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By ESPN Staff
1 day ago

Easy cup fixture comes at the right time for Borussia Dortmund

Goals from Ciro Immobile, Marco Reus and Shinji Kagawa saw Borrusia Dortmund past St. Pauli in the German DFB Pokal.

FC St. Pauli were just the right opponent for Borussia Dortmund in the DFB Pokal. Jurgen Klopp's men emerged with a 3-0 win, a victory that was never in doubt for a second at the Millerntor in Hamburg.

In the end, it will be just another second-round cup game against a 2. Bundesliga side that BVB passed without too much trouble, but in the current situation an uncomplicated victory can be somewhat of a confidence boost. When in the league nothing comes easy and everything seems to go against you,...

3 days ago

Ancelotti triumphs, van Gaal's progress, Dortmund disappoint, more

The ESPN FC panel discuss the player ratings following El Clasico.

You can't really call Real Madrid's clasico win a tactical victory.

That's because frankly, manager Carlo Ancelotti -- as he promised ahead of the game when he said there would be "no surprises" -- did nothing particularly fancy that night. His XI -- with Isco in for the injured Gareth Bale -- picked itself. (Or, if you're really, really cynical, you might say a man named Florentino Perez picked it.)

What Madrid did was execute and figure out a way to get a lopsided, top-heavy lineup to work against...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
3 days ago

#FCtalkingpoints: La Liga, Man United, MLS Cup, Dortmund, Man City

ESPN FC's Gabriele Marcotti discusses whether or not Borussia Dortmund is just unlucky in the league, or perhaps that it is something more.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five white-hot topics on the ESPN FC radar, and we want to know what you think!

Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints.

Even with the return of Luis Suarez for Barcelona, Real Madrid dominated to win the season's first Clasico 3-1. Atletico continued their winning ways versus Getafe and are also firmly in La Liga title picture.

What team do you think will win La Liga?

After a late goal by Robin van Persie helped Manchester...

4 days ago

Borussia Dortmund desperate to be themselves once again

Borussia Dortmund succumbed to their fourth consecutive Bundesliga defeat, as 10-man Hannover picked up a slender win.

Mimicry is a well-known phenomenon in nature. It happens in football too.

In November 1983, Bayern Munich came out in a "Brazilian kit," with yellow shirts and sky-blue shorts, to banish the curse of the Betzenberg. They hadn't won in eight years at Kaiserslautern. "It's easier to just send them the points by post," Paul Breitner had joked the season before. The fake Brazilians from Bavaria promptly beat the Red Devils of the Rhineland-Palatinate 1-0. The sky-blue shorts were kept on for subsequent...

5 days ago

Dortmund's Bundesliga slump turns embarrassing in defeat to Hannover

Jurgen Klopp will surely find a way to pull Dortmund out of their misery, but how long will it take?

Slowly but surely it's starting to get embarrassing for Borussia Dortmund. They lost 1-0 to Hannover, a team that hardly ever scores points on the road, only won one game out of the last five and lost two wing-backs to injuries right before the game in a defence that was already troubled personnel-wise.

It was a game that BVB simply couldn't lose, or so you would think. Now the black and yellows have lost four Bundesliga games in a row and have cemented their image as a team that slumping opponents...

7 days ago

Winning, not aesthetics, the main priority for Dortmund versus Hannover

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp praises his side for their 4-0 thrashing of Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League.

"Perverse" is what manager Jurgen Klopp called the discrepancy between Borussia Dortmund's standing in the Bundesliga and Champions League group table after BVB's 4-0 win in Istanbul. Apparently at the Dortmund airport baggage claim, the manager already received the order from a fellow BVB fan to "do the same this weekend."

And right that anonymous BVB fan is; the black and yellows are more than desperate to win Saturday's game against Hannover. The word crisis was even used by sporting director...