Serie A: Struggling Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain backed by former legend Luca Toni to score 30 goals
In the past three and a half years, Higuain has lost in the final of a World Cup, the Champions League and two Copa Americas
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Football body grants a day's extension for play-off tie between New Zealand and Peru
The playoff between New Zealand and the Peru will determine the 32nd and the final qualifier for next year's World Cup in Russia
Premier League: Jose Mourinho admits surprise at Belgium playing Marouane Fellaini in World Cup qualifiers
Jose Mourinho has admitted his surprise that Marouane Fellaini was used by Belgium manager Roberto Martinez in a FIFA World Cup qualifier which ended with the Manchester United midfielder suffering an injury.
FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Kylian Mbappe needs more experience to shine, says France captain Hugo Lloris
Hugo Lloris said that Kylian Mbappe wasn't inhibited at all, but he needs to string some France matches together and was optimistic that the teenage sensation will able to make the difference in big matches
FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Lionel Messi and Argentina face moment of truth in must-win Ecuador tie
If Argentina manage to win the game it would guarantee them finish no worse than fifth place, putting them into a two-legged play-off against New Zealand they would be expected to win.
Thursday's draw with Peru will give Argentina's fans little cause for optimism as the familiar failings in front of goal once again dogged Jorge Sampaoli's side.
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Syria's late penalty in first leg play-offs against Australia keeps Russia hopes alive
Australia were left fuming by Syria's Soma winning a spot-kick in the 85th minute, after the towering forward was nudged mid-air by Mathew Leckie.
The result left England six points clear at the top of Group F above neighbours Scotland, whose 1-0 win over 10-man Slovakia in Glasgow left them in pole position to claim the play-off place.
FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Egypt aim to end 28-year wait in wilderness; Nigeria, Tunisia among African favourites
There are five places reserved for Africa at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and Nigeria, Tunisia, and Egypt could fill three of them this weekend.
FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Syria face Australia in home leg of play-offs with eye on 'dream' Russia berth
A qualifying campaign that has defied civil war and internal splits has brought Syria within sight of a miraculous World Cup berth — if they can overcome Asian champions Australia.
FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Joachim Loew hopes Germany can make up for slump of nation's clubs in next game
Joachim Loew said on Wednesday he hopes Germany can restore national pride in Northern Ireland after an "alarming" series of results for the nation's club sides in Europe.
FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Italy failing to qualify would be catastrophic, says coach Giampiero Ventura
"I'm not thinking about the play-offs, we need to think about the next two matches and then based on who we meet we'll weigh things up," said Ventura.
FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers: France coach Didier Deschamps lauds striker Kylian Mbappe's versatility
Mbappe has mostly operated as a central striker or on the left side of a front three. Deschamps believes he can perform equally well on the right, where he's been positioned for new club PSG
FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Germany's Timo Werner sidelined by injury ahead of Northern Ireland clash
Werner is out with neck and spine problems. he had complained of dizziness in last Wednesday's Champions League game at Besiktas, where the problems first emerged.
Winks, 21, was promoted from the England Under-21 squad for the senior team's final two World Cup qualifiers, at home to Slovenia on Thursday and away to Lithuania on Sunday.
FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers: England ask footballing body to decide Dele Alli’s fate before Slovenia clash
Alli was caught on camera raising a middle finger in the direction of French referee Clement Turpin in England’s qualifier against Slovakia earlier this month.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has voiced confidence that Alexis Sanchez will put his aborted transfer to Manchester City behind him 'very quickly' says he is strong mentally and hopefully he will be back very quickly to his best.
FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers: South Africa-Senegal match to be replayed after referee banned on fixing charges
The November 2016 tie, which will be restaged in November, was won by South Africa 2-1 after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey awarded them a controversial penalty
FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Argentina's draw, Chile's loss puts qualification of both teams in jeopardy
Argentina and Chile's World Cup qualification hopes were left on a knife edge after the South American heavyweights slipped up once again on the road to Russia.
FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifers: Mohamed Salah takes Egypt closer to their first qualification since 1990
African giants Egypt moved closer to a first World Cup appearance since 1990 when they defeated Uganda 1-0 on Tuesday thanks to an early goal from Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah.