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The Primera División (First Division) of the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional (LFP), commonly known in the English-speaking world as La Liga (pronunciation: /lə ˈliːɡə/, Spanish: [la ˈliɣa], The League), and officially named for sponsorship reasons Liga BBVA (BBVA League) is the top professional association football division of the Spanish football league system. It is contested by 20 teams, with the three lowest placed teams relegated to the Segunda División and replaced by the top three teams in that division. A total of 59 teams have competed in La Liga, nine of which have been crowned champions. Since the 1950s, Real Madrid and Barcelona have dominated the championship. Real Madrid have won the title a record 32 times and Barcelona 22 times. During the 1930s and 1940s and in the last two decades, however, La Liga has seen other champions, including, Atlético Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, Valencia, Real Sociedad, Deportivo, Real Betis, and Sevilla. FC Barcelona is the current defending champion.

La Liga is the strongest league in Europe over the past five years, according to UEFA's league coefficient. La Liga is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the world, with an average attendance of 30,275 for league matches in the 2011–12 season. This is the fifth-highest of any domestic professional sports league in the world and the third-highest of any professional association football league in the world, behind the German Bundesliga and English Premier League.

Clubs
Here are the clubs for the 2013-2014 La Liga Season.
Team Location of Stadium Stadium Capacity
Athletic Bilbao Bilbao San Mamés Barria 55,000
Atlético Madrid Madrid Vicente Calderón 54,851
Barcelona Barcelona Camp Nou 99,354
Betis Seville Benito Villamarín 52,745
Elche Elche Martínez Valero 36,017
Espanyol Cornellà de Llobregat/El Prat de Llobregat Cornellà-El Prat 40,500
Getafe Getafe Coliseum Alfonso Pérez 17,700
Granada Granada Nuevo Los Cármenes 22,524
Levante Valencia Ciutat de València 25,534
Málaga Málaga La Rosaleda 28,963
Osasuna Pamplona El Sadar 19,553
Rayo Vallecano Madrid Campo de Vallecas 15,489
Real Madrid Madrid Santiago Bernabéu 85,454
Real Sociedad San Sebastián Anoeta 32,076
Sevilla Seville Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán 45,500
Valencia Valencia Mestalla 55,000
Valladolid Valladolid Nuevo José Zorrilla 26,512

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