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Real Madrid vs. AC Milan in Dubai

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Serie A heavyweights head-to-head

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50-50 Challenge: Real Madrid and AC Milan in glamour friendly

The ESPN FC crew debate the 2014 coach of the year, as Steve Nicol chooses Carlo Ancelotti, Alejandro Moreno and Stuart Holden agree on Diego Simeone, and Craig Burley chooses Joachim Low.

La Liga and Serie A's winter breaks give clubs a chance to work on their fitness and take stock of the campaign so far. Real Madrid and AC Milan face each other as 2014 comes to a close, and Nicholas Rigg (Madrid) and Sumeet Paul (Milan) preview the action in Dubai.

What shape is the team in ahead of this friendly?

Nicholas Rigg: The shape of world champions. Although plenty doubt the credibility of the FIFA Club World Cup, few can dispute Madrid as the best club side on the planet currently.

While...

 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

Sumeet Paul blog profile  By Sumeet Paul

AC Milan Report Card: The Rossoneri's Serie A season so far

Pippo Inzaghi will be seeking victory in his first Milan derby as AC Milan manager.
AC Milan coach Pippo Inzaghi has had a mixed campaign in charge of the club.

With Serie A winding down for the winter break, how have AC Milan fared so far, and can the Rossoneri get back on track domestically in the second half of the campaign?

Grade: B

Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

It's been a positive start for manager Pippo Inzaghi, but there have been too many false dawns and draws to consider it a completely successful transition.

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The excitement and positive atmosphere around Milan this past summer inspired a highly entertaining start to the season....

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AC Milan want to send Torres back to Atletico Madrid in exchange for Cerci

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone remained coy on the possibility of Fernando Torres returning to Spain.

As the globe prepares for all the holiday parties to come this week, Transfer Talk is similarly busy, rounding up an early peek and January's moves.

Torres going home to Madrid?

AC Milan have been forced to recently deny reports that they are looking to cut short Fernando Torres' miserable Serie A loan spell, but The Guardian reports that the San Siro side have opened negotiations with Atletico Madrid over the striker regarding a potential swap deal for Alessio Cerci.

Fernando Torres could soon return the side he captained as a teenager.

Torres has just...

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AC Milan end 2014 with a battling display in Rome

AS Roma and AC Milan settled for a nil-nil draw in Rome following a strong, but ultimately fruitless showing by the home side who now sit three points behind league leaders Juventus.

Following on from last weekend's win over Napoli, it was important for Filippo "Pippo" Inzaghi and Milan to end the year in positive form in order to give themselves confidence heading into 2015. Given the circumstances at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night, it was a well-earned point for the Rossoneri in a 0-0 stalemate vs. Roma.

Inzaghi resisted the temptation to tinker with the starting lineup too much, and that arguably resulted in an organised and disciplined performance. Gervinho threatened...

Jeremy Menez is finally fulfilling his potential at new club AC Milan

Employed in a false nine role at AC Milan, Jeremy Menez is finally showing what he is capable of under Filippo Inzaghi.

A formal announcement had yet to be made. It wasn't official that the next coach of AC Milan was to be Filippo "Pippo" Inzaghi. But days after dining with Silvio Berlusconi at his residence in Arcore on May 31, evidence emerged to indicate a future was being built around the former striker as he was being let in on their recruitment plans.

Pictured with CEO Adriano Galliani in Ibiza in Spain, it was clear they weren't there on holiday. Sat around a table with them at the restaurant Es Torrent was...