The Spanish La Liga 2021/2022 season is the 56th contested by 20 clubs even as top teams like Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla begin another journey for a title tussle.
La Liga Teams 2021/2022 – List of Clubs Stadium, City, Location
CLUB – LOCATION
Alavés – Vitoria-Gasteiz
Athletic – Bilbao Bilbao
Atlético Madrid Madrid
Celta Vigo Vigo
Rayo Vallecano Madrid
Real Betis Seville
Real Madrid Madrid
Real Sociedad San Sebastián
Deportivo Alavés is a Spanish professional football club that plays in the La Liga as one of the top average sides in the division.
The club’s emergence in the country’s top division was in 2017 after the team struggled through the lower divisions to eventually seal the promotion ticket to the top flight after a while away from the league.
In total, the Basque country club has had 16 stints in the Spanish elite league since it’s established over a hundred years ago.
Although the club has not won the league title, there are still trophies to boast about including the Spanish Segunda and Segunda B titles.
Alavés have also won the Tercera División. In all Deportivo Alavés have not won any major trophies which are the La Liga and the Copa Del Rey.
The club’s surprise performance was back in 2001, when they reached the UEFA Cup finals, ending up as runners up that year after a well-worked season.
The club has had ups and downs on the La Liga table since moving up to the top tier. However, the table has also found its way to favour the club in some cases and worse other times.
2010/2021 season, Alavés will be hoping for a better outing in the season. The club aims to avoid a possible drop from the top flight yet again even though it has fewer top players that would challenge for a place alongside Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Deportivo Alavés plays its home games at the Mendizorrotza Stadium which has a capacity of about 19,840. The club from the Basque country is also one of the average sides to look out for as the season gets its toll.
The club had a remarkable achievement back in 2017 by reaching the finals of the Spanish Copa Del Rey final which was lost to a more dominant Barcelona, who had all praises on the day.
Alavés wears a blue and white striped shirt with blue shorts and white socks for all of its home games every season.
The club is in the same country with fellow Spanish league teams including Real Sociedad de Futbol, Athletic Club Bilbao. The club was founded in 1920.
Athletic Club Bilbao
Bilbao is a professional football club based in Bilbao Spain and plays its matches in the highest league of Spain, the La Liga.
In the history of club football in the country, Athletic is regarded as one of the most successful and are fourth on the overall most successful teams in the country.
The club holds a record of never exiting the top division. Athletic Club Bilbao is one of the founding members of the Spanish La Liga and has never witnessed relegation to the Segunda Division at any time.
At the top echelon of the league table, the club has always finish within the top five of the Spanish La Liga table in the past few seasons.
In its history, it has always managed to finish within the top half at the end of every season. Iñaki Williams Williams is the most notable player in the whole of the team and has only missed few matches in any season he has played for the club.
He is one of the most outstanding in the team. Athletic Club Bilbao plays its home games at the San Mamés Stadium and having a rivalry with Real Sociedad.
The club is a household name when it comes to the UEFA Europa League and has always gotten close to finals on several occasions. They are one of the clubs with a high emphasis on local or indigenous players which they would build from the youth ranks up to the senior team.
They are also one of the founding members of the league alongside Barcelona and Real Madrid, although the gap between those two clubs and Bilbao is much in terms of achievements.
Athletic Club Bilbao have also won some notable trophies in the past. In 2021, they reached the finals of the Copa Del Rey.
Athletic Club lost in the end to Barcelona even as Lionel Messi became the second all-time most successful footballer in history behind Dani Alves in terms of the number of trophies won as an individual player.
Atlético Madrid is a professional football club based in the city of Madrid and is often referred to as the capital city club in the division.
One of the movers and shakers of the La Liga table, Atlético Madrid boost ten titles won since its entrance into the country’s top tier league.
Today, the club is regarded as one of the biggest in European football owning to its involvements and participation in European competitions including the Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.
They are also one of the finest in the land. Atlético forms a big rivalry with fellow Madrid city club Real Madrid and the game between the two sides is known as the Madrid Derby.
Atlético Madrid plays its home matches at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium but was initially hosting its home games at the Vicente Calderon before it was officially taken into consideration for a city plan.
In Spain, it is the third most successful when it comes to domestic and international titles. Atlético has won the La Liga, Copa Del Rey and the Supercopa de España amongst other notable Cups and silverware.
Getting close to winning the UEFA Champions League in the past, Atlético were stopped by rivals Real Madrid in the final. The final of the Champions League formed a Madrid derby outside Spanish domestic football, taking the Madrid Derby to the international space.
Today, the club boasts of having some of the best footballers in the world including Luis Suarez who left Barcelona to join the club. Other notable names include Oblak, João Félix and Koke.
João Félix is the biggest name at the club right now. For the title, every season the club is engaged in a fierce battle with the other big two in the division.
Coach of the side Diego Someone is currently one of the longest-standing managers in the league. Atleti have also got closer to winning the UEFA Champions League in the past.
Barcelona football club is a Spanish professional football club based in the Western city of Barcelona and competes in the La Liga as one of the founding members.
With a total of 26 league titles, the club has positioned itself not just in the country, but in the world as one of the biggest football clubs still active having some of the best footballers including Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati, etc.
The club has also won the UEFA Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup, the Copa Del Rey and the Supercopa de España titles amongst other silverware.
Barcelona is regarded as the second most successful football club in Spain behind Real Madrid, who is also the most successful in Spain and world football in general. Barca plays its home games at the famous Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona.
Currently, the team is owned and operated by the supporters and is currently regarded as the fourth most valuable football club in the world, valued at $4.06 billion.
Also, the world’s highest revenue generator stands at €840,8 million annually. This figure generated annually is well above Real Madrid at the moment.
Although, the renovation of the Santiago Bernabeau Stadium at the moment could rapidly change the game even as Real Madrid aims for a higher revenue share in the world.
Barcelona forms a bigger rivalry with Real Madrid which is known as the El Classico, a game that draws lots of attention throughout the world having a focus on some of the best players in the world.
When Cristiano Ronaldo was at the club, the El Classico used to form a big rivalry with Lionel Messi, who plays for the opposing side of Barcelona. The club is also the most widely supported in the world with a huge number of followers on social media across the world.
Barcelona has produced notable world football stars past and present. It is one of the three founding members of the Spanish league and has never been relegated to the second División at any point in time.
In the past, Barca was regarded as the best team in the world and is still regarded as one. Currently second on the UEFA Club coefficient ranking system used by the European football governing body to seed teams in competitions including the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.
The first Spanish club to win the treble. The first Spanish club to win six titles out of six in a single calendar year. The most widely supported team with Numerous trophies won in the present and the past.
Barcelona’s move to the top of the La Liga table has been Championed by the brilliance of Lionel Messi’s player from performance years past.
Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati, Dembele, Memphis Depay, Sergio Kun Aguero, etc all in the attacking department of the team. The El Classico is one of the most-watched local derbies in the world.
Cádiz Club de Fútbol is a professional football club in Spain and competes in La Liga. Cádiz plays its home games at the Estadio Ramón de Carranza stadium with a sitting capacity of over twenty-seven thousand.
The club is one of the average sides in the league, have spent only twelve seasons in the top tier. Most of its campaign as a club has been in the Spanish Segunda Division and Segunda B as well as stints in the fourth division.
Having ups and downs in the first division, Cádiz has only managed to finish at the top half of the La Liga league table without any major history of participation in any European competitions.
In Spanish football, the club has always struggled to meet the already high standard set by the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Real Sociedad, Athletic Club Bilbao, etc.
Although it may appear to be an adventure playing alongside some of the biggest teams in world football. Cádiz is also an important team in Spanish football. In 2020/2021, the club has struggled to remain in the first División after just returning from the lower league the previous season.
Real Club Celta de Vigo
Real Club Celta de Vigo is a professional football club based in Vigo, Spain and competes in the Spanish La Liga, the country’s top tier division.
Celta is one of the top-performing average times in the league and has spent over fifty-five seasons in the top flight alone, making them one of the regulars in the country’s top division.
Real Club Celta de Vigo has a rivalry known as the Galician derby with fellow top-flight side Deportivo La Coruña, one of the sides with some level of appearances in the league.
In their history, they have never won any major laurel including the La Liga and the Copa Del Rey. However, the club managed to finish within the European places to gain entry for the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League and was eliminated by Premier League outfit Arsenal in the round of 16.
Thirteen years later during the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League season. Celta reached the semi-finals before being eliminated by another Premier League side Manchester United which could have probably handed them a major title despite missing out on the home front.
Celta is one of the best performing average teams in the league of Spain and has managed to stay up since making a return from the second División.
The club plays its home games at the over twenty-nine thousand capacity Abanca-Balaídos stadium located in Vigo.
Elche Club de Fútbol
Elche Club de Fútbol is a professional football club based in Elche and competes in the Spanish top flight.
It was indeed a sad one for the club after it got relegated as a result of unpaid debts. However, the team have since returned to the Spanish top flight.
Elche is also one of the average sides in the La Liga, usually finishing below the top half of the La Liga Standings. The Elche based club amongst other average sides in the country have not won any major trophy including the league and the Copa Del Rey since its establishment.
It has been ups and downs for the club particularly remaining in the domestic league. Going back to a time, Elche entered the county’s football league system in 1929, the same year the domestic league was established.
The club finally reached La Liga five years later in 1934. Its recent return was at the start of the 2020/2021 season in the country after a hard-fought victory in the second División in its quest to grab one of the tickets to the top flight.
Elche is expected to soar higher towards the top of the league Standings probably before the end of the current season. The club plays its home games at the Martínez Valero stadium which has a capacity of over thirty thousand.
Getafe Club de Fútbol
Getafe is a professional football club based in Getafe and competes in the Spanish La Liga. The club plays its home games at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez which has a capacity of over sixteen thousand spectators.
The club is also one of the clubs around the capital city of Madrid and shares a city rivalry with Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid while leaving close to Leganés.
However, its main rivalry with a recognized tough derby is Leganés which is the closest to them. Getafe is one of the strong average sides of Spanish La Liga, capable of upsetting big teams in a place for better Standings at the end of every season.
Since making a return to the top flight in. 2017, Getafe has continued to press forward for a high place on the league table. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid usually face a tough test whenever they come up against a side like Getafe.
The club is among the list of clubs in the top flight that have never won the league title nor the Copa Del Rey.
Finishing at the top half of the table, Getafe represented Spain in the UEFA Europa League on three occasions with the recent in the 2019/2020 season having teams like Basel, Krasnodar and Trabzonspor.
Marc Cucurella, Allan Nyom is expected to lead the team top of the league Standings probably before the end of the current season.
Granada Club de Fútbol
Granada Club de Fútbol or simply Granada is a football club that competes in the league of Spain and plays its home matches at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Cármenes based in the autonomous community of Andalusia.
Granada is also an average side that has failed to win the league of the Copa Del Rey since its establishment. In its trophy cabinet, the has three Segunda Division, Segunda B and Tercera División titles respectively.
Granada has one of the greatest achievements this year after sealing qualifications for the group stages of the UEFA Europa League in the 2020/2021 Edition.
The team go to the quarter-finals before losing to Manchester United. Roberto Soldado, Maxime Gonalons are some top players expected to lift the team to a high position on the Standings.
Levante Unión Deportiva
Levante UD is a professional football club in Spain based in Valencia, founded over a hundred and eleven years ago. The club plays its home matches at the Ciutat de València Stadium in Valencia.
Levante is also on the list of La Liga clubs that have not won the first division trophy as well as the Copa Del Rey. However, in its history, the club boosts Segunda, Segunda B and Tercera División titles respectively in the past.
The last time the club celebrated a trophy was in 2016–17 after lifting the Segunda Division to reach the La Liga. Surging to the top of the La Liga table is a major issue for the club, even though there has been a quick rise in the team’s overall performance.
Club Atlético Osasuna
Club Atlético Osasuna is a professional soccer club based in Pamplona, Navarre and competes in La Liga, Spain’s top-flight competition.
Last season, the club finished an overall best on the tenth position on the League Standings. The club plays its home games at the El Sadar Stadium.
Just like other average sides in the league, Osasuna is yet to win the first division title or the Copa Del Rey trophy since its establishment as a fully functional football club in Spain.
Osasuna has however won four Segunda Division titles in the past. The club has had some top players in the past including Carlos Vela, Nacho Monreal, Javi Martínez, Roberto Soldado and César Azpilicueta.
They are one of the giant-killers capable of causing upset whenever they come up against big sides like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid in domestic competitions.
Rayo Vallecano de Madrid
Rayo Vallecano de Madrid is a Spanish professional football club based in the Spanish capital city of Madrid.
Founded in 1924, it is one of the smaller neighbours of Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, competing in the Spanish top flight.
Vallecano plays it’s home games at the Campo de Fútbol de Vallecas. The club is one of the new sides of the division.
RCD Espanyol de Barcelona
Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol de Barcelona or simply Espanyol is a professional football club based in Barcelona.
The club was the first to gain promotion to the La Liga ahead of the 2021/2022 season.
The most notable trophy won by the club in its history was the Copa del Rey won five times.
With the emergence of the club for the new season, Espanyol will play the Barcelona Derby against FC Barcelona.
Espanyol won the La Liga Smartbank 2020/2021 season and qualified automatically for the La Liga.
Real Club Deportivo Mallorca
Real Club Deportivo Mallorca or simple Mallorca is a professional football club based in Palma.
The club is one of the three La Liga 2 promoted clubs for the 2021/2022 season in the La Liga.
Founded in 1916, the club plays its home games at the Visit Mallorca Stadium.
The club has won one Copa del Rey title.
Real Betis Balompié
Real Betis is a professional football club based in Seville in the autonomous community of Andalusia. The club plays its home games at the Estadio Benito Villamarín having a capacity of over sixty thousand.
Real Betis is one of the few average sides in Spain that has won the La Liga title and the Copa Del Rey titles respectively.
The club has an active long-standing rivalry with Europa league record holders Sevilla which comes up whenever the two teams are paired together in a domestic or possible international competition.
Betis also have a great record in European competitions like the Champions League. The club has more appearances in the Spanish Primera division with over 55 seasons compared to few stints in the second and third divisions in the past.
Top players including Marc Bartra, Nabil Fekir and Claudio Bravo are behind the club’s recent success within and outside Spanish competitions. The club is based in Seville with a strong rivalry work Sevilla in the Andalusia derby.
Real Madrid is a professional football club based in the city of Madrid and competes in La Liga, Spain’s top-flight league since its establishment as a professional club.
The club is arguably the most successful in the whole world with major international trophies including a record of thirteen UEFA Champions League titles which is the most prestigious competition in the world.
Other notable achievements include the FIFA Club World Cup, Copa Del Rey, La Liga titles and Supercopa de España titles.
The Los Blancos as they are also called is one of the most popular football clubs in the world and also one of the richest alongside Barcelona, Manchester, United, Juventus and Paris Saint-German.
On its part, there’s no other football team in the world that would be compared to the achievements made by the club. Famous players include Alfredo di Stefano, Santiago Bernabeau, Cristiano Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos etc.
Real is the pioneer club. It has a fierce rivalry with neighbours Atlético Madrid which is known as the Madrid Derby.
The Madrid Derby is so big and has seen the two teams meet at the UEFA Champions League final which went in favour of Real Madrid.
Winning five consecutive UEFA Champions League established the club as a major force in the world despite not being able to win the La Liga title within the early stages of its establishment.
Real Sociedad de Fútbol
Real Sociedad is a professional football club based in San Sebastián, in the Basque country. The team plays its home games at the Anoeta Stadium.
Sociedad is one of the top teams in the Spanish La Liga, winning two league titles and three Copa Del Rey titles in the past.
Asier Illarramendi, Mikel Merino, Adnan Januzaj, Nacho Monreal, Alexander Isak are some of the top players behind the club’s good performance in the past few seasons.
Sevilla Fútbol Club
Sevilla is a professional football club based in Seville, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Sevilla is one of the best teams in Spain outside the wall of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid.
The team would be compared with the likes of Real Sociedad, Athletic Club Bilbao, Getafe, Villareal and Valencia. The club is the record holder of the UEFA Europa League, winning over six titles in the past few years more than any other side in Europe.
The club has won the La Liga title, Copa Del Rey, UEFA Europa League, Supercopa de España and Segunda Division. The club also has other major titles in its trophy cabinet.
Valencia Club de Fútbol
Valencia Club de Fútbol competes in the La Liga as one of the top teams outside the wall of the big three in the country.
When it comes to domestic football in Spain, Valencia has won six titles, eight Copa Del Rey and a single Supercopa de España titles in the past.
The club used to be a major force in Spanish football. But lately, there has been a significant drop in performance across all competitions including the league.
Surging to the top of the table, Valencia has struggled in the last couple of seasons. Valencia plays its home games at the Mestalla.
Villarreal Club de Fútbol
Villarreal Club de Fútbol or simply Villarreal is a professional football club that competes in the La Liga.
Since moving up to the top division, Villareal has consistently proven to be a major competitor.
Competitiveness of the Spanish league
The Spanish top flight is a very competitive scene that revolves around the big three accompanied by the next emerging teams. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid followed by Sevilla, Real Betis, Real Sociedad, Athletic Club Bilbao, Villareal CF, Getafe, etc.
At the international scene, teams from Spain are always highly ranked as some of the best inclusive of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Sevilla.
International competitions including the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Where to watch the league
How Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid became the “Big Three”.
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Athletic Club Bilbao are the strong founding members of the league which saw Barcelona lift the inaugural season in 1929.
That year, the Blaugrana became Champions of the top Division. Leading the table till the end of the season which they could no longer defend, leaving it in the hands of Athletic Club Bilbao who had to win it for the next three seasons before Real Madrid entered the scene.
For Athletic Club, it was a steady improvement on the side of the team’s handlers which saw them at the top echelon of football in the country.
° Barcelona: Barca with a high number of fans within and outside the country marked its entrance to the scene by winning the first campaign.
Although they could not defend it, it was another opportunity for the team to win it a few seasons after. Since then, the club became consistent, winning over 26 titles and runners up on 26 occasions
Despite the slump, Barcelona is the most club within domestic Spanish competitions. Also at the international level, Barca has won the Championship League and the FIFA Club World Cup.
° Real Madrid
The Los Blancos entered the scene five years later after the establishment of the La Liga in 1929. Since then, they have gone on to win over 34 titles more than every other founding member of the league.
The club has also won a couple of domestic trophies including the Copa Del Rey, the Supercopa de España. Internationally, it was only a matter of time even as the Los Blancos won the Championship League five straight seasons, shooting the club’s status to the highest level in the world.
° Atlético Madrid
Atlético Madrid has won up to 10 league titles including two UEFA Europa League titles as well as getting to the finals of the UEFA Champions League.
About the league
The 2021/2022 league season is the 55th season of the country’s top-flight División contested by 20 teams across the Spanish federation. An overview of La Liga clubs for the new season