2011 in association football

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The following are the association football events of the year 2011 throughout the world.

Events[edit]

Men[edit]

Women[edit]

News[edit]

North American professional expansion[edit]

In 2011, the major leagues of the men's and women's sport in the United States and Canada each added at least one new team:

2011–12 Russian Premier League[edit]

The 2011–12 season is a transitional season of the Russian Premier League, as it will stretch over 18 months instead of the conventional 12 months. The unusual length of the season is the result of the decision to adapt the playing year to an autumn-spring rhythm similar to most of the other UEFA leagues.[citation needed]

The season will comprise two phases.[1] The first phase will consist of a regular home-and-away schedule, meaning that each team will play the other teams twice for a total of 30 matches per team. The league will then be split into two groups for the second phase, where each team plays another home-and-away schedule against every other team of its respective group.

The top eight teams of the first phase will compete for the championship and the spots for both the 2012–13 Champions League and Europa League. Accordingly, the bottom eight teams will have to avoid relegation. The bottom two teams of this group will be directly relegated, while the 13th- and 14-placed teams will compete in a relegation/promotion playoff with the third- and fourth-placed teams of the 2011–12 National League Championship.[2]

Headlines[edit]

  • 5 January: Kristine Lilly, whose 352 appearances for the US women's national team made her the most-capped player in the sport's history, announced her retirement after an international career that started shortly after her 16th birthday in 1987.[3]
  • June: trials started for people allegedly involved in fixing Finnish football matches. One team, Tampere United was indefinitely suspended from Finnish football for accepting payments from a person known for match-fixing.[4]

61st FIFA Congress[edit]

The 61st FIFA Congress was held in Zurich, Switzerland between 31 May and 1 June. At the congress, Sepp Blatter was re-elected as the President of FIFA.[6][7]

Continental champions[edit]

Wembley Stadium, located in London hosted the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final.

Several international continental tournaments were held to determine berths into the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup.

Most notably, FC Barcelona of Spain's La Liga won the 2011 UEFA Champions League Final against Manchester United of the English Premier League 3–1.[8] The UEFA Champions League is considered by some to be the most preeminent club competition in the World, even more so than the Club World Cup, primarily due to the financial strength of European teams in contrast to clubs in the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

Elsewhere, the 2011 CONCACAF Champions League Finals was historic in the essence that it was the first final in the modern North American champions league-era not to feature an all-Mexican final. Nevertheless, Monterrey of Mexico's Premiera Division won the 2011 title 3–2 on aggregate over Real Salt Lake of the United States' Major League Soccer.[9] Salt Lake became the first American club to reach a Champions League final, as well as the first American side to reach a top-tier North American club championship since Los Angeles Galaxy in 2000.[10]

New Zealander teams continued their dominance in the OFC Champions League as Auckland City won their second OFC Champions League honor against Amicale of Vanuatu's Premia Divisen.[11]

Al-Sadd of Qatar's Starts League won the 2011 AFC Champions League Final against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors of the Korean K-League 2–2 (4–2 in penalties). Al-Sadd was qualified to the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time after winning its second title in the Asia.

On 6 November, the 2011 CAF Champions League Final will be contested between Wydad Casablanca of Morocco's Botola and Espérance Tunis of Tunisia's CLP-1. The second leg will be contested on 12 November.

List of men champions[edit]

Region Tournament Champion Title Last Honor
AFC (Asia) 2011 AFC Champions League Qatar Al-Sadd 2nd 1988–89
2011 AFC Cup Uzbekistan Nasaf Qarshi 1st N/A
2011 AFC President's Cup Chinese Taipei Taiwan Power Company 1st N/A
CAF (Africa) 2011 CAF Champions League Tunisia Espérance ST 2nd 1994
2011 CAF Confederation Cup Morocco Maghreb de Fès 1st N/A
2011 CAF Super Cup Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 2nd 2010
CONCACAF
(North and Central America, Caribbean)
2010–11 CONCACAF Champions League Mexico Monterrey 1st N/A
2011 CFU Club Championship Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Islanders 2nd 2010
CONMEBOL (South America) 2011 Copa Libertadores Brazil Santos 3rd 1963
2011 Copa Sudamericana Chile Universidad de Chile 1st N/A
2011 Recopa Sudamericana Brazil Internacional 2nd 2007
OFC (Oceania) 2010–11 O-League New Zealand Auckland City 2nd 2009
UEFA (Europe) 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Spain Barcelona 4th 2009
2010–11 UEFA Europa League Portugal Porto 2nd 2003
2011 UEFA Super Cup Spain Barcelona 4th 2009
FIFA (Worldwide) 2011 FIFA Club World Cup Spain FC Barcelona 2nd 2009

Women[edit]

Region Tournament Champion Title Last honor
CONMEBOL (South America) 2011 Copa Libertadores Femenina Brazil São José 1st
UEFA (Europe) 2010–11 UEFA Women's Champions League France Olympique Lyonnais 1st

Domestic champions[edit]

AFC nations[edit]

CAF nations[edit]

CONCACAF nations[edit]

Nation League Champion Title Last Honor
Anguilla Anguilla 2010–11 AFA League Kicks United 2nd 2007
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda 2010–11 Antigua and Barbuda Premier Division Parham FC 4th 2003
Aruba Aruba 2010–11 Aruban Division di Honor Racing Club Aruba 7th 2008
The Bahamas Bahamas 2011 BFA Senior League IM Bears FC 4th 2010
Barbados Barbados 2011 Barbados Premier Division Youth Milan 2nd 2006
Belize Belize 2010–11 Belize Premier Football League Belize Defence Force 2nd 2010
Bermuda Bermuda 2010–11 Bermudian Premier Division North Village Community Club 8th 2006
British Virgin Islands British Virgin Islands 2011 British Virgin Islands Championship Islanders FC 2nd 2010
Cayman Islands Cayman Islands 2010–11 Cayman Islands League Elite SC 2nd 2009
Costa Rica Costa Rica 2011 Verano[A] Alajuelense 26th 2010
2011 Invierno[B] TBD TBD TBD
Cuba Cuba 2010–11 Campeonato Nacional de Fútbol de Cuba Villa Clara 11th 2004
Curaçao Curaçao 2010–11 Sekshon Pagá
Dominica Dominica 2010–11 Dominica Premiere League
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 2011 Primera División de Republica Dominicana
El Salvador El Salvador 2011 Clausura[C] Alianza 10th 2004
2011 Apertura[D] TBD TBD TBD
French Guiana French Guiana 2010–11 French Guiana Championnat National Matoury 3rd 2006
Grenada Grenada 2011 Grenada Premier Division Hard Rock FC 1st
Guadeloupe Guadeloupe 2010–11 Guadeloupe Division d'Honneur Moulien 3rd 2009
Guatemala Guatemala 2010–11 Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala Comunicaciones 24th[E] 2008
Guyana Guyana 2011 GFF National Super League Alpha United 3rd 2010
Haiti Haiti 2010–11 1. Ligue Haïtienne Aigle Noir 4th 1970
Honduras Honduras 2010–11 Honduran Liga Nacional Olimpia 23rd 2010
Jamaica Jamaica 2010–11 National Premier League Tivoli Gardens 5th 2009
Martinique Martinique 2010–11 Martinique Championnat National Club Colonial 19th 1972
Mexico Mexico 2011 Clausura[F] UNAM 7th 2009
2011 Apertura[G] TBD TBD TBD
Montserrat Montserrat 2011 Montserrat Championship Competition not held
Nicaragua Nicaragua 2011 Clausura[H] Real Estelí 10th 2010
2011 Apertura[I] TBD TBD TBD
Panama Panama 2011 Clausura[J] San Francisco 7th 2009
2011 Apertura[K] TBD TBD TBD
Saint Kitts and Nevis St. Kitts and Nevis 2010–11 SKNFA Premier League St Paul's United 3rd 2009
Saint Lucia St. Lucia 2011 Saint Lucia Gold Division VSADC 7th 2002
Collectivity of Saint Martin St. Martin 2010–11 Saint-Martin Championships Junior Stars 11th 2003
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2010–11 NLA Premier League Avenues United 2nd 2010
Sint Maarten Sint Maarten 2010–11 Sint Maarten League No competition held
Suriname Suriname 2010–11 Hoofdklasse Inter Moengotapoe 3rd 2008
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2010–11 TT Pro League Defence Force 21st 1999
Turks and Caicos Islands Turks and Caicos Islands 2010–11 MFL League Provopool FC 1st
United States United States and Canada Canada 2011 Major League Soccer Los Angeles Galaxy 3rd 2005
United States Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands 2010–11 U.S. Virgin Islands Championship Competition not held

CONMEBOL nations[edit]

OFC nations[edit]

UEFA nations[edit]

Nation League Champion Title Last Honor Ref.
Albania Albania 2010–11 Albanian Superliga Skënderbeu Korçë 2nd 1933 [12]
Andorra Andorra 2010–11 Primera Divisió FC Santa Coloma 6th 2010 [13]
Armenia Armenia 2011 Armenian Premier League Ulisses 1st
Austria Austria 2010–11 Austrian Football Bundesliga Sturm Graz 3rd 1999
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 2010–11 Azerbaijan Premier League Neftchi Baku 6th 2005
Belarus Belarus 2011 Belarusian Premier League BATE Borisov 8th 2010
Belgium Belgium 2010–11 Jupiler League Genk 3rd 2002
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 2010–11 Premijer Liga Borac Banja Luka 1st
Bulgaria Bulgaria 2010–11 A PFG Litex Lovech 4th 2010
Croatia Croatia 2010–11 Prva HNL Dinamo Zagreb 13th[A] 2010
Cyprus Cyprus 2010–11 Cypriot First Division APOEL 21st 2009
Czech Republic Czech Republic 2010–11 Gambrinus liga Viktoria Plzeň 1st
Denmark Denmark 2010–11 Danish Superliga Copenhagen 9th 2010
England England 2010–11 Premier League Manchester United 19th[B] 2009
Estonia Estonia 2011 Meistriliiga Flora Tallinn 9th 2010
Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 2011 Vodafonedeildin B36 Tórshavn 8th 2005
Finland Finland 2011 Veikkausliiga HJK Helsinki 24th 2010
France France 2010–11 Ligue 1 Lille 3rd 1954
Georgia (country) Georgia 2010–11 Umaglesi Liga Zestafoni 1st
Germany Germany 2010–11 Fußball-Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund 7th 2002
Greece Greece 2010–11 Superleague Greece Olympiacos 38th 2009
Hungary Hungary 2010–11 NB I Videoton 1st
Iceland Iceland 2011 Úrvalsdeild KR Reykjavík 25th 2003
Republic of Ireland Ireland 2011 League of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 17th 2010
Israel Israel 2010–11 Israeli Premier League Maccabi Haifa 12th[C] 2009
Italy Italy 2010–11 Serie A Milan 18th 2004
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 2011 Kazakhstan Premier League Shakhter Karagandy 1st
Latvia Latvia 2011 Latvian Higher League Ventspils 4th 2008
Lithuania Lithuania 2011 A Lyga Ekranas 6th[D] 2010
Luxembourg Luxembourg 2010–11 Luxembourg National Division F91 Dudelange 9th 2009
Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 2010–11 Macedonian Prva Liga Škendija 1st
Malta Malta 2010–11 Maltese Premier League Valletta 20th 2008
Moldova Moldova 2010–11 Moldovan National Division Dacia Chişinău 1st
Montenegro Montenegro 2010–11 Montenegrin First League Mogren 2nd 2008–09
Netherlands Netherlands 2010–11 Eredivisie Ajax 30th 2004
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 2010–11 IFA Premiership Linfield 50th 2010
Norway Norway 2011 Tippeligaen Molde 1st
Poland Poland 2010–11 Ekstraklasa Wisła Kraków 14th 2009
Portugal Portugal 2010–11 Primeira Liga Porto 25th 2009
Romania Romania 2010–11 Liga I Oţelul Galaţi 1st
Russia Russia Russian Premier League [E] N/A N/A
San Marino San Marino Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio Tre Fiori
Scotland Scotland Scottish Premier League Rangers
Serbia Serbia Serbian Superliga Partizan
Slovakia Slovakia Slovak Superliga Slovan Bratislava
Slovenia Slovenia 2010–11 Slovenian PrvaLiga Maribor 9th 2009
Spain Spain 2010–11 La Liga Barcelona 21st 2010
Sweden Sweden 2011 Allsvenskan Helsingborg 7th 1999
Switzerland Switzerland 2010–11 Swiss Super League Basel 14th 2010
Turkey Turkey Turkcell Super League Fenerbahçe
Ukraine Ukraine Ukrainian Premier League Shakhtar Donetsk
Wales Wales Welsh Premier League Bangor City

Cup champions[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • 3 February – Neil Young, English forward (66)
  • 6 February – William Morais, Brazilian midfielder (19)
  • 16 February – Tonny van Ede, Dutch international winger (86)
  • 19 February – Ernő Solymosi, Hungarian international defender (70)
  • 21 February – Jean Baeza, French international defender (68)
  • 24 February – Yozhef Betsa, Soviet Ukrainian midfielder, 1956 Olympic champion (81)
  • 26 February – Dean Richards, English defender (36)

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

  • 17 July – Juan Arza, Spanish international forward and manager (88)

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

  • 14 November – Alf Fields, English defender (92)
  • 27 November – Gary Speed, Welsh international midfielder and manager (42)

December[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pryadkin: Championship 2011–12 will take place in three circles – championat.ru
  2. ^ Approved scheme to move the CR system "Autumn–Spring" – championat.ru
  3. ^ "U.S. Soccer Legend Kristine Lilly Retires" (Press release). United States Soccer Federation. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "3 Finland football rocked by match-fixing scandal". BBC News. 10 June 2011. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "2nd match – Juventus – Parma". Juventus Football Club Official Website. Juventus F.C. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Congress: working to protect the game". FIFA. 5 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter re-elected for a fourth term". FIFA. 1 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Hart, Simon (28 May 2011). "Barcelona crowned as Messi and Villa see off United". Union of European Football Associations. UEFA. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Monterrey claims CCL title with 1–0 victory". CONCACAF. CONCACAFChampions.com. 27 April 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Salt Lake heads to CCL finals despite 2–1 loss". CONCACAF. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "2011 O-League Match Summary: Auckland City FC v. Amicale FC". OFC. OceaniaFootball.com. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Skënderbeu take Albanian title". UEFA. UEFA. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Andorran joy for FC Santa Coloma". UEFA. UEFA. 6 March 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011.