La Liga Table 2014: Final Standings, Roll of Honour and European Qualifiers

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La Liga Table 2014: Final Standings, Roll of Honour and European Qualifiers
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La Liga had been dominated by two clubs over the past decade, but Atletico Madrid broke through to win the 2013-14 Spanish title.

The race for the league championship was a three-way battle that lasted the entire season. Super powers Barcelona and Real Madrid remained competitive until the end of the year, but Atletico Madrid remained in front.

Things were not decided until the last week of the season when the leaders went into Camp Nou with just a three-point lead over Barcelona. Atletico Madrid earned a draw, which was enough to escape the hostile environment with a title.

This battle for first—as well as the fight for spots in next year's European tournaments—kept La Liga thrilling to watch from beginning to end. Here is a look at the final standings, as well as the recent roll of honour and breakdown of which teams qualified for what event next year.

2014 La Liga Final Table
Pos. Club P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 38 28 6 4 77 26 +51 90
2 Barcelona 38 27 6 5 100 33 +67 87
3 Real Madrid 38 27 6 5 104 38 +66 87
4 Athletic Bilbao 38 20 10 8 66 39 +27 70
5 Sevilla 38 18 9 11 69 52 +17 63
6 Villarreal 38 17 8 13 60 44 +16 59
7 Real Sociedad 38 16 11 11 62 55 +7 59
8 Valencia 38 13 10 15 51 53 -2 49
9 Celta Vigo 38 14 7 17 49 54 -5 49
10 Levante 38 12 12 14 35 43 -8 48
11 Malaga 38 12 9 17 39 46 -7 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 13 4 21 46 80 -34 43
13 Getafe 38 11 9 18 35 54 -19 42
14 Espanyol 38 11 9 18 41 51 -10 42
15 Granada 38 12 5 21 32 56 -24 41
16 Elche 38 9 13 16 30 50 -20 40
17 Almeria 38 11 7 20 43 71 -28 40
18 Osasuna 38 10 9 19 32 62 -30 39
19 Valladolid 38 7 15 16 38 60 -22 36
20 Real Betis 38 6 7 25 36 78 -42 25

via WhoScored.com

La Liga Roll of Honour
Season Champions
2013-14 Atletico Madrid
2012-13 Barcelona
2011-12 Real Madrid
2010-11 Barcelona
2009-10 Barcelona
2008-09 Barcelona
2007-08 Real Madrid
2006-07 Real Madrid
2005-06 Barcelona
2004-05 Barcelona

via ESPN FC

 

Champions League: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao

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Atletico Madrid should be proud of winning La Liga, something that manager Diego Simeone expected all along. According to Eurosport, Simeone explained in a news conference:

I never thought for a moment that the team would not be able to do it. They always have a response, the bigger the challenge is, the more determined they are to achieve it. From the first moment I walked into the dressing room here I noticed that. [...]

Today will be one of the most important days in the history of the club. To become champions against Barcelona is a great feeling.

Despite this success, there are more trophies to win this season and next, as noted by AS:

No matter who wins the 2014 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, the two sides will be right back in the competition next year immediately starting in the group stages.

Also joining them at this stage will be Barcelona, which was eliminated by Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals of UCL this past season. However, the four-time European Champions will be a top contender once again in 2015 after earning second place in La Liga.

Athletic Bilbao has a chance to compete at the top continental competition as well, but it will not get a free pass to the group stage. Instead, it will have to win a playoff against other top teams from around Europe.

Based on how well Spain has fared in recent competitions, though, you can be sure the club will have a good chance of at least reaching the group stage next season.

 

Europa League: Sevilla, Villarreal, Real Sociedad

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As the fifth-place team in La Liga, Sevilla qualified for Europa League. Of course, this was unnecessary, since the club automatically earned a spot in next year's tournament with their recent championship in that very event.

The Spanish squad defeated Benfica in the final on penalty kicks, giving Sevilla its third title:

As a result, the club will immediately be placed in the group stage of Europa League and will do their best to defend their championship.

Meanwhile, Villarreal and Real Sociedad will each be placed into the playoffs, though at different points in the qualifying rounds. Dale Johnson of ESPN breaks it down:

Considering Sevilla and even Valencia had strong showings this season in Europe's second-biggest tournament, the Spanish trio should once again be top contenders going forward.

 

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