Goal: Falcao (FC Porto)
A header seconds before the interval in Dublin gave Falcao his 17th UEFA Europa League goal of the season and secured a 1-0 final win against SC Braga. While André Villas-Boas's side could yet complete a miraculous treble in the Portuguese Cup, the Colombian striker was happy to revel in the moment. "I will never forget the goal, it was a marvellous moment," said the No9. "
When I scored I wanted to hug all of the fans, even the ones in my own country of Colombia, and my family, some of whom were here in the stadium."
Team: FC Alania Vladikavkaz
PFC CSKA Moskva have reason for concern as they take on second-tier Alania; their opponents have achieved a sporting marvel in reaching Sunday's Russian Cup final without scoring a single goal. The side led by Vladimir Gazzaev, son of former CSKA coach Valeri, overcame FC KamAZ Naberezhnye Chelny and FC Gornyak Uchaly on penalties after 0-0 draws to reach the quarter-finals, where they were given a bye thanks to the disbandment of their opponents FC Saturn Moskovskaya Oblast. They then secured a 6-5 shoot-out success against FC Rostov after another goalless stalemate to reach the final. "I wouldn't mind winning the final in the same style," said Gazzaev Jr.
Player: Alex (Fenerbahçe SK)
A 6-0 win against MKE Ankaragücü last weekend maintained Fenerbahçe's mighty record of not having conceded in nine 2011 league home games. Alex scored five of the six, including a hat-trick of penalties, and recalled: "In 2003 when I was playing for Cruzeiro [EC], I scored five goals against [EC] Bahia in the last match of the season and the win earned us the title." This time, it seems, the 33-year-old Brazilian had a useful mascot. "
It was the first time that my wife took our son Felipe to a football match," he noted. "I think he brought me luck."
"José [Mourinho] said that as it was for a good cause and as I was back in my home region that I should go on, so I took [Ricardo] Carvalho's shirt as he wasn't playing. Physically, I wasn't really up to it so I had to stop the opposition by whatever means necessary."
Former Real Madrid CF defender Chendo, now 49, explains how he swapped football for rugby at a recent charity fixture his side played at Real Murcia CF
Manchester United FC secured a 19th league title last Saturday, finally eclipsing Liverpool FC's total of 18 to become England's most successful club. Sir Alex Ferguson took charge in 1986 when the Merseyside outfit reigned supreme, but said: "
It's not so much passing Liverpool. It's more important that United are the best team in the country in terms of winning titles." Winger Ryan Giggs, 37, added: "It means a lot, especially for the older supporters who through the 1970s and 1980s watched Liverpool win everything. Now, obviously, the tables are turned."
Dogues have their day: LOSC Lille Métropole
Lille are looking to complete a domestic double in France for the first time since 1946 having claimed their first trophy since winning the 1955 French Cup last weekend, with victory against Paris Saint-Germain FC in the same competition. Saturday's 1-0 success marked the start of a hectic few days, not least for the club's president, movie producer Michel Seydoux, who has found that one of the most momentous weeks in Lille's history coincides with the Cannes Film Festival. Nonetheless, he dashed home for Wednesday's 1-0 victory against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, noting with a cinematic flourish: "It's not over. I haven't seen the happy ending to this film yet."
Over and out: Walter Smith (Rangers FC)
Smith's reign as Rangers' manager ended in a hail of goals, with a 5-1 win at Kilmarnock FC allowing the 63-year-old to complete his second spell as boss at Ibrox with a third successive title; his tenth in total with the Light Blues. "There will be a regret but I still think it's the right thing for myself and it's the right thing for Rangers now," he said of his decision to step down. Assistant coach Ally McCoist, a striker under Smith in the 1990s, will now take command, and said of his mentor: "He's a top human being."
Dropping a clanger: Maarten Stekelenburg (AFC Ajax)
Sergio Ramos set the tone, dropping the Copa del Rey off the open-top team bus and under the wheels as Real Madrid celebrated their success this season. However, lessons were clearly not learned in Amsterdam, as goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg let slip the Dutch championship plate in Ajax's victory parade. "It hit a tram cable hanging over the road," the leggy 28-year-old said. A fan grabbed the shield as it lay in the street and returned it to the red-faced team. "A dented plate," smiled coach Frank de Boer. "That might be a bit symbolic for our season."
Title defence: FC Bayern München
Some great end-of-season statistics from Germany. First, Borussia Dortmund seemingly refused any help in winning the title; they were awarded five penalties over the course of the season and missed them all. Second; the 2010/11 aggregate attendance of 13,057,899 (42,673 per game) is a new national record. Finally, Bayern may not have retained their league title, but they at least kept hold of their honour of having the "most vegetarian-friendly stadium in the Bundesliga", with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) acclaiming their superior array of non-meat options for the second season in a row.
King of Pop: Kevin-Prince Boateng (AC Milan)
Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng had promised a special celebration for his first major title when the Rossoneri won the Scudetto. He was true to his word, sending the fans crazy with a near-perfect Michael Jackson moonwalk at San Siro to the late King of Pop's Billie Jean. Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani is now, it seems, considering some kind of Milan boy band. "He is a great dancer," he joked. "
We already have [Clarence] Seedorf who has a good voice so with Boateng we have it all."
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