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 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: Manchester City take top spot as German giants fall

Shaka Hislop unveils his latest club power rankings, then has to answer to the rest of the baffled FC crew.
ESPN FC's Mark Ogden sits down with Man City's David Silva to discuss how the Manchester derby has evolved and his favourite moments in the rivalry.

A pair of six-goal showings have Manchester City back on top of Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings, while Liverpool and a pair of German giants fall out of the top 10.

Dropping out: Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Bayern Munich.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV!


Dries Mertens beats Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling to top of Player Power Rankings

ESPN FC's Brian McBride weighs in on this week's Player Power Rankings which see Luis Suarez bested by Dries Mertens for the top spot.
Check out all the best action from the weekend, including Leicester City's emotional win at Cardiff, Milan's last-gasp victory at Udinese and more.

Three goals and an assist? No one was better than Dries Mertens vs. Empoli. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend.

Also receiving votes: Felipe Anderson (West Ham), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Vincenzo Grifo (Hoffenheim), Joelinton (Hoffenheim), Maxi Gomez (Celta Vigo).

Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting below or on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

No smoking gun in latest Football Leaks controversy

As plans for a European super league start to emerge, the FC crew discuss how it would work and how it would impact European and global football.
ESPN FC's Julien Laurens talks Financial Fair Play and the reported negotiations to keep PSG and Man City in the UEFA Champions League.
Gab Marcotti delves into ESPN FC's top 50 most influential people in football, pinpointing No. 16's "John" from Football Leaks.

On Friday, a consortium of media organisations led by the German magazine Der Spiegel released a number of stories based on another installment of the so-called Football Leaks data set.

This batch includes details of a plan by seven of Europe's biggest clubs -- Manchester United, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Milan -- to break away from UEFA and FIFA and set up an independent super league.

It also details the role of Gianni Infantino (then UEFA secretary general, now...

 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: Barcelona leapfrog Juventus after Clasico triumph

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop reveals his latest power rankings which see Barcelona leapfrog Juventus into the top spot.
Ernesto Valverde still wants Lionel Messi back as soon as possible despite Barcelona's 5-1 win in El Clasico on Sunday.

A five-star showing vs. Real Madrid was enough to see Barcelona climb above Juventus into first place. Meanwhile, Inter return to the Top 10.

Dropping out: Napoli. 

Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV!

Julen Lopetegui, David Moyes and Gary Neville among culprits for worst career moves

With three La Liga games to make an impression, the FC crew discuss whether Santi Solari will be kept on full-time at Real Madrid.
The Exploding Heads recap October which consisted of Tottenham's stadium debacle and Jose Mourinho getting out-Mourinho'd.
Craig Burley believes Arsene Wenger could help Real Madrid, while Steve Nicol contends the former Arsenal manager isn't the right fit.
The FC crew explain what challenges lie ahead for Santi Solari, but agree that the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo's departure remains a significant issue.

It only takes one bad move to derail a promising coaching career. Here, we pick 10 of the worst career decisions ever taken by managers...

10. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes the Cardiff job

There was an emotional section of Manchester United's fanbase that, having observed his success with Molde in his native land, wanted their old hero Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to return and rescue the post-Alex Ferguson era. That emotion swelled even more as David Moyes's tenure went further and further south when he...

Tottenham can't shed 'nearly men' label and convert talent into trophies

The ESPN FC crew pick apart Tottenham's lacklustre performance in their loss to Manchester City and weigh up their season so far.

Tottenham Hotspur are working hard on that reputation of being nearly men. They nearly won at Inter Milan, nearly won at PSV, nearly reached the FA Cup final, nearly made a big title challenge. But they lost in Milan, drew at Eindhoven, came up short on Monday against Manchester City, blew their FA Cup lead at Wembley against Manchester United in April, and finished 11 points behind Leicester in the Premier League race three seasons ago.

No one is more aware of these failings than the players.They...