Spanish Liga football club Real Madrid has retained its title as the world’s most valuable sports team, with football again dominating the upper echelons of Forbes’ annual study as American football’s NFL continues to account for the majority of entries in the top 50.

Lens’ promotion to Ligue 1 remains in serious doubt after an appeal commission upheld a ruling that has barred the club from joining the top tier of French football on financial grounds.

Jonathan Barnard, head of forecasting at media agency ZenithOptimedia, looks at advertising spend and trends around this year’s FIFA World Cup.

Social networking websites Facebook and Twitter have claimed user landmarks from the 2014 Fifa World Cup, which concluded in Brazil on Sunday.

Sepp Blatter, the president of football’s world governing body Fifa, has suggested that the proposed number of stadia earmarked as host venues for the 2018 World Cup in Russia could be reduced from 12 to 10.

Match Services chief executive Ray Whelan has surrendered to a Rio de Janeiro court following his alleged implication in an investigation into the illegal resale of VIP tickets for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

English Premier League champion Manchester City has entered into a 10-year partnership with local institutions Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and Manchester City Council (MCC) designed to enhance the sporting and educational legacy in the city.

Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has stressed that the country’s staging of the 2018 Fifa World Cup will not affected by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Rio de Janeiro’s Mayor, Eduardo Paes, has pledged to offer free tickets to the 2016 Olympic Games in order to attract more diverse crowds than those that attended matches at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

English Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur has received a major boost in its efforts to develop a new 58,000-seat stadium after being granted government approval for a compulsory purchase order (CPO) which will allow work to commence on the site.

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has confirmed he will seek re-election next year.

The Brazilian police have said that they now consider Ray Whelan to be a fugitive after they arrived to his hotel to re-arrest the chief executive of Match Services, a partner company of football’s global governing body Fifa.

Football’s global governing body Fifa has suspended Nigeria from international football due to government interference in the national organisation.

Sports media and digital marketing agency Sports Revolution has attracted new funding from minority stakeholder Steve Lansdown.

San Diego and Bermuda will battle for the right to host the 2017 America’s Cup after Chicago was eliminated from the race to stage the 35th edition of the sailing showpiece.

Gilbert Felli, executive director of the Olympic Games for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), has stated that the smooth running of football’s Fifa World Cup in Brazil has improved confidence over the country’s hosting of the 2016 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Ray Whelan, the chief executive of Match Services, has been arrested by Brazilian police investigating allegations of illegal ticket sales for football’s Fifa World Cup.