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Just 6 games left in the Russian Premier League and Rubin Kazan are on for their first ever title, now lying 7 points clear of CSKA and 8 ahead of Dynamo with only 6 games left. They are being fired on by the goals of the evergreen Serb Savo Milosevic !
Meanwhile Kalmar are still holding onto a 3 point lead in Sweden with 5 games left, Elfsborg doing the chasing.

And the odds against Hoffenheim pulling off the most unlikely of virgin championships in Germany ? Diminishing by the week............


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EB/Streymur have clinched their first Faroese title (I think) with two games left in the season.



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No not yet, they have stuttered in their last two games one away draw, one loss at home 4-5 against B36, one of two teams that could overtake them. They need 1 point in their 2 remaining games. Should be easy !!!!
Just noticed also that H B are playing B36 in the penultimate game, these are the chasing pack so a draw in that would also give them the championship.


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Ahhh, I just noticed they (RSSSF) haven't updated the results for October 5th.



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Stabaek - Norway could be virgin champions this season.

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Norway - Stabaek finished the job with a match to spare after a 6-2 romp against Valerenga.

Finland - Inter Turku won the league by four points from Honka, who would also have won their first title had they come out on top.

Sweden - Kalmar moved three points clear at the weekend with a 1-0 win at Djurgardens while Elfsborg crashed 5-2 at IFK Gothenburg. Three rounds of matches remain, the first of them this midweek.


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Whilst no-one expects them to be near the summit for long, Udinese (top Italy), Hull (3rd England), Nacional Funchal (top Portugal) and Leixoes (2nd potugal) are all enjoying their moment too


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Rubin Kazan have won both games since this thread started and are now 7 points clear with 4 games to go.


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Rubin Kazan have won both games since this thread started and are now 7 points clear with 4 games to go.


I see it's not just old Savo who's playing for Rubin Kazan - his strike partner is none other than Sergei Rebrov.

And whilst on unlikely leaders who will probably not hold on.........Hoffenheim now a point clear in Germany after demolishing previous leaders Hamburg 3-0.


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EB/Streymur have now officially won the Faroese league for the 1st time. Sly



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Rubin Kazan are champions of Russia for the first time, with 3 games to spare, curtosey of as last minute goal by Savo Milosevic.


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Kalmar finished the job in Sweden, finishing one point ahead of Elfsborg.


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That's a pretty unusual bunch of Northern European first-time champions with "virgins" claiming the title in the Faeroes, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Oh for a few more further south.


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I know many competetions are still in early stages but any virgin cup winners?


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Can't comment on Virgin Cup Winners but some southern european countries have teams in contention for their first ever titles but most challenges will probably fade away as the old guard assert themselves over the course of the season. However, for now, the following have dared to show their heads above the parapet :

FRANCE : Rennes have moved into second place behind the inevitable Lyon and are on a long unbeaten run that includes a 3-0 walloping of the 7-time consecutive champs. You never know........... Also good to see another club challenging for their first title in half-a-century. Which is Nice.

TURKEY : Another title challenge from Sivasspor, just 3 points behind leaders Trabzonspor

GERMANY : Hoffenheim are unbelievably 3 points clear of Bayern .............to whom they travel tomorrow night. Should be worth watching Setanta for. Preferably with the sound off !

PORTUGAL : Just as unlikely as The Hoff, tiny Leixoes from the Porto suburb of Matosinhos keep their noses ahead of Benfica with 23 points garnered from 10 games which have included wins over both Porto and Sporting.


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I was at the Bayern v Hoffenheim game last Friday and can report that the visitors looked by far the better side for long periods, despite losing to an injury time Luca Toni goal. In Ibisevic they have a natural goalscorer and with big, powerful forwards such as Demba Ba they look the real deal. Genuine challengers for the title. The Allianz Arena (stop Frottmaning on the S-Bahn) is a splendid venue, especially when approaching on a evening game - it's like something from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The attendance was given as 69k, the capacity, although there were surprisingly a few empty seats around. Programme for 1.50 euro and admission at 40 euro.

Couldn't make my other games at Red Bull and Unterhaching for various reasons...



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Any problems at all obtaining tickets for Bayern ? It's on our agenda for later in the season if we can nail a Saturday game/flight at the right price.


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Bought mine from Viagogo for 40e three months ago - 10e over face value. Lots of tickets available for trhis game back then but by the time the game came around, newspapers were reporting that Bayern could have sold 150,000 such was the interest in this fixture. Try Bayern direct or if not, Viagogo - you can nearly always get tickets on there for good prices and they are reliable too unlike worldticketshop and the likes...



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Into the second halves of their seasons and Hoffenheim remain one point clear of Bayern in Germany though they are having to make do without top scorer Vedad Ibisevic (18 league goals in 17 games) for the rest of the season.

In Turkey, Sivasspor still lead the way followed closely not by one of the Istanbul giants but by Trabzonspor - still the only non-Istanbul side to win the title in Turkey.

Leixoes are just clinging on to a top four slot in Portugal and to sustain even that would be a marvellous achievement.

However another recently promoted club Unirea Urziceni have taken up the mantle of last years debut Romanian champions and are the main challengers to Dinamo Bucharest who lead Dan Petrescu's team by a single point with the rest well back.


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In Portugal, Olhanense are top of division 2 and having seen their ground a campaign in the top flight would be interesting to say the least!



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I should have added that Hoffenheim are not the only club challenging at the top of the Bundesliga who would become virgin champions.

After beating Bayern Munich tonight, Hertha Berlin sit a point above Hoffenheim while Bayer Leverkusen moved to within 4 points of the summit after demolishing Hoffenheim 4-1 (and it could have been ten) in their own stadium.

Changing of the guard in Germany with Schalke, Bremen and Dortmund fading away ?


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Would Hertha count as virgin champions?

True, they've never won the Bundesliga, but they were champions in 1929-30 and 1930-31.



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The championships won by Hertha were effectively play-offs between the various regional league champions, so there was no national division as such until the Bundesliga was formed in 1963.


I think they qualify as virgin champions should they pull it off. And I also think Andrei Voronin is required at Liverpool but that's another story..............


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The championships won by Hertha were effectively play-offs between the various regional league champions, so there was no national division as such until the Bundesliga was formed in 1963.


I think they qualify as virgin champions should they pull it off. And I also think Andrei Voronin is required at Liverpool but that's another story..............


Hertha still lead the way in Germany though their shock weekend defeat at Stuttgart leaves them one point ahead of Bayern, Hamburg and fellow-Virgin Champions contenders Wolfsburg who have hit a real run of form and begun to win away as well as at home, fuelled by the goals of Grafite and Dzeko. Hoffenheim are five back but since Ibisevic's injury just can't make their general good play count.

Sivasspor lead Besiktas by one point in Turkey with eleven games left - the rivals drew 1-1 in Sivas last weekend with Trabzonspor now 4 behind after weekend defeat in Gaziantep.

In France it's hard to believe that Olympique Lyon would have been on this thread as Virgin Champions before their run of 7 in a row. Number 8 is proving a tad more tricky with Virgin possibles Toulouse 4 points back after thrashing wannabees PSG 4-1 at the weekend. No other potential newbies......

The challenge of Unirea Urziceni has faltered in Romania as they now lie a point behind Dinamo Bucharest. Timisoara (technically a new club but formed from the ashes of a previous entity) would be top but for points deducted and my Romanian isn't good enough to work out why !

And a very long way to go but Galway United lead the embryonic Eircom league.............


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Getting to the business end of the season across Western Europe and in many cases the old guard come on strong and re-assert themselves............but not everywhere.

With 4 games to go in the Bundesliga, Wolfsburg lead Bayern on goal difference despite losing 2 of their last 3, the latest to a 4-goal Mario Gomez blast for Stuttgart whose incredible renaissance sees them only 2 points off the pace themselves. Hertha are only one point adrift but it would take a brave man to bet on Virgin Champions with two such well-practised regulars so close to the summit themselves.

In Romania with 4 to go, Unirea Urziceni remain in touch, just the 2 points behind Dinamo Bucharest so may have to settle for being Champions Leahue virgins instead.

In Turkey, Sivasspor lost at the weekend so with 3 games left they are 2 points behind Besiktas but both sides have tricky games left. It does seem that either Galatasaray or Fenerbahce will miss out on European qualification completely through their league positions..............

Not Virgin Champions but CL Virgins next year from Holland as AZ Alkmaar claimed their second ever title, 28 years after being the last club outside the big 3 to pull it off.

Only the third season of football in the Montenegrin Premier League and we have the third different champions in Mogren of Budva. Beautiful city.........shame about the ground which will have zero chance of staging European Football.


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Only the third season of football in the Montenegrin Premier League and we have the third different champions in Mogren of Budva. Beautiful city.........shame about the ground which will have zero chance of staging European Football.


Def no games on the Riviera of Montenegro.
In fact only 3 teams given a U.E.F.A. license , FK Buducnost of Podgorica, FK Sutjeska of Niksic and FK Grbalj of Radanovicki. The rest were refused on Infrastructure/Finance grounds !!




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Only the third season of football in the Montenegrin Premier League and we have the third different champions in Mogren of Budva. Beautiful city.........shame about the ground which will have zero chance of staging European Football.


Def no games on the Riviera of Montenegro.
In fact only 3 teams given a U.E.F.A. license , FK Buducnost of Podgorica, FK Sutjeska of Niksic and FK Grbalj of Radanovicki. The rest were refused on Infrastructure/Finance grounds !!



........and Grbalj must have completely overhauled their ground in the last 2 years. Then it had a stand comprised of loose scaffolding only. Think Holmesdale without the cover..............


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Not sure what happens if you havent a license like Mogren. Says its a club license not ground ?? www.fscg.co.me/20090504464/Vijesti-Savez/uefa-licenca-za-tri-kluba.html




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A club must have a license to play in UEFA competitions.
The license does not have to mean the stadium is up to UEFA standard, as the club can be allowed to play elsewhere



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Ta Leo. So Mogren if champions cannot play in Europe ?
Kaunas meanwhile, despite not being able to get a professional license in their own country because of Financial/ Corruption (alledgedly) can play in Europe !
Do you know where to find a list of licensed clubs ?




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Each individual FA works out is own licensing system. Most are subject to appeal, and somehow clubs who qualify for Europe almost always get in on appeal. I have a suspicion the whole thing is a farce.



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Not very often these days do we get a Virgin Champion in one of Europe's major leagues. Step forward then Wolfsburg ,now on the brink of winning the Bundesliga after a stunning 5-0 win at Hannover yesterday. Once again all the goals were scored by their on-fire strike pair of Bosnian Edin Dzeko, whose hat-trick makes it 9 goals in 4 games in the run-in for him, and Brazilian Grafite whose brace makes it 26 in 24 games for this most journeyman of journeyman strikers who at the age of 30 is having the season of his life. Dzeko is currently top scorer in European World Cup qualifying and is reported to be interesting Chelsea among others; his Bosnian side have become the dangerous floaters that no-one wants in their group..............
Wolfsburg sit two points ahead (and many goals ahead) of Bayern and Stuttgart who meet at the Allianz Arena in next weekends final matches, while the VW works club in reality need just a point at home to Werder Bremen - who of course have eyes elsewhere - to clinch the title. It would complete a remarkable change of fortune for manager Felix Magath, not long ago sacked as Bayern boss who has surprised many by already declaring that he will leave Wolfsburg in the summer to take the reins at Schalke......................


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It would complete a remarkable change of fortune for manager Felix Magath, not long ago sacked as Bayern boss who has surprised many by already declaring that he will leave Wolfsburg in the summer to take the reins at Schalke......................


Perhaps Wolfsburg could bring back the appropriately-named Wolfgang Wolf for a second spell in charge.


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Wolfgang Wolf was last seen at Kingswood on Saturday.



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Done and dusted. In style. Wolfsburg thrashed Werder Bremen, to no-one's great surprise, by 5-1 to win the Bundesliga. Bayern were two points back after beating Stuttgart 2-1
Wolfsburg are real surprise winners - although performing solidly over the past decade, this came from out of the blue. As did Grafite's 28 goals in 25 league games - the only man to keep pace in the scoring charts was his team mate Dzeko who ended up with 26 and who looks like a young Shevchenko.

The manager's already jumped ship. I wonder how many of the team will be around for their Champions League campaign !

Anyone likely in the next 30 years to become Virgin champions in England ?


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Done

Anyone likely in the next 30 years to become Virgin champions in England ?

Possibly.




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Done and dusted. In style. Wolfsburg thrashed Werder Bremen, to no-one's great surprise, by 5-1 to win the Bundesliga. Bayern were two points back after beating Stuttgart 2-1
Wolfsburg are real surprise winners - although performing solidly over the past decade, this came from out of the blue. As did Grafite's 28 goals in 25 league games - the only man to keep pace in the scoring charts was his team mate Dzeko who ended up with 26 and who looks like a young Shevchenko.

The manager's already jumped ship. I wonder how many of the team will be around for their Champions League campaign !

Anyone likely in the next 30 years to become Virgin champions in England ?


Maybe if Richard Branson buys a club


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Possibly the crucial game in the Romanian title race went the way of Dan Petrescu's Unirea Urziceni when they beat leaders Dinamo Bucharest 1-0 to go one point ahead with two matches remaining. They have only been in the top division since 2006 and would replace CFR Cluj as Virgin Romanian champions. Next weekends penultimate game seen Unirea away at Timisoara, 5 points back with still a slim chance of winning the crown themselves........

Sivasspor find themselves 2 points behind Besiktas going into the last round of games. Besiktas go to Denizlispor who need a point to be safe; Sivasspor go to Galatasaray (who are way off the pace but into the Europa League in any event) needing to make up a 2-goal deficit on Besiktas. Will Gala assist their city neighbours by going flat out against Sivasspor ?? Failure to win could cost Sivasspor their Champions League berth for a second year running with Trabzonspor only a point adrift of them..............


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No Virgin championship for Sivasspor in Turkey. For the second year running they blew it at the death, going down 2-1 to Galatasaray. Even a win wouldn't have sufficed with Besiktas winning at Denizlispor.

There is however a first-timer in Macedonia with Skopje outfit FK Makedonija Gjorce Petrov coming 6 points ahead of Milano Kumanovo and 7 clear of Renova Dzepciste - both of whom have yet to taste title success.

Likewise in Romania where it's success for Dan Petrescu's Unirea Urziceni. They won 2-1 at 3rd placed Timisoara while Dinamo Bucharest lost miserably 2-0 at home to Brasov. 4 clear with a game to play,they won't however be allowed to play CL games at their 7,000 capacity stadium as it does not meet UEFA requirements; the population of Urziceni is only 17,000 and it lies to the east of Bucharest so home CL games are currently scheduled for Steaua's ground.


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It's early days in the new season for continental Europe but there are table-toppers in at least 3 countries who would be Virgin Champions were they to hold on. Most convincing so far are Portugal's Sporting Braga who have won 7 out of 7 and lead the usual suspects by 5 points. Tighter in Germany who had virgin champions only last year where nearly-men Bayer Leverkusen lead Hamburg on goal difference with the rest at least 4 points back. Finally in Holland, good to see Steve McLaren still has the midas touch as his FC Twente have won seven and drawn 2 leaving them 2 points ahead of PSV.


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The Chinese Super League is very close, with just two rounds to play.
Beijing Guo'an 45 points (GD 15)
Henan Jianye 45 pts (10)
Changchun Yatai 44 (4)
Tianjin Teda 42 (7)
Shangdong Luneng Taishan 42 (4)
Shanghai Shenhua 41 (9)

Beijing, Henan and Tianjin have not won the league although prior to the professional era, Beijing won titles on 5 occasions, and Tianjin once.

Shangdong are the holders, and also won in 2006 and 1999, Changchun won in 2007, while Shanghai won in 1995 and 2003
In the professional era, Shenzhen won in 2004, while Dalian have the other 8 titles.

With 5 rounds to play the situation in Japan is
Kawasaki Frontale 52 points (+15)
Kashima Antlers 51 (10)
Gamba Osaka 50 (15)
Shimizu S-Pulse 50 (14)

Kashima Antlers have six titles, all in the professional era
Gamba Osaka won in 2005
Shimizu S-Pulse have never won the title,
Kawasaki Verdy won the first two professional titles (93 and 94) and their predecessors, Yomiuri won the last two old titles (and 3 earlier ones), but as the club is called Verdy, I assume this is now Tokyo Verdy, and not Frontale (who I think play in light and dark blue)

Jeonbuk Motors lead the Korean League with 50 points (+22) and a game in hand over
FC Seoul 49 (+19) and Pohang Steelers 47 (+20).
The league has two rounds to play.

The Steelers have won 4 titles, the last in 2007 (formerly POSCO Atoms).
FC Seoul have not won under that name, but they were previously ANyang (3 titles)
Jeonbuk have never won the Korean title, but they have won the Asian title.

A North Korea official refused to give a statement on the structure of the North Korea League during the national teams recent tour to France.

Singapore Armed Forces have retained the S-League title. It is their 11th title, and fourth in a row.
Selangor have won the Malaysian Super League. It is their 5th title, but the first since 2000.

I expect Muang Thong, promoted at the end of last season, to have won the Thai League at the first attempt, but I do not have today's result. They started the day three points and 7 goals better off than 2007 champions Chonburi. It will be the fifth different winner of the league in five seasons, all virgin champions.



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The Chinese Super League is very close, with just two rounds to play.
Beijing Guo'an 45 points (GD 15)
Henan Jianye 45 pts (10)
Changchun Yatai 44 (4)
Tianjin Teda 42 (7)
Shangdong Luneng Taishan 42 (4)
Shanghai Shenhua 41 (9)

Beijing, Henan and Tianjin have not won the league although prior to the professional era, Beijing won titles on 5 occasions, and Tianjin once.

Shangdong are the holders, and also won in 2006 and 1999, Changchun won in 2007, while Shanghai won in 1995 and 2003
In the professional era, Shenzhen won in 2004, while Dalian have the other 8 titles. Beihing Gouan won their final two matches and took the title, Changchun were second after Henan lost on the final day.

With 5 rounds to play the situation in Japan is
Kawasaki Frontale 52 points (+15)
Kashima Antlers 51 (10)
Gamba Osaka 50 (15)
Shimizu S-Pulse 50 (14)

Kashima Antlers have six titles, all in the professional era
Gamba Osaka won in 2005
Shimizu S-Pulse have never won the title,
Kawasaki Verdy won the first two professional titles (93 and 94) and their predecessors, Yomiuri won the last two old titles (and 3 earlier ones), but as the club is called Verdy, I assume this is now Tokyo Verdy, and not Frontale (who I think play in light and dark blue) Kawasaki Frontale stay a point ahead, with three rounds before the December finale to the league.

Jeonbuk Motors lead the Korean League with 50 points (+22) and a game in hand over
FC Seoul 49 (+19) and Pohang Steelers 47 (+20).
The league has two rounds to play.

The Steelers have won 4 titles, the last in 2007 (formerly POSCO Atoms).
FC Seoul have not won under that name, but they were previously ANyang (3 titles)
Jeonbuk have never won the Korean title, but they have won the Asian title. While Pohang won the Asian Championship, Jeonbuk hold on to the league title, although I think there is a play off series for the ultimate title.

A North Korea official refused to give a statement on the structure of the North Korea League during the national teams recent tour to France.

Singapore Armed Forces have retained the S-League title. It is their 11th title, and fourth in a row.
Selangor have won the Malaysian Super League. It is their 5th title, but the first since 2000. The prestigous Malaysia Cup was won by Negri Sembilan, who beat Kelantan in the final - the final featured some drastic efforts by Kelantan fans to cross the country as the North Eastern state had been troubled by recent floods, which have stopped all rail travel. Despite the Bukit Jalil stadium being quite close to Negri Sembilan, reports say that up to 80% of the crowd (I have seen 65,000 and 100,000 given as the figure - but I struggle to believe the crowd will have exceeded 87,000 - which is the stadium capacity). The Kelantan FA may be fined for their fans damaging seats and throwing missile and smoke bombs onto the pitch. Negri Sembilan won the cup for the first time since 1948. Kelantan, who also lost the Malaysia FA Cup final this season have never won a major title

I expect Muang Thong, promoted at the end of last season, to have won the Thai League at the first attempt, but I do not have today's result. They started the day three points and 7 goals better off than 2007 champions Chonburi. It will be the fifth different winner of the league in five seasons, all virgin champions. The final day say Muang Thong beat BEC Tero 2-0 to take the title.




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A North Korea official refused to give a statement on the structure of the North Korea League during the national teams recent tour to France.


Some information on the North Korean League can be found here... but not much...

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These Argentine seasons don't half come around quick and the current Apertura is already approaching the run-in, with five rounds left to play. I can't help noticing that Club Atletico Banfield remain in top place, albeit only on goal difference from Newell's Old Boys who have a cupboard full of championship trophies. Banfield's best ever top division finish was second in 1951 and again in 2005's Clausura.


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With 5 rounds to play the situation in Japan is
Kawasaki Frontale 52 points (+15)
Kashima Antlers 51 (10)
Gamba Osaka 50 (15)
Shimizu S-Pulse 50 (14)

Kashima Antlers have six titles, all in the professional era
Gamba Osaka won in 2005
Shimizu S-Pulse have never won the title,
Kawasaki Verdy won the first two professional titles (93 and 94) and their predecessors, Yomiuri won the last two old titles (and 3 earlier ones), but as the club is called Verdy, I assume this is now Tokyo Verdy, and not Frontale (who I think play in light and dark blue) Kawasaki Frontale stay a point ahead, with three rounds before the December finale to the league.




On 22 November, Kawasaki lost 1-0 at Oita, and despite winning the last two games, 1-0 v Albirex Niigata and 3-2 at Kashiwa Reysol, the title returns to Kashima, who won all of the final three game



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Almost there now in Argentina in the Apertura 2009. Several clubs have finished their fixtures. Others have one or two more games to play. Club Atletico Banfield are two points clear at the top with two to play. Only Newell's Old Boys (two points behind with two to play) or Velez Sarsfield (five points behind with two to play) can now deprive them of their virgin championship. Banfield could clinch it tomorrow evening when they play bottom-placed Tigre at home, depending upon the outcome of Newell's game tonight at Gimnasia la Plata.


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It turns out that both Argentine games were last night (because of the time difference, Banfield's game was listed as 10 Dec, but actually kicked off at a quarter past midnight UK time). Banfield beat Tigre 1-0 and Newell's won 2-0 at Gimnasia. So it goes to the last day - with Banfield having played 18, 41 points and Newell's played 18, 39 points. Banfield are away at Boca Juniors this weekend, whilst Newell's play San Lorenzo at home.


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so is a draw good enough for banfield or is there a play-off system?

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If they finish level it goes to a play off on a neutral ground. Goal difference in Argentina does not count. Estudientes won such a play off a few years ago lead by Sebastian Veron.

I lived in Argentina for three years and saw some excellent games and visited over 30 of the grounds, it is like stepping back to the 70's.

Was lucky enough to see NOB in the game they won their last championship in, they lost 0-2 at Independiente but other results went their way. It was so hot the police hosed down the crowd during most of the game. The two clubs fans are very friendly and the whole stadium celebrated when the final whistle went. Banfield have gone close a few years ago and it's great if a new team wins. Lanus won for the first time a couple of years ago and then faded back to mid table.



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thanks for that info and yes i agree that new champions is really great ; it lets another set of supporters
enjoy that special moment

i fell in love with argentine football many years ago when i lived in s america and was lucky enough to see games broadcast live every week


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European Calendar Year Champions 2009

Armenia - Pyunik Yerevan - 9th consecutive title
Belaurus - BATE - 6th time, 4th consecutive
Estonia - Levadia - 7th title - 4 consecutive
Faroe Islands - HB - 20th title
Finland - HJK - 22nd title
Iceland - FH (Hafnarfjörður) - five out of last 6
Ireland - Bohemians - 11th title, also won in 2008
Kazakhstan - FK Aktobe - 4th title, including last three
Latvia - Liepajas Metalurgs - 2nd time since independence, breaking a run of 3 wins for Ventspils. Skonto won 14 from 1991 to 2004
Lithuania - EKranes - 4th since independence, two in a row.
Norway - Rosenborg - 21st time
Russia - Rubin Kazan - 2nd consecutive
Sweden - AIK - 11th time, but first since 1998

- sorry, no Virgins this tme



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Banfield lost 2-0 at Boca, but Newell's also lost 2-0 at home to San Lorenzo. So Club Atletico Banfield are Virgin Champions of Argentina. Hopefully our man-on-the-spot Chef66 will be returning with some reports of the action.

Here's a picture I took in October of some Banfield supporters in celebratory mood.
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An update on potential Virgin champions focusing on Europe :

Thirteen games to go in Germany and unbeaten Bayer Leverkusen head improving Bayern only by 2 goals with Schalke 3 points adrift. Leverkusen have bottled it before - can they hold on this time, I wonder. No one else really in contention

In France there are 17 games left and the nearest challengers to reigning champions Bordeaux are virgin contenders Montpelier who I suspect will be mighty happy simply to finish in a European qualifying place in this, their first season back in the top flight. They trail by 3 points.

In Portugal's 30-game top division, it's Benfica with 46 points from 19 games; Sporting Braga with 45 from 18 and Porto 39 from 18. The rest are miles behind. Braga still have to go to Benfica but with a 2-0 home win already under their belts they are handily placed to win the title for the first time - in the event of the top two finishing level, head-to-head records count first so a draw in Lisbon would be a big step forward for the Minho club.

It's halfway in Romania where they have had virgin champions the last two seasons in Cluj and Unirea Urziceni. They're the current top two but within 4 points are two more who would be Virgin Champions if crowned - Timisoara 3 back and Vaslui 4 adrift. Steaua and Rapid also hover, as usual........

The Czechs have just entered the second half of their season and would-be virgin champs Teplice are top on goal dofference with a game in hand. Another novice, Jablonec, are only one point adrift in fourth

In neighbouring Slovakia the wannabees are Dukla Banska Bystrica in third, two points behind Zilina with Slovan tucked in between.

Twelve games left in Holland and FC Twente are having another good go at their first championship - they are three behind PSV and only last week lost their first league game of the season. The wally with the brolly hopes.............

In Turkey Bursaspor (3rd) and Kayserispor (4th) chase Gala and Fener, probably in vain, but they're hanging in so far.

Halfway also in Hungary and Videoton head last years virgins Debrecen by 2 points. Their previous best is runners-up back in 1976.

In Slovenia, it would be a first timer for Koper. With 14games left out of the 36 game season they are 5 ahead of Maribor and must be in with a shout.

It's only the fourth year of the Montenegrin top league and every year so far has seen a new champion crowned. This year 2008 champions Buducnost Podgorica are level with Rudar Plevlja , 9 points clear as they enter the second half of the season so it may yet happen again.

I suspect that by the next update, many of these challengers will have faded away..............................


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With Bayern Munchen losing on Saturday, Schalke beat Leverkusen 2-0 away (Kuranyi scored twice in the first half).
This was Leverkusen's third defeat of the season, leaving them three points behind Bayern - but it places Schalke two points above Bavarians.
Schalke have won the German Championship 7 times, and appeared in 9 finals (6 won between 1933 and 1942). But Schalke's last title was in 1958, while the Bundesliga was not started until 1963, so they have the chance to win their first Bundesliga title.

Accross the border in the Netherlands, Twente have followed last weekend's draw at PSV with a 3-0 win over Sparta. Ajax and PSV play matches today; if both win, then Twente will have a four point advantage on Ajax, five on PSV - with five games to play.



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It ain't gonna happen in Germany now but top marks to Steve McLaren whose FC Twente Enschede today lifted the Dutch title for the first time.


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Bet the British press still call him the Wally with the brolly thoughCrazy


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First update of the new season :

A couple of our near neighbours have current table-toppers who have never won the league.

In France, Rennes, who have been getting closer for a few years now, are unbeaten in the first eight games. They sit one point in front of a rejuvenated St Etienne with Lille, Toulouse and Brest a further three points back.

In Germany Mainz have astonished everyone with their 7 wins out of 7, including away at champions Bayern. They are 3 ahead of Dortmund with Hannover a further 5 behind with the pack trailing.

In Spain, Valencia lead the way one point ahead of Villareal who have won 5 out of 6 as they continue their attempt to become Virgin Champions. A consistently terrific effort by this small-town club though one suspects the natural order of things will assert itself in due course.

Meanwhile in the far north, Breidablik became champions of Iceland for the first time, pipping serial champs FH on goal difference. IBV will be kicking themselves as they lost the final game 4-1 at Keflavik and finished third, two points adrift.


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About time to revisit this thread, easpecially as a run of five successive wins have put Rennes on top of the French League again.
1954 champions Lille, and current champions Marseille meet in the Velodrome tonight. If Lille win, they will return to the top of the table, while a Marseille win will place them back in second, and only a point behind Rennes.



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In their next 2 games Rennes are at home to Marseille then away to Lyon, which will certainly make or break their season.



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Been awhile since I updated this one so here goes :

The changing of the guard continues in Romania where, following recent first-time successes for CFR Cluj and Unirea Urziceni, Champions for 2010/11 are Otelul Galati who finished four points clear. Indeed none of the top three had ever won the league with Timisoara finishing second and Vaslui third. Two years on from that first title win, Unirea were relegated.

A similar story across the border in Hungary where Videoton finally claimed their first-ever crown finishing 5 points clear of Paks, who would have been another virgin champion, with the rest miles behind.

Newbies also in Macedonia where Skendija from Tetovo romped away with their first ever title. Their wiki page suggests they may be an "interesting" place to visit in next years European campaigns. As a byline, probably the most famous of the Macedonian clubs - Vardar Skopje - who were the only club from that region to ever become Yugloslav Champions, were relegated this season.

Likewise a first-time success in the Czech Republic where Viktoria Plzen have pipped Sparta Prague for their first ever title with the pack well adrift of these two.

And yet another in the east where Dacia Chisinau have lost only once in leaving Sheriff Tiraspol well behind to claim their first Moldovan national championship.

Not new but a long time since......................Lille are French Champions for the first time in 57 years.


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Interesting that is an understatement , the fans (Ballistets, named after WW2 Albania fighters) have a dislike for anything Macedonian. This was the teams first year in Div 1 since 07/08 after winning Div 2 in 2009/10. They were relegated in 07/08 then had 2 season regrouping in D2 , 08/09 missed out in promotion play offs and then winning championship. Albanian money appears to be driving the club forward. Their fans are regarded as the worst hooligans in Macedonia and enjoy burning the Macedonian flag , just a glimpse = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2JAGoBeooU and inside grounds = http://www.youtube.com/...8VL_3oA6KKc&NR=1




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Renova won the Macedonian League last year, but the stadium in Tetovo wasn't up to UEFA standards, so they played their Champions League Qualifier in Skopje. The stadium also didn't meet the standards for UEFA when Renova played in the 2009/10 Europa League Qualifiers. Unless, things have changed in Tetovo, Skendija could very well play their European Qualifiers in Skopje.

Yes, Vardar have been relegated, but there was a report that the first division might be expanded, and thus save Vardar from relegation. Haven't heard much more about this lately though.



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Congratulations to Guangzhou Evergrande (formerly known as Guangzho Apollo or just plain Guangzhou) on winning their first Chinese Super League title, just one season after returning to the top flight. (They were relegated two seasons ago for match fixing).

Before anyone asks, my understanding is this time they bought the title through legitimate means, (the way Chelsea and Man City operate).

They are listed by wikipedia as playing at the Tianhe stadium, where I saw them win 4-1 in 1996. At that time, that was an away match against Songri, whereas the match against Guangdong, which I saw the previous week was at the older, more central and more interesting Yeuxie stadium



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There should be an interesting finish to the J League. With five rounds to play, Kashiwa Reysol are ahead in their efforts to win the title for the first time. They lead Gamba Osaka (2005 Champions) by two points and Nagoya Grampus (current champions) by three. Urawa Reds (2006 champions) are in the relegation zone.
Reysol will finish the season at the Reds in the first week of December.

No such excitment in South Korea. Jeonbuk Motors need one point from their final two games to clinch the title last won in 2009, (if level positions are decided by head to head, then they are already winners). There are play offs as well at the end of the season, to confuse matters.

Having won the Malaysia Cup and finished runners up in the Championship last season, Kelantan won the Malaysian League for the first time this year. Negeri Sembilan and Terengganu have both won the away legs of their Malaysia Cup semi-finals.

Singapore is a little more complex, as teams have an uneven number of games played, but it is unlikely that Etoile can repeat their debut season championship, or that the Singapore Armed Forces can regain the title held in the previous four seasons. So it is probably between Tampines Rovers (2004 and 2005 champions) and Home United (2003 winners). Tampines hold a two point lead with six to play.

In Thailand, Buriram PEA lead the race. This would be the first time the title goes to Buriram, but PEA won the title in 2008, when based at Ayutthaya. PEA (Provincial Electricity Authority) hold a six point lead over Muan Thong United, champions in each of the last two seasons



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In front of 54,441 at saitama Stadium, Kashiwa Reysol took their first Japanese title on Saturday
They needed to beat Urawa Reds to take the title, and did this by 3-1. The Brazilian Jorge Wagner opened the scoring on 28 minutes, while Hashimoto and Barada added the other goals.

Reysol ended up ahead of Nagoya Grampus by one point, and Gamba Osaka by two. These two both won away from home on the final day.

With FIFA's World Club championship returning to Japan, Reysol immediately move forward into this competition as host country champions. As I write (ten minutes to play), they are 2-0 up on the Oceania Champions, Auckland City who themselves have a 100% record early in their domestic season



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A quick peek across Europe to see if there are likely to be any first-time champions this season :

France : Montpellier are just behind PSG but still have to visit Paris, having been thumped 3-0 in the reverse fixture at La Mosson. Unlikely but still possible, with Lille also still in contention.

Bulgaria : Just promoted to the top division for the first time in their history, Ludgorets Razgrad lead CSKA on goal difference at the half-way stage with another virgin, Chernomorets Burgas three points adrift

Austria : SV Ried are one goal behind Rapid Wien as they enjoy their winter break. This is a very close league with the top teams having only won 8 of 19 league games.

Germany : Just into the second half of the season and Schalke are one of three teams level on points at the top. As ever, the Bundesliga is one of the most difficult leagues to predict with only one point covering the top four, one of which - Moenchengladbach - only survived last season by winning the relegation play-off.

Italy : Udinese lie third, 3 points off Juventus. Their competition is fierce with Milan also above them and improving Inter just behind, so winning the title is a long shot.

A short list of possibles this time round...............maybe none at all by the time the fat bloke clears his throat.


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Is he pompous as well? Tongue



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Germany : Just into the second half of the season and Schalke are one of three teams level on points at the top. As ever, the Bundesliga is one of the most difficult leagues to predict with only one point covering the top four, one of which - Moenchengladbach - only survived last season by winning the relegation play-off.


I see you subscribe to the 'German football only started in 1963' view. I assume you therefore believe Liverpool have never been English champions.


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Germany : Just into the second half of the season and Schalke are one of three teams level on points at the top.


I see you subscribe to the 'German football only started in 1963' view.

Indeed , knocking nearly 60 years off Schalke's history and many National titles !




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I see you subscribe to the 'German football only started in 1963' view.

Indeed , knocking nearly 60 years off Schalke's history and many National titles !



You know what I mean. Pedant.

It wasn't won in league format back then..............Unsure


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One that is looking increasingly likely is Ironi Kiryat Shmona in Israel, who are now 10 points clear at the top. They have only lost one of 23 matches (which was at home).

Kiryat Shmona is a small town (pop 23,000) in the north of the country. The club has decent attendances considering the town's size (last season they were 7th of 12 in the Premier League terms of attendance), but the club's main source of funding is businessman Izzy Sheratzky, who apparently isn't even much of a football fan, but invests heavily in the town in general:

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Kiryat Shmona now only require six points from their final seven matches to finish the season as champions. The club have already won the Toto Cup (the equivalent of the League Cup).


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Perth Glory have beaten Central Coast Mariners on penalties to advance to the A-League grand final for the first time. They face current champions Brisbane Roar on 22 April.
Of course, this assumes football in Australia started with the A-League in 2005. Perth Glory won the old National Soccer League title in both its last two seasons, 2002-3 and 2003-4. (There was no national championship in 2004-5).
Central Coast were Premiers (winners of the home/away league title) for the second time, but have still not been overall champions.
Crowds in the A-League were up this season, topping a 10,000 average for the first time in three seasons. Melbourne Victory averaged just over 20,000 while troubled Gold Coast United barely got more than 3,500. Gold Coast do not have a license for next season



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Denmark: Amazingly FC København have squandered a healthy lead leaving FC Nordsjælland in the driving seat (2 points lead) before the last round of games on Wednesday.


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France : Montpellier are just behind PSG but still have to visit Paris, having been thumped 3-0 in the reverse fixture at La Mosson. Unlikely but still possible, with Lille also still in contention.


Montpellier win league!!



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Denmark: Amazingly FC København have squandered a healthy lead leaving FC Nordsjælland in the driving seat (2 points lead) before the last round of games on Wednesday.



FC Nordsjælland kept their nerve and beat Horsens 3-0 yesterday to win their first championship. Andreas Laudrup, son of Michael Laudrup, got the very important 2nd goal with 8 minutes remaining.

FC Nordsjælland trailed FC København by 13 points at one point of the season.


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Bulgaria : Just promoted to the top division for the first time in their history, Ludgorets Razgrad lead CSKA on goal difference at the half-way stage with another virgin, Chernomorets Burgas three points adrift

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Finished champions.

Quite a finish. They won 1-0 at home against CSKA Sofia yesterday in the last game of the season. CSKA were 2 points ahead before that game, and only needed a draw.



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Bulgaria : Just promoted to the top division for the first time in their history, Ludgorets Razgrad lead CSKA on goal difference at the half-way stage with another virgin, Chernomorets Burgas three points adrift

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Finished champions.

Quite a finish. They won 1-0 at home against CSKA Sofia yesterday in the last game of the season. CSKA were 2 points ahead before that game, and only needed a draw.



Indeed quite a story - they also won the Bulgarian Cup this season, all this after only spending one year in the second division in a remarkable rise from obscurity


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Been a while since this thread was active, so nice to report four virgin champions in Europe in 2014/15 in the forms of Midtjylland in Denmark, and Gent who finished second in the regular season in Belgium but won the Championship Play-off group to claim their first title after 115 years in a league system that is becoming more and more indecipherable by the season. Also virgin champions in Slovakia where despite having a ground capacity of only 4,500 AS Trencin came out on top, and yet another probably more obscure name topped the charts in Moldova in the shape of Milsami Orhei.
If I've missed any, please feel free to add.........


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Moldova was very interesting. The top 3 teams all had 55 points with Milsami winning on a head to head basis with them beating Dacia on the last day. Dacia 2nd and Sheriff who had the best goal difference third. 2 clubs also withdrew during the season Veris were top at the time when their owner withdrew from the league.


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Been a while since this thread was active, so nice to report four virgin champions in Europe in 2014/15 in the forms of Midtjylland in Denmark,


Very good to get this thread resurrected.

Midtjylland is a 1999 vintage superstructure built on Ikast FS and Herning Fremad neither of which ever won the championship. Ikast had 17 seasons in the top flight, reaching the cup final on three occasions, while Herning had a couple of season at the top in the early 1980s. When paid football was introduced in Denmark in 1978, Herning made a publicity stunt by signing Bobby Moore. He played just nine games and never made any great impression on the pitch.

A superstructure construction is common in Denmark, both parent clubs remain as separate clubs running adult sides at lower levels and youth sides, women sides etc. The professional entity is for all practical purposes detached from the parent clubs. This is by and large not different to how other clubs are run.

Ikast FS are at level 6 this season and being promoted, Herning Fremad are at level 5.


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A superstructure construction is common in Denmark, both parent clubs remain as separate clubs running adult sides at lower levels and youth sides, women sides etc. The professional entity is for all practical purposes detached from the parent clubs. This is by and large not different to how other clubs are run.


This sounds similar to the structure of some rugby league clubs in Australia - a few were forced to form joint venture teams in the late 1990s as a result of "rationalisation" (unsurprisingly, Rupert Murdoch was involved), but remain independent clubs with separate youth teams.


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Anyone likely in the next 30 years to become Virgin champions in England ?

Possibly.



You'll be telling me next that Leicester were top of your "possibly" list

Nearly there...............


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7 years on and I will change to probably.




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So, we have first-time champions in England, and Romania, where Astra Giurgiu have won the league.

As far as I can work out, around Europe we also have:

Currently leading the league
Alashkert look almost certain to win their first title in Armenia (9 points ahead with three matches left).

Mladost Podgorica are four points clear in Montenegro with four matches to go.

Still in with a chance of winning
Denmark: SønderjyskE still have a chance of winning the title, although it's highly unlikely - four points behind FC Copenhagen and having played a game more.

Poland: Piast Gliwice - three points behind Legia Warsaw with two matches left.

Russia: FC Rostov - two points behind CSKA Moscow with three matches left


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Mladost Podgorica are confirmed as first-time champions in Montenegro after a 2-1 win at nearest rivals Buducnost.

Piast Gliwice and SønderjyskE have missed out on the title, whilst in Russia it's going down to the final match with Rostov still two points behind. They are away at Terek Grozny (who are 7th) whilst CSKA are away at Rubin Kazan (10th). If Rostov win and CSKA draw, it goes down to the head-to-head record, which Rostov have the upper hand in (won 2-0 at home, lost 2-1 away).


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The latest virgin champion appears in the Faroe Islands where Vikingur Gota won the title by a point ahead of KI Klaksvik.
More interesting however is the continued and relentless rise of RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga. I know it's only 11 rounds in,but the newcomers are three points clear of Bayern and, like Hoffenheim, are undefeated so far. Now, wouldn't theirs be a popular win should it occur Angelic


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More interesting however is the continued and relentless rise of RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga. I know it's only 11 rounds in,but the newcomers are three points clear of Bayern and, like Hoffenheim, are undefeated so far. Now, wouldn't theirs be a popular win should it occur Angelic


A couple of weeks ago Talk Sport were speculating on rumours that RB were about to take over Swindon Town. The presenter informed us that RB Leipzig were unpopular in Germany....because everyone's jealous of their money Crazy (Might be one for 'sports presenters mistakes')


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More Virgin Champions - in Finland there were new top-dogs for the second consecutive year. Last time it was SJK from Seinajoki; this time it's IFK Mariehamn from the Swedish-speaking island of Aland who won their final game against Ilves in front of a crowd of 4,535.

Meanwhile, across the Baltic, Spartaks Jurmala won their first national title in Latvia; they were only founded in 2007.

Likewise, next door in Estonia, it was another first-timer when Infonet (with a ground capacity of 400 according to Wiki) finished two points ahead of Levadia. Their penultimate match was a home game that attracted a crowd of 186 but there was a more respectable (good for Estonia) crowd of 826 to see them clinch the title at Nomme Kalju's Hiiu Stadium on November 5th.

No such fun sadly in nearby Lithuania which finishes its season this weekend with multiple title-winners Zhalgiris Vilnius already assured of another championship.


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Due to Georgia switching to summer football next season, the 2016 season was a transitional curtailed season which divided the league into two groups of 7 with the group winners playing off over two legs to decide the title. Both participants were title virgins but successful by 4-2 on aggregate, Samtredia defeated Chikhura Sachkhere a couple of weeks ago to claim next season's Champions League slot.


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More Virgin Champions - in Finland there were new top-dogs for the second consecutive year. Last time it was SJK from Seinajoki; this time it's IFK Mariehamn from the Swedish-speaking island of Aland who won their final game against Ilves in front of a crowd of 4,535.

Meanwhile, across the Baltic, Spartaks Jurmala won their first national title in Latvia; they were only founded in 2007.

Likewise, next door in Estonia, it was another first-timer when Infonet (with a ground capacity of 400 according to Wiki) finished two points ahead of Levadia. Their penultimate match was a home game that attracted a crowd of 186 but there was a more respectable (good for Estonia) crowd of 826 to see them clinch the title at Nomme Kalju's Hiiu Stadium on November 5th.

No such fun sadly in nearby Lithuania which finishes its season this weekend with multiple title-winners Zhalgiris Vilnius already assured of another championship.

Are they related to the Jurmala I saw out there against Skonto Riga, probably around 2004?



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No.




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The also appear to have no relationship with either Jurmala club, FC Jurmala and FK Jurmala VV - both of which were sharing the Skolas Stadium when I saw FK J VV win 2-0 (technically an away win) in 2011



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7 games to go but Istanbul Basaksehir have a fighting chance of winning title.


They are currently 2nd behind Besiktas and 5 points behind but Besiktas go there on the 30th April weekend.


They are 6/7 points ahead of 3rd placed Fenerbahce and 4th Galatasaray and recently beat Galatasaray 4-0 at the Fatih Termin Stadium in front of 7,697 which included a hat trick for Emmanuel Adebayor.




July 1, 2018 to June 30,2019 = 198 / 163 / 35 (You know my rules) @ 18 /03 /2019.( Only 16 x 0-0's - ( 2 on trot at mo !).


Project TFTopTierUEFAGrounds2018/19. Clubs 712.Grounds (Variable).(Inc Summer Leagues 2019. TBC) .
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We have had one virgin champion in UEFA so far in 2016/17: KF Trepça'89 in Kosovo

There are some other potentials:

Albania: With four matches left, Kukësi are top of the table on goal difference from Partizan Tirana

Croatia: Rijeka are five points clear of Dinamo Zagreb with four matches left, although they have to play Dinamo away from home.

Poland: Jagiellonia Bialystok are top of the table on head-to-head against Lech Poznan with four games to play. Lechia Gdansk are fourth and one point behind.

Romania: Viitorul Constanta are top of the table on head-to-head against Steaua with one game remaining

Turkey: Istanbul Basaksehir have narrowed the gap to two points with four matches left

Some long shots:
Armenia: Gandzasar Kapan are five points behind Alaskert with four matches left

Cyprus: AEK Larnaca are four points behind APOEL with two matches left (although AEK were formed by a merger of clubs, once of which had won the title previously)

Moldova: Zaria Balti are three points behind leaders Milsami Orhei with a game in hand, although they are currently fourth as two other clubs are a point ahead with two games left.

Montenegro: Decic are five points behind leaders Buducnost Podgorica with four matches left (although they are also currently fourth)


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Job done for Rijeka in their penultimate league game today, still five points clear of Dinamo Zagreb with only the game at Maksimir left. Their championship follows three years as runner-up to Dinamo.


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Job done for Rijeka in their penultimate league game today, still five points clear of Dinamo Zagreb with only the game at Maksimir left. Their championship follows three years as runner-up to Dinamo.


Meanwhile Kukësi in Albania and Viitorul Constanta in Romania have also claimed their respective titles for the first time. Viitorul were only founded in 2009 and playing at a ground with a capacity of 4,500.


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Toronto FC won the MLS Cup for the first time in their history. The USA champions, won the championship game, the MLS Cup, beating Seattle Sounders 2-0. In the USA there are no champions after the regular season and everything is decided at the end of season play-offs ending with the MLS Cup. Since Toronto are Canadian they aren't eligible to represent USA in the CONCAAF Champions League next season but Toronto also won the Canadian National title which gives them entry into the Champions League.


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Only just noticed that there were Virgin Champions in Lithuania with Suduva Marijampole heading Zalgiris Vilnius by a single point


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Also looking highly likely that Spartak Trnava will win their first Slovakian title (although they had previously been champions of the Czechoslovakian League).


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Spartak win the league with a 2-0 victory over DAC
I'm dissapointed they did not leave it to the last day, when I am due to visit!

The attendance for the game is given as 16,832 - with DAC the only team whose average exceeds that of Spartak.
The figure is not bad in a league where the average is under 3000

Highest crowd in the league since 2005/6 season.
European Football Statistics website gives highest attendances since 2003/4, in which time only Spartak has had 16,000+ crowds, and only on three occasions!



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Since being confirmed as champions, Spartak have lost twice with a 0-8 aggregate. Didn't stop 17,000 on the stadium from celebrating.



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Couple of thousand spare seats were available in the crowd of 17,113 noticeable in video at 01-00..


19,200 capacity.




If you don't fancy the whole video the crowd scenes at 04-30 onwards are worth watching = http://www.fortunaliga.sk/zapas/1170-trn-tre




Scroll down , the video does appear slowly under Information k Zapusu ( the man and woman figures turn into video in time ).




July 1, 2018 to June 30,2019 = 198 / 163 / 35 (You know my rules) @ 18 /03 /2019.( Only 16 x 0-0's - ( 2 on trot at mo !).


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(This post was edited by dottirofhod on May 19, 2018, 10:30 PM)


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Virgin champions in Latvia with FC Riga who were only formed in 2014 and who share the Skonto stadium


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Virgin champions in Latvia with FC Riga who were only formed in 2014 and who share the Skonto stadium

Share it with who?


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Virgin champions in Latvia with FC Riga who were only formed in 2014 and who share the Skonto stadium

Share it with who?.
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Even National side gone back to Daugava.

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July 1, 2018 to June 30,2019 = 198 / 163 / 35 (You know my rules) @ 18 /03 /2019.( Only 16 x 0-0's - ( 2 on trot at mo !).


Project TFTopTierUEFAGrounds2018/19. Clubs 712.Grounds (Variable).(Inc Summer Leagues 2019. TBC) .
Need - 105 (14-75 %) @ 11/03/2019.


 
 


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