Slate on Soccer: On Leicester City, Bayern Munich, Europa League Final - Metro US

Slate on Soccer: On Leicester City, Bayern Munich, Europa League Final

Leicester City won it all this past week.
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I have mentioned them a couple times before in this space but it’s only right that Leicester City (23-11-3) gets a little more love since they officially won the 2015-16 Barclays Premier League title. The Foxes had clinched their first ever top-flight title last Monday with Tottenham’s (19-13-5) 2-2 draw with Chelsea (12-12-12) but Leicester City continued the never-ending party on Saturday as they beat Everton (10-14-12) 3-1 at King Power Stadium in front of their eternally grateful home fans. By now you’re probably heard that they were 5000-1 favorites to win the BPL crown but this truly is one of the great underdog stories in sports history – so please enjoy it while it lasts.

Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga Dynasty Marches On

They might have fallen in the Champions League semifinals for the third year in a row but Bayern Munich (27-4-2) still deserves major credit for winning their fifth straight Bundesliga title. On Saturday, they won 2-1 at FC Ingolstadt (10-10-13) to wrap up the German title with two matches left in the season. Bayern has scored 77 goals and only allowed 16 in league play, by any measure they are still one of the top clubs in the world.

An All-Spanish Champions League Final is Set

It’s doubtful when this tournament began last year (yes it takes that long to complete it) that many people would have picked Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid to meet in the 2016 Champions League Final – yet here we are. Atletico lost 2-1 at Bayern last Tuesday but advanced thanks to that all-important away goal (2-2 on aggregate). Real Madrid beat Manchester City 1-0 last Wednesday at home and moved on (aggregate 1-0) to club soccer’s Super Bowl – which will take place on Saturday, May 28 (2:45, Fox) in Milan, Italy.

Liverpool Reaches Soccer’s Version of the NIT Championship Game

It understandably won’t get nearly the same amount of coverage as the Champions League Final but make no mistake, the Europa League Final is important as well. Last Thursday, Liverpool won 3-0 against Villareal (3-1 aggregate) to reach the title game where they will meet Sevilla (Spain) who beat Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 (5-3 on aggregate). That Final will be on Wednesday, May 18 (2:45, Fox Sports 1) in Basel, Switzerland.

Follow Metro soccer writer Richard Slate on Twitter: @RichSlate

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