Some club owners want UEFA to do more with the Champions League in order to drive up money. Look at the NFL, they say. But it's a bad comparison.
Cristiano Ronaldo is mired in a scoring slump. Is this a blip on the radar for the legend, or evidence of a permanent trend?
Roger Schmidt is an undeniable asset as manager but Bayer Leverkusen's dismal form and Schmidt's stubbornness are causing problems.
Barcelona have been dealt more bad news in defence with the confirmation that Jeremy Mathieu suffered a calf injury in Tuesday's 1-0 Catalan Super Cup
The former United manager -- who was born in Govan, Glasgow -- admitted that the club should not have tempted fate by checking out hotels beforehand.
ESPN FC's club and national correspondents run down the players who may consider themselves unfortunate not to be in the running.