Toronto FC have disappointed consistently in the MLS since entering the league. Just eleven wins over two seasons have made the Canadians a laughing stock, but ambitious recruitment, with Jermain Defoe secured, promises a brighter 2014.
When Sir Alex Ferguson swooped to sign a relatively unknown Nemanja Vidic, the Serbian solved many of Manchester United's defensive problems. Eight years on, he is set to depart and leave similar issues in the Red Devils' backline.
Chelsea's decision to re-sign Nemanja Matic from Benfica at a cost of £21m was greeted with some raised eyebrows. However, the Serbian has vastly improved during his time in Portugal and is now being counted on by Jose Mourinho.
The last month has been one of drama and speculation at Leeds United, as Italian Massimo Cellino bids to complete a takeover of the club. As Cellino waits for Football League approval, the stakes could hardly be higher.
This year's Premier League title race is truly a four-horse race and could even be settled on the very last day of the season. Chelsea and Manchester City were expect to challenge, but Arsenal and Liverpool are providing the competition.
When Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Vela left Tottenham and Arsenal respectively, it was with much still to prove. Now in Spain with Villarreal and Real Sociedad, they are impressing, though it is mixed news for Mexico.
Metz are a virtual talent factory when it comes to French football, having brought through stars such as Emmanuel Adebayor, Louis Saha and Robert Pires. We went to speak to the club's academy chief Denis Schaeffer.
Kostas Mitroglou was linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe while at Olympiacos, but has surprisingly ended up at Fulham. The man Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger called a "true finisher" is keen to make his mark.
Tottenham choosing to hand Tim Sherwood the reins was greeted with surprise in some quarters, but the novice coach has revitalised the side. Spurs now look set to challenge for a top four spot with Sherwood loving life at White Hart Lane.
Juan Mata's decision to leave Chelsea for Man Utd looks a win for all parties on the surface. But on closer inspection it may not be the best move for the Spaniard, who benefits from a degree of tactical freedom new boss David Moyes does not afford.
Basel have received their highest ever transfer fee from selling Mohamed Salah to Chelsea. The Egyptian winger, who was also chased by Liverpool, has all the attributes to be a roaring success in the Premier League.
Ricardo Quaresma was compared to Cristiano Ronaldo in his younger days, with the jury out on who would be better. Now, following a troubled career, Quaresma is back in Portugal at FC Porto, and bidding to make good on his potential.
Scunthorpe United are firmly in the promotion mix in England's League Two under new boss Russ Wilcox. His appointment, combined with plans for a new 12,000-seater stadium, mean the club are once again heading in the right direction.
Jose Mourinho's decision to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United is an odd one for the Chelsea boss to make. The Red Devils are gripped by crisis and only short-term thinking explains Mourinho's controversial course of action.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was a big part of an era which saw Manchester United dominate the English game. But his return to Old Trafford, as Cardiff boss, is a reminder for the Red Devils of just how much times have changed.
North Ferriby United have taken great strides forward in recent years and are aiming to win promotion to the Football League in the coming seasons. The East Riding side are overshadowed by Hull City at present, but want their slice of the limelight.
Michael Higdon is trying his luck abroad, turning out for Dutch Eredivisie side NEC Nijmegen. The man who top scored in last season's Scottish top flight for Motherwell has had an interesting career. We went to speak to him.
David Moyes has endured a turbulent start to his time as Man Utd manager and increasingly the presence of his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson at matches is being seen as a distraction. However, the former Everton boss has bigger problems.
West Ham are embroiled in a Premier League relegation battle and desperately need to strengthen their squad to avoid the drop. And survival has never been so crucial with a move to the Olympic Stadium looming.
2013 had many highs for football, but also lows, from the ridiculous, such as Luis Suarez's bite, to the tragic, with untimely deaths. We look at the ten worst moments.
Barcelona have been used to dominating possession and sweeping all before them. Yet under new coach Gerardo Martino, while the results are still largely there, the style of play isn't. And this has split fans over embracing the Argentine's new era.
Fernando appears to be on the way out of FC Porto, with Liverpool and Napoli having held talks with his agent. The Brazilian defensive midfielder, nicknamed the "Octopus" looks full-prepared for the step up to a more competitive league.
The opening of the January transfer window means that English football's elite Premier League teams can now seek to add to their squads. Each have clear needs and a number of players have been placed under consideration.
2013 has been another notable year on planet football, with greats of the game bowing out, teams recording memorable victories and Lionel Messi continuing to sit top of the tree. We look at the year's top ten moments.
Juan Mata has been a surprise casualty of Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea, with the Spaniard struggling for playing time. Mata does not seem to fit into Mourinho's style of play and appears better suited to flourishing elsewhere.
Liverpool are flying this season and much of that is down Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan, who wanted to leave the club in the summer, has been in red hot form, and manager Brendan Rodgers has been justified in his determination to keep him.
Manchester United's Premier League title defence has been a shambles so far this season, but the emergence of young talent Adnan Januzaj offers hope for a bright future. Indeed, the 18-year-old may be the best thing to happen to the Red Devils this term.
Andre Villas-Boas' sacking by Tottenham has revealed that the Portuguese is out of step when it comes to timing his managerial posts. Unlike mentor Jose Mourinho, Villas-Boas has chosen positions with the odds stacked against him.
European champions Bayern Munich and South American champions Atletico Mineiro are both eyeing the FIFA Club World Cup to crown what has been an unforgettable year. It will be a renewal of the battle between the two leading continents.
Czech champions Viktoria Plzen have lost hugely successful coach Pavel Vrba to the country's national team. Now they must plot a route to success without the influential boss, though he has at least left them Europa League football.
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.
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.
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.