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2011 In Association Football


2011 In Association Football

List of years in association football

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


  • Events 1
    • Men 1.1
    • Women 1.2
  • News 2
    • North American professional expansion 2.1
    • 2011–12 Russian Premier League 2.2
    • Headlines 2.3
    • 61st FIFA Congress 2.4
  • Continental champions 3
    • List of men champions 3.1
    • Women 3.2
  • Domestic champions 4
    • AFC nations 4.1
    • CAF nations 4.2
    • CONCACAF nations 4.3
    • CONMEBOL nations 4.4
    • OFC nations 4.5
    • UEFA nations 4.6
  • Cup champions 5
  • Deaths 6
    • January 6.1
    • February 6.2
    • March 6.3
    • April 6.4
    • May 6.5
    • June 6.6
    • July 6.7
    • August 6.8
    • September 6.9
    • October 6.10
    • November 6.11
    • December 6.12
  • Footnotes 7
  • References 8





North American professional expansion

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

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.

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]


  • 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

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

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

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


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

Domestic champions

AFC nations

CAF nations

CONCACAF nations

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

CONMEBOL nations

OFC nations

UEFA nations

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

Cup champions




  • 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)






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





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




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