The 2012-13 La liga which was called Liga BBVA for sponsorship reasons was in its 82nd year of existence. A total of 20 teams fought against each other including 17 from the 2011-12 season and three which were promoted from 2011-12 Segunda Division.
The championship began on 18th August 2012 and ended on 1st June 2013. Tito Vilanova made his managerial debut in this season for Barcelona. Earlier he had served as assistant to Pep Guardiola. Never in his wildest dream Tito would have thought that Barcelona under his leadership would win the La Liga title for the 22ndtime.
Barcelona started off the season with a bang. It played its first match on 19th August 2012. It was the home match against Real Sociedad in which Barcelona marked its victory by 5-1. Though it had to suffer defeat in the second match itself yet made a superb comeback by winning the next games with good score. On 2nd September, Barca defeated Vanlecia with 1-0 at Camp Nou because of wonder strike by its Brazillian defender Adriano who scored the goal in 23rd minute.
On 6th January 2013, Barcelona won its first match of the year against Espanyol by 4-0 in under 30 minutes which was remarkable.
In this season also, the team broke records on its way to the title as had done in the past seasons. It won 13 matches and 1 draw out of the opening 14 matches of the season. It netted 55 of 57 possible points in the first half of the league. This was the best start so far to a league campaign in the Spanish football history.
It played 38 matches of which won 32, and drew 4. It faced fewest losses i.e. only two games against Real Sociedad and Real Madrid in the entire season. It had scored 88 points with 4 matches left to play for. The score was just 12 short of equalling Madrid’s 100 points record tally which they set in the previous season. It had netted 105 goals after 34 games with four games remaining which was a record breaking tally for any team in the season.
It scored the most goals i.e. 115 and conceded a few goals i.e. 40. It had the highest goal difference of +75. Its longest win sequence was 12 and the longest unbeaten was 19.
On 11th May, Barcelona was crowned the champions for the 22nd time after the reigning champions Real Madrid drew 1-1 with Espanyol at Cornella El-Prat stadium. This gave Barcelona lead of 8 points with just two matches left to play for and hence confirmed its triumph. Mathematically, it proved the champions of La Liga by winning the 22nd league title and the 4th in five years.
However, the victory was not easy to grab. The team had to face two major setbacks due to illness of Tito Vilanova and Eric Abidel. Yet without a head manager and one of the best players, the hard work, determination and consistent performance of the team led it to secure the league title.