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WORLD CUP in brief

Published:Saturday | July 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Messi on best player list


Lionel Messi and Neymar are among the 10 players nominated for the award given to the World Cup's best player.

Seven of the candidates announced by FIFA yesterday play for finalists Argentina and Germany. Messi is nominated along with Argentina teammates Ángel di María and Javier Mascherano. Germany provides four candidates: Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Müller.

The other three are Brazil's Neymar, Arjen Robben of the Netherlands and James Rodríquez of Colombia. The winner is selected by the FIFA technical group and announced after the final.

Both goalkeepers in the final are on a three-man shortlist to be named best of the tournament.

Brazil's shock shatters records


As the World Cup neared its end this week, Twitter had a field day with Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals, which became the most-discussed sports game in the social network's history.

Germany barrelled down on a stunned Brazilian team to score five goals in the match's first half.

On Facebook, 66 million people had more than 200 million posts, comments and likes during the Brazil-Germany match. Sixteen million of those people were in Brazil, the company said. On Twitter, meanwhile, the match became the single most-discussed sports game ever, with 35.6 million tweets sent during it. The previous record was 24.9 million posts for Super Bowl XLVIII in February.