The football world cup offers a useful chance to consider the apparent division between North and sub-Saharan Africa.
The Russian leader seems to understand the ability of sport to foment feelings of national pride and enhance his popularity at home.
Interest in the sport is starting to wane as the Socceroos have struggled internationally and the A-League has failed to evolve.
Australia has won the soccer World Cup three times, in simulation games only. So what are the challenges to predicting the winner?
It's easy to get caught up in World Cup fever. But if watching the beautiful game inspires you to get out and play, injury prevention is vital.
Made up almost entirely of West Germans, the roster of Germany's national soccer team reflects divisions that remain almost 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Can we trust expert football predictions? Perhaps, but it's variable.
Sports fans are of two types: purists and partisans. The attitudes of both can affect the game. An expert explains which one you are and what that means.
FIFA has never been free of political interference and controversies since its inception in 1904.
Scandal-plagued FIFA says it's committed to reform. Changing the way World Cup hosts are selected would be a start.
When Senegal face Poland in their first World Cup match in Russia, the whole nation will be roaring them on to victory.
Video Assistant Referees at the World Cup finals in Russia might help African teams to do better than they have done so far.
The Chinese president dreams of World Cup glory. His best first step is to win the right to stage the finals.
Political ethics and sports don't match well. The recent deal between Rwanda and Arsenal is potentially a case in point.
Beitar Jerusalem has always attracted the outsiders, the oppressed and the victimized – Israel's 'forgotten Jews.'
What should have been a great year for Australian soccer has been let down by underwhelming fan interest and a distracting dispute between Football Federation Australia and A-League clubs.
Drinking coffee before exercising could make you run faster and lift heavier - if you've the right genes.
The Brisbane Roar’s woes are the least of the Bakrie Group’s concerns, writes Nasya Bahfen.
The combination of changing your manager early enough and forking out on transfers could be the difference between relegation and Premier League survival.
He's used to ruling on the soccer field, but how will George Weah tackle the job of Liberian president?