Sport Lionel Messi can be the clean-cut version of football great Diego Maradona
PREVIEWWorld Cup 2014:Messi and Maradona, the two maestros at No 10, are the obvious comparisons when it comes to the finals of 1986 and 1990 between Argentina and West Germany and Sunday’s re-match. But flicking back through the pages of history, those two games have dimensions far beyond Sunday’s game
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A selection of the best players at the World Cup
GALLERY From Messi and Muller, to Navas and Neymar, who has impressed us enough to make the top 50 players of this year's World Cup? And there's even room for an England player...
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Defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano rather than Lionel Messi is Argentina's key man
PREVIEWFor a player who has not shown a single second’s doubt or hesitation during this World Cup, Javier Mascherano's mindset is somewhat surprising
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Joachim Low will have relished how the Dutch were able to stop Argentina's attack
PREVIEWThe Germany camp were keen observers of Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final between Argentina and the Netherlands and watched with interest as the Dutch defenders were able to subdue Lionel Messi for most of the game
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Wagner Ribeiro, Neymar's agent, has launched a scathing attack on Brazil manager Luis Felipe Scolari
REACTION Wagner Ribeiro, the agent of Brazil's superstar forward, has delivered a six-point critique of the Brazil coach
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LATEST Striker's four-month ban is upheld, meaning he will not play again until the end of October at the earliest
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Louis van Gaal will weat his lucky bracelet (on his right wrist) all the way to the World Cup final
REACTION Netherlands 0 Argentina 0 (Argentina win 4-2 on penalties): Centre-back saw his effort saved but Van Gaal defends him as he says two others shirked responsibility to take the opening penalty
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Javier Mascherano of Argentina tackles Arjen Robben of the Netherlands as he attempts a shot
REACTION It looks like he would have had to go off after taking a blow to the head, but the former Liverpool man stayed on to put in terrific shift
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Netherlands supporters kiss a replica of the World Cup as they cheer for their team ahead of the quarter-final football match between Netherlands and Costa Rica at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador during the 2014 FIFA World Cup
REACTION Glenn Moore: The new technology worked, Costa Rica shocked big names and pundits made sense...
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Fred pictured during Brazil's defeat to Germany
REACTION The party is over for Brazil. They still have the final at the Maracana on Sunday night. But as far as the host nation is concerned, the cast-list will be all wrong
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REACTION Premier League stars and internet jokers have their say on the astonishing semi-final
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Pablo Zabaleta celebrates Argentina's World Cup semi-final victory
WORLD CUP Argentinian right-back left bloodied and bruised after accidental clash with Dirk Kuyt
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The Atlético Madrid manager tagged the wife of sports journalist Jorge ‘El Topo’ López into a tribute tweet before she’d learned the tragic news
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Two Brazilian fans embrace in a bar on Copacabana beach as their country’s humiliating 7-1 defeat by Germany sinks in
COMMENTThey were silent and sad, but no one was crying, writes Alex Bellos in Rio de Janeiro
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Scoreboard at the end of the semi-final World Cup match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte
A person from New Zealand it would seem
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PLAYER RATINGSAnd who was the worst of the lot for Brazil?
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Brazil's head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari leads player Oscar off the pitch after the FIFA World Cup 2014 semi final match between Brazil and Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
REACTIONOne newspaper didn't even bother to write a headline
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David Luiz pictured during the 7-1 defeat to Germany
ANALYSISHas any team been so humiliated as Brazil are right now?
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Fans burn a Neymar shirt on the streets of Brazil following the 7-1 defeat to Germany
REACTION He wasn't even playing!
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Willian, Mesut Ozil, Oscar, Robin van Persie, Fernandinho and Per Mertesacker
The Premier League has the second most of its domestic stars still competing in the World Cup semi-finals
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Neymar broke down in tears and said he might have been left in a wheelchair after fracturing a vertebra

World Cup 2014: Tearful Neymar claims he could have been left in a wheelchair after challenge

No 10 claims he might have been 'paralysed' had he been struck two inches lower

Mario Balotelli poses with 'shotgun' in controversial Instagram pic captioned 'Kiss to all who hate me'

The 23-year-old international has been enjoying a lengthy holiday in Miami with his fiancée

Javier Mascherano of Argentina tackles Arjen Robben of the Netherlands as he attempts a shot

Javier Mascherano reveals he 'tore his anus' in heroic match-saving tackle on Arjen Robben

The midfielder was outstanding in the World Cup semi-final

Neymar risks more Brazilian wrath as he backs rivals Argentina to win the World Cup

Video: Brazilians are still reeling from their 7-1 annihilation at the hands of the Germans, and the last thing they want is to see their Argentine neighbours win the World Cup in their backyard

Ray Whelan was arrested earlier this week

World Cup 2014: British suspect accused of selling illegal tickets flees Rio hotel

Police were set to re-arrest Ray Whelan an hour before he left the Copacabana Palace through a service door

Defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano rather than Lionel Messi is Argentina's key man

Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes

Joachim Low will have relished how the Dutch were able to stop Argentina's attack

Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Germans lap up TV lesson on stopping Argentina

The Germany camp were keen observers of Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final between Argentina and the Netherlands and watched with interest as the Dutch defenders were able to subdue Lionel Messi for most of the game.

Lionel Messi can be the clean-cut version of football great Diego Maradona

Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Can Lionel Messi be the clean-cut version of Diego Maradona?

Both went into World Cups rated the best player on the planet but one Argentina legend was dogged by scandal off the pitch as he carried his side to triumph over the Germans in 1986

Ron Vlaar says he will not dwell on his penalty miss in the World Cup semi-final

Netherlands vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Ron Vlaar will not 'whinge' about his penalty shoot-out miss

Aston Villa defender missed the Netherlands' first penalty

Italy's Giorgio Chiellini (L) claims he was bitten by Uruguay's Luis Suarez (R) during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group D preliminary round match between Italy and Uruguay at the Estadio Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil

Luis Suarez latest: Striker facing a dilemma whether to lodge a further appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Further appeal could leave him with a longer ban if it fails

Head coach Louis van Gaal of the Netherlands looks on with his team after being defeated by Argentina in a penalty shootout during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Finals

Netherlands vs Argentina World Cup 2014: As the Dutch know only too well, looks can be deceiving, as their good starts to tournaments continues to breed disappointment

Flying out of their group with ease has become a warning sign that the Netherlands are going to falter when it matters

Luis Suarez latest: Fifa rejects appeal for Uruguay and Liverpool striker's bite on Giorgio Chiellini

World governing body reject Uruguayan football federation's appeal to reduce the ban

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Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini of Arsenal launch the new Puma Arsenal kits at the Puma Store on Carnaby Street
kit launchMassive deal is worth £150m over the next five years
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Manchester United Marouane Fellaini allegedly cut his hair
PREMIER LEAGUEImage of the Manchester United without his long locks has gone viral
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Pablo Zabaleta celebrates Argentina's World Cup semi-final victory
WORLD CUP Argentinian right-back left bloodied and bruised after accidental clash with Dirk Kuyt
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Two Brazilian fans embrace in a bar on Copacabana beach as their country’s humiliating 7-1 defeat by Germany sinks in
COMMENTThey were silent and sad, but no one was crying, writes Alex Bellos in Rio de Janeiro
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Fans burn a Neymar shirt on the streets of Brazil following the 7-1 defeat to Germany
REACTION He wasn't even playing!
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Luis Suarez shirts go on sale in Barcelona
TRANSFER TALK The £63m transfer is yet to be completed, but that hasn't stopped one seller eager to cash in on the excitement of Suarez's arrival
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PLAYER RATINGSAnd who was the worst of the lot for Brazil?
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Brazil's head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari leads player Oscar off the pitch after the FIFA World Cup 2014 semi final match between Brazil and Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
REACTIONOne newspaper didn't even bother to write a headline
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David Luiz pictured during the 7-1 defeat to Germany
ANALYSISHas any team been so humiliated as Brazil are right now?
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Manchester United's kit for the 2014/15 season
Adidas and Warrior the leading contenders to replace them at the end of the 2014/ 2015 season
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...in poster form and without his own body
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Dinamo Bucharest fans throw fireworks onto the pitch during a pre-season friendly with Hearts in Lancashire
Hearts 'friendly' against Romanian side descends into chaos
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VIDEO It's almost surprising that it hadn't happened before, but the selfie trend has extended to celebrating a goal
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Ashley Cole arrives in Rome to complete his move to Roma
TRANSFER TALK The former Chelsea left-back arrived in Rome earlier today to conclude his free transfer
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Liverpool have unveiled their new third kit for the 2014/15 season

Here is Liverpool's third shirt for the next season - and it's another bizarre design from American brand Warrior

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