Fabio Capello spoke exclusively to FIFA.com about Russia's hopes for UEFA EURO 2016 qualification, his reflections on Brazil 2014, and working with the enigmatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Marseille returned to the top of the French Ligue 1 standings thanks to a 3-1 victory over Bordeaux on Sunday, while Montpellier's confidence received a much-needed boost as they beat Toulouse 2-0.
Levante got the better of local rivals Valencia after a pulsating second half in the Spanish La Liga clash at the Ciutat de Valencia as the visitors ran out 2-1 winners and Alberto Bueno scored the only goal to give Rayo Vallecano a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo.
Joel Obi's second-half goal ensured the Milan derby finished all square as Inter Milan held rivals AC Milan to a 1-1 draw in Italy's Serie A, while Cagliari twice came from behind to register an impressive 3-3 draw against third-placed Napoli and Antonio Di Natale scored his 200th Serie A goal.
Stuttgart were left rooted to the bottom of the German Bundesliga amid a chorus of jeers at the Mercedes-Benz Arena following a 1-0 defeat at home to Augsburg, while Hamburg moved above fellow-strugglers Werder Bremen thanks to a last-gasp 2-0 win in the 101st northern Germany derby.
Kevin Kuranyi scored a brace as Dinamo Moscow claimed a comfortable 3-0 victory over Terek Grozny to move fourth in the Russian Premier League at the expense of their opponents on Sunday, while Spartak Moscow saw off Mordovia Saransk at home in a six-goal thriller 4-2.
Liverpool's season went from bad to worse as they let an early lead slip to lose 3-1 at struggling Crystal Palace with Dwight Gayle, Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak turning the game around after Rickie Lambert's opener, while Christian Eriksen secured three points for Tottenham Hotspur.
Thailand exacted revenge for their defeat to Singapore in the 2012 AFF Championship final as a late penalty by Charyl Chappuis gave them a 2-1 win over the defending champions in their opening 2014 AFF Championship match, while Malaysia held Myanmar to a goalless draw.
Antonio Di Natale scored his 200th Italian Serie A goal on what was his 400th league appearance on Sunday when he gave Udinese a 1-0 half-time lead against Chievo.
Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus will miss the rest of 2014, including Wednesday's UEFA Champions League clash at Arsenal, after suffering his sixth ankle injury in a year, his club have confirmed.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was delighted with his team after they maintained their incredible winning run with a 4-0 victory at Eibar, with Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema on the scoresheet.
Schalke coach Roberto Di Matteo has targeted taking at least a point when the Royal Blues host his former club Chelsea in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League clash.
In helping himself to a hat-trick against Sevilla on Saturday evening, Lionel Messi replaced the legendary Telmo Zarra as the Spanish league’s all-time top scorer.
Pablo Sanchez's quickfire double gave Adelaide United a fifth win in seven Australian A-League games this season away at Central Coast Mariners, the day after Sydney FC saw off Melbourne City with a hard-fought 2-1 win.
In our regular Sunday feature, we preview the week's upcoming footballing birthdays, including a Russian hotshot, a Manchester United legend and an energetic Paraguayan forward.
Milan giants AC and Inter have been battling for bragging rights in Italy's most populous city outside of the capital for over a century, with the eternal struggle between the Nerazzurri and the Rossoneri fast approaching 300 games.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez hailed the attitude of Leon Osman after the midfielder marked his 400th appearance for the Toffees with the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over West Ham United.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes it is too early to compare his current side with his title-winning teams of the past despite a record-breaking start to the English Premier League campaign.
Newly-appointed Real Sociedad coach David Moyes endured an underwhelming start to his tenure as the Basques were held to a 0-0 draw away to struggling Deportivo la Coruna.
Lionel Messi thanked teammates and coaches past and present after becoming the all-time leading goalscorer in La Liga with a hat-trick in Barça's 5-1 demolition of Sevilla.
Juventus restored their three-point lead on Roma with a brace of goals in either half from Paul Pogba and a Carlos Tevez strike underlining the champions' credentials in a 3-0 win at Lazio.
FIFA.com recalls Real Salt Lake’s unlikely run to their maiden Major League Soccer title five years ago today as they barely squeaked into the play-offs but then triumphed over Los Angeles Galaxy to hoist the MLS Cup in dramatic fashion.
Lyon extended their unbeaten Ligue 1 streak to ten matches with a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Bastia, while Monaco were held 2-2 at home by Caen.
Lionel Messi broke Telmo Zarra's 59-year-old record as the leading goalscorer in the history of La Liga with a stunning hat-trick against Sevilla.
Manchester United moved back into the top four of the English Premier League with a 2-1 smash-and-grab raid at Arsenal.
Zenit St. Petersburg went eight points clear at the Russian Premier League summit with a 1-0 home win over Kuban Krasnodar, while FC Krasnodar moved into second spot with a 2-1 win over defending champions CSKA Moscow.
Chelsea established a seven-point lead at the top of the English Premier League after defeating ten-man West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, while Yaya Toure gave Manchester City victory at home to Swansea City.
Bayern Munich opened up a seven-point lead in the Bundesliga after a 4-0 hammering of Hoffenheim, while challengers Wolfsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach lost to Schalke and Eintracht Frankfurt respectively.
AC Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi is in confident mood ahead of the derby against Roberto Mancini's Inter as the battle of Milan takes centre stage in the Italian Serie A on Sunday.
A dreadful error by goalkeeper Tran Nguyen Manh allowed Indonesia to snatch a 2-2 draw with Vietnam in their opening Group A game at the 2014 AFF Championship, while Philippines lead the group after a 4-1 win over Laos.
The Japanese title race took another dramatic twist on Saturday as Urawa Reds crashed 2-0 at home to nearest rivals Gamba Osaka when victory would have sealed the championship.
Napoli coach Rafa Benitez believes his side are on the right track ahead of Cagliari's Italian Serie A visit to the Stadio San Paolo, with his opposite number Zdenek Zeman admiring the Spaniard's style of play.
Brendan Rodgers claims Liverpool will not be affected by the painful memories of their disastrous meltdown against Crystal Palace when they return to Selhurst Park, but admitted it will be "tough" with Neil Warnock in the Palace hotseat.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is confident he will return stronger from his three-month injury lay-off and can forge a dynamic strike partnership with in-form England forward Danny Welbeck.
Athletic Bilbao defeated Espanyol 3-1 at San Mames thanks to goals from Aritz Aduriz, Borja Viguera and Ander Iturraspe to record their third win in their last four matches.
Argentinian duo Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi both scored to help champions Paris Saint-Germain go top for the first time this season with a 3-2 win at mid-table Metz, while star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned after spending two months on the sidelines.
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said he would consider coaching in England, if there was an opportunity.
Cruz Azul midfielder Christian Gimenez speaks with FIFA.com ahead of the FIFA Club World Cup Morocco where he will be making his third appearance in the competition.