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6 hours ago

Pressure is off for Borussia Dortmund heading into Arsenal tie

A point against Borussia Dortmund will ensure Arsenal's qualification for the knock-out phase of the UEFA Champions League.

It's Game 1 for Borussia Dortmund after the blow of Marco Reus' right ankle ligament injury: They will have to learn to win without their star player for the rest of 2014. The Black and Yellows can start in the Champions League against Arsenal on Wednesday, where they only need a draw to seal their group win. Their five-point lead over the second-place Gunners means BVB will still be in pole position -- even if they lose -- so the pressure is off.

So far the Champions League has been an oasis in...

 By Kevin Palmer
1 day ago

Champions League: English clubs reach last chance saloon

Liverpool travel to Bulgaria to take on a Ludogorets side who are in fine form at home this season.

As Manchester City and Liverpool prepare for a make-or-break week in the Champions League, here are five points to consider ahead of the action on Tuesday and Wednesday:

Man City enter last chance saloon

Manchester City appear to have developed a debilitating mental block as they continually fail to live up to their billing in the Champions League, with manager Manuel Pellegrini under increasing pressure to find a rapid solution to their European woes as he prepares for the daunting visit of Bayern...

3 days ago

Reus injury adds to Dortmund despair in draw with Paderborn

The injury bug has struck Borussia Dortmund again, with Marco Reus forced to leave Saturday's 2-2 draw against Paderborn.
The injury bug has struck Borussia Dortmund again, with Marco Reus forced to leave Saturday's 2-2 draw against Paderborn.

Borussia Dortmund's crisis can't be stopped, it seems. It's another weekend to forget for the black and yellows, after they threw away a 2-0 lead in a match that ended 2-2 against Paderborn and saw the loss of Marco Reus to another ankle injury.

The situation gets more worrying with every match, and though Dortmund gained a point on the Champions League places, it's still a big opportunity fluffed.

For manager Jurgen Klopp, the impression of Reus' injury outweighed the bitter result, and in hindsight,...

5 days ago

Borussia Dortmund look to begin winning streak at Paderborn

ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth recaps Dortmund's third Bundesliga win in what was still a not-so-stellar performance.

The international break is over, but Dortmund's crisis is not.

The win against Borussia Monchengladbach propelled the Black and Yellows only as far as 15th, still 10 points off the desired Champions League qualification spot. Next up on schedule is SC Paderborn, and in the context of Dortmund's precarious situation, it's the mother of all must-wins.

The two-week pause was worth the wait, as Marco Reus had enough time to recover from his ankle injury and will be fit to play against the newly promoted...

5 days ago

The Bundesliga: Why We Watch Football

The ESPN FC team share their favourite leagues to watch and explain why they feel certain leagues are superior to others.

With the latest international break coming to a close and the frenzy of the club season about to resume, we asked some of our writers to chronicle what they love, both past and present, about the leagues they follow. It's #WhyWeWatchFootball. Here's Iain Macintosh on his awe of the German Bundesliga.

There has always been more uniting England and Germany than dividing them. Beer, for example. And sausages. Drinking beer, eating sausages and then singing very, very loudly. Frankly, it's astonishing...

Nov 12, 2014

Manuel Friedrich: I am proud to be part of Indian Super League

Manuel Friedrich, extreme left, with his Mumbai City FC teammates, says he is happy to support the ISL on and off the field.

He's now carving a new career in India, but Chelsea fans across Asia will remember German defender Manuel Friedrich as the Bayer Leverkusen man who so nearly spoilt their club's Champions League glory in the 2011-12 season.

In a group game against the Blues, Friedrich scored a last-minute winner which left the London club needing a victory in the last group game against Valencia to qualify for the last 16 stage. Chelsea defeated the La Liga side 3-0 at Stamford Bridge and did not look back as they...