Of all the positives South Korea will take away from their run to the Asian Cup final, the fact that they have not conceded a goal through five matches should be held up as the biggest point of progress for a team ripped apart at the World Cup.
Still getting over Brazil`s World Cup semi-final debacle at the hands of eventual winners Germany, fears have been expressed for the future well-being of the domestic league amid an ongoing exodus to Europe, but also China.
German Joachim Low has been named the world's best manager of national football teams in 2014 by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) succeeding Spaniard Vicente del Bosque, who was the winner in 2012 and 2013.
Plucked from the obscurity of South Korea`s military soccer team, Lee Jeong-hyeop has shown he not only deserves a place in Uli Stielike`s Asian Cup squad but could one day be the answer to their chronic striking problems.
Luis Suarez is not all about biting, diving and racism charges. On the eve of Christmas, the Barcelona star showed his humane side by sending gift baskets for children and families at a hospital in Uruguay.
FIFA has admitted that it would be using the next World Cup to display FIFA's zero-tolerance policy against any form of discrimination, in view of receiving widespread criticism of its lackluster efforts in Brazil.
Big matches have clashes within clashes. The 168th Manchester derby, which kicks off in few minutes time has its share of duels too. Considered one of the fiercest rivals, both the Manchester clubs carry a grudge or two within themselves and it will be played out, or rather displayed for public viewing today.
FIFA executive committee members are among more than 50 football officials who have been told to return watches, worth an estimated $25,000 each, which were handed out as gifts by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) during the World Cup.
It seems German midfielder Mesut Ozil, after winning the World Cup in Brazil, is still in festive mood. His on field efforts have failed to inspire any confidence following a poor start to Arsenal's new season.