2014/15 season recap

2014/15 season recap

At the beginning of June European football season came to its end, with most national league and cup competitions ending simultaneously with euro-cups. This is the preview of most successful teams country by country around continent.

Some leagues weren’t finished yet so that is why they are not in the video.

Top 5

Spain: For the second time in their history Barcelona have managed to win the treble of Champions League, domestic league and cup. Even though their first UCL came rather late (1992) Blaugrana are the first team to win treble on more than one occasion, having made it in 2009. Second place for Real Madrid means they have one league win in last 7 years. Sevilla’s fourth Europa League win in 10 seasons means they are now all-time leaders in Europe’s number 2 competition.

England: Chelsea have won their fifth Premier league title, Mourinho’s first league win in 3 years. The Blues have won League Cup as well, while Arsenal managed to defend the FA Cup, surpassing Man Utd as all-time leader with 12 cup wins.

Germany: Yet another season of Bayern Munich domination. Bavarians won their 25th title (24 since Bundesliga was formed in 1962). No other teams managed to win more than 9 titles. VfL Wolfsburg won the DFB Cup, leaving Jurgen Klopp empty handed in his last game at Dortmund.

Italy: Huge season for Juventus, as Bianchoneri managed to get back to UCL final after 12-year absence. Juve are back to domestic dominance as well, winning Serie A easily, and adding the record tenth Copa Italia after dramatic overtime win over Lazio.

France: Even though Champions’ League yet again proved to be a bridge too far for them, Paris Saint Germain’s control over French football is ever tighter. Their league rivals simply could not last the whole title race, while the Parisians also managed to win all 3 domestic cups they took part in this season.

 

Western Europe

Portugal: For the first time since 1984 SL Benfica managed to defend their league title. The record holders now have 34 trophies, 7 more than Porto. The third big club Sporting CP won the cup after beating Braga on penalties.

Scotland:Celtic won their fourth straight title easily, accompanying it with the League Cup. A dramatic win over Falkirk was enough for Inverness Caledonian Thistle to win the Scottish cup for the very first time in their history.

Wales: For 5 years in a row The New Saints have been the dominant force in Welsh football, but only this season have they managed to win the treble – league, cup and league cup.

Northern Ireland: North Belfast side Crusaders managed to win the league title for the first time since 1997, taking the crown from their closest rivals Cliftonville. Glentoran won their 22nd Irish cup by beating Portadown.

Netherlands: Former champions of Europe PSV Eindhoven got their first title in 7 years after a dominant season. The Philips’ club won their 22nd title with youngest team in Eredivisie. For the second season running KNVB cup was won by a club without previous success in the competition. Furthermore, the previous winners PEC Zwolle were the ones to lose the final to FC Groningen.

Belgium: A historic title for AA Ghent. Buffalo has finaly managed to win their first league, 115 years after football club was formed there. Becker van Belgie finals proved to be a dramatic affair between countries top two clubs, with Club Brugge beating RSC Anderlecht in injury time, just after the Brussels side had managed to equalize.

Denmark: Moneyball principle proved to be successful in top-level football when FC Midtjylland finally got their first league title after leading firmly throughout the whole season. FC Copenhagen at least got the cup, after an extra-time victory over relegation-bound Vestsjaelland, provided by the Faroese teenager Brandur Olsen.

Switzerland: FC Basel’s growing stature in European football has firm basis in domestic Superleague, where Rotblau has been winning titles for 6 years in a row. Surprisingly, they were beaten in cup finals for the third time in a row, this time against Sion, who kept their remarkable record of never losing a cup final in 13 attempts.champions graph 2

Central Europe

Austria: For the second season in a row Red Bull Salzburg has won the domestic double. The club from Mozart’s hometown has long been potent force in Bundesliga, but only recently they added cup success to that.

Poland: For only second time in last 22 years Ekstraklasa title ended up in Poznan, as Lech won their 7 league crown. Lech got to the cup final as well, but there fans didn’t have a happy return from Warsaw, as former Southampton player Marek Saganowski  won the game for Legia. It was fourth win in 5 years for the capital club.

Czech Republic: For the third time in five years Viktoria Plzen won the league, finally putting to rest any idea of Prague dominance in Synot League. Cup final was decided in a local derby, but not the one you would expect. Sudetten neighbors Slovan Liberec and Baumit Jablonec fought long and hard, before Slovan made it for the second time.

Slovakia: Helped by the long-term cooperation with Ajax, AS Trenčin managed to win their first league title ever. To make it even more remarkable Trenčin has won their first cup as well, beating Senica on penalties.

Hungary: Powered by the 3-time NB top-scorer Nemanja Nikolić Videoton managed to win their second title. The Szekesfehervari side got into the cup final as well, but they were heavily beaten by the host Ferencvaros, winning their 21st trophy.

Slovenia: Maribor managed to win league title for the fifth season in a row, continuing their great form from the Champons League. The last team that managed to break there grip on domestic league, NK Koper, was the cup winner, when they beat Celje.

Southeastern Europe

Croatia: Since the turn of the century HNL has seen far more system changes than different champions. Dinamo Zagreb won their tenth consecutive title, adding to it their first cup in 3 years.

BosniaHerzegovina: Only for the second time since the formation of Premier League, FK Sarajevo managed to win it. Most famous Bosnian club back in Yugoslav days beat their biggest rivals Zeljeznicar to the title. Bosnian cup was won by yet another Sarajevo-based team – Olympic. The 1993-formed club managed to beat Siroki on penalties.

Serbia: After a one-year hiatus Partizan are back to the top of the Superliga, outlasting their eternal rivals Crvena zvezda. For the first time in their history a small suburban club Cukaricki managed to win the cup, beating Partizan.

Montenegro: After a couple of years in mid-table Rudar Pljevlja managed to win PCFL from the hands of Sutjeska. This was only the second league win for the northern outfit. Mladost Podgorica, famous for its youth system that helped create Dejan Savicevic, Predrag Mijatovic and Stevan Jovetic, finally won it’s first senior trophy, winning the cup after beating OFK Petrovac.

Macedonia: National powerhouse Vardar Skopje won its eighth title beating the previous champions Rabotnicki. Last season’s double winners managed to defend the cup. Rabotnicki beat Teteks Tetovo to win their fourth cup.

Bulgaria: Northeastern part of the country enjoyed the double delight. Ludogorets continued their league dominance, winning it for the fourth straight year. Meanwhile in the Cup it was Cherno More Varna who got their hands on silverware after beating Levski on penalties. That was the first time since 1938 that any trophy  ended up in the famous Black Sea port.

Romania: In one of the most dramatic title-races ever Steaua managed to fend off the newcomers ASA Targu Mures, but only after they lost in the last minute of the last game. It was the 26th league win for Ros-Albastrii, who subsequently managed to win the double by beating Universitatea Cluj in cup final.

Mediterranean

Israel: Record holders Maccabi Tel Aviv won their third consecutive league title making it 21 overall. Soon after they beat Hapoel Beer Sheva to win their first cup final in a decade.

Turkey: Another year, another close race by country’s top two clubs. Galatasaray managed to return the Superlig title to European side of Istanbul, being the first team to get to 20, before beating Bursaspor in cup final to claim their sixth domestic double.

Cyprus: For the third straight season APOEL Nicosia won the league making it 24 overall, four more than the second best Omonoia. Thrylos’ dominance over Cypriot football was obvious in Coca Cola Cup as well – APOEL were successful in defending their double by beating AEL Limassol.

Greece: Yet another Olympiakos double. The Piraeus red-whites won the league effortlessly once more, to make it 17 in 19 years and 42 overall. The cup final peculiarity was the first appearance by Skoda Xanti, who were easily beaten by Thrylos.

Albania: Skenderbeu Korce became the first team in Albanian history to win the league 5 times in a row. While the league once again ended up in the southeast, Albanian cup wasone by a northwestern club – Laci KF. The small town club beat Kukesi for their second cup win in three years.champions graph 1

Former USSR

Russia: Zenit Sankt Petersburg eased to their fifth league title, properly marking their 90th birthday. Lokomotiv broke their 8-year spell without any silverware by beating Kuban in the Cup final. It took Red-and-Greens two extra-time goals to win it.

Ukraine:  External factors played key role in Ukranian league, with Dynamo Kyiv finally breaking Shakhtar monopoly. They won their first league title since 2009, 14th since Ukrainian independence and 27th overall. They completed their first domestic double in eight years after beating their biggest rivals on penalties.

Belarus:BATE Borisov beat Shakhtar Soligorsk to win their third domestic cup, five years after the previous one. BATE are favorites to win their tenth consecutive title,but it will take sometime, since Belorussian league season ends in November.

Moldova: Only for the second time this century Sheriff Tiraspol failed to win the title. Milsami, a club from a small town called Orhei, managed to do the unthinkable and win the championship for the first time. Sheriff fans found some comfort in their first cup win in 5 years, after beating Dacia Chisinau.

Georgia:Gori has long been known only as Stalin’s birthplace, but Dila FC is doing their best to change the town’s image. After two summers packed with shock Europa League wins they finally made it to their first league title.Dinamo Tbilisi made it three cups in a row, after beating Samtredia.

Armenia: Dominant Pyunik managed to win their first domestic double in 5 years. Pyunik was dominant throughout the league season, while it took a 3-1 win over local rivals Mika to get their hands on the cup.

Azerbaijan: Qarabag Agdam managed to get to their second domestic double this season. Their first double was won in 1993, the year they had to leave their hometown, due to the Azeri-Armenian war.

Small nations

Gibraltar: Lincoln Red Imps keep making Gibraltar Premier division league of their own, after thirteen league wins in a row. Furthermore Red Imps easily beat Lynx to defend their domestic double.

Luxembourg: Former Metz midfielder Jeff Strasser took Fola to their second title in 3 years. FC Differdange 03 was a successful cup-defender, beating Dudelange on penalties.

Andorra: Country’s top club Santa Coloma won their ninth league title. They were close to making their first double in more than a decade, but were finally beaten on penalties by Sant Julia.

San Marino: After decades of mediocrity this was undoubtedly the season of Folgore/Falciano. They won the league for the first time since 2000, then added to it their first ever cup trophy after an emphatic win over Murata.

Malta: Hibernians are back on top after 6 years. Paola-based club managed to secure their 11th league title but they were unable to overcome Birkirkara in the cup final.

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4 Comments on this Post

  1. Why you did not put a flag of FK Sarajevo as champion off Bosnian league!!!???

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  2. Smoo smee

    Chelsea have only won four pl titles. 3 under mourinho, 1 under ancelotti. Cheers.

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