2014 World Cup Opening Match: A running diary of highs and lows


The World Cup opener had almost everything you could have expected; golazos from Neymar, bikini-clad females in the stands, lights going out in the stadium, a controversial penalty for the home team, Pitbull in capri pants. You know, no big surprises.

Still, it was an enthralling couple hours for anyone who feverishly awaited this day — so much so that you probably didn’t pick up on a few things. Luckily, we kept a running diary of the events, from the opening ceremony right down to the last kick:

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Arsenal close in on Bayern star

Luiz Gustavo was an integral part of the Bayern Munich team that won everything last season, but it now seems he is seen as expendable by new manager Pep Guardiola. Following rumors Chelsea were after the midfielder, it now seems Arsenal head the queue and want to tie up a deal as soon as possible. Time will tell.

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Chelsea set sights on Bayern Munich’s Luiz Gustavo


Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea are preparing well for the new season with three wins out of three so far. As they build up for the International Champions Cup the speculation continues as to where they will strengthen their squad. In today’s newspapers, the Blues are linked with highly-rated Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo. Gustavo is out of favor after the addition of Thiago Alcantara to the Bayern roster and may be open to the move.

For this rumor and all the other transfer gossip, click here.