Rob’s World Cup Wire
Muller the Main Man, Cesar for Sale, England Need a German Gaffer!

by Rob Shepherd.


Gerd netted 10 times at Mexico ’70

Thomas Muller is on his way to ‘mullering’ Gerd Muller  – and for that matter Miroslav Klose – as Germany’s greatest ever striker.

If Muller nets today he will become only the third player in World Cup history to hit five goals at two different World Cups.

It has previously been done by Peru’s Teofilio Cubillas in 1970 and 1978 and Klose in 2002 and 2006.

Indeed at 24 Muller has possibly two World Cup left in him so could usurp Klose, who if he notches one today will overtake Brazil’s Ronaldo as the most prolific World Cup finals scorer by moving onto to 16.

It will though take a lot for the modern Muller to beat Gerd ‘Der Bomber’ Muller’s achievement of 10 goals at the 1970 finals. He added four more in 1974 including the winner in the final and finished with an incredible 68 goals from just 62 caps.

Like Gerd did, Thomas played for Bayern Munich having come through the ranks – and is not for sale.


Fergie Went Down Mexico Way

James Rodriguez was rejected by former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson four years ago when he first started to emerge as a force in Colombia.

United’s South American scouts identified ‘James’ as a future star but in the end Fergie opted for Mexican Javier Hernandez instead.

So Rodriguez moved from Colombian club Banfield to Porto in Portugal before moving on to Monaco.

He has been linked to a £40 million move to Manchester United, but as it stands with injured fellow countryman Radamel Falcao being lined up by Madrid he is set to stay for at least another season in France.


No Pick Axe at Old Trafford

Manchester United, who allowed Paul Pogba to leave from their academy to join Juventus over a wage dispute, wont pay the £60 million fee quoted to bring him back.

Chelsea are still considering a move for the 21 year-old Frenchman.

But he is more likely to move to Real Madrid when Zinedene Zidane eventually takes over as boss, which could be as early as next year perhaps after serving one year as boss of feeder club Castilla. That is if Paris St Germain don’t push out the boat this summer…

Pogba is known by his team mates as La Pioche: The Pick Axe.


Sale Cesar!

Cesar: 80 caps for Brazil, 5 Serie A titles & a Champions League winner – not quite good enough for QPR though…

If Brazil are to beat Columbia today then Julio Cesar is likely to be as much their hero as Neymar.

It seems incredible that at the start of last season Cesar couldn’t get a game in the Championship for QPR!

Indeed he often didn’t make the bench behind England’s former custodian, the ridiculed Rob Green.

But it wasn’t because Harry Redknapp didn’t rate him it was just about getting him off the books given the £90,000 a week salary Cesar was on.

Cesar though is still technically a Rangers player and the club are still paying around half his wages while he is on loan at MLS club Toronto.

He could then return to Rangers for Premier League action next season but ideally the club hope his displays at this World Cup will convince a club to buy him.


One to Watch:

It seemed when France axed Sami Nasri and then Frank Ribery was injured they would lack flair from the midfield or flanks.

But Mathieu Valbuena (be honest, how many had heard of him before..?) has come to the fore and France have flourished with goals. He has the been the main creative force of the France team – and according to FIFA stats has teed up eleven chances.



German boss Joachim Low has said England will NEVER win the World Cup again.

He may have a point – but may well have led the FA to a solution as well…

Who is the man who re-invented the German national team, helped Low on his way then went over to the USA and turned their national soccer team into a serious force..?

Ja, Jurgen Klinsmann.

A German as England boss. Warum nicht..?


Beat the Bookie

Brazil and Germany are odds-on favourites to progress but those odds could be turned on their head today.

Neymar insists he has the shoulders to carry the weight of the nation but carrying the Brazil forward line – which he has done brilliantly so far – could well prove too much against this talented and spirited Colombia side.

And in James Rodriguez Colombia have a player who can unlock a well drilled Brazil defence.

A 1-1 draw at 90 minutes is 6/1 – Colombia can then go onto win on penalties.

France v Germany has the making of a modern classic.

So stick your neck out and trust Karim Benzema to keep on scoring.

A 3-2 France win in 90 minutes is 50/1.

Odds from Corals.


Word Cup moment:

Tim Howard, according to the stat men, made 15 ‘saves’ for the USA against Belgium which is apparently a World Cup record since such things were logged in 1966.

Whichever way you want to look at it Howard produced the best all round keeper display at the finals – The man with the Golden Glove.

But Gordon Bank’s save from Pele’s header in 1970 surely remains the greatest single save;

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