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Jan Oblak is one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Why isn't there more noise around him?

Jan Oblak is very good at catching. This is not as obvious as it probably should be, and weird though it sounds, it might be part of the reason some people don't talk about him as much as they should. It's probably part of the reason you don't see more of him, anyway, as his hands deny opportunities for drama or double-saves.

In an age of fisted crosses and follow-up shots, Oblak offers no flash and no fuss; instead, he's a man who actually grabs the ball and holds on to it. One who began behind...

Transfer window: Man United, Arsenal, Real Madrid need defenders; Man City, PSG to wait?

The transfer window is nearly upon us, but clubs across Europe are already planning for their January business. Who will come in? Who will depart?

ESPN FC's club correspondents delve into the deals which may be on the cards.

Premier League

MAN CITY: In need of a holding midfielder

What does the team need in January?

Manchester City have two quality players for every position, with the exception of defensive midfield and left-back. The holding role in the centre of midfield is a crucial...

Sorry, Pep: Possession isn't everything. Just ask Atletico and Dortmund, football's 'medieval minimalists'

The final matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stage was a very good one for teams who saw little of the ball, as several sides who had 40 percent or less possession claimed some notable victories. The most striking of those wins came at the Santiago Bernabeu, where CSKA Moscow, who had just 31 percent of the play, defeated titleholders Real Madrid 3-0. In doing so, they not only became the first opposition to beat the stumbling Spanish giants both home and away in the Champions League in...

Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid don't care if you don't like the way they play

Koke defined it in just two words.

"Nothing happened," said Atletico Madrid's captain. Spain's "other" clasico was no classic. It was supposed to be the best; instead, the headline in the Spanish daily El Pais declared Atletico vs. Barcelona, played at the Wanda Metropolitano last weekend, as the "poorest game of the season."

They weren't just saying it, either: the stats showed it. Between them, Leo Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, Diego Costa and the 23 other players who joined them...

Antoine Griezmann ties mascot's laces as Champions League anthem plays

Antoine Griezmann made his mascot's day by tying his shoelaces for him as the Champions League anthem played
Antoine's Griezmann's mascot could barely have looked happier as the Atletico Madrid star tied his shoelaces for him.

As well as being a darn fine footballer, Antoine Griezmann proved that he is also a careful and considerate soul before Atletico Madrid's Champions League match against Monaco.

As the camera panned down the Atleti players before kick-off, Griezmann -- an ever-present in Diego Simeone's side -- was conspicuous by his absence.

However, a quick pan revealed that the France forward was tending to some much more important business, kneeling down to tie up his young mascot's loose shoelaces.

This all...

La Liga is the most exciting league in the world right now -- and not because of Barca and Real Madrid

After headlining the papers all week, Ousmane Dembele delivered for Barcelona. Stewart Robson examines how he influenced their draw at Atletico.
Stewart Robson breaks down how Eibar were able to take care of Real Madrid, handing Santiago Solari his first loss as Real manager.
Koke explains the many reasons behind Antoine Griezmann's decision to stay with Atletico Madrid.

On Friday night, the club that languished at the bottom of La Liga with a miserable six points just a year ago should have reached the top of Spain's Primera Division. That they fluffed their lines is just an anecdotal detail. By Saturday lunchtime, a club that should only really dream of being in la Liga, with the same dose of reality as a 5-foot-5 guy might dream of starring in the NBA, utterly thrashed the reigning European champions. Destroyed them, 3-0. It could have been double that.

Then,...