- Italy captain Buffon a doubt for England game
- They came from the Jungle…Uruguayans find Brazilian ants in their beds!
- ‘Rivaldo’s Gamble’: The next round of our prediction game!
England to face a Buffon-less Italy in the sweltering depths of the Amazon?
Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon limped out of training on Friday, with the keeper now a doubt to face England this evening in Manaus.
Buffon, 36, twisted his ankle during the session, and it could be a major psychological blow for the Italians if he fails to make the lineup this evening, with the Juventus shot-stopper a symbol of strength at the back for over a decade.
The Italians are eager to allay fears that their skipper will be out of their first World Cup game, with the official Azzurri Twitter page playing down the severity of the injury:
— Italy (@azzurri) June 14, 2014
Brazilian ants infiltrate Uruguayan training camp
Hordes of ants invaded the Uruguyan training camp yesterday, with goalkeeper Fernando Muslera sharing the horror moment of finding hundreds of them in his bed on Twitter.
“It was funny more than anything else,” Muslera told a news conference before his side’s opening Group D match against Costa Rica on Saturday. “We found ants in the beds, myself and [reserve goalkeeper Rodrigo] Muñoz who’s sharing the room with me.”
“But it was fine. They came straight away and changed the sheets and we slept well.”
That’s what you think, Nando. That’s what you think…
‘Rivaldo’s Gamble’: Can you beat Soccerlens at World Cup predicting?
Brazilian legend Rivaldo took the ultimate gamble in the 2002 World Cup, hurling himself to the floor in what was a successful attempt to get an opposition player sent off; and now you have the chance to indulge in similarly heart-pumping risk taking, taking on Soccerlens in the SuperBru 2014 World Cup Prediction Game, where you predict the score for each fixture in the tournament, and win prizes according to how close you are to the results!
Now, the crew here at Soccerlens promise not to try and have you ejected through simulation, as per the example set by dear old Rivaldo, but we will be gunning for victory, such is our competitive nature!
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Be sure to check the World Cup roundups for our latest predictions, and links to the game. It’s free to join, and comes with no balls booted at you by over-zealous Turks.
Soccerlens predictions: World Cup Gameweek 3
Colombia 0-0 Greece – Something tells me this will end in a draw, and not a very exciting one.
Uruguay 3-0 Costa Rica – With or without Luis Suarez, this should be a walk in the park for the South Americans.
England 1-2 Italy – Italy are my pick for dark horses for the tournament, and I’m banking on them seeing off England tonight.
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