Guangzhou Evergrande players Zheng Zhi, Muriqui and Dario Conca have all been nominated for awards at the AFC player of the year gala.
On-loan Inter Milan goalkeeper Francesco Bardi and Japanese defender Yuto Nagatomo provided the goals in Inter Milan's 2-0 win over promoted Livorno to reinforce fourth place in Italy's Serie A.
In our weekly round-up of forthcoming birthdays, we take a look at the respective careers of Der Kaiser, an African FIFA World Cup legend and a couple of midfield maestros, who will all be celebrating this week.
Rafael Benitez and Walter Mazzarri enjoyed their first league games at the helm of their new sides as Napoli thumped Bologna 3-0 in Serie A after Inter Milan had seen off Genoa 2-0.
In its matchday preview, FIFA.com highlights the battle between Mario Balotelli and Yuto Nagatomo, recalls Mexico’s win over Brazil at the 2005 tournament and hears from Zinha about the sides’ forthcoming clash.
Early goals in each half from Neymar and Paulinho saw Brazil begin their FIFA Confederations Cup campaign with a win against Japan, with Jo completing the victory late on.