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Top 10 moments for Liga MX in 2014

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Top 10 moments for Liga MX in 2014

Even as the top seed, Antonio Mohamed's Club America were not seen as the Liga MX Liguilla favorites, but they still got the job done to claim their 12th Mexican title.
Antonio Mohamed is mobbed after America claimed the Liga MX title.

And so ends another year for Mexican soccer. Although a certain tournament called the World Cup distracted many league aficionados during 2014, Liga MX still had its fair share of surprises and noteworthy events during the past 12 months.

Before embarking on the next chapter in the 2015 Clausura, let's take a step back and look at the occasions that, for better or worse, defined the league. Here are my top 10 moments for Liga MX in 2014:

10. Oswaldo Sanchez retires from soccer

After over 20 years...

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No Premier League managers have been fired yet. How long will this last?

ESPN FC analyst Craig Burley reveals his picks for top player, best coach and biggest disappointment in the footballing world this year.

This is the Christmas where the Premier League celebrates the centenary of a First World War truce while a temporary batch of peace, love and understanding has also broken out in its boardrooms.

The festive season arrives with not a single manager being sacked, having quit or having chosen the very modern departure route of "mutual consent" in the 2014-15 campaign so far. Only Crystal Palace have made any change, and that was Neil Warnock taking the reins on Aug. 27 from caretaker Keith Millen...

 By James Dall

West Ham are capable of ensuring Chelsea don't run away with the title

Ahead of his side's Boxing Day English Premier League clash against West Ham United, Chelsea boss praised his opponents performances this season.

Premier League Spotlight previews the week's top-flight fixtures, highlighting the key points to keep an eye on as the action unfolds.

Festive fixtures

Boxing Day
Chelsea vs. West Ham
Burnley vs. Liverpool
Crystal Palace vs. Southampton
Everton vs. Stoke
Leicester vs. Tottenham
Man Utd vs. Newcastle
Sunderland vs. Hull
Swansea vs. Aston Villa
West Brom vs. Man City
Arsenal vs. QPR

Battle of the week: Chelsea vs. West Ham

Well, the Premier League title race was fairly fun while it lasted. Chelsea wobbled (sort of) for all of seven days. A draw at Sunderland on Nov. 29 was met with hesitant hope that their glory was not a foregone conclusion after all. And although the Blues bounced back at home to Tottenham Hotspur, comfort was taken in it...

Power Rankings: Real Madrid end 2014 on top of the world

Shaka Hislop picks his ten best teams in the world based on their current form.

Shaka signs off for the winter break with his final ranks of the year and, as they have been for pretty much the entire second half of 2014, Real Madrid are top.

1. Real Madrid (no change)

Los Blancos end 2014 on top of the world after they clinched the Club World Cup with a victory vs. San Lorenzo that was so straightforward that they didn't even need Cristiano Ronaldo to score! Madrid have won 22 straight games and deservedly top the rankings at the winter break!

2. Bayern Munich (no change)

So...

 By Alex Shaw

European Report Cards: How has your team fared so far this season?

The ESPN FC crew discuss Borussia Dortmund's domestic struggles after a 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen, finishing 2014 joint-bottom with Freiburg in the Bundesliga.

With football across Europe winding down for the winter break, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions on their side. Who's your side's unlikely hero, and who has work to do?

Each team's grade for the season so far is below -- and click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.

Click here for the verdict on all 20 Premier League teams.

LA LIGA:

Atletico Madrid: A-

Barcelona: C+

Real Madrid: A

BUNDESLIGA:

Bayern Munich: A

 By Rory Smith

Premier League's festive period is special but compromises competition

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has praised players for giving up their families in the festive season and playing during a congested sporting calendar.

The curious thing about Jose Mourinho is this: The Chelsea manager was born in sun-baked Setubal. In his mannerisms, his openness with his emotions and his dress sense, there is no way he could possibly be English. He exudes an air of the exotic. He glowers, and he seethes -- two things Mediterraneans do rather better than the British. And yet, in some ways, he is the most English manager imaginable.

It is not just that he is the closest thing the 21st century will have to Brian Clough, the man...