Are we blessed with a golden age of shot-stoppers? Have conditions in Brazil favoured the men between the posts or is it as simple as poor finishing and fortuitous keeping?
Friday, 4 July 2014
French-German rivalry is renewed at the World Cup 32 years after one of the most brutal acts committed on a football pitch: Toni Schumacher's flying challenge on Patrick Battiston
Thursday, 3 July 2014
Oscar's performances for Brazil have seen his Twitter following more than quadruple in size, while Argentina's Pablo Zabaleta now has over one million followers
After getting their man for a £10 million price that could prove a bargain, the Reds can look forward to an athletic presence in central midfield who can dribble as well as defend
The winger admitted to simulation during the first half of Netherlands' last-16 win but insisted that Rafael Marquez’s challenge deserved to be punished with the award of a penalty
The Italian giants are locked in a bidding war for the Argentine starlet, but acquiring him at such an inflated price would represent a huge gamble for a still-unproven player
The Premier League has been one of the main beneficiaries of the northern club's enviable record of producing top-class footballers - some of whom are starring in Brazil
COMMENT: This summer's tournament has provided so many standout moments and success stories that it could go down as the greatest of all time
The winger has a host of English clubs chasing his signature after an impressive World Cup with Chile and could yet be involved in one of the transfers of the summer
The Premier League club will not allow the striker to leave for less than his release clause but voters in our poll insist that the Uruguay international needs to be offloaded
COMMENT: The Uruguay forward is inching closer to signing for the Catalan club from Liverpool this summer, but what role will he fill at Camp Nou?
Wednesday, 2 July 2014
After coming to the fore over a year ago, the 18-year-old has gone from strength to strength - and his exit can serve the country, and other young talent, well in the long term
A number of performances during the round of 16 matches will have caught the attention of the the biggest English sides ahead of the 2014-15 season
Colombia's emerging superstar is joined by Brazil heroes Julio Cesar and David Luiz in our select XI of the first knockout stage of this summer's tournament
The Anfield side are standing firm in their valuation of the Uruguay international amid interest from the Catalan giants, despite his latest ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini
Casillas, Higuain and Balotelli are among the other stars who have damaged their reputations with poor performances in Brazil
The coach deserves to be remembered along with the very best that Europe has produced after a remarkable career
The Real Madrid winger was the match winner as Argentina booked their place in the World Cup quarter-finals but could he be set for a switch to the Premier League?
Jurgen Klinsmann's side had a chance to make history and continue to captivate a nation on Tuesday but a lacklustre performance saw their World Cup dream end in the second round
The striker rediscovered his best form in the dramatic win over the United States; his Chelsea team-mate will have to do likewise if the Red Devils are to reach the last four