WORLD CUP 2014

Milan’s Cristian Zapata says his performances at the World Cup have silenced his critics and shown he is an excellent player.
Jose Mourinho has come to the defence of Lionel Messi, insisting you don’t have to win the World Cup to be a great.
Juventus’ Fernando Llorente says the fact Coach Antonio Conte has only a year left on his contract will have no influence on the Old Lady.
Italy are set to drop to 14th in the newest edition of the FIFA World Rankings, which will be published on Thursday.
Diego Maradona says he does not agree with FIFA’s decision to award Lionel Messi the World Cup Golden Ball.
Mario Gomez is hurt to have not been part of Germany’s World Cup winning squad but now wants to return to full form and fitness with Fiorentina.
Gonzalo Higuian has revealed that he has never felt more proud to be an Argentine, despite last night’s defeat.
Lazio President Claudio Lotito has congratulated Miroslav Klose on becoming a world champion at the age of 36.
Barbara Berlusconi believes that Italy should take note of Germany’s World Cup victory, and their football reforms.
Nicola Rizzoli has reflected on the ‘honour and pride’ felt in representing Italian football at the 2014 World Cup Final.
Reports in Brazil say that Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned following the host nation’s disastrous end to their World Cup campaign.
Paul Pogba has briefly commented on being handed the Best Young Player Award at the close of the World Cup.
Joachim Low credited predecessor Jurgen Klinsmann for Germany’s World Cup triumph and a “10-year project.”
Mario Gotze became the first substitute ever to score a decisive World Cup Final goal. “I didn’t know what was happening.”
DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach identified the work that went into Germany’s World Cup triumph after 24 years.
Mats Hummels was so exhausted and euphoric after winning the World Cup that he felt “like I’m on another planet.”
Germany captain Philipp Lahm insisted “we had the best team in the tournament” after lifting the World Cup.
Manuel Neuer praised Germany for their “unity” to win the World Cup and paid tribute to Argentina.
Alejandro Sabella left Argentina with a World Cup silver medal, feeling “sad but very proud of the team.”
James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot, Leo Messi the Golden Ball and Paul Pogba voted best young player at the World Cup.
Javier Mascherano felt “immense pain” at losing the World Cup to Germany. “This was our chance.”
Mario Gotze’s sensational chest and volley in extra time gave Germany their fourth World Cup, beating Argentina 1-0.
Napoli are linked with Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Christoph Kramer, who starts tonight’s World Cup Final for Germany.
Martin Demichelis claims Brazilians “threw fireworks at 4am” to keep Argentina awake ahead of the World Cup Final with Germany.
Much-criticised Brazil striker Fred announced his retirement from international football after a dismal World Cup.

WORLD CUP 2014 BLOGS

Richard Thomas says Cesare Prandelli’s arrival at Galatasaray provides the former Italy boss with an ideal opportunity to prove himself a winner.