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Soccer Insights – May Vol. 3

European leagues come to an end, some legends say goodbye and Liga MX gets two unexpected finalists. These are the highlights of this week’s soccer.

Premier League


Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland
Arsenal 4-1 West Brom
Hull City 0-0 Manchester United
Manchester City 2-0 Southampton
Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool
Newcastle 2-0 West Ham
Leicester 5-1 QPR
Everton 0-1 Tottenham
Crystal Palace 1-0 Swansea
Aston Villa 0-1 Burnley


1 Chelsea 87pts
2 Manchester City 79pts
3 Arsenal 75pts
4 Manchester United 70pts
5 Tottenham 64pts

Talking points

  • Chelsea received the Premier League trophy, their fifth league title and third under Jose Mourinho’s command.
  • Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard played their last games in England. The last two are set to join MLS, while Drogba is being connected with New York City FC.
  • Jonás Gutiérrez was one of the heroes of the day, as he assisted and scored in Newcastle’s victory over West Ham, that secured their place in the top division.
  • Norwich City, Bournemouth and Watford will be the teams replacing Hull City, QPR and Burnley next season.
  • Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United will compete in the UEFA Champions League, while Tottenham and Liverpool will be in the UEFA Europa League. Aston Villa could get a place in the UEL is they win the FA Cup.

La Liga


Barcelona 2-2 Deportivo de La Coruña
Real Madrid 7-3 Getafe
Granada 0-0 Atl Madrid
Almería 2-3 Valencia
Málaga 2-3 Sevilla
Ath Bilbao 4-0 Villarreal
Levante 0-0 Elche
Celta de Vigo 3-2 Espanyol
Rayo Vallecano 2-4 Real Sociedad
Eibar 3-0 Córdoba


1 Barcelona 94pts
2 Real Madrid 92pts
3 Atlético Madrid 78pts
4 Valencia 77pts
5 Sevilla 76pts

Talking points

  • Barcelona celebrated the league title and paid homage to Xavi Hernández, who is set to leave the club to play for Al-Sadd from Qatar.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo was the top goalscorer of the tournament with 48 goals.
  • Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Valencia will represent Spain in the UEFA Champions League. Sevilla, Villarreal and Athletic Club will appear in the UEFA Europa League.
  • Eibar, Almería and Córdoba got relegated. Only Betis has secured promotion from the second division, the other two spots are yet to be decided.



Bayern Munich 2-0 Mainz 05
B. Dortmund 3-2 Werder Bremen
Hamburger SV 2-0 Schalke 04
Paderborn 1-2 Stuttgart
Hannover 96 2-1 Freiburg
B. Mönchengladbach 1-3 FC Augsburg
Frankfurt 2-1 B. Leverkusen
FC Köln 2-2 VFL Wolfsburg
Hoffenheim 2-1 Hertha BSC


1 Bayern Munich 79pts
2 Wolfsburg 69pts
3 Mönchengladbach 66pts
4 Bayer Leverkusen 61pts
5 FC Augsburg 49pts

Talking points

  • Bayern Munich won again after a four games losing streak, just in time to celebrate the title with their fans
  • Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg, Mönchengladbach and Leverkusen will play in UEFA Champions League. Augsburg, Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund will be the German representation in the UEFA Europa League.
  • Jürgen Klopp managed his last league game for Borussia Dortmund. The fans and players said goodbye to him after seven years and six titles. His last offical game with them will be the cup final against Wofsburg this weekend.
  • Freiburg and Paderborn got relegated, and Hamburger will have to defend their place in the top division in a relegation play-off against Karlsruher SC. FC Ingolstadt 04 and SV Darmstadt 98 will be the new teams in the 1. Bundesliga next season.

Serie A


Juventus 3-1 Napoli
Lazio 1-2 Roma
AC Milan 3-0 Torino
Genoa 3-2 Inter Milan
Parma 2-2 Hellas Verona
Cesena 0-1 Cagliari
Chievo Verona 1-1 Atalanta
Palermo 2-3 Fiorentina
Udinese 0-1 Sassuolo
Empoli 1-1 Sampdoria


1 Juventus 86pts
2 Roma 70pts
3 Lazio 66pts
4 Napoli 63pts
5 Fiorentina 61pts

Talking points

  • Roma defeated Lazio in the Derby della Capitale and secured the second spot and a place in UEFA Champions League.
  • Napoli lost to Juventus, but still has hopes of Champions League qualification if they defeat Lazio on Sunday.
  • Relegation is already decided, with Calgiari, Cesena and Parma being replaced by Carpi, Frosione and a third team to be defined in the qualification play-offs.

Ligue 1


PSG 3-2 Reims
Lorient 0-1 Monaco
Rennes 0-1 Lyon
Marseille 3-0 Bastia
St Etienne 2-1 Guingamp
Bourdeaux 2-1 Montpellier
Lens 1-0 Nantes
Metz 1-4 Lille
Caen 3-2 Evian
Toulouse 2-3 Nice


1 PSG 83pts
2 Lyon 75pts
3 Monaco 71pts
4 Marseille 69pts
5 Saint-Etienne 69pts

Talking points

  • PSG celebrated their third consecutive league title with a victory over Reims.
  • PSG, Lyon and Monaco will be the French clubs in UEFA Champions League. Marseille and Saint-Etienne will compete in the UEFA Europa League.
  • Evian, Metz and Lens were relegated to Ligue 2. Troyes, Gazélec Ajaccio and Angers are set to take their places in the top division.



San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Orlando City SC
New England Revolution 1-1 DC United
Montreal Impact 2-1 FC Dallas
Colorado Rapids 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
Real Salt Lake 2-0 New York City FC
Seattle Sounders 0-0 Sporting Kansas City
New York Red Bulls 0-2 Philadelphia Union
Columbus Crew 2-2 Chicago Fire
LA Galaxy 1-0 Houston Dynamo
Toronto FC 1-0 Portland Timbers


Eastern Conference

1 DC United 22pts
2 NE Revolution 20pts
3 NY Red Bulls 17pts

Western Conference

1 FC Dallas 21pts
2 Seattle Sounders 20pts
3 Vancouver Whitecaps 20pts

Talking points

  • Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes player, has scored 100 goals in the MLS, being his latest in the 1-1 tie with Orlando City.
  • Sporting Kansas have been unbeaten for five games. Their last defeat was against LA Galaxy.
  • DC United and FC Dallas continue to be on top of each conference. They’re being closely followed by many teams.

Liga MX

Semifinal 1

Chivas 0-0 Santos
Santos 3-0 Chivas

Semifinal 2

Pachuca 2-0 Querétaro
Querétaro 2-0 Pachuca

Talking points

  • Santos and Querétaro will face each other in a Liga MX final for the first time ever.
  • Santos shocked Chivas in the second leg of the semifinal with a 3-0 victory.
  • Querétaro came back to defeat Pachuca after losing in the first leg, and qualified thanks to being higher in the regular season table.

What to look out for next week

  • UEFA Europa League – Defending champions Sevilla will face Dnipro today at 2:45 p.m ET. in the final
  • Serie A – Napoli and Lazio will decide the third UEFA Champions League spot when they clash on Sunday at 2:45 p.m ET.
  • Copa del Rey – Barcelona will try to get their second title this season by playing Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey final this Satruday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
  • DFB Cup – Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund will face each other in the DFB Cup final, and it’ll be Jürgen Klopp’s last game as Dortmund manager.
  • FA Cup – Arsenal will try to get their second consecutive cup as they play Aston Villa on Saturday at 12:30 p.m ET.
  • MLS – Seattle Sounders versus New York Red Bulls will be the pick for the weekend.
  • Liga MX – First leg of the final will be played tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. ET, while the second leg is scheduled to be played on Sunday at the same time.

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