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Football: A Europe of Doubles and Trebles in 2010

Barcelona and Inter Milan added their national top division titles this weekend, while Chelsea and Bayern Munich won domestic cup competitions making 2009-2010 a season of European football doubles.

Inter Milan and Bayern Munich will therefore line up on Saturday for the UEFA Champions League final with both sides playing for an amazing treble.

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has equaled the club’s top goalscoring record in all competitions by bagging an incredible 47 goals this term. The Argentine’s tally equals the record which was set for the club in 1996-1997 by Brazilian legend Ronaldo.

Messi got his record by bagging two second half goals in his side’s 4-0 win over Real Vallodolid, which clinched the title for Barcelona. Barca finished the season on 99 points, just three clear of big-spending rivals Real Madrid, who chased them to the final day despite Barca’s crucial victories in both fixtures against Real.

There was a final day showdown in the Italian Serie A, too, on Sunday, where eventual champions Inter Milan would have lost the title – their fifth in five years, equalling a Juventus side from the 1930s – to Roma had the games finished at half time.

In the end, Inter won, somewhat predictably for a Jose Mourinho side, 1-0 after a Diego Milito goal in the 56th minute.

Inter will head to Saturday’s Champions League Final in the Bernebeu looking for a treble, and so will Bayern Munich, after the German side steam-rollered Werder Bremen in their German Cup Final on Saturday.

Bayern lifted the cup with a 4-0 victory after a first half penalty from Robben was joined by goals from Olic, Ribery and Sweinsteiger to complete the rout.

The biggest game of the season takes place this weekend with European bragging rights up for grabs: it seems this year that winning a double is very much de rigeur; only one side can win a treble and be announced kings of Europe.

Its all poised very nicely for one big final.

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