2010–11 La Liga

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The 2010–11 La Liga season (known as the Liga BBVA for sponsorship reasons) was the 80th since its establishment.wikipedia
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Levante UD

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Defending champions Barcelona secured their third-consecutive and 21st La Liga title after a 1–1 tie with Levante on 11 May 2011. The relegated teams were replaced by 2009–10 Segunda División champions Real Sociedad from San Sebastián, runners-up Hércules CF from Alicante and Levante UD from Valencia.
Under the manager who led the team back to the top flight, Luis García Plaza, Levante finally retained its division status in the 2010–11 season.

Hércules CF

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The relegated teams were replaced by 2009–10 Segunda División champions Real Sociedad from San Sebastián, runners-up Hércules CF from Alicante and Levante UD from Valencia.
Early into the 2010–11 season, one year, three months and 19 days after Barcelona's last home defeat in the league, Hércules recorded a shock 2–0 win at the Camp Nou thanks to a brace from Nelson Valdez – Barcelona had won their last 11 home matches, scored at least three times in each of their last six league fixtures and were protecting a 17-game unbeaten streak.

UD Almería

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In 2010–11, Almería reached the semifinals of the Copa del Rey for the first time ever.

Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi won the LFP Award for Best Player, which marked his third consecutive win.
Barcelona won a third consecutive La Liga title.

Real Sociedad

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The relegated teams were replaced by 2009–10 Segunda División champions Real Sociedad from San Sebastián, runners-up Hércules CF from Alicante and Levante UD from Valencia.

Deportivo de La Coruña

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Deportivo's period in the top flight came to an end as they were relegated after finishing 18th in 2010–11.

Valencia CF

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The season was again dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid, with second-place Madrid 21 points ahead of third-place Valencia.
Despite the loss of two of the club's most important players, the team was able to finish comfortably in third again in the 2010–11 campaign for the second season running, although they were eliminated from the Champions League by Bundesliga side Schalke 04 in the round of 16.

La Liga Awards

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Lionel Messi won the LFP Award for Best Player, which marked his third consecutive win.

Málaga CF

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A record five consecutive La Liga wins, alongside a draw against Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés at the start of January 2011, helped the team maintain momentum in the league, finishing the 2010–11 season in 11th place.

La Liga

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The 2010–11 La Liga season (known as the Liga BBVA for sponsorship reasons) was the 80th since its establishment.

José Mourinho

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The most significant managerial change prior to the start of the season was two-time Champions League-winning José Mourinho taking over at Real Madrid.
When asked about all the missed opportunities against Levante in La Liga and Auxerre in the Champions League, Mourinho said, "One day some poor rival is going to pay for the chances we've missed today."

FC Barcelona

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Defending champions Barcelona secured their third-consecutive and 21st La Liga title after a 1–1 tie with Levante on 11 May 2011.

Carles Puyol

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He struggled again with injuries during the campaign, but still appeared in 28 competitive games while again winning the league and the Champions League; he played six minutes in the final of the latter competition, a 3–1 victory over Manchester United.

Pablo Orbaiz

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For the following campaign he was promoted as team captain, after the departures of Joseba Etxeberria and Francisco Yeste.

Pep Guardiola

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It was the third straight title for Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola.

2009–10 La Liga

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A total of 20 teams contested the league, 17 of which already contested in the 2009–10 season and three of which were promoted from the Segunda División. Real Valladolid, CD Tenerife and Xerez CD were relegated to the Segunda División after finishing the 2009–10 season in the bottom three places.

Joaquín Caparrós

In the 2010–11 campaign, Caparrós led the Lions to the sixth position, once again qualifying to the Europa League.

2010–11 Segunda División

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Real Valladolid, CD Tenerife and Xerez CD were relegated to the Segunda División after finishing the 2009–10 season in the bottom three places.