Primera División is Spain’s highest professional football league. Every year 20 clubs compete for the national championship. In this title fight FC Barcelona, Real Madrid C.F. and Atlético Madrid, the teams often rule. Currently, the league is known as the La Liga (Santander), the Spanish league sponsor. The Spanish league is considered one of the best in Europe. This is evident from the UEFA coefficient list, where the Primera División is highly regarded. This ranking is based on the performance of clubs within Europe. The major Spanish teams perform exceptionally well every year, which means that the competition receives a high rating.
Best performing Spanish football clubs
For a football fan, it is known that football clubs FC Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid are the classic top three in Spain. These football teams make the battle at the top every year, all looking for the national Spanish football title.
Beating the top three
In 2019, Real Betis only took tenth place in the rankings and did not have an impressive season. However, it did have a small first in the 2018/2019 season by winning against the three top clubs. Real Betis is the only team that managed to achieve that this season. At Real Madrid the match ended in 0-2, at Camp Nou at 3-4 and at home against Atlético Madrid it was won 1-0.
La Liga: Madrid Derby
Two other major clubs that compete at least twice a year for their city’s honour are Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. The match between the two superpowers is known as the Madrid derby, in short, the battle in Madrid. This derby talks about the different social character of the clubs. Real is said to be the elite and the rich, while Atlético represents the humble man. Furthermore, there is talk about the differences between fans. Real Madrid supporters are said to be demanding and strongly criticize. The Atlétco Madrid fans, on the other hand, are said to be very loyal and sacrificial.
La Liga: El Clásico
El Clásico is the match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. It is considered one of the greatest football classics in the world. Barcelona and Madrid are the two largest cities in Spain, and that is where the rivalry lies. FC Barcelona is Catalonia’s club, while Real Madrid is a symbol of the central Spanish government. The different political backgrounds of the clubs reinforce the rivalry and the emotion of each duel. For football, this often results in beautiful matches in Camp Nou and Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. The fighting spirit is frequently highlighted, but beautiful goals are also celebrated in remarkable ways.
Famous players in Primera División
The most famous name in the Spanish league is, of course, Lionel Messi. He has been playing for FC Barcelona for many seasons and has already won seven top scorers titles. Other FC Barcelona players are also known worldwide, just look at (former player) Neymar, Suarez, Coutinho, Busquets and Jordi Alba.
At the two other superpowers Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid you will come across Herrera, Diego Costa, Christiano Ronaldo (former player), Hazard, Bale and Benzema. In short, in La Liga, you will find the best players in the world.