WORLD CUP 2014

Italy’s failure at this summer’s World Cup could cost them as much as €56m, according to reports.
Luiz Felipe Scolari has hit out at the ‘special’ treatment he sees being dished out to Neymar and compared it to similar work on Cristiano Ronaldo.
Greece manager Fernando Santos rued “a day of sadness” with their penalty shoot-out defeat to Costa Rica.
Costa Rica Coach Jorge Luis Pinto said reaching the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time was “justice.”
Greece took 10-man Costa Rica into extra time, but Los Ticos won a dramatic penalty shoot-out and will play Holland.
Agent Mino Raiola insists Mario Balotelli is used as a scapegoat “to hide the real problems in Italian football.”
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.

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.