WORLD CUP 2014

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.”
South Korea Coach Hong Myung-Bo “will decider later on” whether he’ll quit after an early World Cup exit.
Fabio Capello blamed the referee for Russia’s World Cup exit. “I don’t know why all the officials are against us.”
The World Cup Round of 16 schedule is now complete with Brazil-Chile, France-Nigeria and Colombia-Uruguay among highlights.
Despite playing the entire second half with 10 men, Belgium still beat South Korea 1-0 and will face USA in the Last 16.
Algeria shocked Russia with a 1-1 draw, sending them through to the Round of 16 for the first time ever against Germany.
Ciro Immobile admits “we all could’ve done more” at the World Cup and must “follow the advice” of team elders.
Fiorentina patron Andrea Della Valle confirmed their “first objective” is to keep Colombia star Juan Cuadrado.
Jurgen Klinsmann said the USA proved their critics wrong by qualifiying for the Round of 16 and won’t stop now.
Portugal Coach Paulo Bento tried to take the heat off Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe after World Cup elimination.
Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t hide his frustration after Portugal went out of the World Cup. “We fell short.”
Germany boss Joachim Low complimented USA Coach Jurgen Klinsmann after both sides progressed to the Last 16.
There are reports Mario Balotelli “apologised” to Cesare Prandelli for his behaviour on the flight home.
Belgium have already qualified for the Round of 16 and give Manchester United prodigy Adnan Januzaj his first start.
Algeria and Fabio Capello’s Russia go head-to-head for qualification, but it’s possible neither of them could go through.
Ghana Coach Kwesi Appiah defends his decision to ban Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari after World Cup elimination.
Italy legend Gigi Riva urged Cesare Prandelli to reconsider his resignation. “He couldn’t have done more with these players.”
Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal a 2-1 victory over Ghana, but both teams go out due to superior USA goal difference.

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.