Jack Pitt-Brooke

Jack Pitt-Brooke is a sports writer for The Independent.

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Germany's defender and captain Philipp Lahm (C) and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (R) celebrate after winning the quarter-final against France

Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 preview: It is time for Germany's golden generation to turn promise into prizes

It's time to deliver for the likes of Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger

Arjen Robben goes down theatrically after being fouled by Mexico’s Rafael Marquez, leading to the penalty that put Netherlands into the World Cup quarter-finals
Fernandinho challenges Freddy Guarin

Brazil vs Colombia comment World Cup 2014: Fernandinho shows Luiz Felipe Scolari’s tougher side

Brazil scrapped and kicked their way through to the semi-finals

Costa Rica’s captain Bryan Ruiz pounces against Greece

World Cup 2014: How Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz thrived on bigger stage

The greatest underdog story in a World Cup full of them will face its hardest test this evening when Costa Rica challenge the Netherlands in the fourth and last quarter-final. Before the tournament, it might have looked like a mismatch and yet Costa Rica have already taken the scalps of Italy and Uruguay and could certainly disrupt the Dutch.

Cameroon coach Volker Finke questioned the behaviour of his team after their loss to Croatia

World Cup 2014: Cameroon FA to look into claims of fixing by ‘bad apples’

The Cameroon football federation has launched an investigation into allegations that some of their players were involved in match-fixing at the World Cup.

Joachim Löw’s team have played a much more attacking and assertive style in this World Cup

World Cup 2014: France could exploit Joachim Low’s risky strategy

Germany are in the Maracana on Friday afternoon, with a chance to reach their second straight World Cup semi-final, hoping that Didier Deschamps’ France side will not exploit their known weaknesses.

Brazil vs Colombia World Cup 2014 preview: Who will be king - James Rodriguez or Neymar?

The Brazilian has carried the host nation, Colombia’s top scorer has been the best player so far – but only one will be left standing after Friday

Jurgen Klinsmann acknowledges the United States faithful after the defeat

Belgium vs United States comment World Cup 2014: Jurgen Klinsmann has built a team spirit that others can only imagine

Klinsmann has inculcated a playing style recognisable to fans of the British club game

Cameroon's national football team players (1st row, LtoR) Henry Bedimo, Eyong Enoh, Cedric Djeugoue, Stephane Mbia, Benjamin Moukandjou, (2nd row, LtoR) Nicolas N'koulou, Joel Matip, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Alex Song, Charles Itandje, Samuel Eto'o pose for a team photo prior to the start of the friendly football match Germany vs Cameroon in preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2014

World Cup 2014: Sepp Blatter to allow Cameroon officials to investigate claims of match-fixing

Indomitable Lions lost all three of their Group A matches

The richly talented Frenchman Paul Pogba would improve almost every midfield in European football

France vs Nigeria preview World Cup 2014: Paul Pogba points the way for next generation of stars

Sought-after Juventus midfielder has delivered a tantalising glimpse of the future

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