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No medal fatigue as silver rush goes on

Published: Friday 23 May 2008, 22.50CET
Cups in Italy and France and a league title in Serbia will be won this weekend while Rangers FC's endurance test ends in Saturday's Scottish Cup final.
No medal fatigue as silver rush goes on
The Coppa Italia will be won on Saturday ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 23 May 2008, 22.50CET

No medal fatigue as silver rush goes on

Cups in Italy and France and a league title in Serbia will be won this weekend while Rangers FC's endurance test ends in Saturday's Scottish Cup final.
Cups in Italy and France and a league title in Serbia will be won this weekend while Rangers FC's endurance test ends in Saturday's Scottish Cup final.

Potential deciders
The Slovenian, Slovakian and Scottish titles were all won during the week, along with the Moldovan Cup, and this weekend will see four more cup finals, the conclusion of the Serbian season and potentially the end of exceptionally close title races in both Bosnia-Herzegovina and Hungary.

Big doubles
Saturday will be a day of cup finals. Paris Saint-Germain FC will look to deny Olympique Lyonnais a domestic double in the France, and AS Roma will have similar ambitions in Italy as they seek to avenge their defeat to FC Internazionale Milano in the race for the Serie A title – the fourth Inter v Roma showcase game in as many seasons with the Nerazzurri winning two so far.

Rangers finale
In Scotland, Rangers end-of-season forced march will come to an end at Hampden Park as they take on minnows Queen of the South FC in the Scottish Cup final. Their fifth game in an eleven-day period which started with defeat to FC Zenit St. Petersburg in the UEFA Cup final and saw them lose out to Celtic FC in the title race, it coincides with the Macedonian Cup final, where champions FK Rabotnicki take on FK Milano.

Modriča hopeful
Elsewhere on Saturday, FK Modriča are hoping to end the Bosnia-Herzegovnian title race with a game to spare as they visit FK Laktaši. Should they win, NK Široki Brijeg lose at FK Željezničar and NK Čelik drop points at home to NK Orašje they will win their first title in the former Yugoslav republic. Otherwise, everything will be decided in 31 May's final round.

Serbian denoument
Sunday is the final day of the Serbian season, and despite not losing a league game all season, FK Crvena Zvezda need a minor miracle if they are to snatch the title from eternal rivals FK Partizan. Three points adrift of their Belgrade neighbours, they need to win at FK Hajduk Kula and hope Partizan lose for only the second time in the league this season at FK Napredak to retain their title.

MTK close
The Hungarian title may also be all-but won by the end of the weekend. If Debrecen drop points on Friday at Paksi SE, MTK Budapest need only better their result against REAC Rákospalotai on Monday to take the crown. The two sides are level on 60 points, but MTK's final fixture will be awarded as a 3-0 win since their opponents, FC Sopron, were expelled from the league for financial reasons.

Last updated: 23/05/08 15.39CET

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