In Portugal Porto completed an unbeaten league season. A 2-0 away win against Maritimo was their 27th win of the season to go with just three draws. Benfica went unbeaten in 1973 and in 1978.
It could also be the start of an even more historic week for Porto as they have a chance to collect two more trophies. On Wednesday they play in the final of the Europa League and in the Portuguese Cup Final next weekend.
Rangers would have travelled to Rugby Park to play Kilmarnock in a confident mood. A win was needed to take the SPL and there was nothing in their recent record to indicate that they would not secure the three points.
And so it was with a 5-1 win. It is now 31 games since Kilmarnock beat Rangers at Rugby Park and it was the sixth loss to the Glasgow side this season.
Bolton’s horrific away form continued with a loss to Blackpool – that made it just one point from a possible 36 in their last 12 away matches.
Wolves 3-1 win at Sunderland was the latest in a series of poor home performances by Sunderland. The last seven visitors to the Stadium of Light have scored at least two goals and six of them have left with full points.
A 1-0 home win against Everton was West Brom’s first shut out at home since their home 0pener back in August when they beat Sunderland by the same score.
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1 – FSV Frankfurt have won just one of their last 16 matches and were relegated on Saturday from the Bundesliga.
In Ligue 1 Arles Avignon finally ended through winless streak at 22 games when they beat Toulouse 1-0.
The biggest upset in the Barclay’s Premier League was Aston Villa’s 2-1 win at the Emirates. The odds against Villa winning were 15/2.
It was a weekend for long-shots in England. Wolves winning at Sunderland (9/5), Newcastle drawing at Chelsea (5/1), Spurs away win at Anfield (10/3), and Fulham beating Birmingham (5/2) were all results that attracted long-odds.
With Sampdoria pretty much in a win-or-die situation the bookies had them heavily favoured at 1/3 to beat Coppa Italia finalists Palermo. But Palermo won 2-1 and Sampdoria are now officially relegated. Palermo odds against winning were 13/2.
Catania’s 2-1 win that put an end to Roma’s Champions League hopes for next season was also a shocker at 6/1.
It is not surprising that Arles Avignon’s win over Toulouse was the French surprise. It was only their second win of the season and you would have got odds of 10/3 against a home win.
Borussia Moenchengladbach continued their unlikely escape act although there is still work to do even though the Bundesliga season finished on Saturday. Moenchengladbach drew 1-1 at Hamburg and according to the odds makers that was the biggest surprise in Germany – 5/2.
They now move into a play off with VfL Bochum to decide who will play in next season’s Bundesliga.
Not surprisingly Deportivo La Coruna’s scoreless draw away to Barcelona was the surprise result in Spain – 16/5.
It was another weekend of draws in MLS with five of the nine games finishing with the teams gaining a point each. Considering Real Salt Lake’s home record it is no surprise that their 0-0 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium with the Houston Dynamo was the upset in MLS – the odds 13/5 – until Sunday that is.
Anyone brave enough to pick Chivas USA to travel to New York and to beat the Red Bulls would have got odds on 5/1.
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