On this week’s good, the bad and the ugly we feature lots of winners, some losers and Joey Barton! Click on the links below to find out more about the stories we feature.
Good: 2008 Champions League Final
Manchester United are the winners of the Champions League for the third time in their history after beating Chelsea on penalties. United’s double of Premier League and Champions League is a fitting tribute to those lost in the Munich air disaster 5o years ago. They remained unbeaten in 13 matches during the competition and in Ronaldo they had the leading scorer with 8 goals. Worthy champions indeed.
Inter fight off last-day nerves and hold on to win the Serie A title for the third time in a row thanks to an Ibrahimovic brace against Parma. They will face Roma for the fourth consecutive time in the Italian Cup final this weekend in an attempt to complete a double. One team that has already won their domestic cup is Portsmouth who beat Cardiff City 1-0 to claim the trophy for the first time since 1939.
In Copa Libertadores quarter final second leg matches Fluminense and Boca Juniors both qualify for the semi-final stage with Boca scoring an impressive 3-0 away win in Mexico. Congratulations yet again to Lyon for winning the French Ligue 1 title after beating Auxerre to claim their seventh title in a row and to Celtic who won their third Scottish title in a row after pipping Rangers at the post.
It was a bad night for Chelsea after losing the Champions League final which meant their season ended without any silverware. With Didier Drogba being sent off for a petulant slap and captain John Terry missing a glorious chance to win the game in the penalty shoot-out the Blues have only themselves to blame after seeing the game slip away from them.
Despite beating Udinese 4-1 AC Milan don’t qualify for the Champions League next season and instead will have to play in the UEFA Cup. With a host of players retiring from the club and many more rumoured to join it looks like the rossoneri are facing an uncertain future. It was also bad for two former European winners, Parma and Zaragoza (Thanks Nayim!), who both go down to their respective second divisions in Italy and Spain.
Talking of going down. A player who has featured more than most in the ugly section of our show, Joey Barton, was sentenced to six months in jail after admitting to violent behaviour. It will be interesting to see if his club Newcastle stand beside him or terminate his contract.