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 burglars who raided Ian Wright's north London home held a knife to his wife Nancy's throat and threatened to cut off her fingers, the former England international has said.
"They threatened to cut her fingers off and even threatened to do the same to the children, who were both upstairs and in their bedrooms," the ITV Sport analyst told The Sun.
He expressed relief that his two children did not witness he ordeal, saying: "Throughout it, Nancy was praying the children wouldn't wake up or come downstairs to see what was going on."
"It would have been devastating for them to see what was happening - we're both so relieved that didn't happen."
ITV football analyst Ian Wright has revealed that his MBE was among a number of his possessions stolen by masker burglars when they raided his London home on Wednesday evening.
Four men barged into Wright's home before holding his wife at knife-point and forcing her to open a safe.
As well as his MBE, awarded in 2000 for services to football, the robbers took several valuable watches, including one given to him by Arsenal in 1998 when the club won the league and FA Cup double.
Wright was working as a World Cup analyst in Brazil but flew back to the UK as soon as he learned of the incident.
Ian Wright said his family are "safe" as he arrived home from Brazil, adding: "All I want to say, really, is that my missus, my girls, everyone's safe. The police are trying to get on doing what they are doing. She's feeling good that I am back."
Ian Wright is "trying to get the message out" to people working at the World Cup in Brazil to make sure they do not become targets for burglaries, his spokeswoman has said.
Wright has flown home from covering the tournament after his north-west London home was raided on Wednesday night, with his wife and children reportedly held at knifepoint.
"Hopefully, with enough media coverage, this won't happen to any other players or people who are over in the World Cup. Ian is trying to get the message out," the spokeswoman said.
Ian Wright is "really upset and angry" after his family home was burgled, with his wife and two children reportedly being held at knife point.
Police have said they are investigating a case of aggravated burglary at the ITV football analyst's home in north-west London, with four men suspected of carrying out the raid.
A spokeswoman for Wright, who is flying home from covering the World Cup in Brazil, said his wife Nancy was "really shaken up" but that she and her children were "physically OK".
She added: "Ian is currently on a flight home from Brazil now and he lands at lunchtime. He is going straight home to see his family.
"Ian is just really upset and angry and just wants to come back and be with his family at this time."
Police are investigating an aggravated burglary at what is believed to be the home of ITV football analyst Ian Wright.
Wright's north-west London house was reportedly burgled last night, with his wife and two children held at knifepoint during the raid.
A Scotland Yard statement said: "We are investigating an aggravated burglary at an address in north-west London after we were called at 9.20 last night.
"Personal possessions were stolen. The suspects are described as four black men aged between 18 and 25, with London accents, wearing dark clothing and hoodies obscuring their faces."
Football analyst Ian Wright last night tweeted "You won't get away with it!" in what may have been a message to the men who reportedly burgled his home while holding his family at knifepoint.
You won't get away with it!
The Sun reports that Wright's manager Steve Kutner said: “It was a terrifying ordeal. They marched Ian’s wife from room to room."
He also thanked ITV for returning him home from Brazil immediately after he learnt of the incident.
Former England international and ITV football analyst Ian Wright has apparently flown home from the World Cup in Brazil with reports suggesting his wife and children were burgled at knifepoint in London.
Far Eastern businessmen Chann Sankaran and Krishna Ganeshan have been found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of involvement in a football match-fixing plot.
Jurors cleared footballer Hakeem Adelakun of the same charge.
England have drawn 0-0 with Honduras in Miami in their final friendly before the World Cup.
The match, which was delayed by an electrical storm, brings an end to England's training in the US with the squad set to fly to Brazil today.
Roy Hodgson's side will play Italy in Manaus on Saturday in their first World Cup game.