WORLD CUP 2014

Roma have reportedly beaten Genoa to a deal for USA right-back DeAndre Yedlin, who’ll remain at Seattle Sounders on loan.
L’Equipe claim Juventus starlet Paul Pogba sparked a bidding war between Manchester City, Real Madrid and Manchester United.
Brazil media officer Rodrigo Paiva received a three-game ban and fine for attacking Chile striker Mauricio Pinilla.
Amid reports Neymar was 2cm away from paralysis, Felipe Scolari reveals the Brazilian “couldn’t feel his legs.”
World Cup winner Mauro German Camoranesi blasted Mario Balotelli and suggested a new face for Italy.
Arjen Robben hit back at his critics after a tough quarter-final with Costa Rica. “I was rugby tackled from all sides.”
Louis Van Gaal explained the Tim Krul substitution for a shoot-out, including the fact he hadn’t told Jasper Cillessen.
Costa Rica leave the World Cup unbeaten and “with our heads held high,” said Coach Jorge Luis Pinto.
Dutch super-sub penalty shoot-out goalkeeper Tim Krul revealed he’d been “working on it for seven weeks.”
Tim Krul was introduced just for the penalty shoot-out and was decisive as the Netherlands ended Costa Rica’s World Cup dream.
There are reports Angel Di Maria’s World Cup is over after he limped off during Argentina’s win over Belgium.
Leo Messi has no intention of holding back for Argentina now they are in the semi-final. “We want more.”
Brazilian medics assure Neymar’s career “is not compromised” due to a fractured vertebra, but he’ll be out for 45 days.
Belgium Coach Marc Wilmots tried to “look at the positives” from their World Cup quarter-final exit to Argentina.
Argentina Coach Alejandro Sabella praised their “best performance” to beat Belgium 1-0.
Arjen Robben and Robin Van Persie lead the way as the Netherlands face giant-killers Costa Rica in the quarter-final.
Belgium captain Vincent Kompany still saw their World Cup as “a great adventure” after defeat to Argentina.
Napoli hero Gonzalo Higuain allowed Argentina to beat Belgium, but now he will “aim for the Final.”
Gonzalo Higuain’s instinctive strike gave Argentina a 1-0 win over Belgium to book a World Cup semi-final spot.
Juan Camilo Zuniga sent a message to Neymar and assured “no ill intent, malice or negligence” in the foul.
Lazio transfer target Stefan De Vrij “has no agreement with Manchester United,” assured the Dutch international’s agent.
FIFA are “analysing” Juan Camilo Zuniga’s challenge on Neymar, which fractured the Brazilian’s vertebra.
Alessandro Matri is close to joining Genoa on loan with Sime Vrsaljko sold to Milan.
Leo Messi takes on Eden Hazard, but with Argentina and Belgium both on winning streaks, something has to give.
Chile’s Gary Medel confirmed he “is wanted in Italy and that is a good possibility” with Inter and Napoli linked.

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.