''My life has always been difficult. It's true, I thought about my father who died in 2004. I also thought about my tough life -- I didn't think that one day I would be here, playing. This emotion overwhelmed me and I am a very emotional person. I fought [back tears] but I couldn't.''
-- Ivory Coast midfielder Serey Die, who cried uncontrollably during his country's national anthem before Thursday's match against Colombia. (AP)