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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - James Porteous
Borussia Dortmund returned to first place in this week's Associated Press global soccer poll after a 6-1 win over Stuttgart. Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, who scored a hat trick in the Bundesliga win, topped the player rankings.
Despite failing to win European soccer's top prize, Barcelona came out as the top team this season in The Associated Press global soccer poll.
With nine goals in one week, Bayern Munich dislodged Barcelona from the top position in The Associated Press global soccer rankings.
Lionel Messi's four-goal burst ensured that he and Barcelona returned to the top of the Associated Press Global Soccer rankings this week.
"(Even) though Bayern weren't as impressive as they have been, they equaled Hamburg's 30-year-old league record of 36 consecutive matches without defeat to stay top," James Porteous of the South-China Morning Post said.
"I'm a little surprised Barca edged out Bayern, given the Germans' domestic dominance and Champions League win, but Barca were hugely impressive before falling to Bayern in the semifinals," Porteous said.