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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.


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



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.




From July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 = 27 / 25 / 2. (You know my rules) @ 08 /08 /2018.
Benelux. B = 0-0-0- ( 1-0-0 ) - ( 5-0-3-2 ) UPDATED. Ta Reg. Lux = 0-0. Neth = 0-0-0 - ( 7 - 3 ).
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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.




From July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 = 27 / 25 / 2. (You know my rules) @ 08 /08 /2018.
Benelux. B = 0-0-0- ( 1-0-0 ) - ( 5-0-3-2 ) UPDATED. Ta Reg. Lux = 0-0. Neth = 0-0-0 - ( 7 - 3 ).
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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.




From July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 = 27 / 25 / 2. (You know my rules) @ 08 /08 /2018.
Benelux. B = 0-0-0- ( 1-0-0 ) - ( 5-0-3-2 ) UPDATED. Ta Reg. Lux = 0-0. Neth = 0-0-0 - ( 7 - 3 ).
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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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Croatia: Rijeka are five points clear of Dinamo Zagreb with four matches left, although they have to play Dinamo away from home.


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


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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