Manchester United

Former Manchester United Striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy Named Dutch Assistant Coach

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The Dutch football association (KNVB) released a statement today naming former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy one of the Netherlands national team assistant coaches.

Van Nistelrooy played at numerous European clubs, but the striker's longest stint was with Manchester United where he made 150 appearances while tallying 95 goals.

Man City set to beat Manchester United with €35m offer for World Cup star

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Man City set to beat Manchester United with €35m offer for World Cup star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Colombian wing back Juan Cuadrado has had a terrific World Cup campaign in Brazil, as a result of which, his market value has inflated to a huge extent. Barcelona are heavily interested in the defender as they want to replace him for Dani Alves.

Liverpool could help Man Utd to sign Mats Hummels

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Liverpool could help Manchester United to sign Mats Hummels this summer, according to reports. The Reds are reportedly ready to let young centre-back...

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Photo: Man Utd fan poses next to his dad’s corpse in kit

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in my dad funeral #MUFCkitday #MUFC @unitedarmyfc @UtdReport @ManUtd_ID @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/Rd7W4AlDMV ̴̴͡.̴̴̮͡n9en's (@Ongen_Ells)...

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Home comforts could be key to success for LVG

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As the pre-season tour continues into any U.S city that will take us – much to the annoyance of the new manager – we are starting to learn more and more about the system being implemented Louis van Gaal.

If the short pre-season so far this year has taught us anything, it is the importance the Dutchman places on the centre of the park.

From Chile: Manchester United have kept number 7 shirt for €60m midfielder

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From Chile: Manchester United have kept number 7 shirt for €60m midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United fans hold on to your breath. Chilean newspaper Le Tercerahas sensationally claimed this morning that Manchester United is a step closer to sign Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal.

Rodgers: I copied Van Gaal’s model

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An old interview with Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers, has emerged where he sings the praises of Louis van Gaal.

When managing Swansea, Rodgers was interviewed by The Blizzard, and claimed that he was inspired by the current Manchester United manager's style of play.

"Our philosophy was to feel confident in a possession game and keep improving the players through video analysis, through talking, communicating," he said.

Video: Gerard Pique recalls the time Man Utd boss Louis Van Gaal pushed him over when he was a child

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Former Manchester United defender Gerard Pique has revealed that the club's new manager Louis Van Gaal pushed him to the floor when he was a...

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Serie A rivals keen on United midfielder

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Marouane Fellaini is a wanted man these days, despite a horrible first season at Manchester United, and a couple of Serie A clubs are interested in offering the Belgian a way out of Old Trafford.

According to Belgian radio stationRTL, Napoli have been keeping an eye on Fellaini butare reluctant to sign on a permanent basis and would prefer a loan deal, while United are thought to be demanding a fee of £15 for the midfielder, who doesn't feature in Louis Van Gaal's plans.

How Mourinho’s Tranfer Business Helps Chelsea Comply With FFP

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How Mourinho's Tranfer Business Helps Chelsea Comply With FFP - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have done some fantastic business in this summer's transfer window, earning a net profit even after purchasing Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis for large amounts of money.

Manchester United’s €60m target will ‘certainly’ leave, claims agent

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Manchester United's €60m target will 'certainly' leave, claims agent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have been given a lifeline in signing Arturo Vidal after Juventus forward Sebastian Giovinco's agent admitted the star midfielder could leave the Turin club.

Giovinco's contract with the Old Lady runs down in 2015 and while addressing rumours linking the Italian forward with the move away from Juventrus, agent Andrea D'Amico said that Vidal will leave the Serie A champions in the summer transfer window.

Arsenal

Photos: Alexis Sanchez’s first Arsenal training session

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Alexis Sanchez has linked up with Arsenal's squad after their return from a pre-season trip to Austria and completed his first training session...

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Juan Quintero transfer: Arsene Wenger denies Arsenal interest

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed speculation linking him with a move for Porto's Juan Quintero. Reports in the Colombia...

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Man Utd target Thomas Vermaelen could leave Arsenal, says Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen could leave the club this summer, according to manager Arsene Wenger. The Belgium international is linked with a...

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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman denies Morgan Schneiderlin will join Spurs or Arsenal

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Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will not be leaving the club this summer, according to manager Ronald Koeman. The France international,...

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Video: Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is quite pleased with his slo-mo control

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was delighted that this piece of control was captured by Arsenal's slo-mo camera. The Gunners midfielder was seen...

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Arsenal tactics – Will Wenger use 4-3-3 this season?

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Perks of Arsenal lining up in 4-3-3, as compared to 4-2-3-1 by SE There is no cynicism regarding the fact that Arsene Wenger has a colossal squad at his disposal, and, consequently could manipulate however he wants to. The arrival of Sanchez has possibly created the biggest anticipation at the Emirates this summer, and his [.

THREE reasons why Walcott will extend his Arsenal contract

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Why it will be easy to get Walcott to renew his deal at Arsenal by KJ With us signing Sanchez, Walcott's impact on the team has gone slightly under the radar. Many of us would agree that his injury ultimately prevented us from winning the title last season. He would've easily won us another 7 [...]

Manchester City duo highlight the ironic contradictions of home-grown favouritism

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Manchester City duo highlight the ironic contradictions of home-grown favouritism is a post from: Just Football

When news broke in May that James Milner had informed Manchester City he wanted to leave the club, and that not only were the Citizens desperate to keep him, but Arsenal and Liverpool were both in the hunt to sign the midfielder, it all seemed a little surreal.

Arsenal’s Olympic footballers – heroes and the future

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As we have seen, the relationship of the FA in the home nations with the Olympics has been a twitchy affair. This was touched upon briefly during the discussion on GN5's fantastic post on the first Football World Cup in 1930, and subsequently in my posts.

Football was played at the Olympics for the first time in the 1900 Summer Olympics.

Arsenal linked with Porto’s Juan Quintero

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Colombia international Juan Quintero is reportedly a transfer target for Arsenal. Reports in the Colombian media suggest that the Gunners are ready...

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Videos

Youth Player Gets Kicked in the Head During Disgraceful Milk Cup Scenes

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One of the most prestigious Youth Competitions in the World the Milk Cup hosted by Northern Ireland since 1983 and teams from all over the World competing was dragged into the mud on Wednesday night as a game between Mexico and Northern Ireland turned violent with one Northern Ireland player receiving a kick to the head while on the ground.

So Who Really Does Have the Best Away Kits?

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Here's some interesting data for those of you who love your Stats.

Sports Direct have released this well researched data on how teams faired out when using their Away kits last season and it has thrown out some interesting stuff. ( (See Full Version)

So having read the stats is it possible the Premier League Title could head to North London for the first time in a decade?

Krasnodar’s Vladimir Bystrov Provides Huddlestone With Stiff Competition In ‘Europa League Miss Of The Night’ Stakes (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Can only apologise to every for a lapse in concentration and thinking I had scored the rebound before I had. Ridiculous on my behalf

— Tom Huddlestone (@Huddz8) July 31, 2014

With Tom Huddlestone feeling it necessary to publicly apologise for his horrendous penalty cock-upagainst FC Trencin, it may warm the Hull midfielder's cockles to learn that it may not have been the worst miss in the Europa League last night withVladimir Bystrov ofKrasnodar pulling a true shocker off when faced with a completely vacant goal against Hungarian sideDiosgyor.

Chelsea Pundit Jason Cundy Has Some SERIOUS Concerns About Vanishing Spray (Video)

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By Chris Wright

WHAT IF IT GETS IN THE GOALKEEPER'S EYES?

What a moron.

Football punditry is eating itself live on screen and we're all letting it happen.

Youngster Already Impressive At Newcastle – Video

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When Newcastle signed 20 year-old Ayoze Perez as out first singing in June it was said he would be one for the future, but in pre-season games Ayoze has looked a good player and scored anexcellent goal for us on Wednesday night to win the game at Hillsborough. Ayoze Perez congratulated by Anita after scoring [.

Liverpool

Liverpool set to tie up deals for Alberto Moreno and Javi Manquillo

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Liverpool are understood to be on the verge of completing deals for Spanish full-backs Alberto Moreno and Javi Manquillo. Left-back Moreno, aged 22,...

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Can Raheem Sterling Fill The Luis Suarez Void?

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Can Raheem Sterling Fill The Luis Suarez Void? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Having snapped up Barcelona's £75m offer for the mandible-enthusiast Luis Suarez, many experts and commentators have remarked that there is a 31-goal and £75m worth of football talent gap in the Liverpool front line.

Liverpool hope to complete two more signings in coming days

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Liverpool hope to complete two more signings in coming days - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool's summer spending spree is set to continue as reports from English tabloid The Timesclaim that the Reds are hoping to complete deal for Sevilla left back Alberto Moreno and Atletico Madrid's Javier Manquillo in the coming days.

Photo: Liverpool squad on a team bonding night out in New York

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Liverpool's players are hoping to build up some team spirit for the new season and they're hoping a night out in New York does...

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Spanish ‘jewel’ midfielder rejects Liverpool contract offers

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Spanish 'jewel' midfielder rejects Liverpool contract offers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool miss out on highly rated young Spanishmidfielder Fran Villalba, who chose to continue his career at the Mestella with Valencia.

Valencia based local newspaper Super deporte claim that Liverpool have been targeting the 16-year-old Spanish midfielder for the past few months.

Newcastle United

Ashley Can Help Newcastle Get Loic Remy On Tyneside

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If the news is to be believed today, then Newcastle are in negotiations with QPR to sign Loic Remy, and if Mike Ashley gets involved he could help to seal the deal and get Remy permanently on Tyneside and with the breaking news that Newcastle have won the race to sign 23 year-old Argentine [...]

Breaking News – Newcastle Win Race To Get Striker On Loan

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There is news coming through that Newcastle United have agreed a loan deal with Shakhtar Donetsk for their 23 year-old Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra. Facundo Ferreyra coming on loan to Newcastle Goal is reporting that Ferreyra has spoken with Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini, and the Newcastle captain recommended that he join him at St [.

Hamstring Injuries Could Be Concern For New Signing

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New signing Siem de Jong hopes to be stronger than he was last season, when he missed a lot of playing time at Ajax, and at one point in the season he had a collapsed lung. Siem de Jong in training After playing 47 times in the previous season for Ajax with 16 goals, [...]

Hectic Pre-Season Schedule Continues – Where’s Sissoko?

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It's a hectic schedule for Newcastle in this pre-season, and we are now half way through the eight game pre-season schedule set up by Lee Charnley in early May of this year. Alan Pardew Krul and Janmaat not available And less than 24 hours after travelling back over 11.0000 miles from New Zealand,Newcastle were [.

England

One-Ninths of a flag... and counting

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Perhaps you saw this report linking Stoke handyman Geoff Cameron with interest from nine clubs in England and Germany. I have just started my dig on this, but can already confirm that Eintracht Frankfurt are definitely not in the market for him. It looks a pretty safe bet to add Schalke to the Offside Flag list, but let's just hold off until we can ripple it with complete certainty.

While we're at it...

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Let's tidy up a few cases... SoccerByIves is also correct: I can confirm that the LA Galaxy have opened loan-with-buy option discussions over Sacha Kljestan. However, I am told these talks are currently in the infancy stage. Again, do not get over-heated just yet, but I have learned that Sporting CP (clearly still regrouping from the failure to lure Terrence Boyd) have made some introductory

General Football News

Bundesliga club make contact in signing Chelsea player

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Bundesliga club make contact in signing Chelsea player - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Fernando Torres' time at Chelsea could end in the ongoing summer transfer window as the striker is believed to be a target for Wolfsburg.

According to gianlucadimarzio.com, the Bundesliga side have made contact with the West London club for the services of the Spain international.

United States Women National team will be facing Mexico in a pair of friendlies in September

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United States Women National team will be facing Mexico in a pair of friendlies in September - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The American Ladies will be facing Mexico twice in September, for their final tune up before the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship starts in October. Photo provided by wmgllc.

The Rest

Friday Kickoff: Ochoa set to sign for Malaga; Cavani prefers to stay; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Mexico National Team goalkeeper Guillermo "Memo" Ochoa has found a new club.

According to multiple reports, the shaggy-haired Ochoa is set to sign a three-year contract with La Liga side Malaga, joining after his contract with AC Ajaccio expired in June.

Arsecast Extra Episode 26 – 01.08.2014

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Here's this week's Arsecast Extra with myself and James from @Gunnerblog.

On this week's show we discuss the signings of Calum Chambers and David Ospina as well as what Carl Jenkinson's loan spell at West Ham might mean for him. As well as that we answer your questions about potential further signings, Jack Wilshere as 'DM', why aren't any young centre-halves breaking through and, on the occasion of his 83rd birthday, our favourite Kanu moments.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Gives Olof Mellberg Rousing Send-Off As ‘Best Swedish Defender Ever’ Announces Retirement

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By Chris Wright

After 18 years spent shoring up defences for the likes of Aston Villa, Olympiakos, Juventus andVillarreal, veteran centre-half Olof Mellberg announced his retirement yesterday at the grand old age of 36 after agreeing to pulp his contract with FC Copehagen.

New Stadt

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NSC pal Brian Sciaretta was right: microwave popcorn free agent Conor O'Brien will soon be unveiled as a Wiener Neustadt player, just a couple days after leaving Odense BK by mutual consent. I will have a full report up at MLSS in a bit, but it is a one-year deal (player's choice), and there was competing interest from Denmark and one club from MLS.

DC United, Washington Spirit, & Sundry Soccer Links for 1 August 2014

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The Washington Spirit and DC United are headed for the playoffs if they keep this up, while Brian Ching is headed for the woodshed in Eddie Johnson's twitter feed.

It's a great time to be alive if you're a DC soccer fan. Both our men and women are on a hot streak straight for the playoffs.

Women’s Football : Shortlist Announced For UEFA Best Women’s Player in Europe, Marta Joins Rosengard

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Brazil's most successful female footballer, Marta, has left Swedish side Tyreso, after the club withdrew participation from the women's league in June. However, she has chosen to remain in Sweden to link up with Swedish frontrunners Rosengard.

The squad already bolsters an already impressive forward line which includes prolific German striker Anja Mittag, and Swiss ace Ramona Bachmann.

A few questions with USPNT trainee, Eryin Wandel

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One of the Brotherly Game's own staffers wears the red, white and blue for the U.S. Paralympic National Team's July camp.

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm extremely partial to the subject of this article. He has become one of my good friends over the recent months and years, and has revealed himself to be one of the most hard-working, honest, and raddest people I've ever encountered.

Footy on the Telly, Aug. 1-7

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Instead Of Having No.5 Jersey Retired By Barcelona, Carles Puyol Personally Hand-Picks The Next Man To Wear It…

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By Chris Wright

There were whispers that Barcelona were planning to retire their No.5 jersey as a tribute to recently retired ex-club captain Carles Puyol, who called time on his 19 peerless years at the club at the end of last season.

However, at the personal request of Puyol himself, Barca have reneged on their plans to retire the shirt and instead let the former incumbent of the No.

Snapshot: Roma Legend Francesco Totti Joins In With The ‘Lurking Ashley Cole’ Mockery…

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By Chris Wright

Seems this "lurking Ashley Cole" thing really has legs; really awkward, detached legs; with Roma living legend Francesco Totti even poking fun at the Giallorossi's new recruit as the squad lined up for a photo in their new away kit outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art (where Rocky ran up those steps, yeah?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Steps In Generously To Settle Shirt Dispute Between Squabbling Leipzig Teammates

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By Chris Wright

With the club just five years old after being formed on the back of some serious investment from Red Bull back in 2009, RB Leipzig are used to playing the likes ofSV Wacker Burghausen,Preußen Münster and both Borussia Dortmund and VfB Stuttgart's second stringsin the German third tier so when PSG and Zlatan rolled in to town for a friendly yesterday evening, it was understandably a big deal for the Leipzig players.