He took over the Spanish team after it won Euro 2008 - and with just eight losses in 84 games as the national coach - Vicente del Bosque is seeking an unprecedented achievement of winning back-to-back World Cups, together with back-to-back Euro championships.
For the first time since 2002, Manchester United conceded two consecutive home defeats and are currently languishing in the 9th spot of the points table.
Several thousand derogatory remarks were left on Messi's Facebook page, many in Persian, trashing the 26-year-old superstar, winner of four FIFA Ballons d'Or -- the world player of the year.
Roy Hodgson's England were pitted against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D, which the English press have labeled the "Group of Death".
After months of uncertainty, India won the right to host its first-ever FIFA tournament. But can India prepare a team to look the big boys in the eye?
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is being compared with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and hailed as arguably the greatest striker in Liverpool's history after a scintillating four-goal display against Norwich in the Premier League.
The trend of foreign investors is most striking in England's Premier League, where the environment is more welcoming, with many clubs listed on the stock exchange.
Alex Ferguson may have stepped down as manager after 26-and-a-half long, glorious years and United may have fallen off the pace under his successor David Moyes, but the ageless Giggs bounds on regardless.
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For Messi, who has played nearly every game over the past five seasons, too many games may be taking their toll.
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