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How are the "U.S. Boys" faring in the Bundesliga so far this season?

ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein reveals how John Brooks is progressing at Hertha Berlin and gives some areas in which he can continue to improve.

With the German winter break almost upon us, it's a good time to look at how the four "U.S. Boys" (as Germans tend to call them) have fared in the Bundesliga. Raphael Honigstein offers the half-season report on Anthony John Brooks, Julian Green, Fabian Johnson, and Timothy Chandler.

Anthony John Brooks, Hertha BSC

The past few days sum up the 21-year-old's hot-and-cold campaign perfectly. On Saturday in the 1-0 win over Dortmund, Brooks was the star of the show with an uncompromising, flawless...

 By Mina Rzouki

Cagliari do themselves no favours as Juve strike early for win

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti analyses the title race in Italy between Juventus and Roma.

Zdenek Zeman's sides usually provide the opponent with a challenge, but his Cagliari team, despite some bright moments, allowed the strength of Juventus to consume it, with the Bianconeri winning 3-1 away.

One thing that has been evident about Juventus in recent weeks is the determination they have shown at the start of each game. Despite playing every three days and perhaps exhausted from the packed schedule and little rotation, each game has seen the Old Lady attempt to finish off the opponent...

 By Chris Rann

Southampton need to stop the rot with their visit of Everton

Roberto Martinez says that Southampton have been very impressive so far this season ahead of the English Premier League trip to St Mary's.

Five defeats on the bounce, out of the League Cup at the hands of a League One side, key performers out either suspended or injured ... and a partridge in a pear tree!

It is very much a case of "Bah, humbug" as the festive season fast approaches for Southampton fans, as all they want for Christmas is for the rot to stop. After two truly woeful performances in Burnley and Sheffield, while picking up numerous injuries and suspensions on the way, a home game against Everton looks like a mountain...

 By Phil Lythell

With crowded schedule ahead, Chelsea's fringe players must step up

Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho says the professional attitude of his players has been a highlight for him this season.

With Premier League fixtures now coming thick and fast in the always congested month of December, the need to rotate players becomes essential for Chelsea.

Although stable and consistent team selection usually forms the bedrock for success, the physical demands of English football and the truncated rest periods between matches mean that it is not just serial lineup tweakers such Claudio Ranieri and Rafael Benitez that see the virtues of tinkering with the team.

Although having had his hand forced...

Key choices face Irvine as West Brom travel to QPR

West Brom manager Alan Irvine explained he was pleased with his side's overall performance in their 1-0 win over 10-man Aston Villa.

The return from injury of club captain Chris Brunt is one of a few selection headaches for manager Alan Irvine ahead of West Brom's trip to QPR, and the side he chooses at Loftus Road should give an indication as to whether Irvine intends to continue with the more attacking style seen against Aston Villa.

This is because it's likely to be a straight choice between Brunt and on-loan Porto winger Silvestre Varela for the left-wing position. Although they play the same position, they are totally...

Power Rankings: Real Madrid's record winning streak consolidates first place

A warm morning greeted Real Madrid in Marrakech, for their first training session since qualifying for the FIFA Club World Cup final.

Can anyone stop Real Madrid? Well, nobody has in 21 games and counting, so they stay top of Shaka Hislop's elite list!

1. Real Madrid (no change)

Did you know that Madrid are one game away from a world championship? The Club World Cup is a curious affair whose worth is debated on an annual basis, but Carlo Ancelotti's side will win it with victory vs. San Lorenzo on Sunday. Regardless of its value, another trophy would cap a fine year for Los Blancos.

2. Bayern Munich (+1)

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