When Kin Chai was a boy in 1990s China, his rural school had no football team. Or pitch. Or even a ball. Instead, the children kicked an empty plastic jug around in the street.
The Spanish league title race will go down to the final round, with rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid still in contention.
Manuel Pellegrini's long goodbye at Manchester City is turning sour. At the end of a week in which the team surrendered meekly in the Champions League semifinals, City was held 2-2 by Arsenal in the English Premier League to throw into doubt its return to Europe's elite competition next season.
Michel Platini will quit as the head of European football after a sports tribunal on Monday rejected his final appeal against his ban from football over a suspect US$2 million payment he received from FIFA.
In scenes that would have seemed absurd a year ago, Leicester captain Wes Morgan collected the English Premier League trophy on Saturday after one of the most improbable turnarounds by a sports team.
Japan's Masato Kudo opened his Major League Soccer scoring account on Saturday to help the Vancouver Whitecaps rally for a 2-1 victory over MLS Cup champions Portland in Vancouver.
Kevin Molino scored in the second half to help Orlando City draw 1-1 with the New York Red Bulls in a fiery match Friday that featured eight yellow cards and a red card.
Liverpool's performances in this season's Europa League have illuminated a path for the team's future, manager Jurgen Klopp declared after his side sank Villarreal brilliantly to reach the final.
Daniel Sturridge was involved in all three goals as Liverpool impressively beat Villarreal 3-0 at Anfield on Thursday to set up a Europa League final date with holders Sevilla.
Real Madrid turned another Champions League final into a crosstown derby on Wednesday, beating Manchester City a day after Atletico Madrid had sealed its place in the decider for European soccer's biggest prize.