WORLD CUP 2014

Holland have warned Milan midfielder Nigel De Jong is “unlikely” to be fit for the World Cup quarter-final.
Arjen Robben apologised for diving in Holland’s 2-1 victory over Mexico, but insisted the decisive incident “was a penalty.”
“Not everyone at Milan loves Mario Balotelli,” warned agent Mino Raiola, who also blasted Italy fans and the FIGC.
Kevin-Prince Boateng claims he was kicked out of Ghana’s World Cup squad “for asking where the money went.”
Mexico paid a heavy price for their 2-1 defeat to the Netherlands, as Hector Moreno fractured his tibia.
Mexico Coach Miguel Herrera said Arjen Robben “threw himself to the floor” for the decisive Dutch penalty.
The two surprise packages of the Last 16 go head-to-head tonight, as Costa Rica take on Greece.
Louis Van Gaal’s brave gamble paid off and the Netherlands Coach admits “it was an escape” against Mexico.
Holland completed an amazing comeback from 1-0 down at the 87th to eliminate Mexico 2-1 in Fortaleza.
Belgium have scored more goals off the bench than any other side at this World Cup and Marc Wilmots said that’s no coincidence.
Diego Armando Maradona believes Chile deserved to knock Brazil out and Colombia are one of the best sides in the World Cup.
Colombia defender Cristian Zapata blamed Clarence Seedorf for his lack of playing time at Milan recently.
Holland have Robin Van Persie and Arjen Robben as they take on a Mexico side that is not to be underestimated.
Didier Deschamps praised France for bucking the European trend at the World Cup, but is on his toes against Nigeria.
The rumours are gathering momentum that Antonio Conte could become part-time Italy Coach while at Juventus.
Brazilian Sandro Ricci will officiate Germany-Algeria, while American Mark Geiger is the referee for France-Nigeria.
Miroslav Klose is targeting the quarters and a new World Cup scoring record, but warned Germany “can’t underestimate Algeria.”
Morgan Schneiderlin said he’s ready to quit Southampton and it’s reported his destination could be Napoli.
Media claim Chile and Cagliari forward Mauricio Pinilla was punched in the face by a member of the Brazil staff.
Luis Suarez was banned three times for biting players, but a surprise report claims he was investigated eight times.
Bayern Munich are reportedly raising their offer for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal to €40m.
Uruguay captain Diego Lugano maintains the Luis Suarez ban was “barbaric” and “a breach of human rights.”
Mario Balotelli “is still the best Italian player out there” and Cesare Prandelli “made him a scapegoat,” according to Mino Raiola.
Argentina international defender Jose Maria Basanta confirmed he’s in “negotiations” for a move to Fiorentina.
Greece Coach Fernando Santos assured his men will “attack as much as possible” against fellow surprises Costa Rica.

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.