Here's all the World Cup fun you missed on Friday, June 20:
THE WORLD CUP, HUGE ON FACEBOOK: It seems safe to say the 2014 World Cup is the most prominent on social media in history. But for proof that it is the biggest talking point in, well, the world, look no further. The Hollywood Reporter writes that the World Cup has been bigger on Facebook through the first week than the Super Bowl, Oscars and Olympics this year combined. And for those who believe those numbers are boosted by other countries, consider this: The United States is only behind host country Brazil in talking about the World Cup on Facebook.
USMNT BIGGER THAN CHUCK NORRIS: Can we finally put to bed the notion that the United States isn't a soccer country? On Twitter, there are more searches for the US national team than cult American jack-of-all-trades Chuck Norris.
JUSTICE IS SERVED: Mexican forward Giovani dos Santos had two goals that appeared to be legitimate waved off in Mexico's 1-0 win over Cameroon to open Group A play. As a result of the poor decisions, the assistant referee who made those decisions has been sent home.
FIFA reemplazó al asistente colombiano, Humberto Clavijo por errores en el México vs Camerún. Lescano de Ecuador, toma su lugar #BrasilTDN— TDN (@tdn_twit) June 20, 2014
ENGLAND'S BLUES: Because an Italy win would leave England's faint hopes of advancing to the knockout stage alive, all English were rooting for Italy on Friday, including former England legend and pundit Gary Lineker:
Alas, Lineker's hopes were not fulfilled, as England were officially eliminated by Costa Rica's win.
SUAREZ OWES TWO GOALS TO "HOLY HAND:" Uruguay kinesiologist Walter Ferreira is suffering from cancer, but Luis Suárez went to his house to work with him and Ferreira even had a round of chemotherapy during that time. He traveled to Brazil and was there with Suarez, who celebrated with him after the first goal.
TOURE BROTHERS DEAL WITH BROTHER'S DEATH: On the other hand, the devastation of non-soccer matters has impacted Ivory Coast duo Yaya Touré and his brother Kolo Touré, as a third brother, Ibrahim, died on Thursday.
Yaya & Kolo Toure to decide today whether to stay at World Cup after death of brother Ibrahim. Yaya's agent thinks he will stay #bbcworldcup— Chris Bevan (@chrisbevan_bbc) June 20, 2014
IS WINNING A BAD OMEN FOR USMNT? By all accounts, the US national team's 2-1 win over Ghana was as close to a must-win game as an opening match can be. The USMNT took care of business, and now they need another win to cement a place in the knockout stage. The momentum is in their favor, right? Not if history is any indication, as the US are 0-3-1 in games following wins at the World Cup.
BRAZIL'S NATIONAL SYMBOLS? A family in Brazil is getting a lot of media attention because they all have six fingers on each hand. Why, you may ask, are they getting attention all of a sudden? Because Brazil is gunning for a sixth World Cup title. It seems no stone is unturned in looking for news angles at this World Cup.
CRUEL PRANK PLAYED ON BRAZILIAN MAN: Neymar is seen as the key man in Brazil's hopes of raising a World Cup on home soil, so what did a reporter do? He told a man on the street that the Barcelona star was out of the tournament due to doping. While you may wonder why a person is reduced to tears over that "news," you have to feel bad for the guy once the reporter starts laughing like a maniac after seeing his reaction.
CAHILL DRAWING INTEREST FROM SYDNEY FC: Tim Cahill is going out of the World Cup on a high note, following his outstanding volley against the Netherlands. It seems the Australian star is attracting interest from his home league, as Sydney FC are reportedly interested in bringing the New York Red Bulls midfielder to the A-League for the first time in his career. And with Alessandro Del Piero out the door for Sydney, could Cahill take the Italian's place?
CONSOLATION FOR ENGLAND: The Three Lions have had a frustrating tournament so far, but young attacker Raheem Sterling has distinguished himself through the first two games:
RIHANNA GETS INTO URUGUAY-ENGLAND: Pop star Rihanna may be from Barbados, but her soccer fandom appears to be fully with England, as she chipped in with commentary during Thursday's game, including this tweet after Luis Suarez scored again:
Man they know better than to give Suarez that much room bruh!— Rihanna (@rihanna) June 19, 2014
WADDLE: ENGLAND "NEVER, EVER, EVER LEARN:" The postmortems in England have begun, of course, and they have been tough on the team that paradoxically had low expectations, but actually had high expectations as a so-called dark horse. Former England international Chris Waddle didn't mince words following the loss to Uruguay:
A ROAR IN SANTIAGO: What was it like in Chile's capital when their national team beat Spain? Here's a video of the cityscape when the winning goal was scored:
"JOHNNY FOOTBALL" LIVENS UP GREECE-JAPAN SNOOZER: OK, so Johnny Manziel wasn't in Brazil, but the Cleveland Browns rookie had a proxy doing his signature move in the stands during an admittedly dull scoreless draw between Greece and Japan:
We believe this completes any Johnny Manziel-related sports coverage on this site for 2014.
FIFA DISCIPLINE FORTHCOMING FOR MEXICO?: The ball is in FIFA's court now. The Mexican federation says its legal department has responded to a FIFA letter after the world governing body opened disciplinary proceedings against Mexico for the homophobic slur chanted by Mexican supporters on opposing team goal kicks.
Mexico manager Miguel Herrera, who has confirmed his lineup for the group finale against Croatia, was asked about the slur: "I think that it's nothing more than simply to pressure the opposing goalkeeper," he told media.
"If we see a red card or a bad call by the referee, [the fans] say all sorts of things," continued Herrera. "You'd have to investigate every match."