Five leagues ended the 2020/2021 season this weekendDuring the weekend, the last round of the season was played in five different leagues in Europe and below is a compilation of the champions and the top scorer in each league.
Eredivisie, NetherlandsAjax were already winners of the Dutch Eredivisie a long time and after the final 3-1 victory away against Vitesse yesterday, they won the league with 16 points margin to runner-up PSV Eindhoven. Winner of the top scorer title in the Eredivisie season 2020/2021, however, was the Greek Giorgos Giakoumakis who scored 26 goals and won with a 7 goal margin to PSV Eindhoven's Donyell Malen. The fact that Giakoumakis played in VVV-Venlo, which finished second last in the league, makes the top scorer win even more impressive.
26-year-old Giakoumakis has had a true dream season with, among other things, 4 goals scored in two different matches. He has not made any major impact in the past and the question is whether it was one lucky season or whether he can continue to be a consistent goal scorer the coming seasons. He will probably not follow VVV-Venlo down to the second league so it will be interesting to see which club picks him up during the transfer window.
Premjer-Liga, RussiaAlso in Russia, the league winner was settled a long time ago. Zenit St. Petersburg had already won the league a few rounds before this weekend and won their 3rd straight title, finihsing 8 points ahead of Spartak Moscow. In the top scorer list 2020/2021, Zenit St. Petersburg's Russian Artem Dzyuba and Iranian Sardar Azmoun followed eachother throughout the second half of the season in the top but before the final round Azmoun had gained a lead of three goals ahead of Dzyuba and seemed to have won the top scorer title, or so everyone thought. However, Dzyuba had a fantastic game in the final round and scored 4 goals in the 5-1 win against Tambov and thus became the leagues top scorer with one goal margin.
Scottish PremiershipRangers who were forcibly relegated far down the league system a few years ago but are now back at the top. Led by former Liverpool icon Steven Gerrard, they managed to go undefeated throughout the season and eventually won the league by 20 points ahead of arch-rival Celtic. The league win was already secured with 6 rounds left to play.
However, the Scottish Premiership top scorer was Celtics Frenchman Odsonne Edouard. Edouard scored 18 goals and the 23-year-old became the top scorer in Scotland for the second year in a row.
Süper Lig, TurkeyUnlike the previously mentioned leagues, the Turkish Süper Lig was all the more dramatic. Before the final round, Besiktas and Galatasaray were tied in the top on the same nmber of points with Besiktas on 2 goals ahead of Galatasaray in goal difference. After both teams won their matches in the final round, Besiktas against Göztepe with 2-1 and Galatasaray against Yeni Malatyaspor with 3-1, Besiktas won the league by a staggering one goal margin.
The top scorer winner 2020/2021 played in Hatayspor. The 24-year-old Gabonese Aaron Boupendza scored 22 goals in total during the season and scored three goals more than his teammate Mame Biram Diouf and Besikta's Canadian Cyle Larin. Boupendza previously belonged to Bordeaux but never really got the chance to prove himself there. It will be interesting to follow him next season to see if he can become a consistent goal scorer in the top leagues.
Superleague, GreeceAnd also, the final round of the Greek Superleague was played the past weekend weekend. As usual, the Greek league was won by Olympiacos, this season by a margin of 26 points to second placed PAOK Thessaloniki.
Even in the top scorer list it was a copy of last season. Olympiacos Moroccan 34-year-old Youssef El Arabi won the top scorer title just like last season, this time with 22 goals scored. Youssef El Arabi scored a total of 9 goals more than second placed teammate Giorgos Masouras and AEK Athens' Iranian Karim Ansarifard.