Team: Olympiacos FC
The Piraeus side became the second European domestic league champions of 2011 (following FC Santa Coloma in Andorra), taking their 38th title following a 6-0 demolition of neighbours AEK Athens FC. "We deserve this title and the fact that we secured it with three matches to go is the proof," said the club's Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde. Olympiacos have won 22 of their 27 league games to date scoring 55 goals and conceding just 15, and they remain the only Greek Super League team with a 100% home record this season.
Player: Mladen Petrić (Hamburger SV)
Only a week after conceding six goals at FC Bayern München, a result which cost coach Armin Veh his job, Hamburg caught the scoring bug to beat 1. FC Köln 6-2. If it was a dream debut for new boss Michael Oenning, it was also a day to remember for HSV striker Mladen Petrić, who grabbed three of his side's goals. When a new coach arrives, it is often said no player is certain of their place, but it is unlikely Oenning would have risked omitting the Croatian international for the visit of Köln, a club Petrić has scored against eight times in five outings. "If we only played Köln, I would probably be the league's top goal scorer," he said.
Goal: Daniel Alves (FC Barcelona)
Daniel Alves's jaw-dropping opener in Barcelona's 2-1 weekend victory over Getafe CF is more than worthy of special mention. The 27-year-old strode onto a loose, looping defensive header outside the Getafe area and unleashed an unstoppable half-volley that almost burst the net. "Even though today is father's day in Spain, I dedicated that goal to my wife whose tattoo I have on my arm," the Brazilian said afterwards. Alves's celebrations continued a few days later when he signed a three-year contract extension with the Liga leaders.
Quote: Serse Cosmi (US Città di Palermo)
"For this week my job is safe."
Cosmi's reaction following his side's 1-0 win against Serie A leaders AC Milan; last month the 52-year-old became the club's 13th coach since president Maurizio Zamparini took over in 2002.
Two goals against ACF Fiorentina at the weekend took AS Roma striker Francesco Totti's Serie A goals total past the 200 mark. Now the league's sixth highest scorer of all time, fifth-placed Roberto Baggio's total of 205 is the next target for 'Il Gladiatore', though the 34-year-old is already best of the best on his own terms. "I'm proud because all my goals were for Roma," he said. "All the players above me scored for more than one team."
Champions in waiting: NK Dinamo Zagreb
Rangers FC beat Celtic FC to claim the Scottish League Cup, but Dinamo's 2-0 success against HNK Hajduk Split was perhaps an even more impressive one. Tremendous goals from Milan Badelj and Fatos Bećiraj left them eight points clear of their arch-rivals at the top of the Croatian table with eight games to go. Ivan Tomečak, who set up Bećiraj's headed effort, said: "After a cross like that, Fatos owes me a drink." The Montenegrin international replied: "Of course I will get him a drink, but everyone knows who is here to assist and who is here to score."
Distinguished service: Hovhannes Tahmazyan (FC Shirak)
Over 19 years after making his debut in Armenia's top division in March 1992, central defender Tahmazyan is still going strong. Last weekend's 2-1 win against FC Impuls was his 450th game in his home nation's top division. The 37-year-old – who has spent the bulk of his career with Shirak barring four seasons with FC Mika – is already the only player to have featured in all 20 Armenian seasons since independence, and told UEFA.com: "I love football and will not stop playing until I am no use to my team anymore."
Poison pens: Nuri Şahin (Borussia Dortmund)
Turkish international Nuri Şahin has asked to be relieved of penalty-taking duties for the German league leaders after missing his fourth successive spot kick in the 1-1 weekend draw against 1. FSV Mainz 05. "For me, the matter of taking penalties is over for the time being," he said, having become only the fifth Bundesliga player to miss four in a row after Marko Pantelić (Hertha BSC Berlin, 2007-2008), Bruno Labbadia (SV Werder Bremen/DSC Arminia Bielefeld, 1998-2000), Harry Decheiver (SC Freiburg, 1996/97) and Jürgen Moll (Eintracht Braunschweig, 1964-1967).
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