Just France to go

Manchester City painted Manchester blue for the first time since 1968, pushed to the wire by a gallant foe, United, the team which now claims the record number of points for the second place (89). This is the last week for the European leagues and cups - the climax coming on Wednesday in Bayern's clash with Chelsea in the Champions League Final.


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; England: Manchester City;


English Premier League

It went to the last match, the last minute - so much so that some of the Manchester City fans who had abandoned the stadium heard the cheers from inside after the late strikes gave the club the championship over rivals United and tried to get back in. Manchester City scored two injury-time goals to beat ten-man QPR 3-2 and so claim the three points needed to jump above United, whose game at Sunderland had ended 0-1 in United's favour. Arsenal retain third place with a 3-2 away win at West Bromwich Albion. Tottenham follow in fourth with a 2-0 win against Fulham. Newcastle terminate an excellent campaign going down 3-1 at an equally remarkable Everton FC. Chelsea's win over Blackburn consigns the team to the Championship along with Wolves (which stupidly sacked McCarthy) and Bolton.

English Premier League after 38 games 

1. Manchester City 89
2. Manchester United 89
3. Arsenal 70 
4. Tottenham  69
5. Newcastle United 65
6. Chelsea FC 64
7. Everton FC 56

Total: 38 games


Spanish Primera Liga

Real reached the record 100 points, Mourinho praised his team with an obmar in front of the dais and wins four championships in four different countries - one behind Yugoslav legend Tomislav Ivic. Real ended the campaign beating Mallorca 4-1 and Barcelona drew 2-2 at Betis, Messi taking the crown for most goals over Cristiano Ronaldo. Valencia lost the last game at Real Sociedad 1-0, Malaga beat Gijón 1-0, Atlético won at Villarreal 1-0 and Levante crowned a good season with a 3-0 win against Athletic Bilbao.



Spanish Primera Liga after 38 games  

1. Real Madrid 100
2. FC Barcelona 91

3. Valencia CF 61  
4. Málaga CF 58

5. CA Madrid 56
6. Levante UD 55
7. CA Osasuna 54

Total: 38 games


Italian Serie A after 38 games  

Juve already had it in the bag and beat Atalanta 3-1 in Turín; second-placed AC Milan beat Novara 2-1, while Udinese CAME Hawai from Catania 2-0 winners. Lazio beat Inter 3-1, Napoli beat Siena 2-1 and Roma won 3-2 at Cesena's stadium.


1. Juventus 84
2. AC Milan 80
3. Udinese Calcio 64

4. SS Lazio 62

5. SSC Napoli 61
6. FC Internazionale Milano 58 
7. AS Roma 56

Total: 38 games


German Bundesliga



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

One game to go, Montpellier are three points ahead after a goal on minute 94 against last year's champions, Lille. PSG are three points behind with one game to go with a 3-0 win against Rennes. Lyon drew one apiece at Ajaccio, Bordeaux ended a magnificent end-of-season run with a 1-0 win over Lorient, clinching fifth place. Saint-Étienne went down 3-2 at Nancy



French Ligue 1 after 37 games  
1. Montpellier Hérault 79
2. Paris Saint-Germain FC 76
3. LOSC Lille Métropole 71
4. Olympique Lyonnais 64
5. FC Girondins de Bordeaux 58
6. AS Saint-Étienne 57

7. Stade Rennais 57

Total: 38 games



Portuguese Primeira Liga


Vítor Pereira fulfils his objectives in FC Porto with another Championship and Supercup, ending the Portuguese Premier League 6 points clear of Benfica. FC Porto thrashed Rio Ave away 5-2; Benfica beat Vitória (Setúbal) 3-1 away, while Sporting received Braga and won 3-2. Marítimo drew 1-1 with Paços de Ferreira, Vitória Guimarães lost at home to Académica de Coimbra which manages to survive and plays in the Portuguese Cup Final with Sporting CP. Nacional, the other Madeira team in this division, beat Leiria 3-2.


Primeira Liga after 30 games 
1. FC Porto 75  
2. SL Benfica 69
3. SC Braga 62
4. SC Portugal 59
5. Marítimo 50 
6. Vitória SC (Guimarães) 45

7. CD Nacional 44

Total: 30 games



Russian Premier

Zenit is the champion as the Russian Premier League tries a new experiment: to have a Summer break.

Russian Premier League - Accumulated after 44 games 2011-2012 and 5 games 2012-2013

1. FC Zenit St. Petersburg 88 points
2. FC Spartak Moskva 75 points
3. PFC CSKA Moskva 73 points

4. FC Dinamo Moskva 72 points
5. FC Anzhi Makhachkala 70 points

6. FC Rubin Kazan 68 points

7. FC Lokomotiv Moskva 66 points 




Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey














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