Van Gaal says Holland can win World Cup

Van Gaal says confidence is on a high in Dutch camp

VAn Gaal.

Holland coach Louis van Gaal said there was no danger of taking quarter-final opponents Costa Rica lightly — but added that confidence is growing about his team’s World Cup chances.  
Van Gaal said that the three-time finalists would not be complacent against the giant-killing Central Americans, who have reached the quarter-finals for the first time.  
But he indicated that Holland, who have won four matches in a row in Brazil, were already considering a place in the final as they aim for their first World Cup title.  
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Where's the creativity?

Our analyst tells GARY LIM that Loew must add flair to Germany's midfield or forget about glory

STEEL: The partnership between Bastian Schweinsteiger (right) and Sami Khedira has added steel to Germany's midfield, but the three-time champions will need to inject more creativity in the department.

The New Paper's analyst Paul Parker believes Germany had their best defensive performance of the World Cup in their 1-0 quarter-final win over France this morning (Singapore time). The former Manchester United defender singled out Manuel Neuer for praise, while pointing out that the three-time world champions were right in choking the central midfield to force the French to go wide. While he believes Joachim Loew's men can go on to beat Brazil in the semi-finals, Parker thinks the Germans can do with more creativity in midfield, as they are over-reliant on Thomas Mueller in that department. Read the full report in our print edition on July 5. Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at

Loew plays down Germany's expectations

Joachim reluctant to talk up chances after three near misses

ON OUR WAY: (Left to right) Bastian Schweinsteiger, Andre Schuerrle and Matthias Ginter celebrating after booking their semi-final ticket.
“It was extremely hot, you could hardly breathe. For Europeans, it’s hard because we’re not used to that.” - Germany coach Loew
MATS THE WAY: Mats Hummels celebrating after scoring his second goal of the tournament.

There were no wild celebrations or congratulatory backslaps for Germany after they beat France 1-0 this morning (Singaporew time) to become the first country to reach the semi-finals at four successive World Cups. While Germany coach Joachim Loew acknowledged his country's amazing feat, he was also keen to keep a lid on expectations, knowing full well the bittersweet end results of his team's previous World Cup adventures. Despite making the semi-finals at each of the last three World Cups, Germany's incredible consistency remains tarnished by the fact they failed to go on and win those tournaments - something Loew is keen to make amends for this time. Read the full report in our print edition on July 5. Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at

Deschamps: We lost on experience

France coach Didier Deschamps.
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Hulk: We will treat 
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At this restaurant, you have no choice but to dine alone

At this Amsterdam restaurant, there's space at the table for only one.

That means patrons have to do what may be the unthinkable for some people.

They have to eat all by themselves.

Ever seen someone eating alone and thinking: "How sad", "What a lonely person", "Doesn't he have friends?"

That is the mindset creator Marina van Goor is trying to change. She believes having a meal by yourself should not be a social taboo.

News website Distractify reported her as saying: "We wanted to break the very recognisable taboo of eating out alone. I noticed that in society, there is actually no room for being alone in public spaces."

The name of the restaurant Eenmaal means "one time" and "one meal" in Dutch.

While the location of the restaurant changes, the set up remains the same - unused shop spaces with large front windows and little decoration, reported

If you were think of passing the time by surfing the net on your smartphone, think again.

Patrons are encouraged to read and refrain from using their devices. And yes, there's no Wi-Fi.

The social experiment has been so successful that later this year, the restaurant will make appearances in London, Berlin and New York. 

Would you eat at this place if it came to Singapore?

Sources: Distractify,

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Hummels' header hammers France out of the World Cup

Germany's team celebrate after winning the quarter-final football match between France and Germany 1-0 at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Mats Hummels headed the winner as Germany beat old rivals France 1-0 to advance to the World Cup semi-finals for a record fourth straight time on Friday.

Borussia Dortmund defender Hummels rose to head home Toni Kroos’s free-kick on 13 minutes to settle a cagey encounter at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium.

Joachim Loew’s side will now play Brazil in next Tuesday’s (Jul 8) semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

“The next dream has come true,” said man-of-the-match Hummels. 

“I hope that our journey won’t end soon and that we can make it back to compete here week next Sunday,” he added, referring to the July 13 final.

France coach Didier Deschamps bemoaned his team’s failure to capitalise on the handful of chances they created.

“One team is more used to these occasions and has more experience. We were not clinical in front of goal,” He added.

France can now only rue their lacklustre first half performance which saw Germany dominate in sweltering conditions. 

France rallied in the second half and Hummels saved Germany with a desperate late block of a Karim Benzema shot shortly before Manuel Neuer parried a firm strike from Blaise Matuidi.

Andre Schuerrle should have sealed victory in the closing minutes, but with the goal gaping, struck his shot from Mesut Ozil’s low cross directly at Hugo Lloris in the French goal.

There was still time for Neuer to save Germany at the death, pulling off a brilliant block from Benzema just seconds from the final whistle.

Source: AFP, Shuaitou​

Smells fishy? Rare disease is a daily struggle for this woman

Briton Cassie Graves, 22, has "fish odour syndrome" - a rare disease that makes her smell of rotting fish when she eats certain foods.
Briton Cassie Graves, 22, has "fish odour syndrome" - a rare disease that makes her smell of rotting fish when she eats certain foods.

The stench she emits can fill up a whole room - but she cannot smell it. 

Londoner Cassie Graves, 22, has had Trimethylaminuria - also known as fish odour syndrome - since she was three, reported The Mirror. 

"You know when you go to the food market and there's rotting fish? That's what I smell like," Ms Graves said.

She has to rely on friends and family to tell her when she reeks.

"The fact that I can't sniff it out myself is the most frustrating thing about the disorder. It makes you paranoid," the singer-songwriter added. 

Rare metabolic disorder

The rare metabolic disorder happens when the body can't break down trimethylamine, which is found in certain foods like fish, red meat, eggs, and dark leafy green vegetables, reported Daily Mail.

The chemical builds up in the body and is released in her sweat, urine and breath - together with a fishy smell.

"There were times when I smelt so badly of fish that my mum wouldn’t let me go to school because she didn’t want me to be bullied by the other kids," Ms Graves said.

Her sources of support include her understanding boyfriend, who helps with her restricted diet. 

"I'm lucky I've found a boy who has a sense of humour about it."

"(His) family have accepted me with it too - in fact, his dad often make jokes about me smelling!"

Educate people

But the talented musician, who is working on her first solo album, has come to terms with her condition and wants to educate more people about the disorder.​

"I've got to a point where I don't want to hide it anymore."

"It's a tricky thing to admit that 'Yeah, I stink' but at the end of the day, there are worse things in life than smelling of fish."

Sources: The Mirror, Daily Mail

Last chance for RVP to scale Dutch peak

Robin van Persie is running out of time to achieve super-stardom

GREAT: Robin van Persie's diving header ranks among the top goals of the tournament.

At 30, this World Cup represents Robin van Persie's last chance to scale a Dutch peak reached only by a few.

Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten are waiting for him when he gets there.

His diving header against Spain put him within touching distance.

Two more against Australia left him peeking through the door of the pantheon. But an injury-filled season has cost him and he was substituted in the match against Mexico.

And climbing to the peak is a perilous journey to make from the bench.

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Teacher stabbed to death in front of pupils

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