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European Calendar Year Champions 2009

Armenia - Pyunik Yerevan - 9th consecutive title
Belaurus - BATE - 6th time, 4th consecutive
Estonia - Levadia - 7th title - 4 consecutive
Faroe Islands - HB - 20th title
Finland - HJK - 22nd title
Iceland - FH (Hafnarfjörður) - five out of last 6
Ireland - Bohemians - 11th title, also won in 2008
Kazakhstan - FK Aktobe - 4th title, including last three
Latvia - Liepajas Metalurgs - 2nd time since independence, breaking a run of 3 wins for Ventspils. Skonto won 14 from 1991 to 2004
Lithuania - EKranes - 4th since independence, two in a row.
Norway - Rosenborg - 21st time
Russia - Rubin Kazan - 2nd consecutive
Sweden - AIK - 11th time, but first since 1998

- sorry, no Virgins this tme



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Banfield lost 2-0 at Boca, but Newell's also lost 2-0 at home to San Lorenzo. So Club Atletico Banfield are Virgin Champions of Argentina. Hopefully our man-on-the-spot Chef66 will be returning with some reports of the action.

Here's a picture I took in October of some Banfield supporters in celebratory mood.
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An update on potential Virgin champions focusing on Europe :

Thirteen games to go in Germany and unbeaten Bayer Leverkusen head improving Bayern only by 2 goals with Schalke 3 points adrift. Leverkusen have bottled it before - can they hold on this time, I wonder. No one else really in contention

In France there are 17 games left and the nearest challengers to reigning champions Bordeaux are virgin contenders Montpelier who I suspect will be mighty happy simply to finish in a European qualifying place in this, their first season back in the top flight. They trail by 3 points.

In Portugal's 30-game top division, it's Benfica with 46 points from 19 games; Sporting Braga with 45 from 18 and Porto 39 from 18. The rest are miles behind. Braga still have to go to Benfica but with a 2-0 home win already under their belts they are handily placed to win the title for the first time - in the event of the top two finishing level, head-to-head records count first so a draw in Lisbon would be a big step forward for the Minho club.

It's halfway in Romania where they have had virgin champions the last two seasons in Cluj and Unirea Urziceni. They're the current top two but within 4 points are two more who would be Virgin Champions if crowned - Timisoara 3 back and Vaslui 4 adrift. Steaua and Rapid also hover, as usual........

The Czechs have just entered the second half of their season and would-be virgin champs Teplice are top on goal dofference with a game in hand. Another novice, Jablonec, are only one point adrift in fourth

In neighbouring Slovakia the wannabees are Dukla Banska Bystrica in third, two points behind Zilina with Slovan tucked in between.

Twelve games left in Holland and FC Twente are having another good go at their first championship - they are three behind PSV and only last week lost their first league game of the season. The wally with the brolly hopes.............

In Turkey Bursaspor (3rd) and Kayserispor (4th) chase Gala and Fener, probably in vain, but they're hanging in so far.

Halfway also in Hungary and Videoton head last years virgins Debrecen by 2 points. Their previous best is runners-up back in 1976.

In Slovenia, it would be a first timer for Koper. With 14games left out of the 36 game season they are 5 ahead of Maribor and must be in with a shout.

It's only the fourth year of the Montenegrin top league and every year so far has seen a new champion crowned. This year 2008 champions Buducnost Podgorica are level with Rudar Plevlja , 9 points clear as they enter the second half of the season so it may yet happen again.

I suspect that by the next update, many of these challengers will have faded away..............................


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With Bayern Munchen losing on Saturday, Schalke beat Leverkusen 2-0 away (Kuranyi scored twice in the first half).
This was Leverkusen's third defeat of the season, leaving them three points behind Bayern - but it places Schalke two points above Bavarians.
Schalke have won the German Championship 7 times, and appeared in 9 finals (6 won between 1933 and 1942). But Schalke's last title was in 1958, while the Bundesliga was not started until 1963, so they have the chance to win their first Bundesliga title.

Accross the border in the Netherlands, Twente have followed last weekend's draw at PSV with a 3-0 win over Sparta. Ajax and PSV play matches today; if both win, then Twente will have a four point advantage on Ajax, five on PSV - with five games to play.



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It ain't gonna happen in Germany now but top marks to Steve McLaren whose FC Twente Enschede today lifted the Dutch title for the first time.


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It ain't gonna happen in Germany now but top marks to Steve McLaren whose FC Twente Enschede today lifted the Dutch title for the first time.


Bet the British press still call him the Wally with the brolly thoughCrazy


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First update of the new season :

A couple of our near neighbours have current table-toppers who have never won the league.

In France, Rennes, who have been getting closer for a few years now, are unbeaten in the first eight games. They sit one point in front of a rejuvenated St Etienne with Lille, Toulouse and Brest a further three points back.

In Germany Mainz have astonished everyone with their 7 wins out of 7, including away at champions Bayern. They are 3 ahead of Dortmund with Hannover a further 5 behind with the pack trailing.

In Spain, Valencia lead the way one point ahead of Villareal who have won 5 out of 6 as they continue their attempt to become Virgin Champions. A consistently terrific effort by this small-town club though one suspects the natural order of things will assert itself in due course.

Meanwhile in the far north, Breidablik became champions of Iceland for the first time, pipping serial champs FH on goal difference. IBV will be kicking themselves as they lost the final game 4-1 at Keflavik and finished third, two points adrift.


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About time to revisit this thread, easpecially as a run of five successive wins have put Rennes on top of the French League again.
1954 champions Lille, and current champions Marseille meet in the Velodrome tonight. If Lille win, they will return to the top of the table, while a Marseille win will place them back in second, and only a point behind Rennes.



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In their next 2 games Rennes are at home to Marseille then away to Lyon, which will certainly make or break their season.



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Been awhile since I updated this one so here goes :

The changing of the guard continues in Romania where, following recent first-time successes for CFR Cluj and Unirea Urziceni, Champions for 2010/11 are Otelul Galati who finished four points clear. Indeed none of the top three had ever won the league with Timisoara finishing second and Vaslui third. Two years on from that first title win, Unirea were relegated.

A similar story across the border in Hungary where Videoton finally claimed their first-ever crown finishing 5 points clear of Paks, who would have been another virgin champion, with the rest miles behind.

Newbies also in Macedonia where Skendija from Tetovo romped away with their first ever title. Their wiki page suggests they may be an "interesting" place to visit in next years European campaigns. As a byline, probably the most famous of the Macedonian clubs - Vardar Skopje - who were the only club from that region to ever become Yugloslav Champions, were relegated this season.

Likewise a first-time success in the Czech Republic where Viktoria Plzen have pipped Sparta Prague for their first ever title with the pack well adrift of these two.

And yet another in the east where Dacia Chisinau have lost only once in leaving Sheriff Tiraspol well behind to claim their first Moldovan national championship.

Not new but a long time since......................Lille are French Champions for the first time in 57 years.


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Newbies also in Macedonia where Skendija from Tetovo romped away with their first ever title. Their wiki page suggests they may be an "interesting" place to visit in next years European campaigns.

Interesting that is an understatement , the fans (Ballistets, named after WW2 Albania fighters) have a dislike for anything Macedonian. This was the teams first year in Div 1 since 07/08 after winning Div 2 in 2009/10. They were relegated in 07/08 then had 2 season regrouping in D2 , 08/09 missed out in promotion play offs and then winning championship. Albanian money appears to be driving the club forward. Their fans are regarded as the worst hooligans in Macedonia and enjoy burning the Macedonian flag , just a glimpse = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2JAGoBeooU and inside grounds = http://www.youtube.com/...8VL_3oA6KKc&NR=1



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Renova won the Macedonian League last year, but the stadium in Tetovo wasn't up to UEFA standards, so they played their Champions League Qualifier in Skopje. The stadium also didn't meet the standards for UEFA when Renova played in the 2009/10 Europa League Qualifiers. Unless, things have changed in Tetovo, Skendija could very well play their European Qualifiers in Skopje.

Yes, Vardar have been relegated, but there was a report that the first division might be expanded, and thus save Vardar from relegation. Haven't heard much more about this lately though.



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I'm looking forward to my tour of a recent war zone.



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Congratulations to Guangzhou Evergrande (formerly known as Guangzho Apollo or just plain Guangzhou) on winning their first Chinese Super League title, just one season after returning to the top flight. (They were relegated two seasons ago for match fixing).

Before anyone asks, my understanding is this time they bought the title through legitimate means, (the way Chelsea and Man City operate).

They are listed by wikipedia as playing at the Tianhe stadium, where I saw them win 4-1 in 1996. At that time, that was an away match against Songri, whereas the match against Guangdong, which I saw the previous week was at the older, more central and more interesting Yeuxie stadium



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There should be an interesting finish to the J League. With five rounds to play, Kashiwa Reysol are ahead in their efforts to win the title for the first time. They lead Gamba Osaka (2005 Champions) by two points and Nagoya Grampus (current champions) by three. Urawa Reds (2006 champions) are in the relegation zone.
Reysol will finish the season at the Reds in the first week of December.

No such excitment in South Korea. Jeonbuk Motors need one point from their final two games to clinch the title last won in 2009, (if level positions are decided by head to head, then they are already winners). There are play offs as well at the end of the season, to confuse matters.

Having won the Malaysia Cup and finished runners up in the Championship last season, Kelantan won the Malaysian League for the first time this year. Negeri Sembilan and Terengganu have both won the away legs of their Malaysia Cup semi-finals.

Singapore is a little more complex, as teams have an uneven number of games played, but it is unlikely that Etoile can repeat their debut season championship, or that the Singapore Armed Forces can regain the title held in the previous four seasons. So it is probably between Tampines Rovers (2004 and 2005 champions) and Home United (2003 winners). Tampines hold a two point lead with six to play.

In Thailand, Buriram PEA lead the race. This would be the first time the title goes to Buriram, but PEA won the title in 2008, when based at Ayutthaya. PEA (Provincial Electricity Authority) hold a six point lead over Muan Thong United, champions in each of the last two seasons



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In front of 54,441 at saitama Stadium, Kashiwa Reysol took their first Japanese title on Saturday
They needed to beat Urawa Reds to take the title, and did this by 3-1. The Brazilian Jorge Wagner opened the scoring on 28 minutes, while Hashimoto and Barada added the other goals.

Reysol ended up ahead of Nagoya Grampus by one point, and Gamba Osaka by two. These two both won away from home on the final day.

With FIFA's World Club championship returning to Japan, Reysol immediately move forward into this competition as host country champions. As I write (ten minutes to play), they are 2-0 up on the Oceania Champions, Auckland City who themselves have a 100% record early in their domestic season



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A quick peek across Europe to see if there are likely to be any first-time champions this season :

France : Montpellier are just behind PSG but still have to visit Paris, having been thumped 3-0 in the reverse fixture at La Mosson. Unlikely but still possible, with Lille also still in contention.

Bulgaria : Just promoted to the top division for the first time in their history, Ludgorets Razgrad lead CSKA on goal difference at the half-way stage with another virgin, Chernomorets Burgas three points adrift

Austria : SV Ried are one goal behind Rapid Wien as they enjoy their winter break. This is a very close league with the top teams having only won 8 of 19 league games.

Germany : Just into the second half of the season and Schalke are one of three teams level on points at the top. As ever, the Bundesliga is one of the most difficult leagues to predict with only one point covering the top four, one of which - Moenchengladbach - only survived last season by winning the relegation play-off.

Italy : Udinese lie third, 3 points off Juventus. Their competition is fierce with Milan also above them and improving Inter just behind, so winning the title is a long shot.

A short list of possibles this time round...............maybe none at all by the time the fat bloke clears his throat.


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A short list of possibles this time round...............maybe none at all by the time the fat bloke clears his throat.

Is he pompous as well? Tongue



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A quick peek across Europe to see if there are likely to be any first-time champions this season :

Germany : Just into the second half of the season and Schalke are one of three teams level on points at the top. As ever, the Bundesliga is one of the most difficult leagues to predict with only one point covering the top four, one of which - Moenchengladbach - only survived last season by winning the relegation play-off.


I see you subscribe to the 'German football only started in 1963' view. I assume you therefore believe Liverpool have never been English champions.


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Germany : Just into the second half of the season and Schalke are one of three teams level on points at the top.


I see you subscribe to the 'German football only started in 1963' view.

Indeed , knocking nearly 60 years off Schalke's history and many National titles !



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Germany : Just into the second half of the season and Schalke are one of three teams level on points at the top.


I see you subscribe to the 'German football only started in 1963' view.

Indeed , knocking nearly 60 years off Schalke's history and many National titles !



You know what I mean. Pedant.

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One that is looking increasingly likely is Ironi Kiryat Shmona in Israel, who are now 10 points clear at the top. They have only lost one of 23 matches (which was at home).

Kiryat Shmona is a small town (pop 23,000) in the north of the country. The club has decent attendances considering the town's size (last season they were 7th of 12 in the Premier League terms of attendance), but the club's main source of funding is businessman Izzy Sheratzky, who apparently isn't even much of a football fan, but invests heavily in the town in general:

http://www.haaretz.com/...ryat-shmona-1.381883


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Kiryat Shmona now only require six points from their final seven matches to finish the season as champions. The club have already won the Toto Cup (the equivalent of the League Cup).


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Perth Glory have beaten Central Coast Mariners on penalties to advance to the A-League grand final for the first time. They face current champions Brisbane Roar on 22 April.
Of course, this assumes football in Australia started with the A-League in 2005. Perth Glory won the old National Soccer League title in both its last two seasons, 2002-3 and 2003-4. (There was no national championship in 2004-5).
Central Coast were Premiers (winners of the home/away league title) for the second time, but have still not been overall champions.
Crowds in the A-League were up this season, topping a 10,000 average for the first time in three seasons. Melbourne Victory averaged just over 20,000 while troubled Gold Coast United barely got more than 3,500. Gold Coast do not have a license for next season



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Denmark: Amazingly FC København have squandered a healthy lead leaving FC Nordsjælland in the driving seat (2 points lead) before the last round of games on Wednesday.

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