Monday, May 25, 2009

The Winners Around the European Leagues

Just as the football season around Europe is finishing, let's take a look at the cup winners and newly crowned league champions of some of the major European leagues which have been decided. A short recap of those leagues which are yet to be decided will also have a special mention.

Premier League Champions: Manchester United 90pts
Carling Cup Winners: Manchester United
FA Cup: Chelsea vs. Everton (scheduled for May 30th)

Liga Champions: Porto 70pts
Portuguese League Cup Winners: Benfica

Bundesliga Champions: VfL Wolfsburg 69pts
DFB Pokal: Werder Bremen vs. Bayer Leverkusen (scheduled for May 30th)

Serie A Champions: Inter Milan 81pts with one more game to play
Coppa Italia Winners: Lazio

La Liga Champions: Barcelona 86pts with one more game to play - scored 104 league goals!
Copa Del Rey Winners: Barcelona

Ere Divisie Champions: AZ Alkmaar 80pts
KNVB Beker Cup Winners: Heerenveen

Premier League Champions: Rangers 86pts
Scottish League Cup Winners: Celtic
Scottish FA Cup: Ranger vs. Falkirk (scheduled for May 30th)

Turkish Cup Winners: Besiktas
Super Liga Champions?

It's down to the wire in Turkey. Sivasspor has been going great guns all season, trying to break up the Istanbul clubs dominance on the Super Liga. Besiktas leads the table, two points ahead of Sivasspor leading up to May 31st Sunday's title decider. Sivasspor will find it difficult to pip Besiktas as they will have to face Galatasaray in the Ali Sami Yen stadium. Besiktas will look to stroll past Denizlispor to win their 11th Super Liga title.

Bundesliga Champions: RB Salzburg 74pts
Austrian Cup Winners: FK Austria Wien

First Division League Champions: Standard Liege 77pts
Belgian Cup Winners: Genk

Coupe de France Winners: Guingamp
Ligue 1 Champions?
The French league, Ligue 1, will play its last round of matches this coming Saturday May 30th 2009. Bordeaux, powered by the excellent Yoann Gourcuff, leads the table by 3 points over second placed Marseille. They face lowly Caen away and should wrap up the title then. It will be their 6th championship win. More significantly, this breaks the Lyon stranglehold on the French Le Championnat. Lyon had won it a record breaking seven times before this season.

Super League Champions: FC Zurich 76pts

UEFA Cup Winners: Shaktar Donetsk

Champions League Cup: Manchester United vs. Barcelona (scheduled for May 27th)

So what's left after this weekend of European matches...well there are,
1. Copa Libertadores quarterfinal stages
2. FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa
3. World Cup Qualifiers
4. Barclays Asia Trophy (the Premier League's version of the 39th game)
5. Liverpool and Manchester United's Summer Tour of Asia
6. Chelsea's Tour of United States
7. UEFA European U-21 Championships
8. AFC Asian Champions League

So it looks like there is still a lot of football to watch and read about...which is great! And I thought that it would be a dull 2-3 months with no football at all.


robotsoul said...

the match will be close tonight. Here's hoping that people don't get stabbed:

FanZine said...

Yeah it was close...NOT...United were outplayed. Barca deserved to win. Great match.

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