Before we throttle into another action-packed weekend, let The Sweeper, a new World Soccer Talk feature, take you back through the week that was for some of the stories from around the web that you may have missed.
1. “Christmas in August.”
The transfers are flying fast and furious as the September 1st deadline nears which means plenty of opportunities for players to awkwardly hold up new shirts and scarves. Revel in the Telegraph’s round-up of this summer’s goofiest signing photos.
2. “You Never Give Me Your Money.”
Italy’s Bufala News captured this exclusive pic of Mario Balotelli arriving in England.