An exciting last day produced a season high 38 goals (the same as in weeks 11 & 30), and that without our top three, Messi, Ronaldo and Falcao, who were all missing from their respective teams for various reasons! Messi though took the honours again for the second year in a row, although due to an injury towards the end of the campaign he was unable to beat his record of 73 goals from the season before. Negredo just beat Soldado to fourth place (and the "Zarra" award for the highest scoring Spaniard) thanks to the four he scored on the last day, and the uncapped Rubén Castro came a respectable sixth.
A total of 1,091 goals were scored in the league this season, 41 more than the year before. For the record, Barça scored 115 of those (their best ever) and Madrid 103, and first division teams scored another 125 in Europe and 142 in the cup, making 1,358 in all. The lowest scoring weekends were in weeks 16 & 27, when only 17 goals went in. See the weekly reports below for more details.
|Messi (Barcelona)||60 (5)|
|Ronaldo (Real Madrid)||55 (7)|
|Falcao (Atlético Madrid)||34 (7)|
|Negredo (Sevilla)||31 (7)|
|Soldado (Valencia)||30 (6)|
No question about this season's top goalkeeper, Atlético's Courtois leaving five time winner Víctor Valdés and the rest behind to tie up his first ever Zamora award. Málaga's Willy Caballero did give him a bit of a fight for a while, but a poor finish to the season ended his challenge. The on-loan Chelsea keeper was in fact the only one to let in under a goal a game, and he ended no less than 10 goals ahead of his nearest rival Valdés.
For once, no keeper managed to play throughout the season, although Osasuna's Andrés could have done so had he not been left out of the last match to allow Riesgo and the retiring Ricardo to get a run out. Courtois also played 37 games in a season in which no less than 50 keepers were used, including Deportivo outfielder Alex Bergantiños, who had to go between the sticks for 20 minutes or so after Aranzubia was sent off with all three changes made.
|Courtois (Atlético Madrid)||-8|
|Bravo (Real Sociedad)||+9|
This season's "Villains" award goes to Zaragoza's Sapunaru, who just pipped last year's prize winner Medel after picking up a record 19 bookings in the league and three in the cup. It would have been more as well if one had not been cancelled on appeal. The Romanian right back will be plying his trade at Elche next year after the Maños were relegated.
Four players were sent off in the last games of last season, Valencia's Jonas, Athletic's Aduríz, Espanyol's Forlín and Real Sociedad's Bergara, and all are expected to miss the opening game of next year together with Tiago (Atlético), Rubén Pérez (Betis), Aythami, Oliveira and Riki (Deportivo), Cala and Navarro (Sevilla), and Dani Parejo, Mathieu and Soldado (Valencia), who all completed the five yellow card cycle.
There were a total of 2,490 yellow cards and 186 reds in the league and cup this year, an average of 5.6 yellows and 0.4 reds per game. On a club basis, the top villains were Espanyol, Zaragoza and Valencia, who clocked up 241, 218 and 199 points respectively. The lowest totals went to Barcelona, Valladolid and Real Sociedad with 97, 110 and 121 points.
The Teixeira Vitienes brothers have wrapped up our "White Stick" awards this season, elder brother Fernando beating his sibling José Antonio (last year's winner) following a late run which gave him a final tally of 174 yellow cards and 15 reds. Overall, referees produced a sum total of 2,554 yellow cards and 195 reds in league and cup competitions this season, a reduction of around 5% compared to the previous year.
One of our old favourites Pérez Lasa will be leaving us after he reached the statutory retirement age, and Paradas Romero is also giving up professional refereeing after disagreements with the governing body. They will be replaced by two new rookies, Martínez Munuera and Prieto Iglesias. We wish them luck!
|Teixeira Vitienes, F.||189|
|José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes, J.A.||179|