THE DAY REPLAYED – As the group stage reached its climax at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, Portugal, Ghana, Korea Republic and Russia were all left facing early flights home along with the 12 sides eliminated before them. The tournament has come to a close too for Luis Suarez, with
THE DAY REPLAYED - The smallest incidents sometimes produce the broadest smiles in football. Argentina's Ezequiel Lavezzi was receiving instructions from Alejandro Sabella on the touchline when, without being prompted by the coach, he decided to help the boss freshen up by spraying his head with water from a drinks bottle.
THE DAY REPLAYED - The 13th day of action at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ featured narrow wins for Uruguay and Greece, both of whom struck late in their respective games in order to clinch a coveted spot in the Round of 16.
And while the achievement is nothing new for Uruguay,
THE DAY REPLAYED – An iconic Spaniard, a Dutch tornado, a Brazilian thrill machine and a Mexican warrior magnetized the spotlight heading into Matchday 12 – and emphatically is how they lived up to the pressure.
David Villa, in the last appearance of a glorious international career, hit his 59th and probably
Before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, groups G and H were regarded by some as so-called “groups of death”, though they have turned out to be anything such. Along with Group C, they are the only sections where not one team has been knocked out ahead of
Just two men have won the FIFA World Cup™ as both player and coach: Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer.
Zagallo won the Trophy twice during his playing career, in 1958 and 1962, and was then in charge of the Brazil team that recaptured the title at Mexico 1970.
Beckenbauer's triumphs came in
At South Africa 2010, Jerry, Jhony and Wilson Palacios made FIFA World Cup™ history by becoming the first three brothers to be named in the same squad.
However, while Honduras have once again qualified for the World Cup, there will be no reunion for the trio at Brazil 2014, with Jhony
To date, six of the 19 editions of the FIFA World Cup™ have been won by the host team.
After the first two (Uruguay 1930 and Italy 1934), the hosts had to wait 32 years before they could lift the Trophy again, with England the team to oblige in 1966.
Brazil-Sweden and Germany-Yugoslavia/Serbia are the most-played fixtures in the FIFA World Cup™, having been contested seven times apiece.
Sadly, with the Swedes and Serbians both having failed to qualify, there will be no eighth meeting for either of these familiar rivals at Brazil 2014.
In World Cup trivia, seven could also stand
South Africa 2010 saw Germany reach the FIFA World Cup™ quarter-finals for the eighth edition in a row.
It would have been a major surprise had they not done so. After all, in 17 appearances at the World Cup, the Germans have only failed to finish in the top eight once
Shirt numbers were used for the first time at the 1954 FIFA World Cup™, and since then a clear pattern has emerged about the most dangerous digits.
Predictably, No9s lead the way with 255 goals, followed closely by No10s on 232.
Third-most prolific are No11s, with 201, with a gap then opening