Barcelona Champions of La Liga in 2013

La-ligaThe 2012-13 La liga which was called Liga BBVA for sponsorship reasons was in its 82nd year of existence. A total of 20 teams fought against each other including 17 from the 2011-12 season and three which were promoted from 2011-12 Segunda Division.

The championship began on 18th August 2012 and ended on 1st June 2013. Tito Vilanova made his managerial debut in this season for Barcelona. Earlier he had served as assistant to Pep Guardiola. Never in his wildest dream Tito would have thought that Barcelona under his leadership would win the La Liga title for the 22ndtime.

Barcelona started off the season with a bang. It played its first match on 19th August 2012. It was the home match against Real Sociedad in which Barcelona marked its victory by 5-1. Though it had to suffer defeat in the second match itself yet made a superb comeback by winning the next games with good score. On 2nd September, Barca defeated Vanlecia with 1-0 at Camp Nou because of wonder strike by its Brazillian defender Adriano who scored the goal in 23rd minute.

On 6th January 2013, Barcelona won its first match of the year against Espanyol by 4-0 in under 30 minutes which was remarkable.

In this season also, the team broke records on its way to the title as had done in the past seasons. It won 13 matches and 1 draw out of the opening 14 matches of the season. It netted 55 of 57 possible points in the first half of the league. This was the best start so far to a league campaign in the Spanish football history.

It played 38 matches of which won 32, and drew 4. It faced fewest losses i.e. only two games against Real Sociedad and Real Madrid in the entire season. It had scored 88 points with 4 matches left to play for. The score was just 12 short of equalling Madrid’s 100 points record tally which they set in the previous season. It had netted 105 goals after 34 games with four games remaining which was a record breaking tally for any team in the season.

It scored the most goals i.e. 115 and conceded a few goals i.e. 40. It had the highest goal difference of +75. Its longest win sequence was 12 and the longest unbeaten was 19.

On 11th May, Barcelona was crowned the champions for the 22nd time after the reigning champions Real Madrid drew 1-1 with Espanyol at Cornella El-Prat stadium. This gave Barcelona lead of 8 points with just two matches left to play for and hence confirmed its triumph. Mathematically, it proved the champions of La Liga by winning the 22nd league title and the 4th in five years.

However, the victory was not easy to grab. The team had to face two major setbacks due to illness of Tito Vilanova and Eric Abidel. Yet without a head manager and one of the best players, the hard work, determination and consistent performance of the team led it to secure the league title.

Juventus Champions Serie A in 2013

Serie A Champions

Serie A Champions

Serie A is an Italian football championship and the 2013 Serie A was the 81st season from the time of its establishment and 3rd since its formation under a league committee when it announced split from Serie B on 30th April 2009.

The Serie A 2013 campaign had a total of 20 teams, including seventeen from its 2011/12 season and three that were promoted from 2011/12 Serie B. It started on 25 August 2012 with a match between Juventus and Parma at Juventus Stadium and ended on 19th May 2013 with Juventus taking on Sampdoria in away match.

The season’s opening match for Juventus was a win with 2-0 score against Parma. In the 54th minute Swiss international, Stephan Lichtsteiner turned in the cross from Kwadwo Asamoah to give Juventus the lead. Andrea Pirlo made it 2-0 in the 58th minute when his free kick was allowed on advice of the fifth official.

Another important moment of the championship came on 15th April 2013 when Juventus took one step closer to the title as they moved 11 points ahead of second place Napoli with magnificent 2-0 win over Lazio. Lazio started off on a disastrous note with Lorik Cana conceding a penalty after bringing down Mirko Vucinic in the box.  Arturo Vidal took the spot kick and made it 1-0 for Juventus. Vucinic   would have made it 2-0 for Juventus but the heroic effort of Marchetti who made a fantastic save for his team kept the score line unchanged. Vidal scored his second goal for the day in the 28th minute when the ball took a deflection into his path and he lobbed it over the goal keeper to make it 2-0 for Juventus.

When Juventus played against Palermo on 5th May, they needed just 1 point to celebrate the victory of Serie A championship for the 29th time in their history. This date brought back strong memories as this was the same date when they had won the title 11 years ago in 2002. Juventus started strongly with the first attack coming just three minutes into the game with a kick from Paul Pogba which just got saved. Just before the break Palermo almost scored when Miccoli’s effort took deflection from Giorgio Chiellini’s leg but was stopped just in the nick of time by Gianluigi Buffon. Juventus finally got their break when Donati brought down Vucinic in the 57th minute.  Vidal took the spot kick and scored an easy goal for the Bianconeri‘s. The game ended with the score line of 1-0 and Juve’s were crowned Serie A Champions with three games left.

Juventus remained industrious and showed uniform performance throughout the tournament and truly deserve to top the league. They won 27 of 38 games played, drew 6 and lost only 5. Their goal difference was +47 and conceded 24 goals in the league. Their biggest home win was against Udinese in which they defeated Udinese badly with 4-0 score and their biggest away from home win was against US Pescara with 5-0.

Manchester United Champions of English Premier League in 2013

Manchester United

Manchester United

Manchester United is an English football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England. It is popular as the Red Devils. It plays the English Premier League which is also known as Barclays premier League.

The 2012/13 League was the 21st season of the English Premier League. This season started on 18th August 2012 and ended on 19th May 2013. It comprised of a total of 20 teams. The opening of the season took place with a match between Manchester City and Southampton in which City defeated Southampton by 3-2 win. Then on 20th August 2012 at Goodison Park, Manchester United played its first game of the season. But it lost the match by one goal scored by Marouane Fellaini of Everton in the 53rd minute though the Red Devils soon retrieved from their opening week loss by defeating Fulham in home match with 3-2 win.

Then in the next game against Southampton, Southampton was surprisingly leading with 1-0 and 2-1 goals but then Van Parsie saved Manchester United with a hat trick at the last moment. Also, Red Devils thrashed Wigan Athletic and New Castle United with 4-0 and 3-0 win respectively. In the first half of the championship, United scored as many as 48 goals in 19 matches. But in the latter half, it seemed like it was losing the charm from the league.

The key moment of the league came when Manchester United had a match against its closest contender Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. In the first 30 minutes, Wayne Rooney gave a 2-0 lead to United. When just 30 minutes were left, Ashley Young made a foul but soon after Yaya Toure scored a goal and the Blues made a comeback with one more goal by Pablo Zabaleta in the 86th minute. The match was on the verge of draw when Van Parsie got the final goal in stoppage time for United to register the win against such a strong rival.


The day 22nd April 2013 when the match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford, Manchester, England was held proved a boom for Red Devils. Finally, after eight months of consistent and hard working performance, Manchester United bagged the 13th Premier League title and the 20th English title by 3-0 win over Aston Villa. First time Manchester United got a 16 points lead over the last season’s champions Manchester City with only 5 games left to play for. That was the earliest a club had registered the league title since Chelsea in 2005-06.

Robin Van Persie who had played for Arsenal last year scored the first goal for Manchester United in the 83rd second of the match against Aston Villa by scoring one from the close range. He increased the lead to 2-0 with a volley in the 12th minute and completed his hat trick in the 33rd minute with his 24th goal of the season and this way sealed the league title for Manchester United.

Portuguese Liga

Primeira Liga

Primeira Liga

The season of “Primeira Liga,” the top tier football league of Portugal, which is also known as ‘Liga ZON SAGRES’ due to sponsorships reasons, was just now held. This year in the top tier football league of Portugal, total 16 teams was participating in it. Fourteen of the sixteen participated teams were already present in the last season (2011-2012) of Primeira Liga. And the two teams were promoted from the second biggest league of Portugal which is known as Liga de Honra. The sixteen teams which was participating in 2012 – 2013 season of Primeira Liga are:

  1.  Academica – The home city of this team is Coimbra and their ground is known as Estadio Cidade de Coimbra, Academica have finished eleventh (11th) in Primeira Liga 2012-2013 season.
  2. Benfica  – The home city of this team is Lisbon and their home groun is known as Estadio da Luiz. Benfica is the runners up (2nd) team of Primeira Liga 2012-2013 season.
  3. Beira-Mar – Home city of this team is Aveiro and the home ground is Estadio Municipal de Aveiro. This team has finished last (16th) in Primeira Liga 2012-2013 season and has relegated from Primeira Liga.
  4. Estoril – Estoril is the home city if this club and their home ground are known as Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota. Estoril have finished 5th in the league.
  5. Gil Vicente  – This club is from Barcelos city and have finished 13th in Primeira Liga 2012-2013 season. Their ground is known as Estadio Cidade de Barcelos.
  6. Maritimo – Home city of this club is Funchal and they have finished 10th in Primeira Liga 2012-2013 season.
  7. Moreirense – Morreira de conegos is the home city of this club and they have finished 15th in Primeira Liga 2012-2013 season and have relegated from the league.
  8. Nacional – Funchal is the home city of this club and their ground is known as Estadio da Madeira. They have finished 8th in Primeira Liga 2012-2013 season.
  9. Olhanense – Olhao is their home city and they have finished 14th in Primeira Liga 2012-2013 season.
  10. Pacos de Ferreira – This club is from Pacos de Ferreira city and they have finished 3rd in Primeira Liga 2012-2013 season.
  11. Porto – FC Porto is from Porto city and they are the defending champions of Primeira Liga 2012-2013 season.
  12. Rio Ave – This club is from Vila do Conde and they have finished 6th in Primeira Liga 2012-2013 season.
  13. Sporting CP – This club is from Lisbon city and they have finished 7th in Primeira Liga 2012-2013 season.
  14. Sporting de Braga – This club is from Braga city and have finished 4th in Primeira Liga 2012-2013 season.
  15. Vitoria de Guimaraes – This club is from Guimaraes city and have finished 9th in Primeira Liga 2012-2013 season.
  16. Vitori de Setubal – This club is from Setubal city and have finished 12th in Primeira Liga 2012-2013 season.

The champions and runners up team have qualified for Champions League, which is the biggest championship of Europe.

German Cup final

Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich defeat Stuttgart to win the German Cup becoming defending champions of the title.

Bayern Munich defeat Stuttgart to win the German Cup becoming defending champions of the title.  The  team Bayern Munich became the first German team to finish the treble by beating Stuttgart in an overpowering match by 3 – 2 , thereby adding more laurels to their already existing titles of champions League and Bundesliga won by them this season.

Bayern finished to sheer victory at the Olympic stadium in Berlin. A sure shot victory lead by a penalty scored by Thomas Muller and Two goals scored by Mario Gomez put them 3-0 ahead within only 61 minutes into the game, making them the seventh team to win both their league cup and European cup in the very same season. Some other teams who have made this achievement are International, Barcelona, Manchester United, PSV Eindhoven , Ajax and Celtic.

Bayern was given a penalty when Phillip Lahm came into the box and his legs were crumpled and he went shoulder to shoulder with the player Ibrahima Traore. Thereby Muller opened the scoring in the 37th minute.  Coach  Jupp Heynckes was given his due credit for leading the team to victory before handing the team to the new coach Pep Guardiola.

Stuttgart made the match nervy for the opposition with Martin Harnik pulling one back and scoring a goal with just ten minutes remaining. The match was made exciting till the last minute with the excellent show put up by the opposition too.

Finale highlights:

  • Bayern began the game with a domination position. But Stuttgart keeper Sven Ulreich did a commendable job by making a number of saves for his team.
  • Arjen Robben was denied a penalty that seemed clear and obvious in the 31st minute , when the captain of Stuttgart Serdar Tasci missed the ball and kicked the Bayern winger instead. He was given a corner for this by refree Manuel Graefe.
  • Mario Gomez scored from close range three minutes following the break.

Mueller crossed for Gomez’s second goal.

This season was considered to be the best in the history of Bayern. One week after Heynckes lead the team to a victory by beating Borussia Dortmund (2-1) in London. This victory was considered a present to the emotional coach who has himself won the title once when he was a player with the hometown club in 1973. Bayern emerged to be the very first German team to have won a treble of a domestic league, a cup and European cup. The team hung on to give their coach the best possible send off.  The Bavarian club which is now taken over by former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, ended the season  with 15 straight wins out of the total sixteen matches they played.

Thus the coach was sent out on a high note helping the team to an incredible historic win.