While the English and German league seasons have already run their course, the final day in Italy and Spain is highlighted by battles for European places and against the drop. For genuine championship tension, attention will turn to France on Saturday, when either Bordeaux or Marseille will succeed Lyon as Ligue 1 champions. FIFA.com previews the upcoming action in Europe, which also includes two major cup finals.
Ligue 1: Bordeaux on the brink
With Lyon certain to miss out on an eighth consecutive title, leaders Bordeaux are the overwhelming favourites to take over their mantle. Laurent Blanc's men travel to 17th-placed Caen knowing a point will confirm their coronation, but their hosts will be virtually obliged to win themselves if they are to steer clear of relegation. Should Bordeaux taste defeat, second-placed Marseille would leapfrog them at the summit with victory at home to sixth-placed Rennes, though their own opponents are chasing a UEFA Europa League berth.
The sides currently in line for Europa League places are Toulouse and Paris Saint-Germain, fourth and fifth respectively ahead of the visits of Lyon and Monaco, while seventh-placed Lille host Nancy. In the lower reaches, Le Havre and Nantes have already been relegated, leaving 18th-placed Saint-Etienne, Caen, Le Mans and Sochaux to pursue the outcomes that would keep them up – or to pray that results elsewhere go their way.
The question: In their last nine trips to Caen, Bordeaux have drawn twice and suffered seven defeats. Can they halt that poor sequence and clinch the title in Normandy?
The big game: Caen-Bordeaux, Saturday 30 May, 21.00, Stade Michel d'Ornano
The quote: "We're under pressure but so are Caen, Marseille and Rennes. But, to be honest, I'd rather have the pressure of going for the championship than the pressure of trying to avoid relegation to Ligue 2," Laurent Blanc, Bordeaux coach
La Liga: Five fearing the drop
The podium places have already been assigned in Spain, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sevilla have secured first, second and third respectively. Those three teams have sewn up the UEFA Champions League group-stage tickets, too, leaving fourth-placed Atletico Madrid and Villarreal, in fifth, to resolve their pursuit of the one qualifying berth on offer. The capital outfit have a two-point edge as both gear up to take on sides with nothing to play for: Los Colchoneros entertain tenth-placed Almeria and the Yellow Submarine visit Mallorca, in ninth.
At the opposite end of the table, five clubs all hope to steer clear of the one remaining demotion spot. Recreativo Huelva and Numancia have already lost their battles and, as things stand, will be joined by 18th-placed Sporting Gijon, who end their campaign at home against the former. How the picture looks after the last round of matches remains to be seen, though, with the fixture pitting 16th-placed Real Betis against 14th-placed Valladolid likely to play a role. Osasuna, in 17th, and 15th-placed Getafe cannot afford to relax either as they tackle Real Madrid and Racing Santander respectively.
The question: Will Diego Forlan find the back of the net for the eighth Liga match in succession and secure the Pichichi title?
The big game: Real Betis-Valladolid, Sunday 31 May, 19.00, Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera
The quote: "Playing for a draw would be a huge mistake. We need to go looking for the win from the first minute of the match," Maxi Rodriguez, Atletico midfielder
Serie A: The season in one game
Inter Milan extinguished the final flickers of title suspense two weeks ago and bring their triumphant season to a close at home against mid-table Atalanta, while Juventus have secured Champions League football and will aim to bow out on a high – not to mention as runners-up – when they host Lazio. For their part, AC Milan's damaging 3-2 loss to Roma last weekend has left them vulnerable to the prospect of the Champions League qualifying process and they will need to avoid a two-goal defeat at Fiorentina, the team directly below them in the standings and their rivals for an automatic berth in Europe's premier club competition.
The situation in the bottom half of the table contains intrigue as well, even if Lecce and Reggina have already been consigned to Serie B. Either Bologna or Torino will join them in the second flight next term, with their point tallies currently level but the former enjoying the better head-to-head record as they prepare to entertain 14th-placed Catania. Torino bring the curtain down on their difficult season with a testing trip to sixth-placed Roma.
The question: Who will be crowned Capocannoniere? Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marco Di Vaio lead the way at present with 23 strikes apiece, one more than Diego Milito.
The big game: Fiorentina-AC Milan, Sunday 31 May, 15.00, Stadio Artemio Franchi
The quote: "We've already achieved our goal for the season but we hope to do better. We'll play to win and score the two goals we need to overtake Milan," Juan Manuel Vargas, Fiorentina midfielder
The footballers of England and Germany have mostly been weighing up their summer plans since their league seasons concluded last weekend, but not all have been able to switch their focus off just yet. Domestic cup trophies wait to be hoisted aloft in both countries and for Chelsea that will mean trying to save their season against FA Cup final opponents Everton. Both clubs saw out their Premier League campaigns in good form and while the action on the pitch ought to be enticing, the match also brings together two of English football's most extreme haircuts. Not only have Toffees midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Blues winger Florent Malouda impressed with the ball at their feet this year, both have stood out thanks to their radical hairstyle choices.
Meanwhile, in Berlin's Olympiastadion, the German Cup decider will bring together Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen, two traditional Bundesliga heavyweights who failed to make an impression in the championship race this campaign. Defeat would be especially hard to take for Thomas Schaaf's charges, following their recent disappointment in the UEFA Cup final against Shakhtar Donetsk.