Southampton fans can be forgiven for feeling pessimistic about the start of the season - not that rival fans have much sympathy.
Frank Lampard's transfer to New York is being met with hostility after the resurfacing of reports that he "mocked" US tourists after 9/11.
Germany's Mesut Ozil has paid for the surgeries of 23 children as a "thank you" to Brazil for its hospitality during the World Cup.
The Premier League has announced it has decided to introduce “Vanishing Spray” for use in all matches in the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season.
– Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore
At the Premier League we are open to developments that enhance the competition and it was clear from watching the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil that Vanishing Spray benefited referees, players, and all of those who watched the matches. Having witnessed that, and following consultation with our clubs and the PGMOL, we have decided to introduce it in the Barclays Premier League and look forward to having it in place for the 2014/15 season.
The Premier League has confirmed the vanishing spray that was dubbed the 'shaving foam' spray during this summer's World Cup will be used from the start of the football season.
As at the 2014 World Cup, vanishing spray will be used by referees to mark distances for free-kicks and their walls #SprayforBPL
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has joined New York City FC, the Major League Soccer franchise have announced.
The 36-year-old left Chelsea at the end of last season after 13 seasons and as the clubs record goal scorer with 211 goals.
Frank: "I will fight to make #NYCFC a club that New Yorkers will be proud of."
New York City are co-owned by Manchester City and Major League Baseball's New York Yankees.
Lampard start with New York in February 2015, when the MLS season gets underway.
Shakhtar Donetsk will shift their headquarters to Kiev and play their Champions League and domestic games in the western city of Lviv to escape from the Ukraine's conflict-ridden east, CEO Sergei Palkin confirmed.
The Ukraine champions were forced to move from Donetsk, which has become a stronghold of pro-Russian separatists who are fighting army forces controlled by the government.
Offered a choice of four venues by European soccer governing body UEFA, Shakhtar chose to play their games at Lviv Arena, a stadium that hosted matches during the European championship in 2012.
Shakhtar opened the new season with a 2-0 win at rivals Dynamo Kiev in the Super Cup game in Lviv on Tuesday.
A Spanish second division team has unveiled a remarkable new tuxedo-style football strip.
Cultural Leonesa usually play in all-white at home, but launched their smart new "limited edition" jersey in an "eagerness to innovate" and an attempt to "generate resources for the club."
Colombian striker James Rodriguez's stunning volley against Uruguay has been voted the best goal of the World Cup, Fifa has announced.
The Monaco midfielder, who is rumoured to be on the verge of a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, also won the Golden Boot after netting five times at the tournament in Brazil.
He beat off competition from the Netherlands' Robin van Persie, whose impressive header against Spain was voted the second best goal.
One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson will not be taking over Doncaster Rovers, ITV News has learned.
Last month it was reported that the 22-year-old had completed a takeover deal of the League One club with his business partner cosmetic surgery magnate John Ryan.
But Ryan told ITV News that the "takeover was off" and that the duo had not passed the Football League's "fit and proper person's test".
Fans were asked to pledge money to the club in exchange for membership, branded clothes and collectors' items, with an aim to bump funds to £2million, but less than half the money was raised.
However, Ryan said the takeover was "not dependent on the crowdfunding project", adding that he was now "finished with football."
Fans who pledged cash will not lose any money, according to the football club's website.