Leicester shocks EPL, changes soccer status quo

Emmanuel Rodriguez, Reporter

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Agüero, Jamie Vardy, Manuel Neuer, Javier Hernández, Paul Pogba, Gianluigi Buffon. Those are the names of a few of the superstars that play “The Beautiful Game” across the Atlantic Ocean. The soccer season is rapidly coming to an end, so here’s an update of what’s going on in Spain, England, Germany and Italy.


La Liga (Spain) – No surprise here. Again, it’s a race between F.C. Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid C.F. to claim the Spanish League. Barcelona has had an incredible season and went on an unbeaten streak of 39 games before finally losing to heated rival Real Madrid in El Clasico in front of 98,902 screaming fans in Camp Nou. Los Blaugrana then went on to be embarrassed by Real Sociedad, eliminated from the Champions League by Atletico Madrid and being upended by Valencia before finally finding form and wrecking Deportivo de La Coruña 8-0. But the damage had been done. This unfortunate series of events for Barcelona now finds La Liga in a sprint to the finish. Barcelona leads with 85 pts and a goal difference of +75. Atletico Madrid also has 85 points, but has a goal difference of +44. Real Madrid is in third with 84 points and a goal difference of +73 (goal difference is the tiebreaker). If the season ended today, Barça, Atleti and Los Meringues would find themselves in the Champions League once again. Villarreal C.F. would play in the play-off to get into the Champions League. Atletico Bilbao would qualify for Europa League while Celta Vigo and Sevilla F.C. would qualify for Europa League third round qualifying. Levante U.D. has been relegated to Segunda División. If the season ended today, Getafe C.F. and Sporting Gijón would also be relegated.


The top five goal scorers in La Liga as of May 3, 2016:

1- Luis Suárez (Barcelona, Uruguay), 35

2- Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal), 31

3- Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina), 25

T4- Karim Benzema (Real Madrid, France), 23

T4- Neymar (Barcelona, Brazil), 23


The Premier League (England)- Incredible. Leicester City has done it! The Foxes are the champions of England! A year ago, Leicester City was fighting off relegation. Now, they find themselves atop the English soccer powerhouses. To begin the season, they had 5,000 to 1 odds to hoist the cup. Yes, if you were to bet $1 on Leicester City, you would’ve won $5,000 on Monday afternoon. This feat led to a Discovery feed on Snapchat and the online store crashing. Leicester had a chance to clinch the title at Old Trafford on Sunday morning, but only got one point as they and Manchester United finished in a draw. Tottenham needed a win against Chelsea on Monday to keep the season alive, but they ended in a 2-2 draw. Behind the Cinderella story Foxes is Tottenham, whose championship drought extends to 40 years. Behind Tottenham is the Arsenal, followed by Manchester City and Manchester United. The defending champions, Chelsea, sit at 9th place. The Foxes and the Spurs have both clinched a berth into the Champions League. If the season ended today, the Foxes, the Spurs, and the Gunners would represent England in the Champions League. Manchester City would play in a play-off to get into the Champions League. United would automatically qualify for Europa League and West Ham United would play in third qualifying round. Aston Villa has clinched relegation to Football League Championship. If the season ended today, Sunderland and Norwich City would join Aston Villa.


The top five goal scorers in The Premier League as of May 3, 2016:

1- Harry Kane (Tottenham, England), 25

2- Sergio Agüero (Manchester City, Argentina), 23

3- Jamie Vardy (Leicester City, England), 22

4- Romelu Lukaku (Everton, Belgium), 18

5- Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City, Algeria), 17


Bundesliga (Germany)- In Deutschland, it seems like Bayern München is getting closer and closer to the crown. With two weeks left in the season, the lead for Bayern is five points over Borussia Dortmund. This may come as a bit of a surprise to some because Bayern was thought to be the clear-cut favorites to win the German league once again, but that is not the case. This is the final season for Pep Guardiola at the helm for Munich as he is set to go to England and become the next manager for Manchester City. Carlo Ancelotti is set to become the new boss for Bayern. Following Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund on the table, is Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who have come out of nowhere after being in the middle of the table for most of the year. The sudden push for Leverkusen has been motored by “The Little Pea”, Javier “El Chicharito” Hernández. The Mexican superstar was transferred from Manchester United after a loan to Real Madrid, and has scored 17 goals since arriving in Germany. Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and Bayer Leverkusen have all clinched a berth to the Champions League. If the season ended today, they would represent Germany in the Champions League while Borussia Mönchengladbach would play in the play-off for the Champions League. Hertha Berlin and F.C Schalke 04 would qualify for Europa League, and 1. FSV Mainz 05 would play in third round qualifying for Europa League. Hannover 96 has clinched relegation and if the season ended today, VfB Stuttgart would join. Eintracht Frankfurt would play in the relegation play-off.


The top five goal scorers in Bundesliga as of May 3, 2016:

1- Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich, Poland), 27

2- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund, Gabon), 25

3- Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich, Germany), 20

4- Javier Hernández (Bayer Leverkusen, Mexico), 17

T5- Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin, Ivory Coast) 14

T5- Anthony Modeste (1. FC Köln, France), 14

T5- Claudio Pizarro (Werder Bremen, Peru) 14


Serie A (Italy)- In Italia once again, Juventus F.C. has been crowned as the champions. Le Zebre ran away with this one late. They currently have 88 points, sitting pretty at the top as the kings. Juventus, who has completed the nearly impossible five-peat have claimed title number 32, extending their Italian League record. They officially claimed the fifth title in a row when S.C.C. Napoli lost to A.S. Roma, giving Juventus an insurmountable 12-point lead with three games left. Following Juve, is S.C.C. Napoli with 76 points, and Roma with 74 points. If the season ended today, Juve and Napoli would qualify for the Champions League, while Roma would play in the play-off. F.C. Internazionale Milano would automatically qualify for Europa League and A.C.F. Fiorentina would qualify for Europa League third round qualifying.


Top five goal scorers in Serie A as of May 3, 2016:

1- Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli, Argentina), 32

T2- Paulo Dybala (Juventus, Argentina) 16

T2- Carlos Bacca (A.C. Milan, Colombia), 16

4- Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan, Argentina), 15

T5- Josep Iličić (Fiorentina, Slovenia), 13

T5- Éder (Inter Milan, Italy), 13

T5- Mohamed Salah (A.S. Roma, Egypt), 13
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