As kick-off in Brazil looms over the horizon, we preview the week's friendly action as a number of FIFA World Cup hopefuls lock horns, with Spain-Italy and France-Netherlands the standout games.
In our regular Sunday featurewe look ahead to a week in football birthdays, including four 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa stars in Aaron Mokoena, Bruno Alves, Alvaro Pereira and Nigel de Jong.
Although they did it the hard way, Portugal secured their passage to Brazil 2014 and thanks in no small part to the heroics of Cristiano Ronaldo. It will be the country’s sixth appearance at FIFA’s flagship event.
Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick in a thrilling FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off second leg to see Portugal qualify for Brazil 2014. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice, but Ronaldo's heroics saw his team win 4-2 on aggregate.
Fenerbahce host Arsenal Wednesday in a UEFA Champions League play-off, and coach Ersun Yanal believes his side can take a 'defendable' lead back to London for the second leg of the play-off.
Portuguese international defender Bruno Alves has signed for Turkish giants Fenerbahce from Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg, the Yellow Canaries announced on their website.