Beckenbauer Troubles and Cruyff Cancer in the Biggest News of the Week

  • Soccer Legends in Trouble
    1/14 From the FIFA investigation to Franz Beckenbauer to the devastating news about Johan Cruyff’s health, the world soccer legends had a difficult week.
  • Johan Cruyff diagnosed with lung cancer
    2/14 Johan Cruyff diagnosed with lung cancer: Dutch football icon Johan Cruyff has been diagnosed with lung cancer, a Barcelona spokesman has confirmed to Goal. Reports emerged in Spain that the 68-year-old, who won three consecutive European Cups with Ajax before playing and managing Barca, had fallen ill, though no further details have emerged so far. Cruyff underwent a double heart bypass in 1991 while in charge at Camp Nou.
  • 'Anims Johan!' - Barcelona players support Cruyff with t-shirts
    3/14 'Anims Johan!' - Barcelona players support Cruyff with t-shirts: Barcelona players wore orange t-shirts in support of club legend Johan Cruyff, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer. The 68-year-old, who won three consecutive European Cups with Ajax before playing and managing Barca was also recognised but fans who stood and applauded during the 14th minute of win over Eibar, the former playmaker's shirt number throughout the majority of his playing career.
  • FIFA investigates Beckenbauer and Villar
    4/14 FIFA investigates Beckenbauer and Villar: FIFA has confirmed cases against Franz Beckenbauer and Angel Maria Villar are being examined by the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee. Beckenbauer, a former World Cup winner as player and coach with West Germany, was on the committee that chose the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, which were controversially awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively. Villar has been a vice-president on FIFA's committee since 1998. He is the most senior UEFA official not currently suspended, with president Michel Platini provisionally banned after receiving a payment of two million Swiss Francs from FIFA president Sepp Blatter in 2011.
  • FIFA announces Ballon d'Or shortlist
    5/14 FIFA announces Ballon d'Or shortlist: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are among the 23-man shortlist for the 2015 Ballon d'Or: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City/Argentina); Gareth Bale (Real Madrid/Wales); Karim Benzema (Real Madrid/France); Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City/Belgium); Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Belgium); Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain/Sweden); Andres Iniesta (Barcelona/Spain); Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/Germany); Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Poland); Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/Argentina). Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina); Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich/Germany); Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich/Germany); Neymar (Barcelona/Brazil); Paul Pogba (Juventus/France); Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona/Croatia); Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich/Netherlands); James Rodriguez (Real Madrid/Colombia); Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal); Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal/Chile); Luis Suarez (Barcelona/Uruguay); Yaya Toure (Manchester City/Ivory Coast); Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich/Chile).
  • United States will host Copa America Centenario
    6/14 United States will host Copa America Centenario: The 2016 Copa America Centenario will take place in the United States after all, CONCACAF, U.S. Soccer and CONMEBOL announced in a joint statement. “We are extremely happy for our fans, our teams and our partners, that we were able to find a way to host the Copa America Centenario celebration in the United States under an entirely new structure for managing the tournament’s operations and finances,” the statement read.
  • PSG 0-0 Real Madrid
    7/14 PSG 0-0 Real Madrid: Ronaldo & Zlatan off target as heavyweight clash ends in stalemate: Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid cancelled each other out at Parc des Princes to ensure top spot in Champions League Group A remains very much up for grabs. Despite the presence of stellar names such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo, neither PSG or Madrid were able to break the deadlock as the evenly-matched sides traded punches without ever really threatening to land a knockout blow.
  • BATE 0-2 Barcelona
    8/14 BATE 0-2 Barcelona: Classy Rakitic moves Catalans clear at the top: A brilliantly-taken double from Ivan Rakitic finally broke down BATE's resolve in the second half, as Barcelona prevailed 2-0 in Belarus. The midfielder came off the bench early on for Sergi Roberto and was the key to a solid Champions League win, striking twice after the break. Barcelona dominated throughout the 90 minutes but lacked the poise in front of goal to break through early, while BATE formed a formidable obstacle with some stout defending before Rakitic found a way through.
  • Barcelona 3-1 Eibar
    9/14 Barcelona 3-1 Eibar: Suarez hat-trick keeps heat on Madrid: Luis Suarez marked the one-year anniversary of his Barcelona debut with a hat-trick as the Spanish champions fought back from a goal down to see off Eibar 3-1 at the Camp Nou. Borja Baston opened the score for Eibar after 10 minutes. Suarez hauled Barca level before the break - capping a team move involving Sergio Busquets and Sandro Ramirez - before Neymar teed up a second three minutes into the second half. The Uruguayan then completed his treble five minutes from time.
  • Bayer Leverkusen 4-4 Roma
    10/14 Bayer Leverkusen 4-4 Roma: Stunning late comeback earns a hosts a point: Bayer Leverkusen scored twice in the last 10 minutes to grab a point after initially squandering a two-goal lead in a thrilling 4-4 draw with Roma in Champions League action. Goals from Kevin Kampl and Admir Mehmedi saw the hosts rally in the closing stages at BayArena, denying Roma their first away win in the competition since November 2010. The Italians had led 4-2, with goals from Miralem Pjanic and Iago Falque putting them two clear after Daniele De Rossi's brace had cancelled out Javier Hernandez's early double for Leverkusen.
  • Fiorentina 1-2 Roma
    11/14 Fiorentina 1-2 Roma: Salah down former club to send Giallorossi top: Mohamed Salah netted for Roma against his former club Fiorentina as they moved top of Serie A with a 2-1 win. The Egyptian turned up with the opener against his old team in the sixth minute with a curling left-footed strike. Gervinho later doubled the capital outfit's lead from a perfectly-executed counter-attack right after the half-hour mark. Khouma Babacar halved the deficit in the last minutes.
  • Lewis Hamilton won the US Grand Prix and ended as Formula One champion
    12/14 Lewis Hamilton won the US Grand Prix and ended as Formula One champion: With three races of the season remaining, Lewis Hamilton's victory in the United States Grand Prix mathematically sealed his third F1 World Championship. The British driver reached the chequered flag ahead of Nico Rosberg to take his tenth win of 2015. Sebastian Vettel finished behind the Mercedes pair in third. Following on from this latest victory, Hamilton is sitting on 327 points in the rankings, ahead of Vettel on 251 and Rosberg who is on 247, with 75 points left to play for.
  • Forbes reveals list of Top 10 most valuable sports brands
    13/14 Forbes reveals list of Top 10 most valuable sports brands: Tiger Woods leads Forbes' list of most valuable sports brands. The publication released its yearly list, with Woods' "brand" being valued at $30 million for 2015. Woods is followed in the Top 3 by Phil Mickelson (US $ 28m) and LeBron James (US $ 27m). Cristiano Ronaldo (US $ 16m), the only soccer player in the top 10, ranked number eight.
  • Oscar Pistorius leaves prison
    14/14 Oscar Pistorius leaves prison: Finally, Oscar Pistorius, who was sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, has left Pretoria's Kgosi Mampuru prison and is now under house arrest at his uncle Arnold's mansion in the same city. The athlete's scheduled release, for good behaviour, from the prison he was sent to almost a year ago, on 21st October 2014, was brought forward a few minutes to avoid the crowds of reporters gathered at the prison's gates.