WORLD CUP 2014

Louis Van Gaal has “a plan” on how the Netherlands can neutralise Leo Messi and Argentina in the World Cup semi-final.
The World Cup semi-finals begin tonight as hosts Brazil try to win without Neymar against Miroslav Klose’s Germany.
Robin Van Persie is a serious doubt for the Argentina-Netherlands semi-final with a stomach bug, confirmed Louis Van Gaal.
Jose Altafini insists Juan Camilo Zuniga “can’t say he didn’t hit Neymar on purpose” after new footage emerged.
Roma have reportedly turned their attention to €20m-rated Bayern Munich and Switzerland starlet Xherdan Shaqiri.
Neymar said he’s “one of 200m Brazil fans” watching tonight’s semi-final with Germany and hinted he’ll be there for the Final.
Hellas Verona have renewed Greek international Evangelos Moras’ contract until June 2015.
Giuseppe Rossi’s agent hit back at Cesare Prandelli for saying the striker “disappointed me from a human point of view.”
Juventus President Andrea Agnelli bitterly attacked Cesare Prandelli and Giancarlo Abete for “abandoning” Italy.
Former Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli says he and his family have been receiving threatening letters from angry Azzurri fans following the team’s early World Cup exit.
Brazil Coach Luis Felipe Scolari says his team owe it to injured star Neymar to win the World Cup.
Germany Coach Joachim Low has called for his players to be protected in their World Cup semi-final against Brazil.
Napoli have released a statement expressing regret for Neymar’s injury, but also support for their under-fire full-back Juan Camilo Zuniga.
Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli is in contention to referee the World Cup final after being retained in Brazil by FIFA.
Gokhan Inler and Lorenzo Insigne have been asked to forgo some of their summer holidays in order to be fully fit for Napoli’s Champions League play-off.
Roberto Mancini is the definite favourite to take over the Italian national team, it has been claimed this afternoon.
Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez will officate Tuesday’s World Cup Brazil-Germany semi-final.
Fiorentina are being linked with a bid for Manchester United and Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
Vahid Halilhodzic is no longer the Coach of Algeria and is likely to take over at Trabzonspor.
Stefano Tacconi claims he should’ve followed Tim Krul’s example and come off the bench for Italy’s 1990 World Cup shoot-out.
The Codacons has filed a law suit against Luis Suarez for “assault” when biting Giorgio Chiellini.
Fabio Cannavaro criticsed Louis Van Gaal’s “disrespectful” decision to change goalkeeper for Holland’s shoot-out.
Brazil have formally lodged an appeal to have Thiago Silva’s yellow card and suspension overturned.
Roma have reportedly beaten Genoa to a deal for USA right-back DeAndre Yedlin, who’ll remain at Seattle Sounders on loan.
L’Equipe claim Juventus starlet Paul Pogba sparked a bidding war between Manchester City, Real Madrid and Manchester United.

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.