updated 1:19 PM EST, Thu November 27, 2014
Concerns over Brazilian soccer legend Pele's health have been dampened by the 74-year-old's representatives after his condition was feared to have worsened.
Brazilian striker Brandao has been handed a one-month jail sentence for headbutting an opposing player, with the severity of his punishment linked to the footballer's role model status, according to one of the lawyers involved in the case.
Zahir Belounis was the football star who came to symbolize one of the reasons why many argued Qatar shouldn't be allowed the right to stage the 2022 World Cup.
The jury may still be out for many Arsenal fans over the future of coach Arsenal Wenger but few can argue about the Frenchman leading the Londoners to the Champions League knockout stages for a 15th consecutive year.
Racism and World Cup
CNN's Amanda Davis asks Alexey Sorokin how racism in Russia might play a role in the 2018 World Cup.