Qatar is prepared to stage the 2022 World Cup in the summer or in the winter and will abide by whatever decision world governing body FIFA takes on the matter according to a senior official in Doha.
Bayern Munich's France midfielder Franck Ribery has said he is "keeping his fingers crossed" having been named amongst the three finalists for the Ballon d'Or.
Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini admitted keeping his stars fresh for Saturday's Premier League visit from leaders Arsenal had been a factor in their stunning 3-2 win at Bayern Munich.
Borussia Dortmund can keep alive their bid to return to the Champions League final for the second straight season with victory over Marseille at the Velodrome on Wednesday.
Former champions AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund go into their final group matches needing a result in their respective games to ensure they continue their campaign for the trophy in the New Year.
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