A look at the Spanish league teams ahead of the new season, which begins on Saturday:

Athletic Bilbao Founded: 1898

Colors: red, white and black

Stadium: San Mames (capacity 40,000)

Coach: Marcelo Bielsa (Argentina, first season)

Honors: 8 leagues, 23 cups

Last season: sixth

Key acquisitions: Ander Herrera (Zaragoza), Mikel Orbegozo (Real Sociedad)

Significant departures: Ion Velez (Girona), Mikel Balenziaga (Valladolid)

Prospects: First-year coach Marcelo Bielsa inherits a maturing block of young players led by striker Fernando Llorente that should finish in the European places and possibly challenge for a spot in the top four.

Atletico Madrid Founded: 1903

Colors: red, white and blue

Stadium: Vicente Calderon (capacity 54,851)

Coach: Gregorio Manzano (first season)

Honors: 9 leagues, 9 cups, 1 Europa League, 1 European Cup Winners' Cup, 1 World Club Championship

Last season: seventh

Key acquisitions: Mirando (Sao Paulo), Silvio Azevedo (Braga), Adrian Lopez (Deportivo La Coruna), Gabi Fernandez (Zaragoza), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Sergio Asenjo (Malaga), Arda Turan (Galatasaray), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica)

Significant departures: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), David De Gea (Manchester United), Tomas Ujfalusi (Galatasaray), Sergio ''Keko'' Gontan (Catania), Juan Valera (Getafe)

Prospects: Atletico's fate will greatly depend on whether Diego Forlan can re-establish himself as one of Europe's leading strikers, but with Sergio Aguero and David de Gea leaving for England the Madrid-based team will be hard pressed to stay in European competition.

Barcelona Founded: 1899

Colors: navy and crimson

Stadium: Camp Nou (capacity 98,772)

Coach: Pep Guardiola (fourth season)

Last season: champion

Honors: 4 European Cups, 4 European Cup Winners' Cups, 3 Inter City Fairs Cups, 3 European Supercups, 21 leagues, 25 cups, 1 Club World Cup

Key acquisitions: Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Alexis Sanchez (Udinese), Kiko Femenia (Hercules)

Significant departures: Bojan Krkic (Roma), Jeffren Suarez (Sporting Lisbon), Gabi Milito (Independiente)

Prospects: With Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez bolstering Barcelona's attack led by Lionel Messi, only Real Madrid stands in the way of the Catalan giants matching the ''Dream Team's'' four straight league titles from the early 1990s.

Real Betis Founded: 1907

Colors: green and white

Stadium: Manuel Ruiz de Lopera (capacity 55,500)

Coach: Pep Mel (second season)

Honors: 1 league, 2 cups

Last season: promoted

Key acquisitions: Javi Chica (Espanyol), Antonio Amaya (Rayo Vallecano), Mario Alvarez (Getafe), Fabricio Agosto (Valladolid), Javi Matilla (Villarreal), Jefferson Montero (Levante)

Significant departures: David Odonkor (Dornberg), Israel Bascon (Xerez), Achille Emana (Al Hilal)

Prospects: A season-long struggle to stay in the top division awaits a promoted team with a largely second-division squad.

Espanyol Founded: 1900

Colors: blue and white

Stadium: Cornella-El Prat (capacity 40,500)

Coach: Mauricio Pochettino (Argentina, fourth season)

Honors: 4 cups

Last season: eighth

Key acquisitions: Hector Moreno (AZ Alkmaar), Juan Albin (Getafe), Adrian Luna (Defensor), Didac Vila (AC Milan), Marvin Zeegalaar (Ajax), Rui Fonte (Setubal)

Significant departures: Ivan de la Pena (retired), Jose Callejon (Real Madrid), Javi Chica (Real Betis), Ben Sahar (Auxerre), Ivan Alonso (Toluca), David Garcia (Girona), Aldo Duscher (Guayaquil)

Prospects: Pochettino will look to repeat last year's strong season and perhaps take a shot at finishing in European positions.

Getafe Founded: 1946

Color: blue

Stadium: Alfonso Perez Coliseum (capacity 17,000)

Coach: Luis Garcia (first season)

Honors: none

Last season: 16th

Key acquisitions: Diego Castro (Sporting Gijon), Medhi Lacen (Racing Santander), Juan Rodriguez (Deportivo La Coruna), Albert Lopo (Deportivo La Coruna), Miguel Moya (Valencia), Michelangelo Albertazzi (AC Milan), Pablo Sarabia (Real Madrid), Juan Valera (Atletico Madrid)

Significant departures: Manuel del Moral (Sevilla), Juan Albin (Espanyol), Ivan Marcano (Villarreal), Mario Alvarez (Real Betis), Dani Parejo (Valencia), Derek Boateng (Dnipro), Victor Sanchez and Javier Arizmendi (Neuchatel Xamax)

Prospects: Getafe should finish middle of the standings and avoid last season's flirtations with disaster after a summer housecleaning of coach and squad.

Granada Founded: 1931

Colors: red and white

Stadium: Los Carmenes (capacity 16,200)

Coach: Fabriciano Gonzalez (third season)

Honors: none

Last season: promoted

Key acquisitions: Ikechi Anya (Celta), Noe Pamarot (Hercules), Jaime Romero (Udinese), Enrique Corrales (Mallorca), Carlos Martins (Benfica), Fran Rico (Real Madrid)

Significant departures: Juan Collantes (Cartagena), Oscar Perez (Cadiz), Jonathan Mensah (Evian), Ruben Parraga (Real Murcia)

Prospects: In Spain's topflight for the first time in 35 years, Granada will need to greatly overachieve to not return to the second division come season end.

Levante Founded: 1909

Color: blue and red

Stadium: Ciutat de Valencia (capacity 25,354)

Coach: Juan Martinez (first season)

Honors: none

Last season: 14th

Key acquisitions: Javier Farinos (Hercules), Jose Barkero (Numancia), Carlos Aranda (Osasuna), Keylor Navas (Albacete), Pedro Lopez (Valladolid), Xavi Torres (Malaga)

Significant departures: Felipe Caicedo (Lokomotiv), Xisco Munoz (Dinamo Tbilis), Manuel Reina (Cartagena), Jefferson Montero (Real Betis), Christian Stuani (Racing Santander), Xisco Nadal (without team)

Prospects: The Spanish minnow will have a hard time repeating last season's surprise run without leading scorer Caicedo.

Malaga Founded: 1994

Colors: blue and white

Stadium: La Rosaleda (28,963)

Coach: Manuel Pellegrini (Chile, second season)

Honors: none

Last season: 11th

Key acquisitions: Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Hamburg), Diego Buonanotte (River Plate), Nacho Monreal (Osasuna), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon), Sergio Sanchez (Sevilla), Santi Cazorla (Villarreal), Joaquin Sanchez and Isco Alarcon (Valencia)

Significant departures: Francesc Aranu (retired), Sergio Asenjo (Atletico Madrid), Manolo Gaspar (Cartagena), Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Panathinaikos), Xavi Torres (Levante), Patrick Mtiliga (FC Nordsaelland)

Prospects: After an offseason overhaul, Pellegrini has a squad full of big name veterans and anything other than a place in Europe will surely be deemed a failure.

Mallorca Founded: 1916

Colors: red and black

Stadium: Iberostar (capacity 23,142)

Coach: Michael Laudrup (Denmark, second season)

Honors: 1 cup

Last season: 17th

Key acquisitions: Tomer Hemed (Maccabi Haifa), Juan Calatayud (Hercules), Pablo Caceres (Tigre), Gianni Zuiverloon (West Bromvich Albion), Alejandro Alfaro (Sevilla)

Significant departures: Ruben Gonzalez (Osasuna), Azoye Diaz and German Lux (Deportivo La Coruna), Enrique Corrales (Granada), Pierre Webo (Eskisehirspol)

Prospects: Mallorca's attack will be tested to find enough scoring punch with the departure of Cameroon striker Pierre Webo, but Laudrup should find a way to keep it out of trouble.

Osasuna Founded: 1920

Colors: red and black

Stadium: Reyno de Navarra (capacity 19,800)

Coach: Jose Luis Mendilibar (second season)

Honors: none

Last season: ninth

Key acquisitions: Marc Bertran and Juan Francisco (Tenerife), Ruben Gonzalez (Mallorca), Ibrahima Balde (Numancia), Jukka Raitala (Hoffenheim)

Significant departures: Javier Camunas (Villarreal), Nacho Monreal (Malaga), Fernando Soriano (Almeria), Carlos Aranda (Levante), Walter Pandiani (without team)

Prospects: Historically tough at home, Osasuna will once again rely on its loyal home crowd to will it to victories while suffering away.

Racing Santander Founded: 1913

Colors: white and green

Stadium: El Sardinero (capacity 22,251)

Coach: Hector Cuper (Argentina, first season)

Honors: none

Last season: 12th

Key acquisitions: Edu Bedia (Salamanca), Brain Sarmiento (Xerez), Lautaro Acosta (Sevilla), Christian Stuani (Levante)

Significant departures: Giovani Dos Santos (Tottenham), Ivan Bolado (Cartagena), Medhi Lacen (Getafe), Henrique (Palmeiras), Markus Rosenberg (Werder Bremen), Alexandros Tziolis (Siena), Pablo Pinillos (retired, joined Racing's coaching staff)

Prospects: The club's financial problems will likely translate into on-pitch mediocrity that will test even Cuper's veteran coaching wiles.

Rayo Vallecano Founded: 1924

Colors: red and white

Stadium: Teresa Rivero

Coach: Jose Ramon Sandoval (second season)

Honors: none

Last season: promoted

Key acquisitions: Pedro Botelho (Arsenal), Sueliton Pereira (Sao Jose), Alberto Perea (Atletico Madrid), Miguel ''Michu'' Perez Cuesta and Roberto Trashorras (Celta), Jordi Figueras (Valladolid)

Significant departures: Jorge ''Coke'' Andujar (Sevilla), Emiliano Armenteros (Sevilla), Oscar Trejo (Sporting Gijon), Antonio Amaya (Real Betis), Borja Garcia (Cordoba), Byran Angulo (Deportivo La Coruna)

Prospects: The promoted Rayo will need to count victories at home against its direct rivals at the bottom of the standings to have any hope of pulling off the surprise of staying up.

Real Madrid Founded: 1902

Color: white

Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu (capacity 80,000)

Coach: Jose Mourinho (Portugal, second season)

Honors: 9 European Cups, 2 UEFA Cups, 3 World Club Championships, 31 leagues, 18 cups, 1 European Supercup

Last season: runner-up

Key acquisitions: Nuri Sahin (Borussia Dortmund), Hamit Altintop (Bayern Munich), Jose Callejon (Espanyol), Raphael Varane (Lens), Fabio Coentrao (Benfica)

Significant departures: Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City), Jerzy Dudek (retired)

Prospects: Mourinho has a year under his belt, a squad bolstered with players of his choosing and all the numbers to break Barcelona's recent dominance both in Spain and Europe.

Real Sociedad Founded: 1909

Colors: blue and white

Stadium: Anoeta (capacity 32,000)

Coach: Philippe Montanier (France, first season)

Honors: 2 leagues, 2 cups

Last season: 15th

Key acquisitions: none

Significant departures: Diego Rivas (Hercules), Raul Tamudo (without team), Mikel Orbegozo (Athletic), Paco Sutil (Real Murcia)

Prospects: Getting off to a good start under Montanier will be key to whether the Basques will have a comfortable mid-table finish or suffer until the end

Sevilla Founded: 1905

Color: white

Stadium: Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan (capacity 45,500)

Coach: Marcelino Garcia Toral (first season)

Honors: 2 UEFA Cups, 1 league, 5 cups, 1 European Supercup

Last season: fifth

Key acquisitions: Manuel del Moral (Getafe), Piotr Trochowski (Hamburg), Jorge ''Coke'' Andujar (Rayo Vallecano), Emir Spahic (Montpellier), Hiroshi Ibusuki (Girona)

Significant departures: Diego Capel (Sporting Lisbon), Sergio Sanchez (Malaga), Lautaro Acosta (Racing Santander), Jose Carlos and Juan Cala (AEK Athens), Renato (Botafogo), Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor), Alejandro Alfaro (Mallorca), Ivica Dragutinovic (without team)

Prospects: Sevilla's prospects will hinge on whether Marcelino can find the consistency it sorely lacked last season, if not the Andalusians could struggle to stay in European positions.

Sporting Gijon Founded: 1905

Color: red and white

Stadium: El Molinon (capacity 24,000)

Coach: Manuel Preciado (sixth season)

Honors: none

Last season: tenth

Key acquisitions: Oscar Trejo (Mallorca), Ricardo Leon (Tenerife), David Suarez (Defensor)

Significant departures: Jose Angel (Roma), Diego Castro (Getafe), Andre Castro (Oporto), Rafael Sastre (Huesca)

Prospects: Preciado will be faced with his greatest challenge yet to keep Sporting up after the loss of offensive reference Diego Castro.

Valencia Founded: 1919

Colors: white and black

Stadium: Mestalla (capacity 55,000)

Coach: Unai Emery (forth season)

Honors: 6 leagues, 7 cups, 1 UEFA Cup, 1 European Cup Winners' Cup, 2 Inter City Fairs Cups

Last season: third

Key acquisitions: Adil Rami (Lille), Diego Alves, Pablo Piatti and Sofiane Feghouli (Almeria), Dani Parejo (Getafe), Cristiano Pereira (Braga)

Significant departures: David Navarro (Neuchatel Xamax), Cesar Sanchez (Villarreal), Chori Dominguez (River Plate), Joaquin Sanchez and Isco Alarcon (Malaga), Miguel Moya (Getafe), Nacho Gonzalez (Standard Lieja), Marius Stankevicius (Lazio)

Prospects: Valencia will make a strong bid to repeat its third place finish for the third straight season after holding onto playmaker Juanma Mata and adding a number of quality reinforcements.

Villarreal Founded: 1923

Color: yellow

Stadium: El Madrigal (capacity 25,400)

Coach: Juan Carlos Garrido (third season)

Honors: none

Last season: fourth

Key acquisitions: Ceasar Sanchez (Valencia), Edu Ramos (Malaga), Javier Camunas (Osasuna), Cristian Zapata (Udinese)

Significant departures: Santi Cazorla (Malaga), Cicinho (Roma), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Joan Capdevila (Benfica), Javi Matilla (Real Betis), Ivan Marcano (Olympiakos)

Prospects: Despite its attractive passing style, Villarreal will be challenged to stay in Champions League positions.

Zaragoza Founded: 1932

Colors: white and blue

Stadium: La Romareda (capacity 34,596)

Coach: Javier Aguirre (Mexico, second season)

Honors: 6 Cups, 1 Cup Winners' Cup, 1 Inter City Fairs Cup

Last season: 13th

Key acquisitions: Abraham Minero and Edu Oriol (Barcelona), Juan Carlos and David Mateos (Real Madrid), Efrain Juarez (Celtic), Roberto Jimenez (Benfica), Franco Zuculini (Hoffenheim)

Significant departures: Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao), Gabi Fernandez (Atletico Madrid), Edmilson (Ceara), Florent Sinama-Pongolle (Sporting Lisbon), Marco Perez (Independiente), Guirane N'Daw (Saint Etienne), Jiri Jarosik (Sparta Prague), Carlos Diogo (without team), Said Boutahar (Al-Wakrah)

Prospects: A season-long dog fight looms for the bankrupt Zaragoza after the exit of midfielders Gabi and Ander.