Football Champions

So France lost 1-0 to China today. Which sounds bad. And is bad. But take a look at the goal from Deng Zhuoxiang that won it:

Either Deng is better than Pirlo/Juninho/Beckham combined, or every bad thing we’ve heard about the adidas Jabulani World Cup ball is true.

FIFA News

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he is contemplating bringing veteran striker Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge. [read]

After negotiations with the Costa Rican Football Federation broke down, Jorge Luis Pinto, who guided Los Ticos to a quarter-final at Brazil 2014 has stepped down as coach on Thursday. [read]

Monterrey have confirmed Argentinian international defender Jose Maria Basanta is heading to Italian Serie A side Fiorentina on Thursday, after the club agreed to pay the player's $3.5m buy-out c [read]

Andy Carroll tweeted out he is to undergo surgery to repair an ankle injury and will miss the start of the English Premier League campaign, leaving West Ham United's pre-season plans in peril. [read]

Following a six-week break for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the CAF Champions League group stage resumes with all eight teams fighting for a spot in the semi-finals. [read]

Eden Ben Basat has joined Israeli champions Maccabi Tel-Aviv after spending three years with France Ligue 1 side Toulouse. [read]

Major League Soccer's New York City FC have announced the signing of English international Frank Lampard on a two-year deal on Thursday, marking the new club's second big signing after David [read]

Referees in France's Ligue 1, Ligue 2, national championship and women's first division will use vanishing spray to fix distances for free-kicks and their walls after the new practice was me [read]

Lucas Piazon has been loaned out to Eintracht Frankfurt for the 2014/15 German Bundesliga season from Chelsea after spending last season on loan to Vitesse Arnhem. [read]