UEFA will not change its rules to allow the six suspended Chelsea and Bayern Munich players to play in the Champions League final despite appeals for clemency from international players' union FIFPro.
Barcelona midfielder Xavi believes the Camp Nou atmosphere will play a key role in inspiring the Catalans to come from behind to beat Chelsea in their Champions League semi-final second leg on Tuesday.
Barcelona defender Dani Alves has turned up the heat ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final with Chelsea, claiming the Premier League side play with fear and lack courage.
Arjen Robben believes Bayern Munich will have to play "the perfect game" to overcome Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night.
Pep Guardiola is wary of the attacking threat of Zlatan Ibrahimovic when Barcelona play out their Champions League quarter-final second leg at Camp Nou on Tuesday night.
Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan is open to another return to Everton in the future as he prepares to play the final game of his loan spell.
Paris Saint Germain transfer target Thiago Motta could make his final appearance for Inter Milan on Wednesday night before swapping the San Siro for the Parc des Princes.
Manchester City's wantaway striker Carlos Tevez says that he is fed up of travelling and that he will not be returning to England because he wants to play for Boca Juniors in January.
David Beckham confirmed he will play on next season, but refused to be drawn speculation linking him with a move away from the MLS.
Guus Hiddink has confirmed that he does not expect to continue as Turkey coach after failing to guide the country to next summer's European Championship finals.
The Republic of Ireland are hoping to line up a friendly against England if they cement their place in the Euro 2012 finals.
The draw will take place at around 12.15pm BST on Saturday, August 27.
Nigeria have failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations for the first time since 1986 after a last-minute goal from Guinea saw them draw their final qualifier 2-2.
Alan Shearer has issued a statement confirming that talks with Cardiff regarding the manager's position were "unsuccessful".
Ledley King is hoping to play in Tottenham's final game of the season after revealing that he suffered no recurrence of his long-standing groin injury during his comeback against Liverpool last week.
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has been cleared to play in Champions League final after UEFA dismissed racism charges levelled against him by Real Madrid.