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

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 17:  Diego Godin of Club Atletico de Madrid celebrates after scoring his goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on May 17, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2014

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.ClubPWDLGFGAGDPts
1Atletico Madrid3828647726+5190
2Barcelona38276510033+6787
3Real Madrid38276510438+6687
4Athletic Bilbao38201086639+2770
5Sevilla38189116952+1763
6Villarreal38178136044+1659
7Real Sociedad381611116255+759
8Valencia381310155153-249
9Celta Vigo38147174954-549
10Levante381212143543-848
11Malaga38129173946-745
12Rayo Vallecano38134214680-3443
13Getafe38119183554-1942
14Espanyol38119184151-1042
15Granada38125213256-2441
16Elche38913163050-2040
17Almeria38117204371-2840
18Osasuna38109193262-3039
19Valladolid38715163860-2236
20Real Betis3867253678-4225
via WhoScored.com
La Liga Roll of Honour
SeasonChampions
2013-14Atletico Madrid
2012-13Barcelona
2011-12Real Madrid
2010-11Barcelona
2009-10Barcelona
2008-09Barcelona
2007-08Real Madrid
2006-07Real Madrid
2005-06Barcelona
2004-05Barcelona
via ESPN FC

 

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

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 23:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid in action during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg match between Real Madrid and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 23, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Pa
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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

Massimo Pinca/Associated Press

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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