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FCB leads World Cup goalscorer list

The FC Bayern stars have certainly been hungry for goals at Brazil 2014 with 13 strikes from the double winners’ players to date, outstripping any other club represented at the World Cup. The top Munich marksman is Thomas Müller with four goals so far ahead of Arjen Robben and Xherdan Shaqiri on three each; Mario Mandzukic (2) and Mario Götze (1) have also found the back of the net. Barcelona (9) are second in the club rankings ahead of Manchester United (8) and Champions League winners Real Madrid (4).

Guardiola watches Messi show

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola sprang a pleasant surprise on his former charge Lionel Messi with a flying visit to Brazil. Guardiola watched Argentina beat Nigeria 3-2 on Wednesday in Porto Alegre with the former player from his Barcelona days netting the first two goals. “I didn't know anything about it. I hadn't spoken to him but I'm glad he came to see me play,” declared Messi after Argentina's last group match at the World Cup in Brazil. Guardiola is delivering a lecture in Buenos Aires today.

Relief for Van Buyten

With Belgium finishing top of the their group Bayern pro Daniel van Buyten is relieved his team will face USA rather than Germany in the Round of 16. “Not Germany, fortunately,” said the defender after the Red Devils’ 1-0 win against South Korea in their final group match. “We got nine points out of nine. Belgium have never done that before. It's historic,” added van Buyten. “Anything else is a bonus. We'll see if we can up our game,” continued the 36-year-old stalwart who has played the full distance in all three games so far.

Quote of the day

“At the end of the day I think you need to score to be Man of the Match”
(Bayern pro Thomas Müller in response to the question of whether Bastian Schweinsteiger deserved to be named Man of the Match in the game against the USA).