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On this week’s review section we salute the champions of Spain and Holland, wonder what happened to Manchester United and are shocked to see a manager attack a player in Italy. You can listen to these and other stories on our weekly podcast and can find explanations of key vocabulary in bold below.
Congratulations to both Real Madrid and Ajax who were crowned champions in their respective leagues at the weekend. The Dutch side wrapped up their second title in a row by virtue of a 2-0 win over VVV Venlo. Meanwhile Real ended Barcelona’s three-year domination of the Spanish title by defeating Bilbao 3-0 on the road. This was the Madrid club’s 32nd title, while it was Jose Mourinho’s 7th title in four different countries. They have scored more goals than anyone – currently 115 – and could break the 100 point mark, a mark that no other Spanish club has ever managed to do. People may claim that Barca threw the title away but if they did it was only because of the pace, the power and the pressure of a very, very good Real Madrid side.
Ugly scenes again in Serie A as the Fiorentina manager Delio Rossi has been fired from his post after attacking one of his players, Adem Ljajic, who he felt had disrespected his decision to substitute the player. The manager jumped down into the dug-out and aimed a punch at the player before being restrained by his coaching staff. The Italian league has suspended the manager for three months and fined him €15000 and while the Fiorentina president defended the manager’s character by stating that ‘… the coach has never committed acts of this kind’ they still fired him. Ugly indeed.
crowned champions: Became champions, won the league title
wrapped up: To win (finally)
on the road: Away from home
the dug-out: the bench, the place where the substitutes sit
being restrained by : Held back
< rong> a different tactic; an alternative way of playing