With none of their Premier League title rivals in action this weekend, in-form leaders Chelsea can extend their lead at the summit when they tackle Tottenham Hotspur on the back a 13-match unbeaten run in the league.
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.
FIFA.com looks at some footballers who have studied alongside their playing career, with those who have excelled in both football and academia including Socrates, Juan Mata, Manuel Pellegrini and Emilio Butragueno.
Wayne Rooney has signed a new contract with Manchester United that will keep the England forward at Old Trafford through to 2018/19 English Premier League season.
League leaders Chelsea will seek to maintain their grip on top spot when they host Everton, while second-placed Arsenal will need to put their disappointing midweek UEFA Champions League form behind them against Sunderland.
Manchester United new addition Juan Mata believes that the best players in the world will still come to the Old Trafford club despite a tough season so far.