DOMINIC BOSSI No European nation has won a World Cup in Latin America, and of all the many superstitions surrounding the tournament, this one is perhaps the most telling.
Laine Clark Flattery will get you nowhere with Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey.
11:28pm UEFA chief Michel Platini wants yellow cards scrapped, with players who flout the rules instead being sent to a sin bin.
MICHAEL LYNCH When Michael Mifsud got on the end of a passing move at a Melbourne Heart training session on Thursday morning and slammed the ball into the net his teammates cheered and shouted their encouragement.
DOMINIC BOSSI 3:31pm Ranko Despotovic will make his first start in a sky blue jersey away to the A-League champions in place of marquee Alessandro Del Piero when Sydney FC play Central Coast Mariners on Saturday.
Mark Ogden 6:11pm Outplayed and defeated by his former team, and with Manchester United's title hopes as good as over, David Moyes suffered his nadir at Old Trafford – and gloating Evertonians made sure he knew it.
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MICHAEL LYNCH Most people are likely to be fast asleep when Australia's World Cup destiny is decided on Saturday morning.
London Manchester United's stuttering English Premier League title defence suffered a massive blow.
MICHAEL LYNCH Heart striker Michael Mifsud needs to start hitting the target, writes Michael Lynch.
Robert Dillon It was a game Mark Birighitti would prefer to forget, but instead remembers as 'a goalkeeper's nightmare'.
MICHAEL LYNCH 9:33pm All the ins and outs with previews for round nine of the A-League.
Angela Habashy 3:14pm Whichever way you look at it there'll be no easy group for Australia as the World Cup draw is announced at 3am (AEDT) on Saturday morning.
Jacqueline Le 2:10pm Melbourne Heart want to turn around a poor start to the season with the help of Harry Kewell but face a tough match against second-place Wanderers.
12:28pm Sydney FC have been knocked out of the International Women's Club Championship with a 3-2 semi-final loss to Chelsea in Japan.
8:35pm Socceroos winger scores 30 seconds into his first club start in two months.
Angela Habashy 10:24am Alessandro Del Piero's loss is Ranko Despotovic's gain, with Sydney's Serbian recruit to get his first A-League start against Central Coast on Saturday.
7:51am Six World Cup venues will now be delivered past FIFA�s deadline.
7:47am Brazilian legend says star's time playing in Europe could give the Selecao a boost.
Citing family reasons, Neill has returned to Australia from his Japanese side.
SEBASTIAN HASSETT Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi might be skating on the thinnest of ice.
Melbourne Victory to play five straight games at its AAMI Park base this month.
DOMINIC BOSSI Ball for Brazilian cup released by sports manufacturer Adidas on Wednesday.
SEBASTIAN HASSETT Former Central Coast Mariners star Bernie Ibini wants to return to the Australia - but not to his former club, as he is locked in a dispute with the A-League champions.
Angela Habashy Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill is likely to be without a club again just six months out from the World Cup after returning to Australia from his Japanese side, citing family reasons.
SEBASTIAN HASSETT Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi might be skating on thin ice but Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic says his friend does not deserve to be sacked.
New ball for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the ''Brazuca', gets the thumbs up from Young Socceroo Hagi Gligor
DOMINIC BOSSI There could be more goals from outside the box, more long-range passes and better close control on display at next year's World Cup because of the light weight and soft touch of the official match ball, the ''Brazuca'', according to Young Socceroo Hagi Gligor.
UEFA chief Michel Platini has denied that he had made a deal over dinner with then French president Nicolas Sarkozy to support Qatar's bid to host the 2022 World Cup.
Socceroos stalwart Mark Bresciano will put his spot at next year's World Cup at risk by appealing against a four-month suspension for an alleged illegal transfer.
Sydney FC captain Alessandro Del Piero has been ruled out of his side's match against Central Coast on Saturday with a hamstring injury.
Alessandro Del Piero won't play against Central Coast but hopes to be back the following weekend.
Paris Zahir Belounis forced to stay in Qatar for 17 months, as his club refused him an exit visa.
Mark Bresciano's spot at the World Cup could be at risk after the Socceroos midfielder decided to appeal his four-month FIFA ban.
Angela Habashy Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill could be without a club just six months out from the World Cup after leaving his Japanese side.
Ben McKay Melbourne Victory can pack away their suitcases for the next month, with five straight matches at AAMI Park that could set up another A-League title tilt.
FIFA has began the countdown to Saturday morning's World Cup draw, but football's world governing body is keeping everyone in suspense by saying it will only reveal the composition of the draw pots on the day itself.
Footballing legend Cristiano Ronaldo says he is opening a museum dedicated to himself on the Portuguese island where he was born.
Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak celebrated a new contract with a starring role in a rare win, lifting his side off the bottom of the English Premier League table with a 1-0 victory over West Ham.
Marquee man Shinji Ono is still in doubt for Western Sydney's A-League clash with Melbourne Heart on Saturday.
Angela Habashy Heart's Andrea Migliorini scored two wonder-strikes against Adelaide on the weekend but Wanderers keeper Ante Covic says he's not worried.
The Hair Dryer: Harry Kewell's place in the A-League is under the microscope.
Young Socceroos player Hagi Gligor test drives the Brazuca.
Australia's golden generation has pretty much run its race.
The queries are always the same. What do you do now when there isn't a game until March?