2014 Brazil

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General Points

  • Location and Dates: Brazil Thursday 12th June - Sun 13th July 2014. Host cities are: Rio de Janeiro (Estádio Mário Filho (Maracanã, capacity 74,738 capacity from Technical report, 7 matches, stadium upgraded), Brasilia (Estádio Nacional de Brasília (Mané Garrincha 69,349, (7), rebuilt), São Paulo (Arena Corinthians 62,601 (6), new stadium), Fortaleza (Estádio Plácido Aderaldo Castelo (Castelão, 60,342 (6), upgraded), Belo Horizonte (Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto (Mineirão 58,170 (6), upgraded), Porto Alegre (Estádio José Pinheiro Borda (Beira-Rio, 43,394 (5), upgraded), Salvador (Arena Fonte Novo 51,900 (6), rebuilt), Recife (Arena Pernambuco 42,610 (5), new stadium), Cuiabá (Estádio Governador José Fragelli (Arena Pantanal, 41,112 (4), rebuilt), Manaus (Vivaldo Lima (Arena Amazônia, 40,549 (4), rebuilt), Natal João Cláudio de Vasconcelos Machado (Arena das Dunas, 39,971 (4), rebuilt), and Curitiba Estádio Joaquim Américo Guimarães (Arena da Baixada, 39,631 (4), upgraded).
  • Decided by FIFA Exco in Zürich, 30th October 2007. Following from a 2003 Exco decision that 2014 would be held in South America. Brazil had a unanimous backing to be the hosts.
  • Entries deadline, 15th March 2011.
  • 203 teams entered preliminary competition out of 207 eligible (excl. hosts Brazil). Bhutan, Brunei, Guam and Mauritania did not enter. The new South Sudan joined FIFA to late to enter. 32 teams in Finals.
  • Qualifications drawn in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 30th July 2011. 820 matches played after the late withdrawals of the Bahamas (Aug 2011) and Mauritius (Oct 2011).
  • European play-offs drawn Zürich 21 October 2013.
  • Finals drawn at Costa do Sauipe in Bahia on 6 December 2013.
  • Almost the same format, with 32 teams in eight groups of four, top two of each group qualify for knockout stage. Qualification decided by (in order): Points, goal difference, number of goals scored, if level outcome of encounter between the two sides, goal difference between teams concerned, number of goals scored in the group between teams concerned, finally drawing of lots by FIFA organising committee (slightly different from 2006).
  • Yellow card amnesty after the Quarter Final stage.
  • New to this WC is the introduction of goal-line technology (GLT) - at last. FIFA will use the German Goal/Control-4D GmbH system. Using high speed cameras mounted around the stadium to track the flight of the ball.
    Hawk-Eye was introduced into the Premier League 2013-14 season.
    A lovely simple idea is the introduction of the vanishing foam spray used by referees to mark the position of the ball and the wall at a free-kick. It will be adopted for all the major leagues next season.
  • Participating Teams in Qualification order: Brazil (11-4 *) (Host Nation); Japan (44-47); Australia (57-59); Iran (49-37); South Korea (56-55); Netherlands (8-15); Italy (9-9); Costa Rica (31-34); United States (13-14); Argentina (3-7); Belgium (5-12); Switzerland (7-8); Germany (2-2); Colombia (4-5); Russia (19-18); Bosnia & Herzegovinia (16-25); England (10-11); Spain (1-1); Chile (12-13); Ecuador (22-28); Honduras (34-30); Nigeria (33-44); Ivory Coast (17-21); Cameroon (59-50); Ghana (23-38); Algeria (32-25); Greece (15-10); Croatia (18-20); Portugal (14-3); France (21-16); Mexico (24-19); and Uruguay (6-6). (*FIFA ranking Nov 2013 and June 2014)
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First Stage



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Goupr A - BRAZIL*, CAMEROON, CROATIA, MEXICO.


Game 1 [M1]: Played Thursday 12 June 2014 (17.00) Arena Corinthians, São Paulo. [773]
note: All kick off times are local Brasilia official time (UTC-3 add 4 hours for BST); except Manaus (UTC-4 = plus 5 hours for BST).
(62,103) Ref. Yuichi Nishamra (JPN); Assistants: Hassan Kamranifar (IRN), Toshiyuki Nagi (JPN).

BRAZIL 3, CROATIA 1 (1:1)
0:1 Marcelo o.g. 11, 1:1 Neymar 29, 2:1 Neymar pen 71, 3:1 Oscar

Note: Match preceded by opening ceremony. Ω Denotes FIFA Man of the Match.

BRZ (4-2-3-1): [12] Júlio César; - [2] Dani Alves, [3] Thiago Silva (c), [4] David Luiz, [6] Marcelo; - [8] Paulinho (63 [18] Hernanes), [17] Luiz Gustavo; - [11] Oscar, [10] Neymar Ω (88 [16] Ramires), [7] Hulk (68 [20] Bernard); - [9] Fred.

CRO (4-4-2): [1] Stipe Pletikosa; - [11] Darijo Srna (c), [5] Vedran Ćorluka, [6] Dejan Lovren, [2] Šime Vrsaljko; - [4] Ivan Perišić, [7] Ivan Rakitić, [10] Luka Modrić (sporting a new look short back and sides haircut, his usual mop has gone), [18] Ivica Olić; - [9] Nikica Jelavić (78 [16] Ante Rebić], [20] Mateo Kovačić (61 [14] Marcelo Brozović debut).

YC: Neymar 27 for blatant elbow on Modrić, should have been red; Ćorluka 65 who hacked down Neymar with a late challenge, Lovren 69 for touching the arm of Fred who dramatically dived backwards, the only thing he did all game - he only had four touches of the ball in the first half; Luiz Gustavo 87 for a cynical foul on Modrić with both feet, one after the other.

My man of the match was Oscar who had one of his best games, Croatia were unlucky with a dreadful goalkeeper - he went down like an old grannie for both goals and should have saved the penalty - I thought he had at first having guessed the correct way to go for a nervous easy height shot. And a bent referee, an experienced FIFA official who would not speak English to the Croatians. I know we always see home bias but his display should be his last. Rakitić was clearly fouled in the run up to the gaol by Oscar. They also had a good goal disallowed on 86' after Júlio César flapped at a deep cross and Ivica Olić cleanly headed it back into play for to smash home for Fabio Cannavaro said half-joking on ITV 'It is a FIFA rule that if you touch a goalkeeper in the six yard area - it is a foul'. All brazil and Neymar will be relieved.
All subs available except Mario Mandzukic for CRO who is suspended for this game.


Game 2 [M2]: Played Thursday 13 June 2014 (13:00), Estádio das Dunas, Natal. [774]
(39,216) Ref: Wilmar Alexander Roldán Pérez (COL); Assists: Humberto Clavijo (COL) and Eduardo Diaz (COL).

MEXICO 1 - CAMEROON 0 (0:0)
Peralta 61

MEX (3-5-2): [13] Ochoa; - [2] Rodríguez, [4] Márquez (c first Mex to captain at four WC's), [15] Moreno; - [22] Aguilar,[6] Héctor Herrera, [23] Vazquez, [18] Andrés Guardado, [7] Miguel Layún; - [10] dos Santos Ω , [19] Peralta.

CAM (4-5-1): [16] Itandje; - [4] Djeugoue, [3] Nkoulou, [14] Chedjou, [2] Assou Ekotto; - [8] Moukandjo, [17] Mbia, [6] Song, [18] Enoh, [13] Choupo Motin; - [9] Eto'o.

YC: .

Game 3 [M17]: Played Wednesday 17 June 2014 (16:00), Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza. [789]
(60,342), Ref: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR); Assists:

BRAZIL 0, MEXICO 0 (0:0)br>

BRZ (4-2-3-1): [12] Júlio César; - [2] Dani Alves, [3] Thiago Silva (c), [4] David Luiz, [6] Marcelo; - [8] Paulinho (63 [18] Hernanes), [17] Luiz Gustavo; - [16] Ramirez, [10] Neymar , [11] Oscar; - [9] Fred.

MEX (5-3-2): [13] Ochoa Ω; - [22] Aguilar, [2] Rodríguez, [4] Márquez (c), [15] Moreno, [7] Miguel Layún; - [6] Héctor Herrera, [23] Vazquez, [18] Andrés Guardado; - [10] dos Santos, [19] Peralta.

Sent off :

YC:

Game 4 [M18]: Played Thursday 18 June 2014 (18:00), Arena Amazônia, Manaus. [790]
(39,982)

CAMEROON 0, CROATIA 4 (0:1)
1:0 Olić 11, 0:2 Perišić 48, 0:3 Mandžukić 61, 0-4 Mandžukić 73.

CAM (4-1-4-1): [16] Itandje; - [17] Mbia, [3] Nkoulou, [14] Chedjou, [2] Assou Ekotto; - [21] Matip; - [8] Moukandjo, [6] Song, [18] Enoh, [13] Choupo Motin; - [10] Aboubkar.

CRO (4-2-3-1): [1] Stipe Pletikosa; - [11] Darijo Srna (c), [5] Vedran Ćorluka, [6] Dejan Lovren, [3] Pranjić; - [7] Ivan Rakitić, [10] Luka Modrić; - [4] Ivan Perišić, [19] Sammir, [18] Ivica Olić; - [17] Mandžukić Ω .

YC:

Cameroon’s disastrous World Cup campaign was all but summed up in one episode: after conceding their fourth goal against Croatia, Left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto was seen engaging with his team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo before proceeding to headbutt him in the face. The full-back later described his actions as arising from frustration after Moukandjo refused to pass the full-back the ball.

"I could not accept his reaction. There was so much frustration in that match” said Assou-Ekotto. "Now people take me for an idiot. I could not control my temper.

The incident further marred a match in which Alex Song was sent-off after deliberately scraping his elbow down Mario Mandzukic.

Game 5 [M33]: Played Monday 23 June 2014 (17:00), Estádio Nacional, Brasília. [805]
(69,112): Ref: Jonas Eriksson; Assists: Mathias Klasenius and Daniel Warnmark all Swedish.

CAMEROON 1, BRAZIL 4 (1:2)
0:1 Neymar 17, 1:1 Matip 26, 1:2 Neymar 35, 1:3 Fred 49, 1:4 Fernadinho 84.

BRZ (4-3-3): [12] Julio Cesar; - [2] Dani Alves, [3] Thiago Silva (c), [4] David Luiz, [6] Marcelo; - [8] Paulinho, [17] Luiz Gustavo, [11] Oscar; - [7] Hulk, [9] Fred, [10] Neymar Ω.

CAM (4-3-3): [16] Itandje; - [22] Nyom, [3] NKoulou, [21] Matip, [12] Bedimo; - [18] Enoh, [17] Mbia, [7] Nguemo; - [[8] Moukandjo, [10] Aboubakar, [13] Choupo Moting.

YC:

Game 6 [M34]: Played Monday 23 June 2014 (17:00), Arena Pernambuco, Recife. [806]
(41,212); Ref: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB); Abduzamidullo Rasulov (UZB) and Bekhadyr Kochkarov (KGZ).
ITV4 Alistair Mann & Danny Higginbottom. BBC Steve Bower.

CROATIA 1, MEXICO 3 (0:0)
0:1 Márquez 72, 0:2 Guardado 75, 0:3 Hernández 82, 1:3 Persic.

CRO (4-1-2-3): [1] Stipe Pletikosa (114th and last cap); - [11] Darijo Srna (c), [5] Vedran Ćorluka, [6] Dejan Lovren, [2] Sime Vrsaljko; - [7] Ivan Rakitić; - [10] Luka Modrić, [3] Danijel Pranjić; - [4] Ivan Perišić, [17] Mario Mandžukić, [18] Ivica Olić.

MEX (5-3-2): [13] Guillermo Ochoa; - [22] Paul Aguilar, [2] Francisco Rodríguez, [4] Rafael Márquez (c) Ω, [15] Hector Moreno, [7] Miguel Laytun; - [18] Andrés Guardado, [23] José Vasquez, [6] Héctor Herrera; - [10] Giovani dos Santos, [19] Oribe Peralta.

RC: Rebić 89 he lunged into Pena's shin. Straight red card, no argument.

YC: Rakiti 9 caught Vasquez late; Márquez 39 took out Perišić as he was bearing down on goal from a corner; Vasquez 66 dissent, misses next game.

GROUP A Pld W D L F A Pts
BRAZIL 3 2 1 0 7 2 7
MEXICO 3 2 1 1 4 1 7
CROATIA 3 1 0 2 6 6 3
CAMEROON 3 0 0 3 1 9 0
 



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Group B - SPAIN*, AUSTRALIA, CHILE, NETHERLANDS.


Game 1 [M3]: Played Friday 13 June 2014 (16:00), Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador. [775]
(48,173) Ref: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA); Assist: Renato Faverani (ITA) and Andrea Stefani (ITA).

SPAIN 1, HOLLAND 5 (1:1)
1:0 Alonso pen 27, 1:1 van Persie 44, 1:2 Robben 53, 1:3 de Vrij 64, 1:4 van Persie 72, 1:5 Robben 89.

SPAIN (4-3-3): [1] Iker Casillas (c); - [22] Cesar Azpilicueta, [3] Gerard Pique, [15] Sergio Ramos, [18] Jordi Alba; - [8] Xavi Hernández, [16] Sergio Busquets, [14] Xavi Alonso (62 [11] Pedro Rodríguez); - [21] David Silva (78 [10] Cesc Fabregas), [19] Diego Costa (62 [9] Fernando Torres), [6] Andres Inieata.

HOL (3-4-1-2): [1] Jasper Cillissen; - [3] Stefan de Vrij (77 [13] Joel Veltman), [2] Ron Vlaar, [4] Bruno Martins Indi; - [7] Daryl Janmaat, [8] Jonathan de Guzman (62 [20] Georginio Gregion Emile Wijnaldum), [6] Nigel de Jong, [5] Daley Blind; - [10] Wesley Snejder; - [9] Robin van Persie Ω (c 79 [17] Jeremain Marciano Lens), [11] Arjen Robben.

YC: .

Game 2 [M4]: Played Friday 13 June 2014 (19:00), Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá. [776]
(40,275) Noumandiez Doue (CIV); Assist: Songuifolo Yeo (CIV) and Jean Claude Birumushahu (BUR).

CHILE 3, AUSTRALIA 1 (2:1)
1:0 Sánchez 12, 2:0 Valdivia 14, 2:1 Cahill 35, 3:1 Beausejour 90.

CHI (4-1-3-2): [1] Bravo; - [4] Isla, [17] Medel, [18] Jara, [2] Mena; - [21] Diaz; - [20] Aranguiz, [10] Valdivia (68 [15] Beausejour), [8] Vidal (60 [16] Gutierrez); - [7] Sanchez Ω , [11] Vargas (88 [9] Panilla).

AUS (4-2-3-1): [1] Ryan; - [2] Franjic (49 [19] McGowan), [22] Wilkinson, [6] Matthew Thomas Spiranovic, [3] Davidson; - [15] Jedinak, [5] Milligan; - [7] Leckie, [23] Bresciano (78 [14] Troisi), [11] Oar (69 [10] Halloran); - [4] Cahill.

YC:

Game 3 [M20]: Played Wednesday 18 June 2014 (13:00), Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre. [791]
(42,877) .

AUSTRALIA 2, HOLLAND 3 (1:1)
0:1 Robben 20, 1:1 Cahill 21, 2-1 Jedinak pen 54, 2:2 van Persie 58, 2:3 Memphis 68.

AUS (4-2-3-1): [1] Maty Ryan; - [19] Ryan McGowan, [22] Alex Wilkinson, [6] Matthew Spiranovic, [3] Jason Davidson; - [15] Mile Jedinak (c), [17] Matt McKay; - [7] Matthew Leckie, [23] Mark Bresciano (51 [13] Oliver John Bozanić), [11] Tommy Oar (77 [9] Adam Taggart); - [4] Tim Cahill (69 [10] Ben Halloran).

HOL (3-4-1-2): [1] Jasper Cillissen; - [3] Stefan de Vrij, [2] Ron Vlaar, [4] Bruno Martins Indi (45+3 [21] Memphis Depay; - [7] Daryl Janmaat,[8] Jonathan de Guzman (78 [20] Georginio Wijnaldum), [6] Nigel de Jong, [5] Daley Blind; - [10] Wesley Snejder; - [9] Robin van Persie(c 87 [17] Jermain Lens), [11] Arjen Robben Ω .

not available: [2] Ivan Franjic out of WC with a torn left hamstring against Chile and [5] Mark Milligan (hamstring injury in training) for AUS.

YC: .

Game 4 [M19]: Played Wednesday 18 June 2014 (16:00), Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro. [792]
(74,101) Ref: Mark Geiger (USA);

SPAIN 0, CHILE 2 (0:2)
0:1 Vargas 20, 0:2 Aránguiz 43.

ESP (4-2-3-1): [1] Iker Casillas (c); - [22] Cesar Azpilicueta, [4] Martinez, [15] Sergio Ramos, [18] Jordi Alba; - [16] Sergio Busquets, [14] Aloso (h/t [17] Koke); - [11] Pedro Rodríguez (76 [20] Cazorla), [21] David Silva, [6] Andres Inieata; - [19] Diego Costa (64 [9] Fernando Torres),

CHI (5-1-3-1): [1] Bravo; - [4] Isla, [5] Silva, [17] Medel, [18] Jara, [2] Mena; - [21] Diaz; - [20] Aranguiz (64 [16] Gutierrez), [8] Vidal (88 [6] Carmona), [11] Vargas Ω (85 [10] Valdivia); - [7] Sanchez

Casillas again at fault for the second goal as he weakly puched a free-kick he shoold have easily caught straght to the goalscorer Aránguiz who calmly tucked in the rebound from 15yds.

YC: .

Game 5 [M35]: Played Monday 23 June 2014 (13:00), Arena Corinthians, São Paulo. [807]
(38,375) .

AUSTRALIA 0, SPAIN 3 (1:0)
0:1 Villa 36, 0:2 Terres 68, 0:3 Mata 82.

AUS (4-2-3-1): [1] Ryan; - [19] Ryan McGowan, [22] Alex Wilkinson, [6] Matthew Spiranovic, [3] Jason Davidson; - [15] Mile Jedinak (c), [17] Matt McKay; - [7] Matthew Leckie, [13] Oliver Bozanić (72 [23] Mark Bresciano), [11] Tommy Oar (61 [14] Troisi); - [9] Adam Taggart (h/t [10] Ben Halloran).

ESP (4-2-3-1): [23] Iker Casillas; - [5] Juan Francisco Torres Belén - Juanfran, [2] Raul Albiol, [15] Sergio Ramos (c), [18] Jordi Alba; - [17] Koke, [14] Xabi Alonso (83 [21] David Silva); - [20] Santi Cazorla (68 [10] Fabregas), [6] Andres Iniesta, {7] David Villa Ω (57 [13] Juan Mata); - [9] Fernando Torres.

YC:

Game 6 [M36]: Played Monday 23 June 2014 (13:00), Arena Corinthians, São Paulo. [808]
(62,996) . Ref: Bakary Gassama (GAM); Assists: Evarist Menkouande (CAM) and Felicien Kabanda (RWA).

HOLLAND 2, CHILE 0 (0:0)
1:0 Fer 77, 2:0 Depay 90+2.

HOL (5-2-1-2): [1] Jesper Cillessen; - [7] Daryl Janmaat, [3] Stefan de Vrij, [2] Ron Vlaar, [5] Daley Blind, [15] Dirk Kuyt (87 [14] Terence Kongolo); - [20] Georginio Wijnaldum, [6] Nigel de Jong; - [10] Wesley Snijder (73 [18] Leroy Fer); - [11] Arjen Robben (c) Ω, [17] Jeremain Lens (68 [21] Memphis Depay).

CHI (3-3-2-2): [1] Claudio Bravo (c); - [5] Francisco Silva (69 [10] Jorge Valdivia), [17] Gary Medel, [18] Gonzalo Jara; - [4] Mauricio Isla, [21] Marcelo Diaz, [2] Eugenio Mena; - [20] Charles Aránguiz, [16] Felipe Gutiérrez (h/t [15] Jean Beausejour); - [7] Alexis Sánchez, [11] Eduardo Vargas (81 [9] Mauricio Pinilla).

YC: .


GROUP B Pld W D L F A Pts
NETHERLANDS 3 3 0 0 10 3 9
CHILE 3 2 0 1 5 3 6
SPAIN 3 1 0 2 4 7 3
AUSTRALIA 3 0 0 3 3 9 0
 



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Group C - COLOMBIA *, GREECE, IVORY COAST, JAPAN.


Game 1 [M5]: Played Saturday 14 June 2014 (13:00), Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte. [777]
(57,174).

COLOMBIA 3, GREECE 0 (1:0)
1:0 Armero Goal 5, 2:0 Gutiérrez 58, 3:0 Rodríguez 90+3.

COLOMBIA (4-2-3-1): [1] Ospina; - [18] Zúñiga, [2] Zapata, [3] Yepes (c), [7] Armero; - [8] Aguilar, [6] Sanchez; - [11] Cuadrado, [10] James Rodríguez Ω, [14] Ibarbo; - [9] Gutierrez.

GREECE (4-1-4-1): [1] Karnezis; - [15] Torosidis, [4] Manolas, [19] Papastathopoulos, [20] Cholevas; - [21] Katsouranis (c); - [14] Salpingidis, [2] Maniatis, [8] Kone, [7] Samaras; - [17] Gakas,

YC: .

Game 2 [M6]: Played Saturday 14 June 2014 (22:00 or 02:00 BST), Arena Pernambuco, Recife. [778]
(40,267) .

IVORY COAST 2, JAPAN 1 (0:1)
0:1 Honda 16, 1:1 Bony 64, 2:1 Gervinho 66.

IVORY COAST (4-2-1-3): [1] Barry; - [17] Aurier, [5] Zakora, [22] Bamba, [3] Boka; - [9] Tiote, [20] Serey; - [19] Yaya Touré (c) Ω ; - [8] Kalou, [12] Bony, [10] Gervinho.

JAPAN (4-2-3-1): [1] Kawashima; - [2] Uchida, [22] Yoshida, [6] Morishige, [5] Nagotamo; - [16] Yamaguchi, [17] Hasebe (c); - [9] Okazaki, [4] Honda, [10] Kagawa; [18] Osako.

Sent Off

YC: .

Game 3 [M21]: Played Thursday 19 June 2014 (13:00), Estádio Nacional, Brasília. [793]
(68,748).

COLOMBIA 2, IVORY COAST 1 (0:0)
1:0 Rodríguez 64, 2:0 Quintero 70, 2:1 Gervinho 73.

COLOMBIA (4-3-3): [1] Ospina; - [18] Zúñiga, [2] Zapata, [3] Yepes (c), [7] Armero; - [8] Aguilar, [10] Rodríguez Ω, [6] Sanchez; - [11] Cuadrado, [9] Gutierrez, [14] Ibaro.

IVORY COAST (4-2-1-3): [1] Barry; - [1] Aurier, [5] Zakora, [22] Bamba, [3] Boka; - [20] Serey, [9] Tiote; - [19] Touré (c); - [10] Gervinho, [12] Bony, [15] Gradel. .

YC: .

Game 4 [M22]: Played Thursday 19 June 2014 (19:00), Estádio das Dunas, Natal. [794]
(39,485)

GREECE 0, JAPAN 0 (0:0)

GREECE (4-1-4-1): [1] Karnezis; - [15] Torosidis, [4] Manolas, [19] Papastantopoulos, [20] Cholevas; - [21] Katsouranis; - [18] Fefatzidis, [2] Maniatis, [8] Kone, [7] Samaras; - [9] Mitroglou.

JAPAN (4-2-1-3): [1] Kawashima; - [2] Uchida, [22] Yoshida, [15] Yamaguchi, [5] Nagatomo; - [17] Hasebe, [16] Yamaguchi; - [4] Honda Ω; - [13] Okubo, [18] Osako, [9] Ozaki.

YC:

Game 5 [M37]: Played Tuesday 24 June 2014 (16:00), Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá. [809]
(40,340) .

JAPAN 1, COLOMBIA 4 (1:1)
0:1 Cuadrado pen 17, 1:1 Okazaki 45+1, 1:2 Martinez 75, 1:3 Martinez 82, 1:4 Rodrigiez 90.

JAPAN (4-2-3-1): [1] Kawashima; - [2] Uchida, [22] Yoshida, [15] Konno, [5] Nagatomo; - [14] Aoyama (62 [16] Yamaguchi), [17] Hasebe; - [9] Okazaki (69 [11] Kakitani), [4] Honda, [10] Kagawa (85 [8] Kiyotake); - [13] Okubu.

COLOMBIA (4-1-3-2): [1] Ospina (c. 85 [22] Mondragon); - [4] Arias, [23] Valdes, [16] Balanta, [7] Armero; - [15] Meja; - [20] Quintero (h/t [10] Rodriguez), [13] Guarin, [11] Cuadrado (h/t [5] Carbonero); - [19] Ramos, [21] Martinez.

YC:



Game 6 [M38]: Played Tuesday 24 June 2014 (16:00), Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza. [810]
(59,095) .

GREECE 2, IVORY COAST 1 (1:0)
1-0 Samaris 42, 1:1 Bony 74, 2:1 Saras pen 90+3.

GREECE (4-4-2): [1] Karnezis (24 [12] Panagiotis Glykos); - [15] Torosidis, [4] Manolas, [19] Papastatholopoulos, [20] Holebas; - [2] Maniatis, [10] Karagounis (c. 78 [17] Theofanis Gekas); - [14] Salpingidis, [8] Kone (12 [22] Andreas Samaris), [16] Christodoulopoulos; - [7] Samaras.

IVORY COAST (4-2-3-1): [1] Barry; - [17] Aurier, [4] Kolo Touré, [22] Bamba, [3] Boka; - [20] Serey Die, [9] Cheick Tioté (61 [12] Wilfried Bony); - [8] Kalou, [19] Yaya Touré, [10] Gervinho (83 [21] Giovanni Sio); - [11] Didier Drogba (c. 78 [14] Ismaël Diomandé).

YC: .

Pld W D L F A Pts
COLOMBIA 3 3 0 0 9 2 9
GREECE 3 1 1 1 2 4 4
IVIRY COAST 3 1 0 2 4 5 3
JAPAN 3 0 1 2 2 6 1



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Group D - URUGUAY *, COSTA RICA, ENGLAND, ITALY.


Game 1 [M7]: Played Saturday 14 June 2014 (16:00 or 20:00 BST), Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza. [779]
(58,679)

URUGUAY 1, COSTA RICA 3 (1:0)
1:0 Cavani pen 24, 1:1 Campbell 54, 1:2 Duarte 57, 1:3 Ureña 84.

URU (4-4-2): [1] Néstor Fernando Muslera Micol; - [16] Victorio Maximiliano 'Maxi' Pereira Páez, [2] Diego Alfredo Lugano Morena, [3] Diego Roberto Godín Leal, [22] José Martín Cáceres Silva; - [11] Christian Ricardo Stuani Curbelo, [5] Walter Alejandro Gargano Guevara (60 [20] Álvaro Rafael González Luengo), [17] Egidio Raúl Arévalo Ríos, [7] Cristian Gabriel Rodríguez Barotti (76 [8] Abel Mathías Hernández Platero); - [10] Diego Forlán Corazzo (60 [14] Marcelo Nicolás Lodeiro Benítez), [21] Edinson Roberto Cavani Gómez.

CRC (5-1-3-1): [1] Navas; - [16] Gamboa, [6] Duarte, [3] González, [4] Unama, [15] Junior Diaz; - [17] Tajeda; - [10] Ruiz, [5] Borges, [7] Bolantos; - [9] Campbell Ω .

Sent off:

YC:


Game 2 [M8]: Played Saturday 14 June 2014 (18:00 or 23:00 BST), Arena Amazônia, Manaus. [780]
(39,800); Referee: Björn Kuipers (HOL); Assists: Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra all officials from Netherlands.

ENGLAND 1, ITALY 2 (1:1)
0:1 Marchisio 35, 1:1 Sturridge 37, 1:2 Balotelli 50.

ENG (4-2-3-1): [1] Hart; - [2] Johnson, [5] Cahill, [6] Jagielka, [3] Baines; - [14] Henderson (73 Wilshere), [4] Gerrard (c); - [11] Welbeck (61 Berkley), [19] Sterling, [10] Rooney; - [9] Sturridge (73 Adam Lallana).

ITA (4-1-4-1): [12] Sirglu; - [4] Darmian, [15] Barzagli, [20] Paletta, [3] Chiellini; - [16] de Rossi; - [6] Cardeva (79 Parolo), [23] Verratti (57 Motta), [21] Pirlo (c), [8] Marchisio; - [9] Balotelli Ω (73 Immobile).

Not Available: [15] Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for ENG, [1] Gianluigi Buffon and [2] Matia de Scoglio for ITA out injured.
YC: Sterling


Game 3 [M23]: Played Thursday 19 June 2014 (16:00 or 20:00 BST), Arena Corinthians, São Paulo. [795]
(62,575) Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP);

URUGUAY 2, ENGLAND 1 (1:0)
1-0 Suárez 39, 1:1 Rooney 75, 2:1 Suárez 85.

URU (4-1-3-2): [1] Fernando Muslera; - [22] Martín Cáceres, [13] José María Giménez de Vargas, [3] Diego Godín (c), [6] Álvaro Daniel Pereira Barragán; - [17] Egidio Arévalo Ríos; - [20] Álvaro González (79 [4] Jorge Ciro Fucile Perdomo), [14] Nicolás Lodeiro (67 [11] Christian Stuani), [7] Cristian Rodríguez; - [9] Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz Ω (88 [19] Sebastián Coates Nion), [21] Edinson Cavani.

ENG (4-2-3-1): [1] Joe Hart; - [2] Glen Johnson, [5] Gary Cahill, [6] Phil Jagielka, [3] Leighton Baines; - [4] Steven Gerrard (c), [14] Jordan Henderson (87 [18] Ricky Lambert); - [19] Danny Welbeck (71 [20] Adam Lallana), [10] Wayne Rooney, [11] Raheem Sterling (64 [21] Ross Berkley); - [9] Daniel Sturridge.

England's only slim glimmer of a hope to qualify is if Italy beat Costa Rica tomorrow. They didn't and on that peformance I think they will go out with England.

YC: Godín 9, Gerrard 68.


Game 4 [M24]: Played Friday 20 June 2014 (13:00 or 17:00 BST), Arena Pernambuco, Recife. [796]
(40,285)

ITALY 0, COSTA RICA 1. (0:1)
Ruiz 44.

ITA (4-1-4-1): [1] Gianluigi Buffon (c); - [4] Matteo Darmian, [15] Andrea Barzagli, [3] Giorgio Chiellini, [7] Ignazio Abate; - [16] Daniele de Rossi; - [6] Antonio Cardeva (57 [22] Lorenzo Insigne), [21] Andrea Pirlo, [5] Thiago Motta (h/t [10] Antonio Cassano), [8] Claudio Marchisio (69 [11] Alessio Cerci); - [9] Mario Balotelli.

CRC (5-4-1): [1] Keylor Navas; - [16] Cristian Gamboa, [6] Oscar Duarte, [3] Giancarlo González, [4] Michael Unama, [15] Junior Diaz; - [10] Bryan Ruiz Ω (81 [14] Randall Brenes), [5] Celso Borges, [17] Yeltsin Tajeda (68 [22] José Cubero), [7] Christian Bolantos; - [9] Joel Campbell (74 [21] Marcos Urena).

Sent off:
YC:


Game 5 [M39]: Played Tuesday 24 June 2014 (13:00 or 17:00 BST), Estádio das Dunas, Natal. [811]
(39,706); Ref: Marco Rodríguez (MEX); Marvin Torrenterra and Marcos Quintero (MEX).

ITALY 0, URUGUAY 1 (0:0)
Godín 81.

ITA (5-3-2): [1] Giancarlo Buffon Ω; - [4] Matteo Darmian, [15] Andrea Barzagli, [19] Leonardo Bonucci, [3] Giorgio Chiellini, [2] Mattia de Sciglio; - [23] Marco Verratti (75 [5] Thiago Motta), [21] Andrea Pirlo, [8] Claudio Marchisio; - [9] Marco Balotelli (h/t [18] Marco Parolo), [17] Ciro Immobile (71 [10] Antonio Cassano).

URU (4-4-2): [1] Fernando Muslera; - [22] Martín Cáceres, [13] José Giménez, [3] Godín, [20] Álvaro González; - [14] Nicolás Lodeiro (h/t [16] Maxi Pereira), [17] Egidio Arévalo Ríos, [7] Cristian Rodríguez (78 [18] Gastón Ezequiel Ramírez Pereyra), [6] Álvaro Pereira (63 [11] Christian Stuani); - [9] Louis Suárez, [21] Edinson Cavani.

The sad 'rat' is at it yet again. Having lost his patience in the 80th minute when the ball is away on the left of the box, the referee is watching play, he strides up to Chiellini and bites him on the left shoulder - as clear as day to the TV cameras. They both fall to the ground and for some reason Suárez cannot stop playing with his offending dentures, you would have thought it was the last part of him that people should be paying attention to - especially as he later alleged that he was poked in the eye. None on the BBC or ITV pundits stated the obvious reason why he did it. Simply, to get Chiellini to retaliate and get sent off. The match was still in the balance at 0-0 and 9 men in opposition is better for Uruguay than 10. He is a cheating rat and he will get what he deserves. Once he has served his ban I would advise his future football coaches to supply him with some pices of electric cable for him to gnaw away at in the dressing room during those quiet periods.

It was ridiculous not to send Suárez off,” Chiellini said. “It is clear-cut. Then there was the obvious dive afterwards because he knew very well that he did something that he shouldn’t have done.Suárez is a sneak and he gets away with it because Fifa want their stars to play in the World Cup. I’d love to see if they have the courage to use video evidence against him. The referee saw the bite mark, too, but he did nothing about it.”

Suárez denied he had bitten Chiellini. “These situations happen on the field,” he said - only when he is on it!.I had contact with his shoulder, chest against shoulder and I got a knock to the eye – nothing more.”

Suárez served a 10-game ban in the Premier League in 2013 for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, having committed the same offence playing for Ajax three years earlier. He will get a huge ban, Mauro Tassotti, the Italy defender, currently holds the record for the longest ban issued at a World Cup suspended for eight games in 1994 for breaking the nose of Spain midfielder Luis Enrique with an elbow.

RC: Marchisio 60 studs-up on Arévalo Ríos.

YC:Balotelli 22 crashed into ; Arévalo Ríos 46; de Sciglio 77; Muslera 90+1 time wasting.


Game 6 [M40]: Played Tuesday 24 June 2014 (13:00 or 17:00 BST), Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte. [812]
(57,823); Ref: Djamel Haimoudi (ALG); Assists: Redouane Achil (MAR)and Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG).

COSTA RICA 0, ENGLAND 0 (0:0)

CRC (5-3-2): [1] Navas Ω; - [16] Gamboa, [6] Duarte, [3] Giancarlo González, [19] Miller, [15] Diaz; - [10] Bryan Ruiz (c), [17] Tajeda, [5] Borges (78 Barrantes); - [9] Campbell (64 Urena), [14] Brenes (59 Balanos).

ENG (4-2-3-1): [13] Ben Foster; - [16] Phil Jones, [5] Gary Cahill, [12] Chris Smalling, [23] Luke Shaw; - [8] Frank Lampard (c), [7] Jack Wilshere (73 [4] Steven Gerrard 114th and last cap); - [17] James Milner (76 [10] Wayne Rooney), [21] Ross Barkley, [20] Adam Lallana (62 Sterling); - [9] Daniel Sturridge.

[3] Leighton Baines and [15] Alex Oxlade Chamberlain were injured.

YC: Barkley 53, Lallana 57, González 60.


Pld W D L F A Pts
COSTA RICA 3 2 1 0 4 1 7
URUGUAY 3 2 0 1 4 4 6
ITALY 3 1 0 2 2 3 3
ENGLAND 3 0 1 2 2 4 1
 



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Group E - SWITZERLAND *, ECUADOR, FRANCE, HONDURAS.


Game 1 [M9]: Played Sunday 15 June 2014 (13.00), Estádio Nacional, Brasília. [717]

(68,351) .

SWITZERLAND 2, ECUADOR 1 (1:1)

0:1 E. Valencia Goal 22, 1:1 Mehmedi 48, 2:1 Seferović 90+3'.

SUI (4-2-3-1): [1] Benaglio; - [2] Lichtsteiner, [20] Djourou, [5] von Bergen, [13] Rodriguez; - [11] Behrami, [8] Inler; - [23] Shaqiri Ω, [10] Xhaka, [14] Stocker; - [19] Drmic.

ECU (4-4-2): [22] Dominguez; - [4] Paredes, [2] Guagua, [3] Erazo, [10] W Ayovi; - [16] Antonio Valencia (c), [23] Gruezo, [6] Noboa, [7] Montero; - [13] Enner Valencia, [11] Caicedo.

YC:







Game 2 [M10]: Played Sunday 15 June 2014 (16:00), Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre. [718]

(43,012)

FRANCE 3, HONDURAS 0 (1:0).

1:0 Benzema pen 45, 2:0 Valladares og 48, 3:0 Benzema 72.

FRA (4-3-3): [1] Lloris; - [2] Debuchy, [4] Raphaël Varane, [5] Sakho, [3] Evra; - [19] Pogba (57 [18] Moussa Sissoko), [6] Cabaye (65 [12] Antonio Mavuba), [14] Matudi; - [8] Valbuena (78 [9] Olivier Giroud), [10] Benzema Ω, [11] Griezmann.

HON (4-4-2): [18] Valadares (c); - [21] Beckeles, [5] Bernardez (h/t Osman Chavez), [3] Figueroa, [7] Izaguirre; - [17] Najar (58 [20] Jorge Claros), [19] Garrido, [8] Wilson Palacios, [15] Espinoza; - [11] Bengtson (h/t [14] Boniek Garcia), [13] Costly.

RC: Wilson Palacios 43.

YC: Evra 7, W. Palacios 28, Pogba 28, W. Palacios 43 2YC, Garcia 53, Garrido 83.




Game 3 [M24]: Played Friday 20 June 2014 (16:00), Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador. [732]

(00,000) ;

SWITZERLAND 2, FRANCE 5 (0:3)

SUI (4-2-3-1): [1] Benaglio; - [2] Lichtsteiner, [20] Djourou, [5] von Bergen, [13] Rodriguez; - [11] Behrami, [8] Inler; - [23] Shaqiri, [10] Xhaka, [18] Mehmedi; - [9] Seferovic.

FRA (4-3-3): [1] Lloris; - [2] Debuchy, [4] Raphaël Varane, [5] Sakho, [3] Evra; - [18] Sissoko, [6] Cabaye, [14] Matudi; - [8] Valbuena, [9] Giroud, [10] Benzema Ω.

YC: .

Game 4 [M26]: Played Friday 20 June 2014 (19:00), Arena da Baixada, Curitiba. [734]

(00,000)

HONDURAS 1, ECUADOR 2 (0:0)

1:0 Costly 31, 1:1 Enner Valencia 34, 1:2 Enner Valencia 65.

HON (4-4-2): [18] Valadares (c); - [21] Beckeles, [5] Bernardez, [3] Figueroa, [7] Izaguirre; - [14] B. Garcia, [19] Garrido, [20] Claros, [15] Espinoza; - [11] Bengtson, [13] Costly.

ECU (4-3-3): [22] Dominguez; - [4] Paredes, [2] Guagua, [3] Erazo, [10] W Ayovi; - [16] Antonio Valencia (c), [6] Noboa, [14] Gruezo, [7] Montero; - [13] Enner Valencia Ω, [11] Caicedo.

YC: Bernardez 7, A. Valencia 57, E. Valencia 73, Montero 80.




Game 5 [M41]: Played Wednesday 25 June 2014 (16:00) Arena Amazônia, Manaus [813]

(40,322); Ref: Nestor Pitana; Assists: Hernan Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti (all ARG).

HONDURAS 0, SWITZERLAND 3 (0:0)

0:1 Shaqiri 6, 0:2 Shaqiri, 31, 0:3 Shaqiri 71 the 50th WC hat-trick and all left footed.

HON (4-4-2): [18] Valladares (c); - [21] Beckeles - dyed ginger hair, [5] Bernardez, [3] Figueroa, [6] J C Garcia; - [14] O Garcia, [20] Claros, [8] Wilson Palacios, [15] Espinoza; - [13] Costly, [11] Bengtson.

SUI (4-2-3-1): [1] Benaglio; - [2] Lichtsteiner, [20] Djourou, [22] Schar, [13] Rodriguez; - [8] Inler (c), [11] Behrami; - [10] Xhaka, [23] Shaqiri, [18] Mehmedi; - [19] Drmic.

YC:


Game 6 [M42]: Played Wednesday 24 June 2014 (17:00), Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro. [814]

(73,743): Nourmandiaz Doue (CIV); Assists: Songulfodo Yeo (CIV), and Jean Claude Birumushahu (BUR).

ECUADOR 0, FRANCE 0.

ECU (4-1-4-1): [22] Dominguez; - [4] J Paredes, [2] Guagua, [3] Erazo, [10] W Ayovi; - [14] Minda; - [16] Antonio Valencia (c), [6] Noboa - played most of the game with a hair net to hold his bandage on (89 [11] Caicedo), [15] Arroyo (81 [21] Achilier), [7] Montero (63 [5] Ibarra); - [13] Enner Valencia.

FRA (4-3-3): [1] Lloris (c); - [15] Sagna, [21] Koscielny, [5] Sakho (61 [4] Raphaël Varane), [17] Digne; - [19] Pogba, [22] Schneiderlin, [14] Matuidi (67 [9] Giroud); - [18] Sissoko, [10] Benzema, [11] Griezmann (79 [20] Loïc Rémy).

RC: Antonio Valencia 50 and Digne went for the same ball but Valecia was adjudged to violent with his two footed challenge.

YC: Erazo 83 for kicking the ball away.

Pld W D L F A Pts
FRANCE 3 2 1 0 8 2 7
SWITZERLAND 3 2 1 0 7 6 6
ECUADOR 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
HONDURAS 3 0 0 3 1 8 0
 



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Group F - ARGENTINA *, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, IRAN, NIGERIA.

Game 1 [M11]: Played Sunday 14 June 2014 (19:00), Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro. [783]

(74,738)

ARGENTINA 2, BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA (0:0)

1:0 Kolašinac og 3, 2:0 Messi 65, 2:1 Ibišević 84.

ARG (5-3-2): [1] Romero; - [4] Zabaleta, [3] Campagnaro, [17] Frederico Fernandez, [2] Garay, [16] Rojo; - [11] Maxi Rodríguez, [14] Mascherano, [7] di Maria; - [10] Messi (c) Ω, [20] Aguero.

BIH (4-2-3-1): [1] Asmir Begovic; - [13] Mensur Mujdza, [3] Ermin Bicakcic, [4] Emir Spahic (c), [5] Saed Kolasinac; - [8] Miralem Panic, [7] Muhamed Besic; - [20] Izet Hajrovic, [10] Zvjezdan Misimovic, [16] Senad Lulic; - [11] Edin Dzeko.

YC:

Game 2 [M12]: Played Monday 16 June 2014 (16:00), Arena da Baixada, Curitiba. [784]

(39,081)

IRAN 0, NIGERIA (0:0)

IRN (4-4-1-1): [12] Alireza Haghighi; - [15] Pejman Montazeri, [4] Jalal Hosseini, [5] Amir Sadeghi, [23] Mehdrad Pooladi; - [2] Khosro Heydari, [14] Andranik Teymourian, [6] Javad Nekounam (c), [3] Eshan Haji Safi; - [21] Ashkan Dejagah; - [16] Reza Ghoochannejad.

NGR (4-2-3-1): [1] Vincent Enyeama (c); - [5] Efe Ambrose, [22] Kenneth Omeruo, [14] Godfrey Oboabona, [13] Juwon Oshaniwa; - [17] Ogenyi Onazi, [10] John Obi Mikel Ω; - [7] Ahmed Musa, [15] Azeez, [11] Victor Moses; - [9] Emmanuel Emenike.

YC: .

Game 3 [M27]: Played Saturday 21 June 2014 (13:00), Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte. [799]

(57,698); Ref: Milorad Mažić (SRB)

ARGENTINA 1, IRAN 0 (0:0)

Messi 90+1.

ARG (4-3-3): [1] Sergio Romero; - [4] Pablo Zabaleta, [17] Frederico Fernandez, [2] Ezequiel Garay, [16] Marcos Rojo; - [5] Gago, [14] Javier Mascherano, [7] Angel di Maria; - [10] Lionwl Messi (c) Ω, [9] Higuan, [20] Sergio Aguero.

IRN (4-2-3-1): [12] Alireza Haghighi; - [15] Pejman Montazeri, [4] Jalal Hosseini, [5] Amir Sadeghi, [23] Mehdrad Pooladi; - [14] Andranik Teymourian, [6] Javad Nekounam (c); - [7] Masoud Shojaei, [3] Ehsan Hajsafi, [21] Ashkan Dejagah; - [16] Reza Ghoochannejad.

YC: Nekounam 53, Shojaei 73.

Game 4 [M28]: Played Saturday 21 June 2014 (19:00), Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá. [800]

(40,499); Ref: Peter O'Leary (NZD);

NIGERIA 1, BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA, (1:0)

Odemwingie 29.

NGR (4-3-3): [1] Vincent Enyeama (c); - [5] Efe Ambrose, [2] Yobo (c), [22] Kenneth Omeruo, [13] Juwon Oshaniwa; - [8] Odemwingie Ω, [17] Ogenyi Onazi, [10] John Obi Mikel; - [9] Emmanuel Emenike, [18] Babatunde, [7] Ahmed Musa.

BIH (4-2-3-1): [1] Asmir Begovic; - [13] Mensur Mujdza, [15] Sunjic, [4] Emir Spahic (c), [16] Senad Lulic; - [7] Muhamed Besic, [18] Medunjanin; - [20] Izet Hajrovic, [8] Miralem Panic, [10] Zvjezdan Misimovic; - [11] Edin Dzeko.

YC:

Game 5 [M43]: Played Wednesday 25 June 2014 (13:00), Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre. [815]

(43,285) ; Ref: Nicola Rizzoli ; Assists: Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani all ITA.

NIGERIA 2, ARGENTINA 3 (1:2)

0:1 Messi 3, 1:1 Musa 4, 1:2 Messi 42+2, 2:2 Musa 47, 2:3 Rojo 50.

NGR (4-1-4-1): [1] Enyeama; - [5] Ambrose, [2] Yobo (c), [22] Omerou, [13] Oshaniwa; - [17] Onazi; - [8] Odemwingie, [18] Babatude, [10] Mikel, [7] Musa; - [9] Emenike.

ARG (4-3-1-2): [1] Romero; - [4] Zabaleta, [17] Fernandez, [2] Garay, [16] Rojo; - [5] Gago, [14] Mascherano, [7] di Maria; - [10] Messi (c); - [20] Aguero, [9] Higuain.

YC: Omerou 49 long striding swing at Lavezzi; Oshaniwa 51 late on Lavezzi.

Game 6 [M44]: Played Wednesday 25 June 2014 (13:00), Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador. [816]

(48,011); Ref: Carlos Velasco Carballo; Assists: Roberto Alonso Fernandez and Juan Yuste all ESP.

BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA 3, IRAN 1 (1:0)

1:0 Džeko 23' 2:0 Pjanić 59, 2:1 Ghoochannejhad 82, 3:1 Vršajević 83.

BIH (4-4-2): [1] Asmir Begović; - [2] Avdija Vršajević, [15] Toni Šunjić, [4] Emir Spahić (c), [5] Sead Kolašinac; - [21] Anel Hadžić (61 [6] Ognjen Vranješ), [8] Miralem Pjanić, [7] Muhamed Muhamed Bešić, [14] Tino-Sven Sušić (79 [23] Sejad Salihović); - [11] Edin Džeko (84 [19] Edin Višća), [9] Vedad Ibišević.

IRN (4-4-2): [12] Alireza Haghighi; - [15] Pejman Montazeri, [4] Jalal Hosseini, [5] Amir Hossein Sadeghi, [23] Mehrdad Pooladi; - [7] Masoud Shojaei (h/t [2] Khosro Heydari), [14] Andranik Teymourian, [6] Javad Nekounam (c), [3] Ehsan Hajsafi (63 [9] Alireza Jahanbakhsh) ; - [16] Reza Ghoochannejhad, [21] Ashkan Dejagah (68 [10] Karim Ansarifard).

YC:

Pld W D L F A Pts
ARGENTINA 3 3 0 0 6 3 9
NIGERIA 3 1 1 1 3 3 4
BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA 3 1 0 2 4 4 3
IRAN 3 0 1 2 1 4 1
 



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Group G - GERMANY *, PORTUGAL, GHANA, UNITED STATES.

Game 1 [M13]: Played Monday 16 June 2014 (13:00), Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador. [785]

(51,081)

GERMANY 4, PORTUGAL 0 (3:0).

1:0 Müller pen 12, 2:0 Hummels 32, 3:0 Müller 45+1', 4:0 Müller 78.

GER (4-1-4-1): [1] Manuel Peter Neuer; - [20] Jérôme Agyenim Boateng, [17] Per Mertesacker, [5] Mats Julian Hummels, [4] Benedikt Höwedes; - [16] Philipp Lahm; - [8] Mesut Özil, [6] Sami Khedira, [18] Toni Kroos, [19] Mario Götze; - [13] Thomas Müller Ω.

POR (4-3-3): [12] Patricio; - [21] Pereira, [3] Pepe, [2] Alves, [5] Coentrao; - [8] Mutinho, [4] Veloso, [16] Meirales; - [17] Nani, [9] Almeida, [7] C Ronaldo (c).

YC: .

Game 2 [M14]: Played Monday 16 June 2014 (19:00), Estádio das Dunas, Natal. [786]

(39,760); Ref: Jonas Eriksson (SWE);

GHANA 1, UNITED STATES 2 (0:1)

1:0 Dempsey 29 sec. fastest of 2014 and 5th fastest in WC history, 1:1 A. Ayew 82, 1:2 Brooks 86.

GHA (4-2-3-1): [12] Adambathia Larsen Kwarasey; - [4] Daniel Tawiah Opare, [21] John Boye, [19] Jonathan Mensah, [20] Kwadwo Asamoah; - [17] Mohammed Rabiu Alhassan (71 [5] Michael Kojo Essien), [11] Suleyman Ali Muntari; - [7] Christian Atsu Twasam (78 [14] Albert Danquah Adomah), [13] Jordan Pierre Ayew (59 [9] Kevin-Prince Boateng), [10] André Morgan Rami Ayew; - [3] Asamoah Gyan (c).

USA (4-1-3-2): [1] Tim Howard; - [23] Fabian Johnson, [20] Geoffrey Scott Cameron, [5] Matt Besler (h/t [6] John Brooks), [7] DaMarcus Beasley; - [15] Kyle Beckerman; - [11] Alejandro Bedoya (77 [19] Graham Zusi), [4] Michael Bradley, [13] Jermain Jones; - [8] Clint Dempsey (c) Ω, [17] Josy Altidore (23 [9] Aron Johannsson).

Fantastic start for USA, Dempsey, who played most of the match with a broken nose, cut in from the left went around Boye and left footed it across the keeper off the far post - a gem. Poor Jody Altidore, who tore his left hamstring after 21 minutes to be stretchered out of the WC. The equaliser came in the second half after a nice backheel inside by Gyan to the onrushing André Ayew to hit it with the outside of his left foot inside the near post. The winner was a dream goal for young centre back John Brooks who came on for Besler having tweaked his hamstring. A corner from the right hand side taken by Zusi found him unmarked for a free header into the net. His reaction to having scored on his WC debut (and 5th cap) was a sight for sore tired eyes. Ghana come back strongly - they were the better team second half, but the yanks had the grit.

YC: Rabiu 30, jumped into Beckerman, Muntari 90+2 went through Dempsey in the centre circle.

Game 3 [M29]: Played Saturday 21 June 2014 (16:00), Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza. [801]
(59,621) Ref: Sandro Meira Ricci (BRZ); Emerson de Carvalho (BRZ), Marcelo van Gasse (BRZ).

GERMANY 2, GHANA 2 (0:0)
1:0 Götze 51, 1:1 André Ayew 54, 1:2 Gyan 63, 2:2 Klose 71.

GER (4-3-2-1): [1] Manuel Neuer; - [20] Jérôme Boateng (h/t [21] Shkodran Mustafi), [17] Per Mertesacker, [5] Mats Hummels, [4] Benedikt Höwedes; - [6] Sami Khedira (70 [7] Bastian Schweinsteiger), [16] Philipp Lahm (c), [18] Toni Kroos; - [8] Mesut Özil, [19] Mario Götze Ω (69 [11] Miroslav Josef Klose); - [13] Thomas Müller

GHA (4-4-1-1): [16] Abdul Fatawu Dauda; - [23] Harrison Afful, [21] John Boye, [19] Jonathan Mensah, [20] Kwadwo Asamoah; - [7] Christian Atsu (72 [22] Wakaso Mubarak), [17] Mohammed Rabiu (78 [8] Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu), [11] Sulley Muntari, [10] André Ayew; - [9] Kevin-Prince Boateng (52 [13] Jordan Ayew); - [3] Asamoah Gyan (c).

Red Card: .
YC:

Game 4 [M30]: Played Sunday 22 June 2014 (19:00), Arena Amazônia, Manaus. [802]
(40,123)

UNITED STATES 2, PORTUGAL 2 (0:1)
0:1 Nani 5, 1:1 Jones 64, 2:1 Dempsey 81, 2:2 Varela 90+5

USA (4-1-4-1): [1] Tim Howard Ω; - [23] Fabian Johnson, [20] Geoff Cameron, [5] Matt Besler, [7] DaMarcus Beasley; - [15] Kyle Beckerman; - [19] Graham Zusi, [13] Jermaine Jones, [4] Michael Bradley, [11] Alejandro Bedoya; - [9] Clint Dempsey (c).

POR (4-3-3): [22] Beto; - [21] Joao Pereira, [13] Ricardo Costa, [2] Bruno Alves, [19] Andre Almeida; - [4] Miguel Veloso, [16] Raul Meireles, [8] Joao Moutinho; - [7] Cristiano Ronaldo (c), [23] Helder Postiga, [17] Nani.

The met in 2002 and USA won 3-2, the current POR coach Paulo Bent came on as a substitute. This match was unique for having two own goals. Jones (USA) scored the 2,300th WC finals goal.

YC:


Game 5 [M45]: Played Thursday 26 June 2014 (13:00), Arena Pernambuco, Recife. [817]

(67,540);

UNITED STATES 0, GERMANY 1 (0:0)

Müller 55.

GER (4-1-4-1): [1] Manuel Neuer; - [2] Jérôme Boateng, [17] Per Mertezacker, [5] Hummels, [4] Benedikt Höwedes; - [16] Philipp Lahm (c); - [8] Mesut Özil (89 [9] André Schürrle), [7] Bastian Schweinsteiger (76 [19] Mario Götze), [18] Toni Kroos, [10] Lukas Podolski (h/t [11] Miroslav Klose); - [13] Thomas Müller.

USA (4-2-3-1): [1] Tim Howard; - [23] Fabian Johnson, [3] Omar Gonzalez, [5] Matt Besler, [7] DaMarcus Beasley; - [15] Kyle Beckerman, [13] Jermaine Jones; - [19] Graham Zusi(82 [2] DeAndre Yedlin, [4] Michael Bradley, [14] Brad Davis (59 [11] Alejandro Bedoya); - [8] Clint Dempsey (c).

YC:

Game 6 [M46]: Played Thursday 26 June 2014 (13:00), Estádio Nacional, Brasília. [818]

(67,540); Ref:

PORTUGAL 2, GHANA 1 (1:0)

1:0 Boye o.g. 31, 1:1 Gyan 57, 2:1 Ronaldo 80.

POR (4-3-3): [22] Beto (89 [1] Eduardo); - [21] Pereira (62 [18] Varela), [3] Pepe, [2] Bruno Alves, [4] Miguel Veloso; - [8] João Moutinho, [6] William Carvalho, [20] Rúben Amorim; - [17] Nani, [11] Éder (69 [10] Vieirinha), [7] Cristiano Ronaldo (c).

GHA (4-4-2): [16] Fatau Dauda; - [23] Harrison Afful, [21] John Boye, [19] Jonathan Mensah, [20] Kwadwo Asamoah; - [7] Christian Atsu, [8] Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, [17] Mohammed Rabiu (76 [6] Afriyie Acquah), [10] André Ayew (81 [22] Wakaso Mubarak); - [3] Asamoah Gyan (c), [18] Abdul Majeed Waris (71 [13] Jordan Ayew).

YC: .


With his sixth WC finals goal Asamoah Gyan overtook Roger Milla (5) as the leading all-time African scorer.

Pld W D L F A Pts
GERMANY 3 2 1 0 7 2 7
UNITED STATES 3 1 1 1 4 4 4
PORTUGAL 3 1 1 1 4 7 4
GHANA 3 0 1 2 4 6 1
 



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Group H - BELGIUM *, ALGERIA, RUSSIA, SOUTH KOREA.


Game 1 [M15]: Played Tueesday 17 June 2014 (13:00), Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte. [787]

(56,800)

BELGIUM 2, ALGERIA 1 (0:1)

0:1 Feghouli pen 25, 1:1 Fellaini 70, 2:1 Mertens 80.

BEL (4-1-4-1): [1] Thibaut Nicolas Marc Courtois; - [2] Tobias 'Toby' Albertine Maurits Alderweireld, [15] Daniel van Buyten, [4] Vincent Jean Mpoy Kompany (c), [5] Jan Bert Lieve Vertonghen; - [6] Axel Laurent Angel Lambert Witsel; - [7] Kevin de Bruyne Ω, [19] Mousa Sidi Yaya Dembélé (65 [8] Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui), [22] Nacer Chadli (h/t [14] Dries Mertens), [10] Eden Michael Hazard; - [9] Romelu Menama Lukaku (58 [17] Divock Okoth Origi).

ALG (4-2-3-1):: [23] Adi Raïs Cobos Adrien M'Bolhi; - [22] Mostefa, [2] Madjid Bougherra (c), [5] Rafik Halliche, [3] Faouzi Ghoulam; - [12] Carl Medjani (84 [9] Nabil Ghilas), [14] Bentaleb; - [10] Sofiane Feghouli, [19] Saphir Taider Sliti, [21] Riyad Karim Mahrez (71 [8] Lacen); - [15] El Aribi Hilal Soudani (66 [13] Islam Slimani).

YC: Vertonghen 24, Bentaleb 34.

Game 2 [M16]: Played Tuesday 17 June 2014 (19:00), Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá. [788]

(37,603)

RUSSIA 1, SOUTH KOREA 1 (0:0)

1:0 Lee Keun-Ho 68, 1:1 Kerzhakov 74.

RUS (4-1-4-1): [1] Igor Vladimirovič Akinfeyev; - [22] Andrei Olegovič Eščenko, [14] Vasili Vladimirovič Berezutski (c), [4] Sergei Nikolaievič Ignaševič, [23] Dmitri Vladimirovič Kombarov; - [8] Denis Borisovič Glušakov (72 [7] Igor Vladimirovič Denisov); - [19] Alexandr Sergeyevič Samedov, [17] Oleg Aleksandrovič Šatov (59 [10] Alan Yelizbarovič Dzagoev), [20] Victor Igorevič Faizulin, [18] Yuri Valentinovič Zhirkov (71 [11] Alexandr Anatolyevič Kerzhakov); - [9] Alexandr Aleksandrovič Kokorin.

KOR (4-4-2): [1] Jung Sung-Ryong; - [12] Lee Yong, [20] Hong Jeon-Ho (73 [6] Hwang Seok-Ho), [5] Kim Young-Gwon, [3] Yun Suk-Young; - [17] Lee Chunh-Yong, [14] Han Kook-Young, [16] Ki Sung-Yueng, [9] Son Heung-Min Ω(84 [7] Kim Bo-Kyung); - [10] Park Chu-Young (56 [11] Lee Keun-Ho), [13] Koo Ja-Cheol (c).

YC:,

Game 3 [M31]: Played Sunday 22 June 2014 (13:00), Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro. [803]

(73,819)

BELGIUM 1, RUSSIA 0 (0:0)

Origi 88.

BEL (4-1-4-1): [1] Thibaut Courtois; - [2] Toby Alderweireld, [15] van Daniel Van Buyten, [4] Vincent Kompany (c), [3] Thomas Vermaelen (31 [5] Jan Vertonghen); - [6] Axel Witsel; - [14] Dries Mertens (75 [11] Kevin Antonio Joel Gislain Mirallas y Castillo), [8] Marouane Fellaini, [7] Kevin de Bruyne, [10] Eden Hazard Ω; - [9] Romelu Lukaku (57 [17] Divock Origi).

RUS (4-1-4-1): [1] Igor Akinfeyev; - [2] Aleksei Anatolyevič Kozlov, [14] Vasili Berezutski (c), [4] Sergei Ignaševič, [23] Dmitri Kombarov; - [8] Denis Glušakov; - [19] Alexandr Samedov, [17] Oleg Šatov, [20] Victor Faizulin, [6] Maksim Sergeyevič Kanunnikov; - [9] Alexandr Kokorin.

YC: Glušakov 38' foot up on Mertens; Witsel 54' slight push on Šatov; Alderweireld 73' brought down Kanunnikov.

Game 4 [M32]: Played Sunday 22 June 2014 (16:00), Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre. [804]

(42,732)

SOUTH KOREA 2, ALGERIA 4 (0:3)

0:1 Slimani 26, 0:2 Halliche 28, 0:3 38 Djabou, 1:3 Son H.M., 1:4 Brahimi 62, 2:4 Koo J.C. 72.

ALG (4-2-3-1): [23] Raïs Mbolhi; - [20] Aïssa Mandi, [2] Madjid Bougherra (c), [5] Rafik Halliche, [6] Djamel Eddine Mesbah; - [12] Carl Medjani, [14] Nabil Bentaleb; - [10] Sofiane Feghouli, [11] Yacine Brahimi, [18] Abdelmoumene Djabou; - [13] Islam Slimani Ω.

KOR (4-2-3-1): [1] Jung Sung-Ryong; - [12] Lee Yong, [20] Hong Jeong-Ho, [5] Kim Young-Gwon [3] Yun Suk-Young; - [16] Ki Sung-Yueng, [14] Han Kook-Young; - [17] Lee Chunh-Yong, [13] Koo Ja-Cheol (c), [9] Son Heung-Min; - [10] Park Chu-Young.

Terrific match to watch, really enjoyed it.

YC: Lee Yong 54' took out Djabou; Bougherra 67' a mistimed naughty challenge on the speeding Son Heung-min, could have been a red; Han 69' caught Bentaleb on the foot.

Game 5 [M47]: Played Thursday 26 June 2014 (17:00), Arena Corinthians, São Paulo. [819]

(61,397) Ref: Ben Williams; Assists: Matthew Cream and Hakan Anaz (all AUS).

SOUTH KOREA 0, BELGIUM 1 (0:0)

Vertonghen 78.

KOR (4-2-3-1): [1] Kim Seung-Gyu; - [12] Lee Yong, [20] Hong Jeung-Ho, [5] Kim Young-Gwon, [3] Yun Suk-Young; - [14] Han Kook-Young (h/t [11] Lee Keun-Ho), [16] Ki Sung-Yueng (73 [19] Ji Dong-Won); - [17] Lee Chung-Yong, [13] Koo Ja-Cheol (c), [9] Son Seung-Min; - [18] Kim Shin-Wook (66 [7] Kim Bo-Kyung).

BEL (4-3-3): [1] Thibaut Courtois; - [21] Anthony Vinden Borre, [15] Daniel van Buyten, [18] Nicolas Lombaerts, [5] Jan Vertonghen (c); - [8] Marouane Fellaini, [19] Mousa Dembélé, [16] Steven Defour; - [20] Adnan Januzaj(60 [22] Nacer Chadli), [11] Kevin Miralles (88 [10] Eden Hazard), [14] Dries Mertens (60 [17] Divock Origi).

RC: Defour 45 a nasty two footed lunge into Kim the wookie and his shin.

YC: Hong JH 35; Dembélé 50;

Game 6 [M48]: Played Thursday 26 June 2014 (17:00), Arena da Baixada, Curitiba. [820]

(00,000)

ALGERIA 1, RUSSIA 1 (0-1)

0:1 Kokorin 6, 1:1 Slimani 60.

ALG (4-2-3-1): [23] Mbohli; - [20] Mandi, [4] Belkalem, [5] Halliche (c), [6] Mesbah; - [12[ Medjani, [14] Bentaleb; - [10] Feghouli, [11] Brahmi, [18] Djabou; - [13] Slimani.

RUS (4-2-3-1): [1] [1] Igor Akinfeyev; - [2] Aleksei Kozlov, [14] Vasili Berezutski (c), [4] Sergei Ignaševič, [23] Dmitri Kombarov; - [8] Denis Glušakov (h/t [7] Igor Denisov), [20] Victor Faizulin; - [19] Alexandr Samedov, [9] Alexandr Kokorin, [17] Oleg Šatov (67 [10] Alan Dzagoev); - [11] Alexandr Kerzhakov (81 [6] Maksim Kanunnikov).

YC: Mesbah 39; Kombarov 57; Kozlov 59; Ghilas 87, Cadamuro 90+2.

Pld W D L F A Pts
BELGIUM 3 1 2 0 3 1 5
ALGERIA 3 1 1 1 4 5 4
RUSSIA 3 0 3 0 2 2 3
SOUTH KOREA 3 0 2 1 4 5 2

GROUP STAGE: Total number of goals scored: 136. incl. 10 pens, 4 o.gs. Average goals per match: 2.83

Total number of yellow cards: 130 (incl two 2ndYC). Total number of red cards: 9



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Second Round.

[M49]: Played Saturday 28 June 2014 (13:00), Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte. [821]

(57,714); Ref: Howard Webb; Assists: Michael Mullarkey and Darren Cann (all ENG).

BRAZIL 1, CHILE 1(1:1), (1:1) aet Brazil won 3-2 on penalties.

1:0 Jara o.g. but officially given to David Luiz 18, 1:1 32'.

BRZ (4-2-3-1): [12] Julio Cesar Ω; - [2] Dani Alves, [3] Thiago Silva (c), [4] David Luiz, [6] Mercelo; - [17] Luiz Gustavo, [5] Fernandinho (72 [16] Ramires); - [7] Hulk, [10] Neymar, [11] Oscar (106 [19] Willian); - [9] Fred (64 [21] Jô).

CHI (3-4-3): [1] Claudio Brava (c); - [5] Francisco Silva, [17] Gary Medel (108 [13] Jorge Rojas), [18] Gonzalo Jara; - [4] Mauricio Isla, [21] Marcelo Díaz, [20] Charles Aránguiz, [2] Eugenio Mena; - [8] Arturo Vidal (87 [9] Mauricio Pinilla), [7] Alexis Sánchez, [11] Eduardo Vargas (57 [16] Felipe Gutiérrez).

Shoot out: D Luis scored 1:0, M Panilla saved 1:0; Willian missed low left 1:0, A Sánchez saved 1:0; Marcelo scored 2:0, C Aranguiz scored 2:1; Hulk saved 2:1, M Diaz scored 2:2; Neymar scored 3:2, G Jara hit post 3:2.

YC: Mena 17, Francisco Silva 40, Hulk 55, Luiz Gustavo 60, Jô 93, Dani Alves 105+1. 137

[M50]: Played Saturday 28 June 2014 (17:00), Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro. [822]

(73,804); Ref: Björn Kuipers; Assists: Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra all from Netherlands.

COLOMBIA 2, URUGUUAY 0(1:0).

1:0 Rodríguez 28, 2:0 Rodríguez 50.

COL (4-2-3-1): [1] David Ospina; - [18] Juan Camilo Zúñiga, [2] Cristian Zapata, [3] Mario Yepes (c), [7] Pablo Armero; - [8] Abel Aguilar, [6] Carlos Sánchez; - [21] Jackson Martinez, [10] James Rodríguez Ω (85 [19] Adrian Ramos), [11] Juan Cuadrado (81 [13] Fredy Guarin); - [22] Teófilo Gutiérrez (68 [15] Alexander Mejia).

URU (5-3-2): [1] Fernando Muslera; - [16] Maxi Pereira, [13] Jose Giminez, [3] Diego Godin (c), [22] Martín Cáceres, [6] Álvaro Pereira (53 [18] Gastón Ramírez 53); - [20] Álvaro González (67 [8] Abel Hernández), [17] Egido Arevalo, [7] Cristian Rodríguez; - [10] Diego Forlan (53 [11] Cristian Stuani, [21] Edinson Cavani.

[2] Diego Lugano injured and [9] Luis Suarez banned were not available for URU.

YC: Giminez 55; Lugano 77 for dissent he was on bench injured!; Armero 78. 140

[M51]: Played Sunday 29 June 2014 (13:00), Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza. [823]

(58,817); Ref: Pedro Proença Oliveira Alves Garcia; Assists: Bertino Cunha and Tiago Trigo (all POR).

HOLLAND 2, MEXICO 1 (0:0)

0:1 dos Santos 48, 1:1 Snijder 88, 2:1 Huntelaar pen 90+4.

HOL (3-4-1-2): [1] Jesper Cillessen; - [3] de Vrij, [2] Vlaar, [5] Blind; - [12] Verheagh, (56 [21] Depay), [20] Wijnaldum, [6] de Jong (9 [4] Martins Indi went to LB, Blind moved into this position), [15] Dirk Kuyt; - [10] Snejder; - [11] Robben, [9] van Persie (c. 76 [19] Huntelaar).

MEX (5-3-2): [13] Ochoa Ω; - [22] Paul Aguilar, [2] Francisco Javier Rodríguez [4] Rafael Márquez (c), [15] Héctor Moreno (h/t [5] Diego Reyes), [7] Miguel Layún; - [6] Héctor Herrera, [3] Carlos Salcedo, [18] Andrés Guardado; - [10] Giovanni dos Santos (61 [20] Javier Aquino), [19] Oribe Peralta (75 [14] Javier Hernández).

YC: Aguilar 69, Márquez 90+2, Guardado 90+3. 143

[M52]: Played Sunday 29 June 2014 (17:00), Arena Pernambuco, Recife. [824]

(41,242) Ref: Ben Williams; Assists: Matthew Cream and Hakan Anaz (all AUS).

COSTA RICA 1, GREECE 1 (0:0) aet Costa Rica won 5-3 on penalties.

1:0 Ruiz 52, 1:1 Papastathopoulos 90.

CRC (5-3-2): [1] Keylor Navas Ω; - [16] Cristian Gamboa (77 [2] Johnny Acosta), [6] Óscar Duarte, [3] Giancarlo González, [4] Michael Umaña, [15] Júnior Díaz; - [10] Bryan Ruiz (c), [17] Yeltsin Tejeda (66 [22] José Miguel Cubero), [5] Celso Borges; - [9] Joel Campbell, [7] Christian Bolaños (83 [14] Randall Brenes).

GRE (4-2-3-1): [1] Orestis Karnezis; - [15] Vasilis Torosidis, [4] Kostas Manolas, [19] Sokratis Papastathopoulos, [20] José Holebas; - [2] Giannis Maniatis (78 [21] Kostas Katsouranis), [22] Andreas Samaris (59 [9] Kostas Mitroglou); - [16] Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, [10] Giorgos Karagounis (c), [14] Dimitris Salpingidis (69 [17] Theofanis Gekas); - [7] Georgios Samaras.

Penalty Shoot-Out: Borges, scored 1:0, Mitroglou, Scored 1:1, Ruiz, scored 2:1, Christodoulopoulos, scored 2:2, González, scored 3:2, Holebas, scored 3:3, Campbell, scored 4:3, Gekas, saved 4:3, Umaña, scored 5:3.

RC: Duarte 66

YC: Samaris 36, Duarte 42, Tejeda 48, Granados 57 on the bench, Duarte 66'SYC, Ruiz 70, Manolas 72, Navas 90. Note: The Greek manager Fenando Santos was dismissed before the penalty shoot-out. This dismissal is not included in the statistics on this site. 151, incl 3 SYC running total

[M53]: Played Monday 30 June 2014 (13:00), Estádio Nacional, Brasília. [825]

(67,882). Ref: Mark Geiger (USA); Assist: Mark Sean Hurd (USA) Joe Fletcher (CAN).

FRANCE 2, NIGERIA 0 (0:0)

1:0 Pogba 79, 2:0 Yobo o.g. 90+2.

FRA (4-3-3): [1] Lloris (c); - [2] Debuchy, [4] Raphaël Varane, [21] Koscielny, [3] Evra; - [19] Pogba Ω, [6] Cabaye, [14] Matuidi; - [8] Valbuena (90+4 [18] Sissoko), [9] Giroud (62 [11] Griezmann), [10] Benzema.

NGR (4-2-3-1): [1] Vincent Enyeama; - [5] Efe Ambrose, [2] Joseph Yobo (c), [22] Kenneth Omeruo, [13] Juwon Oshaniwa; - [17] Ogenyi Onazi (58 [4] Reuben Gabriel), [10] John Obi Mikel; - [8] Peter Odemwingie, [11] Victor Moses (89 [19] Uche Nwofor), [7] Ahmed Musa; - [9] Emmanuel Emenike.

YC: Matuidi 54. 152

[M54]: Played Monday 30 June 2014 (17:00), Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre. [826]

(43,063); Ref: Sandro Ricci; Assists:Emerson de Carvalho and Marcelo Van Gasse (all BRZ).

GERMANY 2, ALGERIA 1 (0:0), (0:0) aet

1:0 Schürrle 92, 2:0 Özil 120, 2:1 Djabou 120+1

GER (4-2-3-1): [1] Manuel Neuer; - [21] Shkodran Mustafi (70 injury put Mustafi out of WC [6] Sami Khedira), [17] Per Mertesacker, [20] Jérôme Boateng, [4] Benedikt Höwedes; - [16] Philipp Lahm (c), [18] Toni Kroos; - [8] , [7] Bastian Schweinsteiger (109 [23] Christoph Kramer), [19] Mario Götze (48 [9] André Schürrle); - [13] Thomas Müller.

ALG (4-2-3-1): [23] Raïs M'Bolhi Ω; - [20] Aïssa Mandi, [4] Esseïd Belkalem, [5] Rafik Halliche (c. 97 [2] Madjid Bougherra), [3] Faouzi Ghoulam; - [8] Mehdi Lacen, [22] Mehdi Mostefa; - [10] Sofiane Feghouli, [19] Saphir Taïder (78 [11] Yacine Brahimi), [15] El Arbi Hillel Soudani (100 [18] Abdelmoumene Djabou; - [13] Islam Slimani.

YC: Halliche 42, Lahm 107. 154

[M55]: Played Tuesday 1 July 2014 (13:00), Arena Corinthians, São Paulo. [827]

(63,255) Ref: Jonas Eriksson; Assists: Mathias Klasenius and Daniel Wärnmark (all from SWE).

ARGENTINA 1, SWITZERLAND 0 (0:0), (0:0) aet.

di Maria 118.

ARG (4-2-3-1): [1] Sergio Romero; - [4] Pablo Zabaleta, [17] Federico Fernández, [2] Ezequiel Garay, [16] Marcos Rojo (105+1 [23] José María Basanta); - [5] Fernando Gago (106 [6] Lucas Biglia), [14] Javier Mascherano; - [22] Ezequiel Lavezzi (74 [19] Rodrigo Palacio), [10] Lionel Messi (c) Ω, [7] Ángel di María; - [9] Gonzalo Higuaín.

SUI (4-2-3-1): [1] Diego Benaglio; - [2] Stephan Lichtsteiner, [22] Fabian Schär, [20] Johan Djourou, [13] Ricardo Rodríguez; - [11] Valon Behrami, [8] Gökhan Inler (c); - [10] Granit Xhaka (66 [16] Gelson Fernandes), [23] Xherdan Shaqiri, [18] Admir Mehmedi (113 [15] Blerim Džemaili); - [19] Josip Drmić (82 [9] Haris Seferović).

YC: Xhaka 36, Fernandes 73, Rojo 90, di Maria 120, Garay 120+4. 159

[M56]: Played Tuesday 1 July 2014 (17:00), Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador. [828]

(51,227): Ref: Djamel Haimoudi (ALG); Assists: Rédouane Achik (MAR) and Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG).

BELGIUM 2, UNITED STATES 1 (0:0), (0:0) aet.

1:0 De Bruyne 93, 2:0 Lukaku 105, 2:1 Green 107.

BEL (4-2-3-1): [1] Thibaut Courtois; - [2] Toby Alderweireld, [15] Daniel Van Buyten, [4] Vincent Kompany (c), [5] Jan Vertonghen; - [8] Marouane Fellaini, [6] Axel Witsel; - [14] Dries Mertens (60 [11] Kevin Mirallas), [7] Kevin De Bruyne, [10] Eden Hazard (111 [22] Nacer Chadli); - [17] Divock Origi (91 [9] Romelu Lukaku).

USA (4-1-4-1): [1] Tim Howard Ω; - [23] Fabian Johnson (32 [2] DeAndre Yedlin), [3] Omar Gonzalez, [5] Matt Besler, [7] DaMarcus Beasley; - [20] Geoff Cameron; - [19] Graham Zusi(72 [18] Chris Wondolowski), [13] Jermaine Jones, [4] Michael Bradley, [11] Alejandro Bedoya (105+2 [16] Julian Wesley Green); - [8] Clint Dempsey (c).

On 1 July 2014, Green became the youngest player in U.S. history to score in the World Cup, scoring with a volley in the 107th minute with his first touch of the ball, less than two minutes after entering his first World Cup game.

RC:

YC: Cameron 18, Kompany 42. 161


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QUARTER FINALS

[M57]: Played Friday 4 July 2014 (13:00), Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro. [829]

(72,240) Ref: Nestor Pittana (ARG), Assists: Hernan Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti all officials ARG..

FRANCE 0, GERMANY 1 (0:1)

0:1 Hummels 13.

FRA (4-3-3): [1] Hugo Lloris; - [2] Mathieu Debuchy, [4] Raphaël Varane, [5] Mamadou Sakho (72 [21] Laurent Kosc, [3] Patrice Evra; - [19] Paul Pogba, [6] Yohan Cabaye (73 [20] Loïc Rémy), [14] Blaise Matuidi; - [8] Mathieu Valbuena (85 [9] Olivier Giroud), [10] Karim Benzema, [11] Antoine Griexmann.

GER (4-2-3-1): [1] Manuel Neuer; - [16] Philipp Lahm (c), [20] Jérôme Boateng, [5] Hummels Ω, [4] Benedikt Höwedes; - [6] Sami Khedira, [7] Bastian Schweinsteiger; - [13] Thomas Müller, [18] Toni Kroos (90 [23] Christoph Kramer), [8] Mesut Özil (83 Mario Götze); - [11] Miroslav Klose (68 [9] André Schürrle).

YC: Khedira 54, Schweinsteiger 80. 163

[M58]: Played Friday 4 July 2014 (17:00), Estádio Castelão, Fortaleza. [830]

(60,342) Ref: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP), Assists:

BRAZIL 2, COLOMBIA 1 (1:0)

1:0 Silva 7, 2:0 Luiz 69, 2:1 Rodríguez pen 80

BRZ (4-1-3-2): [12] Júlio César; - [23] Maicon, [3] Thiago Slva (c), [4] David Luiz Ω, [6] Marcelo; - [5] Fernandiho; - [11] Oscar, [8] Paulinho (86 [18] Hernanes), [7] Hulk (83 [16] Ramires); - [9] Fred, [10] Neymar (88 [15] Henrique).

COL (5-4-1): [1] David Ospina; - [18] Camilo Zúñiga, [2] Cristián Zapata, [6] Carlos Sánchez, [3] Mario Yepes (c), [7] Pablo Armero; - [11] Juan Cuadrado (80 [20] Juan Quintero), [13] Feddy Guarin, [10] James Rodríguez, [14] Victor Ibarbo (h/t [19] Adrián Ramos); - [9] Teófilo Gutiérrez (70 [17] Carlos Bacca).

YC: Silva 64, Rodríguez 67, Yepes 69, Júlio César 78. 167

[M59]: Played Saturday 5 July 2014 (13:00), Estádio Nacional, Brasília. [831]

(68,551); Ref: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA), Assists: Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani (both ITA).

ARGENTINA 1, BELGIUM 0 (1:0)

1:0 Higuaín 8.

ARG(4-2-3-1): [1] Sergio Romero; - [4] Pablo Zabaleta, [15] Martin Demichelis, [2] Ezequiel Garay, [23] José María Basanta; - [6] Lucas Biglia, [14] Javier Mascherano; - [7] Ángel di María (33 [8] Enzo Pérez), [10] Lionel Messi (c), [22] Ezequiel Lavezzi (70 [18] Rodrigo Palacio); - [9] Gonzalo Higuaín Ω (80 [5] Fernando Gago).

BEL (4-1-4-1): [1] Thibaut Courtois; - [2] Toby Alderweireld, [15] Daniel Van Buyten, [4] Vincent Kompany (c), [5] Jan Vertonghen; - [6] Axel Witsel; - [11] Kevin Mirallas (60 [14] Dries Mertens), [8] Marouane Fellaini, [7] Kevin De Bruyne, [10] Eden Hazard (74 [22] Nacer Chadli; - [17] Divock Origi (59 [9] Romelu Lukaku).

YC: Hazard 53, Alderweireld 68, Biglia 79. 170

[M60]: Played Saturday 5 July 2014 (17:00), Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador. [832]

(51,179); Ref: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB), Assist: Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (UZB) and Bahadyr Kochkarov (KYR).

HOLLAND 0, COSTA RICA 0 (0:0) (0:0) AET. Holland won 4-3 on penalties

HOL (3-4-3): [1] Jasper Cillessen (120 aet [23] Timothy 'Tim' Michael Krul); - [3] Stefan de Vrij, [2] Ron Vlaar, [4] Bruno Martins Indi (106 [19] Klaas-Jan Huntelaar); - [15] Dirk Kuyt, [20] Georginio Wijnaldum, [10] Wesley Sneijder, [5] Daley Blind; - [11] Arjen Robben , [9] Robin van Persie (c), [21] Memphis Depay (76 [17] Jermain Lens).

CRC (5-2-3): [1] Keylor Navas Ω; - [16] Cristian Gamboa (78 [8] David Myrie), [2] Johnny Acosta, [3] Giancarlo González, [4] Michael Umaña, [15] Júnior Díaz; - [17] Yeltsin Tejeda (97 [22] José Miguel Cubero), [5] Celso Borges; - [9] Joel Campbell (65 [21] Marco Ureña, [10] Bryan Ruiz (c), [7] Christian Bolaños.

Not available: [6] Ngel de Jong and Leroy Fer (HOL) both injured. [6] Óscar Duarte suspended and [19] Roy Miller absent with a leg muscle strain suffered in training for CRC.


Shoot out: Borges, scored 1:0; van Persie, scored 1:1, Ruiz, saved 1:1; Robben, scored 1:2; González scored 2:2; Sneijder, scored 2:3; Bolaños, scored 3:3; Kuyt scored 3:4; Umaña, saved 3:4.

YC: Díaz 37, Umaña 52, Martins Indi 64, González 81, Huntelaar 111.
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SEMI FINALS

[M61]: Played Tuesday 8 July 2014 (17:00), Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte. [833]

(58,141); Ref: Marco Rodríguez (MEX); Marvin Torrentera and Marcos Quintero all Mexico.

BRAZIL 1, GERMANY 7 (0:5) .

0:1 Müller 11, 0:2 Klose 23, 0:3 Kroos 24, 0:4 Kroos 26 - 179sec between gls 2 & 4, 0:5 Khedira 29, 0:6 Schürrle 0:7 Schürrle, 1:7 Oscar 90.

BRZ (4-2-3-1): [1] Júlio César; - [23] Maicon, [4] David Luiz (c), [13] Dante, [6] Marcelo; - [5] Fernandinho (h/t [8] Paulinho), [17] Luiz Gustavo; - [7] Hulk (h/t Ramires), [11] Oscar, [20] Bernard; - [9] Fred (69 [19] Willian).

GER (4-2-3-1): [1] Manuel Neuer; - [16] Philipp Lahm (c), [5] Mats Hummels (h/t [17] Per Mertesacker), [20] Jérôme Boateng, [4] Benedikt Höwedes; - [6] Sami Khedira (76 [14] Julian Drexler), [7] Bastian Schweinsteiger; - [13] Thomas Müller, [18] Toni Kroos Ω, [8] Mesut Özil; - [11] Miroslav Klose (57 [9] André Schürrle).

Not available: [3] Thiago Silva, suspended and [10] Neymar out of squad injured (BRZ). [21] Shkodran Mustafi, injured, (GER).

YC: Dante 68, the referee was extremely lenient with some of the Brazilian hacks, to the credit of the German players who got on with thrashing them.
Brazil had not been beaten on home soil in a competitive match since 1975 and the suffered the worst WC semi-final defeat in history. Miroslav Klose became the all time top scorer with his 16th goal and the first player to play in four semi-finals.

[M62]: Played Wednesday 9 July 2014 (17:00), Arena Corinthians, São Paulo. [833]

(60,960)

HOLLAND 0, ARGENTINA 0 (0:0), (0:0) AET. Argentina won 4-2 on penalties.

HOL(5-3-2): [1] Jasper Cillessen; - [15] Dirk Kuyt, [3] Stefan de Vrij, [2] Ron Vlaar, [4] Bruno Martins Indi (h/t [7] Daryl Janmaat), [5] Daley Blind; - [20] Georginio Wijnaldum, [6] Nigel de Jong (62 [16] Jordy Clasie), [10] Wesley Sneijder; - [11] Arjen Robben, [9] Robin van Persie (c. 96 [19] Klaas-Jan Huntelaar).

ARG (4-2-3-1): [1] Sergio Romero Ω; - [4] Pablo Zabaletta, [15] Martin Demichelis, [2] Ezequiel Garay, [16] Marcos Rojo; - [6] Lucas Biglia, [14] Javier Mascherano; - [8] Enzo Pérez (81 [18] Rodrigo Palicio), [10] Lionel Messi (c), [22] Ezequiel Lavezzi (101 [11] Maxi Rodríguez); - [9] Gonzalo Higuaín (82 [20] Sergio Agüero).

Not available: [18] Leroy Fer, injured (HOL). [7] Ángel di María, injured, (ARG).


Shoot out: Vlaar, saved 0:0; Messi, scored 0:1; Robben, scored 1:1; Garay, scored 1:2; Sneijder, saved 1:2; Agüero, scored 1:3; Kuyt, scored 2:3; Rodríguez, scored 2:4.

YC: Martins Indi 45, Demechelis 49, Huntelaar 105. 179


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THIRD PLACE MATCH

[M63]: Played Saturday 12 July 2014 (17:00), Estádio Nacional, Brasília. [835]

(36,007); Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (ALG); Assists: Rédouane Achik (MAR) and Abdelhalk Etchiali (ALG)

BRAZIL 0, HOLLAND 3 (0:2)

0:1 van Persie pen 3, 0:2 Blind 17, 0:3 Wijnaldum 90+1.

BRZ (4-2-3-1): [12] Júlio César; - [23] Maicon, [3] Thiago Silva (c), [4] David Luiz, [14] Maxwell; - [17] Luiz Gustavo (h/t [5] Fernandinho), [8] Paulinho (55 [18] Hernanes); - [16] Ramires (72 [7] Hulk), 19] Willian, [11] Oscar; - [21] Jô..

HOL (3-5-2): [1] Jasper Cillessen (90+3 [22] Michel Vorm); - [3] Stefan de Vrij, [2] Ron Vlaar, [4] Bruno Martins Indi; - [15] Dirk Kuyt, [20] Georginio Wijnaldum, [8] Jonathan de Guzmán, [16] (90 [13] Joel Veltman), [5] Daley Blind (70 [7] Daryl Jarmaat); - [11] Arjen Robben Ω), [9] Robin van Persie (c).

Not available: [6] Nigel de Jong, [10] Wesley Sneijder and [18] Leroy Fer, all injured (HOL). [10] Neymar, out of squad injured, (BRZ).


YC: Thiago Silva 2, Robben 9, de Guzmán 36, Fernandinho 54, Oscar 68. 184


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FINAL

[M64]: Played Sunday 13 July 2014 (16:00), Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro. [836]

(74,738); Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA); Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani all officials Italian .

GERMANY 1, ARGENTINA 0 (0:0), AET .

1:0 Götze 113

GER (4-2-3-1): [1] Manuel Neuer; - [16] Philipp Lahm (c), [20] Jérôme Boateng, [5] Mars Hummels, [4] Benedikt Höwedes; - [23] Christoph Kramer, was clattered in the head after 17' by Garay (31 [9] André Schürrle), [7] Bastian Schweinsteiger; - [13] Thomas Müller, [18] Toni Kroos, [8] Mesut Özil (120 [17] Per Mertesacker); - [11] Miroslav Klose (87 [19] Mario Götze Ω).

ARG (4-2-3-1): [1] Sergio Romero; - [4] Pablo Zabaletta, [15] Martín Demichelis, [2] Ezequiel Garay, [16] Marcos Rojo; - [14] Javier Mascherano, [6] Lucas Biglia; - [22] Ezequiel Lavezzi (h/t [20] Sergio Agüero), [10] Lionel Messi (c), [8] Enzo Pérez (85 [5] Fernando Gago); - [9] Gonzalo Higuaín (76 [18] Rodrigo Palacio).

Not available: [6] Sami Khedira and [21] Shkodran Mustafi both injured (GER).

Argentina failed to have a shot on target (Higuaín had a goal disallowed for offside after 30 mins) in a World Cup game for the first time since the 1990 final v West Germany.


YC: Schweinsteiger 29, Höwedes 34, Mascherano 64, Agüero 65. 188


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Other Information / Stats

TOP SCORERS

Goals

Player(s)

6

James Rodriguez (COL).

5

Thomas Müller (GER).

4

Neymar (BRZ), Lionel Messi (ARG), Robin van Persie (HOL).

3

Enner Valencia (COL), Karim Benzema (FRA), André Schürrle (GER), Arjen Robben (HOL), Xherdan Shaqiri (SUI).

  • Own Goals 5.
  • In total 171 Avg: 2.67 per match. 12 penalties from 13 awarded.
  • 22 goals by substitutes, a new record.
  • red 10 yellow cards 188 (including 3 second yellows) The yellow card count does not include one received by Fenando Santos the Greek coach and manager vs. CRC.
  • Total attendance – group matches (1 to 48) 2,454,377
    Average attendance 51,133
    Total attendance – second round (49 to 64) 975,496
    Average attendance 60,969
    Total attendance – matches 1 to 64 3,429,873
    Comparison with South Africa 3,178,856
    Average attendance – matches 1 to 64 53,592
    Comparison with South Africa 49,670



COACHES, ASSISTANTS, RESERVE PLAYERS -


TV COVERAGE: The BBC team: Alan Shearer, Clarence Seedorf (until 22 June), Kevin Kilbane, Danny Murphy, Phil Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Gary Lineker, Thierry Henry (until 22 June), Gabby Logan and Alan Hansen. The ITV team Gordon Strachan, Glen Hoddle, Ian Wright, Roy Keane (who walked out for coaching commitments on 3rd June), Martin O'Neil Adrian Chiles the main link man, Patrick Vieira, Gus Poyet and Lee Dixon.

FIFA Stipulated that a squad list of 30 players will be submitted by 13 May and a final list of 23 players to be with FIFA by 2 June 2014.

Note: Betting odds are best pre-World Cup online (Oddschecker 17 May)

ALG: Coach: Vahid Halilhodžić (BIH Aged 61 salary: £600,000) (appointed 22 June 2011 - res. 7 July 2014); Assistant Coaches: Nourredine Kourchi and Abdelhafid Tasfaout | 12 May -

Goalkeepers:
[23] Adi Raïs Cobos Adrien M'Bolhi (28 / 27 CSKA Sofia BUL); [1] Cédric Si Mohamed (29 / 1 CS Constantine); [16] Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche (29 / 6 USM Alger).

Defenders: [4] Essaïd Belkalem (25 / 12 CB Watford, ENG on loan from Granada ESP); [2] Madjid Bougherra (c. - 31 / 61(4) CB Lekhwya Club QAT); [17] Liassine Cadamuro-Bentaïba bn. Toulouse, FRA (26 / 6 FB CB for club Mallorca ESP); [3] Faouzi Ghoualm bn. Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, FRA (23 / 5 LB Napoli ITA); [5] Rafik Halliche (27 / 27(1) CB Academica Coimbra POR); [20] Aïssa Mandi bn. Châlons-en-Champagne, FRA (22 / 1 RB Stade Reims FRA); [7] Carl Medjani bn. Lyon, FRA (29 / 24(1) CB Valenciennes, on loan from AS Monaco FRA); [6] Djamel Eddine Mesbah (29 / 24 RB Livorno ITA).

Midfielders: [14] Nabil Bentaleb bn. Lille, FRA (19 / 1 CMF Tottenham Hotspur ENG); [11] Yasine Brahimi bn. Paris, FRA (24 / 4 CM Granada ESP); [10] Sofiane Feghouli (24 / 17(5) RW Valencia ESP); [12] Medhi Gregory Giuseppe Lacen bn. Paris, FRA (30 / 28 DMF Getafe ESP); [22] Mehdi Mostefa Sbaa bn. Dijon, FRA (30 / 22 DMF AC Ajaccio FRA); [19] Saphir Sliti Taïder bn. Castres, FRA (22 / 9(3) CM Internazionale ITA); [8] Hassan Yebda bn. Saint-Maurice, FRA (30 / 24(2) CM Udinese ITA).

Forwards: [18] Abdelmoumene Djabou (27 / 6(1) Club Africain TUN); [9] Nabil Ghilas bn. Olympique de Marseille, FRA (24 / 4(1) CF FC Porto POR); [21] Riyad Mahrez bn. Sarcelles, FRA (23 / 0 RW Leicester City ENG); [13] Islam Slimani (25 / 18(9) CF Sporting CP POR); [15] El Arabi Hillel Soudani (26 / 20(10) RW GNK Dinamo Zagreb CRO).

Standby: Azzedine Doukha (27 / 5 USM El-Harrach); Nacereddine Khoualed (28 / 4 CB USM Alger); Ryad Boudebouz bn. Colmar, FRA (24 / 16(1) AMF SC Bastia FRA); Adlène Guedioura bn. La Roche-sur-Yon, FRA (28 / 27(2) CM Crystal Palace ENG); Amir Karaoui bn. Amnéville, FRA (27 / 1 DMF Entente de Setif); Rafik Zoheir Djebbour bn. Grenoble, FRA (30 / 33(5) CF Nottingham Forest, ENG on loan from Olympiakos GRE); Foued Kadir FW-AM bn. Martigues, FRA (30 / 23(2) Stade Rennais FRA).

Based: Pitangueiras Farm Hotel, 60 miles outside São Paulo and they will use the training ground of São Paulo state club, Atletico Sorocaba.

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 2,500-1.

Unlucky: Féthi Harek (Left back 31 / 1 Bastia, FRA); Ali Rial (Defender 34 / 0 JS Kabylie); Ishak Belfodil (Striker 22 / 2 on loan to Livorno from Internazionale).

 

ARG: Coach: Alejandro Mario Igalo Gerardo Sabella; 59, salary: £487,500 (2 Aug 2011 - res. 30 July 2014); Assistant Coach: Humberto Mario Grondona, and Claudio Gugnali. | 13 May - final squad 2 June
Goalkeepers: [1] Sergio Germán Romero (27-46 Sampdoria ITA); [21] Mariano Gonzalo Andúja (30-10 Catania ITA); [12] Agustín Ignacio Orión (32-3 Boca Juniors).

Defenders: [4] Pablo Javier Zabaleta Girod (29-36 RB Manchester City ENG); [17] Federico Fernández (25-25(2) CB Napoli ITA); [2] Ezequiel Marcelo Garay (27-18 CB SL Benfica POR); [16] Faustino Marcos Alberto Rojo (24-21 LB Sporting CP POR transfered to Manchester United ENG for £16 million (€20m) on 19 August 2014); [3] Hugo Armando Campagnaro (33-14 RB-CB Internazionale ITA); [15] Martín Gastón Demichelis (33-38 CB Manchester City ENG); [23] José María Basanta Pavone (30-9 CB-LB Monterrey MEX).

Midfielders: [14] Javier Alejandro Mascherano (29-97(3) CMF Barcelona, where he plays CB ESP); [5] Fernando Rubén Gago (28-48 DMF Boca Juniors); [6] Lucas Rodrigo Biglia (28-17 DMF Lazio ITA); [19] Ricardo 'Ricky' Gabriel Álvarez (26-6 AMFInternazionale ITA); [13] Augusto Matías Fernández (28-8(1) RW Celta Vigo ESP); [7] Ángel Fabián di María Hernández (26-46(9) RW Real Madrid ESP transfered to Manchester United (ENG) for £59.7 million on 26 August 2014 all time record transfer fee); [11] Maximiliano 'Maxi' Rubén Rodríguez (33-54(16) LW Newell's Old Boys); [8] Enzo Nicolás Pérez (28-6(1) CMF SL Benfica POR).

Forwards: [10] Lionel Andrés Messi (c. 26-85(37) CF Barcelona ESP); [9] Gonzalo Gerardo Higuaín (26-36(21) CF Napoli ITA); [20] Sergio Leonel Agüero Del Castillo (26-50(21) CF his nickname 'Kun' is from an Argentine cartoon character. Manchester City ENG); [18] Rodrigo Sebastián Palacio (32-22(3) SFW Internazionale ITA); [22] Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi (29-30(4) LW Paris Saint-Germain FRA);

Standby: Nicolás Hernán Gonzalo Otamendi (26-16(1) CB ValenciaESP on loan to Atlético Mineiro BRZ); Lisandro Ezequiel López (24-4 CBGetafe ESP); Gabriel Iván Mercado (27-1 RB River Plate), Éver Maximiliano David Banega (25-24(2) CM Newell's Old Boys); José Ernesto Sosa (28-19(1) RW Atlético Madrid ESP); Fabián Andrés Rinaudo (27-4 CMF Catania ITA, on loan from Sporting CP POR); Franco Matías Di Santo (21-1 CF SV Werder Bremen GER).

Based: Cidade do Galo

Kit: Adidas.

Betting: 5-1

Unlucky: Javier Matías Pastore (24 / 13 PSG - MF); Érik Manuel Lamela (22 / 6 AMF-W Spurs); Carlos Alberto Martínez Tevez (30 / 64(13) FWD Juventus).

 

AUS: Coach: Angelos Postecoglou 48, salary: £831,250 (23 Oct 2013 - On 31 Jan 2015 he led Australia to its first ever AFC Asian Cup, beating South Korea 2-1 aet. in Sydney) Assists: Ante Miličić and Aurelio Vidmar, GK coach: Tony Franken, Trainer: Alan McCall. |

Goalkeepers:
[18] Eugen-Josip 'Eugene' Galekovic (33 / 8 GK Adelaide United); [12] Mitchell James Langerak (25 / 3 GK Borussia Dortmund); Mathew David Ryan (22 / 7 GK Club Brugge BEL).

Defenders: [3] Jason Alan Davidson (22 / 7 LB Heracles Almelo HOL); [2] Ivan Frankie Franjic (26 / 9 RB Brisbane Roar); [19] Ryan James McGowan (24 / 9 CB-RB Shandong Luneng Taishan CHN); [6] Matthew Thomas Spiranovic (25 / 18 CB Western Sydney Wanderers); [22] Alexander Willim Wilkinson (29 / 3 CB Jeonbuk Hyundai KOR); [8] Bailey Colin Wright (21 / 0 CB Preston North End).

Midfielders: [13] Oliver John Bozanic (25 / 3 CLMF Luzern SUI); [23] Mark Bresciano (4 / 74(13) AMF Al Gharafa QTR); [16] James Holland (25 / 14 Austria Wien AUT); [15] Michael 'Mile' John Jedinak (c. 29 / 44(4) MF Crystal Palace ENG); [21] Massimo Corey Luongo (21 / 1 MF Swindon Town ENG); [17] Matthew Graham McKay (33 / 6 (1) CMF Brisbane Roar); [5] Mark Daniel Milligan (28 /29(2) CMF Melbourne Victory); [11] Thomas 'Tommy' Michael Oar (22 / 15 LW Utrecht HO:); [14] James Troisi (25 / 11 AMF Melbourne Victory); [20] Dario Vidosic (27 / 23(2) AMF Sion SUI).

Forwards: [4] Timothy Filiga Cahill (34 /69(31) CF New York Red Bulls USA); [10] Benjamin Halloran (21 / 2 Fortuna Düsseldorf GER); Matthew Allan Leckie (23 / 8(1)FSV Frankfurt 1899); [9] Adam Jake Taggart (21 / 5(3) CF Newcastle Jets).

Based: Hotel Ilha Do Boi

Standby: Mark Romano Birighitti (23 / 1 GK CB Newcastle Jets); Curtis Edward Good, injured vs ECU on 5 March and did not recover. (21 / 1 Dundee United SCO; on loan from Newcastle United ENG); Luke Wilkshire (32 / 80(8) RB Dinamo Moscow); Joshua Brillante (Newcastle Jets); Tomas 'Tom' Petar Rogić (21 / 9 MFPM Celtic SCO); Adam Tomas Sarota (25 / 3 MF Utrecht HOL); Joshua Blake Kennedy (32 / 36(17) CF Nagoya Grampus 8 JAP);

Kit: Adidas.

Betting: 1,500-1 (Stan James).

Unlucky: Robbie Thomas Kruse (FWD Bayer Leverkusen) was a cert to start but missed out after he tore cruciate ligaments in his left knee in January 2014. Defender Rhys Williams (CB Middlesborough) tore achilles his tendon. Harry Kewell (W-AMF 35 / 56(17) retired at the end of the season. Brett Trevor Holman 30 / 63(9) not played since 2013 for AUS and seemed to have fell out with the coach as he retired from International football in April 2014.

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BEL: Coach: Marc Robert Wilmots, 45, Salary: £515,000 (15 May 2012 - ); Assists: Herman de Landtscheer and Vital Borkelmans, GK Coach: Erwin Lemmens, Trainer: Mario Innaurato. |

Goalkeepers:
[1] Thibaut Nicolas Marc Courtois (22-17 Atlético Madrid, on loan from Chelsea); [12] Simon Mignolet (25-14 Liverpool);[13] Sammy Bossut (28-0 Zulte Waregem replaced injured GK Proto) one GK will be dropped from the final 23.

Defenders: [2] Tobias “Toby” Albertine Maurits Alderweireld (25-34 RB Atlético Madrid ESP); [23] Laurent Ciman (28-8 CB Standard Liege); [18] Nicolas Robert Christian Lombaerts (29-25(2) CB Zenit St Petersburg RUS); [4] Vincent Jean Mpoy Kompany (c. 29-60-4 CB Manchester City ENG); [15] Daniel Van Buyten (36-80(10) CB Bayern Munich GER); [21] Anthony Vanden Borre (26-25(1) RWB RSC Anderlecht); [3] Thomas Vermaelen (vc. 28-48(1) CB Arsenal ENG); [5] Jan Vertonghen (27-56(4) LB Tottenham Hotspur ENG).

Midfielders: [22] Nacer Chadli (24-21(2) LMF Tottenham Hotspur ENG); [19] Mousa Sidi Yaya Dembélé (26-58(5) RMF Tottenham ENG); [16] Steven Arnold Defour (26-42(2) MF FC Porto POR); [7] Kevin De Bruyne (22-22(4) RW VfL Wolfsburg GER); [8] Marouane Fellaini-Bakkioui (26-51(9) MF Manchester United ENG); [6] Axel Thomas Witsel (25-49(5) DMF Zenit St Petersburg RUS).

Forwards: [9] Romelu Menama Lukaku (21-30(6) CF Everton, ENG on loan from Chelsea ENG); [10] Eden Hazard (23-47(6) LW Chelsea ENG); [14] Dries Mertens (27-26(4) RW Napoli ITA), [11] Kevin Antonio Joel Gislain Mirallas y Castillo (26-45(9) W-CF Everton ENG); [17] Divock Okoth Origi (19-4(1) CF Lille FRA); [20] Adnan Januzaj (19-1 WF Manchester United ENG).

Standby: Sébastien Pocognoli (26-12 LB Hannover GER); Radia Nainggolan (26-5(1) MF Roma ITA); Thorgan Ganael Francis Hazard, younger brother of Eden. (21-1 Zulte Waregem, on loan from Chelsea ENG); Guillaume Gillet (30-20(1) AMF RSC Anderlecht); Michy Batshuayi Tunga (20-0 CF Standard Liege); Jelle François Maria Van Damme (30-31 DF-LMF Standard Liege).

Based: The Paradise Golf and Lake Resort at Mogi das Cruzes, east of São Paulo

Kit: Burrida.

Betting: 20-1. (BetVictor)

Unlucky: [13] Koen Casteels (doubtful broke his shin in April, was replaced by Bossut - 21 -0 Hoffenheim); Silvio Proto (31-13 RSC Anderlecht) was in the original 23 man squad but fractured his arm in his final Belgian league match on 19 May, replaced by Sammy Bossut. Christian Benteke ruptured Achilles in April (23-18(6) CF Aston Villa ENG); Jean-François Gillet (35-9 GK Torino ITA) was the third choice goalie until he was done for match fixing on 16 July 2013 and received a 43 month ban, reduced to 13 months on appeal. He backed the wrong horse.

 

BHG: Coach: Safet 'Pape' Sušić, 59, Salary: £210,000 (28 Dec 2009 - sacked 17 Nov 2014); Assists: Elvir Balić, Borče Sredojević and Elvir Rahimić. GK coach: Tomislav Piplica. | 6 May provisional 24 players -

Goalkeepers:
[1] Asmir Begović (27 / 33 GK Stoke City ENG); [22] Jasmin Fejzić (33 / 3 GK Borac Banja Luka); [12] Asmir Avdukić (28 / 0 GK VFR Aalen GER).

Defenders: [13] Mensur Mujdža (30 / 26 RB Freiburg GER); [4] Emir Spahić (33 / 77(3) CB c. Bayer Leverkusen GER); [15] Toni Šunjić (25 / 9 CB Zorya Lugansk UKR); [5] Sead Kolašinac (21 / 6 LB Schalke 04 GER); [6] Ognjen Vranješ (24 / 14 RB-CB Elazığspor TUR); [3] Ermin Bičakčić (24 / 8(1) CB Eintracht Braunschweig GER); [2] Avdija Vršajević (28 / 14(1) RB-MF Hajduk Split CRO); [7] Muhamed Bešić (21 / 12 CB-DMF Ferencváros HUN).

Midfielders: [8] Miralem Pjanić (24 / 51(9) RM Roma ITA); [20] Izet Hajrović (22 / 9(2) MF-W Galatasaray TUR); [18] Haris Medunjanin (29 / 37(5) DMF Gaziantepspor TUR); [21] Anel Hadžić (24 / 2 DMF Sturm Graz AUT); [14] Tino-Sven Sušić (22 / 4 MF Hajduk Split CRO); [23] Sejad Salihović (29 / 42(4) DLMF Hoffenheim GER); [10] Zvjezdan Misimović bn. Munich, GER (32 / 82(25) ACMF vc. Guizhour Renhe); [17] Senijad Ibričić (28 / 42(4) AMF Kayseri Erciyesspor TUR).

Strikers: [9] Vedad Ibišević (29-58(21) LFW VfB Stuttgart GER); [11] Edin Džeko (28-65(36) CF Manchester City ENG); [16] Senad Lulić (28-35(1) LWF Lazio ITA); Edin Višća (24-12 WF İstanbul Başakşehir TUR).

Standby: Dejan Bandović (31 / 0 GK Sarajevo); Ervin Zukanović (27 / 6 CB Gent BEL on loan to Chievo ITA); Boris Pandža (27 / 21 CB Górnik Zabrze POL); Adnan Zahirović (24 / 20 MF VfL Bochum GER); Miroslav Stevanović (23 / 10(1) WF Sevilla ESP); Zoran Kvržić (25 / 2 Rijeka CRO); Srđan Stanić (24 / 0 Željezničar); Ermin Zec (26 / 9(1) Gençlerbirliği TUR).

Based: Will stay at the 5-star Casa Grande Hotel in Guarujá, south of São Paulo, and will train at Estádio Municipal Antônio Fernandes.

Kit: Adidas (was Legea 2005-14).

Betting: 200-1.

Unlucky: Elvir Rahimić (38-42 DFM CSKA Moscow RUS) was told by the manager the he did not play enough in the Russian league and because of his age he will be excluded from the squad.

 

BRZ: Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari, 65, salary: £2,367,500 (28 Nov 2012 - res. 14 July 2014 to Grêmio); Assist: Flávio Teixeira 'Murtosa', Carlos Alberto Parreira, and trainer: Paulo Paixao. | squad 7 May -


Goalkeepers:
[12] Júlio César Soares de Espíndola (34-80 Toronto FC, CAN on loan from QPR ENG); [1] Jefferson de Oliveira Galvã (31-9 Botafogo); [22] Victor Leandro Bagy (31-6 Atlético Mineiro).

Defenders: [2] Daniel Alves da Silva (31-75(6) RB - Barcelona ESP); [23] Maicon Douglas Sisenando (32-72(7) RB AS Roma ITA); [4] David Luiz Moreira Marinho (27-36 RCB Chelsea ENG); [3] Thiago Emiliano da Silva (c. 29-46(2) LCB Paris Saint-Germain FRA); Dante Bonfim Costa Santos (30-12(2) CB Bayern Munich GER); [15] Henrique Adriano Buss (27-5 CB Napoli ITA); [6] Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior (26-31(4) LB Real Madrid ESP); [14] Maxwell Scherrer Cabelino Andrade (32-9 LB Paris Saint-Germain FRA).

Midfielders: Willian Borges da Silva (25-7(2) RW Chelsea ENG); [17] Luiz Gustavo Dias (26-19(1) RMF VfL Wolfsburg GER); [16] Ramires Santos do Nascimento (27-42(4) CMF Chelsea ENG); [11] Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior (22-31(9) AMF Chelsea ENG); [18] Anderson Hernandes de Carvalho Viana Lima (29-24(2) CMF Internazionale ITA); [5] Fernandinho - Fernando Luiz Roza (29-7(1) CMF Manchester City ENG); [8] Paulinho - José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Júnior (25-25(5) LMF Tottenham Hotspur ENG); [20] Bernard Anício Caldeira Duarte (21-11(1) Shakhtar Donetsk UKR);

Forwards: [7] Hulk - Givanildo Vieira de Souza (27-35(9) RWF Zenit St Petersburg RUS)[9] Fred - Frederico Chaves Guedes (30-34(17) CF Fluminense); [21] Jô - João Alves de Assis Silva (27-17(5) CF Atlético Mineiro); [10] Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (22-49(31) LWF Barcelona).

Standby: Diego Cavalieri (31-3 GK Fluminese ITA) João Miranda de Souza Filho (9-7 CB Atlético Madrid ESP); Filipe Luís Kasmirski (28-4 LB Atlético Madrid ESP); Rafinha - Márcio Rafael Ferreira de Souza (28-2 RB Bayern Munich GER); Lucas Pezzini Leiva (24-25 DMF Liverpool ENG); Lucas Rodrigues Moura da Silva (21-31(4) WMF Paris Saint-Germain FRA); Alan Kardec de Souza Pereira Júnior (25-15(5) CF São Paulo). From 26 May the squad will train at Granja Comary, outside Rio.

Based: The hosts are staying at the Brazilian FA's official training center in Granja Comary near the mountainous Serra dos Orgaos National Park

Kit: Nike.

Betting: 3-1.

Unlucky: Marquinhos (20-1 CB Paris Saint-Germain); Philippe Coutinho Correia (21-1 AMF Liverpool ENG); Dedé - Anderson Vital da Silva (25-9(1) CB Cruzero); Kaká - Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (32-87(27) AC Milan ITA); Robinho de Souza (30-92(28) CF AC Milan ITA) the once World Player of the Year (2007) last played for Brazil 2012; Ronaldiho - Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (34-97(33) AM-FW Atlético Mineiro), discarded again as with the previous two Brazilian coaches; Alexander Pato (Pato is a nickname meaning 'Duck' from his place of birth Pato Branco, Paraná) - Alexandre Rodrigues da Silva (24-27(10) CF Internazionale ITA).

 

CMR: Coach: Volker Finke, 66, Salary: £235,000 (GER 22 May 2013 - );
Assistant Coaches: Martin Ndtoungou and Ibrahim Tanko, Trainer: Christophe Manouvrier.
12 May - provisional 28 man squad -

Goalkeepers:
[16] Charles Hubert Itandje bn. Bobigny, FRA (31-9 Konyaspor TUR); Sammy Ndjock (24-3 Fethiyespor TUR); [1] Maxime Loïc Feudjou Nguegang (22-2 Coton Sport).

Defenders: [22] Allan-Roméo Nyom (26-10 RB Granada); [5] Dany Achille Nounkeu Tchounkeu (28-16 CB Beşiktaş); [4] Cédric Djeugoué (21-3 RB Coton Sport); Aurélien Bayard Chedjou Fongang (28-31(1) CB Galatasaray); [3] Nicolas Alexis Julio N'Koulou N'Doubena (24-48 CB Olympique de Marseille); [12] Henri Bedimo Nsamé (30-31(1) LB Olympique Lyonnais FRA); [2] Benoît Pierre David Assou-Ekotto (30-22 LB QPR).

Midfielders: [18] Enoh Tarkang Eyong (28-38(2) DMF Antalyaspor TUR); [11] Jean Il Makoun (31-66(5) DMF Stade Rennais FRA); [21] Job Joël Andre Matip (22-23 DMF-CB Schalke 04); [17] Stéphane Mbia Etoundi (28-49(3) DMF Sevilla, on loan from QPR); [7] Landry Joel Tsafack N'Guémo (28-40(3) DMF Bordeaux); [6] Alexandre Dimitri Song Billong he is the nephew of Rigobert Song who played for Cameroon in four WC finals 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010.(26-47 DMF Barcelona); [20] Edgar Nicaise Constant Salli (21-9(1) RW RC de Lens).

Forwards: [9] Samuel Eto'o Fils (c. 33-117(56) CF was Chelsea ENG unattached at the time of the WC); [13] Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting b. Hamburg GER. (25-26(12) LW FSV Mainz 05 GER); [8] Benjamin Moukandjo Bilé (25-17(2) RW AS nancy FRA); [10] Vincent Aboubakar (22-24(2) CF Lorient FRA); [15] Pierre Achille Webó Kouamo (32-56(18) CF Fenerbahçe TUR); [19] Fabrice Olinga Essono (18-8(1) RW Zulte Waregem BEL).

Standby: Guy-Rolland N'Dy Assembé (28-12 GK Guingamp FRA); Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik bn. Metz, FRA son of André Kana-Biyik who plyed for Cameroon in 1990 and 1994 WC. (24-5 CB Stade Rennais FRA); Gaetang Bong Songo (26-13 LB (Olympiakos GRE); Macky Frank Bagnack Mouegni (19-0 CB Barcelona ESP); Raoul Cédric Loé (23-1 DMF Ossasuna ESP); Guy Zok Abep (20-0 MF Cosmos de Bafia); Mohamadou Idrissou (34-35(6) CF Maccabi Haifa ISR);
Based: Sheraton Hotel in Vitoria

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 1,500-1. (Spreadex)

Unlucky: Samuel Umtiti (20-0 DEF Olympique Lyonnais FRA); Jean Marie Dongou Tsafack (19-0 CF Barcelona ESP); Jacques Zoua Daogari (22-5 CF Hamburger SV GER).

Tournament Issues: Cameroon’s World Cup squad refused to board a plane due to take them to Brazil for the World Cup because of disputes over bonuses, according to French sports newspaper L’Equipe. The newspaper’s website claims that the squad have instead remained at their hotel in the Cameroonian capital Yaoundé, while reporters have camped outside the Cameroon Football Federation headquarters awaiting further information.

This is not the first time that financial concerns have affected the Indomitable Lions’s preparations for a World Cup. Disputes over bonus payments were reported in both 1994 and 2002 – the team failed to get out of their group in both tournaments. They have settled a dispute with the government and will receive 5.8m CFA francs (£7,200) more than the 50m CFA francs originally offered to each player for their participation in the tournament. They departed 12 hours later.

 

CHI: Coach: Jorge Luis Sampaoli Moya, 54, Salary: £1,057,500 (ARG 3 Dec 2012 - On 4 July 2015 in Santiago, Sampaoli led Chile to their first ever lifting of the Copa America); Assist: Sebastián Beccacece and Nicolas Diez, GK coach: Martín Tocalli, Fitness coach: Jorge Desio. | 13 May provisional 30 named -

Goalkeepers:
[1] Claudio Andrés Bravo Muñoz (c. 31 / 79 GK Real Sociedad ESP); [23] Johnny Cristián Herrera Muñoz (33 / 8 GK Universidad de Chile); [12] Cristopher Toselli (26 / 4 GK Universidad Catolica);.

Defenders: [2] Miiko Martín Albornoz Inola b. Stockholm, SWE. (23 / 2 FB Malmo FF SWE)[17] Gary Alexis Medel Soto (27 / 61(5) LDF/DMF Cardiff City ENG); [18] Gonzalo Alejandro Jara Reyes (28 / 65(3) RB Nottingham Forest ENG); [13] José Manuel Rojas Bahamondes (31 / 19(1) LCB Universidad de Chile); [2] Eugenio Esteban Mena Reveco (26 / 25(3) LB Santos BRZ); [4] Mauricio Anibal Isla (26 / 48(2) RWB Juventus ITA).

Midfielders: [10] Jorge Luis Valdivia Toro (30 / 57(4) CMFPM Palmeiras BRZ); [16] Felipe Alejandro Gutiérrez Leiva (23 / 18(1) LMF Twente HOL); [19] José Pedro Fuenzalida Gana (29 / 23(1) MF Colo Colo); [5] Francisco Andrés Silva Gajardo (28 / 12 DMF Osasuna); [8] Arturo Erasmo Vidal Pardo (27 / 54(8) RMF Juventus); [20] Charles Mariano Aránguiz Sandoval (25 / 21(2) LMF Internacional BRZ); [21] Marcelo Alfonso Díaz Rojas (27 / 21(1) CMF Basel SUI); [15] Jean André Emanuel Beausejour Coliqueo (30 / 59(5) Wigan Athletic ENG); [6] Carlos Emilio Carmona Tello (27 / 44(1) DMF Atalanta ITA).

Forwards: [7] Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez (25 / 67(22) FWD-LW Barcelona ESP); [22] Esteban Efraín Paredes Quintanilla (34 / 35(10) FWD Colo Colo); [11] Eduardo Jesús Vargas Rojas (24 / 30(14) RCF Valencia ESP); [9] Mauricio Ricardo Pinilla Ferrera (30 / 27(6) CF Cagliari ITA); [14] Fabián Ariel Orellana Valenzuela (28 / 26(2) RW Celta Vigo ESP).

Standby: Paulo Andrés Garcés Contreras (30 / 1 GK O'Higgins) Marcos Andrés González Salazar (34 / 28(2) CB Union Espanola); Enzo Pablo Roco Roco (22 / 4(1) CB Universidad Catolica); Rodrigo Javier Millar Carvajal (32 / 29(2) Atlas de Guadalajara. MEX); Pedro Pablo Hernández (27 / 1(2) AMF O'Higgins); Matías Ariel Fernández Fernández (28 / 60(14) Fiorentina ITA); Gustavo Javier Canales Bustos (32 / 1 Union Espanola); .

Based: Toca da Raposa II sporting complex in Belo Horizonte.

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 50-1. (BetVictor)

Unlucky: Forward Antenor Junior Fernándes da Silva Vitoria 25 / 9, broke his leg in April playing for Dinamo Zagreb on loan from Beyer Leverkusen. Matías Ariel Fernández Fernández AMF 26-60(14) Fiorentina ITA problems with dodgy right ankle flared again last month and had to undergo surgery in May 2014.

 

COL: Coach: José Néstor Pékerman Krimen, 64, Salary: £1,000,000 (ARG Jan 2012 - ); Assists: Néstor Gabriel Lorenzo, Patricio Alejandro Camps, and Pablo Garabello (all ARG); Tactical coach: Gabriel Wainer; GK coach Eduardo Niño García; Trainer: Eduardo Urtasún. | 14 May -

Goalkeepers: [1] David Ospina Ramírez (25 /44 Nice FRA); [22] Faryd Camilo Mondragón Alí (43 / 45 Deportivo Cali); [12] Camilo Andrés Vargas Gil (25 / 0 Independiente Santa Fe).

Defenders: [3] Mario Alberto Yepes Díaz (c. 38 / 98(6) CB AC Milan ITA); [2] Cristián Eduardo Zapata Valencia (27 / 24 CB AC Milan ITA); [7] Pablo Estifer Armero (27 / 53(1) LWB West Ham ENG, on loan from Napoli ITA); [18] Juan Camilo Zúñiga Mosquera (28 / 50(1) RWB Napoli ITA); [4] Santiago Arias Naranjo (22 / 6 RB PSV Eindhoven); [16] Éder Fabián Álvarez Balanta (21 / 3 CB River Plate ARG); [23] Carlos Enrique Valdés Parra (29 / 14(2) CB San Lorenzo ARG).

Midfielders: [13] Fredy Alejandro Guarín Vásquez (27 / 49(3) AMF Internazionale); [11] Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello (26 / 28(3) RW Fiorentina); [10] James David Rodríguez Rubio (22 / 22(5) ACMF (AS Monaco FRA joined Real Madrid 22 July 2014 for aprox £60m); [8] Abel Enrique Aguilar Tapias (29 / 49(6) DMF Toulouse FRA); [20] Juan Fernando Quintero Paniagua (21 / 4 AMF FC Porto POR); [6] Carlos Alberto Sánchez Moreno (28 / 44 DMF Elche ESP); [15] Alexander Mejía Sabalza (25 / 8 MF Atlético Nacional); [5] Carlos Mario Carbonero Mancilla (23 / 1 River Plate ARG).

Forwards:; [14] Segundo Víctor Ibarbo Guerrero (24 / 9(1) Cagliari); [21] Jackson Arley Martínez Valencia (27 / 27(7) FC Porto POR); [17] Carlos Arturo Bacca Ahumada (27 / 11(3) Sevilla ESP); [19] Gustavo Adrián Ramos Vásquez (28 /26(2) CF Hertha Berlin SC GER); Teófilo Antonio Gutiérrez Roncancio (29 / 30(12) River Plate ARG).

Standby: Aquivaldo Mosquera Romaña (33 / 30(1) Club America MEX); Luis Amaranto Perea Mosquera (35 / 76 CB-RB Cruz Azul MEX); Macnelly Torres Berrio (29 / 37(3) MF Al Shabab KSA); Edwin Armando Valencia Rodríguez (29 / 12 DMF Fluminense ITA) was injured by various 'muscle' problems; Elkin Soto Jaramillo (34 / 16(6) MF FSV Mainz 05 GER); Radamel Falcao García Zárate was Colombia's top scorer in qualifying with 9 goals, failed to recover from a knee injury in January, 28 / 51(20) CF AS Monaco FRA joined Manchester United (ENG) on season loan from 2 September 2014 for €8m - £6 million); Luis Fernando Muriel Fruto (23 / 5(1) CF Udinese ITA).

Based: President Laudo Natel Athletes Formation Center, nicknamed Centro de Treinamento

Kit: Adidas.

Betting: 40-1 (Matchbook).

Unlucky: Aldo Leão Ramírez Sierra (33 / 29(1) Morelia) was selected in the final squad but was injured just after he was confirmed in the final 23, he was replaced by Carlos Carbonero.

 

CRC: Coach: Jorge Luis Pinto Afanador, 61, Salary: £262,500 (COL Sept 2011 - res 24 July 2014 because of differences with the CR football federation); Assists: Paulo César Wanchope Watson and Luis Antonio Marín Murillo; GK coach: Luis Gabelo Conejo; Trainer: Erick Sánchez. |

Goalkeepers: [1] Keylor Antonio Navas Gamboa (27 / 53 GK Levante ESP); [18] Patrick Alberto Pemberton Bernard (32 / 21 GK Alajuelense) [23] Daniel Arturo Cambronero Solano (26 / 4 GK Herediano).

Defenders: [2] Johnny Acosta Zamora (30 / 25(1) CB Alajuelense); [3] Giancarlo González Castro (26 / 35(2) CB Columbus Crew USA); [4] Míchael Umaña Corrales (31 / 83(1) CB Saprissa); [6] Óscar Esaú Duarte Gaitán (25 / 11 CB Bruges BEL); [12] Waylon Dwayne Francis Box (23 / 1 LB Columbus Crew USA); [15] Júnior Enrique Díaz Campbell (30 / 62(1) LB FSV Mainz 05); [16] Cristian Esteban Gamboa Luna (24 / 25(1) RB Rosenborg NOR); [19] Roy Miller Hernández (29 / 48(1) CB New York Red Bulls USA).

Midfielders: [5] Celso Borges Mora (26 / 63(14) AMF AIK SWE); [7] Christian Bolaños Navarro (30 / 55(2) RW FC Copenhagen DEN); [13] Óscar Esteban Granados Maroto (28 / 11 DMF Herediano); [11] Michael Barrantes Rojas (40 / 50(4) Aalesund NOR); [17] Yeltsin Ignacio Tejeda Valverde (22 / 22 DCMF Saprissa); [20] Diego Gerardo Calvo Fonseca (23 / 10(1) LW Vålerenga NOR); [22] José Miguel Cubero (DMF Herediano).

Forwards: [10] Bryan Jafet Ruiz González (c. 28 / 63(13) RW-SS PSV Eindhoven (HOL), on loan from Fulham ENG); [9] Joel Nathaniel Campbell Samuels (21 / 33(9) RW Olympiakos GRE, on loan from Arsenal ENG); [14] Randall Brenes Moya (30 / 39(8) CF Cartagines); [21] Marco Danilo Ureña Porras (24 / 24( SS FC Kuban Krasnodar RUS).

Standby: Esteban Alvarado Brown (25 / 2 GK AZ Alkmaar HOL); Heiner Mora Mora (29 / 22(1) RB Saprissa); Kendall Jamaal Waston Manley (26 / 2 CB Saprissa); Carlos Gerardo Hernández Valverde (32 / 39(6) AMF Wellington Phoenix NZL); Eithel Ariel Rodríguez Araya (28 / 16 MF Alajuelense); Hansell Araúz Ovares (25 / 0 AMF Saprissa); Álvaro Alberto Saborío Chacón (32 / 93(32) CF Real Salt Lake USA); Jairo Arrieta Obando (31 / 17(4) CF Columbus Crew USA)

Based: The Costa Rican bandwagon are staying at the Mendes Plaza Hotel in the port city of Santos.

Kit: Lotto.

Betting: 4,000-1.

Unlucky: Everton defender Bryan Josué Oviedo Jiménez (24 / 26(1) LWB) misses the tournament through injury having broken his left leg against Stevenage in the FA Cup in January 2014.

 

CRO: Coach: Niko Kovač, 42, Salary: £161,875 replaced Igor Štimac (2012-13) before play-offs 16 Oct 2013 - ); Assist: Robert Kovač (brother), Branimir Ujević and Goran Lakcović, Trainer: Igor Jukić. |

Goalkeepers: [1] Stipe Pletikosa (35-110 Rostov RUS); [23] Danijel Subašić (29-6 AS Monaco FRA); [12] Oliver Zelenika (21-0 Dinamo Zagreb).

Defenders: [11] Darijo Srna (c.32-111(21) RB Shakhtar Donetsk UKR); [6] Dejan Lovren (24-24(2) CB Southampton ENG); Vedran Ćorluka (28-72(4) CB Lokomotiv Moscow RUS); [13] Gordon Schildenfeld (29-21 CB Panathinaikos GRE); [3] Danijel Pranjić (32-49 LB Panathinaikos GRE); [21] Domagoj Vida (25-24(1) CB Dynamo Kiev UKR); [2] Šime Vrsaljko (22-7 LB Genoa ITA).

Midfielders: [10] Luka Modric (28-75(8) CMF Real Madrid ESP); [7] Ivan Rakitić (26-62(9) CMF Sevilla ESP); [8] Ognjen Vukojević (30-55(4) DMF retired from International football after WC. Dynamo Kiev UKR); [4] Ivan Perišić (25-29(3) R-LW VfL Wolfsburg GER); [20] Mateo Kovačić (20-10 MF Internazionale ITA); [15] Milan Badelj (25-9(1) SV Hamburg GER); [14] Marcelo Brozović (21-1 CMF Dinamo Zagreb); [19] Jorge Sammir Cruz Campos bn. Itabuna, BRZ (27-6 AMF Getafe ESP).

Forwards: [17] Mario Mandžukić (28-50(13) CF Bayern Munich GER); [18] Ivica Olić (34-92(18) CF VfL Wolfsburg GER); [22] Eduardo Alves da Silva bn. Rio de Janeiro, BRZ retired from International football after WC.(31-64(29) CF Shakhtar Donetsk RUS); [9] Nikica Jelavić (28-33(6) CF Hull City ENG); [16] Ante Rebić (20-5(1) LW Fiorentina ITA).

Standby: Ivan Strinić (26-32 LB Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk RUS); Igor Bubnjić (21-2 CB Udinese ITA); Niko Kranjčar (29-81(16) CMF Queens Park Rangers ENG); Ivo Iličević (27-8(1) AMF SV Hamburg GER); Ivan Močinić (21-0 MF Rijeka); Mario Pašalić (19-0 MF Hajduk Split); Duje Čop (24-0 CF Dinamo Zagreb)

Based: Land at Salvador International Airport Tuesday 3 June. Tivoli Eco Resort a 5 star luxury complex near Mata de São João, Bahia NE region of Brazil.

Kit: Nike.

Betting: 200-1.

Unlucky: Niko Kranjčar AMF 29-81(16) Queens Park Rangers ENG on loan from Spurs would have gone to Brazil but tore hamstring in QPR’s 1-0 Championship play-off final win over Derby 24 May 2014. Defender Josip Šimunić, Australian born defender (36 years old of Dinamo Zagreb) who won 105 caps, missed out on the squad after failing in May with an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against a 10-game ban for making a fascist salute in November 2013.

 

ECU: Coach: Reinaldo Rueda Rivera, 57, Salary: £337,500 (COL July 2010 - 25 June 2014); Assistant: Alexis Mendoza, Trainer: Carlos Velasco | Final Squad announced 2 June, numbers given the day after.

Goalkeepers: [1] Máximo Orlando Banguera Valdivieso (28-24 Barcelona SC); [22] Alexander Domínguez Carabalí (26-18 LDU Quito); [12] Adrián Javier Bone Sánchez (25-3 El Nacional).

Defenders: [2] Jorge Daniel Guagua Tamayo (32-58(2) CB Emelec); [3] Frickson Rafael Erazo Vivero (26-36(1) CB Flamengo BRZ); [4] Juan Carlos Paredes Reasco (26-37 RWB Barcelona SC, ESP); [10] Wálter Orlando Ayoví Corozo (VC 34-89(8) LWB Pachuca); [18] Óscar Dalmiro Bagüí Angulo (31-21 LB Emelec); [21] Gabriel Eduardo Achilier Zurita (29-22 CB Emelec).

Midfielders: [5] Alex Renato Ibarra Mina (23-17 RW Vitesse Arnhem, NED); [6] Christian Fernando Noboa Tello (29-41(2) Dynamo Moscow, RUS); [8] Édison Vicente Méndez Méndez (35-109(18) ACM Independiente Santa Fe); [14] Segundo Alejandro Castillo Nazareno (32-29(2) DC-RM Al-Hilal, KSA); [15] Michael Antonio Arroyo Mina (27-20(2) LW Atlante); [16] Luis Antonio Valencia Mosquera (c. 28-70(8) RW Manchester United, ENG); [19] Luis Fernando Saritama Padilla (30-48 AC-RM Barcelona SC); [20] Fidel Francisco Martínez Tenorio (24-8(2) LW Tijuana, MEX); [23] Carlos Armando Gruezo Arboleda (19-2 DMF Stuttgart, GER).

Forwards: [7] Jefferson Antonio Montero Vite (24-39(8) Morelia, MEX); [9] Joao Robin Rojas Mendoza (24-29(2) Cruz Azul, MEX); [11] Felipe Salvador Caicedo Corozo (25-49(15) Al-Jazira, JOR); [13] Enner Remberto Valencia Lastra (25-9(3) not related to captain Antonio Valencia - Pachuca, MEX); [17] Jaime Javier Ayoví Corozo (26-30(9) Tijuana).

On Standby: John William Narváez Arroyo (22-0 CB Emelec); Cristian Leonel Ramírez Zambrano (19-2 LB Fortuna Duesseldorf, GER); Pedro Ángel Quiñónez Rodríguez (22-3 MF Emelec); Tilson Oswaldo Minda (30-18 MF Chivas USA); Armando Lenin Wila Canga (29-1 FW Universidad Catolica, Ecuador); Ángel Israel Mena Delgado (W 26-0 FW Emelec); Cristian Anderson Penilla Caicedo (23-0 CF-AM FW Barcelona SC).

Based: Vila Ventura Hotel, Viamao, Rio Grande do Sul.

Kit: Marathon.

Betting: 200-1.

Unlucky: Ecuador have struggled for centre forwards since the death of ex-Birmingham striker Christian Rogelio Benítez Betancourt on 29 July 2013, with cardiac arrest aged just 27. Valencia was made captain after his good friend died and he has a tattoo dedicated to him. He is greatly missed by all the members of the squad. Central defender Jairo Rolando Campos León tore his achilles tendon October 2013.

 

ENG: Coach: Roy Hodgson, 66, Salary: £3,500,000 (4 May 2012 - ); Assist manager: Raymond Lewington (4 May 2012 - ); Coach: Gary Alexander Neville; GK Coach: David Watson; Fitness Coach: Chris Neville; Trainers: Gary Lewin and Tony Strudwick. | 12 May, Squad numbers confirmed 24 May:

[1] Charles Joseph "Joe" John Hart (27-39 GK Manchester City); [2] Glen McLeod Cooper Johnson (bn. Glen C M Stephens) (29-50(1) RB Liverpool); [3] Leighton John Baines (29-22(1) LB Everton); [4] Steven George Gerrard, retired from International football after WC. (C - 34-109(21) RMF Liverpool); [5] Gary James Cahill (28-23(2) RCB Chelsea); [6] Philip "Phil" Nikodem Jagielka (31-24(1) LCB Everton); [7] Jack Andrew Garry Wilshere (22-15 MF Arsenal); [8] Frank James Lampard (VC - 25-103(29) MF Chelsea); [9] Daniel Andre Sturridge (24-10(3) FWD Liverpool); [10] Wayne Mark Rooney (28-89(38) FWD Manchester United); [11 was 19] Daniel 'Danny' Nii Tackie Mensah Welbeck (23-21(8) FWD Manchester United); [12 was 22] Christopher Lloyd "Chris" Smalling (24-10 RDF Manchester United); [13] Ben Anthony Foster (31-6 GK WBA); [14] Jordan Brian Henderson (23-8 LMF Liverpool); [15] Alexander "Alex" Mark David Oxlade-Chamberlain (20-14(3) R-CMF Arsenal); [16 was 18] Philip Anthony "Phil" Jones (22-9 D-DMF Manchester United); [17 was 16] James Philip Milner (28-45(1) MF Manchester City); [18 was 21] Rickie Lee Lambert (32-4(2) FWD Southampton); [19 was 11] Raheem Shaquille Sterling (bn. Kingston, JAM 19-2 RWF Liverpool); [20] Adam David Lallana (26-3 AMF Southampton); [21 was 17] Ross Barkley (20-3 MF Everton); [22 was 23] Fraser Gerard Forster (26-1 GK Celtic SCO); [23 was 12] Luke Paul Hoare Shaw (18-1 LB Southampton).

On Standby: [24] John Stones (19-0 FB-CB Everton) and [25] Jonathon "Jon" Patrick Flanagan (21-0 FB Liverpool) will travel with squad to Miami and Hodgson revealed Stones would replace Phil Jones if he doesn't recover in time from his shoulder injury. John Thomas Gordon Ruddy (27-1 GK Norwich City); Michael Carrick (32-31 CMF Manchester United); Thomas 'Tom' William Cleverley (24-13 CMF Manchester United); Andrew Thomas 'Andy' Carroll (25-9(2) CFW West Ham United); Jermain Colin Defoe (31-55(19) FWD Toronto, was on loan back to Spurs at the end of the season. CAN). Only five squad players have played in a finals match.

Based: England flew to Rio after the Honduras game at 10:00 on a private flight to stay at the 5-star Royal Tulip Hotel and train at the Urca military camp at the foot of Sugarloaf mountain.

Kit: Nike.

Betting: 33-1.

Unlucky: Andros Darryl Townsend RW 22-5(1) Tottenham Hotspur left ankle sugery after injury 26 April 2014; Ashley Cole (LB 33-107 retired Chelsea ENG signed for AS Roma ITA 7 July 2014; Kyle Andrew Walker, RB 24-10 Tottenham Hotspur suffered a pelvic injury 13 March 2014; Theo Walcott (FWD 25-36(5) Arsenal) Ruptured ACL in left knee in 2-0 FA Cup win over Tottenham in January 2014.



England Squad before their flight to Miami - l-r back: Milner, Barkley, Jagielka, Smalling, Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Lallana. Middle: Gary Necville, Shaw, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lambert, Foster, Hart, Forster, Welbeck, Sterling, Wilshere and Dave Watson. Seated: Sturridge, Rooney, Gerrard, Roy Hodgson, Ray Lewington, Lampard, Johnson and Baines.

England squad 1st June 2014



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRA: Coach: Didier Claude Deschamps, 45, Salary: £337,500 (8 July 2012 - ); Assist: Guy Stéphan, GK Coach: Frank Raviot, Trainer Eric Bedouet.

| 13 May -

Goalkeepers: [1] Hugo Lloris (c. 27 - 57 GK Tottenham Hotspur ENG); [16] Stéphane Ruffier (27 - 2 GK Saint-Étienne); [23] Mickaël Vincent André-Marie Landreau (35 - 11 GK Bastia).

Defenders: [2] Mathieu Debuchy (29 - 21(2) RB Newcastle United ENG); [17] Lucas Digne (21 - 2 LB Paris Saint-Germain) [3] Patrice Latyr Evra (33 - 58 LB Manchester United ENG); [21] Laurent Koscielny (29 - 17 CB Arsenal ENG); [15] Bacary Sagna (31 - 41 RB Arsenal ENG); [13] Eliaquim Mangala (23 - 3 CB FC Porto POR); [5] Mamadou Sakho (24 - 19(2) CB Liverpool ENG); [4] Raphaël Varane (21 - 6 CB Real Madrid).

Midfielders: [7] Rémy Cabella (24 - 1 AMF Montpellier) [6] Yohan Cabaye (28 -30(3) CMF Paris Saint-Germain); [14] Blaise Matuidi (27 - 23(3) CMF Paris Saint-Germain); [12] Rio Antonio Zoba Mavuba (30 - 12 DMF Lille); [19] Paul Labile Pogba (21 - 11(1) CMF Juventus ITA); [18] Moussa Sissoko (25 - 17 MFW Newcastle United ENG); [22] Morgan Schneiderlin (24 - 1 DMF Southampton ENG).

Forwards: [8] Mathieu Valbuena 5'6" (29 - 34(5) RW-AMF Olympique de Marseille); [10] Karim Mostafa Benzema (26 - 66(21) CF Real Madrid ESP); [9] Olivier Giroud (27 - 30(8) CF Arsenal ENG); [11] Antoine Griezmann (23 - 4(3) LW Real Sociedad ESP); [20] Loïc Rémy (27 - 25(5)CF Newastle United ENG, on loan from QPR ENG).

Standby: Steve Mandanda (29 - 16 GK Olympique de Marseille); Loic Perrin (29 - 0 CB Saint-Étienne); Benoît Trémoulinas (28 - 2 LB Dynamo Kiev UKR); Maxime Gonalons (25 - 6 DMF Olympique Lyonnais); Clément Grenier (23 - 5 AMF Olympique Lyonnais); Franck Henry Pierre Ribéry (converted to Islam in 2006 and taken name of Bilal Yusuf Mohammed. He did not recover from back injury (31 - 81(16) RW Bayern Munich GER); Alexandre Lacazette (23 - 2 CF Olympique Lyonnais).

Based: Hotel JP

Kit Nike.

Betting: 25-1.

Unlucky: Sami Nasri (he was not suprised as he does not get on with Deschamps, his girlfriend was ranting), Gael Clichy (both Man City), Yann Gérard M'Vila DMF (Rennes) still not in favour since his ban for 'clubbing it' with the Under-21 team in Oct 2012.

 

GER: Coach: Joachim 'Jogi' Löw, 54, Salary: £2,146,250 (13 July 2006 - ); Assist Coach: HansDieter Flick; Fitness coaches: Shad Forsythe (USA), and Yann-Benjamin Kugel; GK coach: Andreas Köpke;

Goalkeepers: [1] Manuel Peter Neuer (28-45 Bayern Munich); [12] Ron-Robert Zieler (25-3 Hannover 96); [22] Roman Weidenfeller (33-2 Borussia Dortmund).

Defenders: [20] Jérôme Agyenim Boateng (RCB 25-38 Bayern Munich); [15] Erik Durm (22-1 Borussia Dortmund); [2] Kevin Grosskreutz (RB 25-4 Borussia Dortmund); [4] Benedikt Höwedes (CB 26-20(1) Schalke 04); [5] Mats Julian Hummels (CB 25-29(2) Borussia Dortmund); [16] Philipp Lahm (C. LB 30-105(5) Bayern Munich); Per Mertesacker (LCB 29-97(4) Arsenal ENG).

Midfielders: [14] Julian Draxler (20-11(1) Schalke 04); [3] Matthias Ginter (20-2 Freiburg); [19] Mario Götze (21-28(7) Bayern Munich); [6] Sami Khedira (27-45(4) Real Madrid ESP); [18] Toni Kroos (24-43(5) Bayern Munich); [8] Mesut Özil (25-54(17) Arsenal ENG); [21] Shkodran Mustafi (DF 22-1 Sampdoria ITA); [9] Andre Schurrle (23-32(12) Chelsea ENG); [10] Lukas Josef Podolski bn. Gliwice, POL (MF-FW 28-113(46) Arsenal ENG); [7] Bastian Schweinsteiger (29-101(23) Bayern Munich).

Forwards: [11] Miroslav Klose (35-131(68) Lazio ITA); [13] Thomas Müller (24-48(17) Bayern Munich).

Standby: Marcell Jansen (LWB 28-45(3) Hamburger SV); Marcel Schmelzer (LB 26-16 Borussia Dortmund); Lars Bender (MF 25-17(4) Bayer Leverkusen); Leon Goretzka (MF 19-1 Schalke 04); Maximilian 'Max' Meyer (MF 18-1 Schalke 04); André Hahn (FW 23-1 Augsburg); Kevin Volland (FW 21-1 1899 Hoffenheim).

Based: Staying at a £25 million custom built complex commissioned by the DFB called Campo Bahia. It is situated in Santo André, in the state of Bahia in the North-East region of Brazil. The team are the first occupants of the complex and it will be open to the public after the WC - if you can afford it.

Kit: Adidas.

Betting: 6-1.

Unlucky: Marco Reus AMF-LW 25-21(7) Borussia Dortmund He was named in Germany's squad for the World Cup finals but was forced to withdraw after suffering a left ankle injury in the team's 6–1 warm-up win against Armenia on 6 June 2014; Lars Bender MF 25-0 SV Eintracht Trier 05 suffered muscle and tendon damage to right thigh at training camp in northern Italy. Mario Gómez García (FWD 28-59(25) Fiorentina ITA); İlkay Gündoğan (CMF 23-8(2) Borussia Dortmund); Stefan Kiessling (FWD 30-6 Beyer Leverkusen tore a hamstring in April.

 

GHA: Coach: James Kwesi 'Akwasi' Appiah, 53, Salary: £150,000 (fomer assistant to Goran Stevanović who was sacked 19 March 2012. officially appointed on 10 Apr 2012 - 12 Sept 2014); Assist: Maxwell Konadu, GK Coaces: Joe Carr and Simon Addo, Def Coach: Samel Kuffour, Mid Coach: Stephen Appiah, Fwd Coach: Tony Yeboah.

12 May; 26 man squad named Goalkeepers: [1] Stephen Adams (24 - 7 GK Aduana Stars); [12] Adambathia Larsen Kwarasey (26 - 21 GK Stromsgodset NOR); [16] Fatau Dauda (29 - 18 GK Orlando Pirates RSA).

Defenders: [4] Daniel Tawiah Opare (23 - 16 RB Porto POR); [21] John Boye (27 - 30(3) RCB Stade Rennais FRA); [2] Samuel Inkoom (24 - 46(1) RWB Platanias, GRE on loan from Dnipro UKR); [19] Jonathan Mensah (24 - 27(1) LCB Évian FRA); [15] Rashid Sumaila (21 - 6 CB Mamelodi Sundowns RSA); [23] Harrison Afful (28 - 41 FB Espérance Sportive de Tunis TUN).

Midfielders: [5] Michael Kojo Essien (vc 31 - 58(9) RMF AC Milan); [20] Kwadwo 'Kojo' Asamoah (25 - 62(4) LWB-LWM Juventus ITA); [8] Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (23 - 49(7) MF Udinese ITA); [6] Ebenezer Afriyie Acquah (22 - 5(1) CMF Parma ITA); [7] Christian Atsu Twasam (22 - 23(4) LW Vitesse HOL); Albert Danquah Adomah, bn. Lambeth, England. (26 - 15(1) WF Middlesbrough ENG); [10] André Morgan Rami Ayew (24 - 49(4) RWF/SS Olympique de Marseille FRA); [22] Wakaso Mubarak (24 - 17(7) WF Rubin Kazan RUS). [11] Sulley Muntari (29 - 84(20) LMF AC Milan ITA);

Strikers: [3] Asamoah Gyan (28 -79(40) CF c. Al Ain UAE); [9] Kevin-Prince Boateng (27 - 13(2) SS Schalke 04); [18] Abdul Majeed Waris (22 - 13(5) CF Valenciennes FRA on loan from Spartak Moscow RUS); [13] Jordan Pierre Ayew (22 - 13 (5) Sochaux FRA on loan from Olympique de Marseille FRA).

Standby: Brimah Razak (27 - 2 GK Córdoba CF B ESP) Jerry Akaminko, withdrew 31 May (26 - 9(1) CB Kisehirspor); Eric Kwabena Adusei (26 - 5(2) CB Mpumalanga Black Aces RSA); Jeffrey Schlupp (21 - 2 LWB Leicester City ENG); Mohammed Rabiu Al-Hassan (24 - 17 DMF Kuban Krasnodar RUS); Yussif Raman Chibsah (21 - 1 MF Sassuolo ITA); Mahatma Osumanu Otoo (22 - 3 CF Songdal NOR); David Accam (23 - 0 CF Helsingborg SWE).

Based: Radisson Hotel Maceio in the state capital of Alagoas.

Kit Puma.

Betting: 250-1.

Unlucky: ex-captain John Mensah and Isaac Vorsah.

Tournament issues: As with the other african nations there is always a fall out over bonus payments that have not yet been paid. The day before their last match vs. Portugal the team had a bust up with the management and demanded they be paid in cash. Promting the Ghanain FA to issue a statement fron the President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama, promising remuneration and incredibly, there are suggestions that a plane will fly in from Ghana to Brasília with $3m (£1.76m) on board. The players did however, promise not to boycot the match - as it would effect their appearance money {edit}.

It later came out that two players, Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng, were suspended indefinitely for disciplinary reasons.

The GFA issued a statement:

“The Ghana Football Association has suspended Sulley Ali Muntari indefinitely from the Black Stars with immediate effect.

The decision was taken in the wake of his unprovoked physical attack on an Executive Committee member of the GFA and a management member of the Black Stars, Mr Moses Armah on Tuesday 24 June, 2014 during a meeting. Muntari’s accreditation for the 2014 World Cup has been withdrawn with immediate effect”.

Boateng, meanwhile, was also suspended indefinitely and also sent home for what the FA said were “vulgar verbal insults” aimed at the team’s coach, James Appiah, during training.

 

GRE: Coach: Fernando Manuel Fernandes da Costa Santos, 59, Salary: £515,000 (POR 1 July 2010 - 30 June 2014); Assistants: Ricardo Candido, Antonis Minou, Joao Viana and Leonidas Vokolos; GK Coach: Justino, Trainer: Nektarios Pantazis. | 30 squad

Goalkeepers:
[1] Orestis-Spyridon Karnezis (28 - 19 GK Granada ESP); [12] Panaglotis Giorgios Glykos (28 - 2 GK PAOK); [13] Stefanos Kapino (20 - 2 (GK Panathinaikos).

Defenders: [4] Kostasantinos 'Kostas' Manolas (23 - 9 CB Olympiakos); [2] Ioannis 'Giannis' Maniatis (27 - 30 DRM-RB Olympiakos); [20] José Lloyd Holebas bn. Aschaffenburg, West Germany. (30 -22(1) LWB Olympiakos); [4] Evangelos 'Vangelis' Moras (33 - 19 CB Hellas Verona IT); [19] Sokratis Papastathopoulos (26 -47 CB Borussia Dortmund GER); [3] Giorgios Tzavellas (26 - 13 LB PAOK); [11] Loukas Vyntra (33 - 50 CB Levante ESP); [15] Vasileios 'Vasilis' Torosidis (29 - 66(7) RB Roma ITA).

Midfielders: [6] Alexandros Tziolis (29 - 49(1) DMF Kayserispor TUR); [22] Andreas Samaris (25 - 4 CMF Olympiakos); [21] Konstantinos 'Kostas' Katsouranis (35 - 111(10) DMF PAOK); [10] Giorgios Karagounis (c. 37 - 135(10) CMF-PM Fulham ENG); [23] Panagiotis Tachtsidis (23 - 6 MF Torino ITA); [18] Ioannis 'Giannis' Fetfatzidis (23 - 19(3) AMWF Genoa ITA); [16] Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (27 - 19(1) WMF Bologna ITA); [8] Panagiotis Giorgios Kone (27 - 16(1) AMWF Bologna ITA).

Forwards: [14] Dimitrios Salpingidis (33 - 76(13) RWF PAOK); [7] Giorgios Samaras (29 - 74(8) LWF Celtic SCO); [9] Konstantinos 'Kostas' Mitroglou (26 - 32(8) CF Fulham ENG); [17] Theofanis Gekas (34 - 72(24) CF Konyaspor).

Standby: Alexandros Tzorvas (32 - 16 GK Apollon Smyrnis); Avraam Papadopoulos (29 - 36 CB Olympiakos); Nikolaos 'Nikos' Karabelas (29 - 0 LB Levante ESP); Sotiris Ninis (24 31(3) AMF-RW PAOK); Kostas Fortounis (21 - 12 AMFW Kaiserslautern GER); Dimitris Papadopoulos (32 - 23(2) CF Atromitos); Stefanos Klaus Athanasiadis (25 - 6 CF PAOK); Nikolaos Karelis (22 - 0 WF-SS Panathinaikos).

Based: Radisson Hotel Aracaju in Sergipe

Kit Nike.

Betting: 350-1. (Boylesports)

Unlucky: Schalke 04 CB defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos 21-16(4) dislocated his shoulder in training, Michalis Sifakis (GK 29 - 15 Atromitos) and Dimitrios Siovas (CB 25 - 8 Olympiakos) just missed out .

HOL: Coach: Aloysius 'Louis' Paulus Maria van Gaal, 62, Salary: £1,631,250 (6 July 2012 - 12 July 2014), will be manager of Manchester United - confirmed 19 May after the WC. Assist: Danny Blind and Patrick Kluivert; Fitness Coach: Rene Wormhouldt; Team Manager: Hans Jorritsma, GK coach: Frans Hoek. | Squad numbers were revealed on 2 June.

Goalkeepers: [1] Jasper Cillessen (25-8 GK Ajax); [23] Timothy 'Tim' Michael Krul (26-5 GK Newcastle United); [22] Michel Armand Vorm (30-14 Swansea Cuty).

Defenders: [7] Daryl Janmaat (24-16 RB Feyenoord); [12] Paul Johannes Gerardus Verhaegh (30-2 RB FC Augsburg GER); [3] Stefan de Vrij (22-12 CB-RB Feyenoord); [2] Ron Peter Vlaar (29-24(1) RCB Aston Villa); [13] Joël Ivo Veltman (22-2 RCB Ajax); [14] Terence Kongolo (20-1 LCB Feyenoord); [4] Rolando 'Bruno' Maximiliano Martins Indi bn.Barreiro, POR. (22-16(2)CB-LB Feyenoord); [5] Daley Blind (24-12 LWB-DMF Ajax transfered to Manchester United ENG on 1st September 2014 for £13.8 million).

Midfielders: [16] Jordy Clasie (22-8 DMF Feyenoord); [8] Jonathan Alexander de Guzmán bn. Scarborough, Ontario, CAN (26-10 CMF Swansea ENG); [6] Nigel de Jong (29-72(1) DMF AC Milan ITA); [18] Leroy Johan Fer (24-6 CMF Norwich City ENG); [10] Wesley Sneijder (30-99(26) AMF Galatasaray TUR); [20] Georginio Gregion Emile Wijnaldum (23-5(1) AMF PSV Eindhoven).

Forwards: [11] Arjen Robben (30-75(23) RW Bayern Munich GER); [15] Dirk Kuyt (33-97(24) RW Fenerbahçe TUR); [9] Robin van Persie (c. 30-85(43) CF Manchester United ENG); [19] Dirk Jan Klaas Huntelaar (30-62(34) CF Schalke 04 GER); [21] Memphis Depay (20-6 LW PSV Eindhoven); [17] Jeremain Marciano Lens (26-22(8) LW Dynamo Kiev UKR).

Standby: Jeroen Zoet (23-0 GK PSV Eindhoven); Patrick John Miguel van Aanholt (23-2 LBVitesse Arnhem); Karim Rekik (19-1 CB PSV Eindhoven - on loan from Manchester City); Tonny Emilio Trindade de Vilhena (19-0 CMF Feyenoord); Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart (31-109(25) AMF Hamburger SV); Jean-Paul Boëtius (20-1 LW Feyenoord); Quincy Promes (22-1 FW FC Twente);

Based: Caesar Park Hotel near Ipanema beach in Rio.

Kit: Nike.

Betting: 33-1.

Unlucky: Jetro Willems (LB 19-13 PSV Eindhoven) youngest player ever in the European Championships (2012) at 18 yrs 71 d. sustained knee ligament damage in PSV’s 2-0 defeat against Feyenoord in April 2014; Kevin Stootman MF 24-25(3) tore ACL in left knee in 1-0 AS Roma defeat against Napoli in March 2014; Rafael Ferdinand van der Vaart AMF 31-109(23) Hamburger SV GER picked up calf strain in training in May 2014. Immediately cut from Dutch squad.

HON: Coach: Luis Fernando Suárez, 54, Salary: £375,000 (COL Mar 2011 - res 25 June 2014); Assist: Miguel Falero, GK Coach: Marcelo Scalese, Trainer: Carlos Gutierrez. | 5 May -final 23 named

Goalkeepers: [18] Noel Eduardo Valladares Bonilla (37-121 CD Olimpia); [22] Donis Salatiel Escober Izaguirre (34-26 CD Olimpia); [1] Luis Aurelio López Fernández (20-0 Real CD España).

Defenders: [21] Brayan Antonio Beckeles (28-22(1) RB CD Olimpia); [7] Emilio Arturo Izaguirre Girón (28-67(1) LB Celtic SCO); [6] Juan Carlos Garcia (26-33(1) LB Wigan Athletic ENG); [3] Maynor Alexis Figueroa Róchez (31-104(3) LB Hull City ENG); [5] Víctor Salvador Bernárdez Blanco (32-77(4) CB San Jose Earthquakes USA); [2] Osman Danilo Chávez Güity (29-54 CB Qingdao Janoon CHN); [4] Juan Pablo Montes Montes (28-11(1) CB Motagua).

Midfielders: [19] Luis Fernando Garrido (23-19 DMFCD Olimpia); [15] Roger Aníbal Espinoza Ramírez (27-41(5) CMF Wigan Athletic ENH); [20] Jorge Aarón Claros Juárez (28-48(3) DMF Motagua); [8] Wilson Roberto Palacios Suazo (29-94(6) DMF Stoke City ENG); [12] Edder Gerardo Delgado Zerón (27-25 Real CD España); [14] Óscar Boniek García Ramírez (29-92(2) RW Houston Dynamo USA); [17] Andy Najar Rodríguez (21-16(1) RMF RSC Anderlecht BEL); [10] Mario Roberto Martínez Hernández (24-36(3) LWF Real CD España); [23] Marvin Antonio Chávez (30-41(4) RWF CD Chivas USA USA).

Forwards: [11] Jerry Ricardo Bengtson Bodden (27-43(19) CF New England Revolution USA); [9] Jerry Nelson Palacios Suazo (32-23(5) CF brother of WilsonAlajuelense); [13] Carlo Yaír Costly Molina (31-69(31) CF Real CD España); [16] Rony Darío Martínez Alméndarez (25-12(1) CF Real Sociedad).

Standby: Yul Narcizo Arzú Casildo (27-0 GK Atlético Choloma); Arnold Fabian Peralta Sosa (25-20 CMF Rangers SCO); Johnny Harold Leverón Uclés (CB Vancouver Whitecaps CAN); Alexander 'Alex' Agustín López Rodríguez (22-8 AMF Houston Dynamo USA); Diego Antonio Reyes Sandoval (21-2 CF CD Marathón); Jona - Jonathan Mejía Ruiz (25-1 CF Real Jaén CF ESP); Bryan Giovani Róchez Mejia (19-0 FWD Real CD España)

Based: Honduras and enterage are staying at the newly built Hotel Transamerica in the small city of Porto Feliz.

Kit: Joma.

Betting: 4,000-1.

Unlucky: Johnny Eulogio Palacios Cacho 27-17 Central Defender with Honduran CD Olimpia brother of Jerry and Wilson, was in and out of the squad and ended up - out. Roger Fabricio Rojas Lazo 23-23(3) plays as a Second Striker could not replicate his club CD Olimpia form. José Walter Williams Castillo FB aged 30 of CD Real Sociedad made his debut for Honduras last March; Arnold Fabian Peralta Sosa RB 24-30 Rangers SCO had a persistent thigh injury that wouldn’t go away. Cut after missing warm-up games v Turkey and Israel.

 

IRN: Coach: Carlos Manuel Brito Leal Queiroz, 61, Salary: £1,250,000 (POR 4 Apr 2011 - He has led three national teams to the WC finals; South Africa 2002, Portugal 2010 and now Iran); Assist: Oceano Andrade da Cruz (POR), Markar Aghajanian and Gaspar Daniel.
30 preliminary squad final 23 named on 1 June.

Goalkeepers: [22] Daniel Davari (26 - 4 GK Grasshopper SUI); [12] Alireza Haghighi (26 - 6 GK Sporting Covilhã, POR on loan from Rubin Kazan RUS); [1] Rahman Ahmadi (34 - 10 GK Sepahan).

Defenders: [2] Khosro Heydari (30 - 49 RB Esteghlal); [13] Hossein Mahini (27 - 22 RB Persepolis); [20] Steven Beitashour (27 - 6 RB Vancouver Whitecaps CAN); [15] Pejman Montazeri (31 - 22(1) CB Umm Salal QAT); [4] Seyyed Jalal Hosseini (32 - 85(6) RCB Persepolis); [5] Amir Hossein Sadeghi (33 - 17(1) LCB Esteghlal); [3] Ehsan Hajsafi (24 - 62(3) LWB Sepahan); [17] Ahmad Alenemeh (31 - 9(1) LB-CB Naft Tehran); [19] Hashem Beikzadeh (30 - 17(1) LB Esteghlal); [23] Mehrdad Pooladi (27 - 20 LWB Persepolis).

Midfielders: [6] Javad Nekounam (c. 34 - 140(37) LMF Al Kuwait KUW); [14] Andranik Timotian-Samarani Teymourian (31 - 79(8) RMF Esteghlal); [8] Reza Haghighi (25 - 8 DMF Persepolis); [11] Ghasem Haddadifar (31 - 17 CMF Zob Ahan); [18] Bakhtiyar Rahmani (22 - 4 MF Foolad Khuzestan); [9S] Alireza Jahanbakhsh (20 - 7(1) ARWMF-SS NEC Nijmegen HOL); [21] Seyed Ashkan Dejagah (28 - 14(4) AMF-RW Fulham ENG).

Forwards: [7] Masoud Shojaei (30 - 50(5) RW-RMF Las Palmas); Mehdi Sharifi (Sepahan); [16] Reza Ghoochannejhad Nournia (26 - 14(10) CF Charlton Athletic ENG); [10] Karim Ansarifard (24 - 42(9) CF Tractor Sazi).

Standby: Sousha Makani (27 - 3 GK Persepolis); Alireza Safar Beiranvand (21 - 0 GK Naft Tehran); Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh (22 - 7 FB-CB Zob Ahan on loan from Persepolis); Mohammad-Reza Khalatbari Limaki (30 - 60(5) AWMF Perepolis); Sardar Azmoun (19 - 2 FWD Rubin Kazan RUS); Reza Norouzi (31 - 6 CF Naft Tehran)

Based: Hotel Pullman São Paulo International Airport

Kit: Uhlsport (widely reported that the team only have two sets of socks as the rest shrunk in the wash.)

Betting: 2,500-1.

Unlucky: excluded 35-year-old forward Mohammad Ali Karimi Pashaki, who won 127 caps who played in the 2006 WC, and included Rubin Kazan's 19-year-old uncapped prodigy Sardar Azmoun. Queiroz also fell out with GK, Seyyed Mehdi Rhamati Oskouei, 31-77 of Paykan tranfered from Esteghlal 18 June 2014, and central defender Seyyed Hadi Aghily Anvar 33-69 Sapahan. AMF Mojtaba Jabbari Kordgeshlagi (31 - 31(3) Al Ahli QAT), said he would be no longer available to Queiroz.

Shoja' Khalilzadeh 25 - 6 CB Sepahan, Mehrdad Jama'ati 24-1 LB Foolad Khuzestan; Yaghoub Karimi 23 -6(4) WF Sepahan; Omid Ebrahimi 26 - 5 DMF Sepahan; Payam Sadeghian 22 - 5 AMF Persepolis; Mohsen Mosalman 23 - 3(1) AMF Perseplois; were all at the Iranian training camp in South Africa before the final 30 was announced.

 

ITA: Coach: Cesare Prandelli, 56, Salary: £2,575,000 (30 May 2010 - res 24 June 2014); Assist Coach: Gabriele Pin; Tech Coaches: Renzo Casellato and Maurizio Viscidi; GK Coach: Vincenzo Di Palma; Trainers: Vincenzo Di Palma and Nicolo Aldo Prandelli.

Goalkeepers: [pre-final 23 squad nuber 1] Gianluigi Buffon (c. 36-140 GK Juventus); [31 then 12] Salvatore Sirigu (27-8 Paris Saint-Germain FRA); [26-13] Mattia Perin (21-0 Genoa).

Defenders: [7 was 20] Ignazio Abate (27-20(1) RB AC Milan); [2 was 4] Mattia De Sciglio (21-11 RB AC Milan); [4 was 24] Matteo Darmian (24-1 RB Torino); [15] Andrea Barzagli (33-47 RCB Juventus); [19] Leonardo Bonucci (27-37(2) RCB Juventus); [20 was 29] Gabriel Paletta (28-2 RCB Parma); [3] Giorigo Chiellini (29-68(4) CB-LB Juventus).

Midfielders: [21] Andrea Pirlo (vc. 35-109(13) CMF Juventus); [8] Claudio Marchisio (28-44(2) CMF Juventus); [5] Thiago Motta (31-20(1) CDMF Paris Saint-Germain FRA); [23 was 30] Marco Verratti (21-6(1) CMF Paris Saint-Germain FRA); [16] Daniele De Rossi (30-95(15) DMF AS Roma); [6] Antonio Candreva (27-20 RW Lazio); [18 was 25] Marco Parolo (29-4 CMF Parma); [14 was 7] Alberto Aquilani (29-35(5) CMF Fiorentina).

Forwards: [9] Mario Balotelli (23-30(12) CF AC Milan); [10] Antonio Cassano (31-37(10) SS Parma); [11] Alessio Cerci (26-12 SS Torino); [17] Ciro Immobile (24-2 CF Torino);[22 was 12] Lorenzo Insigne (22-5(1) LW Napoli).

Standby: [28] Antonio Mirante (GK 30-0 Parma); [2] Christian Maggio (RB 32-34 Napoli); [13] Andrea Ranocchia (CB 26-13 Internazionale); [23] Manuel Pasqual (LB 32-5 Fiorentina); [27] Rômulo Souza Orestes Caldeira (MF 27-0 Verona); [22] Giuseppe Rossi (FW 27-30(7) Fiorentina) injured knee in January 2014 not fit enough for the manager; [14] Mattia Destro (FW 23-5(1) AS Roma).

Based: At the seaside of Portobello Resort, Mangaratiba 75 miles north of Rio. The Hotel has its own training ground.

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 28-1.

Unlucky: [18] Riccardo Montolivo (MF 29-58(2) AC Milan) - at Craven Cottage on 31 May he fractured his left tibia after only eight minutes and was carried off on a stretcher following a challenge from Reading defender Alex Pearce in a friendly against Ireland.

 

CIV: Coach: Sabri Lamouchi, youngest at 2014 WC aged 42 7m 4d (on opening day). salary: £618,125 (app: May 2012 - res 25 June 2014); Jean Marc Küntz ; GK Coach: Olivier Pedemas, Trainer: Jean Paul Ancian. | 28 man squad.

Goalkeepers: [1] Boubacar Barry (34 - 77 GK Lokeren BEL); [16] Guelassiognon Sylvain Gbohouo (25 - 2 GK Sewe Sport); [23] Sayouba Mandé (20 - 1 GK Stabaek NOR).

Defenders: [4] Kolo Habib Touré (33 - 107(6) CB Liverpool ENG); [22] Souleymane 'Sol' Bamba (29 - 43 CB(2) Trabzonspor TUR); [5] Déguy Alain Didier Zokora (33 - 119(1) LB Trabzonspor TUR); [17] Serge Aurier (21 - 8 RB Toulouse FRA); [3] Etienne Arthur Boka (31 - 78(1) Stuttgart); [2] Ousmane Viera Diarrassouba (27 - 3 CB Çaykur Rizespor TUR); [18] Tohouri Zahoui Constant Djakpa (27 - 5 LB Eintracht Frankfurt GER); [7] Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro (21 - 1 RB Toulouse FRA).

Midfielders: [19] Gnégnéri Yaya Touré (vc. 31 - 83(16) CM Manchester City ENG); [9] Cheick Ismaël Tioté (28 - 45(1) DMF Newcastle United ENG); [20] Sereso Geoffroy Gonzaroua 'Serey' Die (29 - 7 DMF Basel SUI); [15] Max-Alain Gradel (26 - 26(3) RW Saint-Étienne FRA); [14] Ismaël Tiémoko Diomandé (22 - 2 DMF Saint-Étienne FRA); [13] Didier Ya Konan (30 - 26(8) Hannover 96 GER); [6] Mathis Gazoa Kippersund Bolly (23 4 RW Düsseldorf).

Forwards: [10] Gervais Yao Kouassi - Gervinho (37 - 54(14) LWF Roma ITA); [11] Tébily Didier Yves Drogba (c. 36 - 101(65) CF Galatasaray TUR); [8] Salomon Armand Magloire Kalou (29 - 65(23) CF Lille FRA); [12] Wilfried Guemiand Bony (25 - 25(8) CF Swansea City ENG); [21] Giovanni-Guy Yann Sio (25 - 7 Basel SUI).

Standby: Badra Ali Sangaré (28 / 1 GK Asec Mimosas), Brou Benjamin Angoua (27 / 18/(1) CB Valenciennes FRA); Brice Dja Djédjé (23 / 4 RB Olympique de Marseille FRA); Romaric - Koffi Christian N'dri (31 / 47(5) DCMF Bastia FRA), Jean-Jacques Gosso Gosso (31 /23 DMF Gençlerbirliği TUR), Seydou Alan Doumbia (26 / 21(2) CSKA Moscow RUS), Lacina Traoré 6' 8" (4 / 8(4) CF AS Monaco FRA on lan to Everton ENG).

Based: Les Elephants are stationed at the Oscar Inn Eco Resort in the small town of Aguas de Lindoia.

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 150-1.

Unlucky: Emmanuel Eboué (31 - 79(3) Galarasaray), displaced as RB by Aurier.

Tournament Issues: Ivory Coast’s players are on a reported €17,900 (£14,300) bonus per man per win in Brazil. On Monday the president of the national assembly, Guillaume Soro, was dispatched to the squad’s training base in Águas de Lindóia with the message:

"The president of the republic asked me to tell you that Ivorians are proud of you, he is proud of you. Despite the loss, you were brave against Colombia. He also instructed me to inform you that the bonus match against Greece will be doubled."

A €35,800 incentive will not transform the lives of millionaires such as Drogba and Yaya Touré, though the Ivory Coast-based reserve goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo would certainly benefit.

 

JAP: Coach: Alberto Zaccheroni, 61, Salary: £1,625,000 (ITA 30 Aug 2010 - retired from coaching 25 June 2014); Assist: Stefano Agresti, Fitness coach: Eugenio Albarella, GK coach: Maurizio Guido, Tech. assists: Ichiro Wada and Giampaolo Colautti. | 23 man squad.

Goalkeepers: [1] Eiji Kawashima (31 / 56 GKStandard Liege BEL); [12] Shusaku Nishikawa (28 / 12 GK Urawa Red Diamonds); [23] Shuichi Gonda (25 / 2 FC Tokyo).

Defenders: [6] Masato Morishige (27 / 9(1) FC Tokyo); [15] Yasuyuki Konno (31 / 80(1) Gamba Osaka); [5] Yuto Nagatomo (27 / 69(3) LB Internazionale ITA); [22] Maya Yoshida (25 / 40(2) CB Southampton ENG); [19] Masahiko Inoha (28 / 21(1) CB Jubilo Iwata); [2] Atsuto Uchida (26 / 67(2) RB Schalke 04 GER); [21] Hiroki Sakai (24 / 17 FB Hannover 96 GER); Gotoku Sakai b. New York, USA (24 / 17 FB VfB Stuttgart).

Midfielders: [7] Yasuhito Endo (34 / 143(13) Gamba Osaka); [4] Keisuke Honda (28 /55(20) AMF AC Milan GER); [10] Shinji Kagawa (25 / 56(18) AMF Manchester United ENG); [17] Makoto Hasebe (c. 30 / 78(2) MF FC Nuremberg GER); [8] Hiroshi Kiyotake (24 / 25(1) WF FC Nuremberg GER); [16] Hotaru Yamaguchi (23 / 11 DMF Cerezo Osaka); [14] Toshihiro Aoyama (28 / 5 DMF Sanfrecce Hiroshima); [20] Manabu Saito (24 / 4(1) MF Yokohama F. Marinos).

Forwards: [9] Shinji Okazaki (28 / 75(38) RWF FSV Mainz 05 GER); [11] Yoichiro Kakitani (24 / 11(5) CF Cerezo Osaka); [18] Yuya Osako (24 / 8(3) CF TSV Munich 1860 GER); [13] Yoshito Okubo (32 / 56(5) CF Kawasaki Frontale).

Standby: Takuto Hayashi (31 / 0 GK Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Yūichi Komano ( 32 / 78(1) MF DFJúbilo Iwata), Hiroki Mizumoto (28 / 5 CB Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Kengo Nakamura (33 / 68(6) MF Kawasaki Frontale), Hajime Hosogai (MF 28 / 26/(1) Hertha Berlin GER), Yōhei Toyoda (29 / 4 FW Sagan Tosu), Takumi Minamino (19 / 0 CF Cerezo Osaka).

Based: Spa Sport Resort in Itu, a suburb of São Paulo.

Kit Adidas.

Betting: 200-1.

Unlucky: .

MEX: Coach: Miguel Ernesto Herrera Aguirre, nickname Piojo (Spanish: Louse) aged 46, Salary: £125,000. Took over for the WC play-off after Victor Manuel Vucetich was sacked (18 Oct 2013 - On 28 July 2015, Herrera was released as coach of the Mexican national team after punching and threatening TV Azteca reporter Christian Martinoli); Assists: Santiago Banos and Diego Ramirez. | 23 man squad:

Goalkeepers: [1] José de Jesús Corona Rodríguez (33-34 GK Cruz Azul); [13] Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña (28-59 GKAjaccio FRA); [12] Alfredo Talavera Díaz (14-0 GK Toluca).

Defenders: [7] Miguel Arturo Layún Prado (25-15(2) RB CF América); [22] Paul Nicolás Aguilar Rojas (28-30(3) RB América); [18] [15] Héctor Alfredo Moreno Herrera (26-53(1) CB Espanyol ESP); [3] Carlos Arnoldo Salcido Flores (34-123(10) D-MF Tigres UANL); [2] Francisco Javier Rodríguez Pinedo (32-95(1) CB CF América); [5] Diego Antonio Reyes Rosales (21-14 CB FC Porto POR); [4] Rafael Márquez Álvarez, first Mexican to captain in four WC finals (c. 35-120(15) CB Leon); [18] José Andrés Guardado Hernández (27-104(14) LWB Bayer Leverkusen) [16] Miguel Ángel Ponce, late replacement for Medina (25-8(1) LB Toluca).

Midfielders: [23] José Juan Vázquez Gómez (26-5 DMF Leon); [6] Héctor Miguel Herrera López (24-14 CMF FC Porto POR); [17] Isaác Brizuela Muñoz (23-7 AMF-SS Toluca); [8] Marco Jhonfai Fabián de la Mora (24-15(6) Cruz Azul); [21] Carlos Alberto Peña Rodríguez (24-16(2) CMF Leon); [20] Javier Ignacio Aquino Carmona, late replacement for Montes. (24-22 RW Villareal ESP).

Forwards: [19] Oribe Peralta Morones (30-33(16) CF Santos Laguna ); [14] Javier Hernández Balcázar (26-62(35) CF Manchester United); [10] Giovani dos Santos Ramírez (25-76(14) SS Villareal); [9] Raúl Alonso Jiménez Rodríguez (23-25(4) CF CF América); [11] Alan Pulido Izaguirre (23-6(4) CF Tigres UANL).

Standby: Moisés Alberto Muñoz Rodríguez (34-13 GK América); Juan Carlos Valenzuela Hernández (30-18 CB CF América); Miguel Ángel Herrera Equihua (25-0 CB Pahuca); Jesús Alonso Escoboza Lugo (21-3(1) LW Santos Laguna); Jesús Aldo de Nigris Guajardo (30-28(9) CF Guadalajara}.

Based: Hotel Parque Balneario, Santos and will train at the CT Rei Pele.

Kit: Adidas.

Betting: 150-1.

Unlucky: Real Sociedad's former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela is not in the squad, having not played for his country since 2011. Luis Arturo Montes Jiménez, AMF 27-12(3) Club León was in the original 23, but on 31 May vs Equador he fractured his leg two minutes after scoring, he was replaced by Javier Aquino (28-12(3) MF Club León). Juan Carlos Medina Alonso RMF 30-6 América was in the original 23 but suffered a right ankle injury in training 20 May was replaced by Miguel Ponce. (RMF 30-7 América).

 
 

NGR: Coach: Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, 52, Salary: £233,750 (2 Nov 2011 - 2 July 2015), Assist: Daniel Amokachi, Personal Assist: Valerie Hoaundinou, GK coach: Ike Shorunmu. | 30 squad.

Goalkeepers: [1] Vincent Enyeama (32 - 91 GK Lille FRA); [16] Augustine 'Austin' Amamchukwu Ejide (30 - 32 GK Hapoel Be'er Sheva ISR); [21] Chigozie Agbim (29 - 11 GK Gombe United).

Defenders: [5] Efetobore 'Efe' Ambrose Emuobo (25 - 37(1) RB Celtic SCO); [14] Godfrey Itama Oboabona (24 36(1) CB Çaykur Rizespor TUR); [6] Azubuike Emanuel Egwuekwe (25 - 32 CB Warri Wolves); [22] Kenneth Omeruo (20 - 17 CB-RB Middlesbrough ENG); [13] Juwon Oshaniwa (24 - 11 LB Ashdod ISR); [2] Joseph Phillip Yobo (c. 34 - 97(7) CB Norwich City ENG, on loan from Fenerbahçe TUR); [12] Kunle Odunlami (24 - 10 CB Sunshine Stars).

Midfielders: [10] John 'Obi Mikel' Michael Nchekwube Obinna (27 - 60(4) DMF Chelsea ENG); [11] Victor Moses (23 - 21(7) RW Liverpool, on loan from Chelsea); [15] Ramon Olamilekan Azeez (21 - 2 CMF Almeria ESP); Ogenyi Eddy Onazi (21- 21(1) CMF Lazio ITA); [3] Christantus Ejike Uzoenyi (26 - 21(3) LW Enugu Rangers); [4] Reuben Shalu Gabriel (23 - 12(1) DMF Waasland-Beveren BEL); [18] Michael Babatunde (21 - 5 LW Volyn Lutsk UKR).

Forwards: [7] Ahmed Musa (21 - 35(5) RW CSKA Moscow RUS); [23] Foluwashola 'Shola' Ameobi (32 - 7(2) CFNewcastle United ENG); [9] Emmanuel Chinenye Emenike (27 - 23(10) CF Fenerbahçe TUR); [8] Peter Osaze Odemwingie bn Tashkent, Soviet Union. (33 - 61(10) Stoke City ENG); [20] Michael Okechukwu Uchebo (24 - 4(1) RWF Cercle Brugge BEL); [19] Uche Innocent Nwofor (25 - 6(3) CF Heerenveen HOL).

Standby: Daniel Akpeyi (28 - 0 GK Warri Wolves); Elderson Uwa Echiéjilé (26 42(2) LB AS Monaco FRA); Sunday Mba (25 - 21(5) CMF Bastia FRA); Emmanuel Nosakhare 'Nosa' Igiebor (23 12(2) RMF Real Betis ESP); Joel Chukwuma Obi (23 - 12 CMF Parma ITA); Victor Nsofor Obinna (27 - 48(13) SS Chievo ITA); Nnamdi Oduamadi Chidiebere (23 - 13(4) Varese ITA).

Based: Vitoria Hotel Concept in Campinas, to the north west of São Paulo. The Super Eagles will train at the Estadio Brinco de Ouro de Princesa home to local side, Guarani.

Kit: Adidas.

Betting: 300-1.

Unlucky: Ezekiel Imoh, recent call up for this Standard Liège striker in March was not enough to get him in the final squad but halted any Belgian plans for him.

 

POR: Coach: Paulo Jorge Gomes Bento, 44, Salary: £1,287,000 (20 Sept 2010 - sacked 11 Sept 2014); Assist: Leonel Pontes da Encarnação, Tech dir: Carlos Godiho, GK coach: Ricardo Peres, Fitness coach: João Aroso. | 30 man squad. Final squad 19 May, numbers 24 May.

Goalkeepers: [12] Rui Pedro dos Santos Patrício (26 / 29 Sporting CP); [22] Beto - António Alberto Bastos Pimparel (32 / 6 Sevilla ESP); [1] Eduardo dos Reis Carvalho (31 / 32 Braga).

Defenders: [19] André Gomes Magalhães de Almeida (23 / 2 RB SL Benfica); [2] Bruno Eduardo Regufe Alves (32 / 70(10) CB Fenerbahçe TUR); [5] Fábio Alexandre da Silva Coentrão (26 / 43(3) LB Real Madrid ESP); [21] João Pedro da Silva Pereira (RB 30-35 Valencia ESP); [14] Luís Carlos Novo Neto (26 / 6 CB Zenit St Petersburg RUS); [3] Pepe - Képler Laveran Lima Ferreira (31 / 57(3) CB Real Madrid ESP); [13] Ricardo Miguel Moreira da Costa (33 / 16(1) CB Valencia ESP).

Midfielders: [8] João Filipe Iria Santos Moutinho (27 / 66(2) CMF AS Monaco FRA); [4] Miguel Luís Pinto Veloso (28 / 46(2) LMF Dinamo Kiev UKR); [16] Raul José Trindade Meireles (31 / 73(10) RMF Fenerbahçe TUR); [20] Rúben Filipe Marques Amorim (29 / 10 SL Benfica); [6] William Silva de Carvalho (22 / 2 Sporting CP); [15] Rafael 'Rafa' Alexandre Fernandes Ferreira Silva (21 / 1 SC Braga); [10] Vieirinha - Adelino André Vieira de Freitas (28 / 6 W VfL Wolfsburg).

Forwards: [7] Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (C - 29 / 110(49) L-RW Real Madrid ESP); [20] Éder - Éderzito António Macedo Lopes (26 / 6 SC Braga); [23] Hélder Manuel Marques Postiga (31 / 66(27) CF Lazio ITA); [9] Hugo Miguel Pereira de Almeida (30 / 53(17) CF Beşiktaş TUR); [17] Nani - Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha (27 / 72(14) RW Manchester United ENG); [18] Silvestre Manuel Gonçalves Varela (29 / 21(4) W FC Porto).

Standby: Anthony Lopes (23 / 1 GK Olympique Lyonnais FRA); Vitorino Gabriel Pacheco Antunes (27 / 8 LB Malaga ESP); Rolando Jorge Pires da Fonseca (Internazionale ITA) André Filipe Tavares Gomes (20 / 0 MF SL Benfica); João Mário Naval da Costa Eduardo (21 / 0 MF Vitória de Setúbal); Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo (30 / 35(3) W FC Porto); Ivan Ricardo Neves Abreu Cavaleiro (20 / 1 FWD SL Benfica).

Based: Royal Palm Plaza Resort

Kit: Nike

Betting: 33-1, but you are not allowed to have a bet in Portugal.

Unlucky: Right back Sílvio Manuel Azevedo Ferreira Sá Pereira on 10 April 2014 in a Europa League quarterfinal match against AZ Alkmaar, when he fractured both the fibula and tibia on his right leg after missing the ball and kicking teammate centre-back Luisão (BRZ) instead. Olympique Lyonnais R / L-back Hugo Miguel Almeida Costa Lopes also broke his leg and misses out.

 

RUS: Coach: Fabio Capello, at 67 the oldest coach at WC, Salary: £6,693,750 (ITA 26 July 2012 - ); Assists: Italo Galbiati and Christian Panucci, GK coach: Sergei Ovchinnikov. | 12 May -

Goalkeepers:
[1] Igor Vladimirovič Akinfeev (28 / 66 CSKA Moscow); [12] Yuri Vladimirovič Lodygin (24 / 1Zenit St Petersburg); [16] Sergey Viktorovič Ryzhikov (33 / 1 Rubin Kazan).

Defenders: [14] Vasili Vladimirovič Berezutski (31 / 75(3) LCB CSKA Moscow); [13] Vladimir Vasilyevič Granat (27 / 4 CB Dynamo Moscow); [22] Andrei Olegovič Eščenko (or Yeshchenko) (30 / 9 RB Anzhi Makhachkala); [4] Sergei Nikolaievič Ignaševič (34 / 94(5) RCB CSKA Moscow); [2] Aleksei Anatolyevič Kozlov (27 / 8 RB Dynamo Moscow); [23] Dmitri Vladimirovič Kombarov (27 / 20(1) LB-LMF Spartak Moscow); [5] Andrei Sergeyevič Semenov (25 / 0 CB Terek Grozny); [3] Georgi Mikhailovič Ščennikov (23 / 3 LB CSKA Moscow).

Midfielders: [8] Denis Borisovič Glušakov (27 25(3) CMF Spartak Moscow); [7] Igor Vladimirovič Denisov (30 / 41 DCMF Dynamo Moscow); [10] Alan Yelizbarovič Dzagoev (23 / 30(8) CM-RWCSKA Moscow); [18] Yuri Valentinovič Zhirkov (30 / 60 LW Dynamo Moscow); [21] Aleksei Sergeyevič Ionov (25 / 3 RW Dynamo Moscow); [15 was 24] Pavel Sergeyevič Mogilevets (21 / 5 CM replaced Širokov Rubin Kazan); [25] Denis Dmitriyevič Cheryšev (23-2 LW training with, but will not be in the final 23 squad, Sevilla, ESP); [19] Alexandr Sergeyevič Samedov (29 / 14(3) RW Lokomotiv Moscow); [20] Victor Igorevič Faizulin (28 / 16(4) CM Zenit St Petersburg); [17] Oleg Aleksandrovič Šatov (23 / 4(1) CM Zenit St Petersburg).

Forwards: [6 was 21] Maksim Sergeyevič Kanunnikov (22 / 0 Amkar Perm); [11] Alexandr Anatolyevič Kerzhakov (31 / 78(24) Zenit St Petersburg); [9] Alexandr Aleksandrovič Kokorin (23 / 19(5) Dynamo Moscow); .

Standby: Alexander Gennadyevič Anyukov (RB 31 / 77(1) Zenit St Petersburg); Aleksei Vladimirovič Berezutski (LB or LCB 31 / 51 CSKA Moscow), twin brother of Vasili and twenty minutes younger; Vladimir Sergeyevič Bystrov (W 30 / 47(4) Anzhi Makhachkala, on loan from Zenit St Petersburg); Yuri Aleksandrovič Gazinski (MF 24 / 0 Krasnodar); Artyom Sergeyevič Dzyuba, 6ft 5in tall (FWD 25 / 3 Rostov); Pavel Viktorovič Pogrebnyak (FWD 30 / 30(8) Reading ENG)

Based: San Raphael Country Hotel 102 km (63 miles) northwest of São Paulo

Kit: Adidas.

Betting: 100-1.

Unlucky: [was 15] Roman Nikolayevič Širokov, did not recover from Achilles tendon injury (c. - 32 / 42(13) Krasnodar). Former Arsenal forward Andrei Sergeyevič Arshavin (33 / 75(17) Zenit St Petersburg), ex-Tottenham striker Roman Anatolyevič Pavlyuchenko (32 / 51(21) Lokomotiv Moscow) and midfielder Diniyar Rinatovič Bilyaletdinov (29 / 46(6) Anzhi Makhachkala), who played for Everton, failed to make the squad. Also GK Vladimir Borisovič Gabulov (30 / 10 Dynamo Moscow); Pavel Konstantinovič Mamayev (25 / 3) central midfield player for Krasnodar tore his achilles tendon in a Russian cup SF in April; midfielder Aleksandr Aleksandrovič Ryazantsev (27 / 3 Zenit St Petersburg) and striker Fyodor Mikhailovič Smolov (24 / 5(2) Anzhi Makhachkala) both recent call-up's by Capello.

 

KOR: Coach: Hong Myung-Bo, 45, Salary: £473,750. Took over with resignation after qualification by coach Choi Kang-Hee (24 June 2013 - res. 10 July 2014); Assist: Kim Tae-Young, Coaches: Park Kun-Ha, Ikeda Seigo (JAP) and Ton du Chatinier (HOL). | 23 man squad 8 May.

Goalkeepers: [1] Jung Sung-Ryeong (29 / 59 Suwon Bluewings); [21] Kim Seung-Gyu (24 / 5 Ulsan Hyundai); [23] Lee Bom-Young (25 / 0 Busan I'Park).

Defenders: [12] Lee Yong (27 / 10 RB Ulsan Horang-i); [2] Kim Chang-Soo (28 / 8 RB Kashiwa Reysol JAP); [5] Kim Young-Gwon (24 / 19(1) LCB Guangzhou Evergrande CHN); [6] Hwang Seok-Ho (24 / 3 CB Sanfrecce Hiroshima JAP); [20] Hong Jeong-Ho (24 / 23(1) CB Augsburg GER); [4] Kwak Tae-Hwi (32 / 33(5) CB Al Hilal KSA); [3] Yun Suk-Young (24 / 2 LB QPR ENG); [22] Park Joo-Ho (27 / 13 LB FSV Mainz 05 GER).

Midfielders: [16] Ki Seung-Yeung (25 / 56(5) Sunderland, on loan from Swansea ENG); [8] Ha Dae-Sung (29 / 12 Beijing Guoan CHN); [14] Han Kook-Young (24 / 8 Kashiwa Reysol JAP); [13] Koo Ja-Cheol (c 25 / 35(12) FSV Mainz 05 GER); [15] Park Jung-Woo (25 / 10 Guangzhou Rich and Force CHN); [7] Kim Bo-kyung (24 / 26(3) CMF Cardiff City ENG); [17] Lee Chung-Yong (25 / 53(6) Bolton Wanderers ENG).

Forwards: [19] Ji Dong-Won (23 / 26(6) FC Augsburg GER); [11] Lee Keun-Ho (29 / 62(18) Sangju Sangmu); [10] Park Chu-Young (28 / 62(24) Arsenal, on loan to Watford ENG); [18] Kim Shin-Wook (26 / 26(3) Ulsan Horang-i); [9] Son Heung-Min (21 / 23(6) LW Bayer Leverkusen GER)

Standby: Kim Jin-Hyeon (GK 26 / 1 Cerezo Osaka JAP);Kim Kee-He (CB 24 / 7 Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors); Jang Hyun-Soo (DF 22 / 4 Guangzhou Rich and Force CHN); Nam Tae-Hee (MF 22 / 11 Lekhwiya SC QAT); Lee Myung-Joo (MF 24 / 9 Pohang Steelers); Kim Min-Woo (MF 24 / 5 Sagan Tosu JAP).

Based: Bourbon Cataratas Convention & Spa Resort in the southern city of Foz do Iguacu.

Kit: Nike.

Betting: 500-1.

Unlucky: [22] Kim Jin-Soo (LB 21 / 9 Albirex Niigata JAP); was in the original squad but ruled out 29 May because of an ankle injury replaced by Park Joo-Ho who was on standby. May 2014 Former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung has retired from football at the age of 33.

 

ESP: Coach: Vicente del Bosque González (cr. Feb 2011, 1st Marquis of Del Bosque), 63, Salary: £2,017,500 (15 July 2008 - ); Assist: José Antonio Grande, GK coach: José Manuel Ochotorena, Trainer: Francisco Javier Miñano Espín. | 30 man squad. Squad numbers 3 June.

Goalkeepers: [1] Iker Casillas Fernández (c. 33 / 154 Real Madrid); [23] José 'Pepe' Manuel Reina Páez (31 / 32 Napoli ITA); [12] David de Gea Quintana (23 / 1 Manchester United ENG).

Defenders: [15] Sergio Ramos Garcia (CH 28 / 117 Real Madrid); [3] Gerard Piqué i Bernabeu (CH 27 / 60(4) Barcelona); [18] Jordi Alba Ramos (LB 25 /26(5) Barcelona); [22] César Azpilicueta Tanco (FB 24 / 26 Chelsea ENG); [5] Juanfran - Juan Francisco Torres Belén (RB 29 / 8 Atlético Madrid); [4] Javier 'Javi' Martínez Aginaga (CB 25 / 17 Bayern Munich GER); [2] Raúl Albiol Tortajada (CB 28 / 46 Napoli ITA) .

Midfielders: [16] Sergio Busquets Burgos (DMF 25 / 65 Barcelona); [8] Xavier Hernández i Creus (MF 34 / 132(13) Barcelona, retired after WC); [6] Andres Iniesta Luján (MF 30 / 97(11) Barcelona); [10] Francesc 'Cesc' Fàbregas Soler (MF 27 / 89(13) Barcelona); [14] Xabier 'Xabi' Alonso Olano (DMF 32 / 111(15) Real Madrid); [21] David Josué Jiménez Silva (AMF 28 / 80(20) Manchester City ENG); [20] Santiago 'Santi' Cazorla González (29 / 64(10) Arsenal ENG); [17] Koke - Jorge Resurrección Merodio (MF 22 / 8 Atlético Madrid); [13] Juan Manuel Mata García (AMF 26 / 33(9) Manchester United ENG).

Forwards: [19] Diego da Silva Costa (CF 25 / 2 Atlético Madrid); [7] David Villa Sánchez (32 / 96(57) Atlético Madrid); Pedro Eliezer Rodríguez Ledesma (WF 26 / 40(14) Barcelona); [9] Fernando José Torres Sanz (CF 30 /107(36) Chelsea ENG).

Standby: Daniel Carvajal Ramos (RB 22 / 0 Real Madrid); Alberto Moreno Pérez (LB 21 / 3 Sevilla), Ander Iturraspe Derteano (DMF 25 / 1 Athletic Bilbao); Jesús Navas González (WF 28 / 34(3) Manchester City ENG), Álvaro Negredo Sánchez (CF 28 / 21(10) Manchester City ENG); Fernando Javier Llorente Torres (CF 29 / 23(7) Juventus ITA);

Based: CT do Caju training center in Curitiba

Kit: Adidas.

Betting: 13-2.

Unlucky: Barcelona goalkeeper Víctor Valdés i Arribas 32-12 is missing the World Cup because of a serious knee injury. On 23 October 2014, Manchester United offered Valdés the chance to complete his rehabilitation from injury and to work his way back to fitness with the club. He was offered a contract by the club in January 2015. Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcântara do Nascimento 23-5 was ruled out of Spain's last 30 World Cup squad because of a right knee ligaments injury suffered May 2014. No place for Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado and Real Madrid playmaker Isco.

SUI: Coach: Ottmar Hitzfeld, 65, Salary: £2,231,250 (GER 1 July 2008 - 1 July 2014); Assist: Michel Pont |

Goalkeepers: [1] Diego Orlando Benaglio (30 / 55 VfL Wolfsburg GER); [21] Roman Buerki (23 / 0 Grasshopper); [12] Yann Sommer (25 / 5 Basel).

Defenders: [20] Johan Danon Djourou-Gbadjere (27 / 43(1) CB Hamburger FC GER); [6] Michael Lang ( 23 / 5(1) RB Grasshopper); [2] Stephan Lichtsteiner (30 / 61(4) RB Juventus ITA); [13] Ricardo Iván Rodríguez Araya (21 / 19 LB VfL Wolfsburg GER); [22] Fabian Schär (22 / 5(3) CB Basel); [4] Philippe Senderos (29 / 52(5) CB Valencia ESP); [5] Steve von Bergen (31 / 40 CB Young Boys); [3] Reto Pirmin Ziegler (28 / 34(1) LB Sassuolo ITA).

Midfielders: [7] Tranquillo Barnetta (29 / 73(10) Eintracht Frankfurt GER); [11] Valon Behrami (29 / 46(2) Napoli ITA); [15] Blerim Džemaili (28 / 32(1) Napoli ITA); [16] Gelson Tavares Fernandes (27 / 46(2) SC Freiburg GER); [8] Gökhan Inler (C - 29 / 71 Napoli ITA); [14] Valentin Stocker (25 / 22(3) Basel); [10] Granit Xhaka (21 / 24(4) Borussia Mönchengladbach GER).

Forwards: [19] Josip Drmić (21 / 5(2) 1FC Nuremberg GER); [17] Mario Gavranović (24 / 10(4) Zurich); [18] Admir Mehmedi bn. Yugoslavia (23 / 19(1) SC Freiburg GER); [9] Haris Seferović (22 / 9(1) Real Sociedad ESP); [23] Xherdan Shaqiri bn. Yugoslavia (22 / 31(8) WFW Bayern Munich GER).

Standby: Marwin Hitz (26 / 0 GK FC Augsburg GER); Timm Klose (26 / 8 CB VfL Wolfsburg); Silvan Widmer (21 / 0 RB Udinese ITA); Eren Derdiyok (25 / 46(8) FWD Bayer Leverkusen GER); Fabian Frei (25 / 4 MF Basel); Pajtim Kasami (21 / 2(1) MF Fulham ENG); Pirmin Schwegler (27 / 14(3) MF Eintracht Frankfurt GER).

Based: La Torre Resort near Porto Seguro in the southern state of Bahia

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 125-1.

Unlucky: Marco Wölfli (31 / 11 GK Young Boys); Steven Zuber (22 / 0 MF CSKA Moscow RUS); Innocent Nkasiobi Emeghara (24 / 9 Livorno ITA).

 

USA: Coach: Jürgen Klinsmann, 49, Salary: £1,562,000 (GER 29 July 2011 - ); Assists: Tab Ramos and Andreas Herzog (AUT), GK coach: Chris Woods (ENG), Special Advisor: Berti Vogts. | 30 man squad.

Goalkeepers: [1] Timothy Matthew Howard (GK 25 / 100 Everton ENG); [12] Bradley Edwin Guzan (GK 29 / 25 Aston Villa ENG); [22] Nicholas 'Nick' Paul Rimando (GK 34 / 14 Real Salt Lake).

Defenders: [7] DaMarcus Lamont Beasley (RB 32 / 116(17) Puebla MEX); [5] Matthew Scott Besler (CB 27 / 17 Sporting Kansas City); [6] John Anthony Brooks b. Berlin GER (CB 21/ 4 Hertha Berlin BSC GER); [20] Geoffrey Scott Cameron (CB 28 / 27(1) Stoke City ENG); [21] Timothy Chandler b. Frankfurt am Main, GER (RB 24 / 13 1. FC Nürnberg GER); [3] Omar Alejandro Gonzalez (CB 25 / 20 LA Galaxy); [23] Fabian Marco Johnson b. Munich GER (LB 26 / 22 1899 Hoffenheim GER); [2] DeAndre Roselle Yedlin (RB 20 / 4 Seattle Sounders).

Midfielders: [15] Kyle Robert Beckerman (MF 32 / 37(1) Real Salt Lake); [11] Alejandro Bedoya (W-AMF 27 / 28(1) Nantes); [4] Michael Sheehan Bradley (MF 26 / 86(12) Toronto FC CAN); [14] Bradley Joseph Davis (MF 32 / 16 Houston Dynamo); [10] Mikkel 'Mix' Morgenstar Pålssønn Diskerud b. Oslo, NOR (MF 23 / 20(2) Rosenborg NOR); [16] Julian Wesley Green (WF 19 / 2 Bayern Munich); [13] Jermaine Junior Jones b. Frankfurt am Main, GER (DMF 32 / 42(2) Beşiktaş TUR); [19] Graham Zusi (RMF 27 / 23(3) Sporting Kansas City).

Forwards: [17] Josmer 'Jozy' Volmy Altidore (24 / 70(23) Sunderland ENG); [8] Clinton Drew Dempsey (c. CF 31 / 105(37) Seattle Sounders); [9] Aron Jóhannsson (CF 23 / 8(2) Alkmaar Zaanstreek HOL); [18] Christopher Wondolowski (CF 31 / 21(9) San Jose Earthquakes).

Standby: Clarence Edgar Goodson IV (CD 32 / 46(5) San Jose Earthquakes); Bradley Ray Evans (FB 29 / 17(1) Seattle Sounders); Michael Finlay Parkhurst (RB 30 / 25 Columbus Crew); Joe Benny Corona (MF 24 / 11(2) Club Tijuana MEX); Edu Maurice Edu (28 / 46(1) Philadelphia Union); Terrence Anthony Boyd b. Bremen, GER (CF 23 / 13 Rapid Wien AUT); Landon Timothy Donovan (AMF-CF 32 / 156(57) LA Galaxy).

Based: spite having all their group games in the north of brazil they stuck to the original choice of accommodation at the Hotel Tivoli São Paulo Mofarrej in São Paolo. The squad will fly 10,188 miles to the matches on their schedule, the further they go in the tournament they will earn some golden wings from the airline. They will train at the Frederico Germano Menzen sport centre.

Kit: Nike.

Betting: 250-1.

Unlucky: All time record holder Landon Donovan FWD 31-157(57) of LA Galaxy. Salt Lake right back Anthony Bejamin Beltran and Edward Abraham Johnson, DC United striker missed out.

 

URU: Coach: Óscar Wáshington Tabárez Sclavo, at 67y 3m 10d the second oldest coach at WC, Salary: £750,000 (May 2006 - ); Assist: Celso Otero Quintás.

Goalkeepers: [1] Néstor Fernando Muslera Micol (27-58 GK Galatasaray TUR); [23] Martín Andrés Silva Leites (31-4 GKVasco da Gama BRZ); [12] Rodrigo Martín Muñoz Salomón (32-0 GKLibertad PAR).

Defenders: [4] Jorge Ciro Fucile Perdomo (28-77(3) RB FC Porto POR); [16] Victorio Maximiliano 'Maxi' Pereira Páez (39-90(3) RB SL Benfica POR); [2] Diego Alfredo Lugano Morena (c. 33-94(9) CB West Bromwich Albion ENG); [13] José María Giménez de Vargas (19-6 CB Atlético Madrid ESP); [19] Sebastián Coates Nion (23-15 CB Liverpool ENG); [3] Diego Roberto Godín Leal (28-77(3) CB-LB Atlético Madrid ESP); [22] José Martín Cáceres Silva (27-57(1) LB Juventus ITA); [6] Álvaro Daniel Pereira Barragán (28-57(6) LWB São Paulo BRZ).

Midfielders: [20] Álvaro Rafael González Luengo (29-43(2) CMF Lazio); [5] Walter Alejandro Gargano Guevara (29-63(1) DMF Parma); [17] Egidio Raúl Arévalo Ríos (32-55 DLMF Morelia); [11] Christian Ricardo Stuani Curbelo (27-10(4) ARMF Espanyol ESP)Marcelo Nicolás Lodeiro Benítez (25-26(3) ARMF Botafogo); [15] Diego Fernando Pérez Aguado (34-89(2) DMF Bologna ITA); [18] Gastón Ezequiel Ramírez Pereyra (23-29 AMF Southampton ENG); [7] Cristian Gabriel Rodríguez Barotti (28-73(8) LW Atlético Madrid ESP).

Forwards: [9] Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz (27-77(38) CF Liverpool ENG); [21] Edinson Roberto Cavani Gómez (27-62(21) CF Paris Saint-Germain FRA); [8] Abel Mathías Hernández Platero (23-12(7) CF Palermo ITA); [10] Diego Forlán Corazzo (35-110(36) SS Cerezo Osaka JAP).

Standby players: Alejandro Daniel Silva González (24-2 RB-RMF AC Lanús ARG); Sebastián Eguren Ledesma (33-54(7) MF Palmeiras BRZ); and the rest of the provisional 30 who will not travel with squad: Andrés Scotti Ponce de León (38-40(1) CB Nacional); Álvaro Fernández Gay (28-12 RMF Gimnasia La Plata ARG); Gonzalo 'Chori' Castro Irizábal (28-5 LW Real Sociedad ESP).

Based: At Sete Sete Lagoas ('seven lagoons') in in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. 70 km from Belo Horizonte the state capital and venue. They will stay at the JN Resort and train at the Joaquim Henrique Nogueira stadium (Arena do Jacaré) where local team Democrata FC play.

Kit: Puma.

Betting: 28-1.

Unlucky: Martín Nicolás Campaña Delgado (25-0 GK Defensor Sporting); Matías Aguirregaray Guruceaga (25-4 RWB Estudiantes de La Plata).


Players in the WC by League. thank you Wikipedia

Country of League

Players in WC

Players outside

national

squad in WC

EnglandEngland

120

98

Italy Italy

82

62

GermanyGermany

77

61

SpainSpain

63

49

FranceFrance

45

37

RussiaRussia

35

12

TurkeyTurkey

26

26

MexicoMexico

25

10

PortugalPortugal

23

15

United StatesUnited States

21

11

NetherlandsNetherlands

18

8


Manchester United (ENG) and Bayern Munich (GER) have fourteen of their players in the various WC squads.


FIFA forecasts it will spend $2 billion on staging the 2014 World Cup Finals. However, according to Forbes business magazine the World Cup in Brazil will generate $4 billion in total revenue for FIFA, or 66% more than the previous tournament in South Africa in 2010. The vast majority of the money will come from the sale of television and marketing rights. The World Cup generates more revenue for its association than any other sports tournament, save the Olympics.

Almost all of the revenue FIFA generates comes from television rights ($1.7 billion) and marketing rights ($1.35 billion) from corporate partners like Adidas, Emirates, Sony, Visa, Hyundai and Coca-Cola. FIFA’s profit for the Brazil World Cup: $2 billion or £1,180,000,000.

Prize money

The greatest expenditure by FIFA is on the payment of prize money. The total prize money on offer for the tournament was confirmed by FIFA as £34.3 million (US$576m the exchang rate used at the time of the WC was £1 to US$1.68 or US$1 to £0.59p) (including payments of £41.7 million (US$70m) to domestic clubs), a 37 percent increase from the amount allocated in the 2010 tournament. Before the tournament, each of the 32 entrants will receive £893,500 (US$1.5 million) for preparation costs. Once at the tournament, the prize money will be distributed as follows:

  • £4.765 (US$8m) million – To each team eliminated at the group stage (16 teams).
  • £5.361 (US$9m) million – To each team eliminated in the second round of 16 (8 teams).
  • £8.339 (US$14m) million – To each team eliminated in the quarter-finals. (4 teams).
  • £11.914 (US$20m) million – Fourth placed team.
  • £13.106 (US$22m) million – Third placed team.
  • £14.893 (US$25m) million – Runner up.
  • £20.85m or US$35 million – for the Winners

YOUNGEST AND OLDEST

2014 Youngest Oldest
Player Luke Shaw (ENG) 18y 347d Faryd Mondragon (COL) 43y 3d
Goalkeeper Maty Ryan (AUS) 22y 66d Faryd Mondragon (COL) 43y 3d
Scorer Julian Green (USA) 19y 25d Noel Valladares o.g. v FRA (HON) 37y 43d
Champion Mathias Ginter (GER) 20y 5m 24d Miroslav Klose (GER) 36y 34d
Finalist Mario Götze (GER) 22y 37d Miroslav Klose (GER) 36y 34d
Captain Koo Ja-Cheol (KOR) 25y 3m 17d Mario Yepes (COL) 38y 150d
Coach Sabri Lamouchi (CIV) 42y 7m 4d Fabio Capello (RUS) 67y 360d
Referee Wilmar Roldán (COL) 34y 4m 20d Noumandiez Doué (CIV) 43y 8m 15d

Youngest, Oldest and Average age by Squad.

Team

Youngest player

Oldest player

Average age

Ghana Rashid Sumaila (21) Michael Essen (31)
25.44
Belgium Divock Origi (19) Daniel van Buyten (36)
25.66
Nigeria Kenneth Omeruo (20) Joseph Yobo (33)
25.81
Switzerland Granit Xhaka (21) Steve von Bergen (31)
26.06
South Korea Son Heung-Min (21) Kwak Tae-Hwi (32)
26.19
Germany Matthias Ginter (20) Miroslav Klose (36)
26.31
Australia Adam Taggart (21) Tim Cahill (34)
26.36
Netherlands Terence Kongolo (20) Dirk Kuyt (33)
26.46
England Luke Shaw (18) Frank Lampard (36)
26.56
Algeria Nabil Bentaleb (19) Madjid Bougherra (31)
26.60
Cameroon Fabrice Olinga (18) Samuel Eto'o (33)
26.61
Bosnia Sead Kolasinac (20) Emir Spahic (33)
27.05
France Lucas Digne (20) Mickael Landreau (35)
27.08
Croatia Mateo Kovacic (20) Stipe Pletikosa (35)
27.18
Japan Gotoku Sakai (23) Yasuhito Endo (34)
27.23
Mexico Diego Reyes (21) Rafael Márquez (35)
27.25
Costa Rica Joel Campbell (21) Patrick Pemberton (32)
27.60
Ecuador Carlos Gruezo (19) Edison Mendez (35)
27.78
USA Julian Green (19) Tim Howard (35)
27.81
Ivory Coast Sayouba Mande (21) Didier Drogba (36)
27.83
Colombia Eder Alvarez Balanta (21) Faryd Mondragon (43)
27.87
Italy Mattia Perin (21) Gianluigi Buffon (36)
27.90
Russia Maksim Kanunnikov (22) Sergei Ignashevich (34)
27.97
Chile Miiko Albornoz (23) Esteban Paredes (33)
27.99
Spain Koke (22) Xavi (34)
28.24
Brazil Bernard (21) Julio Cesar (34)
28.35
Iran Alireza Jahanbakhsh (20) Rahman Ahmadi (33)
28.49
Greece Stefanos Kapino (20) Giorgos Karagounis (37)
28.49
Portugal Rafa Silva (21) Ricardo Costa (33)
28.52
Uruguay José Maria Gimenez (19) Diego Forlan (35)
28.54
Honduras Luis Lopez (20) Noel Valladares (37)
28.56
Argentina Marcos Rojo (24) Hugo Campagnaro (33)
28.92





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