Boateng: I'm convinced Germany will go through

The player then explains the thinking behind this inspirational rallying cry: “You’re lying there, still awake. You have images in your head, images of your idols. And then you see yourself, right there in their midst. You know it’s a dream. But then you start fighting to make it come true.” The Germany centre-half really […]

Boateng: I'm convinced Germany will go through

 You have images in your head, images of your idols. And then you see yourself, right there in their midst. You know it’s a dream. But then you start fighting to make it come true.” The Germany centre-half really is living the dream. He has won everything there is to win with his club Bayern […]

Dutch delight at late turnaround

The team from CONCACAF were just two minutes from the last eight until Wesley Sneijder’s superb half-volley and a Klaas-Jan Huntelaar penalty put the Europeans through. In the first game which required cooling breaks at Brazil 2014, the Oranje and El Tri began patiently. Miguel Layun had three efforts which went wide of Jasper Cillessen’s […]

Deschamps: I'm proud of my players

After all, how did a side that laboured through qualifying suddenly become a well-oiled unit with a seemingly unquenchable thirst for goals, rattling in 26 and conceding three in eight games since their play-off opener against Ukraine? The euphoria of their second-leg success in that tie has been put forward as one explanation, while some […]

From villain to hero

However, Cesar hopes that his display against Chile will end the doubts “The Brazilian people needed this, and so did the players,” Cesar said. “We knew how difficult it would be. I hope that our coming matches don’t go to penalties, because otherwise our families will end up having heart problems.”. “I prepared well physically […]

Scolari: We got lucky

“If you don’t exploit the few opportunities you get, you can go out,” Scolari said, whose side triumphed 3-2 in a shoot-out at the Estadio Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte after a 1-1 draw over 90 minutes and extra time. “We almost paid the price in the 118th minute when the ball hit the bar.” […]

Rodriguez brace sets up Brazil showdown

The 22-year-old was the magical conductor of the second all-South American affair of the day, converting twice at the Maracana to become the most prolific player of the competition with five goals and inspire his country to a meeting with hosts Brazil next Friday that should capture the imagination of the continent and beyond. Alvaro […]