth place enters the third qualifying round. The teams that achieve the fifth and sixth places in the La Liga table qualify for the first round of the UEFA Europa League.

The La Liga was founded in 1929 with only 10 member teams which were FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad, Arenas Club de Getxo, Real Union, Atletico Madrid, Espanyol, Europa and Racing Santander. Athletic Bilbao, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid were never relegated from the Primera Division.

While Real Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia enjoy a great success in the La Liga, these three teams are also the most successful teams in European competition history. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia are also the only Spanish football clubs that won at least five (or more) international trophies hence are also in the top ten most successful clubs in European football in terms of total European trophies achieved.

Out of about 60 teams that have ever competed in the Spanish La Liga, only 9 have ever achieved the La Liga championship which has been mostly dominated by FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

News

Barcelona ace Thiago delighted with breakout 2011

Barcelona

Thiago Alcantara admits he enjoyed a great 2011 at Barcelona.

The midfielder made his first team breakthrough last year.

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Thiago says Barcelona teammate Messi deserves Ballon d'Or

Barcelona
Lionel Messi

Thiago Alcantara says Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi deserves the Ballon d'Or.

Barca midfielder Xavi is also among the nominees.

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Catalunya 0-0 Tunisia: Carthage Eagles hold their own in Barcelona

Tunisian national team photo
Johan Cruyff's Catalunya were unable to find the finishing touch against Sami Trabelsi's increasingly consistent looking Tunisian side

Malaga lose Joaquin for month

Atletico Madrid
Joaquin
Barcelona
Real Madrid
Sevilla
Sporting Gijon
Valencia

Malaga have lost winger Joaquin Sanchez for a month with a thigh injury.

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Real Madrid coach Mourinho doesn't expect to buy in January

Jose Mourinho
Real Madrid

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho doesn't expect to buy in January.

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Agent reveals Chelsea target Gonzalo Higuain not considering Real Madrid exit

Gonzalo Higuain - Real Madrid
Responding to reported interest from the English club, Jorge Higuain stated that his son would stay at Madrid until they no longer wanted him

'Jose Mourinho is a disrespectful hypocrite' & the Top 10 most read editorials of 2011

Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid smiles before of the round of last 16 Copa del Rey first leg match between Ponferradina
The 'Special One' just misses out on No. 1, as transfer features dominate the Top 10

Cruyff questions motivation levels of Barcelona

Barcelona
Getafe

Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff has questioned the motivation levels of the current team.

Cruyff feels Barca's players struggle to lift themselves against smaller clubs.

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From illegal betting & goal-line technology to FFP and the Euros - the challenges Uefa faces in 2012

Michel Platini - UEFA President (Getty Images)
As 2011 comes to an end, Michel Platini has plenty on his plate to deal with if he is to make its successor a happy new year for European football

Universidad de Chile stars join Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal & Mauricio Isla in Chile's new golden generation

Lorenzetti, Aranguiz - Universidad de Chile
The Azul's brilliant 2011 was built on the back of exceptional youth talent like Eduardo Vargas, which can only be good news for the future of the national team