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Netherlands vs. Germany to shift balance of power? Can England maintain momentum?

The Netherlands re-announced themselves to the world last year in the Nations League and now will look to go a step further in Euro qualifying.
The Netherlands reaffirmed themselves as a footballing power last year in the Nations League and now will look to continue that positive momentum in Euro qualifying.

It is officially international break time, and contrary to the old and tired criticism that international breaks are boring, March's FIFA window offers up some major storylines and heavyweight matchups. With Euro 2020 qualifying beginning this week and key late-round qualifying games in both CAF and CONCACAF, Nick Ames spans the globe to tell us what to watch for in this jam-packed international break ...

Can Holland show Germany the dial has shifted back? (UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying: Netherlands...

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Messi gets standing ovation, tops Player Power Rankings ahead of James

Shaka Hislop chooses not to get drawn into comparisons between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi following the Argentine's 33rd La Liga hat trick.

It's not often a player gets a standing ovation ... from a stadium full of opposing fans. Such a plaudit is enough to top our Player Power Rankings. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend.

Also receiving votes: Luis Alberto (Lazio), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao).

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Lionel Messi routinely delivers magic for Barcelona, but his third goal vs. Betis was interstellar

Here are three sentences whose words do no justice to the majesty of their content: In the depths of a molecular cloud, a star is born. Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Lionel Messi chipped Pau Lopez in Barcelona's 4-1 win at Real Betis on Sunday.

All three of the above sentences represent events that are noteworthy on an intergalactic scale. They all mark moments where aliens, sitting peacefully in their suburban homes, looked up to the skies from their Sunday papers and said: "Things done changed."

Though...

 By Shaka Hislop

Power Rankings: Barcelona stay top, Juventus climb, Liverpool return

Shaka Hislop presents his weekly Power Rankings, where quite a few Premier League clubs find their way into the top 10.
Craig Burley refuses to name Barcelona Champions League favourites after their big win over Lyon, due to their defensive inconsistency.
Barcelona went behind early to Rayo Vallecano, but responded with three, including Lionel Messi's goal in his 800th career game.

Lionel Messi made sure that Barcelona's No. 1 spot was not in danger, while Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Juventus' upward movement.

Dropping out: Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich.

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

Bernardo Silva is the future for Manchester City

When Roots Manuva, backed by the melancholic strings of the Cinematic Orchestra, crooned that "I'm All Things To All Men," he could have been singing a future ode to Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese footballer is not a jack-of-all-trades; he is a master. He has the trickery of a winger, the vision of a No.10, the energy of a No.8 and the tenacity of a centre-back.

He is clearly the player that can take Manchester City forward, and with the news on Wednesday that the club have signed Bernardo to...

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Sterling's hat trick beats Ribery, Ben Yedder to top of Player Power Rankings

Craig Burley and Alejandro Moreno were in full agreement that Raheem Sterling's first goal against Watford should never have been allowed to stand.

In a weekend when a handful of players registered hat tricks -- and one hat trick of assists -- one three-goal performance stood out above the rest. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend.

Also receiving votes: None.

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