"2014 was a year that made all our wishes come true," said German FA president Wolfgang Niersbach this week. But the World Cup party from Germany's win this summer couldn't go on forever, of course. Domestically, the 2014-15 Bundesliga campaign brought more trouble than festive cheer for all but a handful of clubs.
These were the main storylines of the typically eventful, unpredictable first half of the season after "that night in Rio."
1. Borussia Dortmund come off the rails
No other place to begin...
The three-man shortlist for the African Footballer of the Year award has been announced and it contains Yaya Toure, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Vincent Enyeama.
Toure, who plies his trade for Manchester City and Ivory Coast, won the CAF award for a third consecutive year in 2013 and can trump Abedi Pele (the only other man to win three in a row) if he bags the prize which will be handed out on Jan. 8.
The 31-year-old midfielder won the Premier League title and the League Cup in...
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.
With the Bundesliga winding down for the winter break, now's the time to look at what has gone wrong at Borussia Dortmund. Can Jurgen Klopp stop this alarming slide in the Bundesliga while maintaining BVB's hopes in Europe?
Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence
It's the worst Bundesliga season in over 30 years for Borussia Dortmund.
If there is a highlight in Dortmund's rotten season, it's definitely the Champions League so far. The little fun BVB fans had were on European nights,...