MICHAEL LYNCH What makes a sport mainstream? Is it the number of people who go to grounds to watch it? The number who play it?
SEBASTIAN HASSETT 10:02pm No sooner had Romeo Jozak taken his seat in the lobby of Sydney's Shangri-la Hotel before he made one thing clear: he's not here to pinch Australia's best young players for Croatia.
DOMINIC BOSSI Melbourne Heart may be languishing at the bottom of the A-League table but Sydney FC are wary that the return of their captain Harry Kewell could have an immediate impact.
11:57pm Franck Ribery has been elected French Footballer of the Year for the third time, according to France Football magazine.
10:25pm Central Coast Mariners have been pooled with reigning J-League premiers Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Korea’s 2013 ACL runners up FC Seoul.
7:40am Football's ruling body FIFA has dismissed conspiracy theories around the 2014 World Cup draw, saying there was no manipulation at last week's event in Brazil.
7:39am Croatia's Mario Mandzukic and Australian-born Joe Simunic could face World Cup match bans as governing soccer body FIFA consider disciplinary cases against the pair.
Latest football news
8:08am Jose Mourinho says Bayern have the stability to take the title again.
SEBASTIAN HASSETT Croatian believes Australian clubs should learn from clubs that are also limited by funds
12:53am Match-fixing is not widespread in football but there is no room for complacency, the UK Football Association has warned.
Martyn Ziegler And Sam Lister 12:45am The UK's Football Association says soccer match-fixing is not a "big issue" following the arrest of six people.
9:28pm The Central Coast Mariners have a tough Asian Champions League assignment, Western Sydney Wanderers appearing to enjoy a better draw.
MICHAEL LYNCH 12:17pm When a sport's key moments seep into the national consciousness, it's on its way.
Brazil addresses doubts about its ability to stage a trouble-free World Cup.
Iranians react to World Cup draw with social media attack on Argentine superstar.
MUNICH: Coach Pep Guardiola has demanded holders Bayern Munich finish the Champions League's group phase with the perfect record of six wins by seeing off Manchester City at home.
Manager David Moyes admits what the world suspects.
Premier League leaders will face arch rivals in pick of next month's FA Cup third-round ties.
MICHAEL LYNCH As a player, Kevin Muscat might have been fiery - a byword for toughness.
ROBERT DILLON In-form Jets winger Nathan Burns is content to let the two clubs sharing his services decide whether he stayed in Newcastle for the rest of the season.
The 2014 World Cup draw that grouped Iran with heavyweights Argentina has provoked thousands of Iranians to trash the Facebook page of Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has lashed out again at retired Old Trafford manager Alex Ferguson in a ITV4 documentary set to be aired on Tuesday.
Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo shortlisted for this year's Ballon d'Or.
MICHAEL LYNCH Newcastle Jets find a new route to goal and a way to win against Melbourne Victory.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS Football Federation Australia is preparing for a possible all Sydney A-League grand final, booking out ANZ Stadium to host the potential blockbuster on May 4.
Brazil's organisational reputation, already under fire in the run-up to the World Cup, suffered another blow Sunday when three spectators were seriously hurt in violent clashes at a league match.
Alan Hansen David Moyes has two transfer windows to define his Manchester United reign and ensure the early murmurings about his tenure do not become even more serious.
Western Sydney Wanderers extend striker Labinot Haliti's contract but coach Tony Popovic insists he's still in no rush to secure new deals with marquee man Shinji Ono and Youssouf Hersi.
Shane Brady Rugbys league and union are renowned for constantly tinkering with their rules, not always with the best results, but they got one thing right: the sin bin.
Angela Habashy Western Sydney have now gone three games without a win but coach Tony Popovic says the team is still in a good position.
Defender Adrian Leijer is confident Archie Thompson will return from a hamstring injury to give their side a timely boost in strike-power against Perth on Friday.
Premier League leaders Arsenal will face arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the pick of next month's FA Cup third-round ties.
Wolfsburg has inflicted a 3-0 defeat on relegation-threatened Freiburg to go fifth in the Bundesliga, while Hertha Berlin beat bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig 2-0 to consolidate seventh.
Justin Davis Mattia Destro struck a second-half winner on his return from a long injury lay-off to hand Roma a 2-1 win at home to Fiorentina which reduced the gap on leaders Juventus to three points on Sunday.
Premier League leaders Arsenal have been left five points clear at the top of the Premier League after visitors Everton fought back to claim a 1-1 draw.
Ben Mckay Newcastle Jets coach Gary van Egmond faces a battle keeping match-winner Nathan Burns beyond his agreed loan with Korean side Incheon.
CHRIS DUTTON Canberra United coach Elisabeth Migchelsen wants the FFA to overhaul drinks break rules after a sapping 1-0 loss.
SEBASTIAN HASSETT Sydney FC utility Ali Abbas says the quicker his teammates can forget about Saturday night's 1-0 defeat against Central Coast Mariners, the better.
MICHAEL LYNCH It wouldn't be accurate to say that another battling draw - this time with A-League powerhouse Western Sydney Wanderers - means Melbourne Heart have turned the corner.
Pete Smith Brisbane Roar midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight was the heroine as the two-time champions secured an important 1-0 away win over fellow W-League title contenders Canberra United.