Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Soccer round-up

On the eve of the next rounds of the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League, with the Russian soccer championship now closed for the Winter months, and just before the winter transfer window opening , we take a look at the latest results across Europe. Who is walking the tightrope?

André Villas-Boas, who should never have left Porto and the one who replaced him, Vitor Pereira.

England Premier League Arsène Wenger confirms Arsenal's presence in the pack with a 2-1 away victory at Norwich City. Manchester City beat Newcastle 3-1 (the first defeat of the season for the Geordie outfit) while Manchester United kept up the pressure 5 points behind with a 1-0 away win at Swansea City FC. Chelsea FC slumped to another home defeat against Liverpool, 1-2.

  

English Premier League after 12 games

1. Manchester City 34

2. Manchester United 29

3. Newcastle United 25

4. Chelsea FC 22

5. Tottenham (10 games) 22

6. Liverpool FC 22

7. Arsenal 22

Spain - Primera Liga

Valencia 2 Real Madrid 3 says it all. Mourinho is on another roll in his second season in charge as Real Madrid stakes its claim to another Mourinho-driven dream after FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan. However, Barça is close behind, three points adrift after thrashing Zaragoza 4-0. Athletic Bilbao enters the top flight after beating Sevilla away 2-1, while Levante lost at Atlético (Madrid) 2-3

Spanish Primera Liga after 12 games

1. Real Madrid 31

2. FC Barcelona 28

3. Valencia CF 24  

4. Levante UD 23

5. Sevilla FC 18

6. Athletic Club (Bilbao) 17

7. Málaga CF 17 (11 games)

Italy - Serie A

Inter Milan actually won a game (beating Cagliari 2-1). A couple of draws among the front runners left things more or less the same. Napoli drew 0-0 with Lazio in Naples, the same result as the game between Fiorentina and AC Milan. Udinese lost 2-0 at Parma and Juventus, the leader, beat Palermo 3-0. AS Roma kept up the pressure with a 2-1 home win over Lecce.

Italian Serie A after 11 games

1. Juventus 22 (10 games)

2. SS Lazio 22

3. AC Milan 21

4. Udinese Calcio 21

5. AS Roma 17

6. US Città di Palermo 16

7. SSC Napoli 15 (10 games)

Germany - Bundesliga

The Bundesliga top 7 is hot! Leverkusen enters the pack after a 2-0 away victory at Kaiserslautern. Moenchengladback thrashed Bremen 5-0 while Schalke sent Nuernberg back home with a 4-0 tag on their backs. Leaders Bayern lost at home 0-1 to Dortmund, who move up to within two points of the leader. Stuttgart beat Augsburg 2-1 at home.

German Bundesliga after 13 games

1. FC Bayern Munchen 28

2. Borussia Dortmund 26

3. VfL Borussia Moenchengladbach 26

4. FC Schalke 04 25 

5. Werder Bremen 23   

6. VfB Stuttgart 21

7. Bayer 04 Leverkusen 21

France - Ligue 1

As in Germany and Italy, leaders PSG got shot down 0-1 at home by Nancy. Rennes beat Lyon away 2-1, overtaking their adversary, Lille did no better than an away draw 0-0 at Toulouse. Montpellier beat Marseille 1-0.

French Ligue 1 after 14 games

1. Paris Saint-Germain FC 30

2. Montpellier Hérault 30

3. LOSC Lille Métropole 25

4. Stade Rennais 25

5. Olympique Lyonnais 23

6. Toulouse FC 23

Portugal - Primeira Liga after 10 games

Portuguese teams played in the Cup this weekend, in which FC Porto suffered a calamitous result, losing 3-0 away at Académica de Coimbra after a dreadful performance. All eyes on FC Porto this week in the Champions League, where Vítor Pereira will be fighting for his life as coach.

1. FC Porto 24

2. SL Benfica 24

3. SC Portugal 23  

4. CS Marítimo 21

5. SC Braga 19

Russian Premier League - Final standings (League closed for winter)

Russian Premier League after 30 games

1. FC Zenit St. Petersburg 61

2. PFC CSKA Moskva 59

3. FC Dinamo Moskva 55

4. FC Spartak Moskva 53

5. FC Lokomotiv Moskva 53

Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

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