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11 July 2014 ~

After a few unimpressive displays, finally Brazil put on a performance the world could enjoy.

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Becham150Badge of the week ~ Bechem United FC, Ghana
You never knew when the Vulture of Fear would strike. In the Ghanaian region of Bechem, residents were terrorised for several weeks by a large, angry vulture who would enter a building surreptitiously, hide behind something papery or thin (often this would simply be a large piece of rice paper the vulture brought with it), before shoving its head through suddenly and cawing like a maniac.

Many were hospitalised with a heart condition or shock following attacks by the bird and one individual was so unhinged by his visit that he spent the rest of his life trying to find the perfect juicer. No one knew why the vulture was angry, although the attacks stopped a day after the climax of the Bechem Mime & Street Performance Festival. Bechem United hope to inspire fear in their opponents through the use of the Vulture of Fear’s image and their motto beneath, in small print: "Attack Like A Bird Through Paper". Cameron Carter

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The Sun's Charlie Wyett finds a distinctive way of comparing Brazil's collapse against Germany.

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Sheffield Wednesday's marketing team try to give their matchday hospitality packages a lift – by giving them away free when ordering a forklift truck.

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from Peter Blackwell
"A Russian priest may be required to change his mind about the World Cup before the next finals start."

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Titi Camara's self-mockery was taken seriously by some people who replied to this tweet.

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Arsenal try a new approach to team building.

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Also in the news this week
Piers Morgan: football prophet.
Someone was supposed to catch Alex Sabella here.
Robin van Persie goal commemorated by a coin.
Manchester Utd's new kit greeted with dismay.

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