While fans around the continent gear up to Euro 2020 – a year later than billed – and the excitement that a major tournament provides, there’s no denying that those that fancy a flutter will be checking out the bet exchange odds. But before we revel in the hope that it could finally be that football’s coming home, what better time to take stock of the domestic season just gone, before our favorite stars spring into international action.
Champions: Bayern Munich
It was no surprise to see the Bavarian club lift their ninth successive league title. Hansi Flick’s side wrapped things up with three games to spare, finishing 13 points clear of RB Leipzig in second place. It marked Bayern’s 30th title in the Bundesliga era, and it was celebrated with a fifth gold star added to the club badge.
Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski
Again, fairly predictably, Polish international, Lewandowski fired his way to the top of the charts. A fourth successive Golden Boot for Lewandowski, who has dominated the Bundesliga for the last decade. He notched 41 goals, breaking the record set by Gerd Muller in the 1971-72 campaign.
Promoted for 2021-22: VfL Bochum and Greuther Fürth
Greuther Fürth will be making just their second appearance in Germany’s top-flight, having previously been promoted in 2011-12. Sadly, their stay was short-lived and the following season, they were relegated.
Champions: Atlético Madrid
It went down to the final match in Spain, with both Madrid clubs – Real and Atléti – battling it out for the title. Diego Simeone’s side just needed to win to secure the title and they did just that. Despite going behind to Real Valladolid, Atléti ran out 2-1 winners to secure their 11th league title.
Top Scorer: Lionel Messi
The Argentinean forward landed La Liga’s Golden Boot for a fifth successive season – and an eighth in total. Although the Catalan club finished third in the division, seven points adrift of the winners, Messi scored 30 goals in the campaign just finished.
Promoted for 2021-22: Espanyol, Mallorca and TBC
Both Espanyol and Mallorca return to Spain’s top-flight, after a year away. The third and final team will be promoted in the play-off final, which takes place on June 20th.
There was a shock at the top of Ligue 1 as Lille snatched the title from defending champions, Paris Saint-Germain. Lille finished a point ahead of the French giants, winning their fourth league title – but they’re first in a decade. Having spent the latter part of the campaign at the summit, it was thoroughly deserved.
Top Scorer: Kylian Mbappe
Despite being pipped at the post, PSG was on top when it came to landing the Golden Boot. It was a third successive individual accolade for Mbappe, who scored 27 league goals for the Parisienne club last season, and will be looking for more of the same at Euro 2020.
Promoted for 2021-22: Troyes and Clermont
Clermont makes their debut in Ligue 1, having finished second in Ligue 2 last campaign.
Champions: Manchester City
The Premier League title returned to Manchester, as Pep Guardiola guided his side to another championship. It marked Guardiola’s third title as the Citizens’ boss, and in the end, it was a comfortable finish. With 12 points separating City from their rivals in red, United – Manchester is blue.
Top Scorer: Harry Kane
He’s leading the way to fire England to glory at Euro 2020, and Kane made it a hat-trick of Premier League Golden Boot awards. Despite his club, Tottenham Hotspur finishing seventh in the table, Kane scored 27 goals.
Promoted for 2021-22: Norwich, Watford, and Brentford
Norwich and Watford return after a year’s absence, but Brentford plays Premier League football for the first time in their history – and return to the English top-flight after 74 years.
Champions: Inter Milan
After Juventus’ dominance over the last nine campaigns, the Scudetto finally made its way back to Milan – with Internazionale crowned champions. They secured first place with four games to spare, and also finished ahead of their rivals, AC Milan, by 12 points.
Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo
There’s no denying Juventus were well and truly beaten to the Scudetto, finishing fourth. But Ronaldo made it another record-breaking campaign, scoring 29 league goals, and became the first footballer to win the Golden Boot in three of Europe’s elite divisions: the Premier League (Manchester United), La Liga (Real Madrid), and Serie A (Juventus).
Promoted for 2021-22: Empoli, Salernitana and Venezia
Venezia was the play-off winner and return after a 19-year absence. Salernitana was re-founded in 2005, due to bankruptcy, but play in Serie A for the first time since the 1998-99 season.