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Lille completes double, Birmingham and Blackpool go down
May 23rd, 2011 1:18AM
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[EUROPEAN RACES] Lille completed the French double when it won its first league title in 57 years with a 2-2 tie with Paris St. Germain on the next-to-last day of the Ligue 1 season. Blackpool and Birmingham were the unlucky teams to join West Ham United as the teams relegated from the English Premier League. The cost: an estimated $65 million in lost television revenues.

Wigan climbed three places and survived for another season when Colombian Hugo Rodallega scored in the 78th minute to give it a 1-0 win at Stoke.

ENGLAND:
Title Race:
80 Man. United (champion)
71 Chelsea
71 Man. City
68 Arsenal
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Relegation:
39 Birmingham (relegated)
39 Blackpool (relegated)
33 West Ham (relegated)

FRANCE (37 games -- 1 game to play)
Title Race:
73 Lille (clinched title)

67 Marseille
61 Lyon
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56 Rennes
Relegation:
47 Montpellier
46 Auxerre
46 Brest
46 Nice
45 Valenciennes
45 Caen 
45 Nancy
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44 Monaco
35 Lens (relegated)
20 Arles-Avignon (relegated)


ITALY:
Title Race:
82 AC Milan (champion)

76 Inter Milan
70 Napoli
66 Udinese
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Relegation:
36 Sampdoria (relegated)
31 Brescia (relegated)
21 Bari (relegated)

SPAIN:
Title Race:
96 Barcelona (champion)
92 Real Madrid
71 Valencia
62 Villarreal
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Relegation:
44 Real Mallorca (relegated)
43 Dep. Coruna (relegated)
35 Hercules (relegated)
30 Almeria (relegated)



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