In the latest European women's club action, Wolfsburg and FC Zurich both wrapped up their national league titles. The Wolverines celebrated their maiden German Bundesliga triumph, while the Swiss aces were proclaimed champions for the 17th time. In the USA, Portland Thorns remain undefeated and are increasingly taking on the mantle of favourites, while big guns Malmo and Tyreso are playing a game of leapfrog in Sweden. FIFA.com tracks the latest developments in our weekly review of the women's club scene around the world.
Germany: Joy for Wolfsburg, Potsdam claim Champions League berth
In Sunday's last round of Bundesliga fixtures, VfL Wolfsburg claimed the first of three possible trophies, comfortably beating SC Bad Neuenahr 4-0 to seal the national league title for the first time in their history. Germany coach Silvia Neid looked on as Martina Muller fired a brace, with Conny Pohlers and Nadine Kessler rounding off the scoring.
“It's just indescribable and I'm still speechless,” Kessler was quoted as saying on the club homepage, before adding: “I'm delighted we were so calm throughout this game, and that we've not won the league on goal difference. We've all put in so much effort and it's been an unforgettable day for everyone here." Wolfsburg now meet Turbine Potsdam in the German cup final on 19 May, before travelling to London for the UEFA Champions League final against Olympique Lyon four days later.
Back in the Bundesliga, Potsdam ultimately won the race for the runners-up spot and a place in Europe's elite club competition. Turbine defeated relegated FSV Gutersloh 2-0 and joyfully claimed second place, as FFC Frankfurt faltered at the last and slipped to third in a 2-1 home defeat to Bayern Munich.
Top three: VfL Wolfsburg (53 points), Turbine Potsdam (49), FFC Frankfurt (47)
USA: Portland cement grip on top spot
Portland Thorns are slowly but surely emerging as favourites for the inaugural National Women's Soccer League title. Christine Sinclair and company won 2-0 away to Chicago Red Stars and remain undefeated after five matches. Allie Long and star striker Alex Morgan scored the goals as Portland comfortably retained first place in the standings, although the leaders were grateful for another stellar display by Canadian keeper Karina LeBlanc with a string of excellent saves. Sky Blue FC downed Seattle Reign 2-0 to go second, while FIFA World Player of the Year Abby Wambach scored both her side’s goals as Western New York Flash defeated Kansas City 2-1 to record a second win of the season.
Top three: Portland Thorns (13), Sky Blue FC (10) Boston Breakers (8)
Sweden: Malmo set the pace
The lead in the Damallsvenskan has changed hands at regular intervals between top clubs Tyreso and Malmo. After the sixth round of matches, Malmo again dislodged their rivals from first place with a comfortable 5-0 victory over Kristianstads. Ramona Bachmann and Sara Gunnarsdottir both scored twice for Jonas Eidevall’s team, with Katrine Veje adding the fifth. Tyreso blew their chance of retaining top spot in a 1-1 draw with Mallbackens, Linda Wallin cancelling out Tyreso's opener from big-name Brazilian Marta. Orebro defeated Pitea by the only goal of the game to go third.
Top three: FC Malmo, Tyreso FF (both 14), Orebro DFF (12)
Switzerland: FCZ storm to title defence
With four games still to go, champions FC Zurich have successfully retained the Swiss league title, banishing any last remaining doubts with a 8-1 victory away to St Gallen last Wednesday. Three days later, Dorjee Tsawa’s side celebrated at home with a crushing 9-0 rout against Yverdon Feminin. Even by their own high standards, FCZ are enjoying a storming season, winning all 22 of their league fixtures to date, and scoring 125 goals while conceding only nine in the process. Former Germany international Inka Grings has been in prolific form for the freshly minted champions, but Tsawa will need to replace his star striker for next season, as Grings and Sonja Fuss are both heading for the States and a new challenge with Chicago Red Stars.