By Andrew Warshaw May 20 - Michael van Praag and Luis Figo are reportedly set to withdraw from the FIFA presidential race, leaving Asia's outgoing FIFA vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan to go head-to-head with Sepp Blatter next week.
By Andrew Warshaw May 20 - Sepp Blatter remains optimistic, after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that he can find a solution to the Palestinian bid to ban Israel from world football that threatens to overshadow his re-election bid at next week's FIFA Congress in Zurich.
May 20 - Italy's women's cup final has been cancelled as a result of the alleged description of female players as a "bunch of lesbians" by the president of the Italian Amateur Football Association (LND), Felice Belloli (pictured).
Talk of West Ham turning to Rafa Benitez in place of Sam Allardyce raises the question: what about British managers? If even a club like West Ham thinks foreign what hope is there for Britons who dream of managing the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal or Manchester City? And that this is a question being asked in a season where British managers have made quite a mark shows the problem for the native born.
By Mark Baber May 20 - Under a year since Emirates became the official airline of Sport Lisboa e Benfica, a three-year shirt sponsorship deal has been agreed between the two parties, whereby Fly Emirates will be displayed on the team jersey until the end of the 2017/18 season.
By Jaroslaw Adamowski May 20 - Elisabeta Lipa, the chief executive of Dinamo Bucharest, has unveiled plans to demolish its Stefan cel Mare stadium and build a new sports facility with a total capacity of 30,000.
May 20 – Italy are making TV production history with the first broadcast of a football match in the new 4K Ultra-HD format. The Juventus versus Lazio TIM Cup Final at Rome's Stadio Olimpico tonight, will be the first to offer broadcasters a live feed in the fledgling TV format.
By Andrew Warshaw May 19 - With a raft of clubs struggling to comply, UEFA have agreed to relax the rules on financial fair play that were introduced in 2011 to curb overspending, but which have led to the widely anticipated threat of legal challenges.
By Mark Baber May 19 - A row has broken out in Nigeria over what is being termed the "slave contract" between Nike and the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) over the sponsorship of national team shirts. The argument sees the NFF marketing department pitted against the Pinnick-led hierarchy, with neither party keen to discuss a major underlying issue - sports brands' reluctance to sponsor a federation in which homophobia poses significant reputational risks.
When Newcastle last won the English top-division title, they really did do it in black and white. It was 88 years ago. It is 60 years now since Newcastle last won the FA Cup and 16 since they lost the second of two consecutive finals. In short, theirs is not a tradition of trophy-laden triumph.