WORLD CUP 2014

Barbara Berlusconi believes that Italy should take note of Germany’s World Cup victory, and their football reforms.
Nicola Rizzoli has reflected on the ‘honour and pride’ felt in representing Italian football at the 2014 World Cup Final.
Reports in Brazil say that Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned following the host nation’s disastrous end to their World Cup campaign.
Paul Pogba has briefly commented on being handed the Best Young Player Award at the close of the World Cup.
Joachim Low credited predecessor Jurgen Klinsmann for Germany’s World Cup triumph and a “10-year project.”
Mario Gotze became the first substitute ever to score a decisive World Cup Final goal. “I didn’t know what was happening.”
DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach identified the work that went into Germany’s World Cup triumph after 24 years.
Mats Hummels was so exhausted and euphoric after winning the World Cup that he felt “like I’m on another planet.”
Germany captain Philipp Lahm insisted “we had the best team in the tournament” after lifting the World Cup.
Manuel Neuer praised Germany for their “unity” to win the World Cup and paid tribute to Argentina.
Alejandro Sabella left Argentina with a World Cup silver medal, feeling “sad but very proud of the team.”
James Rodriguez won the Golden Boot, Leo Messi the Golden Ball and Paul Pogba voted best young player at the World Cup.
Javier Mascherano felt “immense pain” at losing the World Cup to Germany. “This was our chance.”
Mario Gotze’s sensational chest and volley in extra time gave Germany their fourth World Cup, beating Argentina 1-0.
Napoli are linked with Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Christoph Kramer, who starts tonight’s World Cup Final for Germany.
Martin Demichelis claims Brazilians “threw fireworks at 4am” to keep Argentina awake ahead of the World Cup Final with Germany.
Much-criticised Brazil striker Fred announced his retirement from international football after a dismal World Cup.
Leo Messi, Javier Mascherano, Thomas Muller and Miroslav Klose start the World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina, but Angel Di Maria does not.
There are conflicting reports over whether Angel Di Maria will start tonight’s Germany-Argentina World Cup Final.
Mauro German Camoranesi has a dim view of Italy’s current squad, noting “there are only two great players.”
Gonzalo Rodriguez spoke of his joy after officially renewing his contract with Fiorentina.
The Sunday Telegraph claims Juventus plan a £20m bid for Tottenham midfielder Paulinho if Arturo Vidal leaves.
Napoli are pushing Liverpool for Lucas Leiva on loan, but rejected Chelsea offers for Algerian Faouzi Ghoulam.
Napoli boss Rafa Benitez insists “there are no favourites” in the World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina.
Jose Maria Basanta prepares for the World Cup Final against Germany tonight and feels Argentina have been “touched by magic.”

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.