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.

Juventus and Roma seeking confidence boosts

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

After chastening losses in the Champions League, Juventus and Roma seek morale boosts at the expense of Palermo and Sampdoria in the Serie A this weekend.

PSG looks to keep up with league leader Marseille

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

While second-place Paris Saint-Germain remains unbeaten, it has yet to play with the same consistency as last season, and goals are proving hard to come by in the absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

High-flying Bayern goes to 'Gladbach in Bundesliga

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Bayern Munich didn't need to rout Roma 7-1 and chat with the Pope this week to convince its Bundesliga rivals that it's otherworldly.

Ronaldo ready to upstage Barcelona's Messi

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Not one to be easily upstaged, Cristiano Ronaldo appears eager to spoil what could be a record-breaking day for Lionel Messi in the first clasico of the season.

UEFA taking action against BATE over fans' racism

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

UEFA has opened a racism case against Belarusian club BATE Borisov after Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano reported being racially abused in their Champions League match on Tuesday.

Maestro of clasicos, Messi leads Barca at Madrid

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Accustomed to thriving against his fierce rival, Lionel Messi will again lead Barcelona at Real Madrid as he aims for another scoring record. The big question is whether Luis Suarez will join him or watch from the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium bench.

Belgium breaks into top 4 of FIFA rankings

|Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Belgium has moved into the top four of the FIFA monthly rankings for the first time and former World Cup winner Spain has dropped to 10th following a loss to Slovakia in a European Championship qualifier.

Messi aims for record vs. Ronaldo in clasico

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Saturday's game between Real Madrid and Barcelona will last 90 minutes like any other, but this clash between the Spanish giants promises to be a classic among clasicos.

Next Women's World Cup a big chance for US soccer

| |Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

The chants of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" can rev up again next summer.