WORLD CUP 2014

Thomas Muller sealed Germany’s victory over the USA, but both teams go through to World Cup Round of 16.
Uruguay will appeal the “excessive” and “disproportionate” four-month Luis Suarez ban amid reports they’ll boycott the World Cup.
Miralem Pjanic says he cannot wait to return to Roma and begin preparations for the new season.
Kevin-Prince Boateng insists he did not insult Ghana Coach Kwesi Appiah after he was sent home from the Africans’ World Cup campaign.
Sampdoria boss Sinisa Mihajlovic backed old friend Roberto Mancini to become new Italy Coach.
Uruguay’s Luis Suarez has been handed a four-month ban after being found guilty of biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.
Juventus left-back Kwadwo Asamoah starts for Ghana against Portugal, while Milan’s Michael Essien is on the bench.
Germany and USA have released their starting line-ups for this afternoon’s World Cup Group G clash.
Former Milan and Italy defender Massimo Oddo says it is absurd to place the blame for the Azzurri’s World Cup failure solely on Mario Balotelli.
Ciro Immobile believes the experience of playing in a World Cup will stand him in good stead, but is sad at the way it ended.
Giovanni Trapattoni says scapegoating Mario Balotelli is not right, as he is a player who ‘should be supported’.
Ghana have sent home Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari from their World Cup training camp after a fight.
Former Juventus and Italy defender Antonello Cuccureddu says Mario Balotelli must show his worth on the pitch, not through words.
Antonio Candreva’s sister has revealed that the Lazio star is ‘sad and furious’ that Italy ‘went out and he did not play’.
Demetrio Albertini says that Mario Balotelli must ‘demonstrate he deserves’ the Italy shirt, and urges the team to ‘restart with Andrea Pirlo’.
Italy’s World Cup squad have landed at Malpensa Airport this morning after returning from their unsuccessful campaign in Brazil.
Andrea Pirlo has conceded that whilst he intends to retire from international duty, if Italy’s new Coach wants him, he will be available.
Honduras Coach Luis Fernando Suarez announced after yesterday’s World Cup elimination his intention to resign.
Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica has waded in on the Luis Suarez bite controversy: “I have not seen any bite.”
The Gazzetta dello Sport indicate that Italy’s next competitive squad will feature a whole host of new faces, including a number of Under-21 players.
Italy’s more experienced players were reportedly ‘decisive’ in Cesare Prandelli opting to resign as Coach.
Ottmar Hitzfeld hailed Switzerland and hat-trick hero Xherdan Shaqiri, “now we’ll get prepared for Argentina.”
Ecuador Coach Reinaldo Rueda called for video evidence to be used against Mamadou Sakho for his elbow.
Luis Fernando Suarez was “sorry to the people of Honduras I couldn’t get a victory” in the World Cup.
Didier Deschamps was pleased with France’s 0-0 against Ecuador and turned his focus to the knockout with Nigeria.

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.