This year's world cup has been exceptional on so many levels - almost to the point that it's sad to see any of the teams go; couldn't we just let the World Cup go on for a little bit longer this year? ... We're down to the last eight teams in the competition and the excitement has pretty much hit boiling point already!
Only Lionel Messi has a better WhoScored rating than Robben at the World Cup so far... no player has created more clear-cut goalscoring chances than Robben... Despite rarely being mentioned in the same breath as Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, the fact is the winger has earned the right to be spoken of on a similar level to the superstars of football.
Without question, Chile quickly became supporters' second team at the World Cup... While some would have buckled under the pressure, Sánchez thrived... in Messi's absence, Sánchez was Barcelona's best player last season and there is little doubt that he was Chile's greatest asset at the World Cup...
Admit it: football pitches all look the same, whether you're at Anfield or in the Amazon. And we've seen that backdrop of Copacabana Beach behind Gary Lineker umpteen times now. But while the World Cup might be giving us a blinkered view of Brazil, a well-planned family holiday to this huge country will open your eyes to an extraordinary range of natural wonders...
Immensely quotable, universally appealing, read all over the world - that's Paulo Coelho, the indisputable king of popular Brazilian literature. The man behind The Alchemist, one of the best-selling novels ever written, may be a spiritual guru to many, but his past is marked by episodes of black magic, drugs and orgies.
It is a strange thing to be knocked out of a World Cup before most teams have even played two games, especially when you can say that you didn't play so badly in the matches that you have played so far... Here are four reasons that contributed to England's early downfall in the sticky heat of Brazil 2014.
With this being touted as the tournament of the Latin Americans - only Honduras have fallen thus far, with Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay and Mexico all assured of a place in the second round - the conditions are certainly proving problematic for some. In turn the heat and humidity can be cited as a key factor in so many substitutes coming on and having an impact against weary-legged opponents...
Paulinho isn't putting in displays that resemble a player that transferred for £17m last summer. With Brazil now at the last-16 stage, and up against a Chile side hell bent on pressing teams into submission, Scolari would be wise to drop the Spurs midfielder to the bench and, judging from his cameo against Cameroon, start Fernandinho alongside Gustavo in midfield.
Even if teams set up to defend against them, Colombia have the players to hurt any team and with Juan Quintero, Fredy Guarín, Ramos and Martinez in reserve, the depth is there to go far in Brazil. Provided Rodríguez, Cuadrado and Ibarbo, amongst others, can maintain this rich vein of form, Pekerman's side have the ability to make it all the way to next month's final.
Watching the behaviour of professional football (or soccer, if you like) players has become so sad and dishonest, it's beginning to become a struggle to be able enjoy watching the game or take it seriously. Embellishment, diving, cheating, or whatever you want to call it, has truly become a disease on the game.
Away from the obvious tourist attractions - the remarkably imposing Christ the Redeemer, the picture-perfect Copacabana beach and the enormity and elegance of Parque Ibirapuera in São Paulo, to name but three - it is this admirable attitude, one of determination to enjoy life and of encouraging others to do the same which will stay with me.