WORLD CUP 2014

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.
FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke says Luis Suarez should find treatment to make sure he doesn’t bite again
The President of the Russian Football Federation insists Coach Fabio Capello will be remaining in his post.
Lorenzo Insigne’s agent has revealed his client is still hurting from Italy’s early World Cup exit.
Sport Mediaset report this afternoon that Roberto Mancini is the favourite to succeed Cesare Prandelli as Italian national team Coach.
Mattia Perin has insisted that he will stay at Genoa, despite constant links of a move away.
Diego Maradona has offered his support to Luis Suarez and hit out at FIFA: “They might as well handcuff him and throw him in Guantanamo.”
Giorgio Chiellini has called Luis Suarez’s four month ban received from FIFA for biting him at the 2014 World Cup ‘excessive’.
Speculation is that Roberto Baggio could be a surprise name in contention to replace Cesare Prandelli as Italy Coach.
The fallout from Luis Suarez’s bite on Giorgio Chiellini continues, as a poker firm drop their sponsorship deal with the Uruguay man.
Mino Raiola has urged Barbara Berlusconi to call him if she believes Mario Balotelli is not irreplaceable at Milan.
Mario Balotelli’s agent has hit out at the state of Italian football and says it is ‘shameful to only blame’ his client.
Marc Wilmots assured Belgium are “on track” for their Round of 16 meeting with USA, despite a red card.
Algeria made history by reaching the Last 16 of the World Cup and Coach Vahid Halilhodzic is “very, very proud.”

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.