Hodgson rings changes for England’s last game   no comments

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Centre-back Gary Cahill and striker Daniel Sturridge will be the only survivors from Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Uruguay in Sao Paulo, which sealed England’s elimination in the FIFA Ultimate Team Coins group phase.

“Well, Ben Foster will play in goal,” Hodgson told a pre-match press conference at the Estadio Mineirao.

“The right-back will be Phil Jones. Gary Cahill will play centre-half alongside Chris Smalling, and Luke Shaw will play left-back.

“In midfield we will have (James) Milner, (Frank) Lampard, (Jack) Wilshere, (Ross) Barkley and (Adam) Lallana, and Sturridge will play up front.”

Southampton left-back Shaw, 18, and 20-year-old Everton midfielder Barkley will be making their first competitive starts for England.

While Hodgson is eager to give as many members of his squad a taste of World Cup football as possible, he also wants to see his side sign off with a victory.

“With a very different team and a lot of players who haven’t played in the tournament so far, I wanted everyone to go home from this tournament — or at least as many as possible — having taken part and played in a game, not just training,” he said.

“We’re very conscious of the fact that our fans are as disappointed and devastated as we are, but they are still here supporting us.

“We came into the hotel and received a lot of sympathy, kind words from them, and we really want to make certain tomorrow (Tuesday) night that they see something that they can take some encouragement from.

“And most importantly of all, it’s a top-class international on the biggest stage of all, the World Cup, so anything else than taking the game very seriously and trying to win the game in its own right would be out of the question.”

Hodgson had already announced that 36-year-old Lampard would captain the side, on what is expected to be his final England appearance, with regular skipper Steven Gerrard starting on the bench.

Lampard is expected to announce his international retirement after the tournament, but Hodgson still hopes to be able to call upon the former Chelsea midfielder in future.

“With regard to Frank Lampard, he’s 36,” Hodgson added. “We don’t know as yet what his next destination is. I would be more than happy if Frank remains available for selection because you never know when you need players.

“A quality player like him, I am sure he could serve the country well even in the future, but I haven’t had that conversation with him as such as yet.”

While there is nothing riding on the match for England, Costa Rica require a point from the game to secure top spot in Group D.

England FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Coins team to play Costa Rica: Ben Foster; Phil Jones, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw; Frank Lampard (capt), Jack Wilshere; James Milner, Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana; Daniel Sturridge

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FIFA World Cup Trophy Damaged by Mystery German Player   no comments

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The German football federation (DfB) has admitted that the FIFA World Cup trophy has been “chipped” during celebrations after the national team arrived in Berlin on a special flight after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final at Rio on July 13. According to reports, it is not clear who damaged the trophy.

The FIFA usually presents a replica of the World Cup to the champions. When Germany won their fourth World Cup to become the first European side to win a world championship in Latin America, Philipp Lahm and his team were presented with a look alike golden Cup. The original trophy remains at the FIFA headquarters. It is worth 8 million Pounds.

Germany’s players have been accorded heroes’ status with players parading on bus tops. But the celebrations have had a controversial touch too. The German players were criticized for mocking the Argentinians with a dance act led by Mario Goetze, the man who scored the only goal in the final.

DfB president Wolfgang Niersbach has admitted the damage to the World Cup. “At one point, a small piece of our World Cup trophy was chipped off,” Niersbach has been quoted by Die Welt. “But do not worry! We have specialists on the case who can fix it.”

The German official said: “We have investigated persistently who it was that damaged the trophy, but the investigation was concluded without a result.”

The World Cup trophy has always been a target of thieves. The original trophy – the Jules Rimet Trophy – was stolen for good in 1983 from Brazil.

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Rodriguez volley voted goal of World Cup   no comments

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Golden-boot winner James Rodriguez’s stunning chest-down and volley against Uruguay has been voted the goal of the World Cup.

Rodriguez scored twice in his country’s 2-0 last-16 victory over Uruguay on his way to ending the tournament as top-scorer with six goals.

His first goal in that game received over four million votes in a fan poll on FIFA’s website.

A sublime header by the Netherlands’ Robin van Persie against Spain came second.

Rodriguez has been linked with FIFA Ultimate Team Coins a move from Monaco to Real Madrid with some reports this Monday morning claiming a fee of €80million has been agreed for the striker.

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Costa Rica achieves highest FIFA ranking ever (No. 16) after historic World Cup run   no comments

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Costa Rica ranks 16th in the world — its highest position ever — in the first FIFA rankings published since the World Cup.

The Ticos jumped up 12 places after reaching the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time. Costa Rica also surpassed Mexico (No. 18) for the first time since the polls started in 1993.

Costa Rica’s previous best ranking was No. 17 in 2003. The Ticos are now the second-highest ranked team in the North and Central America region known as CONCACAF, trailing only the United States. The U.S. slipped two spots to No. 15.

The FIFA rankings, released Thursday, often are criticized for its seemingly baseless methodology that looks at countries’ performances over a four-year period. However, the latest rankings, at least at the top, seem to reflect what occurred in Brazil.

World Cup champion Germany tops the list. Runner-up Argentina is second, followed by third-place finishers the Netherlands. The Dutch, along with Costa Rica, were the biggest risers in the new poll among World Cup participants as both moved up 12 spots.

England, the last-place finishers in Costa Rica’s group, suffered the biggest fall. The English plunged 10 spots to 20th, the country’s lowest ranking since May 1996. Costa Rica and England played to a scoreless tie. But the game was mostly meaningless: By that point the Ticos already had qualified for the next round and England already was eliminated.

Spain, the previous No. 1, fell to 8th after a shock group stage elimination. The tournament hosts Brazil dropped four spots to No. 7 after an inadequate fourth place finish.

Portugal, like Spain, plummeted seven spots, landing at No. 11 after disappointing in the World Cup again.

The Italians, defeated by Costa Rica 1-0 in Group D, fell five spots to No. 14 after failing to escape the group stage.

Uruguay, beaten by Costa Rica 3-1 in Group D’s opening match, managed to move up a spot to 6th in the world. The Ticos knocked off the Uruguayans when they were playing without injured superstar Luis Suárez. The striker returned for the next two matches, and Uruguay won them both to reach the knockout round (Suárez missed the team’s knockout round loss to Colombia, after being suspended for biting an Italian player).

Greece, the team Costa Rica eliminated on PKs to reach the quarterfinals, fell one spot to 13.

Panama, at No. 33, is now the fourth-highest ranked team from CONCACAF despite missing the tournament. Honduras, the final CONCACAF team to qualify, dropped seven spots to 40th. Honduras lost all three of its matches at the World Cup.

As for the rest of Central America, El Salvador somehow plummeted 53 spots to 121. Guatemala fell seven spots to 13th. Belize tumbled nine spots to 117. And although Nicaragua moved up one spot, the country still ranks last on the isthmus at 175. Still, Nicaraguans had much reason to celebrate during this World Cup thanks to the historic play of Costa Rica’s Nicaragua-born defender Óscar Duarte.

Additionally, The Ticos learned Thursday morning that they’ll face Nicaragua and Panama in September in the first round of the Central America Cup 2014.

1. Germany (+1)

2. Argentina (+3)

3. The Netherlands (+12)

4. Colombia (+4)

5. Belgium (+6)

6. Uruguay (+1)

7. Brazil (-4)

8. Spain (-7)

9. Switzerland (-3)

10. France (+7)

11. Portugal (-7)

12. Chile (+2)

13. Greece (-1)

14. Italy (-5)

15. United States (-2)

16. Costa Rica (+12)

17. Croatia (+1)

18. Mexico (+2)

19. Bosnia and Herzegovina (+2)

20. England (-10)

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Team Of The Week   no comments

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Now it is time back to FIFA 14 and looking forward to FIFA 15 since the World Cup 2014 Brazil had come to an end. FUT assembles the best players from international and club competition around the world even during the tournament. It is this FUT-Team of the Week.


Starting XI

GK: Sean Johnson-Chicago Fire-Untied States

CB: Haris Radetinac-Djurgardens-Sweden

CB: Vegard Forren-Molde FK-Norway

CB: Kim Jin Kyu-FC Seoul-Korea

LM: Emil Forsberg-Malmo FF-Sweden

CM: Christian Grindheim-Valerenga Fotball-Norway

CM: Martin Ericsson-BK Hacken-Sweden

RM: Alexander Milosevic-AIK-Sweden

ST: Fagner-Busan I’Park-Korea

ST: Jermain Defoe-Toronto FC-Canada

ST: Thierry Henry-New York Red Bulls-United States

Substitutes & Reserves

GK: Mathias Dyngeland-Sogndal Fotball-Norway

CB: Garry Buckley-Cork City-Ireland

CB: Chad Marshall-Seattle Sounders-United States

LM: Lee Jong Ho-Chunnam Dragons-Korea

ST: Matthias Vilhjalmsson-IK Start-Norway

ST: Dom Dwyer-Sporting KC-United States

ST: Rory Patterson-Derry City-Ireland

The starting line-up and positioning might be a slight different in game. Challenge them now and have fun playing football games.

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Examining Top Contenders For the 2018 World Cup in Russia   no comments

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Now that the book is closed on the 2014 FIFA World Cup, soccer fans turn their eyes to Russia, where the next World Cup will be hosted in four years.

One of the most interesting storylines obviously revolves on which sides will be major contenders in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Latin Post.com takes a look at the teams that should be contending for the top prize in four years time:


The dark horses of this World Cup were a rather inexperienced and young side. The nation had not participated in a major competition since 2002 (no Euro or World Cup) and was unsurprisingly overwhelmed in this competition.

They labored through the group stage before finding their verve against the Americans in the round of 16. But against Argentina, the team wilted despite dominating possession. They simply lacked the confidence to replicate their turn against the USA. Top stars such as Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Axel Witsel, Romelu Lukaku, Marounane Fellaini and Thibaut Courtois will be in their prime years. This experience will certainly have taught them valuable lessons. They will be top contenders to win the crown in Europe.


The South Americans were surely the talk of the tournament after showcasing a spectacular brand of attacking soccer that was rarely seen for the four weeks.

The team’s top player, James Rodriguez, was the star of the tournament and won the Golden Boot; he will be 26 in four years and should be a far more formidable player. Juan Fernando Quintero, another rising star, had his flashes of brilliance in Brazil and will be 24 by the time the tournament rolls around. Expect these guys to be in top shape for the 2018 tournament. Juan Cuadrado, David Ospina, Santiago Arias and Victor Ibarbo are also among the major Colombians that will be in their prime when the Russian iteration comes around. And that is without considering Radamel Falcao, the superstar who got Colombia to the World Cup and was their top players before Rodriguez’s conquest of the world. Falcao missed Brazil due to injury and will be 32 by the time the World Cup returns. That may be past his prime, but a player of Falcao’s stature could still be a solid contributor off the bench or even as a starter depending on his physical state. Just ask the 38-year-old Mario Yepes who was Colombia’s top defender and captain in this past tournament. Los Cafeteros could have won the tournament in 2014. In 2018 they should be more formidable.


Another team that captured the imagination of the world was Chile. The South Americans played with a brutally fast pace that left top sides (ie Spain) in the dust. Alexis Sanchez will be 29 in four years and could still see his peak years ahead as the top star at Arsenal. Arturo Vidal will be 31 but could still be a big piece. Eduardo Vargas, Gary Medel, Mauricio Isla, Charles Aranguiz and Eugenio Mena will all be in their prime years with one last chance at winning it all. They could very well achieve the feat.


The former World Cup champs endured a tough tournament and are likely set for a rebuild. But it might not take as long as it has in the past.

Spain has a plethora of top young players that are ready to take over the senior side. The U-21 side recently won the European championship with such players as Thiago Alcantara, Isco, Koke, David De Gea, Asier Illarramendi, Daniel Carvajal, Iker Munain, Alvaro Morata, Alberto Moreno, Inigo Martinez and Marc Bartra among others. Throw in other top players who will still be in their primes – Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas, Juan Mata, Jordi Alba, Javi Martinez and even Diego Costa and this is a squad that could be reckoned with. And one cannot overlook the possibility that a 34-year-old Andres Iniesta could still have a major impact in four years time. Just look at what Andrea Pirlo has done in his ripe old age. Spain has an identity and can easily put together a top side to win it all.


And of course the World champs are the uncontested favorites to win it again in four years.

This squad that won the tournament features a plethora of young guys, including Mario Götze, Thomas Müller, Julian Draxler, Mesut Özil, Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Shkodran Mustafi, Toni Kroos, Jerome Boateng, Andre Schurrle, Benedikt Howedes and Christoph Kramer, will all be in their primes in 2018. Six of those players listed scored in the tournament and most had a major impact on the win. The team is the favorite to win the Euro 2016 and should be the big favorite to reclaim its title in four years time.

Other contenders

The French are set to make noise at home in the 2016 Euro. The team had a good showing in Brazil and is relatively young.

Neymar should be a top star in four years but the question is whether he will have a good team around him to make the push. Another side that will carry question marks is Argentina. Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria will all be 30 or older and past their respective primes. The team was already mediocre with them at their prime ages; how will it look when they are over the hill? Russia had a poor showing in Brazil but they will be contenders in four years. Will that make a difference?

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How Twitter and Facebook shaped the way we watched World Cup 2014   no comments

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If you are under the age of 40, think about how you watched the current FIFA World Cup.

While the game was on, how many times did you reach out to grab your phone, tablet or laptop? Chances are you did this multiple times and most certainly during the breaks in play. Whether it was to celebrate a “Gooooaaaaallllll”, rant about a bad decision, advise the coach or offer your condolences to your favorite team after a defeat, chances are Twitter and Facebook was your medium of communication.

According to official data released by Facebook on 30 June, more than one billion people liked, shared or commented on World Cup 2014 related content during the group stages alone. It is therefore safe to assume that this number would have easily doubled by 13 July, the day of the final. Similarly Twitter has been buzzing with World Cup news and views since the beginning of the tournament.

The microblogging site in fact preempted this and created official accounts and hashtags for all the matches. It also allowed users to change their cover images to that of their favourite teams, tweet out little graphics of the flags of participating countries and create filters that allowed them to get updates on various teams and players. And people responded.

The Brazil vs Germany semi-final match logged a mind-boggling 35.6 million tweets, breaking the previous record of 16.4 million tweets that were sent out during the Brazil-Chile round of 16 match.

While the second screen floodgates may have opened with this current World Cup, the reality is that social media analysts, sports marketers and broadcasters have been talking about the power of the second screen since as early as 2005.

What makes the second screen so powerful? It empowers the three biggest stakeholders in sports – the athletes, sponsors and fans.

Social media allows the players on the field to come across as accessible and human. One gets a peep into their personal lives and thoughts. They can be just a tweet, Facebook like or comment away, while at the same time maintaining a distance that allows them to still be revered. Think of the the cool kids in school or college. You watched them from afar most of the time but once in a while, if you were lucky, they would acknowledge your greeting.

It is the fact that we all have access to these athletes that makes all the difference. Now we can hear firsthand Colombian defender Juan Zuniga’s apology to Neymar or Mesut Özil’s exuberation at reaching the finals.

And who loves the stars and the fans getting together? The brands.

Even not so avid fans know that official sponsorships are sold for astronomical sums. And the millions that firms spend to acquire rights is just half the battle. What really matters is how much have they set aside as activation budgets. This is where social media comes in. It is a low-cost, high-engagement medium that helps brands interact with potential customers from all over the world. It also increases sponsorship inventory and provides brands which don’t have deep pockets to get a piece of an international sporting event.

During the current World Cup, practically every brand created a social media campaign around it, irrespective of whether they were official sponsors or not. Social media and the second screen phenomenon have made brands more engaged and freed them of the shackles of traditional media. Like people, they can now react in real time. An example that immediately comes to my mind is Snickers and the tweet it sent out after the Suarez biting incident – “Hey @luis16suarez. Next time you’re hungry just grab a Snickers.” This got retweeted over 48,000 times! With 140 characters Snicker got more mileage out of the event than a lot of the official partners did. This is exactly why businesses love the second screen phenomenon.

Fans on the other hand appear to love the second screen because it makes sports viewing a social event, unlike the passive experience it is when you are just sitting in front of the television. Sports as an activity, unlike reading or watching a movie, is always enjoyed best with company. The more the merrier. This is why watching a game on TV is more fun with friends and going to the stadium is even more fun. Thanks to social media though, you could be sitting in your living room alone but thanks to the hashtag or the share button you are instantly connected to millions of other fans, globally. It is a big party and we all celebrate, rant and cry together.

Besides, the modern sports fan is forever hungry for triva and the second screen helps satiate this hunger to a large extent. All stats and records are available at your fingertips. Though the biggest benefit of the second screen is it helps the sports fanatic to be in two places at once. I know enough people who were watching the FIFA World Cup and Wimbledon simultaneously all thanks to the power of the second screen.

Recently, Sean Casey, senior vice president at Nielsen stated “sports events account for 2-to-3 percent of television programming every month. Yet that small amount produces roughly 50 percent of Twitter’s overall activity around TV.”

Sports is leading the charge for WildStar Gold second screen adoption. The 2014 World Cup was simply the biggest beneficiary so far.

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World Cup walloped social-media records   no comments

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In terms of online entertainment, the World Cup seemed to have it all.

There was a cannibalistic Luis Suarez. Tim Howard saving … well … everything. Sad Brazilians. And Cristiano Ronaldo’s hair.

Oh, yeah … and the actual matches, which saw the U.S. team make an inspiring run, the powerhouse Brazilians unravel in shocking fashion and the Germans ultimately capture first prize on Sunday.

The month-long spectacle also captured another prize: It’s now the biggest social event in Web history.

On Facebook, Sunday’s final between Germany and Argentina alone spurred 280 million interactions by 88 million people, according to the company. That easily surpassed the former champ, last year’s Super Bowl, with its 245 million interactions.

Things were similarly fast and furious on Twitter, where the match was inspiring more than 618,000 tweets per minute, a new record for the site. There were a total of 32.1 million tweets about the match.

Take those numbers and tack them onto the huge online engagement the tournament had already inspired and it’s a no-brainer that Brazil 2014 enjoyed online fandom like no event before it.

From June 12 to July 13, 350 million people generated a massive 3 billion World Cup posts, comments and likes, according to Facebok.

In just its first week, from June 12-18, the tournament inspired 459 million Facebook interactions — more than this year’s Super Bowl, the Academy Awards in March and the Sochi Winter Olympics combined.

FIFA, international soccer’s ruling body, says that more than 1 billion people engaged with World Cup content through its website, social media accounts and mobile app.

The official FIFA app became the biggest sports-event app ever, with 28 million downloads, 451 million Facebook users were reached by FIFA’s page and its Instagram account rocketed from 42,000 followers to nearly 1 million in 31 days.

“This has been the first truly mobile and social World Cup,” FIFA President Sepp Blatter said. “The 1 billion attendance in the global stadium created the sense of togetherness the World Cup brings and the shared excitement that digital platforms offer.”

Certainly, the global appeal of the World Cup played a huge part in the tournament’s popularity. But the big numbers were clearly being bolstered by growing interest in the United States, one of the few nations where soccer isn’t, hands-down, the most popular sport.

During Sunday’s final, 10.5 million of the people engaged on Facebook were from the United States. Compare that to the 7 million people in Argentina and 5 million in Germany, the match’s actual participants, and you can see that U.S. interest in the tourney didn’t disappear when the American side bowed out.

In the 28 days before the U.S. team lost to Belgium in the knockout round, 36.7 million U.S. fans engaged with the World Cup’s online properties, a spokesman for the organization said. That’s 11.2% of the country’s population and accounted for 23% of the total activity during that time.

In all, 42 million U.S. fans visited FIFA Web and mobile tools during the entire tournament.

As the U.S. men’s team played its way out of a tough opening-round group that included Germany, Portugal and Ghana, U.S. Web users spent a total of 847 years and 143 days engaged with FIFA content. That’s more than soccer-crazy rivals Brazil, Germany, England and France combined.

“The popularity of the World Cup in the USA shows what a nation of sports lovers and enthusiasts they are,” Blatter said.

“The carnival atmosphere experienced at the World Cup viewing parties, where fans filled whole city blocks across the U.S., shows the passion that Jürgen Klinsmann’s side has instilled in U.S. sports fans.”

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Germany Are World Cup Champions With 1-0 Extra Time Win Over Argentina   no comments

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There was magic in the decisive moment of the World Cup final, but it didn’t belong to Lionel Messi. It was instead conjured by a pair of Germany substitutes to ensure that the world’s most complete team lifted the world’s most coveted trophy.

Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in extra time to win the 2014 World Cup at Estadio do Maracana in Rio De Janeiro on Sunday. The match remained scoreless into the second period of extra time when substitute Mario Gotze scored a superb goal in the 113th minute after receiving a cross from teammate Andre Schurrle.

“It was the best moment of my life I have to tell,” Schurrle told ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap. “I’ve never felt like this. I didn’t know where I am when Mario scored because I knew we had some time left and we need to defend. And then when the referee blow the whistle, it just overcome me. I had to cry. I couldn’t stop it. It was crazy. I just want to feel this moment and to celebrate.”

This is the fourth World Cup triumph for Germany. It last won the World Cup in 1990, defeating Argentina in another cagey final. By winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Germany became the first European side to win the tournament when it was held in South America.

“It’s incredible. The team did it beautifully,” Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said after the win, via The Associated Press. “At some point we’ll stop celebrating but we’ll still wake up with a smile.”

Hailed as “Messi vs. the Machine” by ESPN commentator Jon Champion, the final lived up to its advanced billing, even if goals were hard to come by. Germany, coming off a 7-1 dismantling of Brazil in the semifinals, dominated possession in the early going but nearly gifted a score to Argentina in the 21st minute. Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain found himself with a clear run on goal after Germany’s Toni Kroos gave the ball away. With no defender between him and the Germany goal, Higuain failed to even put his shot on frame.

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After Brazil`s utter humiliation against Germany, anything less than a win in Saturday`s third-place match against an indifferent Netherlands team would deepen the gloom hanging over the World Cup hosts.

Brazil`s astounding 7-1 semi-final thrashing by rampant Germany ended their dream of winning a sixth World Cup, and a first on home soil, and plunged the nation into despair.

There is still the prospect, an appalling one for many Brazilians, that arch-rivals Argentina could win Sunday`s final in Rio de Janeiro.

Although third spot would be scant consolation for many, the match at the national stadium is one Brazil, and under-fire coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, must take very seriously.

By contrast, Scolari`s Dutch counterpart Louis van Gaal, whose side exceeded many people`s expectations by reaching the last four, has said the third-place game is pointless and that too will ramp up the pressure on the hosts.

Savaged in local media after the Germany match, Scolari labeled the semi-final disaster the worst day of his life and he and his staff are widely expected to step aside after the tournament whether they beat the Dutch or not.

“We have a deal … until the game on Saturday and after that, probably, we will have a conversation to sort some things out,” Scolari said.

“I will continue with my life, the players will also continue to be winners and we must continue,” he added.

“History will have to record that Brazil, for the first time since 2002, reached the semi-finals.”

Van Gaal also came in for criticism after his side, who began the tournament by thrashing holders Spain 5-1, failed to score in either their quarter-final against Costa Rica or Wednesday`s semi against Argentina.

They beat the Costa Ricans on penalties but lost their shootout to Argentina when goalkeeper Sergio Romero stopped two Dutch spot-kicks.

Van Gaal, who will take charge of Manchester United after the World Cup, told a news conference the third-place game “should never be played” and noted he had been saying the same thing for 10 years.

“But the worst thing is I believe that chances are that you lose twice in a row,” he said.

“And a tournament in which you`ve played so marvelously well, you would go home as a loser just because you could possibly have lost the last two matches and this has got nothing to do with sport in my view.

“So, in a football tournament particularly not at the last stage you shouldn`t have players playing match for third-fourth place. Because there is only one award that counts and that is becoming world champion.”

The Netherlands have never won soccer`s global showpiece despite reaching the final three times. They lost in 1974 and 1978 to West Germany and Argentina respectively and were beaten 1-0 by Spain in South Africa four years ago.

Brazil and the Netherlands have played 11 times and four times at the World Cup, including the quarter-final in 2010 when the Dutch came from behind to win 2-1.

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Coach Interviews After The Match   no comments

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After a 7-1 score between Germany and Brazil, it could be an extreme different day for the two coaches.

Joachim Low said that Brazil lost their cool which allowed Germany to score five goals in 30 incredible first-half minutes to put them into the final. “ It was important to meet this passion and these emotions with calm, courage and with our won strength. They were shocked by our goals and it made the game easier for us. Everyone did their jobs incredibly well and with total concentration. We played well going forward and combined superbly.”

A fractured vertebrate suffered in their quarter-final win over Colombia ruled Neymar out and with captain Thiago Silva suspended, Brazil fell apart on an emotionally charged night. The Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said: “ I think it was the worst of my life, but life goes on. I will be remembered as the coach to lose 7-1 but I knew that risk when I took the job and life goes on so that is what I am going to do. My message for the Brazilian people and fans is that we did what we could do and we did what we think was our best. We lost to a great team with great skill that took six minutes to change the game with four goals in an extraordinary manner. Please excuse us for this mistake. We are sorry we could not get to the final and we will honour the team in the third-place playoff.” Scolari accepted responsibility for the defeat also.

And now, Germany is preparing for the final against Argentina or Netherlands. While Brazil has to concentrate on recovering from pride in the third-place playoff. Football is just like this, no one can tell the result. Anything can happen in the pitch. And that’s the fun of Fut 14 Coins
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