You can blame the weather, I suppose. England's deep freeze has wreaked havoc on the Premier League calendar, which is great for U.S.-based fans -- there have been midweek (and therefore, mid-day) games galore, like Wednesday's Liverpool-Tottenham showdown of underachievers. In the meantime, both the FA and Carling Cups have been raging on, and selected other European action -- mixed in with some awesome African Cup of Nations games -- have made mid-January a smorgasbord of excellent soccer. Plus, with everyone finally off winter break, we can start picking apart the leftovers again. Enjoy this week's rundown -- we recommend you nuke on high for two minutes, flip, then zap for another two minutes on medium.
Note: All rankings, records and statistics are through Jan. 20.
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