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Bayern's sprint finish, Johansen's double first

Published: Friday 28 March 2014, 9.49CET
FC Bayern München sprinted to the title, Stefan Johansen sealed an unlikely double and foul-mouthed advice proved valuable at UD Almería. Welcome to our week.

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Published: Friday 28 March 2014, 9.49CET

Bayern's sprint finish, Johansen's double first

FC Bayern München sprinted to the title, Stefan Johansen sealed an unlikely double and foul-mouthed advice proved valuable at UD Almería. Welcome to our week.

Team: FC Bayern München
Tuesday's 3-1 win at Hertha BSC Berlin ended the shortest title race in Bundesliga history
, Bayern retaining their crown under Josep Guardiola after 27 games of the 34-match season. Amid an unprecedented 19-game top flight winning streak, records keep tumbling for the European champions, with their former goalkeeper Oliver Kahn conceding: "Individual class, tactical and mental strength, lots of quality in a deep squad – Bayern have possibly never had a team as continually successful as this one." Guardiola, who replaced Jupp Heynckes last summer, said: "I would never have expected things to go this well." Next targets: defending the UEFA Champions League title and lasting the Bundesliga campaign unbeaten.

Player: Stefan Johansen (Celtic FC)
If Bayern became the first side to claim a 2013/14 European domestic title, Celtic were swiftly the second following a 5-1 Scottish Premiership victory at Partick Thistle FC on Wednesday. "Our second-half performance was just breathtaking," said proud manager Neil Lennon. Midfielder Johansen scored their third of the night – his second for the Glasgow club after striking in Saturday's 3-0 success over Saint Mirren FC – to land his second league championship in just over four months, having collected the 2014 Norwegian crown with Strømsgodset IF. "It's fantastic to win my first Scottish title," said the 23-year-old Norway player. "It is something I've dreamed of since coming to Celtic, it's a fantastic feeling to have achieved it."

Goal: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United FC)
The big story of Manchester United's week was Tuesday's 3-0 Premier League home defeat by Manchester City FC, but last Saturday Rooney had brought some respite from gloomy talk about their prospects by beating West Ham United FC goalkeeper Adrián with a shot from fully 50 metres. The 28-year-old forward – who scored both goals in United's 2-0 triumph in east London – was a little nonchalant afterwards, saying: "I've tried it many times and thankfully today it's gone in. I wouldn't say it's my favourite. They're ones you try in training, they don't always come off, so when they do it's great."

Number: 1,000
Arsène Wenger will not enjoy looking back on his 1,000th match as Arsenal FC boss, but there were two happier 1,000ths this week. Legia Warszawa's 2-1 victory at GKS Piast Gliwice on Monday was their 1,000th in the Polish Ekstraklasa. "I have only been at Legia a few weeks so I am glad I am already in the club's history books by scoring in their 1,000th win," said striker Ondrej Duda. Meanwhile, FC Barcelona's 1,000th Liga home win – 3-0 against RC Celta de Vigo on Wednesday – coincided with their 1,000th Spanish top-flight home game at Camp Nou since it opened in 1957.

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"Francisco told me to run like a XXXX and leave my XXXX on the field."
Forward Hicham Khaloua
, 18, reveals the foul-mouthed advice (which we will not reproduce on a family website) that UD Almería coach Francisco gave him before he came off the bench to score the Liga strugglers' late clincher against Real Sociedad de Fútbol on Monday.

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"My family was here and the kids have finally got to see their dad score a goal. [The last one] was four and a half years ago. I've had two kids since then. I've had more kids than goals in the last five years. That sums it up."
Hull City AFC's Liam Rosenior after he netted in Saturday's 2-0 Premier League win against West Bromwich Albion FC.

Street: Pablo García Street
Former Uruguay midfielder Pablo García joined the celebrations in Arnea, a small town in the Halkidiki region of northern Greece with a population of 2,500, as a road was named in his honour on Tuesday. Arnea is 70km from Salonika, but is reputedly home to the world's most ardent PAOK FC fans – hence the local council's decision to make 36-year-old García the first living player in Greece to have a street called after him. Now playing at Super League outfit Xanthi FC, the 36-year-old rolled back the years to join in the chants as he was feted on the new Odos Pablo García (Pablo García Street).

Redemption: Nono (Real Betis Balompié)
Betis midfielder Nono said last Thursday was "the saddest day" of his life after his penalty miss led to his side's UEFA Europa League round of 16 shoot-out defeat by city rivals Sevilla FC. The 20-year-old may have prepared himself for some rough treatment when coach Gabriel Calderón called him off the bench with defender Antonio Amaya injured 27 minutes into Sunday's Liga game with Club Atlético de Madrid. He need not have worried. Supporters at the Estadio Benito Villamarín rose as one to applaud him and sing his name, honouring the bravery it took to take the spot kick in the first place. "I owe them so much," the academy product said. "They have always treated me very well."

Last updated: 28/03/14 10.52CET

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