South Africa kicks off in an Afcon group of death, of which the opponents are at least aware. Safa however is already happy with the placement alone.
Fifa and the South African authorities have shown little interest in confronting a scandal that weighs on Bafana's image.
Barcelona and Real Madrid lead the way on social media as Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool try to keep up.
Bafana coach Sahes Mashaba has confidence that Bafana Bafana will get through to the next round, despite a difficult draw.
Not for decades have the Soweto giants headed into the derby with such contrasting fortunes – Chiefs look unstoppable while Pirates are crumbling.
The young Belgian goalkeeper is thoroughly enjoying playing for José Mourinho after his three loan years at Atlético Madrid.
Frank Lampard believes teammate Sergio Aguero can be compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo after his win against Bayern Munich.
It was the individual power and pace of Tokelo Rantie that swung the game in South Africa's favour. He now needs to work on consistency.
Inconsistent Sundowns will have to pull out all the stops to dent Amakhosi's 11-point league lead.
The United States is still a wild frontier for football, and the former Tottenham striker has gone in guns blazing.
The Brazilian team is playing around the world. Not necessarily in the players' best interest.
Orlando Pirates take to the field for the first time since Senzo Meyiwa's death and their reaction will decide the outcome of the game.
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.