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Wolfsburg clinch Bundesliga title

Wolfsburg striker Grafite
Bundesliga top scorer Grafite celebrates Wolfsburg's title success

Wolfsburg clinched their first Bundesliga title in convincing fashion with a 5-1 victory over Werder Bremen.

Felix Magath's side finished two points ahead of Bayern Munich, who claimed the second automatic Champions League spot after a 2-1 win over Stuttgart.

Stuttgart, coached by former Liverpool defender Markus Babbel, finished third to secure a place in the Champions League qualifiers for next season.

Hertha Berlin and Hamburg SV will play in the new Europa Cup.

Arminia Bielfeld and Karlsruhe were relegated while Energie Cottbus will play a relegation play-off with the second division's third best team.

Wolfsburg were 3-0 up after only 26 minutes with goals from Zvjezdan Misimovic, Grafite and an own goal from Sebastian Proedl.

Werder pulled one back through Diego before Grafite and Edin Dzeko sealed the title with two second-half goals.

Grafite finished the season as the Bundesliga's top scorer on 28 goals, with Dzeko in second place on 26 goals as Wolfsburg became the first team in the history of the German league to have two strikers scoring 20 goals or more in one season.

Wolfsburg's coach Felix Magath will not have the chance to guide his side in the Champions League next season as he is leaving for Schalke.



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see also
Mourinho wins Serie A with Inter
19 May 09 |  Europe
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16 May 09 |  Europe
Bayern appoint Van Gaal as coach
13 May 09 |  Europe


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