The 'black stars' had a very bizarre world cup altogether. Airlifted money, and a Saipan-esque episode in which Sulley Muntari and KP Boateng were sent home ensured that this will be a tournament to forget; for them anyway. We love this picture of John Boye kissing his stack of bills, 31 minutes before scoring into his own net yesterday.
Ghana's John Boye spotted kissing his $100k share from the $3m cash. 31 minutes later he scored an own-goal. pic.twitter.com/gYWyMPUKky
— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) June 26, 2014
13. Cristiano Ronaldo's Midnight Caller
A 15-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo fan took things to a new level by scaling the walls of his idol's hotel, before perching himself on Ronaldo's bed. The Portuguese didn't call the police but instead let the intruder escape the same way he got in.
12. Ann Coulter's very anti-soccer comments
Introducing Ann Coulter...
The same people trying to push soccer on Americans are the ones demanding that we love HBO’s “Girls,” light-rail, Beyonce and Hillary Clinton. The number of New York Times articles claiming soccer is “catching on” is exceeded only by the ones pretending women’s basketball is fascinating.
There are no heroes, no losers, no accountability, and no child’s fragile self-esteem is bruised.
11. The Laser Beam Attack On Russia
Russia were dumped out of the World Cup in bizarre circumstances, lettin slip a lead over Algeria that would have put them through. It seems a laser beam momentarily blinded keeper Igor Akinfeev in the build-up to Algeria's equaliser.
The indomitable lions experienced a similarly controversial World Cup campaign, what with the strikes and the violence..
9. Rihanna's World Cup tweets
I think it's fair to say that the World Cup and Rihanna are quite un-related in the minds of the average person - probably why her World Cup tweets are so entertaining.
Me watching these matches right now pic.twitter.com/j3rydQLE1J — Rihanna (@rihanna) June 26, 2014
Let's go Portugal....Let's go Germany #FiFaProblems pic.twitter.com/oNZ9iTxYUw
— Rihanna (@rihanna) June 26, 2014
The World Cup song is shite. So is Pitbull but the dancing broccoli behind him is pretty great.
7. Huge Ungainly Watches
The bloated Hublot stop-clocks make the fourth officials look unnecessarily stupid.
6. Chilean fans storming the Maracana
FIFA fined the Chilean federation after Chile fans without match tickets stormed the Maracana in an attempt to watch their side take on Spain.
Chile fans storm Maracana media centre,check out on Tea Times-http://t.co/t48fY2U6wg pic.twitter.com/84HzD3addv — Tea Times (@TeaTimesApp) June 19, 2014
5. The soundest fans at the World Cup
Brazilian stadium officials will be especially sad to see the Japanese fans leaving the country: They took to cleaning up stadiums after all of their group games no matter what the result.
4. The Mexicans consistently losing their shit
Mexican manager Miguel Herrera has been a revelation, a passionate human wrecking ball - we love his screeching and arse-slapping antics.
Miguel HERRERA from World Cup 1994 to World Cup 2014 pic.twitter.com/KaBr3YLNtB
— Old School Panini (@OldSchoolPanini) June 24, 2014
3. The silly string
It's the shit.
2. Eamon Dunphy
Dunphy's foulmouthed slip-up have caused him to take top spot in our balls.ie pundit leaderboard. We loved it and we’re sure you did too.
Nobody thought he'd do it again! Definitely the most shocking event of this summer's World Cup.