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Ribery’s uniquely beguiling talent


The question of whether such-and-such a player is the world’s best tends to generate more heat than light, and a great many superlatives directed at Cristiano Ronaldo.

So, let me phrase this as carefully as I can: Just at the moment, is Franck Ribery the most influential player in Europe?

Ribery’s return to fitness, after his ankle ligament injury at Euro 2008, has coincided with Bayern Munich’s┬áreturn to form, and of course, it’s no coincidence at all.

Juergen Klinsmann found his first couple of months as Bayern coach very difficult, as teams discovered they no longer had to treat the Ribery-less champions with quite such respect.

Vlog on the pitch – What will be the big close season transfers?


After Manchester United beat Chelsea to the Premier League title, the Londoners hit back by signing Porto’s Jose Bosingwa in the first big transfer of the close season (although he can’t play in next Wednesday’s Champions League final obviously).

Vlog on the pitch regulars Owen Wyatt and Jon Bramley are joined by Tony Donovan to discuss last weekend’s final day of the English league season and look ahead to what could be the main transfers in the summer window.

Problem students have the right answer for Bayern


Toni, Ribery raise arms in celebration

The German-language speaking skills of Italy’s Luca Toni and France’s Franck Ribery have suddenly become a bit of an obsession in the German media (I mentioned Toni’s one-word vocabulary last week).

There was a great quote from Toni a few days later explaining just how little work they do in the two language classes they have per week alongside their Argentine colleague Jose Ernesto Sosa.