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.
Real Madrid and Barcelona both took steps toward reaching the Copa del Rey final as they beat holders Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad respectively.
FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA today announced the 15 midfielders shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2013 as part of the final 55-player shortlist to be revealed on 9 December 2013.
11 teams can secure passage to the UEFA Champions League knockout phase this week, while five former winners of the European competition, including Juventus and Borussia Dortmund face an early exit if they fail to win.
Barcelona cruised past Real Sociedad 4-1 to continue their perfect start to their Spanish La Liga campaign, while Atletico Madrid also maintained their 100 per cent mark with a 2-1 win over Osasuna.
With four matches to go in the European qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014, the 26 fixtures scheduled for Matchday Eight on Friday should go a long way to deciding which teams make the journey to South America next summer.