A flu outbreak threatens to keep some Germany players and coach Joachim Low from appearing at Saturday's World Cup third-place play-off.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said he is determined to prove Paul the octopus wrong by beating Germany in the third-place play-off on Saturday.
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is ignoring the furore over his handball against Ghana to focus on firing his country to victory over Germany in Saturday's third/fourth place play-off.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez insists his team will "fight to the death" in their third place World Cup play-off against Germany on Saturday.
Diego Maradona admits he is concerned for Lionel Messi's fitness ahead of Saturday's quarter-final with Germany, but Franz Beckenbauer says it is essential he is marked out of the game.
Roque Santa Cruz insists Paraguay are yet to reach their potential despite impressing many with their solid run to the World Cup quarter-finals, where they meet Spain on Saturday.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque will not let fellow World Cup favourite Brazil's elimination distract him from Saturday's quarter-final against Paraguay.
Socceroos captain Lucas Neill has labelled Saturday night's Group D clash with Ghana as the "biggest match in Australian football history".
Australia have suffered a blow with the news that midfielder Vince Grella has been ruled out of the key match against Ghana on Saturday with a knee injury.
Cameroon's senior players claim their country's youngsters are not up to standard and have asked coach Paul Le Guen to reconsider his line up for their next match, against Denmark on Saturday.
Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk expects a more aggressive Japan to turn up for their Group E clash on Saturday than when the sides met in a friendly last year.
USA coach Bob Bradley says he expects to beat England in the Group C opener on Saturday.
USA coach Bob Bradley has confirmed that striker Jozy Altidore will start against England in Rustenburg on Saturday.
USA coach Bob Bradley has contradicted claims by defender Jay DeMerit that his team will seek to "wind up" England's Wayne Rooney when the two countries open Group C on Saturday evening.
Didier Drogba is wary that former Chelsea manager Avram Grant has the ability to spoil his chance to win an historic double with the Blues by lifting Portsmouth to a shock FA Cup win in Saturday's final.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has played down talk of a personal duel between himself and Barcelona's Lionel Messi ahead of Saturday's crucial 'El Clasico' at the Bernabeu.