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The Weekend Special - May 18-20

Manchester City 2011-12 title

Welcome to the Weekend Special. This little weekly feature will have some of the writers from Soccercentral Philippines suggest some games for you to watch this weekend, whether live on your television or your live stream.

Cover photo from The Washington Post.

Here are the results from last week:

The Final Weekend:


Which side of Manchester will celebrate the title? - Manchester United did its part, winning against Sunderland, but Manchester City sealed its first League Title in 44 years in dramatic fashion, a 3-2 win against Queens Park Rangers coming from behind at the Ettihad.

Who gets dibs on the Champions League? - Everton made sure Newcastle will not be able to get a chance at the Champions League with a 3-1 win. Arsenal made sure they would not have to sweat it out by winning against West Brom 3-2 in Roy Hodgson's final game before taking the England managerial reins. This leaves Tottenham, who won 2-0 against Fulham, having to root against Chelsea in the Champions League this weekend.

The last ticket to the Premiership? - Although QPR lost, they still managed to stay in the Premiership with Bolton unable to secure the win they needed against Stoke City, drawing 2-2.


Who gets to go to Europe? - Udinese locked in their Champions League spot with a 2-0 victory in Catania, fending off Lazio, who beat Inter 3-1. Those two teams will join Napoli as Italy's teams in the Europa League.

The last ticket to the Lega Calcio? - A 2-0 victory by Genoa ensured they stay in Serie A.


Real Madrid Milestones - No Pichichi for Cristiano Ronaldo, but he does make history for scoring against all 19 teams in one season. Real Madrid wins 4-1 to end the La Liga season with 100 points, 121 goals and a +89 goal difference.

Who gets to go to Europe? - Malaga completes the cast of Champions League participants, thanks to a Salomon Rondon goal in the 49' against Sporting Gijon. Falcao virtually duplicated the feat of his replacement a few hours earlier, an 88th minute gamewinner for Atletico Madrid against Villareal. Levante completes the cast of Spanish teams with European aspirations, with a 3-0 win over an Athletic Bilbao side guaranteed to play in Europe as they play in the Copa del Rey final.

The last ticket to La Liga? - The loss to Malaga doomed Sporting Gijon to the Segunda Division. Real Zaragoza earned their retention thanks to Getafe getting three players sent off. With Villareal's defeat, all Rayo Vallecano needed was a miracle to happen.

Which led to this

Here are this weekend's games that you might just want to check out:

Bayern München vs Chelsea - So, who is the best club in Europe? Can an interim manager pull out the victory for the Blues and complete the Bavarians' runner-up treble; and at the same time screw London rivals Tottenham out of top-flight continental football? Can Munich win at the Allianz Arena, their home stadium?

Blackpool versus West Ham - Two teams who will fight for the right to play in the Premiership. The Hammers have easily beaten the Seasiders in their two meetings at the Championship, but anything can happen, especially when it takes place the hallowed Wembley.

Juventus vs Napoli - Win or lose in the Coppa Italia, the Partenopei have booked themselves a slot in the Europa League. Can they finally put a defeat on the slate of the Bianconeri? The secured the Scudetto without tasting such. Can they secure a cup double?

Hearts vs Hibernian - This is the first Scottish Cup Final in 116 years to have both Edinburgh teams. Hearts is already guaranteed Europa League action next season in finishing fifth, but winning trophy will be sweet for Hibernian, who finished 11th out of 12 teams in the SPL.

The Final Weekend:


Who wins Ligue 1? - Montpellier has a three point edge over big-spending PSG. All they need is to not lose against an already-relegated Auxerre side and this unlikely group will be lifting the trophy. Paris Saint-Germain will be facing a Lorient side fighting to escape the prospects of relegation.

Who stays and who goes down? - Valenciennes is 12th with 40 points, while Dijon is in 19th place with 36 points. So it is pretty much a wide open race to see who stays and who exits Ligue 1 between the aforementioned Lorient and the two sides above, as well as Caen, Nice, Sochaux, Ajaccio and Brest.