The new domestic season in Japan opens this weekend with a host of players competing for selection in Alberto Zaccheroni’s Brazil 2014 squad, while the nation's professional ranks continue to grow at an impressive pace.
The long road to AFC Champions League glory kicks into gear this week with the commencement of the group stage, with seven former winners among those vying to be atop the podium come November.
Diego Forlan has left Internacional to sign for Cerezo Osaka on a J.League record wage, with Shunsuke Nakamura and Maya Yoshida expressing their delight at the move.
Uruguay striker Diego Forlan says he is in the process of signing for J.League club Cerezo Osaka from Brazil's Internacional.
Every Monday, FIFA.com delivers you a football-related photo you won’t be able to resist paying a second glance to. This week’s shows a South American star getting an icy welcome to Tallinn.
With former FIFA World Cup-winners Uruguay, Italy and England all competing in Group D, the outcome looks tough to call, while Costa Rica will be out to perform a heroic shock in trying to negotiate past these football giants.