Real Madrid's 3-1 victory over Barca suggests coach Carlo Ancelotti has successfully integrated Kroos and Rodriguez into a fearsome attacking side.
Quarterfinalists stumbled in midweek PSL games, but they could have held back for Telkom tournament.
Previous form against the Ivorians suggest Banyana are marginal favourites, but any optimism is tempered by the bitter memory of past letdowns.
Jérôme Champagne stands against Sepp Blatter, but has little chance of making it to Fifa presidency.
Organisers of the Indian Super League are hoping to convert cricket crazy Indians to the joys of football.
The national football team have proven they can do well under pressure but they are dangerously close to being eliminated.
Bafana Bafana's coach has based his selection on taking the team to the Nations Cup in Morocco.
Two months in and several coaches are already uneasy in their seats.
The injury-plagued Gunners have hired a crack performance guru, but the healing is slow to show.
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.
Having lived all over Europe, Liverpool's new central defender is a seasoned man at 25.