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Huddersfield's new boss Jan Siewert announced by doppelganger 'Martin from Wakefield'

Huddersfield lost 3-0 at home to Man City on Sunday without a manager in the dugout, following David Wagner's departure last week.

By all accounts Jan Siewert, head coach of Borussia Dortmund's second string, was being lined up by the Terriers to step into Wagner's wake. And word quickly spread that Siewart was in the crowd to watch his new side take on City at the John Smiths' Stadium, which sparked a race among the attending media outlets to spot him up in the terraces.

Sky Sports even sent a reporter ...

Will Bayern Munich wake from Bundesliga slumber to challenge Dortmund for title?

Bayern Munich great Bastian Schweinsteiger throws his support behind Niko Kovac and tells ESPN FC they can get back to the Champions League final this season.
ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein asks Christian Pulisic how Borussia Dortmund made him the player that he is and what he hopes to achieve in the final half of the season.

Where were we? Ah, the Bundesliga ... 26 days after playing its last game of 2018, Germany's top flight has re-emerged from hibernation just in time for the most inclement weather of the year. Winter is not going anywhere yet.

Since a ball was last kicked in anger, the headlines have been dominated by Franck Ribery eating a golden steak in Dubai and the fallout of him posting an abusive message to his critics. Which is another way of saying that nothing's really happened. People have had to tune...

Borussia Dortmund stopped spending and started scouting. Now they're top of the Bundesliga

MARBELLA, Spain -- Like all meaningful change, it started with an admission. The year was 2008, and Borussia Dortmund, winners of the 1997 Champions League, 2002 German champions and 2002 runners-up in the UEFA Cup, realised they could no longer cut it at the sharp end of the Bundesliga table.

"People saw us as a Champions League club, and we felt like one. But we didn't actually deliver on the pitch anymore," BVB sporting director Michael Zorc recalls.

Sixth, seventh, seventh, ninth, 13th....

Borussia Dortmund's winter camp is as relaxed as ever, but they're firmly focused on winning the Bundesliga

MARBELLA, Spain -- The team hotel is still the same, a V-shaped block of glass and white stone that wouldn't look out of place on the Las Vegas strip, overlooking the same glistening sea just beyond the palm-tree-lined promenade. Borussia Dortmund have returned to this pleasing spot on the "Golden Mile" of Spain's Costa del Sol for the third consecutive year, preparing for the second half of the season under the warm Andalusian sun while half of Germany is buckling under a blanket of snow. But...

Transfer Talk: Real Madrid, Barcelona battle for French teenager

The transfer window for Europe's biggest clubs might be closed, but they are still working tirelessly behind the scenes to line up the arrival of their next star. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world's media to see who could be heading to your club when Jan. 1 arrives.

TOP STORY: Real, Barca and Juve in battle for French teen

The battle between Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus for Toulouse defender Jean-Clair Todibo is hotting up with the Ligue 1 side agreeing a deal for a replacement.

 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: Barcelona stay top ahead of Liverpool; Dortmund climb

The last Power Rankings of 2018 sees Barcelona continue to lead the way, ahead of Liverpool and Juventus.

Dropping out: Chelsea, Manchester City. 

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