The image of Brazilian soccer in the lead up to the 2014 World Cup took a hit Wednesday when the final of the Copa Sudamericana was abandoned after visiting club Tigre accused security officials of pulling guns and beating its players.
Hey, referee! That was a goal! Or it was very, very close.
Gunfire crackled during the game, with players and referees running for cover.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are soccer's biggest moneymakers for the third straight year and look set to top their rivals for the foreseeable future.
With a star-studded squad that captured the European title in dominating fashion, Barcelona star Lionel Messi thinks his team has a duty to win the 2011 Club World Cup.
Lionel Messi and Neymar will take part in a new anti-doping program to try a biological passport in soccer.
Wembley's twin towers are long gone but the memories of European glory remain for Manchester United and Barcelona, who return to the scene of their first continental triumphs.
Wind or rain, cold or snow, they'll be ready.