For many of the U.S. players on the upcoming training camp roster, this has been a rare week of down time between duty for club and country. Many of the leagues in Europe are already shuddered for the season, and camp kicks off May 26 in Cleveland. So does down time also mean off time?
Barcelona star Xavi Hernandez has told FIFA.com that he welcomes improved doping controls but does not believe it is an issue in football.
Roy Hodgson believes Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea have "scotched" the plans of the England national team by scheduling end of season friendlies in such close proximity to the end of the Premier League season.
Ben Zinn may not have had the longest or most prestigious soccer career of all the the players who have worn the U.S. Jersey. But in terms of a career in academia, Zinn may very well be second to none.
Roberto Mancini has hailed the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson as the greatest manager of his generation and said his achievement of coaching Manchester United for almost 27 years will never be repeated.
For many of the MNT players in the heat of their domestic league play, there is still plenty to be determined, with spots in European competition up for grabs and relegation fights still ongoing.
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Spain's sporting media focused on Real Madrid players' efforts in almost achieving a miraculous late comeback during Tuesday's agonising Champions League exit to Borussia Dortmund at the Bernabeu, but still found time to point accusing fingers at Jose Mourinho.
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho says his team will first go out to ensure they win Tuesday's Champions League semi-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund, and only then look to see if they can score enough goals to reach the final.
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Sergio Busquets is Barcelona's main fitness concern for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg at home to Bayern Munich, after Lionel Messi confirmed his return to form with a scintillating goal in Saturday's 2-2 La Liga draw at Athletic Bilbao.
Around £1.1 million in solidarity payments have been held back from the English Football Association for playing domestic football matches at the same time as European games.
FIFA anti-corruption adviser Alexandra Wrage has quit her role because of a perceived lack of progress from the organisation in improving its internal transparency.