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Bundesliga Weekly: Collective wisdom sees Dortmund through title test in Leipzig 

Borussia Dortmund faced the difficult task of a trip to Leipzig to open 2019. Michael Da Silva was at the Red Bull Arena as an Axel Witsel goal confirmed Dortmund’s ability to go the distance.

Bundesliga Weekly: Collective wisdom sees Dortmund through title test in Leipzig 

La Liga Weekly: Betis Leave It Late, Rayo's Missed Opportunity

Matchday 20 in the Spanish top flight saw games with consequences at both ends of the table. Ryan Hunn rounds up this week’s La Liga action.

La Liga Weekly: Betis Leave It Late, Rayo's Missed Opportunity

Football's Moonlighters

Many elite players have had to adapt their game in order to play at the highest level and, as Musa Okwonga writes, such flexibility is often overlooked.

Football's Moonlighters

La Liga Weekly: Messi joins 400 club, Athletic Bilbao's run continues

In the first of a new weekly feature, Ryan Hunn reflects on a big weekend in La Liga, including Lionel Messi’s 400th league goal and Iñaki Williams’ brilliant brace.

La Liga Weekly: Messi joins 400 club, Athletic Bilbao's run continues

Thierry Henry: The Day The King Returned

It’s been seven years since Thierry Henry returned to Arsenal following a loan move from New York Red Bulls. Ryan Hunn reflects on the events around the Frenchman’s incredible return.

Thierry Henry: The Day The King Returned

Fernandinho: Manchester City's Butler Serves Up a Treat

Manchester City trumped Liverpool in the crucial top-of-the-table showdown, ending Jürgen Klopp’s side unbeaten run since the start of the season. Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane scored the goals, but it was the performance of Fernandinho that impressed Matt Pearson.

Fernandinho: Manchester City's Butler Serves Up a Treat

The Search for the Unstable Element

Every successful team needs an Unstable Element. Whether it’s Roy Keane policing his team-mates, or Sergio Ramos indulging in the dark arts, they are an indispensable part of a team’s pursuit of glory, writes Musa Okwonga.

The Search for the Unstable Element

Endearingly naïve, yet utterly brilliant: Dortmund win feverish Klassiker

There are still the long, dark nights of winter to get through but as far as statement wins go, this was about as big as it gets for Dortmund. Their Klassiker victory marks an important night for Lucien Favre’s side but also a turning point for the Bundesliga, writes Michael Da Silva at the Westfalenstadion.

Endearingly naïve, yet utterly brilliant: Dortmund win feverish Klassiker

Ross Barkley and the Return of the Number Eight

The idea of the box-to-box midfielder is a very English concept, but largely absent since Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. Under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri, the role is returning to prominence in the shape of Chelsea’s Ross Barkley.

Ross Barkley and the Return of the Number Eight

Thomas Tuchel adding substance to PSG's style

There have been a few false dawns at Parc des Princes since Nasser Al-Khelaifi bought Paris Saint-Germain in 2011, and the recent lavish sponsorship deals have led to accusations that they are more of a lifestyle brand than a football club. But good things are happening under the watch of Thomas Tuchel, and Ryan Hunn believes they have finally found a coach who can add some substance to the style.

Thomas Tuchel adding substance to PSG's style

The Age of the Full-Back

All things considered, it was fitting that the goal of the 2018 World Cup was scored by France’s Benjamin Pavard. His dramatic intervention could be seen as the crowning moment in what we might call “The Age of the Full-Back”.

The Age of the Full-Back

Jesse Lingard: My overnight success was years in the making

In Sir Alex Ferguson’s final days as Manchester United coach, he recommended that the club keep faith in one of their academy kids. English football’s greatest ever coach talked of a player with searing pace, a strong work ethic and fantastic skill, even though he was considered too small and weak to rub shoulders with the big boys during the Scot's reign. The player he was talking about was Jesse Lingard. 

Jesse Lingard: My overnight success was years in the making

Neymar: YouTube sensation to marketing gold

His pre-teen skills harnessed on the mean streets of suburban Sao Paulo made him an internet sensation over a decade ago, now Neymar is set to dazzle in the French capital for wannabe European power Paris Saint-Germain as the world's most expensive player.

Neymar: YouTube sensation to marketing gold

El Tigre to El Fénix: The resurgence of Radamel Falcao

It’s Wednesday night, 22nd January 2014. The Monaco supporters inside the Stade Ludovic Giuly have gone deafly silent. Laid before them in a crumpled heap, is Radamel Falcao. The Colombian striker appears to be in some discomfort following a heavy challenge by Soner Ertek. Unable to walk off, the stretcher is called and Falcao is carried from the pitch.

El Tigre to El Fénix: The resurgence of Radamel Falcao