In twelve of the more important European leagues this season’s champions are identical to last season’s title winners. In some countries the reign of one club has lasted for quite a long time; Olympique Lyon have won their sixth successive title while Olympiacos have collected their third title in a row and ninth in the last ten years. PSV have also made it three in a row in a most unlikely fashion, clinching the win on the final day.
Country Team Successive titles
Belgium Anderlecht 2
Bulgaria Levski 2
Croatia Dinamo 2
Denmark FC Kobenhavn 2
France Lyon 6
Greece Olympiacos 3
Hungary Debrecen 3
Italy Inter 2
Netherlands PSV 3
Portugal Porto 2
Scotland Celtic 2
Serbia Red Star 2
Celtic and Linfield among Double Winners
Celtic and Linfield have joined Dinamo Zagreb, Dynamo Kiev, Levski and Red Star Belgrade as double winners in the 2006/07 season. Only six teams have succeeded in winning both the league and Cup titles with Sevilla as the only remaining candidate for such an achievement.
Several clubs have come close to the double, notably German https://www.southendformaggio.com/ champions Stuttgart, who lost to Nürnberg 2-3 in the German Cup final. The runaway Italian champions Inter failed dismally in the Coppa Italia losing to Roma 4-7 on aggregate, while the Hungarian champs Debrecen lost on penalties to Honved.
Country Double winners (score and rival in the finals)
Bulgaria Levski (1-0 Liteks)
Hrvatska Dinamo Zagreb (1-0 and 1-1 Slaven)
Northern Ireland Linfield (2-2, 3-2 pen. Dungannon)
Scotland Celtic (1-0 Dunfermline)
Serbia: Red Star (2-0 Vojvodina)
Ukraine: Dynamo Kiev (2-1 Shakhtar)
Deschamps “had a need for peace”
Just days after his team secured a return to top flight soccer, Juventus’ coach Didier Deschamps has quit, quoting pressure and lack of communication with the directors as his motives for resigning.
“A coach needs a tranquil atmosphere and I lacked that at Juventus. It is not that I wanted to have a say on everything, but just to find out how we would be organized next season,” the Frenchman told Radio Montecarlo.
As for his successor, Juventus’s chairman Jean-Claude Blanc revealed Marcello Lippi would be his pick.
“We would like to have him back as soon as possible. Let him choose what he would like to do.”
The former Juve and Italy coach claims he is nowhere close to returning to the bench vacated by Deschamps.
“I said I wanted to have a rest for a couple more months. If Juventus want me, I trust they will ask me personally. For now, there is no truth in that.”
Robbie Keane renews with Spurs
The Irish forward Robbie Keane renewed his contract with Tottenham Hotspurs for the next five years after completing his best season yet with the club. Keane scored 22 goals this season, raising his tally to 84 goals since joining Spurs from Leeds United in 2002.
The 26-year old international also …