FIFA World Cup

The Onion Bag: Van Gaal's Penalty Lessons and Belgium's Most Attractive Fan

Ryan BaileyFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2014

Welcome to a World Cup special edition of the Onion Bag, your source for weird and wonderful news from Brazil.

Argentina are celebrating after their semi-final penalty shootout win over Holland on Wednesday evening, but the success of Albiceleste goalkeeper Sergio Romero might actually have been down to opposition coach Louis van Gaal

In the other semi-final, Germany punished a woeful Brazil side, but the 7-1 scoreline could have been even higher if Die Mannschaft didn't make a decision to take it easy in the second half

And finally, if you ever needed proof that attending a football game can be life changing, meet Belgian fan Axelle Despiegelaere, who won a modelling contract after being spotted in the stands in Brazil. 


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