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 reviews this week’s AFC Champions League quarter-final action with all four ties remaining in the balance after a tense matchday. [read] rounds up the action from a dramatic and goal-laden day of semi-final action at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, one which culminated in joy for Germany and Nigeria. [read]

Four uncapped players were called up to join Australia talisman Tim Cahill in the Socceroos squad to face Belgium and Saudi Arabia next month. [read]

Despite being outplayed in a 2-0 opening defeat by China PR, Mexico bounced back by hitting Namibia for nine and recording the biggest win ever seen in the girls' tournament at that time. [read]

Germany have set up a FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup final against Nigeria after eking out a 2-1 win over an excellent France side in Montreal. [read]

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola faces a selection headache with up to half a dozen key players missing for the defending champions' season opener against Wolfsburg on Friday. [read]

Ligue 1 heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain are dealing with a significant injury toll ahead of their trip to struggling Evian on Friday. [read]

Inter Milan comfortably won the first leg of their UEFA Europa League play-off in Iceland against Stjarnan, while Dnipro edged Hajduk Split. [read]

Nigeria have beaten Korea DPR 6-2 in the teams' Moncton semi-final, with Asisat Oshoala the four-goal heroine as the Super Falconets qualified to face Germany or France. [read]