The World This Weekend (is sky blue)
England: Manchester City are champions, but boy did they leave it late. QPR came back from a goal down to lead 2-1, despite having captain Joey Barton sent off for elbowing Carlos Tevez, and City then laid siege to the QPR goal. Just as Manchester United walked off the field having beaten Sunderland 1-0, City scored two goals in injury time to win the game and their first title since 1968. The most stunning ending to the English championship since 1989 at Anfield.
France: There was injury-time drama in Montpellier too, where the league leaders needed a late strike from sub Karim Ait-Fana to beat Lille 1-0. The goal keeps Montpellier three points clear of Paris St Germain, 3-0 victors over Rennes, and means Montpellier need just a draw away at relegated Auxerre next week to win the French title for the first time.
Turkey: Galatasaray clinched their 18th Turkish championship amid chaotic scenes at their rival Fenerbahce’s Sukru Saracoglu stadium. Gala, whose fans were banned from attending the game, needed just a point to win the title – but if they lost, Fenerbahce would win it. The 0-0 draw was too much to take for Fener’s support: Hundreds invaded the pitch, and the Galatasaray squad were left to celebrate inside a ring of riot police.
Italy: Juventus completed their championship-winning Italian season undefeated, finishing off with a 3-1 win over Atalanta. Retiring bianconeri legend Alessandro del Piero had an emotional send-off in Turin, on the same day that Milan stalwart Filippo Inzhagi scored the winner in his last game for the club. Gennaro Gattuso, Clarence Seedorf, and Alessandro Nesta will also be leaving the league runners-up over the summer.
Germany: Champions Borussia Dortmund emphasised their domestic superiority over Champions League finalists Bayern Munich with a 5-2 demolition of Jupp Heynckes’ side in the German Cup final, to the displeasure of the Munich side’s coach. Sir Alex Ferguson was in the stand, rumoured to be watching Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa – who will have increased the likelihood of his rumoured move to Old Trafford with two of his side’s goals, the first after just three minutes.