Soccer / Football : Spain : Primera Liga 2016/2017


Real Soc. 27.6.17
Llorente joins Real Sociedad

Defender Diego Llorente has left Real Madrid to sign a five-year contract with Real Sociedad. The 23-year-old Los Blancos youth product had been on loan at Rayo Vallecano and Malaga the past two seasons, after making just two substitute appearances with Real Madrid since 2012. Llorente has been capped once for his Spain in his career, that coming in a May 2016 friendly victory over Bosnia-Herzgovina.

Deportivo 23.6.17
Valverde joins Deportivo La Coruna

Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde will join Deportivo La Coruna on loan for next season. Valverde, 18, scored three goals in 30 appearances for Real's Castilla team last season, helping the team finish 11th in the Segunda B division. He recently played for Uruguay at the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea, winning the Silver Ball as the competition's second best player behind Dominic Solanke of England.

Barcelona 23.6.17
Lionel Messi to avoid prison

Lionel Messi will not spend any time in prison despite being found guilty of tax fraud after agreeing to pay an increased fine. The Barcelona superstar had been found guilty in July 2016, along with his father, of defrauding the Spanish authorities out of millions of Euros after hiding earnings from image rights in offshore accounts. He was given 21 months in prison, but Spanish media reported that the public prosecutor has agreed to substitute the sentence for a fine of €255,000.

Real Mad. 17.6.17
Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid?

Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Real Madrid was plunged into uncertainty on Friday as reports emerged claiming he is ready to leave Spain. A report in Portuguese newspaper A Bola suggested the four-time Ballon d'Or winner no longer wants to play in LaLiga amid scrutiny over his tax affairs.

Ronaldo's representatives have strongly denied an accusation that the forward concealed earnings and defrauded the Spanish authorities out of €14.7million. However, the ongoing attention on his finances have - according to sources A Bola claim are close to the player - made Ronaldo consider his future in Spain, alerting a host of potential suitors across the globe.

Barcelona 16.6.17
Barca complete permanent Marlon deal

Barcelona have taken up an option to complete the permanent signing of promising young defender Marlon Santos from Fluminense. Despite interest elsewhere, the 21-year-old has signed a three-year-deal having been on loan at the club in 2016-17. Marlon made just three senior appearances last term having mostly featured for Spanish outfit's B-team. With his signing, Jeremy Mathieu could see his time at Camp Nou coming to an end.

Atletico M 15.6.17
Costa ready to sit out six months for Atleti return

Diego Costa is prepared to miss six months of football to secure a move to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea despite their transfer ban, according to Marca. The Spain forward has revealed how Antonio Conte informed him he was not needed next season at Stamford Bridge, though La Furia Roja boss Julen Lopetegui has insisted the 28-year-old's place at next summer's World Cup will not be in jeopardy. Atletico will put together a special preseason training programme that will last until January, when Costa can be registered, in the ultimate sacrifice for Diego Simeone.

Atletico M 13.6.17
Griezmann signs new Atletico Madrid contract

Antoine Griezmann has signed a new deal with Atletico Madrid. The 26-year-old French striker has committed his future to the Spanish club by penning a new contract until 2022. But although he has seen his salary increase to a huge €14million a season, Griezmann's release clause remains unchanged at €100m. The deal makes him Atletico Madrid's top earner and leaves him trailing only Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar in La Liga.

Sevilla 12.6.17
Berizzo named as new Sevilla boss

Sevilla have announced the imminent appointment of Eduardo Berizzo as their new manager. The 47-year-old has reached an agreement over a two-year contract and will finalise his move to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the coming days. Berizzo led Celta to the semifinals of the Europa League this season, where they were eliminated by eventual champion Manchester United. He replaces Jorge Sampaoli, who has taken over as head coach of Argentina.

1Real Mad.936529-6-3 (38)
2Barcelona907928-6-4 (38)
3Atletico M784323-9-6 (38)
4Sevilla722021-9-8 (38)
5Villarreal672319-10-9 (38)
6Real Soc.64619-7-12 (38)
7A. Bilbao631019-6-13 (38)
8Espanyol56-115-11-12 (38)
9Alaves55-214-13-11 (38)
10Eibar54515-9-14 (38)
11Malaga46-612-10-16 (38)
12Valencia46-913-7-18 (38)
13Celta45-1613-6-19 (38)
14L. Palmas39-2110-9-19 (38)
15Betis39-2310-9-19 (38)
16Deportivo36-188-12-18 (38)
17Leganes35-198-11-19 (38)
18Gijon31-307-10-21 (38)
19Ossasuna22-544-10-24 (38)
20Granada20-524-8-26 (38)

Last results

21.5Barcelona - Eibar4 : 2
21.5Celta - Real Soc.2 : 2
21.5Atletico M - A. Bilbao3 : 1
21.5Malaga - Real Mad.0 : 2
21.5Valencia - Villarreal1 : 3
20.5Deportivo - L. Palmas3 : 0
20.5Sevilla - Ossasuna5 : 0
20.5Gijon - Betis2 : 2
20.5Leganes - Alaves1 : 1
19.5Granada - Espanyol1 : 2

Spanish Primera Liga stats

home wins48 %
draws23 %
away wins29 %

League format : Soccer / Football : Spain : Primera Liga 2016/2017

The Primera Division (La Liga) is the top level of Spanish professional football. There are a total of 20 teams and each team plays a season 38-game schedule made up of two matches against each of the other 19 teams, home and away. As in all European football leagues, there are three points for a win, one for a tie and no points for loss. But if teams are level on points, the aggregate score between those two clubs determines the ranking before the general goal difference. If three or more teams are equal, then the combined head-to-head records of just the tied teams will be used to determine the final order of those clubs.

The top four clubs qualify for the Champions League, with the top three directly entering the group stage. The 18th, 19th or 20th placed teams in the Primera Division are relegated automatically, while the top three of the Spanish Second Division are promoted. Reserve teams of the Primera clubs (called team B) may also play in the Second Division, but could not be promoted to the Spanish top flight.

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