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A disappointing run of form from Deportivo La Coruna, Real Mallorca and Real Zaragoza condemned all three clubs to the Segunda Division in Spain. The verdict for these teams was pronounced on the very last day of the 2012/13 Primera Division campaign.
Mallorca ended the year with the most number of goals conceded (72). Like Deportivo and Zaragoza, none managed anything more than nine wins out of 38 matches.
They made place for Almeria (promotion play-offs winners against Girona), Elche (2013 Segunda Division champions) and 90-year-old club Villarreal (2013 Segunda Division runners-up). The Yellow Submarines were once among Spain’s best clubs – reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League in 2006 amid other remarkable achievements.
The 2012/13 Spanish La Liga season offered automatic UEFA Champions League tickets to the top three teams. Heroes Barcelona, dethroned champions Real Madrid and Radamel Falcao’s former side Atletico Madrid grabbed all seats.
The fourth-placed team, Real Sociedad, earned a passage into the Play-off round of the Champions League. Sociedad surprised everyone by doing just enough to upset sixth-placed Valencia. Here is how the top four looked like at the end of Matchday 38:
The controversy in Spain – in relation to UEFA Europa League qualification – is that Malaga have been excluded from all European competitions despite finishing sixth on the table. The ban was imposed by UEFA due to financial regulations.
Like Malaga, eighth-placed Rayo Vallecano were denied the right to enter the Europa League after the Spanish Football Federation denied the club of a UEFA License. With Copa del Rey finalists Atletico and Real Madrid qualifying for the Champions League, the three UEFA Europa League slot had to be sorted out in the following manner:
- Valencia (5th): 2013-14 UEFA Europa League group stage tickets
- Real Betis (7th): 2013-14 UEFA Europa League Play-off round tickets
- Sevilla (9th): 2013-14 UEFA Europa League Third-qualifying round tickets
The 2012/13 Spanish football season was not a happy one for Jose Mourinho’s former side, Real Madrid. The ended up without silverware.
- Spanish Copa del Rey champions: Atletico Madrid – from Madrid, Spain.
- Spanish La Liga champions: FC Barcelona – from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.
A sad news rocked Barcelona and the entire world of football on July 19 as Tito Vilanova retired from his post to concentrate on the most important game of his life: his battle against cancer. The week after his departure, the Blaugrana announced Gerardo Martino as the new man in charge of Lionel Messi and company. LiveSoccerTV breaks down the top five managerial changes that happened in the Spanish Primera Division in 2013.
- Athletic Bilbao: Marcelo Bielsa (end of contract) left on June 30, 2013. Ernesto Valverde from Valencia immediately took over.
- Barcelona: Tito Vilanova resigned on July 19, 2013. He was replaced by Argentine and ex-Newell’s Old Boys coach Gerardo Martino on June 22, 2013.
- Malaga: Manuel Pellegrini (mutual consent) put an end to speculations by quitting on June 2, 2013. Twelve days later, former Besiktas boss Bernd Schuster was appointed.
- Real Madrid: The most turbulent relationship in Spain officially came to end on June 2, 2013. Current Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho (mutual consent) made way for the much calmer Carlo Ancelotti. The latter left PSG and was appointed at the Bernabeu on June 25, 2013.
- Valencia: Ernesto Valverde (end of contract) switched to Bilbao. Serbian manager Miroslav Dukic left Real Valladolid to fill the vacant post at the Mestalla Stadium. Dukic took office on June 4, 2013.
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