1929 La Liga

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Primera División
Season 1929
Champions Barcelona
Matches played 90
Goals scored 383 (4.26 per match)
Top goalscorer Paco Bienzobas
(17 goals)
Biggest home win Athletic Bilbao 9–0 Europa
Biggest away win Racing Santander 0–4 Athletic Bilbao
Longest winning run 6 matches
Arenas
Barcelona
Longest unbeaten run 11 matches
Barcelona
Longest winless run 7 matches
Racing Santander
Longest losing run 7 matches
Racing Santander

The 1929 Primera División season started February 10, 1929, and finished June 23, 1929. A total of 10 teams participated in the league.

After the failure to create a national league in 1928, that ended with the teams split into two unconcluded leagues, finally they agreed with the Royal Spanish Football Federation its creation.

Barcelona won the title after beating Real Unión in the last round and taking advantage of the loss of Real Madrid at Athletic Bilbao. The Catalans were claimed the inaugural champions.

Election of teams[edit]

After months of discuss, on 23 November 1928 agreed the creation of a championship divided in divisions.

The first division would be joined by the six teams that won any time the Spanish Championship (Arenas, Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad and Real Unión) and three teams that qualified for at least one final (Athletic Madrid, Español and Europa).[citation needed]

The tenth place would be decided in a tournament where only the winner would join La Liga, while the rest of the participant teams played the Segunda División with Racing Madrid.

Qualifying tournament[edit]

Racing Santander achieved the last place in the inaugural season of La Liga after beating Sevilla in the second tie-break match.

 
First roundQuarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
                      
 
 
 
 
10–13 January – Chamartín de la Rosa
 
 
Racing Santander22
 
 
Valencia21
 
 
23 January – Chamartín de la Rosa
 
 
Real Betis1
 
25–26 December – Bilbao
 
Racing Santander2
 
Oviedo24
 
13 January – Valencia
 
Iberia21
 
Oviedo0
 
25 December – Madrid
 
Real Betis1
 
Real Betis2
 
3, 6, 9 February – Madrid
 
Alavés1
 
Racing Santander122
 
 
Sevilla121
 
 
13 January – León
 
 
Celta3
 
 
Sporting Gijón2
 
 
27 January – Madrid
 
 
Sevilla2
 
 
Celta1
 
 
17 January – Madrid
 
 
Sevilla4
 
 
Deportivo La Coruña1
 
 
 
 

Team information[edit]

Location of teams in 1929 La Liga
Teams in Barcelona: Barcelona, Español, Europa
Teams in Madrid: Ath. Madrid, Real Madrid
Club City Stadium
Arenas Getxo Ibaiondo
Athletic Bilbao Bilbao San Mamés
Athletic Madrid Madrid Metropolitano
Barcelona Barcelona Les Corts
Español Barcelona Sarriá
Europa Barcelona El Guinardó
Racing Santander Santander El Sardinero
Real Madrid Madrid Chamartín
Real Sociedad San Sebastián Atocha
Real Unión Irun Gal

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Relegation
1 Barcelona (C) 18 11 3 4 37 23 +14 25
2 Real Madrid 18 11 1 6 40 27 +13 23
3 Athletic Bilbao 18 8 4 6 47 34 +13 20[a]
4 Real Sociedad 18 8 4 6 46 41 +5 20[a]
5 Arenas 18 8 3 7 33 43 −10 19
6 Athletic Madrid 18 8 2 8 43 41 +2 18[b]
7 Español 18 7 4 7 32 38 −6 18[b]
8 Europa 18 6 4 8 45 49 −4 16
9 Real Unión 18 5 2 11 40 42 −2 12
10 Racing Santander (O) 18 3 3 12 25 50 −25 9 Qualification to the relegation play-off
Source: BDFútbol
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) goal difference; 5) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (O) Play-off winner.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Athletic Bilbao finished ahead of Real Sociedad on head-to-head points: Athletic Bilbao–Real Sociedad 4–2, Real Sociedad–Athletic Bilbao 1–1.
  2. ^ a b Athletic Madrid finished ahead of Español on head-to-head goal difference: Athletic Madrid–Español 7–1, Español–Athletic Madrid 3–2

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ARE ATH ATM BAR ESP EUR RAC RMA RSO RUN
Arenas 1–0 2–3 0–2 3–0 2–2 2–1 3–2 3–0 1–1
Athletic Bilbao 2–3 3–3 5–1 9–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 4–2 2–1
Athletic Madrid 1–2 2–3 4–1 7–1 5–4 4–0 0–3 0–3 3–1
Barcelona 2–2 3–0 4–0 1–0 5–2 5–1 1–2 1–0 4–1
Español 1–2 4–1 3–2 1–1 3–1 3–0 4–0 1–1 3–2
Europa 5–2 1–1 4–1 1–1 0–3 4–1 5–2 4–3 3–3
Racing Santander 5–1 0–4 1–2 0–2 1–1 3–2 1–3 6–1 1–3
Real Madrid 2–0 5–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 5–0 2–2 2–1 2–0
Real Sociedad 3–2 1–1 3–3 3–0 1–1 5–4 8–1 5–4 3–2
Real Unión 7–1 6–3 1–2 1–2 4–3 2–3 3–1 0–2 2–3
Source: BDFútbol
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation play-off[edit]

Last placed team Racing Santander faced Sevilla, winner of the 1929 Segunda División, in a two-legged play-off. Racing won 3–2 on aggregate, thus remaining in La Liga.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Goalscorers Goal Team
1 Spain Paco Bienzobas 17 Real Sociedad
2 Spain Cosme Vázquez 15 Athletic Madrid
3 Spain Luis Marín 12 Athletic Madrid
Spain Lafuente Athletic Bilbao
5 Spain Manuel Parera 11 Barcelona
Spain Manuel Cros Europa
Spain José María Yermo Arenas
Spain Luis Regueiro Real Unión
Spain Santiago Urtizberea Real Unión
Spain Jaime Lazcano Real Madrid
Spain Gaspar Rubio Real Madrid

Source: [1]

Pichichi Trophy[edit]

Note: This list is the alternative top scorers list provided by newspaper Diario Marca, it differs from the one above which is based on official match reports

Goalscorers Goal Team
Spain Paco Bienzobas
14
Real Sociedad
Spain Lafuente
12
Athletic Bilbao
Spain Luis Regueiro
12
Real Unión
Spain Gaspar Rubio
12
Real Madrid

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