European Football season 2022-23 virtually concluded today on 10th June as champion of the Champions League has been decided at Istanbul, Turkiye. The Major Leagues of five European football giants, England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany take a break in playing before start of next season. Despite the fiesta of FIFA World Cup at Qatar in between, the Leagues lost none of their charms and there were usual surprises, thrills, triumphs, heartbreaks, agonies and of course, change of faces and places. In some leagues, the ultimate winner held no surprises whereas in some, the champion-to-be was decided in the last day matches of the respective league.

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The Champions

English Premier LeagueManchester City

La Liga – Spain: Barcelona

Serie A – Italy: Napoli                       

Ligue 1 – France :Paris Saint-Germain                                 

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich                                              

UEFA Europa Cup: Sevilla (Spain)

Champions League: Manchester City

La Liga

Though already crowned champions of the La Liga for the 27th time many days ago, Barcelona had to undergo the ignominy of defeat in the last match of the season at the hands of Celta Vigo, a team placed 13 spots below them on the points table. Significantly, Barcelona attained a clear 10 points lead over 2nd placed Real Madrid, however, out of their total 6 losses in the La Liga season (38 matches), 3 have occurred in Barcelona’s last five matches of the league. Next three positions mostly kept fluctuating among Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad. Both the Madrid teams played drawn games with their respective rivals whereas a win by Atletico would have taken them to 2nd position. The Top-4 teams have qualified for the group stage of UEFA Champions League. 5th placed Villarreal and 6th placed Real Betis have found places in group stage of UEFA Europa League whereas 7th placed Osasuna have qualified for the UEFA Europa conference League.

Three bottom teams at 18, 19 and 20th spot have been eliminated from La Liga for the next season. Best performing teams of Tier-2 league will take their places. Espanyol and Elche mostly occupied the red zone continuously whereas Valladolid kept being in and out.

Next season will start on 12 August and will continue up to 26 May 24. Here are salient figures of the Top – 4 and Bottom – 3 teams of La Liga in which each team played 38 matches.

RankingTeam WDGFGAGDPts
2Real Madrid 2468363978
3Atletico Madrid2387333777
4Real Sociedad2189351671
18Valladolid 1172063-3040
19Espanyol 8131769-1737
W: Won; D: Drawn; L: Lost; GF: Goals For;
GA: Goals Against; GD: Goal Difference; Pts: Points


Ligue 1

Despite a defeat in their last Ligue 1 match, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) managed to win a record-extending 11th title of France’s top league. They were pushed down few times, mostly by 2nd placed Lens, but displayed grit and resolve to end the season as Champions. Lens was the only team in the League to have won its last five matches consequently. LOSC would surely rue their drawn game in their last encounter of the season where a win would’ve brought them among the Top – 4. Rennes also finished brilliantly by winning their last 4 matches and claim 4th position on the table. PSG and Lens have qualified for the Champions League group stage, Marseille will participate in the Champion League qualifiers, Rennes have qualified for the Europa League group stage and 5th placed LOSC for Europa Conference League qualifiers.

As regards relegation, Auxere, Ajaccio, Troyes and Angers continued to occupy bottom places regularly. They also finished poorly with Auxerre and Troyes going winless in their last 5 matches and Ajaccio and Angers winning only once.  

The next season will start on 12 August and will continue up to 18 May 24. Here are salient figures of the Top – 4 and Bottom – 3 teams of Ligue 1 in which each team played 38 matches.

RankingTeam WDLGFGAGDPts
2Lens  259468293984
3Marseille 227967402773
4Rennes 2151269393068
17Valladolid 811193563-2835
18 Auxerre 75262374-5126
20Angers 46283381-4818
W: Won; D: Drawn; L: Lost; GF: Goals For;
GA: Goals Against; GD: Goal Difference; Pts: Points

English Premier League

EPL, arguably the richest and most followed league in the world football concluded its season with some interesting contests in the finishing stages. For almost 2/3rd length of the season, Arsenal was the runaway leader. However, they could not maintain the momentum and lost matches at crucial stages thus paving way for Manchester City to be crowned champions for the 7th time while retaining the title for the 3rd consecutive year. Interestingly, like top teams of La Liga and Ligue 1, here also champions Manchester City suffered the bitter taste of losing on the last day. However, their week got better when they defeated Manchester United 2 – 1 in the final of FA Cup and have also won the rare TREBLE with their first title of the Champions League. Arsenal will surely reflect upon their season wistfully as this was their best chance in a long time to win the title. Manchester United played consistently well throughout the season and well deservedly occupy the 3rd spot. Newcastle United had a brilliant season. Their cause was dented due to only one win in their last five matches otherwise they would have finished at least 3rd. Top four teams have qualified for the group stage of Champions League.  5th placed Liverpool and 6th placed Brighton have secured spots in the group stage of Europa Cup. 7th placed Aston Villa will join the qualifiers of Europa Conference league.

The bottom–3 teams have been relegated to 2nd Division. 2016 Champions Leicester City underwent the ignominy of elimination with a poor performance. Leeds United and Southampton also could not put up a worthwhile display.

Season 2023-24 starts on 12 August and will last up to 19 May 24. Salient figures of Top-4 and Bottom-3 teams are given below.

RankingTeam WDLGFGAGDPts
1Manchester City       285594336189
3Manchester United236958431575
4Newcastle United1914568333571
18Leicester City97225168-1734
19 Leeds United710214878-3031
W: Won; D: Drawn; L: Lost; GF: Goals For;
GA: Goals Against; GD: Goal Difference; Pts: Points


The Last Matchday decided the champions of German top league. A draw by Dortmund and a win on their part enabled Bayern Munich to wear the crown of Bundesliga for the 32nd time. Dortmund had their best chance in a long time to add silverware to their profile. However, they could not perform at the crucial times and ended up 2nd. Top – 4 teams have qualified for the group stage of Champions League. 5th placed SC Freiburg and 6th placed Leverkusen have qualified for group stage of Europa League. 7th placed Frankfurt will play in the Europa Conference League qualifiers.

As regards relegation, 16th placed VfB Stuttgart will play in the Relegation play-off. Last two teams in the table, Schalke and Hertha have been relegated. The next season will start on 18 August and will continue up to 19 May 24. Here are the salient figures of Top–4 and Bottom–3 teams, each team played 34 matches;

RankingTeam WDLGFGAGDPts
1Bayern Munich      218592385471
2Borussia Dortmund225783443971
3RB Leipzig206864412366
4Union Berlin188851381362
16VfB Stuttgart712154557-1233
17 Schalke710173571-3631
W: Won; D: Drawn; L: Lost; GF: Goals For;
GA: Goals Against; GD: Goal Difference; Pts: Points

Serie A

Significantly, there were two Italian teams in the finals of Europe’s Top–2 competitions. Unfortunately, Inter lost to Manchester City and Roma lost to Sevilla. In Italy’s top league, Napoli were already crowned champion due to their huge lead at the head of the table. They finished 16 points above second placed Lazio. Inter Milan, the runner up of Champion League final, are third and AC Milan 4th. All these teams have qualified for the group stage of next season’s Champions League. 6th placed Atalanta and 7th placed AS Roma, the runner up of UEFA Europa Cup final will play in th Europa League’s group stage. 7th placed Juventus will have to play in Europa Conference League qualifiers. Last three teams Verona, Cremonese and Sampdoria have been relegated. The results of Top–4 and Bottom–3 teams are given below. Each team played 38 matches;

RankingTeam WDLGFGAGDPts
1Napoli     286477284990
19 Cremonese512213669-3327
W: Won; D: Drawn; L: Lost; GF: Goals For;
GA: Goals Against; GD: Goal Difference; Pts: Points