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The top 8 SWC stories

2014-07-02 14:07
Pepe and Thomas Mueller (AFP)

Cape Town - The soccer show down in Brazil has been spectacular so far. There is definitely something brewing in the South American nation as teams have been putting on a wonderful display of football for everyone around the world, even America.

And now with a two day break before the quarterfinals, Sport24 is tracking everything that is happening off the field and giving you all the top stories making headlines about Brazil 2014.

Here are eight stories to bite on:

1. Now remember the Luis Suarez bit? Here have a look and refresh your memory.

The player has now been heavily linked for a move to Barcelona as reports suggest that Liverpool and the Catalan club have opened talks for negotiation.

Barcelona's sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has praised Luis Suarez's apology.

2. Africa had high hopes this SWC but did we impress or did we lack confidence to grab opportunities by the scruff Brazuca’s head?

Nigeria and Algeria were the motherlands last hopes and they went out fighting that is for sure.

Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure claims that no-one cares about African teams following The Elephants exit from the tournament.

3. Brazil is a very under privileged land and one lucky 85 year old has the opportunity of a life time to see the SWC final at the Maracana on 13 July.

Brazilian holds onto 1950 ticket for 64 years in exchange for a final at the Marancana.

4. Now that Nigeria are no longer partaking at the SWC, speculation is heating up as Bafana Bafana looks for a new coach.

Stephen Keshi has stepped down from his post after the country's elimination from the SWC.

5. It might be the off season but that does not mean clubs around the world have stopped working, transfers speculation has been setting the SWC alight with players being linked everywhere. Another, Nigel de Jong might be moving with Louis Van Gaal to Manchester United after reports suggesting that AC Milan ace could be in a Red Devil shirt next season.

Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong's SWC is over after tests confirmed tear in his groin muscle.

6. There have been many glitches leading up to the SWC with stadiums and airports not being close to finished and locals suggesting that the Brazilian government spend way too much on the tournament.

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has come out and said Brazil 2014 is shaping up to be the best on-field Soccer World Cup thanks to the exciting football being played.

We couldn’t agree more.

7. We have seen how Brazil have played so far but do you think they have what it takes to lift a sixth title?

Our editor Garrin Lambley and Chief Sport writer Rob Houwing speak to Jen Senasie saying Brazil needs to improve if they want to win SWC.

8. Franck Ribery might be bored after having missed out on being in the France’s SWC squad through injury but not entirely bored to fly over to Brazil and watch his country take on Germany in the quarterfinal.

French Football Federation confirmed that Ribery will not travel to Brazil to watch Les Bleus take on the Germans.  

Vote for who will be crowned the best Player of the 2014 Soccer World Cup in our opinion poll.

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