Top 10: World Cup's funniest moments
This World Cup has had everything: goals, controversy, giant bugs attaching themselves to star players. Here, we look back at 10 of the funniest moments from Brazil this summer:
We all know what Luis Suarez got up to this summer. The Uruguayan striker became so famous that everyone in the world knew his name after his bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini in the group stage. Well ... almost everybody.
The bite seen around the world also managed to net one lucky punter 540 pounds after he actually placed a bet on it before the tournament.
Everyone wants a piece of Colombia star James Rodriguez after his starring role in this summer's World Cup, even things with six legs. The youngster looked pretty untroubled, in fact he may not have even noticed, as what appears to be a huge grasshopper decided to hitch a ride in the quarterfinal against Brazil.
After watching Gonzalo Higuain burst through the Belgian defence only to send a shot grazing over the crossbar in the quarterfinals, Alejandro Sabella appeared to come as close as physically possible to fainting without actually blacking out and waking up on his back.
Free kicks are easy. You just run up and kick the ball, right? WRONG! The ridiculous over-engineering and utter pointlessness of Germany's hopelessly botched three-man set-piece routine against Algeria in the round of 16 proved it's not all that easy. Even if Thomas Muller meant it -- as Benedikt Howedes confirmed to our very own Raphael Honigstein after the game, saying: "We practised that free kick in training. The final chip wasn't right." -- the final ball made it all the more awful.
Canadian linesman Joe Fletcher suffered a huge handshake snub from a FIFA official as Spain and Chile assembled in the Maracana tunnel in the group stages, though thankfully he was able to ride it out with a classic "just rubbing my head anyway" recovery manoeuvre...
In his own words, Chile's striker Mauricio Pinilla was "one centimetre from glory" when his 119th-minute shot thwacked against Brazil's crossbar in extra time of their round of 16 match. But, far from shying away, the striker has immortalised his brief, ultimately doomed flirtation with the World Cup quarterfinals by having the entire scene tattooed on his back.
7. Mathieu or mascot?
France midfielder Mathieu Valbuena isn't a very tall man. Just under 5-foot-5 in fact. So it was a little harsh of FIFA to line him up with a mascot who was almost taller than him, ahead of the quarterfinal match against Germany. Especially when the rather taller Paul Pogba got one whose head only just reached over the prematch banner.
Comedian Will Ferrell surprised the crowd of raucous punters by taking to the stage at the USMNT fan party in Recife ahead of their last group game against Germany. Ferrell first announced himself as the direct replacement for injured striker Jozy Altidore in the U.S. squad, before going on to promise to bite each and every German player if selected for first-team duty. He wasn't.
Mario Balotelli swiftly took to Twitter after England's 2-1 defeat vs. Uruguay in their second game and declared that he and Italy would be willing to try to provide the necessary favourable result, but at a price!
If we beat Costa Rica i want a kiss,obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen.������.- Mario Balotelli (@FinallyMario) June 19, 2014
They didn't, in fact they lost and Balotelli left Brazil at the same time as the Three Lions. With no kiss.
While in Brazil working as a pundit on the World Cup for French television, Arsene Wenger took time out from his duties to indulge in a spot of futvolei with former France midfielder Christian Karembeu on the beach in Rio. And dived for the ball like his former striker did against Spain. Then he went for a swim and looked like this:
Daniel Craig? Who is he? pic.twitter.com/1dcvqDtyif- Billy (@EducatedGooner) June 25, 2014