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.
England have slipped 10 places to 20th in Fifa's world rankings after a disastrous World Cup campaign.
Roy Hodgson's side managed only one point from their three group games in Brazil.
World champions Germany rise one place to the top of the rankings while Netherlands move up 12 places to third.
Spain fall from top spot to eighth and hosts Brazil fall four places to seventh.
French World Cup footballer Loic Remy has been banned from driving and fined after admitting to being over the drink-drive limit.
The 27-year-old QPR striker, who was on loan at Newcastle last season, was stopped by police in March, with a test showing he had 56mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - 20mg over the limit.
A judge at Newcastle Magistrates' Court banned Remy for 14 months and fined him £3,750 plus £200 costs and a victim impact surcharge of £120.
A clutch of Germany's World Cup stars - including Arsenal's Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mezut Ozil - danced on stage to the cheers of thousands of fans in Berlin this afternoon.
The celebrations marked Germany's fourth World Cup victory - the first since the re-unification of Germany in the early 1990s.
Germany's World Cup stars are currently on parade through the capital Berlin after returning home with the Jules Rimet trophy.
Arsenal's Lukas Podolski is pictured with the trophy alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger on the bus.
Masses of fans have lined the streets to welcome the side - who beat France, Brazil and Argentina on their way to victory.
The German national team has tweeted a picture of head coach Joachim Loew with the pilots of the team's flight back to Germany - who are given a "golden opportunity" to hold the World Cup trophy.
Germany's Mezut Ozil has tweeted a picture of himself and his teammates following their return to the country as World Cup winners.
Germany's victorious football team have returned to the country following their World Cup win.
Fans have amassed in their thousands to greet the nation's football team as they return to Berlin with the World Cup trophy.
The victory is the nation's first since the reunification of East and West Germany in the early 1990s.
Scotland will host England in a friendly at Celtic Park in Glasgow on November 18, both countries' football associations have confirmed.
Liverpool and Barcelona have agreed a fee for the sale of Luis Suarez to the Catalan club, the Premier League side have announced.