As the World Cup’s many vanquished protagonists sit down to take stock of the failures that led to their eliminations, things can quickly come to resemble the brouhaha of bitchery inside the Big Brother house.
Brazil 2014 has been little different and while news.bwin.com/en/ is above such tittle-tattle, there’s no harm in circulating some of the more pithy zingers for our reader’s edification.
First up is Neymar’s agent Walter Ribeiro who tweeted the following six-point verbal diss-list about Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.
One – being Portugal Coach and winning nothing.’
‘Two – going to Chelsea and being sacked the following day.’
‘Three – going to coach in Uzbekistan.’
Four – returning to Brazil, taking over a big team [Palmeiras] and getting them relegated to the second division.’
‘Five – leaving the club 56 days before the end of the Brasileirao [season] to ‘escape’ the relegation.
‘Six – being an old jerk, arrogant, repulsive, conceited and ridiculous.
Meanwhile every opponent the Netherlands played will have been worried about Arjen Robben’s creative approach to riding tackles, but only Costa Rica boss Jorge Luis Pinto grassed him up to FIFA:
This is something that makes us worry a lot. We’re really worried about that. I would like to ask Fifa and the referees to watch Robben closely.
Luckily the man in orange failed to con the man in black in the tie in question.
Yuichi Nishimura, the official in charge of Croatia’s controversial loss to Brazil, wasn’t so lucky and received a thorough pasting form Vatreni boss Niko Kovac as a result.
If that’s a penalty we don’t need to play football anymore. Let’s play basketball instead, it’s a shame…We better give it up now and go home. We talk about respect, Croatia didn’t get any
“I must say the referee was completely out of his depth.”
“The referee was well placed, he was not unsighted. He saw everything. I don’t blame Fred at all. I blame the referee.
Perhaps the Ghanaian FA can sympathise in the wake of the savage tongue-lashing sent their way by Schalke star Kevin-Prince Boateng:
Everything – the hotels, the flights – everything was amateurish
The flight from Miami to Brazil a week later took 12 hours and we sat and concentrated in economy class. The legs ached. It sounds strange for an average citizen, but for a competitive athlete that is a disgrace. The Ghana FA president sat in business class with his wife and two children. And then in Brazil, we finally had a charter flight but my luggage was lost. Two days without football boots – it was a disaster.