Pelé – The Interview. No player has been more successful, and no other has captured the hearts and minds of fans around the globe with his lithe natural ability. Edson Arantes do Nascimento emerged from humble origins to become a figurehead and symbol for a vast nation. The FIFA Weekly spoke to Player of the Century Pele, a global sporting legend and the only man to win the World Cup three times.

Sepp Blatter: Stop the amateur dramatics! FIFA President Blatter speaks out in no uncertain terms against simulation and playacting, calling for referees to clamp down on the unwanted practice to the full extent of the laws.

Morocco celebrates, Bayern triumph. Raja Casablanca’s march to the final of the Club World Cup was one of the biggest footballing surprises of last year, although the trophy ended up with all-conquering FC Bayern.

So very British: the Christmas programme. The major European leagues take a break between Christmas and New Year, with the notable exception of the professional game in Britain. The traditional round of fixtures on Boxing Day ushers in the most intense and popular period on the footballing calendar, but not everyone is delighted with the frenzied holiday schedule.

“This Dutch team lacks the experience for the World Cup”. Former Netherlands striker Roy Makaay was dedicated, hard-working and a team player, and also a record signing in his time. In our interview he reviews a career-defining spell with Bayern Munich and also looks forward to the 2014 World Cup.

World Cup Countdown: Spain blowing hot and cold. After being drawn in a group with Chile, Australia and the Netherlands, the Spanish camp is torn between the justified confidence of the world champions and a touch of nervousness at the challenge ahead. National coach Del Bosque sees no reason to panic.

Senegal set to roar. The Lions of Teranga missed out on a place at Brazil 2014, but the national team under coach Alain Giresse is making steady and unmistakable progress, partly due to assistance from the FIFA Performance programme.

“We had to borrow to eat”. The Turning Point for Fatmire Alushi, a leading personality in the Germany women’s national team, was a family decision to flee the deteriorating situation in Kosovo in 1992.