Originally Posted by SRL88
Aside from the Portuguese league, no other league as seen as much complete and utter domination as La Liga. The two traditional big sides - Barcelona and Real Madrid, have been utterly dominant in the last 15 years, with no other side winning a title. Barcelona currently have 10 and Real Madrid have 5 of them, showing that Barcelona have been considerably more dominant. Real Madrid remain the richest side in Spain, as well as the World, with Barcelona behind them by over £200M. The only sides anywhere near either of them are Valencia, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, although they're still nowhere near the two sides.
Manuel Pellegrini did pretty decently at Real Madrid. In 2009/10 they reached the Champions League final, they avenged their loss by winning in 2010/11. They reached a third straight final in 2011/12, however they lost once again. Madrid did the domestic double in 2012/13. Another Champions League final in 2014/15, however they were unsuccesful once again, they did see a Spanish Cup win however. 2015/16 saw another Spanish Cup final however this one was lost. Pellegrini lead Madrid back to the Champions League final in 2016/17, yet once again lost, the board finally had enough of him and sacked him within 24 hours of losing. Jesus Ramirez took over and in his first full season won La Liga, the next season he very nearly did the treble as Madrid won the Champions League and La Liga, ending up as runners up in the Spanish Cup. In 2019/20, Madrid saw a Champions League win as well as the Spanish Cup. In 2020/21, Madrid did another double as they won La Liga and the Champions League. Ramirez retired at the end of the season and was replaced by Faruk Hadzibegic, after only winning the Club World Championship he retired himself within a season. Gonzalo Arconada was hired and in his first full season he did the domestic double winning La Liga and the Spanish Cup.
Guardiola is one of few managers that has kept his job since the start of the save, perhaps that's a good foreshadow of what Barcelona have achieved in the save. Guardiola has over seen 5 Spanish Cup wins, 2 Champions League wins and of course a sensational 10 La Liga wins. Their success was no doubt partly down to Lionel Messi, who after 216 goals in La Liga for them became the record goalscorer at the club. After the domestic success, several Champions League wins as well as a World Cup win in 2010 and numerous Fifa Player of the Year awards few could argue that Messi is the greatest player of all time.
Domestic Competitions: 2nd in La Liga on 5 occasions, 2 Spanish Cups
Europe: Champions League runners up in 2021, Europa League runners up in 2011, 2014 & 2022
Past Managers: Unai Emery, Martin Jol, Marco van Basten, Jose Mourinho
Current Manager: Helder
Notable ex-Players: Sebastian Bassong, David Silva, David Villa, Alberto Paloschi
Notes: Moved to 75,000 seater Nuevo Mestalla in 2010, Hasan Ahmed Saeed (tycoon) took over the club in 2015
Domestic Competitions: 3rd in La Liga on 1 occasion, 1 Spanish Cup
Europe: Champions League semi final on 2 occasions, Europa League quarter final on 1 occasion
Past Managers: Manolo Jimenez, Frank Rijkaard, Jorge Jesus, Quique Flores, Angelos Charistaes, Carlos Carvalhal
Current Manager: Jerome Rothen
Notable ex-Players: Eden Hazard, Edison Cavani, Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas
Notes: Magnus Torp (tycoon) took over in 2021
Domestic Competitions: 2nd in La Liga on 2 occasions, 1 Spanish Cup
Europe: Champions League semi final on 1 occasion, Europa League runners up on 3 occasions
Past Managers: Quique Flores, Luis Aragones, Vitor Olivieria, Mane, Antonio Tapia, Stale Solbakken,
Current Manager: Brad Freidel
Notable ex-Players: Sergio Asenjo, Jose Antonio Reyes, Sergio Aguero, Alfonso Velasco, Diego Forlan, Lindomar
The Spanish national side has been something of a let down, the golden generation failed to live up to expectations and only in more recent years has Spain seen some success. A World Cup win in 2018 after previously only making it to the second round was topped off in 2022 with third place. The Euros has seen 2 semi final finishes, a quarter final and the awful 2016 campaign that saw Spain out at the group stage. A Confederations Cup win in 2021 the highlight of the 20's so far. Quique Flores is currently in charge, with previous managers including the likes of: Michel, Ernesto Valverde and of course Vincente Del Bosque.