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Some of the tweets are hilarious, and the article is capped off in perfect fashion by Jack De Menezes at the Independent:

Hopefully Navas will see the funny side of it. After all, he isn’t really the son of God.

Pinto Leaves Costa Rica Job

Ed Ran for Sportskeeda:

Pinto pointed out disagreements with certain members of his team as the reason for trying to negotiate new terms to choose his staff.

“Some of my staff don’t have my style. I’ve had differences with my staff, I want dedication and commitment,” he said.

“A year and a half ago, a member of my staff told president Lee to get rid of me, that with me we weren’t going to the World Cup. I slept with the enemy for a year and a half.”

“It hurts me to leave Costa Rica because I did an outstanding job here. I demanded the staff be dismissed and they didn’t accept.”

talkSPORT: Bebe Moves to Benfica

The 24-year-old was sold for €3million (£2.4million) and the Premier League club will also be entitled to 50 per cent of any sell-on fee.

United paid Portuguese outfit Vitoria £7.4million for the striker in 2010, but he only managed seven appearances – most of which were in cup competitions.

Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson famously revealed he signed Bebe without seeing him play.

He’s a physical specimen and was probably bought as a punt, but it’s still Manchester United’s strangest purchase in years.

Belgium’s New Review Panel

Soriebah Kajue for Mirror:

The league has decided to set up a “review panel” that will scrutinized all contentious refereeing decisions, dangerous tackles, dives and handballs the match official might have missed during the game.

Great move. A similar panel should be introduced in all the major leagues.

Dejan Lovren Signs for Liverpool

Phil Dawkes for Mirror:

The Croatian defender is the Reds’ fifth summer signing and the third to move to Anfield from St Mary’s, following Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana

Better Win Your Group

biggysf for The Shin Gurdian:

What does all this mean? If you finish second in your group, it’s unlikely that you will win your round of 16 match. From the past 5 World Cups, less than 25% of second place finishers win their next match. Of those who do, 66% go out in the quarterfinals. Only one team that finished second in their group has gone on to play in the World Cup final. Most importantly, there has been no team that finished second in their group that went on to win the World Cup.

Serge Aurier Signs for PSG

Graeme Yorke for Mail Online:

Serge Aurier has completed his loan move to PSG with the French side having the option to buy the right-back next summer.

Didier Drogba Returns to Chelsea

Jord Willis for World Soccer Talk:

Chelsea has confirmed that the club has signed Didier Drogba on a one year deal, bringing him back to Stamford Bridge in a player capacity, and to help him transition into coaching after the 2014/15 season ends.

A great move by all involved. Mourinho gets a great player that is happy to be used sparingly. He’ll be coming off the bench and play in cup games. Drogba returns to his favorite club to learn from Mourinho and prepare for a coaching role, while extending his playing career.

Claudio Ranieri New Greece Manager

James McGlade for 101 Great Goals:

Claudio Ranieri has been appointed as the new manager of Greece on a two year deal.

Ranieri was harshly sacked at AS Monaco after guiding the club to second place in their first season back in Ligue Un.

He’s a good coach; should work well for Greece’s defensive setup.

Jogi Löw’s Adaptability

Zico’s Final Thoughts on the 2014 World Cup, writing for The Guardian:

This is something that stands out in manager Jogi Löw’s work in this World Cup. It is easy to applaud him now that he has overseen Germany’s first world title in 24 years but the manager showed great knowledge of his players in this competition. He knew what he could get from them.

Löw, of course, had his problems in the campaign and Germany were given a proper game by Algeria in the last 16 but he found a solution by changing what had appeared to be his own preferred team, starting with the decision to move Lahm back to the right-back position.