Antonio Cassano has a chance of returning to the Italy squad and playing at this summer's World Cup, according to Azzurri coach Cesare Prandelli.
When great World Cup goals of years gone by are discussed, Pierre Njanka's solo effort in 1998 rarely crops up.
The former Cameroon international's strike against Austria in the group stage remains one of the finest scored by a central defender at any World Cup.
French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet claims he turned down an approach from Zinedine Zidane to succeed Laurent Blanc as national coach in 2012.
Argentina midfielder Fernando Gago is doubtful for the World Cup after suffering a left knee injury at the weekend which is expected to sideline him for two months.
If Cameroon are to progress from a group featuring Brazil, Croatia and Mexico, they will need 22 year-old Joel Matip to be at his combative best, says Chris Mendes.
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has allayed fears over the severity of the injury suffered by striker Diego Costa in Sunday's 2-0 derby victory at Getafe, which moved Los Rojiblancos a step closer to the Primera Division title.
The 25-year-old Brazil-born forward suffered a worrying-looking injury after colliding with a post in scoring his side's second goal and left the field on a stretcher, but Atletico moved quickly to play down concerns it could be anything serious.