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Germany face relegation, plus Rooney's England return vs. U.S. the highlights of international break

Things are all smiles in the Germany camp but for the first time in generation, they find themselves in a difficult situation.
Things are all smiles in the Germany camp, but for the first time in a generation, they find themselves in a difficult situation.

The club football season is in full swing, but first we have the final international break of 2018, and despite there being several friendlies, there's a lot to play for in Europe and Africa in particular. Nick Ames rounds up the things to watch over the next 10 days.

Germany could get relegated? No, seriously!

If anyone doubted the UEFA Nations League's capacity to throw up a big story line, what about this: Germany are on the verge of taking a seat away from Europe's top table. Their meeting...

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Edinson Cavani's hat trick beats Memphis Depay to top of Player Power Rankings

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Ross Dyer share their thoughts on the top player performances across the footballing world at the weekend.
Edinson Cavani scored a hat-trick, while Neymar converted a penalty to help Paris Saint-Germain come away victorious against a hapless Monaco.

A pair of hat-trick heroes finish in podium places in our Player Power Rankings. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend.

Also receiving votes: Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis), Salomon Rondon (Newcastle).

Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting below or on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

Boca Juniors vs. River Plate confirms why it's one of the greatest rivalries

Boca Juniors vs. River Plate never disappoints. A January 2016 friendly even saw five players sent off.

Editor's Note: this piece originally ran in April, 2016, and has been republished ahead of the two-legged Copa Libertadores final, which sees Boca Juniors and River Plate competing for a trophy for the first time in the rivalry's history.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- They gather twice a year, sometimes more often, for the most important civic event in the port city of Buenos Aires: Boca Juniors vs. River Plate. The last time I was in this beautiful, weird city was last September, as the South American...

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Power Rankings: Manchester City take top spot as German giants fall

Shaka Hislop unveils his latest club power rankings, then has to answer to the rest of the baffled FC crew.
ESPN FC's Mark Ogden sits down with Man City's David Silva to discuss how the Manchester derby has evolved and his favourite moments in the rivalry.

A pair of six-goal showings have Manchester City back on top of Shaka Hislop's Power Rankings, while Liverpool and a pair of German giants fall out of the top 10.

Dropping out: Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Bayern Munich.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know, and watch Shaka defend his picks on ESPN FC TV!

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Dries Mertens beats Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling to top of Player Power Rankings

ESPN FC's Brian McBride weighs in on this week's Player Power Rankings which see Luis Suarez bested by Dries Mertens for the top spot.
Check out all the best action from the weekend, including Leicester City's emotional win at Cardiff, Milan's last-gasp victory at Udinese and more.

Three goals and an assist? No one was better than Dries Mertens vs. Empoli. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend.

Also receiving votes: Felipe Anderson (West Ham), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Vincenzo Grifo (Hoffenheim), Joelinton (Hoffenheim), Maxi Gomez (Celta Vigo).

Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting below or on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

No smoking gun in latest Football Leaks controversy

As plans for a European super league start to emerge, the FC crew discuss how it would work and how it would impact European and global football.
ESPN FC's Julien Laurens talks Financial Fair Play and the reported negotiations to keep PSG and Man City in the UEFA Champions League.
Gab Marcotti delves into ESPN FC's top 50 most influential people in football, pinpointing No. 16's "John" from Football Leaks.

On Friday, a consortium of media organisations led by the German magazine Der Spiegel released a number of stories based on another installment of the so-called Football Leaks data set.

This batch includes details of a plan by seven of Europe's biggest clubs -- Manchester United, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Milan -- to break away from UEFA and FIFA and set up an independent super league.

It also details the role of Gianni Infantino (then UEFA secretary general, now...