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Flying Beer and Deafening Noise : The Revierderby

With the Bundesliga title race going down to the wire, Dortmund faced Schalke having not beaten their rivals at home since 2015. Ryan Hunn was at the Westfalenstadion for the first time and reports back from an exhausting Revierderby.

Flying Beer and Deafening Noise : The Revierderby

Easter Weekend Round-up

Every time the clocks go forward it feels as though the volume of football increases to an almost overwhelming amount. It doesn’t, of course, but the stakes at this time of year are higher. In lieu of a Rabona podcast this week, Ryan Hunn rounds up some of the key moments from a busy Easter weekend.

Easter Weekend Round-up

Lea Schüller: On The Rise

Prior to every World Cup, a new generation of players appear, seemingly set to take the tournament by storm. As Ryan Hunn writes, Lea Schüller is one of them. Ahead of her first senior international tournament, she kindly answered some questions for Rabona.

Lea Schüller: On The Rise

Dortmund's Wild Night in Berlin

Having fallen behind Bayern, Dortmund visited Hertha, hoping a first league win there since 2014 would return them to the top of the Bundesliga. Ryan Hunn reports from an epic encounter at the Olympiastadion.

Dortmund's Wild Night in Berlin

Frenkie & The Fearless

Real Madrid’s three years of Champions League dominance was abruptly ended by a European sleeping giant. Ryan Hunn explores Ajax’s victory at the Bernabeu and the influence of Frenkie de Jong, the Barcelona-bound rising star who makes them tick.

Frenkie & The Fearless

Batman, The Force & El Clásico's New Age

With Barcelona and Real Madrid due to meet three times in a month, Ryan Hunn reflects on El Clásico entering a new age, whilst remaining one of the biggest games in world football.

Batman, The Force & El Clásico's New Age

Andy Carroll: The brittle sledgehammer stuck in a loop of declining returns

Andy Carroll’s £35 million move from Newcastle to Liverpool is one of the most infamous January deadline day transfers. Now at West Ham, Carroll remains an enigma, writes Matt Pearson .

Andy Carroll: The brittle sledgehammer stuck in a loop of declining returns

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