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Europe’s top soccer leagues: What’s still at stake this weekend?

The 2022-23 season comes to an end this weekend, save for the finals of the Champions League (UCL) and the Europa Conference League (UECL). England and Germany finished up last weekend, with Spain, Italy and France all deciding their final league placings, European qualification and relegation over the coming days.

Here’s a quick roundup of exactly what has been decided in the English Premier League and the German Bundesliga, and what is left to play for in the Spanish LaLiga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1 at this late stage.

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Title: Barcelona (88, +51) were formally anointed LaLiga champions for the first time in four years when they beat neighbours Espanyol 4-2 in the local derby last month.

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Champions League: Real Madrid (77, +39), Atletico Madrid (76, +37) and Real Sociedad (68, +15) have already sewn up the other places in the top four.

Sevilla won the Europa League (UEL), so Spain will have five teams in Europe’s top competition next season.

Europa League: Villarreal (63, +19) and Real Betis (59, +5) have secured the two UEL places.

Europa Conference League: Five clubs could yet end up in seventh. Osasuna (50, -6), Athletic Club (50, +4), Girona (49, +4), Rayo Vallecano (49, -5), Sevilla (49, -6). On the final day, it’s Osasuna vs. Girona, Real Madrid v Athletic, Mallorca v Rayo Vallecano and Real Sociedad v Sevilla.

If Sevilla finish seventh, LaLiga will have no team in the UECL (essentially forfeiting the place with Sevilla taking part in the UCL). If Sevilla finish eighth or lower, LaLiga will have eight teams in Europe (five in the UCL, plus the regular places in the UEL and UECL.)

Relegation: Elche (21, -38) and Espanyol (36, -17) were relegated last month. Amazingly, six teams — separated by two points — could still fill the final relegation place: Real Valladolid (39, -30), Celta Vigo (40, -11), Almeria (40, -16), Valencia (41, -3), Getafe (41, -11) and Cadiz (41, -23) are all in danger.

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Serie A

Title: Napoli (86, +47) cantered to their first Scudetto in 33 years when wrapping things up with a pivotal 1-1 draw against Udinese on May 4.

Champions League: Inter Milan (69, +28), Lazio (68, +27) and AC Milan (67, +19) have secured their places.

Europa League and Europa Conference League: The three places will go to Atalanta (61, +15), AS Roma (60, +11) and Juventus (59, +23). Whichever teams finish in fifth and sixth will go into the UEL, with seventh into the UECL. No other team is in contention.

Fiorentina will be an eighth Italian team in Europe if they beat West Ham United in the Europa Conference League final on June 7, as that earns a place in next season’s Europa League.

Relegation: Sampdoria (19, -45) and Cremonese (24, -34) have already had their fate sealed. Spezia (31, -30) and Hellas Verona (31, -26) will battle it out to avoid the last relegation place, and if they finish level on points a playoff will be held at a neutral venue to decide who goes down. Spezia are away to Roma, and Verona go to AC Milan on the final day.

Ligue 1

Title: Paris Saint-Germain (85, +51) fended off Lens and clinched the Ligue 1 title with a game to spare last weekend.

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Champions League: Lens (81, +37) take the second automatic group-stage spot. Marseille (73, +28) will enter the UCL in the third qualifying round.

Europa League and Europa Conference League: Toulouse, who are in the bottom half of the Ligue 1 table, have already qualified by winning the Coupe de France. Fourth will be in the UEL, and fifth in the UECL. Lille (66, +21), Stade Rennais (65, +29), AS Monaco (65, +13) are battling it out, and two of these three clubs will get European football, and the third will miss out completely. Lyon (62, +20) have a mathematical chance but a far inferior goal difference to Stade Rennais.

Relegation: Ligue 1 is to be reduced from 20 clubs down to 18 from the 2023-24 season, meaning that four will be relegated this season in order to facilitate the change. Angers (15, -48), AC Ajaccio (23, -49) and Troyes (23, -35) are already doomed. The final place is between two clubs, with Nantes (33, -19) and AJ Auxerre (35, -26) hoping to avoid the slide into Ligue 2.

Premier League

Title: Manchester City (89 points) were crowned champions on May 20 when Arsenal lost at Nottingham Forest.

Champions League: Arsenal (84) return to the Champions League for the first time in 2016-17, while Newcastle United (71) will be in Europe’s premier club competition for the first time in 21 years. Manchester United (75) finished third to take a UCL berth.

Europa League: Liverpool (67) take the place allocated to the league. Man City take on Man United on Saturday in the final of the FA Cup (10 a.m. ET; stream live on ESPN+, US Only), but with both already having qualified for the UEL, that place goes to Brighton & Hove Albion (62) — with the Seagulls securing a first-ever European campaign.

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West Ham will also qualify for the UEL if they beat Fiorentina in the final of the UECL.

Europa Conference League: Aston Villa (61) claimed it with a win at home to Brighton last weekend.

Relegation: Southampton (25), Leeds United (31) and Leicester City (34) will be playing in the Championship next season.


Title: Bayern Munich (71, +54) pipped Borussia Dortmund (71, +39) on goal difference on the final day.

Champions League: RB Leipzig (66) and Union Berlin (62) join Bayern and Dortmund at Europe’s top table.

Europa League: SC Freiburg (59) took the Europa League spot allocated to the league.

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Europa Conference League: As it stands, Bayer Leverkusen (50) will go into the UECL after finishing sixth.

NB: The winners of the DFB Cup final earn a place in the UEL. The match takes place on Saturday between RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt (2 p.m. ET; stream live on ESPN+, US Only.) If RB Leipzig lift the trophy, sixth in the Bundesliga (Leverkusen) will be promoted into the Europa League and Frankfurt (50), who finished seventh, will go into the UEL. It means Frankfurt are guaranteed European football regardless of the cup final result.

Relegation: Hertha Berlin (29, -27) and Schalke 04 (31, -36) have gone down. VfB Stuttgart (33 -12) drop into the relegation playoff against Hamburg from the 2.Bundesliga. The two legged-tie will be played on Thursday and Monday, with the winners playing in the top division next season.

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