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Dortmund and Totti claim their crowns

Published: Friday 6 May 2011, 10.19CET
Borussia Dortmund got four days off, Francesco Totti was crowned King of Rome and Sir Alex Ferguson revealed his ideal UEFA Champions League final opponents. UEFA.com dissects the week.

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Published: Friday 6 May 2011, 10.19CET

Dortmund and Totti claim their crowns

Borussia Dortmund got four days off, Francesco Totti was crowned King of Rome and Sir Alex Ferguson revealed his ideal UEFA Champions League final opponents. UEFA.com dissects the week.

Team: Borussia Dortmund
Saturday's 2-0 victory over 1. FC Nürnberg coupled with Bayer 04 Leverkusen's defeat by 1. FC Köln saw Borussia Dortmund crowned German champions for the first time since 2002. After several years in the doldrums, they hit the front in November and struck gold with two games to spare. "Nobody expected this," said coach Jürgen Klopp. "Every week we came up against a strong Bundesliga side and exceeded ourselves again and again. Exceeding yourself 32 times; that's just plain crazy." Klopp allowed celebrations full rein after the game. Asked whether he would call his side in for training on Sunday, he replied: "Are you nuts? The next training session is on Wednesday."

Player: Falcao (FC Porto)
A goal in the Dragons' ultimately meaningless 3-2 semi-final second leg defeat at Villarreal CF saw Falcao break Jürgen Klinsmann's record of 15 goals in a single UEFA Cup or UEFA Europa League season, set when FC Bayern München won the trophy in 1995/96. Now with 16 UEFA Europa League goals to his name this season, Colombian international striker Falcao will look to add to his awesome tally when his side meet SC Braga in the UEFA Europa League final on 18 May. "I feel that my second season in Europe has turned out very well," Falcao told UEFA. com in an extraordinary blast of understatement. "My job is to score the goals which take the stress away from the team, to make matches easier. I just need to keep doing that."

Goal: Vojno Ješić (Serbia)
Hosts Serbia could not kick off UEFA European Under-17 Championship with a win, losing 3-2 to Denmark, but can at least be proud of an early contender for goal of the tournament. The game was 31 minutes old when Ješić broke the deadlock with a beautifully flighted free-kick. The 1. FC Köln striker was giddy at the excitement of it all ("there were 6,000 people there, the stadium was full and it was on television," he told UEFA.com) but this, he hopes, is just the start. "It's my ambition to be a great player," he said. "Playing for Barcelona is my dream."

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"I wish it was Brechin City or someone like that."
Sir Alex Ferguson namechecks a Scottish third division side as he responds to the prospect of facing FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final

Number: 1,048
Northern Irish striker Glenn 'Spike' Ferguson finally called time on his marathon career on Saturday, making the 1,048th appearance of his career as Lisburn Distillery FC won 4-3 against Cliftonville FC. The 41-year-old won five caps and represented Ards FC, Glenavon FC and Linfield FC, winning six titles and five Northern Irish Cups.

United front: Antonio Valencia (Manchester United FC)
United will face FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final, demonstrating the strength of their squad with Wednesday's 4-1 victory against FC Schalke 04. They made nine changes to the side that won the first leg 2-0 in Gelsenkirchen, though it was the only outfield player retained, Antonio Valencia, who scored the opener – a great moment for the winger having missed six months with a broken ankle before returning in March. "I'm really happy with the way things are going," said Valencia. "It means a lot after having the injury and getting the chance to play in the final makes it even more enjoyable."

Bronze Adonis: Henrik Larsson (Helsinborgs IF)
Larsson has scored his last goal for hometown club Helsingborg, but the striker is to be an ever-present at the club's Olympia ground. A bronze statue of the Swedish legend will be unveiled outside the stadium's south entrance on 2 June. Local sculptor Björn Elmgren-Thulin was selected to immortalise the prolific former Celtic FC, Barcelona and Manchester United star, now coach of Landskrona BoIS. "I've met [Larsson] several times," Elmgren-Thulin said. "He's a good-natured guy and finds it flattering to be made into a statue."

King of Rome: Francesco Totti (AS Roma)
Totti is less troubled by modesty. Italy has had no monarchy since 1946, but the forward celebrated his 206th Serie A goal in a 3-2 win at AS Bari by revealing a T-shirt bearing the words: "The king of Rome is not dead." The 34-year-old, who moved above Roberto Baggio to fifth in the league's all-time top scorer rankings, said: "I heard that from an English commentator after I scored in a derby against [S.S.] Lazio and I liked it." Baggio, known as the Little Prince, was happy to give his fellow royal credit, saying: "I'm sure Totti will score many more goals. He has always showed bravery and pride during his career."

NEC knack: Björn Vleminckx (NEC Nijmegen)
Four goals in Sunday's 5-0 win against Roda JC rocketed Belgian striker Vleminckx to the top of the scorers' rankings in the Dutch Eredivisie this season, and also established a new club record – no NEC player had ever matched Hans Venneker's 1967/68 total of 19 goals in a season. "I will leave here with pain in my heart," said the 25-year-old, who is already committed to joining Club Brugge KV this summer. "For my second goal, [John] Goossens could have scored himself, but he let me have it. That says everything about the squad."

Hyypia ever after: Sami Hyypiä (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
A fond farewell looms for Finland defender Hyypiä, who announced that he will hang up his boots at the end of the season after 105 caps and close to 900 matches for Kuusankosken Kumu, Myllykosken Pallo-47, Willem II, Liverpool FC and Leverkusen. "There are still two games left with Leverkusen and then that will be it," said the 37-year-old. "A career has to end some time and now felt like a good time." However, that "good time" has yet to come for long-term international team-mate Jari Litmanen. At 40, he is starting another season at HJK Helsinki.

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