Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 27th career hat-trick and Gareth Bale struck twice as Real Madrid bounced back in style from consecutive defeats with a thumping 8-2 La Liga win at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti gave captain Iker Casillas a vote of confidence on Friday as the decorated Spain goalkeeper celebrated 15 years since making his debut for the 10-times European champions.
Unloved even in their own country, Italy`s national team clearly need a radical overhaul and, if anyone can do it, then it is the steely-willed Antonio Conte who was named as their new coach on Thursday.
The most enduring image of Joachim Loew at the 2014 World Cup for many Germans will be of an intense-looking man wearing a bathing suit, t-shirt, sun glasses and ear plugs while strolling barefoot completely alone on the beach.
FIFA disciplinary chiefs issued a double snub to World Cup hosts Brazil on Monday, rejecting an appeal for captain Thiago Silva`s semi-final suspension to be overturned and dismissing calls for retrospective action against Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga.
Footballers have been accused of being solely focused on their sport but here AFP Sport highlights five of the Dutch squad, who face Argentina in their World Cup semi-final on Wednesday, who have time for other matters whether it be hobbies or charity work.