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Published: Friday 29 May 2009, 13.40CET
The last big weekend of the 2008/09 season has thrown up a title decider in Poland, cup finals in Portugal, Russia, Scotland and Ukraine, and matches for UEFA Champions League qualifying places in Greece and Spain.
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Wisła will look to claim their 12th Polish title on Saturday ©Getty Images
Published: Friday 29 May 2009, 13.40CET

Around the leagues

The last big weekend of the 2008/09 season has thrown up a title decider in Poland, cup finals in Portugal, Russia, Scotland and Ukraine, and matches for UEFA Champions League qualifying places in Greece and Spain.

As May ends, so do many domestic seasons across Europe. The title will be decided in Poland, UEFA Champions League places are the focus in Spain and Greece, while cup finals take the spotlight in Portugal, Russia, Ukraine and Scotland.

Poland: final day (Saturday, 17.00)
Wisła Kraków need only a draw at home to Śląsk Wrocław to retain the Ekstraklasa title, but 19-goal top scorer Paweł Brożek has vowed to clinch their 12th championship in style. Polish international Brożek said: "Although we need just a point, we will go for victory as we always play attacking football at home. We want to finish the season on a high and then celebrate in our amazing city of Krakow." A Wisła defeat, however, may allow Polish Cup winners KKS Lech Poznań to finish top on head-to-head provided they made up the three-point gap by beating relegation-threatened MKS Cracovia Kraków. Cracovia are among six teams that could fill either the two automatic relegation slots or the play-off position above it.

Spain: Club Atlético de Madrid v UD Almería (Saturday, 21.00)
Atlético captain Maxi Rodríguez has called for the fourth-placed Rojiblancos to end the Spanish season with a celebration: by securing a UEFA Champions League qualifying berth with a point from their home encounter with mid-table Almería. "We've got everything in our favour and must make sure Saturday is a party for us," the 28-year-old said. Should Abel Resino's men slip up, fifth-placed Villarreal CF – who are two points behind Atlético – will be looking to take advantage with victory at RCD Mallorca. Meanwhile (in ascending order) CA Osasuna, Real Sporting de Gijón, Real Betis Balompié, Getafe CF and Real Valladolid CF will all hope to avoid joining CD Numancia and RC Recreativo de Huelva in being relegated.

Greece: AEK Athens FC v Panathinaikos FC (Sunday, 21.15)
The concluding game of the Greek campaign is the decider for the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round slot between the two Athens rivals at the capital's OACA Spiros Louis Stadium. Panathinaikos are three points clear of AEK in the four-team play-off to join double winners Olympiacos CFP in Europe's premier competition – with PAOK FC and Larissa FC off the pace. AEK must win, and striker Ismael Blanco said: "It will be a tough match, like a final. It's up to us to give our all, to concentrate and fight hard. We will have the fans on our side and hopefully will prevail." Panathinaikos midfielder Gilberto warned: "We have a slight advantage, as a draw also suits us, but AEK are tough opponents and will give everything to clinch a UEFA Champions League spot."

Portuguese Cup final: FC Porto v FC Paços de Ferreira (Sunday, 17.00)
While Porto seek to complete their sixth Portuguese double and win the cup for the 14th time, Paços de Ferreira are making their final debut at Lisbon's Estádio Nacional. Jesualdo Ferreira's men, attempting to cap a fine season which also took them to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, are without Lucho, and fellow Porto midfielder Cristián Rodríguez said: "We are going to face a very good side who have had an interesting season. Helping Porto to victory would be the perfect end to a remarkable year for us." Paços de Ferreira's Cristiano added: "Porto won the league and are a far bigger club than us, but in a final there are no favourites. We have a chance."

Russian Cup final: FC Rubin Kazan v PFC CSKA Moskva (Sunday, 14.00)
Rubin try to become the holders of both major Russian honours as the 2008 league champions make their cup final bow in Khimki against CSKA – who have won on all four cup final appearances since 2002, including 12 months ago against FC Amkar Perm. In-form Rubin, who begin the weekend two points above CSKA at the top of the Premier-Liga, have scored 13 goals in their last four league fixtures and seem to be untroubled by the long-term absences of injured defender Vitali Kaleshin, winger Petr Bystrov and striker Aleksandr Bukharov. CSKA are in good shape too having defeated high-flying FC Krylya Sovetov Samara, FC Dinamo Moskva and FC Zenit St. Petersburg in May. Midfielders Miloš Krasić and Alan Dzagoev have returned to fitness with Ramon being the only absentee. Former CSKA captain Sergei Semak now wears the armband for Rubin and said: "CSKA have been one of the strongest Russian teams for several years. I would class them favorites to win the final."

Ukrainian Cup final: FC Vorskla Poltava v FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Sunday, 17.00)
Vorskla, striving to win their first major trophy, travel to Dnepropetrovsk to take on a Shakhtar side still on a high after their UEFA Cup final defeat of Werder Bremen. Shakhtar have lifted six Ukrainian Cups while Vorskla's only comparable success was victory in the Ukrainian Soviet Republic Cup in 1956 when they were called FC Kolkhoznik Poltava. The teams exchanged 1-0 home victories in the Premier League this term, suggesting a close encounter. "After our win in Istanbul our fans expect us to win 3-0 or 4-0 but I expect the game to be as even and cautious as the one against Werder," said Shakhtar striker Luiz Adriano. Coach Mircea Lucescu added: "I have no doubt we are facing a tough match. Poltava are in great physical shape and know how to counterattack."

Scottish Cup final: Rangers FC v Falkirk FC (Saturday, 15.00)
Six days after clinching their world record 52nd league title, Rangers make the short trip across Glasgow to Hampden Park to defend the cup they landed for the 32nd time last year. Standing in the way of Rangers' 18th domestic double – a total topped only by Linfield FC in Northern Ireland – are Falkirk, who last lifted the cup in 1975 and narrowly escaped relegation last Saturday. Falkirk have already booked a European debut in next season's UEFA Europa League by reaching the final, but have lost all four meetings with Rangers this term. Manager John Hughes said: "We want to go there and give it a right good go and try and win the cup. [They have] better players than us but if we can be resolute and have great belief in each other, then I think Rangers will know they've been in a game."

All times are local. England, Portugal and Scotland are one hour behind CET, Greece an hour ahead, and Russia two hours ahead.

The Ligue 1 title will also be decided with FC Girondins de Bordeaux and Olympique de Marseille hoping to succeed deposed champions Olympique Lyonnais. To read about the final-day drama, click here. Similarly, click here to read about the Turkish finale. Follow all the league action live this weekend on uefa.com's MatchCentre, including Saturday's FA Cup final and the German Cup final.

 

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