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Jurgen Klopp's rise from Bundesliga 2. to one of the most-wanted managers

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop explains why Jurgen Klopp is a better option for Liverpool than Carlo Ancelotti.
Gab Marcotti of ESPN FC believes that Jurgen Klopp would help to bring life back into Liverpool should he end up being hired as the manager.

The following is an excerpt from Raphael Honigstein's new book, Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World.

In it, the clock is turned back more than a decade to look at the rise of a little-known manager named Jurgen Klopp.

Bild feted 'Kloppo' as the 'Harry Potter' of German football. He wore metal-rimmed glasses and the same youthful haircut as the wizard's apprentice, not to mention that him getting little Mainz into the Bundesliga reeked of magic. 'There's no...

 By Shaka Hislop

Bayern Munich stay on top, Barcelona slip down the Power Rankings

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says there's no hope for anyone else in the German league; Bayern Munich are in a league of their own.

The top two remain the same, but last season's treble winners take a big tumble down Shaka Hislop's Top 10.

1. Bayern Munich (no change)

My ESPN FC colleague Ale Moreno put it best when he said, in the aftermath of Bayern's 5-1 thrashing of Borussia Dortmund, that the Bundesliga title race is "100 percent over". With Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski each scoring twice, Pep Guardiola's side eased past the only other team who had shown any evidence that they could challenge this season.


AC Milan are in crisis again despite summer transfers and a new coach

While many are quick to blame AC Milan manager Sinisa Mihajlovic for the squad's recent troubles, ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti says he may not be completely at fault.

Napoli's manager Maurizio Sarri could have been in AC Milan's dugout this season. AC Milan's owner, Silvio Berlusconi, had been struck by the manner in which Sarri's Empoli team had played at San Siro last season in a 1-1 draw. It took Berlusconi back to another time when Arrigo Sacchi brought his Parma team to the stadium as if it were a job interview, captured Berlusconi's imagination and got hired in 1987.

Berlusconi's instincts were right about Sarri, as his Napoli team sits sixth in Serie A,...

Hulk's stellar form at Zenit makes him a prime candidate to run Brazil's attack

ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes discusses how Brazil can benefit with Hulk's fine form so far this season with Zenit.
Hulk has eight goals and 10 assists in 13 games for Zenit this season -- proof of his remarkable turnaround.

You might not have noticed at the time, but last week was very special for Hulk. "How so?" one might wonder, given that the Brazilian didn't score in Zenit's triumphs, 2-1 over Gent in the Champions League and 3-0 over Rostov in Russian Premier League. What made it special is Hulk assisted all five of his team's goals, and he did so while showing a remarkable range of skills.

The Brazilian provided the deftest of touches with a beautiful cross that found the head of Artem Dzyuba, who put Zenit...

 By Nick Miller

Jose Mourinho following in Brendan Rodgers' footsteps?

ESPN FC's Craig Burley is fed up with Jose Mourinho and believes Chelsea need to follow Liverpool's example in sacking their manager.

The season is just two months old, but some managerial changes have already been made at clubs. Are more on the way? Who is leading our Sack Race?

The frontrunner

The international break was always going to be a time where managers would start getting nervous. In the fast-paced football world where two months into a season is plenty of time to consider a team's progress, and with a week free of games where everyone can draw breath and think about things, it presents a handy time for managerial...

 By Tim Vickery

Questions loom over Chile, Argentina in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying

Arturo Vidal helped Chile win the Copa America. But can his national side back that success up in the World Cup qualifiers?

Ahead of the first stanza of CONMEBOL qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, ESPN FC's Tim Vickery takes a look at four key questions from the fixtures...

Chile vs. Brazil

Chile have climbed the mountain. Now can they stay there?

Two months ago, after almost a century of waiting, Chile finally had something to put in their trophy cabinet when they won the Copa America on home soil. Will this spur them on to greater triumphs? Or does it represent a high water mark?

The nearest equivalent comes 14 years...