Another season full of high-octane action and high-quality football has come to a close, and after reviewing the European football season’s continental winners, we look at some of the winners of the top domestic leagues across Europe, as part of our European Football Review 2022/23.
A season that was starting to look like a tipping point for a certain London side to return to their former glory, before their title hopes got derailed by a marauding Pep Guardiola side. It was Manchester City who ended up winning the title for the third consecutive year, pipping eventual runners-up Arsenal to the trophy. History is currently in the making, and a true dynasty is being built as City’s dominance over England continues.
Champions League: Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Newcastle
Europa League: Liverpool, Brighton, West Ham United*
Conference League: Aston Villa
Relegation: Leicester City, Leeds United, Southampton
*West Ham United qualified for the Europa League by way of winning the UEFA Conference League, as they finished 14th in the league
After 4 years without a league title, Barcelona are back on top of the Spanish La Liga and convincingly so. Barcelona maintained top spot for majority of the season, where arch-rivals and previous holders Real Madrid were unable to catch up with Barcelona’s consistency.
Champions League: FC Barcelona*, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Real Sociedad, Sevilla*
Europa League: Villarreal, Real Betis
Conference League: Osasuna
Relegation: Valladolid, Espanyol, Elche
*Sevilla qualified for the Champions League by way of winning the UEFA Europa League, as they finished 12th in the league
A controversial season for the Parisians, who were not always at their best this season, especially after boasting their star-studded attack. Despite a sensational title-push from RC Lens, PSG managed to successfully defend their crown. While PSG showcased their powers en route to retaining their title, it wasn’t always smooth sailing, after plenty of fan backlash from their Champions League failures. but this didn’t stop them from topping the pile in France.
Champions League*: Paris Saint-Germain, RC Lens
Europa League: Marseille
Conference League: Rennes, Lille
Relegation: Auxerre, Ajaccio, Troyes, Angers
*Ligue 1 only had 2 spots for UEFA Champions League qualification due to the current league ranking under UEFA
Arguably Europe’s most exciting league this season in terms of competitiveness, Bayern Munich sensationally won the title in the final minutes of the season, having started the final day behind eventual runners-up Borussia Dortmund. RB Leipzig and Union Berlin all hovered around that top spot throughout the season, making for a very unpredictable season. But it’s the Bavarians who rule over German football once again.
Champions League: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Union Berlin
Europa League: SC Freiburg, Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Conference League: Eintracht Frankfurt
Relegation*: FC Schalke 04, Hertha BSC
*Compared to the traditional relegation spots in other leagues, two teams were relegated and the side 3rd from bottom escaped relegation via a relegation playoff match
In the most dominating title run in Europe’s top leagues this season, Napoli raced away to Scudetto glory after overcoming all potential competition, remaining virtually unchallenged throughout the season. Having wrapped up the title victory with 5 league games to spare. A sensational victory, given this is only Napoli’s third ever Serie A title, and their first since 1990.
Champions League: Napoli, Lazio, Inter Milan, AC Milan
Europa League: Atalanta, Roma
Conference League: Juventus*
Relegation: Spezia, Cremonese, Sampdoria
*Juventus dropped down to the Conference League qualification, after originally finishing in the Top 4, due to a points deduction.
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