Eintracht Frankfurt shocked German Bundesliga second placed side Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 on Sunday, while Schalke beat Freiburg 2-0 to relieve pressure on coach Jens Keller.
Bayern Munich were propelled to a 2-0 win over Eintracht Braunschweig by Arjen Robben's brace, Borussia Dortmund beat ten-man Mainz 3-1 and Werder Bremen battled Hoffenheim to a thrilling 4-4 draw.
FIFA.com previews this week’s UEFA Champions League action with seven of Europe’s biggest clubs aiming to maintain faultless records to date, however the likes of Juventus and Manchester City are still seeking their continental form....
In this week's round-up of footballing birthdays we include two Spanish legends in Jon Adoni Goikoetxea and Andoni Zubizarreta, Tahiti captain Nicolas Vallar and Borussia Dortmund rising star Ilkay Gundogan.
Schalke coach Jens Keller and new star Kevin-Prince Boateng have both spoken positively ahead of their opening UEFA Champions League match against Steaua Bucharest, with Bayern Munich to follow in the German Bundesliga.
Lionel Messi once again led the way as Argentina cruised to a 3-0 victory over Venezuela to reinforce their grip on top spot in CONMEBOL qualifying for Brazil 2014, while Colombia and Peru also both scored important wins.