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Fri­day May 12

ENG­LAND: A Michy Bat­shuayi goal gives Chelsea a 1-0 win at West Bromwich Al­bion and clinches the Pre­mier League ti­tle with two games to spare.

Satur­day May 13

AUS­TRIA: Red Bull Salzburg beat Aus­tria Vi­enna 1-0 to seal a fourth con­sec­u­tive ti­tle.

CYPRUS: APoeL seal a fifth straight ti­tle with a 3-1 vic­tory over arch-ri­vals omo­nia Ni­cosia.

GER­MANY: In­gol­stadt draw 1-1 at Freiburg and are rel­e­gated, while David Alaba and Ar­jen Robben score in stop­page time as Bay­ern Mu­nich come from be­hind to beat RB Leipzig 5-4.

ITALY: Frosi­none’s 2-1 de­feat at Ben­evento means SPAL will play in Serie A next sea­son for the first time in 49 years.

POR­TU­GAL: Ben­fica claim a fourth suc­ces­sive Por­tuguese ti­tle for the first time in their 113-year his­tory with a 5-0 vic­tory over Guimaraes.

RUS­SIA: At 43, Loko­mo­tiv Moc­cow as­sis­tant man­ager Dmitri Loskov comes on as a sub in their 4-0 win against oren­burg and be­comes the sec­ond-old­est player to play in the Rus­sian top flight.

RO­MA­NIA: Vi­itorul beat CFR Cluj 1-0 and fin­ish the sea­son level on points with FCSB, for­merly Steaua Bucharest, but win the ti­tle due to their bet­ter head-to-head record.

SOUTH AFRICA: CAF Cham­pi­ons League hold­ers Mamelodi Sun­downs be­gin their de­fence of the tro­phy with a goal­less draw at home to Saint Ge­orge of ethiopia.

URUGUAY: De­fen­sor Sport­ing beat Fenix 2-1 to win the Tor­neo Aper­tura by a point from Na­cional.

USA: Toronto ex­tend their win­ning streak to a club record six games by beat­ing Minnesota United 3-2.

WALES: Ban­gor City end the euro­pean hopes of stu­dent side Cardiff Met with a 1-0 vic­tory in the Pre­mier League play-off Fi­nal to claim a place in the europa League.

Sun­day May 14

AR­GENTINA: With a game in hand, River Plate move within four points of lead­ers Boca Ju­niors af­ter win­ning 3-1 in the Su­per­cla­sico.

ENG­LAND: Hull City lose 4-0 at Crys­tal Palace and are rel­e­gated. Tottenham Hotspur beat Manch­ester United 2-1 in the last game at White Hart Lane be­fore it is de­mol­ished.

HOL­LAND: Dirk Kuyt scores a hat-trick as Feyeno­ord beat Her­a­cles 3-1 to claim a first Dutch ti­tle since 1999. Ajax win 3-1 at Willem II with a side whose av­er­age age is 20 years and 139 days – the youngest in ere­di­visie his­tory.

SPAIN: De­spite beat­ing hosts eibar 1-0, Sport­ing Gi­jon are rel­e­gated. Cris­tiano Ron­aldo scores twice and passes the 400-goal mark for Real Madrid as they beat Sevilla 4-1.

Mon­day May 15

BRAZIL: With reports in Spain sug­gest­ing he has an agree­ment to join Real Madrid in two years time, 16-year-old Vini­cius Ju­nior – who made his Fla­mengo de­but in a 1-1 draw with Atletico Mineiro on Satur­day – signs a con­tract with the Brazil­ian club that raises his re­lease clause from 30m to 45m.

Tues­day May 16

WALES: eleven min­utes af­ter be­ing called into Wales’ squad for the Toulon tour­na­ment, Sh­effield United’s David Brooks with­draws – and is named in eng­land’s squad for the same com­pe­ti­tion.

Wed­nes­day May 17

CZECH REPUB­LIC: Fas­tav Zlin beat sec­ond-tier side opava 1-0 to win the Czech Cup for the first time.

FRANCE: Monaco beat Sain­te­ti­enne 2-0 to se­cure their first Ligue 1 ti­tle in 17 years.

GREECE: With Panathi­naikos lead­ing 1-0, their Cham­pi­ons League play-off game against PAoK is aban­doned when the vis­i­tors’ coach, Vladimir Ivic, is hit by a bot­tle thrown from the crowd.

ITALY: Ju­ven­tus beat Lazio 2-0 to win the Ital­ian Cup for a record third suc­ces­sive sea­son.

LATVIA: Ventspils beat Riga on spot-kicks af­ter draw­ing 2-2 in the Lat­vian Cup Fi­nal.

MACE­DO­NIA: Af­ter a goal­less draw, Pelis­ter beat hold­ers Shk­endija on penal­ties in the

Mace­do­nian Cup Fi­nal.

NORTH KOREA: The Asian Cup qual­i­fier be­tween North Korea and Malaysia is post­poned for a sec­ond time due to “Geo-po­lit­i­cal ten­sion” and “safety and se­cu­rity” is­sues.

RWANDA: Rayon Sports claim the Pre­mier League ti­tle with a 2-1 win over Mukura.

SOUTH AFRICA: Mamelodi Sun­downs’ 2-2 draw with Mar­itzburg United means Bid­vest Wits are Pre­mier Soccer League cham­pi­ons for the first time.

Thurs­day May 18

ENG­LAND: The FA votes in favour of ret­ro­spec­tive bans for play­ers found guilty of div­ing or feign­ing in­jury as of next sea­son.

GREECE: Owner of Greek cham­pi­ons Olympiakos, ship­ping mag­nate Evan­ge­los Mari­nakis, com­pletes his pur­chase of English sec­ond-tier side Not­ting­ham For­est.

NEW ZEALAND: Skip­per Win­ston Reid will miss the Con­fed­er­a­tions

Cup to un­dergo an op­er­a­tion for a knee in­jury. Striker Chris Wood will be cap­tain in his ab­sence.

SAUDI ARA­BIA: Saudi Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons Al Ahli added the King’s Cup with a 3-2 vic­tory over Al Ahli in the Fi­nal.

SWE­DEN: The Allsven­skan game be­tween Gothen­burg and AIK is post­poned af­ter the Swedish FA claims an AIK player was “of­fered a con­sid­er­able sum” in an al­leged match-fix­ing at­tempt.

Fri­day May 19

ENG­LAND: Ar­se­nal’s ma­jor­ity share­holder, Stan Kroenke, is re­ported to have turned down a £1bil­lion takeover bid from Alisher Us­manov, who holds a 30 per cent stake in the club.

IVORY COAST: New coach Marc Wil­mots per­suades Hertha Ber­lin striker Salomon Kalou to come out of in­ter­na­tional re­tire­ment.

QATAR: Jugurtha Ham­roun scores in in­jury time as Al Sadd beat Al Rayyan 2-1 in the Emir Cup Fi­nal

SPAIN: A goal from sub Na­cho Diaz in the sixth minute of added time gives Spain a 2-2 draw with Eng­land be­fore they go on to win the Euro­pean Un­der-17 Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal on penal­ties.

UAE: Ro­ma­nian coach Dan Pe­trescu parts com­pany with Al Nasr af­ter they lose 3-0 to Al Wahda in the Pres­i­dent’s Cup Fi­nal.

Satur­day May 20

AL­BA­NIA: Kukesi are cham­pi­ons of Al­ba­nia for the first time, seal­ing the league ti­tle with a 2-0 vic­tory over Sk­ender­beu, who had won the pre­vi­ous six cham­pi­onships.

CHILE: Hav­ing over­hauled Colo Colo with one game to go, Univer­si­dad de Chile clinch the Clausura ti­tle with a 1-0 win at home to San Luis.

GER­MANY: Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso play their last game be­fore re­tir­ing as Bay­ern Mu­nich beat Freiburg 4-1. Luca Wald­schmidt scores the win­ning goal on his 21st birth­day as Ham­burg beat Wolfs­burg 2-1 to avoid a rel­e­ga­tion/ pro­mo­tion play-off.

HON­DURAS: Marco Tulio Vega scores twice as Mo­tagua win 4-1 at Hon­duras Pro­greso in the first leg of the Clausura Fi­nal.

MALAYSIA: Dan­ish striker Ken Ilso scores twice as Kedah win the Malaysia FA Cup Fi­nal with a 3-2 vic­tory over Pa­hang.

MALTA: Flo­ri­ana win the FA Tro­phy with a 2-0 win over Sliema Wan­der­ers in the Fi­nal.

SAN MARINO: La Fiorita beat Tre

Penne 2-1 in the play-off Fi­nal. USA: Dal­las’ un­beaten start to the MLS sea­son ends with a 1-0 loss to San Jose Earth­quakes.

Sun­day May 21

coSTA ricA: Here­di­ano win 2-0 at Saprissa to claim the Ver­ano Fi­nal 5-0 on ag­gre­gate.

croA­TiA: Ri­jeka beat Cibalia 4-0 to win the Croa­t­ian ti­tle for the first time in their his­tory.

do­miNi­cAN rePUb­lic: Cibao are crowned Caribbean Club Cham­pi­ons for the first time with a 1-0 vic­tory over San Juan Jabloteh of Trinidad & Tobago in the Fi­nal.

GibrAlTAr: Europa win 2-0 at Glacis United to claim the ti­tle and deny Lin­coln Red Imps a world record 15th cham­pi­onship in a row.

iN­diA: CK Vi­neeth scores twice in ex­tra time as Bengaluru beat Mo­hun Ba­gan 2-0 in the In­dia Fed­er­a­tion Cup Fi­nal.

iTAlY: Ju­ven­tus clinch a record sixth con­sec­u­tive Serie A ti­tle with a 3-0 vic­tory over Cro­tone.

ScoT­lANd: Celtic beat Hearts 2-0 to be­come the first team to com­plete a Scot­tish top-flight sea­son un­beaten for 118 years.

Ser­biA: Par­ti­zan win the league for a record-equalling 27th time by beat­ing Mla­dost Lu­cani 5-0.

SPAiN: Atletico Madrid play their last-ever game at the Vi­cente Calderon and beat Ath­letic Bil­bao 3-1. Real Madrid clinch their first league ti­tle since 2012 with a 2-0 vic­tory at Malaga.

Mon­day May 22

eNG­lANd: David Moyes re­signs as man­ager of Sun­der­land, who won just six of their 38 Pre­mier League games and were rel­e­gated.

irAQ: In the first con­ti­nen­tal match to be played in the coun­try since 2013, AFC Cup hold­ers Al Quwa Al Jawiya draw 1-1 with fel­low Iraqi side Al Zawraa in the first leg of the West Asia Zonal semi-fi­nal.

Por­TU­GAl: Porto part com­pany with coach Nuno Espir­ito Santo by mu­tual agree­ment.

SPAiN: An­gel Maria Vil­lar is re-elected un­op­posed as Span­ish fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent for an eighth con­sec­u­tive term in of­fice. For­mer Barcelona pres­i­dent San­dro Rosell is ar­rested in a money-laun­der­ing op­er­a­tion.

Tues­day May 23

brAZil: Chape­coense are docked three points for field­ing a sus­pended player in a Lib­er­ta­dores Cup game against Ar­gentina’s Lanus, who now progress to the

knock­out stage.

ENG­LAND: For­mer Aus­tralia striker Harry Kewell, who played in the Pre­mier League for Leeds United and Liver­pool, is named man­ager of League Two side Craw­ley Town. Sam Al­lardyce re­signs as man­ager of Crys­tal Palace and says: “I have no am­bi­tions to take an­other job.”

FRANCE: Mont­pel­lier ap­point a new coach in Michel Der Zakar­ian, who won the French Cup and League Cup dur­ing his 10 years as a player with the club.

SPAIN: Real Madrid con­firm they will sign 16-year-old Fla­mengo for­ward Vini­cius Ju­nior for 45m in July 2018. Ernesto Valverde steps down as coach of Ath­letic Bil­bao.

Wed­nes­day May 24

ARMENIA: Shi­rak beat Pyu­nik 3-0 to claim the Ar­me­nian Cup for a sec­ond time.

BUL­GARIA: Botev Plov­div deny Lu­do­gorets the dou­ble with a 2-1 vic­tory in the Bul­gar­ian Cup Fi­nal.

CYPRUS: Apol­lon Li­mas­sol re­tain the Cyprus Cup with a 1-0 win over league cham­pi­ons APOEL.

ENG­LAND: Manch­ester United will play in next sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League af­ter beat­ing Ajax 2-0 in the Europa League Fi­nal.

FRANCE: Monaco sign 20-year-old mid­fielder Youri Tiele­mans from An­der­lecht for € 23m.

LIEChtENStEIN: Vaduz, who play in the Swiss league, ex­tend their world record by win­ning the Liechtenstein Cup for a 45th time, beat­ing Eschen-Mau­ren 5-1.

SPAIN: Lionel Messi loses an ap­peal against a sus­pended 21month prison sen­tence for tax fraud. How­ever, the Barcelona star is un­likely to serve jail time as sen­tences for non-vi­o­lent of­fences un­der two years can be served un­der pro­ba­tion ac­cord­ing to Span­ish law.

Thurs­day May 25

DEN­MARk: Copen­hagen beat city ri­vals Brondby 3-1 in the Dan­ish Cup Fi­nal to se­cure the dou­ble.

ENG­LAND: Cham­pi­onship club Nor­wich City ap­point Borus­sia Dort­mund re­serve-team coach Daniel Farke as their new man­ager. Marco Silva quits as man­ager of Hull City, who were rel­e­gated from the Pre­mier League.

hOL­LAND: The sec­ond half of the Ere­di­visie play-off game be­tween MVV and Roda JC is held up for half an hour as ri­val fans clash. The game even­tu­ally ends goal­less.

IS­RAEL: Bnei Ye­huda beat Mac­cabi Tel Aviv on penal­ties af­ter a goal­less draw in the State Cup Fi­nal.

MOLDOVA: Sher­iff win the Cup for a record-ex­tend­ing ninth time with a 5-0 vic­tory over Zaria Balti.

SWItZER­LAND: Basle com­plete their fourth dou­ble of the past decade, beat­ing Sion 3-0 in the Swiss Cup Fi­nal.

Fri­day May 26

ENG­LAND: Manch­ester City sign Monaco’s Por­tuguese play­maker Bernardo Silva for £43m.

Satur­day May 27

ENG­LAND: Ar­se­nal win the FA Cup for a record 13th time with a 2-1 vic­tory over Chelsea.

FRANCE: Issa Cis­sokho’s 91stminute own goal gives Paris Sain­tGer­main a 1-0 vic­tory over Angers in the French Cup Fi­nal.

GER­MANY: A penalty from Pier­reEm­er­ick Aubameyang set­tles the Ger­man Cup as Borus­sia Dort­mund beat Ein­tra­cht Frankfurt 2-1.

MEX­ICO: Javier Her­nan­dez scores in a 2-1 de­feat by Croa­tia to be­come Mex­ico’s all-time top scorer with 47 goals.

PANAMA: Tauro beat de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Arabe Unido 1-0 in the Clausura Fi­nal.

SCOt­LAND: Celtic beat Aberdeen 2-1 in the Cup Fi­nal to com­plete the treble and be­come the first Scot­tish side to go un­beaten in do­mes­tic foot­ball all sea­son.

SPAIN: Barcelona give de­part­ing coach Luis En­rique a win­ning send­off as they beat Alaves 3-1 to win the Copa del Rey.

tAN­ZA­NIA: Simba are crowned Cup win­ners with a 2-1 vic­tory over Mbao in ex­tra time.

Sun­day May 28

ARMENIA: Alashk­ert re­tain their league ti­tle with a 3-1 win at home to Shi­rak.

BOS­NIA: Zrin­jski Mostar win the league ti­tle for the third time in four years with a 3-0 vic­tory over Slo­boda Tu­zla.

hON­DURAS: At least four peo­ple are killed and many oth­ers in­jured in a stam­pede dur­ing the Clausura play-off Fi­nal in which Mo­tagua beat Hon­duras Pro­greso 3-0 to win 7-1 on ag­gre­gate.

ItALY: Francesco Totti ap­pears as a sub to make his 786th and fi­nal ap­pear­ance for Roma as they beat Genoa 3-2 to en­sure qual­i­fi­ca­tion for next sea­son’s UEFA Cham­pi­ons League group stage.

MALI: De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Mali beat Ghana 1-0 to re­tain the Un­der-17 African Na­tions Cup.

MEX­ICO: Guadala­jara win a record-

equalling 12th Liga MX ti­tle, beat­ing Ti­gres 4-3 on ag­gre­gate in the Clausura Fi­nal.

TUR­KEY: Senol Gunes is the first Turk­ish coach to win suc­ces­sive league ti­tles as Be­sik­tas beat Gaziantep­spor 4-0 to claim the cham­pi­onship for a 15th time.

Mon­day May 29

BUL­GARIA: Bog­dan Dochev, the as­sis­tant ref­eree who failed to spot Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal against Eng­land at the 1986 World Cup, dies aged 81.

ENG­LAND: Hud­der­s­field Town beat Read­ing on penal­ties af­ter a 0-0 draw to seal a place in the top flight for the first time since 1972.

GER­MANY: Wolfs­burg re­tain their place in the Bun­desliga with a 1-0 win at Ein­tra­cht Braun­schweig, giv­ing them a 2-0 vic­tory on ag­gre­gate in the pro­mo­tion/ rel­e­ga­tion play-off.

ITALY: Lu­ciano Spal­letti is sacked by Roma af­ter lead­ing the club to sec­ond spot in Serie A.

SPAIN: Barcelona ap­point Ernesto Valverde as coach, while Mauri­cio Pel­le­grino steps down at Alaves.

Tues­day May 30

ENG­LAND: Hav­ing won the FA Cup for a record sev­enth time at the week­end, Arsene Wenger agrees to re­main as Ar­se­nal man­ager for an­other two years.

GER­MANY: A crowd of 62,200 see for­mer Bun­desliga cham­pi­ons 1860 Mu­nich rel­e­gated to Ger­many’s third tier af­ter they lose a play-off against Jahn Re­gens­burg.

Wed­nes­day May 31

ITALY: Mi­lan striker Gian­luca La­padula scores a hat-trick on his de­but as a young, ex­per­i­men­tal Italy side thrashes San Marino 8-0.

JA­PAN: J.League hold­ers Kashima Antlers sack coach Masa­tada Ishii the day af­ter they are elim­i­nated from the AFC Cham­pi­ons League by Chi­nese club Guangzhou Ever­grande on away goals.

PERU: Mel­gar are crowned Tor­neo de Ver­ano cham­pi­ons af­ter beat­ing Univer­si­dad Tec­nica de Ca­ja­marca on penal­ties in the Fi­nal af­ter draw­ing 2-2 on ag­gre­gate.

TUR­KEY: Konyas­por win the Turk­ish Cup for the first time, beat­ing Is­tan­bul Basak­se­hir on penal­ties in the Fi­nal.

Thurs­day June 1

AR­GENTINA: Jorge Sam­paoli leaves Sevilla to take charge of Ar­gentina’s na­tional side. AUS­TRIA: Red Bull Salzburg

beat Rapid Vi­enna 2-1 to win the Aus­trian Cup and com­plete a fourth con­sec­u­tive do­mes­tic dou­ble.

irAQ: Play­ing a first in­ter­na­tional game on home soil since 2013, Iraq beat Jor­dan 1-0 in Basra.

rUS­SiA: Zenit ap­point Roberto Mancini as coach on an ini­tial three-year con­tract.

Fri­day June 2

FrANce: Olivier Giroud be­comes the first player to score a hat-trick for France in 17 years as they thrash Paraguay 5-0 in Rennes.

Satur­day June 3

SPAiN: Real Madrid beat Ju­ven­tus 4-1 and be­come the first team to win back-to-back Cham­pi­ons League Fi­nals.

Sun­day June 4

eNG­lANd: Chelsea’s Eden Haz­ard will miss the start of next sea­son af­ter break­ing his right an­kle dur­ing train­ing while on in­ter­na­tional duty with Bel­gium.

Hol­lANd: Wes­ley Snei­jder equals Ed­win Van der Sar’s record of 130 caps for Hol­land in a 5-0 win over Ivory Coast.

PolANd: Le­gia War­saw clinch their 12th Pol­ish ti­tle with a 0-0 draw at home to Lech Poz­nan.

SPAiN: An­toine Griez­mann says he will stay at Atletico Madrid in the wake of the club’s trans­fer ban be­ing up­held.

Mon­day June 5

cHiNA: For­mer New­cas­tle United mid­fielder Che­ick Tiote col­lapses while train­ing with sec­ond divi­sion side Beijing En­ter­prises and dies af­ter be­ing rushed to hos­pi­tal.

eGYPT: Al Ahly ter­mi­nate the con­tract of Souley­mane Coulibaly af­ter the Ivo­rian striker re­fuses to re­turn to Egypt, claim­ing the club treated him “like a slave”.

iTAlY: Gi­u­liano Sarti, who kept goal for the In­ter­nazionale side that won the Euro­pean Cup in 1964 and 1965, dies aged 83.

Tues­day June 6

Ger­MANY: Peter Bosz leaves Ajax to re­place Thomas Tuchel as coach of Borus­sia Dort­mund.

TUr­KeY: Na­tional cap­tain Arda Tu­ran is kicked out of a train­ing camp in Slove­nia and an­nounces his in­ter­na­tional re­tire­ment hours later. An­gry at the crit­i­cism of his per­for­mance at Euro 2016 last sum­mer, reports claim he tried to at­tack a jour­nal­ist who was fly­ing back with the squad af­ter a 0-0 draw away to Mace­do­nia.

Four in a row...Ben­fica are Por­tuguese cham­pi­ons once again af­ter beat­ing Guimaraes 5-0


Lead...River (in white) beat Boca in the

Miss­ing...Win­ston Reid

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