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The Brazilian experience for the FIWC 2014 Grand Finalists came to a dramatic close at the Maracana where they watched Germany defeat France in the quarterfinal stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.
Though there have been 50 hat-tricks in FIFA World Cup history, only four men form an exclusive group of those who have notched a treble on two separate occasions on the greatest stage. FIFA.com tells their story.
FIFA.com hears the immediate post-match reaction of Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul after he entered the action in tense circumstances to help his country overcome Costa Rica on penalties and reach the semi-finals.
Costa Rica's players were physically drained as they departed the tournament after a penalty shoot-out defeat by the Netherlands, but mentally, spirits were high among a group that set new standards for their country.
Match-winner Gonzalo Higuain has belatedly suggested there may be more to Argentina than Lionel Messi, as comparisons with the 1986 champions continue to be made.
As their semi-final against Brazil looms large, Germany's goalkeeper is putting in the kind of displays that marked out Oliver Kahn as the player of the tournament in the 2002 FIFA World Cup™.
FIFA.com rounds up the efforts of the day’s contenders for the Hyundai Young Player Award, with Belgium’s talented youngsters packing their bags for home, while two Dutch starlets reach the next round.
A dominant Dutch side triumphed on penalties thanks to their substitute keeper, while Gonzalo Higuain inspired Argentina to victory. FIFA.com rounds up the action from another dramatic day at Brazil 2014.
Belgium star Eden Hazard tells FIFA that if their golden generation is going to fulfil their potential they must learn from the lessons of their defeat to Argentina and knuckle down in training.
Gonzalo Higuain speaks to FIFA.com about ending his goal drought for Argentina against Belgium, while Enzo Perez expresses his delight about finally tasting FIFA World Cup action.
Tim Krul rose from the bench in injury time of extra time and inspired the Netherlands to a 4-3 win over Costa Rica on penalties and a FIFA World Cup™ semi-final with Argentina.
Gonzalo Higuain was Argentina's hero with a well struck and decisive early goal that took La Albiceleste to a 2-1 victory over a disappointing Belgium team.
Germany's decision to swap style for pragmatism could land Joachim Low's team a first FIFA World Cup since 1990, according to the man who captained the national side to that triumph.
FIFA.com highlights the extraordinary response to Neymar's injury with tweets from sporting superstars, supermodels, actors, musicians and a president.
While Colombia head for home from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, they leave with plaudits from onlookers, particularly their goal-scoring star James Rodriguez.
France striker Karim Benzema believes Les Bleus gave everything in their FIFA World Cup quarter-final defeat by Germany, but lamented a lack of attempts in the first half of the clash at the Maracana.
Brazilian legend Pele has offered his own words of support to injured Neymar and drawn a comparison with the 1962 FIFA World Cup, when A Seleção survived his absence to win the tournament.
As the competition enters its final stages, Cafu handed out fresh advice to those dreaming of winning this year’s Castrol's FIFA World Cup Predictor Challenge: don’t miss this chance to improve your strategy.
Lionel Messi sent a special message to Barcelona team-mate and Brazil star Neymar after the forward was ruled out of the remainder of the FIFA World Cup with a fractured vertebra.
There was a wide range of emotions for FIFA World Cup hosts Brazil as the squad and nation equally celebrated progress to a semi-final with Germany and began to consider how to tackle it without injured talisman Neymar.