European Football Round up
With all the drama of Chelsea’s triumphant champions league win in Munich on Saturday night. Brought to an end an epic football season in Europe and domestically. The big five leagues (Germany, Italy, France, Spain and England) have produced winners in the own right and our detailed analysis will bring forth celebrations and great expectations for the next season 2012/2013.
Lets start our journey in Germany where the championship was retained by the men from Dortmund. Borrusia Dortmund ran away with the title again with a comprehensive display of attractive football resulting in a win by a healthy margin weeks before the final game. The league that consistently produces the best attendance figures and most average goals scores was dominated by one team. Added to the success of the German Bundesliga, the team based in the Westfalenstadion also demolished Bayern Munich 5-2 in the German Cup Final. But with the big wigs of Europe circling around the best talent to come out of Germany, next season with likely to be a different affair.
Borrusia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Schalke make up the top three in the German League. All attaining Champions League football for next season making for some entertaining prospects for the next season.
Top goal scorers: Klaas Jan Hunterlaar 29, Mario Gomez 26, Lewandowski 22 round off the best performing goal scorers in the league.
After a few years decline, the Italian league has been on the up and this year saw the return of one of the sleeping giants of European football. The old lady of Italy has awoken and took the Scudetto for the 28th time in its history. The traditional heavyweights are all there ready to take Italian football to the top again. With massive investments planed and spotlight on a younger generation leading the way, the domestic season produced so much drama even Jersey Shore couldn’t pull the attention away.
Juventus, AC Milan and Udinese round off the top three with Lazio claiming the qualifying place for the champion’s league place.
Top scorers: Zlatan Imbrahimovic 28, Diego Milito 24, Alessandro Di Natale and Eden Cavani 23 goals each this league season.
Long since been the best league for young talent to be nurtured, this season of the French Ligue 1 was no different. With the heavy Arab wealth being injected into PSG they started the year as overwhelming favourites. But surprise package Montpellier took the title on the last day in dramatic fashion. It was a true fairy-tale finish to a magnificent season. With a number of suitor already in the stands throughout the season to grasp its best talent. Be sure to see the likes of Eden
Hazard kicking ball at either Man City, Chelsea or Manchester United next season. At present he doesn’t know. He’s 21 and the world is his oyster, who would blame him?
Montpellier, PSG and Lille named in the top three
Nene and Oliver Giroud ended on 21 goals each with Eden hazard racking up 20 goals for the league season
The league that the superstars call home. The Spanish La Liga had a different outcome to the one that we have been used to seeing over the last 3 years. With drama always guaranteed and epic encounters a modern fixture. Two mammoth players attaining incredible height scoring more than a goal each game. Only in the Spanish league! Real Madrid finally clinched the top spot from Barcelona, the repercussions of which we will only witness the coming season. One that will not include the gifted Pep Guardiola.
Real Madrid, Barcelona finished way above the rest as per usual. Valencia and Malaga, newly injected with oil money making the qualification rounds of the champions league.
The astounding stats for goal scoring
Lionel Messi 50, Cristiano Ronaldo 46 and Falcao 24 rounding up its top goal scorers.
The most watched league in the world also turned out to be having one of its most competitive seasons to date. In reality only two teams remained at the final day kick off but did we have drama. The blue half of Manchester reining supreme with virtually the final kick of the season. A tussle that does not look like ending anytime soon. Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson saying this motivated him like never before. Special mention has to go Chelsea who after a season with more drama than an episode of Isidingo clinched the FA cup and won the Champions league title this past Saturday to turn an awful season into something memorable.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea as champions play Champions League Football for their efforts.
Robin Van Persie 29, Wayne Rooney 27 and Sergio Aguero 23 goals pumped in goals for their respective teams.
The top 5 leagues in Europe again produced some magical football again this season. We look forward these titans clashing next season with the rest of Europe’s elite. You can be certain that some of the top performers in the lower leagues will be shining their stars in new colours next season. Goals, goals, goals are what we crave. Awesome we don’t have to wait that long because the euros start in only a couple of weeks’ time.