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.
Niger earned their first ever point at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations after they held Congo DR to a 0-0 draw in Port Elizabeth, leaving them with an outside chance of reaching the knockout stages.
Dieumerci Mbokani has been named the Belgian player of the year, but the Anderlecht and Congo DR striker says celebrations are on hold until after the CAF Africa Cup of Nations.
Two former winners of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations played out an entertaining draw as Ghana and Congo DR both kicked off their respective campaigns, scoring the first goals of this year's competition in the process.
Malaga managed to seal top spot in UEFA Champions League Group C despite conceding a late Dieumerci Mbokani goal to draw 2-2 with Anderlecht - a result that sees them drop out of Europe.
Anderlecht stretched their lead at the top to four points with a 1-0 win over KV Kortrijk, while Lokeren moved third, level on points with Zulte-Waregem but below them on goal difference, with a 1-0 win over Beerschot.