Netherlands' Arjen Robben celebrates

The Agenda: Forget the rivals, this has been the best World Cup ever

There has not been a great team in this World Cup, but that doesn't matter. It has been incredible entertainment

Tim Krul

Newcastle United's Tim Krul delighted to be in World Cup semi final

The Newcastle United stopper played a dramatic role as the Dutch got past Costa Rica in the quarters on penalties

John Murray

The Samba spirit has made Cup a World away from boring, says BBC commentator John Murray

The North East's greatest broadcaster speaks about Brazil, football and getting drenched with Tony Pulis underneath Jesus

Daniel Sturridge of England

Mark Douglas: It's not foreign players who are to blame for England's demise, it's us

The World Cup has been such a high standard that you'd forget England had even been there if it wasn't for the adverts

Uruguay's Luis Suarez holds his teeth after his run in with Italy's Giorgio Chiellini

Don Hutchison: Biting may not be the nastiest thing on a pitch, but I can't get my head round it

In light of the latest alleged biting controversy for Luis Suarez, Don Hutchison looks at what happens on the pitch and what punishment could result

Mathieu Debuchy of France in action

Newcastle United ace Mathieu Debuchy insists the French will not ease up

Newcastle United defender Mathieu Debuchy says France will be going all out in their clash with Ecuador

Newcastle United's Shola Ameobi

Shola Ameobi eyes a quick return to Newcastle United

Shola Ameobi will today get the chance to face Lionel Messi in the World Cup, but insists it will not be his swansong

Jozy Altidore

Jozy Altidore fears subside as Sunderland forward nears comeback

Sunderland have been boosted by news that Jozy Altidore's hamstring injury is not as serious as first feared

Thomas Mueller of Germany scores his team's fourth goal and completes his hat trick past Rui Patricio of Portugal

The Agenda: Attack is back as World Cup offers lessons to the football world

Hopefully the kingmakers at St James' Park are watching a World Cup that has placed the emphasis on forward players

Luis Suarez

The Agenda: Gus Poyet warns England about Luis Suarez's 'deadly beauty'

Three Lions have got out of the group stages in the last 11 World Cups - but Suarez's return could upstage Roy's young stars

A Brazil fan at the World Cup

Curious Georgie: All that fuss for a few games of football?

World Cup fever has got me all a flutter, with houses decked out with flags, singing and dancing at the opening ceremony, it's almost too much to handle

What can we expect from World Cup

England long overdue a convincing performance at the World Cup - can this be any different?

The best players in the world need to buck the trend and perform well for this to be a memorable World Cup tournament

Hugh Thompson on his Ride to Rio trek raising money for UK charity TackleAfrica

Northumberland man on last leg of epic charity cycle ride to Brazil

Hugh Thompson has travelled through 24 countries in a year of cycling to reach Brazil in time for the World Cup opening ceremony

Newcastle United's Tim Krul

Tim Krul fighting for World Cup place with Netherlands national football team

Toon goalkeeper Tim Krul targets the World Cup in Brazil - and also hopes that Loic Remy stays at Newcastle United

Football Association Chairman Greg Dyke

Mark Douglas: Pessimistic Greg Dyke is cutting his own throat

Greg Dyke clearly holds little hope that England can reach the latter stages of the World Cup as Mark Douglas discusses

World Cup 2014 the last international chance for Boro’s Barry Robson

BARRY Robson admits the World Cup finals in 2014 are likely to be his last chance to appear on the big stage for Scotland – and he is determined to keep his younger team-mates at bay to get there.

Matt Kilgallon

Matt Kilgallon won't be rushed into decision on SAFC future

FORGOTTEN man Matt Kilgallon has a host of Championship clubs interested in ending his Sunderland nightmare – but the defender’s agent is adamant he “won’t be rushed” into a decision on his future.

World cup insurance scrapped

Insurance giants Axa are to scrap their agreement covering FIFA for next year's World Cup in Japan and South Korea as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks and subsequent bombing of Afghanistan.


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