FIFA.com looks at key match-ups over the past week with a host of big names shaping up against each other in Europe, Brazil’s Sao Jose regaining their South American crown and mixed fortunes for some big name recruits in Australia.
Lionel Messi is set for a spell on the sidelines of up to eight weeks after suffering a muscle tear in his left hamstring muscle, his club Barcelona announced on Monday.
Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa has strained a muscle in his right thigh, ruling him out of his first friendlies with Spain, according to a club statement.
USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man squad to face Scotland and Austria in their upcoming friendlies features Tim Howard and Jozy Altidore, while Landon Donovan and Brad Guzan are unavailable through injury.
Despite a year of great uncertainty and no domestic football, Egyptian giants Al Ahly once again proved themselves Africa’s best club to qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco 2013.
Defending champions Fluminense have sacked coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo after suffering a nine-match winless streak in the Campeonato Brasileiro.
Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton believes the club will make a sustained title defense after their 1-0 home win over English Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Manchester United manager David Moyes says his side are heading in the right direction but still have progress to make after defeating title leaders Arsenal.
Real Salt Lake took a firm grip on the Western Conference championship tie with a 4-2 first-leg victory over Portland, with the winner to tackle either Sporting Kansas City or Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup final.
Argentina star Gabriel Calderon touches down with the FIFA World Cup Trophy for a historic visit to Israel and Palestine following its trip around the Caribbean.