Roger Schmidt is an undeniable asset as manager but Bayer Leverkusen's dismal form and Schmidt's stubbornness are causing problems.
Barcelona have been dealt more bad news in defence with the confirmation that Jeremy Mathieu suffered a calf injury in Tuesday's 1-0 Catalan Super Cup
The former United manager -- who was born in Govan, Glasgow -- admitted that the club should not have tempted fate by checking out hotels beforehand.
ESPN FC's club and national correspondents run down the players who may consider themselves unfortunate not to be in the running.
After a stellar year full of personal bests, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the top contenders to take home the coveted award.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are set to resume their annual battle for the Ballon d'Or after both were named in the list of 30 nominees.