Barney has signed off... so go check out some other reading material:
Poll: You were 100% in your predictions for the last-16 matches, but can you predict who will win the quarter-finals?
News: James/James Rodríguez is not interested in a move to Premier League as it is too 'physical' for his gentle disposition
Stats: The World Cup last-16 best XI.
Is there any empirical reason Belgium can't win the World Cup?
Germany are over-rated and will be knocked out by France. Do you agree?
Do you say James or James?
Favorite city so far?
Much of the media still paddles the Joga Bonita Brazillian football myth: that they are 11 free spirits plucked from a beach, given some yellow shirts and told to do stepovers. When will this stop and the world see Brazillian teams for what they really are: defensively minded, counter-attacking cloggers, punctuated with a few individuals in attack who can win games? On a similar note, this Brazillian side is far inferior to the side of 2002 (Rivaldo, Ronaldo, (young) Ronaldinho > Neymar, Hulk, Fred); do you think they can win it? I hope Colombia dump them out.
Das Wunderkind asks:
This World Cup is being widely labelled as the best ever and we haven't seen a quarter-final ball kicked yet. Aside from its all round goodness what is Brazil 2014's overarching narrative and what will its legacy be?
Emmanuel Mketu asks:
Now that the group winners all progressed to the quarters, do you think it is still necessary for Fifa to play the round of 16 or could the group winners just progress to the quarters in future World Cups while the other teams play for the Bowl and the Plate. There will be more World Cup matches this way and we wont have so many rest days, eh!
Who do you think has the better chance of 'upsetting the odds', a James Rodriguez-inspired Colombia against the hosts or Belgium against Lionel Messi + 10?
We had some good matches but the Second Round was ultimately disappointing because all the big sides just found a way to prevail. Would you favour a return to the 1982 style Second Round group format so we could have seen more of the refreshingly vibrant sides like Chile, Mexico, Algeria and USA?
Hi Barney. In a webchat several months ago I asked who the England scapegoat would be this time. You correctly predicted that England were past that and would probably be eulogising the Costa Rica youth system by this stage of the tournament. So just what should England be learning from Costa Rica?
With the barber who cuts hair to look like World Cup footballers, how long do you think it will be before a footballer has his own image on his head? Also who do you think it will be?
I've recently become single again. So my question is, Tinder or Soulmates?
Do you think Argentina have any realistic chance of winning this tournament? It's well-documented that triumphant sides rarely show their true colours during the opening exchanges, but Argentina have now played four games and looked utterly lethargic in all of them. We were told that Sabella would provide a structure in which Messi would thrive after the tactical luddism of Maradona and (to an extent) Batista, yet although he has saved them time and again, the team as a whole still looks extremely unconvincing.
Are there enough beards in the World Cup?
Would you say the eight best teams are in the last eight? I have enjoyed Costa Rica's run greatly, but in the last round they seemed to do little more than hack down the Greeks, yet still win neutral hearts (much like Atlético Madrid in the Champions League final). Are they good or just lucky/plucky?
On paper the USA team decidedly inferior to the England team (to me anyway) but they played with such flair and intensity. It was hard to stop watching them. What was so different about their approach?
Philip Farrell asks:
Who do you want to see win the World Cup?
A lot has been made about some of the goalkeeping displays and some of the less-established keepers making big money moves after the tournament. That's not going to work out well for anyone involved is it?
Barney is online!
The wifi is not working in Barney's hotel, so he is on his way to the Fifa media centre to answer your questions. He should be online soon. While waiting, why not prepare for the inevitable quarter-final penalty shootouts with a game of this.
Barney will be here soon
Good afternoon. Barney will be here soon, but in the meantime here is a collection of our World Cup offerings for your consumption:
- The best XI from the last-16 stage
Tim Howard, Jan Vertonghen, Mesut Özil, Lionel Messi, Kevin De Bruyne and Arjen Robben stood out in the last 16
- The barber who cuts hair to look like World Cup footballers
Master barber Rob Ferrel cuts the likenesses of World Cup players into the hair of his customers
- Louis van Gaal cares about winning, not about Dutch football ideology
The World Cup has highlighted the ability of an older, wiser Louis van Gaal to compromise on his principles to Holland’s benefit
- France’s Paul Pogba: a complete midfielder
At 21, the former Manchester United midfielder has achieved more than Platini, Zidane and Ribéry had at that age. Paul Pogba is still raw, but his potential is colossal
Drop your questions in the comments sections below. Enjoy the webchat.