After FIFA announced plans to hold the 2022 World Cup in November and December, Goal looks at the impact on players, clubs, competitions and continents.
Friday, February 27, 2015
The Toffees will face the Ukrainian outfit in the last 16, having beaten Young Boys 7-2 on aggregate in the last round, with the first leg to be played at Goodison Park.
After a damaging defeat to Malaga last weekend, Barcelona hopes to apply the pressure back on its title rivals when it heads to Granada.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
The UEFA Europa League holders march on after a fine display of ruthless attacking football, with Vitolo scoring twice in a near-faultless display for Unai Emery's men.
A Martin Stranzl own goal followed by a Vitolo double were enough to give the Spanish side the win in the second leg despite goals from Granit Xhaka and Thorgan Hazard.
The Barca star had what was paradoxically his best and worst game of the season, while those complaining about Qatar and Russia should look closer to home.
The Spain international has committed himself to the Catalan club until the summer of 2019.
The Spanish titleholders have confirmed that Guilherme Siqueira has picked up a hamstring strain, while Saul Niguez has suffered a kidney trauma.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Diego Simeone's men were beaten at their own game in Germany and, deprived of several key players, face an uphill battle to make the Champions League's last eight.
The Barcelona striker insisted he did nothing wrong despite television footage initially appearing to show him moving his head towards the hand of Martin Demichelis.
Atletico Madrid's Champions League campaign is far from over despite its first-leg defeat to Bayer Leverkusen, says Diego Simeone.
Bayer Leverkusen matchwinner Hakan Calhanoglu is confident of UEFA Champions League progression after beating Atletico Madrid 1-0.
The home side seized the first-leg initiative with a 1-0 win over Atletico in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League last-16 tie.
A thunderous second-half effort from young midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu was the only thing separating the two sides at the BayArena, with Bernd Leno in good form for the host.
The former Camp Nou forward lavished praise on the Uruguayan after he won the match at Manchester City for Luis Enrique's men.
The Argentine believes the players trusted to replace the likes of Diego Costa and David Villa can take the club to new heights by creating extra competition.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The Barcelona star was the subject of taunts from one Portuguese-speaking home supporter.
The Mexico international bothered some Rayo Vallecano fans with an Instagram post he says had nothing to do with recent criticism of his manager.
Manchester City lined up with Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko up front, but Barcelona dominated in the 2-1 road win.
The Argentine has missed from the spot three times this season but his coach remains confident in him.