The MLS has gone from strength to strength in 2013, with Sporting Kansas City unfashionable but deserved winners of the MLS Cup. With new teams set to join the league and crowds pouring into games, the MLS can look to a bright future.
Man Utd are toiling under David Moyes and are at risk of missing a top four spot. Moyes was handpicked by Sir Alex Ferguson, but the legend should have learned Liverpool's lessons when it comes to starting a dynasty.
Gareth Bale has had huge pressure heaped on his shoulders at Real Madrid, due to the world-record fee needed to snap him up. But already the Welshman is justifying it and recently helped Cristiano Ronaldo's absence go unnoticed.
CSKA Sofia have a name synonymous with the elite of Bulgarian football. But in recent years financial troubles have gripped the club and turmoil has even resulted in UEFA bans. However, things are looking up for the Armymen, who may be on the road to recovery.
Andre Villas-Boas is under pressure at Tottenham Hotspur with some talk he could soon be sacked if results do not improve. He may be the first of many managers feeling the heat as the rewards for a Champions League place increase.
The natural order of Portuguese football looks to have returned, with Benfica, FC Porto and Sporting Lisbon all taking charge in the Primeira Liga. Disrupting the Big Three is not easy and may need another Jose Maria Pedroto type visionary coach.
Armenia are ranked 38th in the FIFA world rankings, their highest ever placing. Much is down to the work of former coach Vardan Minasyan, but a crop of talented players promise a bright future even without the recently departed tactician.
While Monaco grab the headlines, all three of the sides promoted to France's Ligue 1 this season are punching comfortably at the higher weight. Monaco shine, to no surprise, but Nantes and Guingamp are also making waves.
The World Cup has always provided the platform for the biggest stars in the game to shine. However, some players, no matter how talented, never receive the opportunity. We look at the top players never to have played at a World Cup.
Stromsgodset have always been better known for an 11-0 defeat to Liverpool in 1974, but now the club have written their own history and sit on top of the Norwegian game after winning the Tippeligaen title. It is not less than they deserve for an impressive...
England have long been behind when it comes to using naturalisation loopholes to add players to the national team ranks. The view seems to be against it, but that must change if the Three Lions are to catch up with their rivals.
Gibraltar's acceptance into UEFA has opened the door for Greenland to make its own bid to join Europe's football family. However, infrastructure and geographical issues mean no membership proposal is yet on its way to Nyon.
Chile have been transformed under Jorge Sampaoli, booking a World Cup ticket and troubling world champions Spain in a friendly. Now La Roja will lock horns with England as they prepare for Brazil in 2014.
Tottenham Hotspur were not expected to struggle to score goals this season, especially not with an expensively assembled array of attacking players, including Roberto Soldado. But Andre Villas-Boas' men are finding breaching backlines tough.
Shakhtar Donetsk have dominated the Ukrainian Premier League in recent years, but this term face a fight to hold onto the crown, already having been labelled as being "in crisis". Losing star players in the summer did not help.
Inter's choice of Walter Mazzarri as their new coach in the summer was based on the tactician achieving much with limited resources. Following a takeover though, Mazzarri may have money to spend. Either way, the boss has already made an impact.
Marcello Lippi is one of the greatest coaches of his generation, leading Italy to World Cup success in 2006. Now he is working his magic in China. We caught up with him.
When qualification for the 2014 World Cup got under way, few would have given Jordan a chance of reaching Brazil. But, despite a humanitarian crisis unfolding due to war-torn Syria, they have come within a playoff of the dream.
Javier Zanetti might not be a strictly a one-club man in the same way as Ryan Giggs and Paolo Maldini, but the Argentine is equally a legend at his chosen side. The Inter man is still playing at the age of 40 and worthy of the highest praise.
El Clasico never fails to whet the appetite, as Barcelona and Real Madrid collide in Spanish football's biggest game. Now though the picture is different, with both sides boasting new coaches in Gerardo Martino and Carlo Ancelotti. And making a good...
Dynamo Kyiv have a tradition of unearthing some of Ukraine's best players and that shows no sign of stopping with Andriy Yarmolenko breaking through. The subject of interest from Liverpool, the forward could hit Andriy Shevchenko style heights.
Stephan Schrock has faced some of world's best in the Bundesliga, while his own rise has taken him to Eintracht Frankfurt. At international level, he caused surprise by opting for the Philippines.We went to speak to him.
Man Utd are struggling under David Moyes, failing to impose themselves on teams and losing the fear factor so evident under Sir Alex Ferguson. The issue though may be more personnel than management.
Liverpool have raced out of the Premier League blocks and Luis Suarez appears to have returned to action at just the right time. However, the striker's continued stay at Anfield is still in doubt, even as the club fight in what is a vital campaign.
Fulham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge is at the heart of an ownership change at the Premier League club, while on the international stage he surprisingly chose to represent the Philippines. We went to speak to the promising shot-stopper.
The rise of Aaron Ramsey is fast becoming one of the stories of Arsenal's season. Having taken time to blossom, Arsene Wenger is now reaping the rewards of persuading the midfielder to snub Man Utd. And he could just have a "new Frank Lampard".
When it comes to the latest technology, clubs are keen to do what they can to gain an edge over the competition. But Sampdoria have gone a step further than the rest, using a drone to monitor player movements, in partnership with flyonaction.
Dynamo Kyiv could not finish in the top two in the Ukraine last term, which prompted heavy spending. But even new faces have not been able to bring back good times.
England face a crucial time as they look to book their ticket to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. But beyond that, with many big names in the twilight of their careers, the time as come for Wayne Rooney to drive the Three Lions forward.
It took over a decade for Gibraltar to win membership of UEFA's European football family. Now the small British overseas territory is preparing to adjust to life in the international fold, with all that entails - especially qualification for Euro 2016.
Roma have burst out of the blocks in Serie A, winning all seven of their opening seven games to sit top of the table. New coach Rudi Garcia has bought wisely and with Francesco Totti in form, the Giallorossi are now considered genuine title contenders.
Southampton's decision to replace Nigel Adkins with Mauricio Pochettino was a major shock and saw the club criticised from all quarters. But the former Espanyol coach is working wonders at St Mary's and the sky looks well and truly the limit.