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.

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.