|Heroes and Villains 2007/2008|
Sevilla's Luis Fabiano took our Pichichi award this season on an all club competition basis, his 24 goals in the league complemented by seven in Europe and two in the cup.
Güiza was the local Pichichi though with 27 in the league, earning him a place in Spain's successful Euro 2008 side and a big money transfer to Fenerbahçe.
The top two were way ahead of the rest though, Agüero taking third spot in the league together with Oliveira, who's Zaragoza side were relegated despite scoring more goals than 13 of their rivals.
The number of goals scored was higher than in recent years, 1,021 in the league against 942 last season and 936 the season before, and 1,298 in all competitions compared to 1,109 and 1,105.
The highest scoring weekend was the last one with 40 goals in the ten games (the second highest since we have been producing this website), and the lowest was week 22 with 17. See the weekly reports below for more details.
Dani Alves takes our "Villains" award this season, the Sevilla full back outdistancing his nearest rivals thanks to his head-but on one of his opponents and consequent two match ban at Betis in the next to last weekend of the season. Alves will be playing his football at Barcelona next season after his summer move, but will have to serve out his ban in the opening game.
Several other players also miss the first match of the new campaign after receiving suspensions in the last games of last season, including Ricardo (Osasuna), Sinama-Pongolle (ex Recreativo, now at Atlético), Mosquera (Sevilla), Bruno (Villarreal) and Levante's José Serrano, wherever he will be playing next year.
There were a total of 2,378 yellow cards and 187 reds in the league and cup this year, an average of 5.2 yellows and 0.4 reds per game. On a club basis, the top villains last year were Recreativo (curiously the side with least points last season), who clocked up 206 points. Joaquín Caparrós's Athletic Bilbao were second with 191(last season he was second with Deportivo), and Zaragoza were third with 173. The lowest total went to Deportivo (now free of Caparrós's influence!) with 106 points, well below Villarreal with 124 and Barcelona and Valladolid with 128.
At last Iker Casillas has won the Zamora prize, the Real Madrid keeper ending the season well clear of his nearest rivals. Once he knew he was sure of the prize, and with the league title already in the bag, Schuster left him on the bench to avoid any late surprises.
Unlike other seasons, only one keeper managed to play in every minute of every match, Recreativo's Sorrentino. He was equalled though by Deportivo's Coloccini, the first time in some years that an outfield player has achieved this.
Throughout the season, no less than 54 keepers were used throughout the season, which compared to last year's 39 must be something of a record, That included four stand-ins, Contra (Getafe), Puñal (Osasuna), Marcano (Racing) and Oscar Sánchez (Valladolid), who all had to play the last few minutes or so in their respective matches after their own keepers were sent off with all three substitutions already made.
White stick award
In one of the closest finishes to the season, Undiano Mallenco held off his nearest rival Iturralde González to take our White Stick award. Although Undiano ended up with the same card tally as Iturralde, he officiated in slightly less games.
Referees produced a sum total of 2,345 yellow cards and 192 reds in league and cup competitions this season, in line with last season's haul of 2,348 and 190. Readers can find out more about our men in black from our weekly reports (see below for links).
Two referees, Lizondo Cortés and Ontanaya López-Astilleros, have been relegated back to the second division, the latter after only one season at the top flight. Infamous linesman Rafa Guerrero will also be missing as he has finally decided to retire. Only one referee has been promoted, Mateu Lahoz, the idea being to reduce the number of officals down from 24 to 20 over a four year period.