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.
Immobile: Shame it ended this way
Ciro Immobile believes the experience of playing in a World Cup will stand him in good stead, but is sad at the way it ended.
Trap: Balotelli should be supported
Giovanni Trapattoni says scapegoating Mario Balotelli is not right, as he is a player who ‘should be supported’.
‘We can’t ignore Gilardino offers’
Genoa President Enrico Preziosi says the club ‘cannot ignore offers’ this summer for Alberto Gilardino and Sime Vrsaljko.
Watford re-sign Udinese’s Vydra
Watford have confirmed that they have re-signed Matej Vydra from Udinese on an initial season-long loan deal.
Ghana send home Boateng, Muntari
Ghana have sent home Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari from their World Cup training camp after a fight.
‘Balotelli must back it up with facts’
Former Juventus and Italy defender Antonello Cuccureddu says Mario Balotelli must show his worth on the pitch, not through words.
‘Candreva upset he didn’t play’
Antonio Candreva’s sister has revealed that the Lazio star is ‘sad and furious’ that Italy ‘went out and he did not play’.
‘Balotelli must prove he deserves Italy’
Demetrio Albertini says that Mario Balotelli must ‘demonstrate he deserves’ the Italy shirt, and urges the team to ‘restart with Andrea Pirlo’.
Italy return home from Brazil
Italy’s World Cup squad have landed at Malpensa Airport this morning after returning from their unsuccessful campaign in Brazil.
Pirlo: Available for new Coach
Andrea Pirlo has conceded that whilst he intends to retire from international duty, if Italy’s new Coach wants him, he will be available.
Poli: Inzaghi may be like Capello
Andrea Poli has hope that Pippo Inzaghi proves to be like Fabio Capello, as he admits to frustration felt under Clarence Seedorf.
Honduras Coach resigns
Honduras Coach Luis Fernando Suarez announced after yesterday’s World Cup elimination his intention to resign.
‘I have not seen any bite’
Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica has waded in on the Luis Suarez bite controversy: “I have not seen any bite.”
Italy to turn to youngsters
The Gazzetta dello Sport indicate that Italy’s next competitive squad will feature a whole host of new faces, including a number of Under-21 players.
Albertini eyes B teams?
Demetrio Albertini reportedly has in mind a reduced Serie A and the introduction of B teams to Italian football, if he becomes FIGC President.
Senatori convinced Prandelli to leave
Italy’s more experienced players were reportedly ‘decisive’ in Cesare Prandelli opting to resign as Coach.
Mazzarri decision in December?
Inter will reportedly outline details of a one-year extension for Walter Mazzarri shortly, but may not sign it until December.
What the papers say...
Today's front-page headlines from Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
Hitzfeld: 'That's what Shaqiri can do'
Ottmar Hitzfeld hailed Switzerland and hat-trick hero Xherdan Shaqiri, “now we’ll get prepared for Argentina.”
Rueda: Video evidence on Sakho
Ecuador Coach Reinaldo Rueda called for video evidence to be used against Mamadou Sakho for his elbow.
Honduras Coach sorry for fans
Luis Fernando Suarez was “sorry to the people of Honduras I couldn’t get a victory” in the World Cup.
Deschamps: 'Now for Nigeria'
Didier Deschamps was pleased with France’s 0-0 against Ecuador and turned his focus to the knockout with Nigeria.
Italy squad leaves Brazil
Italy are flying back from Brazil tonight with Mario Balotelli sporting a new hairstyle and visibly distant from his teammates.
Camoranesi: 'Balotelli infuriating'
Mauro Camoranesi finds Mario Balotelli “over-rated and infuriating. I don’t know what his problem is.”
France draw with 10-man Ecuador
France failed to beat 10-man Ecuador after Antonio Valencia’s red card in an eventful game that somehow ended goalless.
Swiss soar on Shaqiri hat-trick
Xherdan Shaqiri scored Switzerland’s first World Cup hat-trick in 60 years to beat Honduras 3-0 and reach the Last 16.
Cannavaro open to Italian job
Fabio Cannavaro confessed he “couldn’t say no” if called to replace Cesare Prandelli as Italy Coach.
Lawyer: 'Conspiracy' for Suarez ban
Uruguay are mounting a determined defence of Luis Suarez, claiming there’s an international conspiracy to get him banned.
Susic: 'Bosnian heads held high'
Bosnia Coach Safet Susic hinted he’d be walking away after an historic World Cup victory. “We go home with heads held high.”
FA: 'We hope Prandelli stays'
FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini confirmed he’ll try to talk Cesare Prandelli out of his resignation.
Zaccheroni resigns as Japan Coach
Alberto Zaccheroni has resigned as Coach of Japan, making him a candidate to replace Cesare Prandelli for Italy.
Sabella looks to Messi and Lavezzi
Argentina boss Alejandro Sabella hailed Lionel Messi and Ezequiel Lavezzi after Sergio Aguero’s injury scare.
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