Mixed feelings about Oezil's displays

Mesut Oezil.
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Real great di Stefano dies at 88

Alfredo Di Stefano.
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VOODOO PRIEST TO CURSE GERMANY

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David Luiz is the new face of Brazil

With Neymar out, skipper Luiz carries the hopes of a nation

"I’m ready, I’m vice-captain. This group is very easy to handle because everyone is humble and fun. We act as a family, a unit." - David Luiz on taking over the captaincy from Thiago Silva

Now that Neymar has left the building, David Luiz is the new king. And he believes his destiny is to beat Germany tomorrow morning (Singapore time).

Brazilians do not see a clown, a defensive liability or a frizzy-haired buffoon. They see a footballer who believes in joga bonito.

His bond with the people is unbreakable. With Thiago Silva suspended, Luiz will skipper the side against Germany. The added responsibility rests comfortably with the charismatic leader.

If there are tears at the final whistle, they will represent the disappointment of a proud patriot who was convinced of his World Cup destiny.  They will not be the tears of a clown.

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Get creative, get smart

The Lomo Konstruktor DIY kit and Sony SmartWatch 2 are yours if you subscribe to The New Paper by July 27. DARISHINI THIYAGARAJAN (darit@sph.com.sg) tries them out

Lomo Konstruktor DIY kit.
Sony SmartWatch 2.
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From artists to destroyers

German camp voice concerns that Brazil have swopped their style of playing beautiful football for a brutish one

BRUISING ENCOUNTER: Brazil (in yellow) committed 31 fouls in their quarter-final match against Colombia.
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The nearly man?

After several near misses, German boss Loew wants a trophy to his name

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4 WAYS TO STOP GERMANY

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China rock band deliver 'electrifying' performances

China band Thunderbolt Craziness harness Tesla technology to produce lightning bolts on stage

LIGHT UP: The electricity is discharged from Tesla coils, creating lightning bolts during a performance to celebrate the 2014 Brazil World Cup.
LIGHT UP: The electricity is discharged from Tesla coils, creating lightning bolts during a performance to celebrate the 2014 Brazil World Cup.
BEHIND THE SCENE: Thunderbolt Craziness members preparing for their performance.
BEHIND THE SCENE: Thunderbolt Craziness members preparing for their performance.

Bolts of electricity light up the performance area with every kick and header that the members of this Chinese rock band, Thunderbolt Craziness, execute.

Since it was formed two years ago, the band from China's Fujian province has become famous for using Tesla coils to produce electric arcs, which synchronize with the music that the members play.

Last month, when the 2014 World Cup kicked off, they incorporated football action into their "electrifying" performance.

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Red carpet expert spills beans on celebs

British fashion expert Louise Roe gives her take on celebrity fashion

HOT HOST: British TV personality and fashion guru Louise Roe is a red carpet host at high-profile events like the Oscars and Golden Globes.

While English fashion guru, journalist and TV host Louise Roe is no Hollywood A-lister or Grammy-winning hitmaker, she usually finds herself in the centre of the red carpet action at most high-profile award ceremonies.

Roe, 32, has been lucky enough to get up-close and personal with countless of celebrities as host on the red carpet at star-studded events like the Golden Globes Awards, Oscars and MTV Europe Music Awards.

The host of MTV's reality makeover series Plain Jane shares her experiences meeting celebrities like Miley Cyrus, whom she calls "polite" and addresses Pippa Middleton's bum-hugging bridesmaid's dress at the royal wedding, saying that "on the actual day, all eyes were only on Kate".

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