SUNDAY 24 MAY 2015
The final weekend of European football for the 14/15 season is well and truly reaching its climax with champioooones are being crowned all across Europe.
Last night, euro super-clubs FC Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona were crowned champions of the Bundesliga and La Liga respectively. So we thought we’d pay tribute to these champions with a special edition of Mundial Mornings.
GERMANY – FC BAYERN ARE CHAMPIONS (Finally)
It finally came time to celebrate for Bayern Munich who have sat clear at the top of the table, sealing their Bundesliga fate weeks ago, with a modest 2 – 0 defeat of Mainz.
The Allianz Arena was alive with fans and players alike finally gaining a look at their new piece of silverware. A special moment for the club who place their twenty-fifth Bundesliga trophy on the mantlepiece, thus setting a new league record for a club that seems to continue to set the bar higher and higher in Germany and Europe.
Robert Lewandowski converted a penalty in the 25th to celebrate his first championship win at Bayern – Bastian Schweinsteiger striking Munich’s second in his 500th game for the club.
It’s been a tremendous 12 months for Bayern Munich and German football. The remanence of a victorious World Cup, spurred Bayern through an astounding unbeaten Bundesliga run originating from the end of January and deep into the finals of the Champions League. Though late injuries to talisman Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry were two massive outs on the eve Die Roten were booted-out of the Champions League by Barcelona.
The quick demise of B.V.B Dortmund has seen the Bundesliga become a single horse race, Wolfsburg the second ranked team trailing 10 points behind. But nobody can debate the quality entertainment put on show week-in, week-out by Bayern – deserved winners.
Talking about Bayern Munich, our friends at Rabona Magazine have just released their “Bayern Munich Edition” – well worth getting your hands on.
SPAIN – FC BARCELONA ARE CHAMPIONS (SUPRISE!)
Leaving Real Madrid in their dust to lick their La Liga and Champions League wounds, the Barcelona machine reached the next level this past month.
Putting the La Liga title in the bag last week by simply teasing Madrid with a comfortable handful of points clear at the top for most of the season, a draw didn’t disrupt the fanfare at Camp Nou. Their fine run home rightly placing them at the top of the La Liga table and crowing them champions.
Leo Messi was quick to put away a goal in the first five minutes to kick-off the party in the streets of Catalan. He further followed up with another golazo early in the second half, but a clearly distracted Barcelona defence pre-occupied with their achievement conceded another two to finish 2 – 2 with Deportivo at full-time.
Barca veteran Xavi played his final La Liga game after an astounding 17 seasons. A standing ovation was rightly applauded whenever the midfielder touched the ball.
They’ll be celebrating late into the night in Barcelona, but not without an eye on the Copa del Rey FINAL next Saturday and Champions League FINAL meeting with Juventus in two weeks time. With leg one of the ‘treble’ done and dusted, Barca is well and truly set on the triple feat.
Can they win the treble? Tell us on twitter @theturfau.
Mundial Mornings is your daily wrap of world football. Every morning, check in for all the major matches, rumours and miscellaneous goings across the globe all wrapped up in a snack sized read.
This edition by Jacob Arnott.