It was a week that saw titanic contests come to a plateau in the perpetual power struggles of football.
In Germany, Bayern Munich beat old rivals Borussia Dortmund in – excuse the pun – what turned into a largely classic Klassiker.
Even though they are currently languishing in sixth, Dortmund are still considered the second team of Germany – the second largest club, who hold a pool of talent on a par with Bayern.
The BlackYellow were the last side to win the Bundesliga title other than Bayern (eight seasons ago under Jurgen Klopp in 2012).
Once again The Reds have proven the victor in the latest of the age old contest between the Ruhr and Bavaria.
It was a surprising struggle at the Allianz Arena considering Dortmund came into the game injury blighted and low on consistency and confidence.
However the BlackYellow stirred rousingly for the first half hour, taking a two-nil lead in Munich.
Bayern’s crushing pressure told in the end, and it was Lewandowski who again got one over his prodigy Haaland.
The Norwegian wonderkid did a stellar job scoring two early goals, however the wily old Pole put in a hat-trick winning man-of-the-match performance to seal the points for Bayern.
Another perpetual and titanic struggle came to a brief interlude here in Scotland between the two halves of Glasgow – Rangers and Celtic.
After a decade without a title, coming from the brink of oblivion, led by former England captain Steven Gerrard, Rangers have finally reclaimed the SPL title for the 55th time, denying Celtic their 10IAR.
It has been a catastrophic season for Celtic and will hurt like nothing experienced in recent times for Hoops supporters specially considering the Blues will walk out onto the pitch at Celtic Park as champions in two weeks time.
A combination of factors have led to this power-shift in Glasgow – Rangers’ brilliance and Celtic’s complacency.
Complacency also reared its ugly head in the celebrations seen outside Ibrox where hundreds of Rangers fans gathered to toast victory with the team.
Even though the importance of the result reaches deep into the strange subconscious of the football supporter with it’s tribalism and belonging, we have to see the bigger picture, even in this historic sporting circumstance.
These celebrations cannot be condoned and Steven Gerrard doesn’t help when he’s photographed sticking his head out the changing room celebrating with supporters.
A brief moment on Aberdeen as – sadly written – it is all the Dons’ deserve at the moment.
It was yet another bleak performance at Pittodrie, drawing 0-0 with relegation strugglers Hamilton.
The Dons have only won two games this season, nine times they haven’t scored, their current form is relegation pace.
Luckily for the Dons, Hibs also lost away to St Johnstone.
Whilst the race for the SPL title produced excellence, the race for third is being fought between two weary fighters, slugging it out, both waiting for the bell to sound and the season to finish so they can regroup and start over.
Finally, Michael Calvin’s superb documentary ‘Ours’ premiered this week on BT Sport.
Calvin begins the film by describing how he got tired of a game in which he saw its human touch turn cold, then goes on a meandering path looking into fan ownership and whether it can enhance the supporter’s experience of their club.
The football journalist and writer looks at a number of scenarios in which football clubs are run diametrically to the model of, as Calvin describes, ‘state ownership’ – think Chelsea, PSG, Man City.
The documentary was released six days after the biggest and most famous fan owned club in the world, Barcelona, voted in its new president – Joan Laporta was given a second term won on the promise he can convince Lionel Messi to stay at the club.
Surprising to say, Barca is not the absolute ideal of fan ownership – under the stewardship of the fans voting in presidents for four year terms the club has ran up debts of close to £1b.
In Ours, Calvin explores the good and savvy of fan run schemes – Hashtag United who exist primarily online.
The bad – Rushden and Diamonds who fell spectacularly from grace when their owner lost interest and sold the club to the fans for £1.
And the ugly – Ebbsfleet United’s MyFootballClub ownership model that ran weekly online petitions of up to 30,000 to decide on the starting-11 for each game.
On the BT Player now.