Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Juventus helped by Inter

Inter Milan beat arch rival AC Milan giving the Italian title to Juventus. City and United go to the wire in the English Premiership and in France it is too close to call still with two games to go to the end of the season. Elsewhere, the champions are already known. Sir Alex Ferguson is counting on ex-player Mark Hughes to put one over the club that sacked him in 2009.

Champions 2011-2012

Spain: Real Madrid; Portugal: FC Porto; Italy: Juventus; Germany: Dortmund; Russia: Zenit St. Petersburg; Netherlands: Ajax; Scotland: Celtic; Turkey: Galatasaray AS; Greece: Olympiacos FC.

English Premier League

Manchester City and Manchester United enter the final stretch neck-and-neck. In the last game next Sunday at 16.00, United travel to Sunderland and City receive Queen's park Rangers, desperate for a point to stay in the Premier League. This weekend, City beat Newcastle United 2-0 away, while United received Swansea and won 2-0. Arsenal retains third place with a 3-3 home draw against Norwich City, while Tottenham drew 1-1 at Aston Villa and Everton drew away at Wolves 0-0. Liverpool receives Chelsea on Tuesday.

English Premier League after 37 games 

1. Manchester City 86
2. Manchester United 86
3. Arsenal 67 
4. Tottenham  65
5. Newcastle United 65
6. Chelsea FC 61 (36 games)
7. Everton FC 53

Total: 38 games

Spanish Primera Liga

Real is on target to reach 100 points, adding to the record of 117 goals scored with a goal difference of plus 86. A 2-1 win at Granada kept Real seven points ahead, already champion, over Barcelona FC, 4-0 winner in the local derby against Espanyol. Valencia guaranteed Champions League soccer next season with a 1-0 win over Villarreal and Málaga is in fourth spot after a 2-1 defeat at Atlético Madrid, fifth. Mallorca enters the pack with a 1-0 victory over Levante.

Spanish Primera Liga after 37 games  


1. Real Madrid 97
2. FC Barcelona 90

3. Valencia CF 61  
4. Málaga CF 55

5. CA Madrid 53
6. RCD Mallorca 52
7. Levante UD 52

Total: 38 games

 

 

Italian Serie A after 37 games  

Juventus is the Italian champion, winning 2-0 at Cagliari while AC Milan lost 4-2 in the derby at Inter. Udinese is in third with a 2-0 win over Genoa, followed by Lazio (2-0 winner at Atalanta's stadium in Bergamo. Napoli lost 2-0 at Bologna and Roma got a 2-2 home draw against Catania.

1. Juventus 81
2. AC Milan 77
3. Udinese Calcio 61

4. SS Lazio 59

5. SSC Napoli 58
6. FC Internazionale Milano 58 
7. AS Roma 51

Total: 38 games

 

German Bundesliga

The last day of the season didn't produce any surprises because Dortmund was already champion. The top seven all won: Dortmund 4 Freiburg 0; Koln 1 Bayern 4; Bremen 2 Schalke 3; Mainz 0 Moenchengladbach 3; Nurnberg 1 Leverkusen 4; Stuttgart 3 Wolfsburg 2 and Hannover 2 Kaiserslautern 1.

German Bundesliga after 34 games  
1. Borussia Dortmund 81

2. FC Bayern Munchen 73

3. FC Schalke 04 64
4. VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach 60
5. Bayer 04 Leverkusen 54
6. VfB Stuttgart 53

7. Hannover 96 48

Total: 34 games

French Ligue 1

Too close to call still. PSG had temporarily stolen the lead after an early game against Valenciennes ended in a thrilling away win for the Paris side, 4-3 but Montpellier jumped back into the lead with a 2-0 away victory at Rennes. Lille, close behind on 71 points, beat Cannes 3-0 while Lyon drew 1-1 at home with Brest. A goalless draw between Saint-Étienne and Marseille sees the fifth and sixth place tied while Bordeaux enters the pack with a 4-2 away win at Auxerre.

French Ligue 1 after 36 games  
1. Montpellier Hérault 76
2. Paris Saint-Germain FC 73
3. LOSC Lille Métropole 71
4. Olympique Lyonnais 60
5. Stade Rennais 57
6. AS Saint-Étienne 57

7. FC Girondins de Bordeaux 55

Total: 38 games

Portuguese Primeira Liga

One game to go, FC Porto, as usual, is already the Portuguese Champion in the thirtieth year of the Presidency of Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, and is six points ahead after beating Sporting CP 2-0, goals from Hulk. Benfica beat União de Leiria 1-0, Braga secured third place and access to the preliminary round of the Champions League with a win over Beira-Mar. Marítimo had a goalless draw at Olhanense in the Algarve and fellow Madeira team Nacional received Gil Vicente with a 3-1 thumping. Vitória Guimarães beat Feirense away by the same result.

 

Primeira Liga after 29 games 
1. FC Porto 72  
2. SL Benfica 66
3. SC Braga 62
4. SC Portugal 56
5. Marítimo 49 
6. Vitória SC (Guimarães) 45

7. CD Nacional 41

Total: 30 games

  

Russian Premier

Zenit is the champion as the Russian Premier League tries a new experiment: to have a Summer break. One game to go, Zenit lost at home to Spartak Moskva 2-3; Dinamo and Lokomotiv Moskva drew 2 apiece; Anzhi beat Rubin 3-1. CSKA Moskva plays Kuban on Tuesday.

Russian Premier League - Accumulated after 43 games 2011-2012 and 5 games 2012-2013

1. FC Zenit St. Petersburg 85 points
2. FC Spartak Moskva 72 points
3. PFC CSKA Moskva 72 points (42 games)

4. FC Dinamo Moskva 71 points
5. FC Anzhi Makhachkala 70 points

6. FC Lokomotiv Moskva 66 points 

7. FC Rubin Kazan 65 points

 

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

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