Brazil dispatched South Africa 5-0 in their final warm-up before coach Luiz Felipe Scolari announces the squad for the mega event. Barcelona striker Neymar claimed his second career hat-trick for the Selecao.
As host of the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, India gets an automatic spot in the tournament.
Top-flight football academies in Pakistan are of low standard - hardly a deterrent for Mohammad Adil, 21, who has now traded his sugar-selling profession on the streets for a stint with Kyrgyzstan champions FC Dordoi.
Smaller clubs make football come alive in FA Cup as the giants choose to give their star performers some rest. It makes for a sensational contest at times.
Ronaldo and Messi walked in to the Ballon d'Or awards with their stunning partners.
Cristiano Ronaldo left behind several other stars but the player closest to him in quality - Luis Suarez - did not even make it to the final ballot.
Robbie Fowler represented Liverpool from 1993-2001 and 2006-07. He scored 183 goals for the Reds out of which 162 were in the English Premier League. The striker also won 26 caps for England and found the back of the net 7 times.
Lionel Messi is set to return to action for Barcelona after a lengthy injury absence.
The top scorer in the 1966 World Cup and considered one of the best footballers of all time, Eusebio da Silva Ferreira died of cardio-pulmonary arrest early on Sunday.
Even at 34 the young rebel's instinct to shock has not faded and he did not disappoint on Saturday in his first appearance since October in the Premier League game for his club West Brom with West Ham.
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