Italy, Spain and Israel all won to stay in the running in their tight World Cup qualifying group while Ireland also enjoyed an important win but Wales were held by Serbia in Saturday's European qualifiers.
Spain, Italy and Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales began their World Cup campaigns with victories while newcomers Kosovo earned their first point and scored their first goal in international competition in European qualifiers on Monday.
Swiss prosecuting authorities have opened criminal proceedings against football great Franz Beckenbauer and former senior German football federation officials in connection with a payment made around the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Human rights organization Amnesty International has again hit out at Qatar by saying workers' rights are still being abused in the preparations for the 2022 World Cup and called for football stakeholders to take action.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for more transparency in football in comments following corruption investigations which have affected the sport's governing body FIFA and the German federation DFB.
New research by a German news magazine has thrown fresh doubts on a claim that the country's 2006 World Cup organizers made a payment to FIFA to secure a grant of some 170 million euros (187 million dollars) from football's governing body.
Leading European clubs will oppose any plans to expand the World Cup finals to 40 nations and are not considering a "super league" as an alternative to the Champions League, it emerged Tuesday from the European Club Association (ECA) general meeting in Paris.
Norway's Therese Johaug won a record-equalling sixth straight cross country skiing distance race on Saturday and with her 15-kilometres success also took first place in the Tour de Ski standings after two stages.