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Champions crowned across Europe

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Many top-flight leagues have already been decided

Galatasara's Burak Yilmaz (2nd R) and Selcuk Inan (R) celebrate their goal against Sivasspor during the Turkish super league match between Galatasay and Sivasspor on May 5, 2013 at Turk Telekom Arena, in Istanbul. (AFP Photo\ Mira)

Galatasara’s Burak Yilmaz (2nd R) and Selcuk Inan (R) celebrate their goal against Sivasspor during the Turkish super league match between Galatasay and Sivasspor on May 5, 2013 at Turk Telekom Arena, in Istanbul. (AFP Photo\ Mira)

While the Egyptian Premier League continues, top-flight leagues across Europe are leading up to the end of the season. Five clubs managed to put the secure their respective trophies before the end of the season, some of them making history along the way.

In Turkey, Galatasary won its second Super Lig title in as many seasons by sealing a 4-2 win against Sivasspor, putting it ten points ahead of closest rivals Fenerbache with two games still to play.

Manchester United sealed an historic 20th league title in England late in April thanks to a Robin Van Persie hat-trick against Aston Villa. Despite the title having been decided there is still a lot to play left in the Premier League. Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal are fighting for the coveted Champions League qualification spots. At the other end of the table, Wigan have seen a three-point gap open up above them increasing the possibility that they will face relegation and join Reading and Queens Park Rangers in the Championship next season.

Coming up from the Championship will be Cardiff and Hull and the third spot will go to the victor of the play-offs between Watford, Brighton, Crystal Palace and Leicester. Among the Hull city players winning promotion were two Egyptian players, Ahmed Fathi and Mohamed Gedo; however they are on loan from Al-Ahly which expires at the end of the season.

Bayern Munich sealed the German Bundesliga title with six games left to play, which is the earliest any team in the German league has ever secured the title. The Munich team currently have a 20-point lead at the top of the table with two games left to play.

In the Netherlands, Ajax won a record 32nd championship following a 5-0 victory over Willem II, last Sunday. PSV Eindhoven also managed to secure Champions League football for next season.

Juventus also secured the championship in Italy’s Serie A with a 1-0 win over Palermo with three games left to play and leading the championship by 11 points.

Real Madrid continues to make Barcelona wait to claim the La Liga title with four more games left in the season. While Barcelona has an 11-point lead, the team have yet to secure the number one spot.

In France, Paris St-Germain was also made to wait at least another week after they drew 1-1 with Valenciennes. The Parisian team are seven points ahead of Marseille with three games left to play.

Finally in Portugal, there are only two points separating the top two with Benfica currently in the top spot followed by FC Porto. Two games remain in the season and Porto is looking to claim their ninth title in 11 seasons.

 

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Joel Gulhane

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Joel Gulhane is a journalist with an interest in Egyptian and regional politics. Follow him on Twitter @jgulhane