‘Shameful to blame only Balotelli’
Mario Balotelli’s agent has hit out at the state of Italian football and says it is ‘shameful to only blame’ his client.
What the papers say...
Today's front-page headlines from Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Wilmots: 'Belgium are on track'
Marc Wilmots assured Belgium are “on track” for their Round of 16 meeting with USA, despite a red card.
Halilhodzic 'very proud' of Algeria
Algeria made history by reaching the Last 16 of the World Cup and Coach Vahid Halilhodzic is “very, very proud.”
Hong Myung-Bo considers Korea job
South Korea Coach Hong Myung-Bo “will decider later on” whether he’ll quit after an early World Cup exit.
Capello: 'Referees against Russia'
Fabio Capello blamed the referee for Russia’s World Cup exit. “I don’t know why all the officials are against us.”
World Cup Round of 16 set
The World Cup Round of 16 schedule is now complete with Brazil-Chile, France-Nigeria and Colombia-Uruguay among highlights.
Belgium sink Korean hopes
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 stun Capello's Russia
Algeria shocked Russia with a 1-1 draw, sending them through to the Round of 16 for the first time ever against Germany.
Immobile: 'We all could've done more'
Ciro Immobile admits “we all could’ve done more” at the World Cup and must “follow the advice” of team elders.
Fiorentina 'want to keep Cuadrado'
Fiorentina patron Andrea Della Valle confirmed their “first objective” is to keep Colombia star Juan Cuadrado.
Klinsmann: 'USA proved doubters wrong'
Jurgen Klinsmann said the USA proved their critics wrong by qualifiying for the Round of 16 and won’t stop now.
Bento: 'Don't blame anybody'
Portugal Coach Paulo Bento tried to take the heat off Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe after World Cup elimination.
Ronaldo: 'Portugal fell short'
Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t hide his frustration after Portugal went out of the World Cup. “We fell short.”
Low compliments Klinsmann
Germany boss Joachim Low complimented USA Coach Jurgen Klinsmann after both sides progressed to the Last 16.
Balotelli apologised to Prandelli
There are reports Mario Balotelli “apologised” to Cesare Prandelli for his behaviour on the flight home.
Line-ups: South Korea-Belgium
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.
Appiah defends Ghana discipline
Ghana Coach Kwesi Appiah defends his decision to ban Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari after World Cup elimination.
Riva: 'Prandelli couldn't have done more'
Italy legend Gigi Riva urged Cesare Prandelli to reconsider his resignation. “He couldn’t have done more with these players.”
Portugal's pointless victory
Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal a 2-1 victory over Ghana, but both teams go out due to superior USA goal difference.
Germany and USA go through
Thomas Muller sealed Germany’s victory over the USA, but both teams go through to World Cup Round of 16.
Uruguay appeal 'excessive' Suarez ban
Uruguay will appeal the “excessive” and “disproportionate” four-month Luis Suarez ban amid reports they’ll boycott the World Cup.
Palermo: 'Lafferty is out of control!'
Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini said he’s selling Kyle Lafferty to Norwich because “he’s an out-of-control womaniser.”
Inter: 'M'Vila maybe, Jovetic no
Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio says the club could still sign Yann M’Vila but ruled out moves for Mario Suarez or Stevan Jovetic.
Sevilla confirm Perotti to Genoa
Sevilla President Jose Castro says an agreement has been reached to sell winger Diego Perotti to Genoa.
Lotito: 'Lazio move up to Parolo'
Lazio President Claudio Lotito claims it is now up to Marco Parolo to decide whether or not he becomes a Biancocelesti player.
Pjanic can't wait for Roma return
Miralem Pjanic says he cannot wait to return to Roma and begin preparations for the new season.
Boateng: 'I didn't insult Appiah'
Kevin-Prince Boateng insists he did not insult Ghana Coach Kwesi Appiah after he was sent home from the Africans’ World Cup campaign.
Mihajlovic wants Mancini for Italy
Sampdoria boss Sinisa Mihajlovic backed old friend Roberto Mancini to become new Italy Coach.
Ambrosini to Watford?
Veteran midfielder Massimo Ambrosini could be set for a move to English Championship side Watford.
Four-month ban for Suarez bite
Uruguay’s Luis Suarez has been handed a four-month ban after being found guilty of biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.
Line-ups: Portugal – Ghana
Juventus left-back Kwadwo Asamoah starts for Ghana against Portugal, while Milan’s Michael Essien is on the bench.
Line-ups: Germany – USA
Germany and USA have released their starting line-ups for this afternoon’s World Cup Group G clash.
Oddo: Absurd to blame Balo
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.
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