After a couple of days off we’re up and running again with the Semi-Finals, and first up:

BRAZIL (@Mojorainbw)  v GERMANY (@DarrenK73)

9pm. BBC. Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. So, here’s the boffiny stuff:

Brazil and Germany have played more World Cup matches than any other side (102 and 104 respectively) and yet they have only ever met once; the 2002 Final. The score? Brazil 2 Germany 0.

Brazil’s star player, Neymar, is out with  a back injury. Their captain, Thiago Siva, is suspended. Germany are pretty fit.

2006- Germany go out at the Semi-Final stage. 2010- Germany go out at the Semi-Final stage. 2014- Has Germany’s time come or will they go for the hat-trick?

Heck, I haven’t got a clue, but something tells me it is Germany’s time. Having said that, Darren and Mo’s donations to Alzheimer’s Society have been so ongoingly generous I can only predict:

Brazil 4 Germany 4 (after ET 5-5, then 5-5 in penalties and both go through)

To get you in the mood here’s Andreas Bourani with Auf Uns. As far as I can tell it’s the theme music from German TV’s World Cup coverage; a kind of unofficial anthem for the German team.

But what about Brazil? I can’t bring myself to put up the official Pitbull thing, so here’s something a little more off the wall. This creepy tribute to Neymar should surely be Brazil’s official song.

Thank you all for your contributions to Alzheimer’s Society. The amount donated now stands at a fantastic £1139.29. If you know of anyone who would like to donate do please point them to my Just Giving page here.

At the end of the tournament I will be pestering all 32 of you for your addresses. if you want to get in there before I pester please DM me on Twitter.

Enjoy the match! x