From the impressive individuals and nations to the powers falling on hard times and the injured stars, the October FIFA fixture window featured a bit of everything. Here's who emerged better and worse for the wear.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame has a new home in Frisco, Texas, and its director describes the facility and the experience fans will be able to have once the doors open after a relocation and a long wait.
Confidence has gone, bigger-picture tensions appear to be rising to the surface and once-powerful Germany is struggling through its worst year in some time. Was retaining Joachim Low as manager a mistake?
In six iconic, jaw-dropping minutes, France showed what it's capable of when it loosened the shackles, something that it didn't do–or have to do–en route to capturing a deserved second World Cup title.
Until its unlikely run, scrappy Chapecoense was an afterthought in Brazilian soccer. But what should have been its magical moment turned into a national tragedy, and now the survivors are struggling to carry on.
Lizandro Claros Saravia was just keeping ICE apprised of his college soccer scholarship. Days later, he and his brother were deported to El Salvador and have continued picking up the pieces of their lives in Nicaragua.