He's just 15 and the world is seemingly already at his feet.
No one in the Netherlands will be panicking just yet but this isn't how the Dutch wanted to start their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
Could England be the team which comes from nowhere to win the European Championship finals in 2016?
A new look Germany got their European Championship qualification campaign off to a winning start by beating Scotland 2-1 in Dortmund.
After the inquisition, the exhibition -- or an exhibition game at the very least.
The human rights record of 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar is under the spotlight again after two Nepalese-British workers "disappeared in Doha following harassment by the police," according to a non-governmental organization.
Look out Russia -- Team USA is coming.
They may be winless in competitive fixtures so far this season, but Manchester United scored a victory of sorts on European football's transfer deadline day.
Who is #Falcao?
Mario Balotelli didn't score but, once again, it was still all about him.
Others may already be faltering, but Chelsea march on.
Real Madrid, the kings of Europe, will take on a team living one of the greatest fairytale stories in Bulgarian football history.
Who'd be a referee? When the crowd aren't getting on your back you've got the players acting up or giving you an earful.
It is a football fairytale even Hollywood scriptwriters might view as stretching the bounds of credibility.
Football clubs spend big money on big players to deliver on the biggest stage.
A group of current and former soccer players has filed a lawsuit against FIFA, claiming football's world governing body isn't doing enough to manage the issue of concussion in the game.
Recent revelations in print and now on television by convicted match fixer Wilson Raj Perumal are once again throwing the spotlight onto match-fixing in football.
He rose from humble beginnings, worked his way through the local leagues before graduating to become a major player on the international stage, netting him millions of dollars along the way.
Manchester United needs a miracle to win the league title this year according to manager Louis van Gaal -- so what better way to start off than with the arrival of an angel.
Look out Liverpool, Mario Balotelli has arrived.
African football has been warned it "cannot be the breeding ground for hooliganism," after a Cameroonian player was killed during a league match on Saturday.
Barcelona put a turbulent few months behind them by sweeping aside Elche 3-0 at the Nou Camp in their opening game of the Spanish season.
Manchester United's poor start to the season continued with a lackluster 1-1 draw against Sunderland.
We are only two games into a new English Premier League season, but with seven minutes to go in their match against Everton, some Arsenal fans may have been quietly writing off their team's title chances.
Libya has withdrawn as hosts of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament because of ongoing security issues in the country, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced.
Bayern Munich started where they left off last season by beating Wolfsburg 2-1 in the curtain raise to the German Bundesliga.
UEFA will not recognize any Russian soccer matches involving teams from the disputed region of Crimea.
"We are like one grain of sand against a whole beach." Eibar fan Unai Eraso.
Do you believe in second chances? It would appear that those wearing the green and white of Celtic do.
There is only one fairytale story in Spanish soccer this season, but will it have a happy ending?
Luis Suarez could be the last big-money signing top European club Barcelona makes for quite some time.
Manchester United may be struggling on the pitch but the EPL giants top the table when it comes to raking in the cash from lucrative sponsorship deals.
There's a $33 million prize on offer -- but Arsenal's hopes of securing the cash are on the line.
Cleared to take part in football-related activities last week by the highest sports court in the world, Luis Suarez was unveiled to Barcelona fans amid chants of "Suarez, Suarez, Suarez" on Monday.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said last week his Blues were title contenders in the Premier League. With the amount of money Chelsea continues to spend on players, many would say he was stating the obvious.
The French season is already up and running and over the weekend the English Premier League returned to action, while Spanish clubs continue to prepare for the start of La Liga on 23 August. So who were the weekend's winners and losers?
Reigning English Premier League champions Manchester City began the new season as they ended the last, at the top of the table.
Arsenal left it late but an injury time goal from Aaron Ramsey was enough to get the better of Crystal Palace and secure a closely fought 2-1 victory on the opening day of the 2014/15 EPL season.
Swansea upset Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United to win at Old Trafford on the opening day of the EPL season.
Jose Mourinho was precisely as we had remembered him.
Luis Suarez will have to wait until late October to make his debut for Spanish club Barcelona after the CAS partially upheld his ban for biting.
The World Cup has been over for just a month, yet the European football season has already begun.
Like many of Spider-Man's victims, Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola was caught in a web of despair.
Three months after leaving Barcelona following a trophyless season, Gerardo Martino has been appointed coach of the Argentina national team.
It is an attacking arsenal to make any soccer side in the world quiver.
Manchester City just can't stop spending money as the English Premier League champions have forked out a reported $53 million to sign France international defender Eliaquim Mangala from Portuguese club Porto.
The World Cup's most prolific goal scorer has hung up his golden boots.
Arsenal claimed the first trophy of the 2014-15 English season Sunday with an emphatic 3-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Community Shield at Wembley.
Luis Suarez appealed to the Court of Arbitration (CAS) Friday against his four-month ban imposed by FIFA for biting during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Landon Donovan, arguably the greatest American soccer player of all time, has announced his retirement from the game.
Landon Donovan, the greatest scorer in American men's soccer history and one of the players who helped raise the profile of the game in the United States, will retire after the MLS season.
When Josep Maria Bartomeu became the 40th president of FC Barcelona at the start of this year, he was paraded at the Camp Nou stadium in front of the waiting press, just as his predecessors before him had.
Concern over the spread of the Ebola virus has caused the cancellation of an African Cup of Nations football match.
The vanishing spray used by referees at the recent FIFA World Cup has found a new home in the English Premier League.
A Spanish football club will wear a specially designed tuxedo kit whilst playing in a pre-season tournament this week.
Argentine football star Carlos Tevez has thanked his fans for their support following his father's kidnap ordeal in Buenos Aires.
For at least 10 minutes, it looked as if it could have been a fairytale night for the home side.
FIFA has asked the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) to investigate alleged comments from the front runner to become its next president that referred to African players as "banana eaters."
Not content with claiming every major club honor with Chelsea and over a century of caps for England -- now Frank Lampard is relishing a new challenge in MLS with New York City FC.
A preseason soccer match in Austria had to be abandoned after pro-Palestinian protesters invaded the pitch and started attacking players from Israeli team Maccabi Haifa.
Europe's star soccer clubs have booked a summer holiday to the United States -- but this is strictly business not pleasure.
After Brazilian midfielder Douglas Costa said he was "afraid" to return to Shakhtar Donetsk, the Ukrainian club located in a war zone announced that it would play its home games elsewhere.
There is a new man tasked with fulfilling Brazil's World Cup destiny.
One of the World Cup's most exciting players has joined Real Madrid.
Danish football club FC Copenhagen has been left in limbo ahead of its European Champions League game at Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk due to the current conflict in Ukraine.
The president of Ukraine's top football club has warned six of its players who have gone AWOL they will "suffer" if they don't return to the conflict-torn country.
He may have written his name into national folklore less than a week ago but Germany's World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm has decided to go out at the top by announcing his retirement from international football Friday.
Manchester United may have 659 million "followers" -- according to a survey conducted two years ago -- but it's not the biggest club in the world.
It's a good day for Real Madrid.
One Italian Serie A-winning coach out, and one Italian Serie A-winning coach in.
Luis Suarez is "now a Barcelona player in all respects," according to the Spanish club.
The streets of Berlin have turned black, red and gold as up to a million flag-waving fans gather in the German capital to welcome home the nation's World Cup-winning footballers.
The pressure suffocated those toiling on the grass, the gravity of a World Cup final adding weight to the air like plumbing a great depth in the ocean.
In a twist of fate, the hosts' vanquishers became the heroes. Germany's Mario Götze's late, late strike made the difference in the final against Argentina, and his sublime goal prevented Brazil's neighbors and arch-rivals from lifting the trophy.
So that's it for another four years.
Luiz Felipe Scolari resigns as Brazil boss after the 2014 hosts seek to make amends for their humiliating World Cup exit.
And so it comes to a close. With 64 games, some huge shocks and 171 goals scored over a month of great football, the medals have been presented and the trophy lifted. Now it's time to look back, and to recognize some superlative performances from some of the world's best players.
Police in Argentina arrested at least 120 people Sunday after a World Cup celebration in downtown Buenos Aires got out of hand, state news agency Telam reported.
There were triumphs, tears, joy and sorrow at the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany. There were also some bizarre moments. Here are our top 5.
It's all over now. Germany won the World Cup, which can't have surprised anyone who watched it demolish Brazil en route to the championship.
Never bet against Germany.
It's often described as the game no team wants to play in.
In a World Cup already marked by stunning victories and catastrophic defeats, Germany faces Argentina for the final on Sunday
It is the scenario Brazil had always feared -- the $11 billion party where the neighbors come round and trash your newly spruced up home.
Germany's demolition of World Cup hosts Brazil in their Tuesday semifinal in Belo Horizonte is the game that seemingly everyone can't stop talking about.
His World Cup was brutally cut short by injury, but Brazilian star Neymar could yet end up a winner after he was named on FIFA's Golden Ball shortlist
You may have watched in wonder as Germany dismantled Brazil on Tuesday. But to really appreciate the art of German football you need to understand the lingo.
Luis Suarez is set to join Spanish giants Barcelona after Liverpool and the La Liga club announced they had agreed terms for a sale.
In the sight of Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer, the man who would be king awaits his destiny.
One of the joys of watching FIFA's quadrennial football fest is seeing relative unknowns -- young prospects or previously unheralded players -- come to the fore with some dazzling football.
Better late than never.
He may be on the verge of signing for Barcelona, but it looks like Luis Suarez won't be returning to football action anytime soon after FIFA upheld his ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup in Brazil.
FIFA has suspended Nigeria from international football citing government interference in the running of its national federation.
Brazil thought its nightmare was over -- but perhaps it's only just beginning.
First there was disbelief. Then there were tears.
It might be a bit of a blur to everyone else, but Lionel Messi always seems to keep a clear head -- even in the most pressurized situations.