The European football season has ended. Even though the Premier League was decided weeks ago with the shocking result of Leicester City winning the title, there was still plenty to play for with Champions League and Europa League spots at stake until the end.
In La Liga, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid took that race all the way to the end as well. Barcelona took the championship by one point over Real Madrid with Atletico finishing three points behind. Not to worry about the psyche of the fans in Madrid though because their two teams will meet for Europe’s ultimate prize, the Champions League title.
In Bundesliga, it was Bayern Munich for the fourth year in a row, finishing 10 points ahead of second place Borussia Dortmund. Bayer Leverkusen finished third, five points ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach in fourth.
Manchester Untied and Crystal Palace still have the F. A. Cup to play for this weekend as well as the two Madrid teams who will play for the UEFA Champions League title. But now the teams will start over again in August with the knowledge that a 5000-1 underdog took home the Premier League Championship. This will give every team hope going into the new season.
Going into the final two weeks of the Premier League season, even with the championship decided, we still had a lot of excitement. We had a huge game between Arsenal and Manchester City that ended in a 2-2 draw. That result left the door open for Manchester United to get a Champions League spot, but when they conceded two late goals to West Ham in the Hammers final game before moving into their new digs, they all but lost that chance.
Man U needed a Swansea win over City on Sunday while they beat Bournemouth. But they would get neither as City managed a 1-1 draw while their game was postponed after a bomb scare forced the evacuation of the stadium at Old Trafford. How’s that for end of the season drama?
With the City draw, they finish fourth even though a Man U win on Tuesday would tie them at 66 points. City has a healthy 30 point goal differential to break the tie.
Perhaps the best thing about the end of the season in Europe is that the off-season is only two months long. If you hate long off seasons like they have in NCAA college football and basketball or the NFL, you have to love that the Premier League season kicks off in about nine weeks. And oh by the way, we have Copa America, Euro 2016 and MLS during that time if you still haven’t had enough.
You have to love a sport that never ends!