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2008–09 La Liga

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Season  2008–09
Top goalscorer  Diego Forlán (32)
Champion  FC Barcelona
Matches played  380
Champions  Barcelona 19th title
Dates  30 Aug 2008 – 31 May 2009
Goals scored  1,101
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Champions League  Barcelona (group stage) Real Madrid (group stage) Sevilla (group stage) Atlético Madrid (playoff round)
Europa League  Villarreal (playoff round) Valencia (playoff round) Athletic Bilbao (third qualifying round) (via Copa del Rey)
Biggest home win  Real Madrid 7–1 Sporting (24 September 2008) Barcelona 6–0 Valladolid (8 November 2008) Barcelona 6–0 Málaga (22 March 2009)
Relegated  Real Betis, CD Numancia, Recreativo de Huelva
Similar  2009–10 La Liga, 2007–08 La Liga, 2006–07 La Liga, 2010–11 La Liga, 2005–06 La Liga

The 2008–09 La Liga season (known as the Liga BBVA for sponsorship reasons) was the 78th since its establishment. Real Madrid were the defending champions, having won their 31st La Liga title in the previous season. The campaign began on 30 August 2008 and ended on 31 May 2009. A total of 20 teams contested the league, 17 of which already contested in the 2007–08 season, and three of which were promoted from the Segunda División. In addition, a new match ball – the Nike T90 Omni – served as the official ball for all matches.


On 16 May 2009, after Villarreal's 3–2 victory over Real Madrid, Barcelona were declared champions, their 19th La Liga title, with three matches to play. Lionel Messi received the inaugural LFP Award for Best Player from the Liga de Fútbol Profesional.

Promotion and relegation

Real Zaragoza, Real Murcia and Levante were relegated to the 2008–09 Segunda División after finishing in the bottom three spots of the table at the end of the 2007–08 La Liga. Zaragoza were relegated to the Segunda División after five seasons of continuous membership in the top football league of Spain; Levante returned in Segunda División after two-year tenured in La Liga; and Murcia made their immediate return to the second level.

The three relegated teams were replaced by three 2007–08 Segunda División sides. Champions Numancia, who ended their second-level status after three years, runners-up Málaga, who returned to the top flight after two season in the second level, and Sporting de Gijón returned to the highest Spanish league after ten years.

Personnel and sponsoring

  • (*) Barcelona had no shirt sponsor during the 2008–09 season. Instead, following the signing of a five-year agreement with the humanitarian organisation UNICEF in 2006, the club sported the UNICEF logo on the front of its jersey while making an annual donation to the organisation.
  • (†) on the back of the shirt
  • League table

    Source: LFP and Yahoo! Sport
    Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
    1Since Barcelona, winners of the 2008–09 Copa del Rey, already qualified for the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, losing cup finalists Athletic Bilbao earned a spot in the third qualifying round of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League.
    (C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
    Only applicable when the season is not finished:
    (Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
    Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

    Positions by round

    Source: (German)


    Source: LFP (Spanish)
    ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
    Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
    For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

    LFP Awards

    For the first time in La Liga's history, its governing body, the Liga de Fútbol Profesional, honoured the competition's best players and coach with the LFP Awards.

    Pichichi Trophy

    The Pichichi Trophy is awarded to the player who scores the most goals in a season.

    Source: Yahoo! Sport

    Zamora Trophy

    The Zamora Trophy is awarded by newspaper Marca to the goalkeeper with least goals-to-games ratio. A goalkeeper must play at least 28 games of 60 or more minutes to be eligible for the trophy.

    Source: LFP

    Assists table

  • Source: ESPN Soccernet
  • Fair Play award

  • Source: 2008–09 Fair Play Rankings Season.
  • Scoring

  • First goal of the season:
    Luis García for Espanyol against Valladolid (30 August 2008)
  • Last goal of the season:
    Ricardo Oliveira for Real Betis against Valladolid (31 May 2009)
  • Hat-tricks

    4 Player scored four goals(H) - Home ; (A) - Away


  • First yellow card of the season: Grégory Béranger for Espanyol against Valladolid (30 August 2008)
  • First red card of the season: Diego Godín for Villarreal against Osasuna (31 August 2008)
  • References

    2008–09 La Liga Wikipedia

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