Buffon: 'Azzurri are chameleons'
Gianluigi Buffon is pleased with a possible switch to a three-man defence against Uruguay. “We are chameleons.”
Buffon: 'Exit would be a failure'
Gigi Buffon said Italy are “worried to the right degree” against Uruguay and raise their game in difficulty, but “elimination would be a failure.”
Dark Horses Belgium take on Fabio Capello’s error-prone Russia after both sides struggled in their opening games.
Berlusconi: 'Balotelli not irreplaceable'
Milan joint-CEO Barbara Berlusconi warned “Mario Balotelli is not irreplaceable,” Kaka could leave and Juan Iturbe talks.
Italy go into lockdown
Italy welcomed almost 4,000 fans to their training session yesterday, but today it was all locked down.
Rodriguez for Uruguay-Italy
Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez has been assigned to Italy’s make or break match with Uruguay.
Lulic: 'Useful experience'
Lazio’s Senad Lulic hopes “this experience will prove useful” after Bosnia were eliminated from the World Cup.
Napoli increase Ayew interest
Napoli had already been in talks for Andre Ayew and their interest only increased after World Cup goals for Ghana.
Deschamps 'did not punish Pogba'
France Coach Didier Deschamps assures he “did not punish” Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
Genoa confirm new buys
Genoa “will complete the transfers next week” for Diego Perotti and Gonzalo Bueno, confirmed President Enrico Preziosi.
Caceres: 'I know Italy secrets'
Martin Caceres said he’ll give away “useful information” on his Juventus teammates for Italy-Uruguay.
Palermo approach for Kone
Palermo are reportedly in talks with Bologna for Greece international Panagiotis Kone.
Graziani: 'Prandelli losing his grip'
World Cup winner Ciccio Graziani believes Cesare Prandelli is “making far too many mistakes.”
Man Utd track Milan's De Jong
Manchester United have been linked with an offer for Milan and Holland midfielder Nigel De Jong.
Keshi: 'Nigeria made Africa happy'
Nigeria Coach Stephen Keshi celebrated both his team’s victory and Ghana's draw. “Everybody is happy in West Africa.”
Susic: 'Not the first mistake...'
Bosnia are out of the World Cup, but Coach Safet Susic took a philosophical approach to refereeing errors.
Italy plan revolution with Uruguay
There are increasing calls for Italy to adopt a 3-5-2 formation against Uruguay with Ciro Immobile coming in.
Klose: 'New record next game'
Miroslav Klose is hoping to set a new World Cup record “in the next game” after matching Ronaldo’s total.
Perisic confirms Napoli talks
Croatia international Ivan Perisic is “in regular contact with Napoli,” confirmed the Wolfsburg man’s agent.
Zeman slams Italy tactics
Zdenek Zeman criticised Italy’s approach against Costa Rica and warned “you need to move more than your opponents.”
Capello: 'High World Cup level'
Russia Coach Fabio Capello feels Italy prove “the high level of this World Cup,” but got into a row with a journalist.
Arsenal or Napoli for Balotelli?
There are reports Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will meet with Mario Balotelli’s agent, but Napoli are also interested.
What the papers say...
Today's front page headlines from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Nigeria end Bosnia dream
Nigeria knocked Bosnia out of the World Cup with a 1-0 win, but Edin Dzeko had a goal incorrectly disallowed.
Low: 'Different Germany dynamic'
Joachim Low acknowledges Germany faced “a very different dynamic” in their 2-2 draw with Ghana.
Locals cheer on Italy
Over 4,000 fans cheered Italy on in their training session in Natal, but Gigi Buffon, Claudio Marchisio and Daniele De Rossi were absent.
Appiah: 'Ghana wanted the win'
Ghana Coach Akwasi Appiah felt disappointed at only getting a draw in their 2-2 thriller with Germany.
Klose seals Germany-Ghana thriller
Ghana fought back to lead, but Lazio veteran Miroslav Klose snatched Germany’s 2-2 draw with a record-breaking goal.
Miralem Pjanic and Senad Lulic start for Bosnia in a must-win game against Nigeria.
Castellacci: 'Stop blaming temperature'
Professor Enrico Castellacci urged players and media to “stop emphasising the temperature” in World Cup games.
De Rossi out of Italy-Uruguay
Italy’s chief medic confirmed “it is very likely Daniele De Rossi won’t be able to play against Uruguay.”
Sabella: 'Messi is decisive'
Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella concedes Lionel Messi “is a decisive player,” but not their only hero against Iran.
Queiroz: 'Referee was decisive'
Iran Coach Carlos Queiroz stoked controversy after a defeat to Argentina. “The referee and Leo Messi made the difference.”
Germany aim to build on their splendid World Cup start against Ghana this evening with the Boateng brothers on opposite sides.
Messi breaks Iranian hearts
Argentina were poor and risked several Iran goals, including a penalty, but Leo Messi’s last-gasp scorcher decided the victory.
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