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Didier’s sound problem


Ribeirao Preto: France coach Didier Deschamps had a spot of microphone trouble during his World Cup news conference Tuesday.

First, the sound was too loud and then it was far too quiet and he could barely be heard. “Is he trying to wind me up? They’ve sent the cook instead. This is a disaster,” Deschamps said turning to the sound technician.

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Sao Paulo: Every time Pele was shown on the giant video screen, the crowd booed.

More than 20,000 Argentina supporters made the Sao Paulo Fan Fest their own Tuesday for the round of 16 match against Switzerland. Whenever Pele, the Brazil great attending the game at nearby Itaquerao Stadium, was shown on the screen, they screamed that he has nothing on Argentina legend Diego Maradona.

Fourth man

Rio de Janeiro: Fifa’s coaching advisers want to let teams use a fourth substitute in extra time at the next World Cup. Gerard Houllier, member of Fifa’s technical study group, says “that’s an idea that we will put” to football’s rules-making panel, which has previously rejected it. Houllier, a former France coach, says: “It’s a good idea. Only in extra time… Maybe if someone is injured, why not?”

Fans’ chant

Sao Paulo: The chant resonates throughout the bleachers: “Sui-ca, Sui-ca.” It’s the Portuguese word for Switzerland, and those cheering on the Swiss in Tuesday’s World Cup round of 16 game were not European fans draped in red, but rather dozens of locals dressed in their national team’s traditional yellow. The reason for their new-found affection for the Swiss? Their opponent of the day — hated South American rivals Argentina.

Great Tim

Rio de Janeiro: Tim Howard’s brilliant performance in the United States’ 1-2 defeat after extra time to Belgium saw the American goalkeeper make the most saves in a World Cup match since 1966. Howard has his Wikipedia page edited to give him the new role as the secretary of defence of the US, while the Twitter trend ‘Things Tim Howard could save’ took off on Tuesday night.

Time off

Ibiza: Steven Gerrard did what any of us would do after a dismal few months at work — by jetting off and taking in the sun and beach in Ibiza. And it looks to be doing the trick, as the Liverpool and England midfielder posed for photographs and went for a dip with his model wife Alex.