As the top tiers in Russia and Ukraine head into their respective winter breaks, FIFA.com takes a look at the first half of the 2013/14 seasons, with a tight race in Russia and Shakhtar flying high over the border.
Lassana Diarra has insisted his international career is over and explained the reasons he feels he was overlooked by France coaches Laurent Blanc and Didier Deschamps.
In our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents you with some of the biggest names in football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
Clement Chantome has replaced the injured Lassana Diarra in France's squad for the friendly with Japan and the Brazil 2014 qualifier against Spain after the latter injured his back playing for Anzhi Makhachkala on the weekend.
Lassana Diarra has been included in Didier Deschamps' 23-man France squad for their friendly against Japan and FIFA World Cup qualifier with holders Spain this month.