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On this week’s review section we salute the champions of Italy and the Europa League, while relegated Blackburn and Spanish side Granada both feature in our bad and ugly sections. You can listen to these and other stories on our weekly podcast and can find explanations of key vocabulary in bold below.
Congratulations to Italian side Juventus who were crowned champions of Serie A last weekend after they defeated Cagliari 2-0 away and rivals AC Milan were beaten in a pulsating derby against Inter. It was Juve’s first title win in nine years and completes their comeback after the Calciopoli scandal and subsequent relegation to Serie B six years ago. This was the Old Lady‘s record-breaking 28th title and remarkably they could go through the whole season without losing a match. Well done also to Atletico Madrid who easily defeated Bilbao in the final of the Europa League. After scoring the winner for Porto in last year’s final, Falcao notched a double to help Atletico win the trophy for the second time in three years.
Ugly scenes in La Liga where Granada winger Dani Benitez was banned for three months after he threw a plastic bottle at the referee in Granada’s home defeat against Spanish champions Real Madrid. The winger was angry at the fact that his side conceded two late controversial goals against Madrid which could have helped his side to stave off relegation (and, of course, beat the champions). The Spanish FA banned him for ‘an act of aggression against a match official’ and though Benitez apologised he will be out of the game for the first part of next season. Ugly indeed.
crowned champions: Became champions, won the league title
pulsating: Extremely exciting
Old Lady: the nickname of the Juventus
notched a double: Scored twice
resurgent: New life into the team, the team has been playing very well.
the full backing: The complete support
there have been calls for his head: People want him to be fired/sacked
conceded: Let in a goal
to stave off: To fight off, to beat/avoid relegation