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Europe's top soccer leagues: Cup finals, UCL, relegation

The 2023-24 season is almost over with the battles for the major honours, European qualification, relegation and promotion almost settled.

Here's a roundup of what has been decided, and what's still at stake, in the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish LaLiga, Italian Serie A and French Ligue 1.

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Premier League
League season completed

Title

Pep Guardiola's side were crowned champions for a record-setting fourth consecutive season.

Champions League (4)

CONFIRMED

Europa League (2)

As it stands, only fifth gets a Europa League place with the other slot, by right, going to the FA Cup winners.

Man United take on Man City in the FA Cup final on May 25 (stream live on ESPN+, U.S. only). If Erik ten Hag's team lift the trophy then they will be in the Europa League (UEL). If Man City win the cup, then the UEL position transfers to Chelsea.

CONFIRMED

WAITING ON THE FA CUP FINAL

Man United, who have finished eighth, can now only qualify for Europe by winning the FA Cup.

Europa Conference League (1)

WAITING ON THE FA CUP FINAL

The UECL place will drop to seventh (Newcastle) if Man City win the FA Cup.

If Man United win the FA Cup, the UECL place stays with Chelsea.

Relegation (3)

RELEGATED

Leicester City and Ipswich Town have been automatically promoted to the Premier League. Leeds United and Southampton will contest the Championship playoff final on May 26 (stream live on ESPN+, U.S. only).

LaLiga - one round to go
final weekend May 25-26

Title

Real Madrid have been crowned champions.

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Champions League (4)

CONFIRMED

Europa League (2)

Athletic won the Copa del Rey and will be in the Europa League, though they will also finish in the first Europa League place in fifth. That means the other UEL place goes to sixth, which Real Sociedad have claimed.

CONFIRMED

Europa Conference League (1)

Real Betis cannot be overtaken for the final European place.

CONFIRMED

Relegation (3)

CONFIRMED

It means there's absolutely nothing to be decided on the final day in Spain.

There are sill two full rounds to be played in LaLiga 2, and no team has yet secured promotion.

Bundesliga
League season completed

Title

Bayer Leverkusen won the first championship in their history with a remarkable unbeaten record.

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Champions League (5)

The Bundesliga has sealed an extra place through the European Performance Spot, which sends the team in fifth to the UCL too.

CONFIRMED

WAITING ON DORTMUND

If Dortmund win the UCL final they will take the place reserved for the titleholders, and the European Performance Spot will pass down to sixth -- so the Bundesliga would have six teams in the UCL.

It means that while Eintracht Frankfurt have a place in the UEL right now, they would be promoted to the UCL if Dortmund beat Real Madrid in the final on June 1.

Europa League (2)

There's another complicating factor to the UEL places, which right now go to sixth in the league (Frankfurt) and the winners of the DFB Pokal.

The final of the DFB Pokal on May 25 (stream live on ESPN+, U.S. only) sees Leverkusen take on Kaiserslautern who, incredibly, could win the cup despite at one stage looking like they could be relegated to the third division. If Kaiserslautern pull off an almighty shock, the league slots will be unaltered: sixth into the UEL and seventh into the UECL. If Leverkusen win the final, sixth and seventh will get a place in the UEL.

CONFIRMED (SUBJECT TO UCL FINAL)

  • 6. Eintracht Frankfurt (34, 47)

WAITING ON DFB POKAL FINAL

If Leverkusen win the DFB Pokal, Hoffenheim will be promoted to the UEL. Right now they hold the UECL spot.

If Dortmund win the UCL, Germany would surrender the place in the UEL earned by Dortmund in the league. It's complicated, but essentially the EPS place is awarded after the titleholder place. So, Dortmund would qualify as UCL titleholders in fifth, with sixth getting the European Performance position.

The only way seventh can get a UEL place is if Leverkusen win the cup.

Europa Conference League (1)

WAITING ON DFB POKAL FINAL

If Leverkusen win the DFB Pokal, Heidenheim will get a place in the UECL in their first-ever season in the Bundesliga. If Kaiserslautern win, it stays with Hoffenheim.

Relegation (2+1)

Two teams are relegated automatically, while third-bottom takes on third place in the 2. Bundesliga in a playoff.

RELEGATION PLAYOFF

Bochum look destined to be relegated after losing 3-0 at home to Fortuna Düsseldorf. The second leg takes place on Monday.

RELEGATED

St. Pauli and Holstein Kiel have been automatically promoted into the Bundesliga.

Serie A
Final day May 26

Title

Internazionale have wrapped up the Scudetto as runaway champions.

Champions League (5)

Like Germany, Italy has secured an extra place in next year's competition through its clubs' performance in Europe this season, meaning at least five clubs will qualify.

CONFIRMED

WAITING ON ATALANTA

Atalanta are guaranteed a place in the UCL as they hold the head to head over AS Roma. But AS Roma, who will definitely finish in sixth as they have the head to head against seventh-placed Lazio, could get into the UCL through the back door too.

If Atalanta win the UEL and finish fifth, then Italy will have the top six clubs in the UCL -- the top four, Atalanta as UEL titleholders and the European Performance Spot will pass to AS Roma.

However, if Atalanta win the UEL and finish third or fourth, then Italy will stick with five teams in the UCL and AS Roma will play in the UEL. This is because Atalanta will have finished in a place which, by right, earns a UCL spot so the titleholder slot is given to Benfica as the highest-ranked team in qualifying.

Atalanta have a game in hand, but there's a complication. That extra match is against Fiorentina and both teams are in European finals; the only possible date to play the game is Sunday, June 2 -- a week after the final round of Serie A matches is played. So Atalanta could go into the that game knowing a victory sends them into the top four and denies AS Roma a place in the Champions League.

Europa League (2)

Juventus won the Coppa Italia, so sixth and seventh will qualify for the UEL by right.

IN CONTENTION / WAITING ON ATALANTA

  • 6. AS Roma (37, 63)

  • 7. Lazio (37, 60)

  • 8. Fiorentina (37, 57)

Roma are guaranteed a UEL place if Atalanta finish in the top four.

Lazio are in the box seat for the second UEL place and they need a point at home to relegated Sassuolo on Sunday to rubberstamp seventh.

However, Fiorentina's goal difference is better so if Lazio's lose then a win for Fiorentina over Atalanta will take them up to seventh.

If Atalanta finish fifth, Italy will surrender the place for the league in the UEL which Atalanta would have earned (complicated, but technically the European Performance Spot goes to sixth). So, only seventh would be in the UEL.

Europa Conference League (1)

IN CONTENTION / WAITING ON FIORENTINA

  • 7. Lazio (37, 60)

  • 8. Fiorentina (37, 57)

  • 9. Torino (37, 53)

  • 10. Napoli (37, 52)

Eighth place will enter the UECL, which will go to either Lazio or Fiorentina.

But there's a twist.

If Fiorentina win the UECL and finish eighth, they will be play in the UEL and ninth will be in the UECL. If a country has a European titleholder who finishes outside the European places domestically before the EPS place is applied, then that's a +1 regardless. Essentially, as Fiorentina by finishing eighth hadn't qualified for Europe domestically without the EPS, Italy gets another+1.

So, it's now a battle between Torino and Napoli to finish in ninth, and they then have a waiting game for the UECL final on Wednesday (Fiorentina face Olympicos) and Fiorentina's "extra" game on June 2. That said, if Lazio avoid defeat this weekend then Fiorentina will be assured of eighth place.

Torino go to Atalanta and a win will secure ninth place, as will a draw or defeat as long as Napoli draw/lose.

Napoli must win at home to Lazio and, because of inferior head-to-head record, hope Torino lose.

If Torino lose and Napoli draw, Torino are ninth on head to head.

If Fiorentina win the UECL and finish in the top seven, Italy would have eight teams in Europe and there would be no drop down to ninth.

Relegation (3)

RELEGATED

IN CONTENTION

One place is to be decided, with three clubs in contention.

On the final day, third-bottom Empoli host Roma and they are guaranteed to be safe with a win -- because Frosinone are at home to Udinese. If Empoli draw and Udinese lose, the two teams will be level on points and play a relegation playoff.

Udinese are safe with a win at Frosinone, or if they match Empoli's result with a draw or loss.

The only way Frosinone can be relegated is if they lose and Empoli win.

Parma and Cesc Fàbregas' Como have been promoted to Serie A. Venezia. Cremonese, Catanzaro and Palermo the remaining teams in the promotion playoffs.

Ligue 1
League season completed

Title

Paris Saint-Germain secured the title with ease.

Champions League (3+1)

France gets three automatic places, with fourth place entering the UCL in the third qualifying round.

Remarkably Brest were in fourth when the games on the final day entered the 90th minute. Brest scored to go level with Lille on points and goal difference, but Lille stayed third on head to head. Then Lille conceded at home in the fourth minute of added time, sending Brest directly into the Champions League group stage.

CONFIRMED

Europa League (2)

The UEL places go to fifth and the winners of the Coupe de France -- PSG take on Lyon on May 25, and if PSG win it the place transfers to sixth in the league. As Lyon managed to finish sixth they are guaranteed a place in the UEL.

CONFIRMED

Europa Conference League (1)

CONFIRMED

Relegation (2+1)

Two teams are relegated, with third-bottom facing a playoff with a team from the second division to remain in Ligue 1.

Metz will play either Rodez or Saint-Étienne to fight to stay in the top flight.

RELEGATION PLAYOFF

RELEGATED

AJ Auxerre and Angers have been automatically promoted to Ligue 1.