WORLD CUP 2014

Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar was “crying in desperation four years ago, but now I cry tears of joy” after a shoot-out win over Chile.
Juan Cuadrado’s Colombia take on Edinson Cavani’s Uruguay in a World Cup match with a lot of Serie A representation.
Brazil only managed to get the better of Chile in a penalty shoot-out after a dramatic 1-1 draw in Belo Horizonte.
Faustino Asprilla praised Fiorentina talent Juan Cuadrado as Colombia prepare to face Uruguay.
Sergio Romero may be starring for Argentina in the World Cup, but Sampdoria and Monaco want rid of him.
Fabio Cannavaro would be “honoured” by the offer of becoming Italy Coach, but his agent said there’s “little concrete” at the moment.
Chile and Juventus wing-back Mauricio Isla warned “Brazil mustn’t think they’ve won before playing” today.
Lorenzo Insigne’s agent admits he was “disappointed” by the lack of World Cup playing time, but rejects Arsenal “as long as Napoli want him.”
Luis Suarez apparently told FIFA’s Disciplinary Commission he “lost my balance and hit my face” against Giorgio Chiellini.
Belgium have lost right-back Anthony Vanden Borre for the rest of the World Cup with a broken ankle.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter encouraged the introduction of “video challenges” during games after goal-line technology.
It’s rumoured Fiorentina have a deal for Argentina international defender Jose Maria Basanta from Monterrey.
Roma are reportedly tracking Algeria international midfielder Yacine Brahimi, who lit up the World Cup.
It’s reported Antonio Cassano turned on Gigi Buffon and the Italy ‘senators’ after their World Cup exit.
President of Uruguay Jose Mujica defended Luis Suarez, claiming “Italians provoke and this time they went too far.”
English newspapers maintain Chelsea are prepared to pay £60m (€75m) for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
Gigi Buffon slammed those calling for a generational shift. “You have to judge people on what they are doing, not what they could potentially do.”
Tuttosport claims Mario Balotelli could be bought from Milan by a financial institution and loaned to Juventus.
Chile and Cagliari striker Mauricio Pinilla assures they are “not remotely afraid of Brazil” ahead of today’s World Cup clash.
Colombia have been one of the World Cup surprises, but Coach Jose Pekerman has “admiration and respect” for Uruguay.
Chile are the underdogs against World Cup hosts Brazil today, but Coach Jorge Sampaoli assures they’ll attack.
Brazil face Arturo Vidal’s Chile today and Luiz Felipe Scolari admits the World Cup hosts are “uncomfortable and anxious.”
Uruguay Coach Oscar Washington Tabarez quit his FIFA post in protest at Luis Suarez’s ban ahead of the tie with Colombia.
Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain insists he knows nothing of speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona.
Ciro Immobile’s father has accused Italy of going about their World Cup preparations in the wrong way.

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.