The 2022/23 season is in the record books, at least as far as Europe’s big five leagues are concerned. Most English fans will know that Man City landed the treble, matching the feat of their city rivals in red from 1998/99. But who won the Ligue 1 in France or Spain’s Copa del Rey? Read on as we detail who took home the prizes in England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany. Before that though, what about the three major UEFA competitions?
Who Won the Champions League and Other UEFA Competitions?
Well, as we have alluded to, Man City won the continent’s premier competition, beating Inter Milan 1-0 in the Champions League finalin Istanbul. That brought them their first-ever win in the UCL (including in its previous guise as the European Cup).
The Europa League was claimed, as always (or does it just seem that way?), by Sevilla. The Spanish side finished way down in 12th position in La Liga, losing 15 times, but could not be stopped in the Europa League. They got the better of Jose Mourinho’s Roma on penalties after the game ended 1-1. This was their seventh final in this competition (including UEFA Cups) and their seventh win, all coming since 2006!
Moving down to the far newer Europa Conference League, we saw a third defeat for an Italian team and a second win for an English one. West Ham got the better of Fiorentina thanks to a very late winner that sent their fans wild. They beat the Serie A team 2-1 to secure their first real silverware since 1980 and also book their place in the Europa League for 2023/24.
- Man City won the Champions League
- Sevilla won the Europa League
- West Ham won the Europa Conference League
It’s all rather simple in England as the Manchester clubs won all three major honours, City doing the heavy lifting in the league and FA Cup, and United winning the secondary cup competition, the EFL (or League) Cup.
- Man City won the Premier League
- Man City won the FA Cup
- Man United won the EFL Cup
In the end, City won the league with room to spare, putting together an incredible run of results to overhaul Arsenal. The Gunners had led for much of the campaign but crumbled when it mattered most as City made their experience tell in the run-in.
City completed a double by seeing off Man United in the FA Cup final at Wembley. They won 2-1 thanks to an Ilkay Gundogan brace but United had already secured their own silverware having beaten Newcastle 2-0 in the EFL Cup final back in February.
Barcelona made light of their financial woes off the pitch to canter to another Liga title. They amassed 88 points to finish 10 points clear of rivals Real, with Atletico Madrid in third with 77 points. Real didn’t end the campaign empty-handed though, as they beat Osasuna 2-1 in Sevilla to land the Copa del Rey.
- Barcelona won La Liga
- Real Madrid won the Copa del Rey
On the face of things, Bayern Munich winning the Bundesliga title for the 11th year in a row could not have been more boring. But the how, rather than the what, was what made this win incredible. Having lost their penultimate game 3-1 at home, Bayern had allowed rivals Borussia Dortmund to move to the top of the table. A home win for Dortmund would give them the title but, alas, after 24 minutes they were 2-0 down at home to a Mainz side with nothing at stake. They came back to draw 2-2 but an 89th-minute winner from Bayern (away at Koln) gave the Bavarians the title … on goal difference.
The DFB Pokal does not have the same prestige as the FA Cup but German clubs still want to win it. Even so, neither Bayern nor Dortmund made the semis and in the end, RB Leipzig (who finished third in the league) beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 in the final.
- Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga
- RB Leipzig won the DFB Pokal
With their fine results in Europe, Italian football seems to be on the up, and that is certainly the case if you are a fan of Napoli. Maradona’s former club landed their first league title since 1989/90 and it did it in a style the great Argentine would have been proud of. They lost just four times and scored 77 goals, six more than anyone else, finishing fully 16 points clear of Lazio who were second.
Overall it was an excellent season for Inter as they finished third in the league, albeit 18 points behind the Neapolitan champions. However, they came very close to landing the Champions League, losing in the final to City, whilst also managing to deliver a trophy in the shape of the Coppa Italia. They saw off Fiorentina, who also lost the Europa Conference League final to West Ham, in the showpiece, winning 2-1 in Rome.
- Napoli won Serie A
- Inter Milan won the Coppa Italia
Yet again PSG finished top of the pile in Ligue 1, though Lens ran them very close. Neymar and co scored 21 more goals than Lens but it only saw them win the league by a single point in the end. That was the ninth win for the Parisians since 2012/13.
Toulouse won the Coupe de France, absolutely hammering Nantes 5-1 in the final at the Stade de France. Marseille had beaten PSG in the last 16 but the final was a major shock, being contested by teams that finished 16th (Nantes) and 13th in Ligue 1.
- PSG won Ligue 1
- Toulouse won the Coupe de France