This is how the 2022/2023 season ended in the other major European football leaguesWe have already presented the end of the season and its top scorers in the major European leagues: Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A, as well as the European Cups. Here we look at the 2022/2023 season in 11 of the other major leagues in Europe and list the champions and the top scorers in the respective leagues.
Kylian Mbappé - top scorer in Ligue 1 season 2022/2023
Ligue 1, FranceThe French Ligue 1 offered no major surprises, Paris Saint-Germain won the league for the ninth time in the last 11 years. However, they only did it with a margin of one point down to Lens but had already decided the league before the last round and could afford to lose their last match to Clermont with 2-3. Marseille came third and thus gets the chance to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season.
The top scorer was also the expected one as Kylian Mbappé won with 29 goals scored, and this was his fifth consecutive top scorer title in Ligue 1. Also notable is that players from PSG have won the top scorer title eight years in a row now (although Mbappé shared the victory with Wissam Ben Yedder this season 2019/2020). The last non-PSG player to win the title was Lyon player Alexandre Lacazette, and it was he who came second in the top-scoring league this season with 27 goals. He finished off the season in great style, scoring 13 goals in the last 12 games. Canadian Jonathan David in Lille came third, scoring 24 goals.
The season's breakthrough was Elye Wahi in Montpellier. The 20-year-old Frenchman accounted for 19 goals, which was enough for seventh place in the top scorer list.
Mehdi Taremi - Golden Boot winner in Portugal's Primeira Liga 2022/2023
Primeira Liga, PortugalThe champions of the Portuguese Primeira Liga 2022/2023 were Benfica, and they secured the league title in the last round by easily beating the bottom team Santa Clara with 3-0. Two points behind was Porto and it is also notable that the third major Portuguese club, Sporting, missed out on a Champions League place as Braga grabbed the bronze.
In the top scorer top we find an Iranian as top scorer, Porto's 30-year-old Mehdi Taremi, who scored 22 goals. This was the second time he won the top scorer title in Portugal, he also have a shared win in 2019/2020 when he played in Rio Ave. Second was Benfica's Goncalo Ramos with 19 goals, the 21-year-old who gained some celebrity status in the World Cup in Qatar after sidelining Cristiano Ronaldo in the match against Switzerland, and said thank you for the trust by scoring a hat-trick. Ramos is one of many players rumoured to be on Manchester United's radar for potential new signings so we'll see if we will find him in Premier League next season.
Xavi Simons - on of the Eredivisie top scorers 2022/2023
Eredivisie, HollandRotterdam club Feyenoord comfortably won the Dutch Eredivisie by a seven-point margin down to PSV Eindhoven. Ajax, who we have become accustomed to seeing perform well in the Champions League in recent years, had a less successful season in the league and finished third, thus having to settle for the UEFA Europa League cup next season.
In the top scoring list, there was a shared title between the Greek Tasos Douvikas in Utrecht and PSV Eindhoven's Xavi Simons, both scoring 19 goals each. 20-year-old Xavi Simons was already rated as one of the world's biggest talents as a 13-year-old when he was playing for Barcelona youth team, and it certainly seems that he is starting to blossom now. In third place we find Sydney van Hooijdonk in Heerenveen with 16 goals. Does the last name sound familiar? Yes, he is the son of Holland's old star striker Pierre van Hooijdonk.
Scottish Premiership, ScotlandIn Scotland, Celtic claimed their 53rd league title as they won comfortably by seven points down to Rangers, who in their turn had a 35-point margin down to third-placed Aberdeen.
The golden boot winner was Celtic's Japanese Kyogo Furuhashi who scored 27 goals, two more than the Dutchman Kevin van Veen in Motherwell, who scored a whopping 47.2% of all his team's goals.
Süper Lig, TurkeyGalatasaray became Turkish champions in the 2022/2023 season after winning the league quite easily in the end by an eight-point margin down to Fenerbahce.
The Ecuadorian Enner Valencia in Fenerbahce scored 29 goals, which was enough to grab the top scorer title by a good margin. Six goals behind came the Senegalese Mbaye Diagne in Fatih Karagümrük, and yet another goal behind was Galatasaray's Mauro Icardi. Icardi ended the season very strongly with a whopping 13 goals in his last nine league games he played.
Jupiler Pro League, BelgiumBelgium has an unnecessarily complicated league system where you first play a regular season and then a kind of playoff, and the champions when the regular season was over were actually Genk. After the extended championship series, where the top four teams in the series meet twice more, it was finally Royal Antwerp who emerged as the title winners. It was dramatic when Genk and Royal Antwerp met in the last round, and if Genk had won, they would have become champions for real as well. When the match went into extra time, Genk had a 2-1 lead but when former Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld equalized in the fourth minute of extra time for Royal Antwerp, bringing the title to Anwerp.
The top scorer winner was Hugo Cuypers in Gent who scored 27 goals in total, the first time this 26-year-old Belgian won a top scorer title. He ended the season on a high by scoring a hat-trick in Gent's 3-1 win against Standard Liège. Second was Cercle Brugge's Japanese Ayase Ueda with 22 goals scored.
Notably in the top scorer list is Gent's 20-year-old Nigerian starlet Gift Orban who arrived from Norway's Stabaek as late as January 31, but still managed to score 15 goals, including four in a 6-2 win against Zulte Waregem. He also scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 away win against Cercle Brugge.
Jean-Pierre Nsame - best scorer in the Swiss league 2022/2023
Super League, SwitzerlandSwiss champions 2022/2023 were Young Boys, who thus reclaimed the title they lost to Zürich the previous season after winning four titles in a row before that. They won with a crushing 16-point margin down to runner-up Servette.
The top scorer title was won by Cameroonian Jean-Pierre Nsame who scored 21 goals, his third title in four seasons in Switzerland. Second came his teammate in Young Boys, the Swiss Cédric Itten, who scored 19 goals.
Superliga, DenmarkIn Denmark the countries biggest club FC Copenhagen became champions and were champions already when the last round was played. In total, they won with a margin of four points down to runner-up Nordsjælland.
Top scorer was 22-year-old Dane Gustav Isaksen in Midtjylland who scored 18 goals, grabbing the title despite being a winger rather than a striker. Second placed was the veteran Patrick Mortensen in Aarhus with 16 goals.
Superleague, GreeceThe Greek league was won by AEK Athens and they did so by a five-point margin to Panathinaikos. Olympiakos, who had three consecutive league titles before the season, finished only third.
Olympiakos didn't get to win the league but can at least brag about having the league's top scorer in their team. 32-year-old Congolese Cédric Bakambu became the top scorer with his 18 goals, four more than AEK Athens' Levi Garcia from Trinidad and Tobago.
Premier-Liha, UkraineIn Ukraine, the big club Shakhtar Donetsk won the title, five points ahead of SK Dnipro-1, Zorya Luhansk finished third.
Due to the war against Russia, there are not many foreign players in Ukraine and it is therefore no surprise that it was a Ukrainian who became the league top scorer. Artem Dovbyk in runners-up SK Dnipro-1 scored 24 goals after scoring a total of three hat-tricks this season. He won by a whopping nine-goal margin down to Nazariy Rusyn in Zorya Luhansk and Albanian Taulant Seferi who plays in Vorskla.
Fußball-Bundesliga, AustriaFor the tenth season in a row, the energy drink drinkers from Salzburg stood as the winner of the Fußball-Bundesliga in Austria, winning by seven points down to Sturm Graz.
As top scorer we find the 34-year-old veteran Guido Burgstaller in Rapid Wien, winning his first top scorer title in his career. He was also one of the hottest candidates to win the title ahead of the season. He scored 21 goals for his club, three more than second-best scorer Haris Tabakovic in Austria Wien.