Neymar wears banned headphones
Neymar has broken one of the World Cup rules by wearing Beats by Dre headphones to a press conference this week. The Brazil star, who is fit to play against Colombia in Friday's quarter-final, was spotted wearing the headphones before speaking to the media on Wednesday. That particular brand of headphones have been banned by FIFA after they sealed a rights deal with Sony for the tournament.
You don’t need soccer mad father
A seven-year-old Brazilian boy has been named by his father after so many French football stars that he struggles to pronounce his own name. He is called Zinedine Yazid Zidane Thierry Henry Barthez Eric Felipe Silva Santos. The little Zidane, as he is simply known, can pronounce his first three names without a problem but stumbles after that. "I don't know them yet. I never learned them," Zidane said.
Colombia bans foam celebration
Colombia will ban the sale of flour and shaving foam in Bogota for quarter-final clash with hosts Brazil, with thousands expected on the streets and passions running high in the football-mad country. Colombians often celebrate by dousing people in shaving cream or making flour "bombs," but police, who will be out in force for the game on the streets of the capital, want to stamp out the practise because it can lead to fights.
Argentina mourn death of reporter
Argentina players cancelled a news conference on Wednesday, a day after their World Cup round of 16 victory over Switzerland, to mourn the death of a reporter covering the tournament. Maria Soledad Fernandez, a reporter and daughter of prominent Argentine journalist Miguel 'Titi' Fernandez, was killed in a car crash on way back to Belo Horizonte from Sao Paulo. Two of her colleagues were injured.
Costa Rica seek Pele inspiration
Surprise World Cup quarter-finalists Costa Rica sought inspiration from Pele on Wednesday. The Ticos, enjoying their best-ever World Cup campaign, spent the afternoon visiting Pele's museum in Santos, hoping that his influence might rub off on them when they face the Dutch in Salvador on Saturday. The museum opened a few weeks ago and has almost 3,000 objects related to the Brazilian legend.
Ronaldo on Greece holidays
Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has decided to spend his summer vacation on the Greek island of Mykonos after his team's early exit from the FIFA World Cup. The Real Madrid player and Ballon d'Or winner arrived at Mykonos Island, part of the islands group -- the Cyclades -- with some his friends but without girlfriend Irina Shayk. Ronaldo also visited other islands on board a luxurious yacht.