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By Brahma Chellaney
Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - James Thorogood
Giuseppe Rossi's hat trick for Fiorentina against Serie A champion Juventus earned him the top player vote in The Associated Press global soccer poll this week, while Roma remained first in the club rankings.
Borussia Dortmund's impressive display over the weekend earned it first place in The Associated Press global soccer poll on Tuesday.
Robin van Persie held off last year's winner Lionel Messi to earn player of the week honors in the first round of The Associated Press global soccer poll.
Frank Lampard earned the top spot in the weekly Associated Press global soccer poll for the first time after setting Chelsea's career goals record.
Barcelona received the maximum points in AP's global soccer rankings on Tuesday, with the team's striker, Lionel Messi, coming close to top marks.
Cristiano Ronaldo surged to the top of the AP's latest global soccer rankings on Tuesday, thanks to decisive goals for Real Madrid in La Liga and the Champions League.
"It was the first time the Bavarians had fallen behind under head coach Pep Guardiola, yet the Spaniard's masterstroke to throw Goetze into the fray breathed new life into his side," Thorogood said.
"Jurgen Klopp claimed that Reus would be `going to heaven' for his clever step over that brought about BVB's fourth goal," said James Thorogood, editor of Bundesliga.com. "But his intricate passing and majestic footwork were just as much a reason for the 24-year-old to be worthy of reaching the pearly gates."