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Hi friends! The World Cup is getting down to the business end of things, so there’s no games for a couple days. Which means we’re back to links! Not too many, because things are quiet since World Cup. but still. Happy Fourth, if you’re in the US - got any plans to celebrate?

Links you say? Away we go!

World Cup 2018: Joachim Low will remain Germany manager despite shock exit - BBC Sport
Joachim Low will remain as Germany manager despite their shock early exit from the World Cup in Russia

World Cup 2018: Divisive Neymar 'charms Brazil, but annoys whole world' - BBC Sport
Neymar combines the sublime and ridiculous during Brazil's 2-0 win over Mexico to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.

'Is he related to Mickey?': DC sports fans struggle to identify Wayne Rooney | Football | The Guardian
A survey conducted at a Washington Nationals games showed the former England captain is not quite at Beckham levels of fame in his new home.

Mikel John Obi told father had been kidnapped hours before World Cup match | Football | The Guardian
Mikel John Obi was told that his father had been kidnapped and would be killed if he reported anything.

USA 94: the World Cup that distracted Americans from Oprah and OJ | Football | The Guardian
Hand-wringing over American indifference was allayed by a World Cup that offered up thrills aplenty while smashing attendance records.