The La Liga 2022/23 season gets under way on August 14 and will run all the way through to June 4. There will be a break in November and December to make space for the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in the winter for the first time.
Three teams look capable of challenging for the La Liga title, but it is not beyond the realms of possibility that a surprise package emerges as contenders.
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Real Madrid are the favorites to win the La Liga in 2022/23. The reigning Spanish and European champions had the edge on their domestic rivals last season, and their squad has only got stronger since then. With a fine blend of youth and experience in the ranks, and a serial winner in Carlo Ancelotti on the touchline, Madrid are the team to beat.
Barcelona should push them closer than they did last term. Xavi Hernandez has been backed in the transfer market and the former midfielder knows the club inside out.
Atletico Madrid are once again the side that is most likely to break up Spanish soccer’s traditional duopoly, but Diego Simeone’s side are some way behind Real Madrid and Barcelona in the markets.
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Real Madrid were the La Liga title winners in the 2021/22 campaign. A 4-1 win against Alaves on the opening day of the season sent them to the top of the table, which is where they were after 33 of the 38 gameweeks.
Madrid scored more goals than their two closest challengers, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, and conceded fewer too. They won the most games and lost the fewest. They were, in other words, deserved champions.
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Real Madrid are the most successful side in Spanish soccer history. The club from the capital have won nine more titles than any other team.
Barcelona have begun to catch up to them over the last 20 years, though. Indeed, the Blaugrana have been the most successful side of the 2000s, winning 10 championships to Madrid’s eight. Atletico Madrid remain a distance behind the big two.
Only 11 teams have won the La Liga title. That is a surprisingly low number given the competition was founded in 1929 and has been taking place on an annual basis ever since, save for a four-year gap during the Spanish Civil War. By way of comparison, 19 clubs have won the English top-flight in the same period.
Real Madrid and Barcelona were not dominant from the get-go, however. The most successful side up until the early 1950s was Athletic Bilbao, closely followed by Atletico Madrid. The big two got going in that decade, though, and have hardly looked back since.
The La Liga title winners receive a trophy at the end of the season. The champions are also awarded a number of medals which can be distributed to their players and staff however they see fit.Winning the La Liga title also brings automatic qualification to the group stage of the Champions League. This, of course, is a secondary prize to actually being crowned champions of Spain, but it is welcome nonetheless.
La Liga is not a knockout tournament and it does not use a play-off system like MLS. That means there is no ‘La Liga final’ – the title winner is simply the team that amasses the most points over the course of the campaign, and is therefore equivalent to the Supporters’ Shield award in the United States’ main soccer league.As a result of this double round-robin format, there is no fixed date on which the La Liga title winner is announced. Confirmation comes when it is mathematically impossible for rivals to overtake the team in first place. Last season, Real Madrid were confirmed as La Liga title winners on 30 April 2022.
There is only one La Liga title, which is awarded to the team that is top of the table after all 380 fixtures have been completed.However, in some languages the word ‘title’ is used as a synonym of ‘trophy’ (this is not the case in English). A Copa del Rey victory is said by some to represent a title triumph, but this is not the same as a team winning La Liga.
Soccer fans based in the United States can watch La Liga on ESPN. Kick-off times usually range from 11.00 AM to 4.00 PM (EDT).
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