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A WEEKEND OF PROMOTIONS ACROSS EUROPE

19 Apr 2012
Reading FC became into the first club form the big leagues in Europe that has achieved the promotion to the first division of its country; other five clubs might join the part this weekend, while Depor will have to wait until May.

The end of season has arrived and the clubs around Europe are starting to meet their goals; on Tuesday Championship’s club Reading FC was the first one to achieve the promotion to the English Premiership league, this after a 1-0 win at home facing Nottingham Forest. It was a party at the Madejski Stadium as the goal scored by Leigertwood arrived just nine minutes before the final whistle.

Reading FC is the leader at the Championship (NPower Football League Championship), having an eight-point gap over third place West Ham United (one of the members of the fallen described in a past article), which is enough to secure the promotion as only two matches are remaining in the schedule.

Southampton CF should be the next club celebrating the promotion as they just need two more points in the next two games in order to secure its return to the elite of English football, something that could happen this weekend as the Saints visit Middlesbrough. As it happens in Spain the third promoted club will be defined in a playoff, currently the four clubs occupying the playoff positions are West Ham United, Birmingham City, Cardiff City and Blackpool FC



The fans at the Madejski Stadium celebrating the promotion of Reading FC after Tuesday’s match.


And the other five top European leagues -according to the UEFA ranking system the best six leagues in Europe are England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France and Portugal- might join the party starting this weekend as other four clubs might clinch the promotion during the next matchday.

German side SpVgg Greuther Fürth has great options of doing it this weekend; the Kleeblätteris the current leader at 2. Bundesliga, having a nine-point gap over third place SC Paderborn 07, and with three games remaining in the calendar they just need a point to secure the promotion. On Friday they visit 12th place FSV Frankfurt.

The current runners-up are Eintracht Frankfurt and they can also secure the promotion on this weekend as they just need three more points. On Monday they visit last--place Alemannia Aachen. The other ticket to the Bundesliga will be disputed in a playoff series; among the aspirant for the final ticket are historic clubs like Fortuna Düsseldorf and 1860 Munich.

At Ligue 2 in France things might be decided in a fortnight or even this weekend; the current leader is SC Bastia, club that has a 13-point advantage over fourth place Clermont Foot; with six games remaining in the schedule Les Bleus need a combination of results or to pick up six more points to secure the promotion. On Monday they host 8th place Chateauroux. There are no playoffs on this league and the other two tickets could be for Troyes AC and Stade de Reims.

The Portuguese second division, called Liga de Honra, could also be decided on this weekend; current leaders G.D. Estoril Praia have a twelve-point gap over third place Moreirense F.C., and with only four games remaining in the schedule both side face each other on Sunday, so the Canarinhos only need a draw to secure the promotion. Only two clubs are promoted at the end of the season, so Moreirense F.C. needs the three points in order to catch second place Rio Ave F.C.

Spain might be the last league among the top-six list that will see the celebration of a promotion; Deportivo currently leads Liga Adelante with a placid advantage of ten points over third place RC Celta, but with nine games remaining in the schedule nothing is for granted. Los Blanquiazules still need eight or ten points in order to secure the ticket to Liga BBVA, so it won’t happen before May.

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