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Quotes from voters in this week's AP Global football poll:


James Thorogood,, Germany.

''Though it was far from routine, Bayern Munich's 3-0 win against Augsburg in their final home game of the season was a fitting send-off for head coach Jupp Heynckes and a perfect way to usher in the celebrations of their 22nd Bundesliga title. Franck Ribery has played an integral part in Bayern's record-breaking title-winning season and was once again instrumental in their 3-0 win over Augsburg, leaving defenders for dead and providing two assists.''


Mike McGrath, Wardles news agency/The Sun.

''Callum McManaman is the top of my list as his performance was the difference in the FA Cup final. He was integral to Wigan pulling off their shock win against Manchester City.''


Aurelio Capaldi, Rai Sport, Italy.

''Wigan's story is even more exciting than Swansea winning the League Cup last February. Same location - Wembley - but a huge surprise as Wigan got all the attention it deserved by beating Manchester City, a club with a huge budget. Wigan won the FA Cup for the first time in its 81-year history and Roberto Martinez proved once again what a good manager he is. Credit must be also given to Paris Saint-Germain as Carlo Ancelotti won the French title and became a champion in 3 different countries (AC Milan/Italy, Chelsea/England, PSG/France). Frank Lampard made history and broke Bobby Tambling's 33-year record by scoring a double in a dramatic game at Villa Park. He provided class and gave Chelsea what it needed to be sure of getting Champions League football next season. As I see it, he should have been treated with greater respect by his club as he always performed as a top player.''


Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, United States.

''Man City's FA Cup loss to Wigan cost them a spot. You can't go losing to teams facing relegation and expect to remain in good graces. Ajax's hot streak got them a spot. I'd have gone with Benfica had they won their match. Not that losing to Porto is anything bad, but if anything, it made more of a case for Porto being in. Maybe next week. Ben Watson didn't score as many goals as anyone else on my list, but his goal may have mattered most, giving relegation-threatened Wigan the FA Cup. For coming through in the clutch alone, he gets my vote. A couple of nice, and historic, goals for Frank Lampard were also worthy of attention, and for what he means to the team, I put his two goals ahead of a hat trick by Daniel Sturridge at Liverpool, which would have taken top honors in many weeks.''


Orfeo Suarez, El Mundo, Spain.

''Great surprise of Wigan in FA Cup final against Manchester City. The magic team of Roberto Martinez, a low profile coach, but the first Spanish style. Incredible history of Watford and incredible (Manuel) Almunia, this week in the first position, in my opinion. Crazy 20 seconds! Chelsea is improving in the way of Europa League final and (it) is just to put Paul Scholes in the list in his last match in Old Trafford. Good luck in the future for one of the most lovely players in the England midfield.''

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