5 crazy things you missed: Wife reports on Casillas’s nightmare, fans’ outfits, ants in stars’ beds

The Rio Report

Often some of the funniest, most interesting and quirky moments at huge sports events go almost unnoticed, rarely featured in reports or blog posts.

So here are five ridiculous things you may not have already seen or heard about from the last few days in Brazil with the World Cup now in full swing.

Did you see anything particularly noteworthy that passed off without mention? Feel free to bring it to our attention in the comments section below...

1) OH, THIS IS VERY AWKWARD - Casillas's wife has to report on husband's nightmare match

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Much of the talk on social media as Spain were humiliated 5-1 by the Netherlands centred around a disastrous night for goalkeeper Iker Casillas, all while his wife Sara Carbonero was reporting for Spanish crew Mediaset.

According to the Daily Mail, Carbonero 'lit up the media centre' while other news outlets credited Casillas's wife as adding a touch of Spanish glamour to an otherwise catastrophic night for Vicente Del Bosque's men.

But come on, how awkward must it have been for the poor woman to have to report on her husband's shambolic performance as the keeper was arguably at fault for four of the five goals. She was apparently as professional as ever, of course, but it must have been one of the more testing evening's of her TV career.

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2) NOW THIS IS HOW TO WATCH THE WORLD CUP - German fans take sofas to a stadium

This is how to do it! World Cup fans in Germany are combining the comforts of home with the excitement of going to a stadium as the good folk of Berlin flock to bring their sofas to a stadium.

The home ground of second division side FC Union Berlin has been turned into the country’s biggest front room after 780 sofas were registered for prime viewing spots for the World Cup in Brazil - and it's quite a sight to behold.

Gerald Ponesky, the genius who had the idea of the WM Wohnzimmer (World Cup living room), said the concept came to him suddenly: "It was something like ‘my home’, ‘my living room’, and somehow it clicked," he revealed.

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3) URGH! THIS IS DISGUSTING... - Uruguay’s World Cup training camp infiltrated…by hordes of ants

Ants have been found in Uruguayan players’ bed, according to a report in the Guardian, and it's really quite gross. The team’s goalkeeper, Fernando Muslera, posted a picture on Twitter of the ants but played down their significance.

"It was funny more than anything else," he said. "But it was fine. They (hotel staff) came straight away and changed the sheets and we slept well."

So that's what Roy Hodgson has been up to, sneaking out of the England camp and playing practical jokes on rivals in the same group. He always was a sneaky one.

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4) WHAT, HIS NAME ISN'T MIKE? - Australia PM makes another serious faux pas

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Motivational video fail: Aussie PM makes serious faux pas

A good luck message from the Australian prime minister to the national football team at the World Cup was somewhat undermined when Tony Abbott got the Socceroos' captain's name wrong. Yep, not great.

Wearing a team scarf draped over his suit, Abbott greeted skipper Mile Jedinak as "Mike" in a video posted online before the Ange Postecoglou-coached Socceroos' Group B opener against Chile on Friday.

"Ange, Mike and the Socceroos, in this World Cup you have the opportunity to make the world game our national game," Abbott said. "Throughout this cup we'll burn the midnight oil as you take the field in our name." Oh dear.

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5) GOT, GOT... NEED! LET'S DO A SWAP! - Dutch fans dress up as Panini stickers for big match

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Fan dressed as a sticker, of course (Twitter)

Dutch fans really do know how to dress up and steal the occasion from the players out on the field, and this time they really have done themselves proud. What could be more genius than dressing up as World Cup stickers, really?

The classic #GotGotNeed hashtag went crazy before the tournament and now the Dutch fans have found an inspired way to take sticker collecting and obsession to the next level.

One thing is for sure: it's going to be extremely tough for any set of fans to come close to emulating the Netherlands faithful in the fancy-dress contest in Brazil. Yes, even those cheeky Australians.

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