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10 hours ago

Pep Guardiola's path once again leads him to Rome

Roma prepare on Monday for a UEFA Champions League Group E home match against German champion Bayern Munich.

As Bayern Munich's bus pulls up at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night ahead of their Champions League clash with Roma, Pep Guardiola will know exactly where to go next.

These are familiar surroundings. He has frequented the home and away dressing rooms. He has sat in both dugouts. He has played on the pitch. And he has walked up the steps and into the stand to lift the trophy that lies at the end of this tournament -- the trophy he won once as a player and twice as a coach, the trophy he plans...

 By Mark Lovell
11 hours ago

Bayern hitting stride ahead of Champions League clash at Roma

Bayern Munich remain on course for yet another German league title after a 6-0 rout of Werder Bremen while Dortmund's troubles continue as they lose at Cologne.

It was hardly a surprise that Bayern beat bottom club Bremen on Saturday to retain their four-point advantage at the top of the Bundesliga. It was a 6-0 result, and the visitors failed to muster a single shot on goal. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has not conceded for 748 minutes and counting. That is eight wins in a row against the fragile four-time champions from the North, racking up 35 goals in the process. There were braces from both Philipp Lahm (yes, really) and Mario Gotze, who goes to the top...

 By Mark Lovell
4 days ago

Thiago injury overshadows Bayern's return versus Bremen

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago is set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a third serious knee ligament tear in training.

It's top versus bottom as league leaders Bayern Munich host winless stragglers Werder Bremen on their return to domestic business after the international break.

The good news for the visitors is that no other side has as strong a record against Bayern as the team from Northern Germany. Werder even wrapped up their last of four Bundesliga titles with a win in Munich's Olympic Stadium back in 2004. And there the positivity ends for Bremen. You have to go back to 2008 for the last of those 26 successes...

5 days ago

Pep Guardiola shoulders blame for Bayern's nightmare vs. Real Madrid

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge praises Pep Guardiola for his coaching style.

Pep Guardiola's first season at Bayern Munich had already brought about a record-setting Bundesliga triumph but by April 2014, his team was beginning to falter and trailed 1-0 heading into the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid. Journalist Marti Perarnau had exclusive access to the coach's inner sanctum on the worst night of his managerial career...

"I got it wrong, man. I got it totally wrong. It's a monumental f--- up. A total mess. The biggest f--- up of my...

7 days ago

Messi, Costa, Di Maria, Ronaldo, Muller all Ballon d'Or favorites

Sid Lowe discusses whether the Ballon d'Or is Cristiano Ronaldo's to lose.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Diego Costa, Angel Di Maria and Thomas Muller are all early contenders for the football's biggest individual award, the Ballon d'Or. We asked ESPN FC's team of experts to tell us which of these five is most deserving, and why.

Which of these five players should win the Ballon d'Or?

Nicholas Rigg: Is it Ronaldo's to lose?

Sure, he was forgettable on the biggest stage in football last summer, but that shouldn't detract from one of the greatest calendar years in recent memory. As if his footing wasn't strong enough,...

Oct 9, 2014

Power Rankings: Europe's top 20 football managers

Take a look at what the ESPN FC crew think of Miguel Delaney's rankings of the top 20 managers.

In football, nothing settles arguments quite like results. When it comes to deciding the quality of managers, though, it can be more complex. Results can distort, not least for the fact coaches are working with different resources and from different starting points.

So, in order to try to work out the greatest manager in the game right now, ESPN FC opted to go back to the fundamentals. The key is in the job title: "managing" the resources available, and that was a fundamental factor as we looked...