Bundesliga Is on the Rise

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Take a snapshot of the Champions League last week and you'd be tempted to spot a shift in soccer's balance of power. Three of the four English clubs involved in the competition lost. And they weren't beaten by the game's elite, but by the relative rank-and-file. Chelsea, which won this competition last year, fell at Shaktar Donetsk. Manchester City, the defending Premier League champion, lost at Ajax, a team tied for fourth in the Dutch league. Arsenal raised the white flag at home against Germany's Schalke. Manchester United was the only English team to actually win and, even then, it had to come from two goals down at home against Portugal's Braga, which is only third in its decidedly B-list domestic circuit.


Contrast this with the Bundesliga clubs. In addition...

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