The state of Europe’s football, may 2015

While our biggest focus right now is the Stanley Cup and Ice Hockey World Championships we continue to cover the progression of the football leagues in Europe, especially Champions League.

Strike in La Liga?

There is a possibility that the players, leaders and referees of La Liga will go out on a full fledged strike May 16. The background is a government decision which would mean less money to the league. At that date there is still two games left in the league (which Barcelona tops, 2 points ahead of Real Madrid).

Semifinals in Champions League

In the semifinals of the 2015 Champions League Barcelona beat Bayern Munich 3-0 even if the goal scoring began a bit late. Lionel Messi scored 1-0 in the 77th minute and 2-0 three minutes thereafter. Neymar put some salt in the German wounds, setting the final score of 3-0 in the fourth minute of extra time. In the first leg between Juventus and Real Madrid the Italians scored 1-0 already in the eight minute of the game. Ronaldo tied the game shortly thereafter while Tevez scored 2-1 on a penalty in the second half, which also became the final score. The second legs are played 12th and 13th of May.

Standings in the other leagues of Europe

Chelsea is leading Premier League by 13 points before Manchester United. In Italian Serie A Juventus has a similar advantage of 15 points before Roma, just like Bayern Munich in Bundesliga, 14 points before Wolfsburg. French Ligue 1 is a bit tighter with Paris SG at the top, 3 points before chasing Lyon. The Swedish Allsvenskan has just started and last year’s winner Malmö FF is at the top after 7 games, 1 point before Elfsborg and Gothenburg. Malmö is of course hoping to reach the Champions League this year again, just like they did last year.

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