With the international break now over, attention in England turns to domestic matters where for half of the Premier League clubs means focussing on one thing: avoiding relegation. FIFA.com breaks down the battle to avoid the drop....
A late goal from Sunday Mba gave Nigeria a 2-1 win over Côte d'Ivoire in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final, seeing the tournament favourites eliminated.
Demba Ba grabbed a brace against 10-man Wigan to end Newcastle's wait for a Premier League victory.
Cheik Tiote and Didier Drogba have weighed in on Côte d'Ivoire’s hopes of becoming African champions, while Goran Stevanovic believes his Ghana side and not the Ivorians should be the title favourites.
Alan Pardew has made it known that anyone intending on prying Cheik Tiote away from Newcastle United will have a difficult task, following the Ivorian international being linked with the Premier League's big sides.
Combative midfielder Cheick Tiote, who has impressed in his first season in English football, has committed himself to Newcastle United until 2017, much to the delight of manager Alan Pardew.