Often some of the funniest, most interesting and quirky moments at huge sports events go almost unnoticed, rarely featured in reports or blog posts.
So here are five ridiculous things you may not have already seen or heard about from the last few days in Brazil throwing up some terrific stories.
Did you see anything particularly noteworthy that passed off without mention? Feel free to bring it to our attention in the comments section below...
- - -
1) OH NO, THAT BACKFIRED VERY BADLY! - Fan's wild celebrations go wrong as he turns a touch too wild
Football means a lot to fans in Brazil. Of course, it means a lot to all of us - but it REALLY means a lot to fans in Brazil. And one chap in the host nation can even count exactly much it will mean to him, since he'll be several hundred quid worse off after breaking his TV while celebrating one of Julio Cesar's saves during Saturday's penalty shoot-out against Chile.
The former QPR keeper became a national hero as his saves helped Brazil survive a shoot-out in Belo Horizonte - not that this fan saw it, having inadvertently destroyed his set by smashing the screen to show his appreciation for an earlier twist in the opening last 16 match of the tournament.
The hot-tempered fan only has himself to blame, of course, since he was clearly standing too close to the telly in the first place. Doesn't he know he'll get square eyes? Tut tut.
- - -
2) DO NOT PICK ME COACH, PLEASE! - Brazil captain's fears revealed after thrilling penalty shootout
The World Cup offers a chance for players to step up and represent their nation. Boys become men and men become heroes. And while there is intense pressure, most players relish the opportunity to win glory for their nation.
That is unless you are Brazil captain, Thiago Silva.
"Hitting a penalty is a big responsibility at home and I asked God not to be selected," said Silva. "I missed two of my last three and Scolari asked me to be the sixth. I said no, I asked to be last on the list, behind Julio Cesar." Well, at least he's 'man enough' to admit it.
- - -
3) 'OKAY, I'M SORRY... EXCEPT, WELL, I'M NOT' - Arjen Robben offers Mexico very half-hearted apology after 'diving' in World Cup win
Mexico coach Miguel Herrera put the blame squarely on the referee after the Netherlands' Arjen Robben was awarded a late penalty that helped complete a 2-1 comeback win that eliminated El Tri. Though replays showed Mexico captain Rafa Marquez stepping on Robben's foot, it was the third theatrical tumble of the match for the Dutch winger, who has long maintained a reputation for going down easy — even in training.
After the World Cup round of 16 match, Robben admitted that he did dive in the first half and apologized for it, but added that the penalty was deserved. From the Independent:
Speaking to Dutch television, Robben said: “The one at the end was a clear penalty but I have to admit there was an incident in the first half where I did dive. I must apologise. I should not be doing that.”
Robben usually evades these types of accusations, so it's a bit impressive that he actually admitted to it and expressed regret this time. When Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accused him of diving in the middle of a Champions League match last season, he just laughed it off.
- - -
4) CHILE'S POOR FALL-GUY BREAKS TWITTER RECORD - Okay, he may not be delighted about this, but...
By most accounts, Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara didn’t have the best of days Saturday. In Chile’s World Cup knockout stage clash with Brazil, the "World Cup's unluckiest player" may have given Brazil an early lead when he appeared to accidentally put the ball into his own net, despite the goal being officially credited to Brazil’s David Luiz.
According to Twitter’s data, when Jara missed his penalty kick, there were 381,985 tweets being sent per minute, a number that surpassed the previous record of 381,605 tweets per minute set during this year’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.
The Brazil-Chile round of 16 clash was also the most tweeted World Cup match to date, with some 16.4 million tweets being sent during the course of the 120-plus minute encounter. That beat the previous Twitter record of 12.2 million tweets being sent during a World Cup match, set during the tournament's opener between Brazil and Croatia.
- - -
5) WOW, HULK REALLY IS A CRAZY MAN... IN THIS CARTOON - Brazil's epic penalty shootout against Chile recaptured in mad animation
Frankly, who doesn't want to see the incredible and emotional climax to Brazil's thrilling win over Chile again, particularly when it comes as a cartoon?
Football in real life is fun, no question, but this really does take things to a new level. Quite what Luis Suarez would come across as in one of these cartoons is not worth thinking about, though.
- Sports & Recreation
- Arjen Robben