Another hopefully enthralling Spanish first division football campaign is about to get underway.
I thought it would be a great time to refresh the list of La Liga set piece takers as there has been plenty of changes to teams and their respective playing personnel over the past couple of months.
So, without any further fanfare, let’s have a look at the players tasked with free kick taking, penalties and corner kick duties in 2021-22…
La Liga competition set piece takers list
|Club||Penalties (Main)||Penalties (Alternate)||Free Kicks (Main)||Free Kicks (Alternate 1)||Free Kicks (Alternate 2)||Corners (Main)||Corners (Alternate 1)||Corners (Alternate 2)|
|Rayo Vallecano||Óscar Trejo||Radamel Falcao||Óscar Trejo||Isi Palazón||-||Óscar Trejo||Isi Palazón||-|
|Sevilla||Ocampos||Rakitic||Joan Jordan||Alejandro Gómez||-||Joan Jordan||Alejandro Gómez||Jesus Navas|
|Celta Vigo||Aspas||Santi Mina||Aspas||Denis Suárez||Brais Mendez||Denis Suárez||Brais Mendez||-|
|Mallorca||Abdón Prats||Álvaro Giménez||Dani Rodriguez||Salva Sevilla||Lago Junior||Dani Rodriguez||Salva Sevilla||Lago Junior|
|Getafe CF||Jaime Mata||Enes Ünal||Damián Suárez||Cucurella||-||Damián Suárez||Cucurella||-|
|Athletic Bilbao||Raul Garcia||Inaki Williams||Ibai Gomez||Muniain||Unai López||Unai López||Ibai Gomez||Muniain|
|Cadiz||Álvaro Negredo||Ivan Šaponjić||TBC||-||-||TBC||-||-|
|Espanyol||Raúl de Tomás||Adrián Embarba||Adrián Embarba||-||-||Adrián Embarba||-||-|
|Atletico Madrid||Luis Suarez||João Félix||Trippier||Koke||João Félix||Trippier||Koke||Saul Niguez|
|Granada||Ángel Montoro||Fede Vico||TBC||Ángel Montoro||Fede Vico||TBC||Ángel Montoro||Fede Vico|
|Real Sociedad||Oyarzabal||Willian Jose||Januzaj||Oyarzabal||David Silva||Januzaj||Oyarzabal||David Silva|
|Barcelona||Memphis Depay||Gerard Pique||Memphis Depay||Coutinho||Frenkie de Jong||Memphis Depay||Coutinho||Sergino Dest|
|Alaves||Joselu||TBC||Luis Rioja||TBC||-||Luis Rioja||TBC||-|
|Osasuna||Roberto Torres||Rubén García||Roberto Torres||Rubén García||-||Roberto Torres||Rubén García||-|
|Villareal||Moreno||Alcacer||Parejo||Trigueros||Moi Gomez||Parejo||Trigueros||Moi Gomez|
|Valencia||Carlos Soler||Daniel Wass||José Gayà||Daniel Wass||Gonçalo Guedes||José Gayà||Daniel Wass||Gonçalo Guedes|
Set piece takers from La Liga’s newly promoted teams
You’ll note that a few adjustments have been made from the previous version of the set piece list.
This is largely to accommodate for the teams that successfully worked their way up to La Liga through the Segunda Division – which is alternatively referred to as La Liga 2.
Let’s see what these promoted sides have to offer in this campaign…
As broadcasting coverage of the Segunda Division is quite scarce, at this point in time I’m unable to offer enough insight on the free kick and corner kick takers for these teams and will have to watch some games this year to make a note of who steps up here.
Penalty duties were split between three players when Espanyol was in the 2nd tier of Spanish football.
Adrián Embarba, Raúl de Tomás and Javi Puado shared the responsibility of stepping up from 12 yards, with Embarba successfully netting on each of his two attempts.
Javi Puado scored from his single opportunity, while Raúl de Tomás netted 4 out of 7.
RCD Mallorca were awarded 8 penalties in their previous league campaign, with Dani Rodriguez, Salva Sevilla, Lago Junior, Abdón Prats and Álvaro Giménez all having a chance to alter a score line.
All attempts except for one of Salva Sevilla’s two were successfully put away, and the distribution of opportunities was spread quite evenly between them.
The point above is more or less indicative of the fact that Mallorca doesn’t have a designated penalty taker, but I will observe their matches in La Liga this season to see if this holds true.
Lastly, Rayo Vallecano managed a 100% penalty record in the 2020-21 Segunda Division by dispatching all the 7 spot kicks that were handed to them.
Right winger Isi Palazón, defensive midfielder Mario Suárez, attacking midfielder Óscar Trejo and centre forward Yacine Qasmi all hit the back of the net for the promoted side.
Mr. Trejo took the majority of the 7 with his total of 3 penalties.
Which team scored the most set piece goals in the 2020-21 La Liga season?
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi enjoyed multiple free kick bonanzas in the last campaign, but it was Real Betis who notched the highest amount of set piece goals with a total of 15.
Following them closely in the charts were Real Sociedad, Real Madrid and Deportivo Alaves, with 14, 12 and 12 goals respectively.
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both tied in 4th place here with a tally of 10 goals each.
On the other hand, when it came to converting from the penalty spot, Villareal came out on top with a sum of 12 penalties successfully dispatched, with Real Sociedad, Real Betis and Valencia coming in behind with totals of 9, 8 and 8 goals.
Hopefully this article has been quite an informative read.
It may be also worth checking out our blog post on the dedicated set piece takers for the Premier League, especially as it’s the world’s most popular football competition.