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La Liga

The Primera División of the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP), commonly known in English as La Liga has been the strongest league in Europe for the past five years according to UEFA’s league coefficient, and it has been the top league in Europe for more combined years than any other European league (18 years).

A total of 60 teams have competed in La Liga since its inception. Nine teams have been crowned champions, with Real Madrid winning the title a record 32 times and FC Barcelona 23 times. Real Madrid dominated the championship from the 1950s through the 1980s. Since the 1990s, however, Real Madrid and Barcelona have both dominated, although La Liga has seen other champions, including Atlético Madrid, Valencia CF, and Deportivo de La Coruña.

Celta Vigo have confirmed that striker Giuseppe Rossi ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Eibar. Rossi went down heavily in the first half at Balaidos and was visibly in tears, prompting Celta’s chief medic Juan Jose Garcia Cota to warn after the game that the Fiorentina loanee [...]

Barcelona’s hopes of a third straight La Liga title were left hanging by a thread as Malaga deservedly beat the 10-man Catalans 2-0 on Sunday. Malaga beat Barca at home for the first time since December 2003 in a match tainted by controversy as Neymar was sent off, Adalberto Penaranda had a goal wrongly disallowed [...]

Antoine Griezmann’s late goal blew the La Liga title race wide open as Atletico Madrid salvaged a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in Saturday’s Derbi. Madrid were unchanged from the 2016 Champions League final, while Yannick Carrasco was Atleti’s only newcomer, with Augusto Fernandez a long-term casualty. Los Colchoneros had won their last three games [...]

Real Madrid rested Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema but still put four past Leganes to maintain their advantage at the top of La Liga. Alvaro Morata scored twice and will claim a hat-trick after the Spanish League gave his second-half strike, from a James Rodriguez free-kick, as a Leganes own-goal. Alongside him Sergio [...]

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez destroyed Sevilla in eight deadly first-half minutes in Barcelona's 3-0 win over Jorge Sampaoli's side on Wednesday. With a little help from the third amigo Neymar they put the game beyond doubt inside the first 33 minutes to keep the pressure on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga. [...]

A Filipe Luis goal kept Atletico Madrid's winning run going as they beat Real Sociedad for a fifth straight La Liga victory. The win was secured when Luis exchanged passes with Fernando Torres before slotting past Geronimo Rulli in the 28th minute - he had not scored in his first 35 appearances this season but [...]

Neymar slotted his 100th Barcelona goal on Sunday, a feat his Barcelona boss Luis Enrique was swift to praise. The Brazilian forward reached the milestone in just 177 matches, 10 quicker than Lionel Messi managed. After Neymar had stuck the knife into Granada during his side's 4-1 La Liga win, his manager labelled him a [...]

Luis Suarez inspired a 4-1 Barcelona victory in Granada as Luis Enrique's side stayed on Real Madrid's shoulder in the Spanish title race despite the best efforts of Chelsea loanee Jeremie Boga. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder came on at half-time and ran Barcelona's rearguard ragged to cancel out Suarez's goal. But the Uruguayan teed-up up [...]

Karim Benzema went 10th in Real Madrid's all-time top scorer list with his 120th goal for the club in a 3-0 win over Alaves. He got their first from a Dani Carvajal pass, but Madrid then toiled without reward until five minutes from time when Isco scored an impressive second. Isco is still pondering over [...]

According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Manchester United are willing to activate the €200 million (£173m) release clause in Barcelona forward Neymar's contract. On top of the world record transfer fee, United are also willing to pay Neymar €25m (£21m), or £416,000-a-week, to make the switch to England. The timing is perfect for United to make [...]