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The final matchday of the year delivered a flurry of goals and plenty of drama, leaving the Bundesliga table looking very tight at the halfway stage. Here is all you need to know from Matchday 17.
One of the Bundesliga's smaller clubs is one of its most in-form teams. With 10 points from their last four games, Freiburg are flying, thanks largely to a coach who values intelligence – and a striker in a purple patch.
Africa has many good footballers, but because of the key role played by politics, national teams are performing way below their potential. Lack of trust among stakeholders has hampered progress, said coach Volker Finke.
When Philipp Lahm retired, Bayern Munich lost an all-time great. But in Joshua Kimmich they have a replacement worthy of his predecessor. After another superb display, DW's Matt Pearson says Kimmich is the best around.
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