WORLD CUP 2014

The referees have been assigned for World Cup quarter-finals Brazil-Colombia and France-Germany.
Colombia international Pablo Armero said he’s ready for Milan, Inter or Juventus, as “Rafa Benitez never liked me.”
Inter bought Saphir Taider outright, but are trying to sell him to Rubin Kazan in exchange for Yann M’Vila.
President of the Referees’ Association Marcello Nicchi backs the use of vanishing spray and video replays.
Antonio Cabrini “won’t rule out” the possibility of becoming Italy Coach with his 1982 World Cup teammate Marco Tardelli.
Alberto Zaccheroni said it’s “not up to me to put myself forward” for the Italy job after he resigned in Japan.
Inter have announced they have completed a deal to buy out Bologna’s share of midfielder Saphir Taider.
Argentina Coach Alejandro Sabella has praised the impact of Rodrigo Palacio following victory over Switzerland.
Paolo Maldini has insisted that rumours he will take over at the FIGC are false, and has backed Roberto Mancini for the Italy job.
Jose Mourinho has called for referees to be allowed to use technology, citing Arjen Robben’s contentious penalty at the weekend.
James Roriguez’s agent has once again reiterated that several clubs are interested in the Colombia playmaker, including Napoli.
Fiorentina have targeted four World Cup stars as potential replacements for Juan Cuadrado, it has been claimed.
Martin Caceres has been in another car crash, however this time, the Juventus defender seems to be fine.
Joel Campbell’s agent has admitted that there are ‘several teams’ interested in his client.
Jurgen Klinsmann said USA players “made the country proud” with their performance against Belgium.
Marc Wilmots assures Belgium “thoroughly deserved” their 2-1 victory over the USA in extra time.
Tim Howard performed heroics to force extra time, but Belgium eventually broke USA 2-1 and will face Argentina in the quarters.
It’s reported Raphael Varane spent the night in hospital for dehydration after France’s game with Nigeria.
Mario ‘Il Falco’ Ferri struck again with a pitch invasion during Belgium-USA and a message for shot Napoli fan Ciro Esposito.
Ottmar Hitzfeld retired after Switzerland’s last-gasp defeat to Argentina. “I am proud of my career.”
Blerim Dzemaili explained what happened when he hit the upright in the last moments of Switzerland’s defeat to Argentina.
Inter have officially bought the remaining 50 per cent of Algeria midfielder Saphir Taider from Bologna.
Stephan Lichtsteiner shouldered some of the blame for the goal that allowed Argentina to eliminate Switzerland.
Angel Di Maria believes Argentina “deserved to win” their heart-stopping extra time game with Switzerland.
Alejandro Sabella confessed Argentina were “lucky” to beat Switzerland in extra time for a World Cup quarter-final spot.

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.