La Liga is the premier division tournament in Spanish football.

Founded in 1929, the La Liga is competed by 20 teams with the three lowest placed teams being relegated to the Segunda Division at the end of every season. The three relegated teams are replaced by two top-placed teams in Segunda Division and a play-off winner in the second division league.

Meanwhile, the top-four placed teams in La Liga directly qualify for the UEFA Champions League every season.

Since the inception of La Liga, as many as 62 teams have contested in the La Liga. Interestingly, there have been only nine different winners of the top-tier league of Spanish football.

Between 1936 and 1939, La Liga was cancelled due to the Spanish civil war.

Real Madrid hold the record for winning the most consecutive titles in La Liga. The Los Blancos won five consecutive La Liga titles from 1960 to 1965 before again repeating the feat from 1985 to 1990.

Who won the first La Liga?

FC Barcelona won the inaugural edition of La Liga in 1929. The inaugural edition of La Liga was a 10-team affair. The Blaugrana bagged the title after beating Real Union in the final round of the Liga. Barcelona secured 25 points from 18 matches, two points clear of arch-rivals Real Madrid.

Since then, the Catalan giants have won the title on 27 occasions.

Who has won the most La Liga titles?

Real Madrid are the most decorated team in La Liga, having won the title a record 35 times. The Los Blancos are also the reigning champions of La Liga, having clinched the 2021-22 edition of the league.

La Liga winners List

2022-23: FC Barcelona

2021–2022: Real Madrid

2020–2021: Atlético Madrid

2019–2020: Real Madrid

2018–2019: FC Barcelona

2017–2018:  FC Barcelona

2016–2017: Real Madrid

2015–2016: FC Barcelona

2014–2015: FC Barcelona

2013–2014: Atlético Madrid

2012–2013: FC Barcelona

2011–2012: Real Madrid

2010–2011: FC Barcelona

2009–2010: FC Barcelona

2008–2009: FC Barcelona

2007–2008: Real Madrid

2006–2007: Real Madrid

2005–2006: FC Barcelona

2004–2005: FC Barcelona

2003–2004: Valencia

2002–2003: Real Madrid

2001–2002: Valencia

2000–2001: Real Madrid

1999–2000: Deportivo La Coruña

1998–1999: FC Barcelona

1997–1998: FC Barcelona

1996–1997: Real Madrid

1995–1996: Atlético Madrid

1994–1995: Real Madrid

1993–1994: FC Barcelona

1992–1993: FC Barcelona

1991–1992: FC Barcelona

1990–1991: FC Barcelona

1989–1990: Real Madrid

1988–1989: Real Madrid

1987–1988: Real Madrid

1986–1987: Real Madrid

1985–1986: Real Madrid

1984–1985: FC Barcelona

1983–1984: Athletic Bilbao

1982–1983: Athletic Bilbao

1981–1982: Real Sociedad

1980–1981: Real Sociedad

1979–1980: Real Madrid

1978–1979: Real Madrid

1977–1978: Real Madrid

1976–1977: Atlético Madrid

1975–1976: Real Madrid

1974–1975: Real Madrid

1973–1974: FC Barcelona

1972–1973: Atlético Madrid

1971–1972: Real Madrid

1970–1971: Valencia

1969–1970: Atlético Madrid

1968–1969: Real Madrid

1967–1968: Real Madrid

1966–1967: Real Madrid

1965–1966: Atlético Madrid

1964–1965: Real Madrid

1963–1964: Real Madrid

1962–1963: Real Madrid

1961–1962: Real Madrid

1960–1961: Real Madrid

1959–1960: FC Barcelona

1958–1959: FC Barcelona

1957–1958: Real Madrid

1956–1957: Real Madrid

1955–1956: Athletic Bilbao

1954–1955: Real Madrid

1953–1954: Real Madrid

1952–1953: FC Barcelona

1951–1952: FC Barcelona

1950–1951: Atlético Madrid

1949–1950: Atlético Madrid

1948–1949: FC Barcelona

1947–1948: FC Barcelona

1946–1947: Valencia

1945–1946: Sevilla

1944-1945: FC Barcelona

1943-1944: Valencia

1942-1943: Athletic Bilbao

1941-1942: Valencia

1940-1941: Atlético Madrid

1939-1940: Atlético Madrid

1935–1936: Athletic Bilbao

1934–1935: Real Betis

1933–1934: Athletic Bilbao

1932–1933: Real Madrid

1931–1932: Real Madrid

1930–1931: Athletic Bilbao

1929–1930: Athletic Bilbao

1929: FC Barcelona

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