Everything is in place for a spending spree this January, but some data crunching shows successful spending is elusive.
From Sharapova to the Brownlee brothers, 2016 has given us one step forward to one step back.
The scene of Chile's proudest football triumphs is also a monument to some of its darkest days.
There are 16 contenders for the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award... But who is the best athlete?
Scottish football faces challenging economic conditions, but shows how a focus on fans offers a different way forward.
Red is the colour of life, of danger and of good luck.
Women are still grossly underrepresented as chairpeople, directors or chief executives of international sporting bodies, to the great detriment of those sports.
Brazilian football club Chapecoense were en route to their first Copa Sudamericana final when their plane crashed, killing all but six on board.
Football is becoming an increasingly important weapon in Britain's soft power arsenal.
Jock culture has often stopped people talking about abuse.
English and Scottish football players are set to defy a FIFA ban by marking Armistice Day on the pitch.
Recent data on football's homophobia problem met with both optimism and pessimism. What's really going on?
What do the concepts like 'cheating' and 'performance enhancing' mean to young African footballers?
A single session of football heading can temporarily impair memory. So what does that mean for children with developing brains?
Bending the rules can sometimes benefit a team so why should we discourage it?
Many talented African footballers follow the exodus to Europe's football leagues. But many are stuck in the lower leagues, without the glory and wealth they dream of.
How the much maligned masters of the modern game would benefit from regulation.
Sam Allardyce was tackled over third-party ownership of football players. But what is it and why does it matter?
The beautiful game has never seemed uglier. But it also can bring joy and togetherness, even to the most desperate.
Why is England incapable of producing the same sort of intelligent and inspiring football coaches as its rivals?