La Liga teams

Championship of the Spanish Football League also known as Primera and La Liga is professional football tournament of the highest level in the Spanish football league system.

Teams: history of the club Real Madrid

Real Madrid is the most award-winning club in football history. All these countless victories have been mined by hard work, which is difficult to overestimate. To achieve today’s magnitude, many generations created an amazing and full of iconic events, the history of the club, which became not only the history of sports, but a social, social phenomenon, part of world history. The source of these achievements lies in the distant 1902, when on March 6, 1902, the legendary club was created and these were its first steps:

In 1887, Foot-Ball Sky, the harbinger and father of all Madrid teams, was born in the capital of Spain. The members of this club were not in a hurry to register it, because they did not consider it necessary to legitimize the club and its activities in order to simply play “foot-ball”. In 1890, Don Julian Palacios (pictured below) led the team formed after the split of “Sky”. Padros, Melendez, Mendia, Varela, the brothers Giralt, Neira and a few others dissatisfied with the state of affairs in “Sky” left behind Palacios. The president of Sky, the Major, could not put the club on its feet, and gradually the progenitor began to fall apart. Sky Dissidents began their journey with Campo de Estrada. The open area bore the name of the Estrada marblekeeper, who kept his workshop there and lived next door. Nearby is the monastery of Jeronimas (at present it is the confluence of Ortega-i-Gasset and Velasquez streets). Here the defectors settled, continuing to play football, under the leadership of Julian Palacios.

Fate favored. Julian Palacios found at Campo de Estrada not only a refuge, but also his future wife: the daughter of an Estrada marbler. Curiously, another founder of the Madrid Foot-ball Club, Don Angel Barkin, also married the daughter of another famous person of that era: Don Faustino Nicoli, who later became the vice-mayor of Madrid. In general, the marble industry was common in the capital of Spain. Another Madrid club, which will be founded in 1903, Atletico, took its first steps at Ronda de Valcas, also surrounded by marble workshops. In general, these were the dark pages of the club’s history, as the newspapers did not pay much attention to the emerging sport with a strange English name. However, it is known that at the end of 1901, Palacios and the company moved to the Paradinhas quarter. At that time, Julian ran everything, and the Padros brothers helped him.

Barcelona (“FC Barcelona”) nicknames: “Barca”, “blue garnet”, “blaugrana”, “Catalans”, “ass” (buttocks).

Year of foundation of the club: 1899. The nickname “Barcelona” “Barca” comes from the abbreviation of the name of the club, and is not associated with the name of the city of Barcelona. The nickname “blue garnet” (“blaugrana”) appeared because of the color of the home shape. The team plays in such colors thanks to the founder of the club, Hans Gamper. According to one of the versions, the Swiss specialist chose this coloring for the form by analogy with the colors of the flag of his native canton. Another version says that on the eve of their first match, the leaders of the club, choosing the colors of the form, visited the restaurant, where they got a blue-garnet color pencil. The nickname “Barcelona” “Catalan” is associated with the region where the city of Barcelona itself is located. Fans of the club are proud to live in Catalonia, unlike, for example, from the fans of “Espanyol”, who strongly emphasize that they, first of all, are


The most annoying at first glance nickname of the club – “ass” (“los cules” or “cules”). This nickname is rooted in the history of the club, at a time when the Camp Nou stadium did not exist yet, and the Career Industry stadium was the home arena. There were very few seats on it, and fans had to climb the fence, as well as the nearest trees and roofs of buildings. Passing during the match not far from the stadium, one could easily see the hanging priests of the fans, which actually gave rise to the nickname. The fans of “Barcelona” do not consider this nickname insulting, and even to some extent they are proud of it. Another nickname “Barcelona” received from its sworn “friends” from Catalonia, namely from the fans of “Espanyol”.
Athletic Bilbao (“Athletic Club de Bilbao”) nicknames: “red and white”, “Basques”, “lions”.

Year of foundation of the club: 1898. The club was founded by Basque students who studied at the English school of Samacois and returned to their homeland, and British steelworkers, who at that time worked in Bilbao. Because of this connection with England, the club was named in English manners, although according to the rules of the Spanish language it was supposed to be called “Atletico”. Now the name, in English manner, is used by the Basques in the desire to emphasize that the team has nothing to do with Spain. In this regard, it can be mentioned that only that footballer in whose Basque blood flows can become a player of the club, and until recently the player had to be born in the Basque country. Along with the “Barcelona” and Madrid “Real” “Athletic” can boast of the fact that he never left Spain’s top division.

The club got the nickname “red-white” (“rojiblancos”) because of the color of the game form, as well as because of the image of these colors on the club’s emblem. Another nickname “lions” (“los leones”) goes back to the days of the Roman Empire. Athletics Stadium is located near the church of St. Mamas (Mames), which was thrown by the Romans to be torn apart by lions, but the lions refused to eat, and later Mamas was canonized. By the way, the emblem of the club shows exactly the church of St. Mamas.

Atletico Madrid history

Atletico de Madrid is one of the most successful and popular Spanish clubs, which was founded on April 26, 1903 by three Basque students studying in Madrid. Initially, this club was not thought of as an independent and independent, and was considered something of a branch of Athletics from Bilbao, therefore, did not participate in competitions. But in friendly matches at the local level, he proved to be a very efficient team. And only on February 20, 1907, having registered in the Spanish Football Federation under the name “Athletic Club de Madrid”, the club became completely independent and received the right to play in official tournaments.

From the very beginning, the colors of the club were repeated in the colors “Athletics” from Bilbao – the uniform of blue and white colors. But in 1911, red-and-white, vertical striped T-shirts were tried. This combination of colors was then used on a mass basis in Spanish manufactures for the production of mattresses. And since the red-and-white striped matter could be bought for a pittance, many clubs then picked up the idea, including the Basque Athletic. The carriers of such T-shirts were called “mattresses”, but since Madrid was the first in this undertaking, the nickname stuck to them.

Under the leadership of Elenio Herrera, who came in 1949, Atletico won the champion title twice – in 1950 and 1951. Among the victors were French goalkeeper Marcel Domingo, defender Alfonso Aparisio and the star three of the attack – the best Moroccan football player of all time, Larbi Ben-Barek, Hendry Karlsson and the top scorer in the club’s history – 150 clubs in the league. In the 1950/51 season, Atletico achieved the highest performance for himself, scoring 87 goals.

With the departure to the “Malaga” of Herrera, the “mattress” slowed down a bit. Before their next championship in 1966, they became vice-champions four times and seven times the Cup finalists, having won three times in it. Particularly acute was the confrontation with Real. Three matches had to be held between the Madrid clubs to find out the winner in the semifinals of the Champions Cup in 1959, in the decisive additional fight “Atletico” lost to countrymen 1: 2. The following year, the “mattress” managed to take revenge in the Spanish Cup final by beating Real on Chamartin (the future Santiago Bernabéu) with a score of 3: 1. The final of 1961 once again turned into a metropolitan derby. “Creamy”, eager for revenge, scored two goals, but this time Atletico was stronger (3: 2).

History and achievements of Sevilla FC

The year 1905 for the locals was forever in history, because it was then that a circle of enthusiasts and football fans officially registered a team in the city called the Sevilla FootBall Club. However, the team spent the first match earlier, or rather on February 28, 1890. It was a friendly match against the Recreativo. Therefore, the official date of foundation of the team is exactly 1890. The first trophies Sevilla began to win in the 1916 season. Then the Cup of Andalusia was won. After in 1929, Sevilla became the winner of the Segunda, but stumbled in the playoff round and remained without a top division.

The 1945/46 season became historic for Sevilla then she managed to take so far for the only time the La Liga gold medals. The championship came not without the help of the main striker of the team Olivier Ward, who scored twenty-nine goals for the season. Two years later, the team managed to once again take the Spanish Cup, but who would have thought that the next Copa del Ray would be among the Andalusians only in 2007. During these years, the team’s president was Ramon Sánchez Pisjuan, after whom the stadium was called, in which “Seville” began to play.

Sevilla started its legendary season in the UEFA Cup 2005/2006 with a group round, which it successfully overcame. Then, in 1/16, they easily beat Lokomotiv Moscow. In that tournament, the Andalusians were lucky at the Russian clubs. In the quarterfinals, opponents went to St. Petersburg “Zenith”, which also could not provide serious resistance to the Spaniards. The total score of that standoff is 5: 2. Then there was the dramatic semifinal with the German club Schalke 04. Antonio Puerta already in the compensated minutes of the return match scored a historic goal. The ticket to the finals of the prestigious European tournament was won.

Club stadium

The club’s home arena is the stadium called Ramon Sanchez Pizhuang. He received this name in honor of the president of Seville, who led the team from 1932 to 1942. However, now this arena is under reconstruction, so the red and white are forced to spend their matches at the “Olympic” stadium. “Ramon Sanchez Pizhuang” is very lucky stadium for the main national team. The Spaniards played 22 matches on it and never lost. The story also remembers how the finals of the European Champions Cup and the World Cup matches in 1982 were played on this arena.

Real Sociedad

In Spanish football, as you know, there are many teams that have the word “Real” in their name, and of course Zidane’s team from Madrid stands out among them. The city of San Sebastian also has its own “royal club”, albeit with a less rich history, but with very interesting facts from its biography. The love of football in the city of San Sebastian was originally brought by students and workers who left England in the early 1900s and began to live in Spain. For many years, the team followed this trend: they only bought players with Basque roots. In 89, the Irish Aldridge, bought from Liverpool, broke this trend. He immediately fit into the new club and a year later became the team’s top scorer. But he did not succeed in fixing himself in Spain for a long time. After such successes, the team went into recession, and in 2006 it left the top division. To this end, in 2014, David Moyes was invited to the post of head coach, who had previously failed at the MJ. In Spain, he didn’t have a chance either, and a year later he went back to England.

Club stadium

White-blue home games are held at the Anoeta stadium. It seats 32076 spectators, but, unfortunately, it is completely filled only at matches with giants. The arena was opened in 1993. In addition to the matches of Real Madrid, the stadium took rugby matches a couple of times and even games from another country. French “Olympic” in 2009, almost the entire season played at the stadium “Anoeta”.

Villarreal (“Villarreal CF”) nicknames: “yellow submarine”, “yellow submarine”, “submariners.”

Year of foundation of the club: 1923. The first team, which became known as the “yellow submarine” or otherwise “yellow submarine” was “Cadiz”, but the nickname stuck to a greater degree in relation to the “Villarreal”, because it was he who achieved great football success. The reason for the appearance of such a nickname is quite simple; it is the color of the form in which the players play. It is worth noting that near the stadium “El Madrigal”, which is the home arena of “Villarreal”, there is a statue of a yellow submarine. We should also say that the famous song The Beatles – Yellow Submarine to the nickname of the club “Villarreal” has nothing to do, although it is an excellent advertising of the club, though not intentional.

“Villarreal” got this nickname in part by accident. In 1947, the club president went to Valencia to buy a uniform for the team, but there were no white T-shirts and black shorts. It is in this form acted “Villarreal” at the time. Now this seems rather strange, but in the postwar years there was not much diversity in the city. In the new form, “Villarreal” got the nickname “azulmarillos” – yellow-blue, and after entering the Example, it was decided to replace the blue color of the briefs with yellow. The less well-known club nickname associated with the color of the form, just “yellow”. Another nickname “Villarreal” is associated with the province where the city of Villarreal is located. This province is called Castellón, hence the nickname of the team “Castellon”. And, of course, fans of other clubs could not pass by, and not “reward” “Villarreal” with some offensive nickname. They didn’t think long, and by analogy with the yellow color they called “Villarreal” – “Urine”. Such cries quite often can be heard on the matches with the participation of “Villarreal”.


Deportivo Alaves – most often just “Alaves” – a football club from the Basque Country, representing the city of Vitoria-Gasteys, a UEFA Cup finalist 2000/01. Deportivo was founded on January 23, 1921 by active football fans from the region. In 1928, the club received a professional status and reached the Spanish Cup semi-finals, and in 1930 it first entered Spanish Example. Having stayed here for two seasons, the Alaves flew back to Segunda and wandered between the Segunda, Segunda B and Tercera until the end of the century. The beginning of the XXI century turned out the most successful in the history of “Alaves”. The Basque team spent five seasons in La Liga, twice went to the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup and finished sixth in the elite division. In the 2000/01 season, Alaves made his debut at the Euro cups and immediately reached the UEFA Cup final, where he lost to Liverpool only because of the Golden Goal rule. In 2005, Deportivo Alaves set off again to plow the lower divisions of Spain, returning to the elite only 11 years later.

  • Official name: Sports community “Deportivo Alaves” (Deportivo Alavés, S.A.D)
  • Founded: January 23, 1921
  • Home Stadium: Mendisorros (19,940)

The history of the football club “Deportivo Alaves”

It was founded in the summer of 1920 by a group of enthusiasts. Originally called “Sports Friends”, and on January 23, 1921, it received the modern name “Deportivo Alaves”. He started his way in the regional championship of the Basque Country, here he became one of the main competitors of “Athletics” from Bilbao. In 1928, “Alaves” achieved its first successes, reaching the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup, where it lost to Barcelona. After the creation of the football league hit the Second Division, and in 1929 became the first Spanish team invited to the Olympic Games.


Football Basque, as if in defiance of the desire of local residents, has traditionally made a significant contribution to the overall Spanish football victories. The most notable Basque teams have always been “Athletic” Bilbao and “Real Sociedad”, although Deportivo Alaves has some achievements. At the beginning of the current football season Examples Basque football family added another member. “Eibar” is a team from the town of the same name, which is not even among the ten largest cities in its region. And if you collect all the inhabitants of the city and multiply their number by three, you will be able to almost completely fill the Camp Nou. And, nevertheless, the history of Eibar’s ascent to the heights of Spanish football (and for Eibar just participation in Example is already the top) attracted football fans even far beyond Spain.

How it all began

The Eibar Football Club was formed in 1940 by the merger of Deportivo Gallo and Union Deportiv Eibarres. The club from the Basque Country didn’t win any incredible success – until today the best result in the history of the team was exactly the last year’s first position in Segunda, which guaranteed the Basques a place in Example. Before that, the Basques were regulars of the Segundas and the Segunds of B, the Terchers and even the regional leagues. In the Cup, Eibar also went so-so – the best achievement in the history of the team was the exit to the 1/8 final 10 years ago. Despite a modest budget Eibar is one of the few teams that have virtually no debts. And before the start of the season, the club management, in order to collect the necessary amount of money, sold part of the shares to the fans. Well, not without the contribution of the current president of the club. In 2009, when the team was on the verge of collapse, Alex Aranzabal Minges, a businessman with three higher educations, a qualified economist who attracted additional investments in the club, thanks to which Eibar now exists, took to save her.

Save the Eibar!

The move with the sale of shares of the club met all expectations. The annual budget of “Eibar” was only 400 thousand euros, which did not give the “gunmakers” the right to take part in the highest Spanish division. The club management had three ways: a loan, refusal to participate in the Example and a certain extraordinary move. The club did not go into debt and did not disappoint their fans with a renunciation of participation in La Liga. Moreover, “Eibar” was handed over to their hands, and such trust simply cannot but be liked. On the website the club’s shares were put up for sale, and the proceeds from the sales had to replenish the budget of Eibar. What a surprise it was when it turned out that the shares were bought by people from almost 50 countries of the world! “Eibar”, having collected the necessary amount, went to Example.

SD Huesca

Huesca is football club from the city of Huesca, Spain. The club plays in the second division of Spain. The team was created in 1960. The club’s home stadium is the Estadio El Alcoraz with a capacity of 8,000 people. The team has never played in the elite of Spanish football – Example. The best result of the team was the 11th line in the second division of the country in the 2008/09 season. The coach of the club is Kike Hernandez; the president is Fernando Lofablos Arnal. The main form of the club players is blue and red; the guest form is white and red. Famous football players of the club: Victor Bravo, Francisco Buyo, Nacho Novo, Sergio Torres.

Getafe CF

Getafe is a professional football club in Spain, which was founded in 1983. The team is located in the eponymous city of Getafe, which is a suburb of the Spanish capital city of Madrid. The ancestor of the current “Getafe” became the club “Deportivo Getafe”, which was formed in 1946. On July 8, 1983, Getafe was born. The team began its ascent to the heights of Spanish football from the second regional league, but did not stay there for a long time. Four years later, the club hit the Segunda B, where its rapid rise stalled. Time passed, but “Getafe” could not manage to pass the barrier between the first and second competitions. As a result of painful attempts in the twenty-first century, the team managed to still rise to a higher rank, and after a couple of seasons it turned out to be at all in La Liga in 2004.

At that time, the team was led by a young and promising Quique Sanchez Flores. The start of the season, “Getafe” frankly failed, and it seemed that the modest club would remain at the bottom of the standings, but victories over Espanyol, Athletic and Real Madrid itself helped him to be on the thirteenth place high for the first season. The next two seasons became even more successful for the team from the suburbs of Madrid: both times the club finished the championship in ninth place. Goalkeeper Roberto Abbondancyi won the Zamora Trophy, which was awarded to the best goalkeeper of the championship, while the Argentine guardian of the goal, Getafe, missed only thirty-three goals in thirty-eight matches, playing twelve games to zero. The draw of the Spanish Cup that year turned out to be absolutely fantastic. “Getafe” met in the semifinals with “Barcelona”. The first match at Camp Nou ended with a crushing 5-2 in favor of the Catalans, but who would have thought that already in the second leg the modest club would manage to get the best 4-0 and reach the final in which he was to meet Sevilla “. Only one ball Frederick Kanoute decided the fate of the fight and the cup went to Andalusia. The team has achieved these successes together with Bernd Schuster, so it is not surprising that after two years of work in Getafe, the German coach lured away to his Real.

And Dane Michael Laudrup stood at the helm of the team. Thanks to reaching the final of the Spanish Cup “Getafe” for the first time received the right to participate in the UEFA Cup. The Spanish club managed to get to the quarterfinal confrontation with the most Munich “Bavaria”. “Getafe” played with the Germans on an equal footing, and only thanks to goals in a foreign field did Munichis go further. This season was remarkable by the fact that “Getafe” was again in the Spanish Cup final, but this time they failed to become winners – “Valencia” won 3-1.

CD Leganes

Leganes may never have felt so important, but it was for him to open this season. Gabriel Pires’s only goal was enough to mark the Alaves crisis. For several hours, thus, the Real Madrid led the standings of the highest category, and their official twitter made a funny initiative that it would be nice to finish the championship now. Two months have passed, and Leganes’s proposal is still in force. To date, Cucumbers are located in the Europa League zone, ahead of Real Sociedad, Villarreal and Athletic, and are two points behind the participants in the group round of the Champions League Atletico and Seville. Less than them in the domestic arena no one misses (3 – Barcelona has identical indicators), and Manchester United is the only competitor among the top five national leagues who missed less (2). Moreover, during the last four matches Pichu Cuellar managed to keep his goal intact.

The figures are, no doubt, ambitious especially against the background of the fact that the team three years ago hung out in Segunda B, the third Spanish division. Wide circles of the public did not know her and, to be frank, there was not the slightest desire to get acquainted with her. The place of the aimless project from the suburbs of the capital was assigned to Getafe by default therefore the football environment would not have survived anything like that.

In addition to the teams above following stars play in La Liga: Celta Vigo, Real Betis, Girona FC, Valencia SF, Rayo Valecano, Real Valladolid, Levante UD, etc.