2014–15 La Liga
The 2014–15 La Liga season (known as the Liga BBVA for sponsorship reasons) was the 84th season of the premier association football league in Spain. The campaign began on 23 August 2014 and ended on 24 May 2015.
|Dates||24 August 2014 – 24 May 2015|
Sevilla (as Europa League champions)
|Goals scored||1,009 (2.66 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Cristiano Ronaldo|
|Best goalkeeper||Claudio Bravo|
|Biggest home win||Real Madrid 9–1 Granada|
(5 April 2015)
|Biggest away win||Córdoba 0–8 Barcelona|
(2 May 2015)
|Highest scoring||Deportivo La Coruña 2–8 Real Madrid|
(20 September 2014)
Real Madrid 9–1 Granada
(5 April 2015)
Real Madrid 7–3 Getafe
(23 May 2015)
|Longest winning run||12 matches|
|Longest unbeaten run||14 matches|
|Longest winless run||20 matches|
|Longest losing run||10 matches|
Barcelona 2–1 Real Madrid
(22 March 2015)
Getafe 2–1 Celta Vigo
(26 January 2015)
Barcelona won its 23rd title on 17 May 2015 after defeating defending champions Atlético Madrid at the Vicente Calderón Stadium, and also equalled the all-time record goal difference of +89 (110 goals scored and 21 conceded), originally set by Real Madrid in the 2011–12 season.
Promotion and relegation (pre-season)
A total of 20 teams contest the league, including 17 sides from the 2013–14 season and three promoted from the 2013–14 Segunda División. This includes the two top teams (Eibar and Deportivo La Coruña) from the Segunda División, and the winner of the play-offs, Córdoba.
Stadia and locations
|Athletic Bilbao||Bilbao||San Mamés||53,289|
|Atlético Madrid||Madrid||Vicente Calderón||54,907|
|Deportivo La Coruña||A Coruña||Riazor||34,600|
|Getafe||Getafe||Coliseum Alfonso Pérez||17,393|
|Granada||Granada||Nuevo Los Cármenes||23,156|
|Levante||Valencia||Ciutat de València||26,354|
|Real Madrid||Madrid||Santiago Bernabéu||81,044|
|Real Sociedad||San Sebastián||Anoeta||32,076|
|Sevilla||Seville||Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán||45,500|
Personnel and sponsorship
- 1. ^ On the back of shirt.
- 2. ^ Barcelona makes a donation to UNICEF to display the charity's logo on the back of the club's kit.
- 3. ^ Málaga makes a donation to UNESCO in order to display the charity's logo on the club's kit.
- 4. ^ On the shorts.
- 5. Additionally, referee kits are now being made by Adidas, sponsored by Würth, and Nike has a new match ball, the Ordem LFP.
- 6. ^ On the sleeves.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Replaced by||Date of appointment|
|Celta Vigo||Luis Enrique||Resigned||15 May 2014||Pre-season||Eduardo Berizzo||2 June 2014|
|Málaga||Bernd Schuster||End of contract||16 May 2014||Javi Gracia||30 May 2014|
|Espanyol||Javier Aguirre||End of contract||16 May 2014||Sergio González Soriano||28 May 2014|
|Barcelona||Gerardo Martino||Resigned||17 May 2014||Luis Enrique||19 May 2014|
|Granada||Lucas Alcaraz||End of contract||28 May 2014||Joaquín Caparrós||28 May 2014|
|Levante||Joaquín Caparrós||Signed by Granada||28 May 2014||José Luis Mendilibar||30 May 2014|
|Valencia||Juan Antonio Pizzi||Sacked||2 July 2014||Nuno Espírito Santo||4 July 2014|
|Deportivo La Coruña||Fernando Vázquez||Sacked||8 July 2014||Víctor Fernández||10 July 2014|
|Córdoba||Albert Ferrer||Sacked||20 October 2014||20th||Miroslav Đukić||20 October 2014|
|Levante||José Luis Mendilibar||Sacked||20 October 2014||19th||Lucas Alcaraz||21 October 2014|
|Real Sociedad||Jagoba Arrasate||Sacked||2 November 2014||19th||David Moyes||10 November 2014|
|Almería||Francisco||Sacked||9 December 2014||17th||Juan Ignacio Martínez||12 December 2014|
|Getafe||Cosmin Contra||Signed by Guangzhou R&F||18 December 2014||13th||Quique Sánchez Flores||5 January 2015|
|Granada||Joaquín Caparrós||Sacked||13 January 2015||20th||Abel Resino||19 January 2015|
|Getafe||Quique Sánchez Flores||Resigned||26 February 2015||13th||Pablo Franco||11 March 2015|
|Córdoba||Miroslav Đukić||Sacked||16 March 2015||20th||José Antonio Romero||16 March 2015|
|Almería||Juan Ignacio Martínez||Sacked||5 April 2015||18th||Sergi Barjuán||6 April 2015|
|Deportivo La Coruña||Víctor Fernández||Sacked||8 April 2015||17th||Víctor Sánchez||8 April 2015|
|Granada||Abel Resino||Sacked||1 May 2015||19th||José Ramón Sandoval||1 May 2015|
On 2 May, Córdoba were relegated with three games left to play in the season, after losing 0–8 at home against Barcelona. Eight days later, Villarreal confirmed sixth place and an entry into the UEFA Europa League with Joel Campbell's winning goal against Elche.
Barcelona, playing with a three-man attack of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez under new manager Luis Enrique, won the title on 17 May with a goal by Messi to defeat holders Atlético Madrid at the Vicente Calderón Stadium. It came exactly a year after Atlético had won their league title at Barcelona's Camp Nou. Real Madrid, with profound inconsistency in the second half of the season, secured second place on the same day as Barcelona won the title, with a 1–4 win at Espanyol.
The battle for the Champions League was settled in the last ten minutes of the season. Valencia, in fourth place with 74 points, went into the last match of the season at relegation-threatened Almería, facing all three possibilities of direct qualification to the group stage of the Champions League, qualification to the play-off round, or missing out on the Champions League altogether. Valencia won the match 3–2 to secure fourth place, as Atlético Madrid, three points ahead, drew at Granada. Sevilla, with a 3–2 win at Málaga, achieved a record 76 points total without Champions League qualification, finishing fifth. Sevilla however qualified for the Champions League by winning the 2015 UEFA Europa League Final.
Despite finishing the season in the 13th position, on 5 June, Elche was relegated to Segunda División due to its financial struggles. Newcomers Eibar, who finished the season in the 18th position, took Elche's place in 2015–16 La Liga.
|Pos||Team||Pld||W||D||L||GF||GA||GD||Pts||Qualification or relegation|
|1||Barcelona (C)||38||30||4||4||110||21||+89||94||Qualification to UEFA Champions League group stage|
|4||Valencia||38||22||11||5||70||32||+38||77||Qualification to UEFA Champions League play-off round|
|5||Sevilla||38||23||7||8||71||45||+26||76||Qualification to UEFA Champions League group stage|
|6||Villarreal||38||16||12||10||48||37||+11||60||Qualification to UEFA Europa League group stage|
|7||Athletic Bilbao||38||15||10||13||42||41||+1||55||Qualification to UEFA Europa League third qualifying round|
|13||Elche (R)||38||11||8||19||35||62||−27||41||Relegation to Segunda División|
|16||Deportivo La Coruña||38||7||14||17||35||60||−25||35|
|19||Almería (R)||38||8||8||22||35||64||−29||29||Relegation to Segunda División|
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored; 6) fair-play points; 7) playoff match
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated
- Sevilla qualified for the Champions League group stage by winning the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League. As a result, the fifth-placed spot for the Europa League group stage they earned was vacated without replacement as per UEFA regulations.
- Since the winners of the 2014–15 Copa del Rey, Barcelona, qualified for European competition based on league position, the spot awarded to the cup winners (Europa League group stage) was passed to the sixth-placed team, and the spot awarded to the sixth-placed team (Europa League third qualifying round) was passed to the seventh-placed team.
- Espanyol ahead on head-to-head record; Rayo Vallecano–Espanyol 1–3, Espanyol–Rayo Vallecano 1–1.
- Elche administratively relegated by the LFP.
- Levante ahead on head-to-head record; Levante–Getafe 1–1, Getafe–Levante 0–1.
- Head-to-head record: Deportivo 7 pts, Granada 6 pts, Eibar 2 pts
- Almería was docked 3 points due to an unpayment of a transfer.
Positions by round
|2015–16 UEFA Champions League group stage|
|2015–16 UEFA Champions League Play-off round|
|2015–16 UEFA Europa League group stage|
|2015–16 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round|
|Relegation to 2015–16 Segunda División|
Notes: The table lists the positions of teams after each week of matches. In order to preserve chronological evolvements, any postponed matches were not included in the round at which they were originally scheduled, but added to the full round they were played immediately afterwards. For example, if a match was scheduled for matchday 13, but then postponed and played between days 16 and 17, it was added to the standings for day 16.
- First goal of the season:
Luis Alberto for Málaga against Athletic Bilbao (23 August 2014)
- Last goal of the season:
Marcelo for Real Madrid against Getafe (23 May 2015)
|4||Iker Casillas||Real Madrid||35||32||1.09|
|5||Gorka Iraizoz||Athletic Bilbao||38||34||1.12|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Deportivo La Coruña||8–2 (A)||20 September 2014||Report|
|Cristiano Ronaldo4||Real Madrid||Elche||5–1 (H)||23 September 2014||Report|
|Neymar||Barcelona||Granada||6–0 (H)||27 September 2014||Report|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Athletic Bilbao||5–0 (H)||5 October 2014||Report|
|Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Sevilla||5–1 (H)||22 November 2014||Report|
|Carlos Vela||Real Sociedad||Elche||3–0 (H)||28 November 2014||Report|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Celta Vigo||3–0 (H)||6 December 2014||Report|
|Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Espanyol||5–1 (H)||7 December 2014||Report|
|Antoine Griezmann||Atlético Madrid||Athletic Bilbao||4–1 (A)||21 December 2014||Report|
|Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Deportivo La Coruña||4–0 (A)||18 January 2015||Report|
|David Barral||Levante||Málaga||4–1 (H)||7 February 2015||Report|
|Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Levante||5–0 (H)||15 February 2015||Report|
|Alberto Bueno4||Rayo Vallecano||Levante||4–2 (H)||28 February 2015||Report|
|Lionel Messi||Barcelona||Rayo Vallecano||6–1 (H)||8 March 2015||Report|
|David Barral||Levante||Almería||4–1 (A)||4 April 2015||Report|
|Cristiano Ronaldo5||Real Madrid||Granada||9–1 (H)||5 April 2015||Report|
|Santi Mina4||Celta Vigo||Rayo Vallecano||6–1 (H)||11 April 2015||Report|
|Luis Suárez||Barcelona||Córdoba||8–0 (A)||2 May 2015||Report|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Sevilla||3–2 (A)||2 May 2015||Report|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Espanyol||4–1 (A)||17 May 2015||Report|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||Getafe||7–3 (H)||23 May 2015||Report|
4 Player scored four goals
5 Player scored five goals
(H) – Home ; (A) – Away
- Most yellow cards (club): 115
- Most yellow cards (player): 15
- Víctor Sánchez (Espanyol)
- Most red cards (club): 9
- Most red cards (player): 2
|10||Deportivo La Coruña||404,223||30,334||14,167||21,275||−4.0%1|
|11||Celta de Vigo||363,629||25,274||14,386||19,138||−9.1%|
|Best Player||Lionel Messi (Barcelona)|
|Best Coach||Luis Enrique (Barcelona)|
|Best Goalkeeper||Claudio Bravo (Barcelona)|
|Best Defender||Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)|
|Best Midfielder||James Rodríguez (Real Madrid)|
|Best Forward||Lionel Messi (Barcelona)|
|Month||Manager of the Month||Player of the Month||Reference|
|September||Nuno Espírito Santo||Valencia||Nolito||Celta Vigo|
|October||Carlo Ancelotti||Real Madrid||Karim Benzema||Real Madrid|
|November||Ernesto Valverde||Athletic Bilbao||Carlos Vela||Real Sociedad|
|December||Nuno Espírito Santo||Valencia||Luciano Vietto||Villarreal|
|January||Unai Emery||Sevilla||Antoine Griezmann||Atlético Madrid|
|February||Nuno Espírito Santo||Valencia||Alberto Bueno||Rayo Vallecano|
|March||Ernesto Valverde||Athletic Bilbao||Vitolo||Sevilla|
|April||Carlo Ancelotti||Real Madrid||Antoine Griezmann||Atlético Madrid|
|May||José Ramón Sandoval||Granada||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid|
Number of teams by autonomous community
|Autonomous Community||Number of teams||Teams|
|1||Andalusia||5||Almería, Córdoba, Granada, Málaga and Sevilla|
|2||Community of Madrid||4||Atlético Madrid, Getafe, Rayo Vallecano and Real Madrid|
|Valencian Community||Elche, Levante, Valencia and Villarreal|
|4||Basque Country||3||Athletic Bilbao, Eibar and Real Sociedad|
|5||Catalonia||2||Barcelona and Espanyol|
|Galicia||Celta Vigo and Deportivo La Coruña|
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- BBVA Awards for the best of October; LFP.es 12 November 2014
- BBVA Awards for the best of November; LFP.es 10 December 2014
- The BBVA Prizes for December's best; LFP.es 14 January 2015
- Antoine Griezmann, Liga BBVA player of the month for January; LFP.es, 5 February 2015
- Alberto Bueno named Liga BBVA player of the month for February; LFP.es, 4 March 2015
- BBVA Awards: Nuno, Liga BBVA Manager of the month for February; LFP.es, 5 March 2015
- BBVA Prizes: Vitolo, best Liga BBVA player in March; LFP.es, 1 April 2015
- BBVA Prizes: Ernesto Valverde, best coach in the Liga BBVA in March; LFP.es, 2 April 2015
- Carlo Ancelotti named Liga BBVA coach of the month for April; LFP.es, 7 May 2015
- Antoine Griezmann named April's Liga BBVA player of the month; LFP.es, 6 May 2015
- BBVA Awards: José Ramón Sandoval, Liga BBVA coach of the month for May; LFP.es, 4 June 2015
- BBVA Awards: Cristiano Ronaldo chosen as Liga BBVA player of the month for May; LFP.es, 3 June 2015