With the Barcelona star's World Cup now over, another man in Brazil's ranks must help the host nation be more than the sum of their parts
Monday 7 July 2014
Sunday 6 July 2014
The Belgian winger was unimpressive throughout the World Cup and missed the opportunity to cement his status among the elites in football..
COMMENT: The era of the striker being relied upon to provide the majority of goals has seemingly passed, with the World Cup providing the latest example of an increasing trend
COMMENT: The Netherlands boss has made the most of his squad and got the big decisions right throughout his side's run to the World Cup semi-finals
The Netherlands boss has had to change his plans following an injury to his "head of incidental pressing" - a player which his new club don't currently possess
Tim Krul came on as a late substitute to save two penalties from Los Ticos, as they pushed Oranje all the way in a tightly-contested game in Salvador, with Navas in form again
COMMENT: Tim Krul replaced Jasper Cillessen just over 60 seconds before the end of extra time and saved two penalties as Netherlands ended Costa Rica's remarkable run
Saturday 5 July 2014
A solitary strike from Gonzalo Higuain was enough for La Albiceleste to book a place in their first World Cup semi-final since 1990, at the expense of Marc Wilmots' men
Goal cartoonist Omar Momani gives us his unique take on the football news of the day
Though Mauricio Pochettino has gone and the likes of Luke Shaw have followed him, Ronald Koeman's work has begun cannily and the Saints have yet more talented youth on the way up
Colombia's exit brought an end to James Rodriguez's wonder run during the tournament whereas Neymar's injury leaves a massive void in the Brazilian camp...
The Barcelona forward can revitalise the north Londoners' immediate fortunes while Liverpool will be searching for a Luis Suarez replacement
COMMENT: They may have a 100 per cent record so far, but Marc Wilmots and his side have yet to play to their strengths at this World Cup
COMMENT: The South Americans have failed to reach the last four of a World Cup since the days of Diego Maradona and now need their current star to step up once again
COMMENT: The midfielder first burst onto the scene about seven years ago and is finally developing into the player he promised to become upon his debut
Much of the Joachim Low's squad took to social media after their 1-0 win over France to voice their delight, while England players enjoyed their holidays before pre-season
James' late penalty set up a tense finale, but goals from centre-back pairing Thiago Silva and David Luiz proved enough for the Selecao to set up a semi-final date with Germany
After a spirited France side was kept relatively quite by the Germans, Goal's Brendon Netto picks out experience as the vital difference between the two teams.
Friday 4 July 2014
COMMENT: The forward performed poorly as France were knocked out of the World Cup with a 1-0 defeat to Germany in the quarter-final at the Maracana on Friday