Brazil players told not to wear hats, earrings

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Brazil players are being told not to wear hats, earrings or flip-flops while serving the national football team under the command of coach Dunga.

Trinidad and Tobago a win away from World Cup

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The Trinidad and Tobago women's team arrived in the United States two weeks ago without enough money for lunch. Now they're a win away from going to the Women's World Cup.

Lawmakers seek to end benefits to former Nazis

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Legislation to stop suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving U.S. Social Security benefits will be introduced soon, the latest response to an Associated Press investigation that revealed millions of dollars have been paid to former Nazis who were forced out of the United States.

Moratti resigns as honorary president of Inter

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Massimo Moratti has ended an era of nearly 20 years at the helm of Inter Milan by resigning as honorary president of the Serie A club.

GK Valdes reunited with Van Gaal at Man United

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will complete his rehabilitation from a knee injury at Manchester United and will then start training with the first team.

Controversy never far from shirt-swapper Balotelli

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Even when Mario Balotelli isn't scoring goals — and that's too often at the moment — the striker can't stay out of the spotlight.

Thiago Silva and Lucas back in Brazil squad

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Paris Saint-Germain players Thiago Silva and Lucas are back in Brazil's squad for friendlies against Turkey and Austria next month.

Trouble flares up in Lille ahead of Everton match

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

French riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse large groups of Everton fans gathered on Lille's main square on Thursday afternoon, hours before a Europa League match.

How a small club like Freiburg makes ends meet

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Financially disadvantaged, Freiburg deploys an array of coping strategies to stay in Germany's top division. Here, at a glance, is how one of the Bundesliga's most modest clubs makes ends meet:

Would football be richer without small clubs?

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

From a corner office of Freiburg's homely stadium, club chairman Fritz Keller gazes over one of the loveliest views in football. Autumn's reds, browns and golds streak the surrounding Black Forest. Buzzards wheel in the air above.