Table-topping Juventus head to Doha for the Italian Super Cup without a care in the world.
Hoffenheim remain unbeaten and that has not gone unnoticed by Bayern Munich who are eyeing up a swoop for their rivals' talent.
Tim Vickery wonders if the automatic Club World Cup semi-final spot allocated to South American clubs is still justified.
Investigation into Niersbach may throw light on to role played by former Concacaf president Jack Warner.
Leading European clubs have voiced their opposition to Gianni Infantino's proposed 48-team World Cup.
There is, as Brian Glanville points out, an an irony to five former FA leaders providing advice about possible reforms of football's governing body.
Russia did not deserve the 2018 World Cup, says Brian Glanville, but nor did any of the other host nations in recent years.
Gonzalo Higuain showed once again that when it comes to put the ball into the back of the net, there are few better than him.
Marco Reus has been unlucky with injuries but when fit, as he has shown in recent weeks, he is virtually indispensable to Borussia Dortmund.
Tim Vickery looks at the chances of Colombian side Atletico Nacional as they launch their Club World Cup campaign.