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Falcao, 'Bob' and barbecuing in the street

Published: Friday 11 May 2012, 9.44CET
Falcao and Juventus had unforgettable nights, while AEL Limassol FC fans marked their title success with spontaneous barbecues. UEFA.com digests a week of wonders.

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Published: Friday 11 May 2012, 9.44CET

Falcao, 'Bob' and barbecuing in the street

Falcao and Juventus had unforgettable nights, while AEL Limassol FC fans marked their title success with spontaneous barbecues. UEFA.com digests a week of wonders.

Player: Falcao (Club Atlético de Madrid)
Two goals in Wednesday's 3-0 UEFA Europa League final win against Athletic Club saw the Atlético striker put the seal on another sensational achievement; his 11th and 12th goals in this season's competition mean that – for a second year running – he is out on his own as the competition's top scorer, having hit a record 17 for FC Porto last time out. The first player to score in successive finals since Frédéric Kanouté did so for Sevilla FC in 2006 and 2007, the Colombian gave his father credit for his opener, an exquisite curling effort after just seven minutes in Bucharest. "My dad always said I have to aim for the far post and for the first time I did," the 26-year-old said. "He will be happy."

Team: Athletic Club
Regarded as outsiders in the final, Marcelo Bielsa's Athletic know they failed to do themselves justice on Wednesday. Iker Muniain broke down in tears even before the final whistle, hitting the deck after Diego scored Los Colchoneros' third late on. "We're devastated," Ander Herrera told UEFA.com afterwards. "I suppose with the passing of time we'll see it differently, we'll feel proud. But right now there's only pain." True enough, but a campaign in which they eliminated Manchester United FC and FC Schalke 04 can hardly be regarded as a failure, and there will be plenty of neutrals behind this exciting young side when they meet FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final on 25 May.

Goal: Kevin Kuranyi (FC Dinamo Moskva)
German fans' memories of the former VfB Stuttgart forward may have faded since he moved to Russia in July 2010, but the former Nationalmannschaft player has not forgotten how to strike a ball, as his splendid overhead kick in Sunday's 2-2 derby draw against FC Lokomotiv Moskva demonstrated. "It was a very beautiful goal," the 30-year-old said. "Probably one of the best of my career. However, I would have swapped it for a Dinamo win."

Quote:
"Lionel has hogged the limelight all season. I can't be jealous."
Departing FC Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola shrugs his shoulders after Lionel Messi scored all four goals in his farewell home game at Camp Nou, a 4-0 defeat of RCD Espanyol, to take his season tally to 50.

Number: 0
The number of Serie A games Juventus had lost as they claimed the Italian title on Sunday, with many attributing their 28th league success to a summer free transfer signing from AC Milan, Andrea Pirlo. Team-mate Simone Pepe said: "He's completely changed our team; he actually transformed a group of several good players into a top side." If they can avoid defeat in their final game, at home against Atalanta BC, they will be only the third side to finish a Serie A season unbeaten, after AC Perugia in 1978/79 and Milan in 1991/92.

Gatecrasher: 'Bob' (RSC Anderlecht)
Anderlecht won their 31st Belgian title after a late equaliser against Club Brugge KV on Sunday, but there was widespread bemusement when an unknown 'player' joined the post-match celebration photos. Defender Cheikhou Kouyaté eventually cleared things up. "That is Bob," Kouyaté explained. "He is a Congolese friend who I met here in Brussels. I invited him to the match and when the party started, I gave him a champions' shirt." Bob himself added: "When they started to celebrate on the pitch, I joined them. The players gave me a shirt and put a bottle of champagne in my hands. In my excitement, I just followed the others. And you know what, I am not even an Anderlecht fan."

Party marathon: AEL Limassol FC
AEL's 44-year wait for their sixth Cypriot title came to an end on Saturday, and the club's fans have pledged to enjoy it, planning a day of celebration for each of the years that have passed since their last success in 1968. Fans celebrated in the streets of Limassol, even lighting up barbecues in the middle of the road. "This is something unbelievable," said general secretary Andreas Mouzourides. "We believed in our coach Pambos Christodoulou and he has given us so much joy. We are not finished yet. There are more targets that we want to reach." Sure enough, AEL face AC Omonia in the Cypriot Cup final on 16 May, and since they have not won that since 1989, fans could be in for another 23 days of delirium if they win.

Disco diva: Roddy Collins (Monaghan United FC)
Monaghan manager Roddy Collins has become an internet hit in Ireland with an impersonation of Gloria Gaynor. Speaking to a camera crew from an Irish website after his side managed a shock win away against his former club, Bohemian FC, Collins was upset at being asked if the win would help in his team's bid for survival in the Premier Division. Collins argued that talk of "survival" with less than a quarter of the season concluded was nonsense, underlining his point by grabbing the interviewer's microphone and, to camera, singing Gaynor's 1978 hit "I Will Survive". Once we were afraid. Now we are petrified.

Birthday boy: Rai Vloet (Netherlands Under-17)
PSV Eindhoven striker Vloet has been enjoying himself at the UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals in Slovenia, scoring a goal in the Netherlands' 3-1 win against the hosts before celebrating his 17th birthday on Tuesday. "I was very surprised this morning because in the restaurant there were balloons up on the wall and a special cake which I shared with all the players," he told UEFA.com. The striker and his team-mates, meanwhile, planned to celebrate with a bobsleigh ride in the nearby Pohorje mountains.

On the right tracks: Czech Republic
The official trains that will take the Czech Republic to UEFA EURO 2012 came into circulation on Wednesday, with driver Miroslav Máca looking forward to taking the team to Wroclaw on 3 June. "This train has never been so beautifully turned out," he told UEFA.com. "I hope we will bring our team good luck. You can bet that I will be supporting them."

Rolling substitute: Hordur Askham
A tense derby between HB Tórshavn and B36 Tórshavn was locked at 1-1 going into the last minute when B36 brought on Askham in place of Rasmus Dan Sørensen, whose nose was bleeding, to help defend a corner. HB scored from the set piece and in the aftermath, two B36 players were sent off, including goalkeeper Meinhardt Joensen. Askham was immediately replaced before the restart to make way for a substitute keeper – in terms of playing time, he was only on the pitch for as long as it took a corner to be headed in, putting a whole new slant on the old football phrase 'never substitute before a corner' …

Perfect ten: FK Budućnost Podgorica
Budućnost's 4-1 win against FK Petrovac on Wednesday saw the Montenegrin league leaders break two records from 2008/09; their tenth successive triumph eclipses their previous national best of nine straight victories, while their goals total for the season is now 75 – three more than their previous high score of 72 – with four matches to go.

Coach Miodrag Radulović, however, is not so impressed. "Of course I am glad that we break these records, but Budućnost didn't win anything in the season when they set those previous records," he said, with his side five points clear of FK Rudar Pljevlja (who have gone a record 20 games unbeaten) at the summit. "Football is not about statistics, it's about trophies, and we will only be proud if these numbers help us to win a title."

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