The race for the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or is a three-way scrap between Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer. Ronaldo is expected to take the crown, but Neuer has had his case talked up.
FIFA still has a ticking timebomb with its decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. But an American investigation could bring things to a head and explode the bomb, meaning a clean-up will be unavoidable.
Both Manchester United and Arsenal are badly in need of defensive reinforcements, but landing their dream targets looks tough this month. Nevertheless, Inside Futbol examine those stars in demand at the Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford.
Thierry Henry has retired from football, ending a career during which he established himself not just as an Arsenal legend, but one of the Premier League's greatest ever players. The French hitman will be missed by all.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is under huge pressure and it is by no means certain the Northern Irishman will see out the season at Anfield. If Liverpool did pull the trigger, who could realistically replace him? We look at seven contenders.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is again coming under pressure from the club's supporters and, with the Gunners failing to live up to expectations, could the Frenchman finally be in his last season?
The MLS playoffs are in full flow and all eyes are on New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry. The Arsenal legend could well hang up his boots this season, meaning the MLS playoffs may be his final flourish.
Liverpool are toiling this season under Brendan Rodgers, despite the manager having splashed over £100m on new players over the summer. Rodgers may wish he had taken a lesson in transfers from Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal if it all goes wrong.
Picking a list of the top 20 players over the last 15 years is a tough task, but Roma icon Francesco Totti makes a strong case for inclusion. The Italian has remained true to his boyhood club and is still going strong at 38 years old.
Ebenezer Cobb Morley was one of the founding fathers of the English Football Association and, as a result, of football as a game. Now a campaign is under way to honour Hull-native Cobb Morley.
Mario Balotelli has not made a promising start to life as a Liverpool player, with speculation he may be sold sooner rather than later. But he still has his manager's belief and could yet kickstart his Anfield career,.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger used to know the formula for winning the Premier League and making his opponents in English football shake with fear. However, the Frenchman has misplaced it and as a result leaves himself open to barbs.
Newcastle United are struggling this season under manager Alan Pardew, who has faced numerous calls for his sacking from some supporters. And fans are now split on the way forward for the Magpies.
Chris Smalling and Phil Jones were touted as Manchester United and England's defensive future, but the pair have struggled to show their best at Old Trafford, interrupted by injury niggles. Might manager Louis van Gaal look elsewhere?
Manchester United are banking on finishing in the Premier League's top three this season, following a finish of seventh last term. But the club's baffling transfer policy may make it hard for Louis van Gaal to achieve.
Massimo Cellino is firmly in control at Leeds United, steering the club to what he hopes is promotion to the Premier League. But the continental structure the club is said to have is a myth and could leave fans frustrated if Cellino gets it wrong.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho complained at an impotent strikeforce last season. However, following a season of spending on the Blues' key areas, the pressure is now on the Portuguese to win the Premier League title.
The Champions League is back for its 2014/15 edition with Real Madrid aiming for their eleventh European Cup. Liverpool have returned following a lengthy gap, while the usual stars will be on show in what is a tournament of the highest quality. We preview it.
Arsene Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996 and the jury is out on how much longer the Frenchman will remain at the Gunners. But as Manchester United have shown, a succession plan for a long-term boss is a priority.
Real Madrid are reluctant for Gareth Bale to play for Wales on an artificial pitch, but the Welsh are keen for the forward to help their Euro 2016 qualifying bid. Pitches have changed much over the years, but Real Madrid's view is still understandable.
Juventus are looking to continue their domination of Italian football in Serie A this season, while Roma will bid to once again push them all the way. AC Milan and Inter meanwhile hunt former glories, but have work to do. We preview the Serie A campaign.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is pinning his hopes on new signing Angel di Maria making a big impact at Old Trafford. And in the former Real Madrid winger, he may have found his ideal match.
Atletico Madrid sprung a big surprise by winning La Liga last season, but Barcelona and Real Madrid are out to assert their dominance over the new campaign. We assess the 2014/15 La Liga season.
The 2014/15 Premier League campaign promises to be intriguing, with battles all across the league and five clubs fighting hard to finish in the top four. Who heads into the season in the best shape? We preview the unfolding campaign.
Being a footballer leaves players with a lot of free time and some fill it in weird and wonderful ways. We take a look at the more unusual players off the pitch.
Louis van Gaal has raised expectations at Manchester United on the back of a positive pre-season. However, the Dutchman cannot cure all the club's ills without investing wisely in the transfer market and shuffling his pack.
Liverpool stunned the Premier League by finishing as runners-up last season, but Brendan Rodgers faces a tough task to go one better. Can he avoid the fate which awaited predecessors Gerard Houllier and Rafael Benitez?
Paris Saint-Germain are aiming for a hat-trick of Ligue 1 titles this season and start as firm favourites. There have been changes throughout the league in what promises to be an intriguing 2014/15 campaign. We preview it.
The 2014 World Cup saw a number of stars further enhance their standing, while some burst into the spotlight for the first time. We look at the breakout players in Brazil.
Leeds United are adopting a continental approach, with the club's owner Massimo Cellino dictating transfer policy, while boss David Hockaday focuses on coaching duties. It remains to be seen if the formula will result in success at Elland Road.
The 2014 World Cup has closed its doors, with Germany winning their fourth crown after beating Argentina in the final. For some players it was a tournament to remember. We pick the best eleven to grace Brazil.
For Brazil, the 2014 World Cup has been one to forget, with a truly historic 7-1 crushing suffered at the hands of Germany in the semi-finals. However, the story of their summer debacle has been long in the making.
Toronto FC are enjoying a vastly improved MLS campaign, with coach Ryan Nelsen seeing the club's signings of Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe paying off. But, the Canadian giants are not finished yet.
Louis van Gaal's imminent arrival at Manchester United is set to see a number of the club's players fearing for their future at Old Trafford. Van Gaal is set to quickly stamp his authority on a squad that underachieved last term.
Luis Suarez is in hot water once again in his career and will serve a four-month ban from all footballing activities. It may lead to a move away from Liverpool and to Barcelona for the Uruguayan talisman.
Spain becoming the first World Cup holders to crash out of the tournament in their first two games has raised difficult questions for the country. As an era looks to have ended, La Roja must rise from the ashes.
AC Milan and Holland midfielder Nigel de Jong is a player considered crucial by both club and country. Aiming to make a splash at the World Cup with the Oranje, we went to speak to the 29-year-old Dutchman.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has led the country back to the heights of world football since taking charge in 2006. Now he is focusing on the World Cup and squeezing the best from Luis Suarez. We went to speak to him.
Southampton are battling to keep their best players after losing manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham Hotspur. Youngsters produced by the club are being targeted and the Saints' bright future threatens to dim dramatically.
After managing Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Louis van Gaal has been handed the reins at Man Utd. Is he the right choice? We review Van Gaal's managerial career so far.
Frank de Boer has been hugely successful at Ajax, leading the club to the last four Eredivisie titles. It has not gone unnoticed, with an approach from Liverpool in 2012 and Tottenham this summer. We went to talk to him.
Minnows US Luzenac are heading into France's Ligue 2 for next season, a remarkable achievement for a place of just 693 people. Helped by ex-France international Fabien Barthez, they are making waves.
The English Football Association Commission has presented a report into the future of the game in the country, with several controversial proposals, including Premier League clubs fielding B teams in the lower leagues.
Atletico Madrid have taken Spanish and European football by storm under Diego Simeone, defying logic which says success correlates to the amount players are paid. Los Rojiblancos used to be something of a joke in La Liga. But no one is laughing now.
Carlo Ancelotti has been a breath of fresh air at Real Madrid following Jose Mourinho's reign, and the Italian has guided the club into the Champions League final. Could a tenth European Cup be on the cards?
David Moyes took over at Manchester United earmarked for success, recommended to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson based on his tenure at Everton. But Roberto Martinez's spell at Goodison Park proved Moyes was a man out of time.
Massimo Cellino has succeeded in his takeover of Championship side Leeds United, bringing calm and stability to Elland Road. Now the Italian businessman has set his sights upon promotion to the Premier League.
Liverpool look firmly on course to win their first top flight title for 24 years. But the success, if it arrives, will come in spite of, not because of, the club's owners. Winning the Premier League would prove an acid test of their ambitions.
Portugal is a country which sees scouts flock to domestic games on a regular basis - and for good reason, with an array of talents plying their trade. We look at the top five up and coming Portuguese youngsters.
Liverpool's push for the Premier League title this season has seen a number of players shine, not least full-back Jon Flanagan. The local starlet has grabbed a spot in the team and continues to impress even as the pressure grows.