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Exciting goals and massive upsets, accidents and injuries – they are all coming in one chaotic month. The quadrennial FIFA World Cup draws longing eyes across the globe – as well as the football betting it brings along.
Hosted in Brazil, where the sport is taken very seriously, this year’s event seems to offer one more reason to celebrate: a return to its roots. The “home field advantage,” plus other factors subjective and objective, have brought some teams to meet their Waterloo, while others find new hope.
What’s more, there have been real highlights among the remarks, comments and speeches outside the battle:

“She said yes... the most important yes in my life. That was the place of my question! I love you and happy birthday too! Je t’aime my wife.”
- Mario Balotelli prepares for the World Cup by proposing to his girlfriend. Fortunately for Italy, she said yes – you don’t want an angry Balotelli on the pitch.

“Considering the circumstances, it must be the goal of my career. It just could not have been more perfect. These kinds of goals are scored once in a lifetime.”
- Robin van Persie after scoring with a spectacular flying header against Spain

“Pirlo is that good – he meant to hit the crossbar.”
- Thierry Henry gives his verdict on the Andrea Pirlo free kick against England that swerved and hit the crossbar.

“I’d like to be 110 percent, but I am at 100 percent and ready to help the national team.”
- Cristiano Ronaldo on his knee injury

“I’d like to see it on TV. I only hope that I looked okay. I felt a blow from his fist. But what happened after that I can’t really remember, whether we were head-to-head or not. I just hope it didn’t look stupid on TV.”
- Thomas Mueller lets the world know what exactly he was worried about while being headbutted by Portugal’s Pepe.

“We didn’t have the same feeling on the pitch that we had during other championships. Mentally we were not ready, and physically we were struggling a little.”
- Spain coach Vicente del Bosque after his side was knocked out of the World Cup by Chile

“If we beat Costa Rica, I want a kiss, obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen.”
- Mario Balotelli, the Italy and former Manchester City striker, took to Twitter just minutes after England’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Uruguay

“I don’t like it when he hurts like this. I said, ‘Keep going, forget this game, you’re one of the best.’”
- Luis Suarez on Steven Gerrard after Uruguay’s 2-1 win over England

“In terms of opportunities, we could have had more goals. We never lost control of the match.”
- Portugal coach Paulo Bento after a thrilling 2-2 draw against the USA

(Sources: Firstpost and social media.)

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