Samba Sunrise: Brazil exit World Cup empty-handed
Arjen Robben was pleased that the Netherlands bowed out of the World Cup on a high, even if it was not the one they craved. "It's a nice finish, but the disappointment of not reaching the final is still the main feeling," he said.
"All the reactions I've heard, all the positive things coming out the Netherlands, you just want to end on a positive note."
Luiz Felipe Scolari insists his future as Brazil coach is out of his hands following a dismal end to the side's World Cup campaign. "I leave my future to the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) president to decide," he said.
"It was to be a more balanced game but we conceded a goal early on. I think the players deserve to be appreciated for what they did."
Argentina head coach Alejandro Sabella remains in the dark surrounding the fitness of Angel di Maria for Monday's World Cup final. The Real Madrid winger limped out of the quarter-final win over Belgium with a thigh injury, and missed Thursday's last-four clash with Netherlands.
Vahid Halilhodzic will take over as the new head coach at Trabzonspor, the Turkish club have confirmed. The Bosnian led Algeria to the last 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but left the position following the expiry of his contract.
David Beckham has backed Lionel Messi to make the difference in the World Cup final for Argentina. "He's amazing," Beckham said in an interview on Adidas football's YouTube channel.
"He gives people so much pleasure with the way he plays and what makes him special is he plays as a team-mate as well, a good team player."
Neymar's performances for Brazil at the 2014 FIFA World Cup have greatly encouraged Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Bartomeu felt Neymar progressed to a new level in Brazil, hailing the 22-year-old – and fellow Barcelona man Lionel Messi – as the two main men of the tournament.
Former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann believes the side's big-game experience will lead them to victory in the World Cup final. Lehmann – who won 61 caps for Germany – is confident they will win, citing the large number of Bayern Munich players at Low's disposal as crucial.
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