Who's saying what at the World Cup on Thursday:
"It's not exactly as if I have to choose between going to hospital or to prison."
"We didn't have bread every day and for shoes we had to rummage through rubbish bins, pick them out and then wear them."
- Ecuador midfielder Edison Mendez on his impoverished upbringing.
"Happiness for the whole country is more important than money."
- Lieutenant General Chatudom Titthasiri, head of army-run Channel 5 in Thailand after the junta decided to broadcast World Cup matches free of charge.
"This is the first strike. There will be more."
- Union boss Marcelo Schimdt on disruptions by groundstaff at Rio airport.
"The predictions have been halted by the authorities."
- Spokesman for the China Centre for Research and Conservation of Giant Pandas after plans to use baby pandas to predict World Cup scores were halted.
"I wish everyone a wonderful World Cup, played in a spirit of true fraternity."
- Pope Francis tweets his support for the World Cup.