Under new Dutch coach Vera Pauw Banyana have a reasonable chance of doing what no South African women's side have ever done before.
Dismiss Jose Mourinho's tactics as negative if you like – but the tumultuous tussle at the Etihad was, in fact, a great spectacle.
As Arsenal supporters will attest, being a fan is not a choice or a label, it is part of your very being.
The Football Association wants to reduce the number of non-EU players in England's leagues by half to foster local talent and boost the national side.
Mashaba should beef up the squad and allow more convincing options off the bench, instead of players who haven't even touched a ball in the PSL yet.
Sporting Lisbon president Bruno de Carvalho has called for action over offshore funds with financial stakes in football players.
There are signs of improvement but a lack of ambition and dedication is still prevalent.
Mashaba is back – and he's just as defensive as ever about his push for patriotism over self-publicity.
Football in Algeria has been cancelled in protest after a projectile from the crowd hit and killed a league player sparked revulsion at the violence.
There is a dearth of real talent and there is no time to nurture players for Bafana.
Having lived all over Europe, Liverpool's new central defender is a seasoned man at 25.
As Barcelona manager Luis Enrique tries to build a dream machine. He has to start work without its most important part.
English Premier League 2014-15 preview: from 5-3-2 tactics and touchline doctors to the sack race and third kits.
After a swift start to the Premier Soccer League season the weekend will see cup action exclusive to just four clubs.
If Patrice Motsepe's chequebook alone can guarantee victory for the Brazilians, then the rest might as well pack up and go home.
Ultimately, the best team was crowned world champion, a fair accolade after Löw's decade-long renovation of German football.
A lack of fandom in the capital city may turn the $900-million stadium into a white elephant.
Castigated after France's players boycotted training at the World Cup in South Africa, Patrice Evra has rebuilt his reputation under Didier Deschamps.
As the teams head into the quarterfinals, the stumbling heavywights have left the door open to Colombia, Belgium and even Costa Rica.