Fabio Cannavaro admits it will be "emotional" to watch Spain or the Netherlands take over Italy's world champion mantle, but insists the uncrowned sides are deserved World Cup finalists.
UEFA have banned the controversial vuvuzela trumpets from all European competitions, including the Champions League, Europa League and the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Werder Bremen and Hapoel Tel Aviv look likely to reach the Champions League group stages after playoff wins on Wednesday.
West Brom defender Marek Cech is confident he will be fit for the Premier League opener with champions Chelsea on August 14.
Marcos Senna says that he is honoured to be linked to Barcelona, as the Spanish champions look to replace midfielder Yaya Toure.
Fernando Torres' World Cup final injury could scupper a potential GBP;50 million move from Liverpool to Premier League champions Chelsea, according to reports in the UK press.
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has warned clubs they have no chance of signing the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller this summer.
Defender Joris Mathijsen believes Netherlands can become world champions for the first time.
Lionel Messi says he is amazed Fabio Capello left Theo Walcott out of his England squad and believes he could have made the difference against Germany and Algeria.
AC Milan midfielder Clarence Seedorf believes Italy must now rebuild around young players like Mario Balotelli.
Miroslav Klose says he is not concerned about becoming the most prolific striker in the history of the World Cup as long as Germany emerge victorious in South Africa.
Germany manager Joachim Low said his team played "like champions" after they booked a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup with a crushing 4-0 victory over Argentina in Cape Town.
Diego Maradona said he may be ready to quit as Argentina coach "tomorrow" after seeing his side humbled by a 4-0 defeat to Germany in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final.
Slovakia captain Marek Hamsik admits he feels sorry for Italy after his side dumped the reigning champions out of the World Cup on Thurday.
Reigning Major League Soccer champions Real Salt Lake had goalkeeper Nick Rimando to thank for keeping San Jose Earthquakes at bay in a scoreless draw.
With defending champions Italy bowing out of the World Cup bottom of Group F following a 3-2 defeat to Slovakia the country's media pulled no punches when dissecting the Azzurri's embarrassing failure.