A lot fo the time people don’t pay too much attention to what is happening outside of the Premiership, and for the exception of La Liga with Real and Barca, and the Champions league, if asked who was leading the French Ligue 1, most who guess Lyon or Marseille. And in the German Bundesliga you would assume Bayern Munich, But that isn’t the case. So here is a quick round-up fo what is going on around Europe at the moment, and who could be featuring in the Champions League next season, heading up the Europa League and who could be facing Relegation.
French LIGUE 1
- LOSC Lille Metreopole
- Stade Rennais FC
- Olympique DE Marseille
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Olmpique Lyonnais
- Montpellier Herault SC
- AS Saint-Etienne
- FC Lorient
It may surprise some people not to see Lyon or Marseille heading the league but lesser known Lille and Rennes to be out in front. With Moussa Sow heading the goal scoring charts with 17 and Gervinho has bagged 11 with 7 assists and Starlet Edin Hazard has got 6 assists. Adil Rami, Gueye, Yoham Cabaye, Ludovic Obraniak, Antonio Mavuba. Are also a huge part of this succesful Lille team, with many getting call ups to the nation team
Rennes aren’t so reliant on a couple of players to score goals with the highest scorer is Victor Montano with 7. The player with the most assists is veteran Jerome Leroy with 6. They have a good mix of youth with experience with Yann M’Villa the youth and Stephane Dalmat and Jerome Leroy the experience. M’Villa is a young talent that is being scouted by the top clubs across Europe and learning from Dalmat and Leroy will undoubtably help his development.
Everybody knows what Marseille and Lyon have to offer having watched them in the Champions league. But one team you may not have seen in a while in the Champions League is Paris St. Germain, but they are on the up, and for good reason. They have a great set of young players coming through. The highest profile player coming up is Mamdou Sakho with AC Milan, Arsenal, Real Madrid having been linked with the player over the last few seasons, but also there is Younousse Sankharé, Clément Chantome, Tripy Makonda. But at the moment their top performer has been Nene 13 goals with 4 assists. Ludovic Giuly has contributed 4 goals and 6 assists and Guillaume Hoarau with 7 goals and 5 assists.
And FC Lorient may be know by some, but more than likly the name will be relevant to Arsenal fans as that is where Laurent Koscielny was brought, but also because they are also being linked with Lorient striker Kévin Gameiro who has scored 15 goals so far this season. He is a major factor to why Lorient are doing so well again this season.
But down at the top you may be surprised to see Auxerre and Monaco who only a few seasons ago were up in Europe.
16. AC Nancy Lorraine 17. AJ Auxerre 18. AS Monaco FC 17. RC Lens 20. AC Arles Avignon
- Borussia Dortmund
- Bayer 04 Leverkusen
- Hannover 96
- FC Bayern München
- FSV Mainz 05
- Hamburger SV
- SC Freiburg
- FC Nürnberg
At the moment Borussia Dortmund are running way with it having a 12 point lead over their nearest rival Leverkusen, and a 16 point gap between themselves and giants Bayern Munich, who they beat just this weekend 3-1. Hannover 96 are having their best run in the Bundesliga in recent years, as in the past decade the highest they have finished is 8th. And if they can keep up their current form then they could well be in the Champions league qualifiers. But with the squad they have it would seem more likely that Bayern Munich will get there ahead of them. Mario Gomez has leads the goalscoring charts with 18, but that isn’t propelling his side up to 1st.
Borussia Dortmund’s top goalscorers are Lucas Barrios with 11 and Shinji Kagawa with 8, with the assists coming from the up and coming youngsters of Mario Götze,18, and Nuri Sahin ,22. Didier Ya Konan has helped Hannover 96 with 11 goals, and it seems his goals are carrying the team. On the other hand Leverkusen highest goal scorer is midfielder Arturo Vidal with 9, but he is a defensive midfielder and is also up in the assist charts with 8. Gonzalo Castro is just behind him with 7. There is a real team effort going on with the whole team grabbing goals. Sidney Sam has 6, Renato Augusto and Simon Rolfes 5, Stefan Kießling and Eren Derdiyok with 4.
Down at the bottom are some teams that have recently been in Europe and with Wolfsburg won the Bundesliga a few years ago and Werder Bremen back 6 years ago. Stuttgart won the Bundesliga also back in 2007
14. Vfl Wolfsburg 15. SV Werder Bremen 16. FC Kaiserslautern 17. Vfb Stuttgart 18. Borussia M’gladbach
Wolfsburg have let manager McClaren go, but have also sold top goalscorer Dzeko, probably better to do it sooner than later as if they got relegated the price of the player would drop severely. The season is not over but if things down change some teams that only a few years ago were in Europe could be relegated.
Italian SERIE A
- AC Milan
Juventus are still trying to find some footing to get them back to where there were before the Calciopoli scandal. They have gone through a manager or two, and the current set up is not running as smooth as the fans would like, but things could be worse but the recent lose to struggling Parma will not ease the fans pain. And the problem stems from not scoring enough goals, they have brought Alessandro Matri who has scored 14 goals this season. Signed for Cagliari he has already made an impact. Juventus have been unlucky with injuries as they also signed Luca Toni, but he got injured before he could really settle, and have only recently got Buffon back from injury. Roma have also struggled as of late and Claudio Ranieri has stepped down as manager last month. Udinese are a team on the up, and with many players performing well have a lot of scouts at their games watching the likes of Kwadwo Asamoah, Mauricio Isla, Gokhan Inler, Cristian Zapata, and especially Alexis Sánchez. But it’s veteran Antonio Di Natale who has been making the headlines scoring 21 so far this season. Udinese in fairness are playing some great football but on the weekend destroyed Palermo 7-0. It was 5-0 at half time with one of Udinese team coming out saying after the match that they went easy on them in the second half. Alexis Sánchez got four, while Di Natale grabbed the other three. Napoli have also been a force in Italy that has been growing. Over the last couple of seasons Napoli have gone strength to strength and could well be playing in the Champions league next season. with the likes of Edison Cavani and Marek Hamšík in the team. They are a team on the up and if they can keep their best assets they could be a real contender in the next year or two. Lazio are back up at the top, which is also good to see, as the past few years have been a bit turbulent, but this season they seem to have come good. Even though they sold Koralov to Manchester City the move doesn’t seem to have hot them too bad. If they carry on the way they have they could well be seeing them in the Champions league qualifiers next season. Milan and Inter are in battle for the Scudetto but if Napoli push they could cause an upset. Juventus could finish out of the Europa League spot and that would be a huge hit for them, but would see Roma, Udinese or Lazio there, if Udinese take fourth away from Lazio.
Down at the bottom the most notable team is Parma, who havent had the best of years, and things don’t seem to be getting any better, but the club do not need another relegation.
16. Parma 17. Lecce 18. Cesena 19. Brescia 20. Bari