International Football

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

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After the Selecao suffered a chastening capitulation in their semi-final with Germany, Goal takes a look back at teams that have seen similar embarrassment on the World Cup stage

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COMMENT: The Brazil boss must take responsibility for what is probably the most embarrassing defeat in the nation's entire history, eclipsing even the Maracanazo

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Belo Horizonte played host to the Selecao's biggest World Cup defeat as Joachim Low's side put the hosts to the sword in emphatic fashion

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The veteran striker broke Ronaldo's record for finals goals as Thomas Muller, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle combined to decimate Luiz Felipe Scolari's side

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The 36-year-old has written a new piece of football history after surpassing the Brazil legend's tally of 15 World Cup goals

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Alexander Shumsky, a Russian Orthodox Christianity figure, has controversially slammed the haircuts and multi-coloured boots adorned by players in Brazil this summer

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The Shakhtar Donetsk winger has been brought into the team to face Germany in Tuesday's semi-final while Joachim Low names an unchanged side for the clash in Belo Horizonte

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The Manchester United striker did not train with the squad on Tuesday due to a stomach problem, while Nigel de Jong did take part despite being ruled out of the tournament

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The versatile defender confessed that he is unhappy with his current form but refused to be drawn into the debate over where he should be positioned by coach Joachim Low

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The former midfielder believes the 62-year-old has "a bit of genius about him" and insists the Dutchman will significantly improve his new club's displays after a "shocking season"

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The 30-year-old has labelled the Barcelona man a “huge player” but rejected claims that the Albiceleste are overly reliant upon the four-time Ballon d'Or winner

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Paddy Power are offering new customers the chance to back either side in Tuesday's semi-final at an enhanced price, there's also a special for existing customers

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The Uruguay international is facing a court case in Italy after a national union filed a lawsuit for his “assault” of the Juventus defender for which he was banned for four months

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A Match Hospitality director has been held as part of Operation Jules Rimet – a police investigation into ticket touting at this summer's tournament in Brazil

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The coach has his eyes on succeeding Cesare Prandelli with the national side and reveals that he would build the team around the striker, Ciro Immobile and Marco Verratti

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Oranje and the Albiceleste meet in Sao Paulo for Wednesday's World Cup semi-final and our tipster, Hugh Wilson, backs the tie to come to life after the half-time interval

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The former Spain international believes that a Jurgen Klinsmann-type player would be the final piece in Joachim Low's jigsaw ahead of their World Cup semi-final against Brazil

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The former Italy goalkeeper lavishes praise on the Germany and Bayern Munich star and says that his ability with the ball at his feet marks him out as a cut above his peers

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The Argentina goalkeeper will be tasked with ending his former coach's World Cup dreams with Netherlands on Wednesday but reveals his debt of gratitude to his old boss