The World Cup countdown is into double figures, and for most, the last friendlies have been played before coaches across the globe announce their squads to board the plane to Rio.
But for some of the biggest sides, there may be a packet of paracetamol next to the final squad list, as managers amongst the world's elite face some difficult selection headaches.
Over the years, the US Men's National Team (USMNT) has been fortunate to have several players choose to play for the red, white and blue. Players like Aron Johannsson, Jose Torres and Edgar Castillo had a choice to play for other national teams.
But there are plenty of other talented footballers out there that the United States could try to convince to play for Jurgen Klinsmann's side in the future, perhaps not in this World Cup cycle.
In Sunday's battle at Old Trafford, Arsenal went into the game brimming with confidence. For once, they were without the underdog tag that seemed to have weighed heavily on their shoulders. Truth be told, many Manchester United fans reserved their caution going into the game with the league leaders, despite the game being on their home turf.
Now that the international break is over, Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has had time to reflect on the humiliating 3-0 defeat suffered against West Ham United whilst his superstars make their way back from their respective countries.
Alongside all the unhealthy pessimism since their loss to the Hammers, there are a number of revealing statistics in the return of their Â£109m expenditure.
OK so here's the deal. Last Friday's match between the United States and Costa Rica didn't quite go as planned for Klinsmann and his Yanks. In fact, it went about as poorly as it could have gone. The US fell 3-1 to Los Ticos and ended their 12-match winning streak. But while the result was poor, and the play even worse, the biggest losses of the evening came in the suspensions of Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler, and Geoff Cameron.
Brazil still has more than one year to go before the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off, but it has a ton of work remaining before the stadium that'll host the opening match will be completed.
This is How the Stadium That Will Host the Opening Match of the 2014 World Cup Looks Like Right Now is a post from World Cup News from World Cup Buzz.
Photos of Ireland's new away jersey for 2013-14 have been leaked on the Internet.
Designed and manufactured by Umbro, the new shirt design features the classic green color of the Republic of Ireland. Footballers James McClean, Robbie Brady and Shane Long teamed up with team sponsors, Three, to launch the new Umbro Ireland Away jersey and give their thoughts on that important upcoming qualifier against Sweden.
As every football fan knows, Fernando Torres has not nearly lived up to Chelsea's expectations after signing him in January of 2011. For Â£50 million, Chelsea was expecting the world from Torres. After a fantastic career at Liverpool, the Spaniard's time at Chelsea has been completely different.
The current international break has brought my attention to the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. So far the front runners are Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Germany. It is certainly a chance for the world to see some of the finest footballing talent that there has been for a long time with the likes of Messi, Ronaldo and the wonderful Spanish team that just keeps on giving.
So, with the end to another eventful January transfer window, who really came out on top with the best bargains? And more controversially, who came out of it looking weaker than ever?
The biggest spenders in the transfer window were QPR, Newcastle and Liverpool. It was expected that QPR would have a big spend with them being rock-bottom in the Premier League.
Betting on an England match is an easy task if you know what makes the national team tick pressure and the form of one or two key players. For other international teams, you may look at injuries, fatigue, club form, etc etc. With England, it's much simpler for the watching pundit see who's under pressure.
Diving or embellishment has been an issue in soccer for a long time. FIFA have started to hammer down on diving recently by issuing yellow cards to players who embellish a foul. In North America, Major League Soccer implemented fines and suspensions in 2011 for diving. The league's Disciplinary Committee reviews possible embellishments after games and can distribute fines or suspensions accordingly.
We can now confirm that France's away shirt for 2013 will be the one pictured above from Nike.
France's new away shirt is a beautifully designed shirt with a polo-shirt style collar. Plus it features a red, white and blue trim on the end of the sleeves, which is quite classy.
What are your thoughts about France's new away shirt?
Uruguay's new home shirt for the 2013 Confederations Cup this summer looks like a classy design.
The most prominent feature of Uruguay's new home shirt is the beautifully designed collar by Puma, which combines a smart rounded collar with a shoelace design forming the centerpiece of the jersey.
A photo has been leaked on the Internet showing Brazil's new home shirt for 2013, which will be worn in this summer's Confederations Cup tournament in Brazil.
By Nike's standards, the shirt design is quite good and much better than their current track record. The shirt collar is certainly a throwback, while the thick green cuffs are ugly.