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 By Ben Gladwell

Fernando Torres 'could make second Atletico debut vs. Real Madrid'

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe is at a loss for words with the rumours Fernando Torres may be returning to his boyhood club of Atletico Madrid, as he questions if he will ever escape from his poor form in recent years.

Fernando Torres could make his second debut for Atletico Madrid against city rivals Real Madrid on Jan. 7 should he make the move from AC Milan, according to reports in Italy and Spain.

Torres, 30, is set to return to his boyhood club in the winter transfer window, with forward Alessio Cerci moving in the other direction.

Widespread reports emerged in Spain, Italy and the UK before Christmas that the two clubs were in talks over the exchange. Both players are set to sign 18-month loan deals having...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Ghana leave out Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Sulley Muntari

Sulley Muntari and Michael Essien will not feature for Ghana at the African Nations Cup.

New Ghana boss Avram Grant has named his provisional 31-man squad for the African Nations Cup, and Michael Essien, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari have all missed out.

AC Milan midfielder Essien, 32, had been expected to make the squad but Grant, who managed the player at Chelsea, has opted against taking him to Equatorial Guinea for the tournament, which runs from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8.

Schalke's Boateng and Milan's Muntari, who were both handed indefinite suspensions after the 2014 World Cup,...

 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.


Atletico Madrid: A-

Barcelona: C+

Real Madrid: A


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.


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

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

'Atletico Madrid negotiating Fernando Torres return with AC Milan'

ESPN FC's Sid Lowe is at a loss for words with the rumours Fernando Torres may be returning to his boyhood club of Atletico Madrid, as he questions if he will ever escape from his poor form in recent years.

Atletico Madrid are in talks with AC Milan over a deal that could see Fernando Torres return to the Spanish capital, according to widespread reports.

Torres left Chelsea for Milan on a two-year loan deal in the summer that was set to take him to the end of his contract with the London club, but he has struggled to live up to expectations in Serie A and there have been claims -- played down by the Rossoneri -- that the agreement could be cut short.

The Guardian reported on Monday that Milan were holding...