Albert Camus famously said that everything he knew about morality and obligation he learnt from football. Our politicians could use football to teach an important lesson about morality and obligation, by making sure 2014 is England's last ever World Cup.
With just days to go until the Brazil World Cup begins, we're all wondering whether England will make it past the group stages and bring the cup home this year. If travel habits provide an indication of the England team's chances, the outlook is hugely positive for Roy's boys. Searches for hotels in Rio have rocketed by 528% for the period of the final, suggesting that Brits are betting on a repeat of England's 1966 World Cup win...
We now stand less than two weeks away from the beginning of what is being billed as one of the greatest World Cups of all time. As the pre-tournament excitement builds with every passing day, all talk turns to which side has enough quality, focus - and not to mention a little bit of luck - to lift the famous trophy.
Pochettino favours the high tempo, pressing game and that's something we haven't seen at The Lane for a long time. If he could put out a team week in week out that looks like it's hungry for the ball then I'll be happy.
After QPR sealed their return to the top-flight by narrowly beating Derby in the Championship play-off final, the 20 teams of the Barclays Premier League were confirmed for next season. The three teams coming up are already relegation candidates, but it's highly unlikely that all three will go down...
With the Colombia international expected to return in time for pre-season, Berbatov will have the opportunity to work with his teammate and forge a partnership that could take Ligue 1 by storm. Of course that is not to say the former Bulgaria international won't also offer a goalscoring threat for Monaco.
Most onlookers would agree that Cole still has something to give both at club and international level, and it would make perfect sense if Mourinho had in fact had an issue with the left-back's attitude more than anything else. Cole was dropped just after he attended Arsenal's Christmas party and reportedly reacted badly to his manager's decision.
Whilst the drama and excitement of the 2013/14 Premier League run-in has come to an end, UEFA have wasted no time in enacting an elementary sanction on billionaire Premier League champions Manchester City for breaching the rules of Financial Fair Play.
As long as Andros can string a few sentences together in front of a camera, his recent involvement with the squad means he's surely going to be the most interesting voice when it comes to England, and, for millions, that's really all it comes to.
Giggs is the perfect man to put an arm around the shoulder of an under performing player, but may not be able to dish out the tongue-lashings that Sir Alex Ferguson was famous for. This is where van Gaal comes in.
For newly promoted clubs, surviving in the Premier League is never an easy task. Over the years some clubs have made a seamless transition to the top flight, whilst others have looked out of their depth from the word go.
This may sound a little trivial, but Ryan Giggs looks very much like someone who could succeed at United. From his press conference before the game at Norwich and until he walked off the pitch, the 40-year-old oozed confidence and passion for the role.
Liverpool have enjoyed a monumental winning streak, lasting 11 games. Being able to remain unbeaten for that long is one thing, but winning that many games on the trot really does encapsulate the passion and desire felt by the players, sending out a message to the teams around them.
Detractors (by which I mean concerned friends) have questioned my reasons for what, in their eyes, appears a trivial pursuit, not to mention the money I must be wasting (those 50 pences begin to add up when you're buying 20 packs at a time).
"Going down with pride" was the fans riposte, emblazoned on t-shirts. Continuing down into the fourth tier of English football for the first time since 1978, the club even skirted close to extinction. Yet finally, it seems a ray of hope has sprung from the club and it's all thanks to the Pompey Supporters Trust.
While Holtby isn't quite the finished package, he's clearly improving with playing time. His utilisation by Magath is allowing him to display his qualities to the watching world and undoubtedly has Spurs fans rubbing their hands with excitement for his return to White Hart Lane once the season reaches its climax.