English Premier League

Shinji Kagawa Reportedly Transferring To Borussia Dortmund

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As Louis van Gaal settles in as Manchester United's newest manager, he has made it very clear that he is interested in selling a number of players. Shinji Kagawa is on the list of players for sale, and the Japanese midfielder has received interest from Valencia and his former club, Borussia Dortmund.

talkSPORT and TuneIn Brings European Soccer to US Radio

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Listening to European soccer is to be made even easier this season with the renewal of radio services in the United States for Premier League and Bundesliga broadcasting rights.

talkSPORT, the world's largest sports radio station, has been given the rights to broadcast coverage of all 380 Premier League fixtures in the 2014/15 season, broadcasting across 25 countries including the US and UK.

Soccer TV: Everton vs Arsenal and Manchester City vs Liverpool

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Another NBC Premier League game with Everton vs Arsenal on Saturday along with the rest of the weekend soccer TV schedule. Read More

5 Young Americans to Watch Out For Who Are Playing In Europe

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US soccer players such as Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore, Brad Guzan, Geoff Cameron and Stuart Holden often monopolize most of the headlines when it comes to discussing American stars playing in Europe. But there are many other footballers who are overlooked that are plying their trade overseas.

Here are 5 young Americans to watch out for that are playing in Europe in the 2014/15 season:


DONE DEAL: Former Arsenal flop finally signs for new club on free transfer

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Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has finally managed to find a club after Vfl Wolfsburg agreed a deal in signing him on Friday.

The Danish international's contract expired at the end of the last season and was released by the club.

Uefa Nominates Neuer, Robben And Ronaldo For Player Of The Year

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Uefa has announced its three contenders for its UEFA's Best Player in Europe Award and they are Bayern Munich and Germany World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Holland and Bayern winger Arjen Robben and Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

The winner will be announced on 28 August in Monaco, where the draw for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League is taking place.

Transfers & Rumours

Official: Xabi Alonso Agrees To Join Bayern Munich From Real Madrid

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By Chris Wright

No word from Bayern Munich as yet but Real Madrid have gone ahead and confirmed that Xabi Alonso has left their realm after five years at the Bernabeu in order to sign with the Bundesliga champions.

A brief statement appeared on the Real website on Thursdaynight after Alonso had passed his Bayern medical, which read thus:

"Real Madrid CF and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Xabi Alonso.

Official: Xabi Alonso Undergoing Medical At Bayern Munich

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By Chris Wright

The biggest news on the transfer front this morning is that Bayern Munich have confirmed that they are knee-deep in negotiations with Real Madrid over the transfer of Xabi Alonso.

Bayern have even gone so far as confirm that Alonso is due at the club for a medical at some point today.

Official: Bayern Munich Sign Mehdi Benatia From Roma On Five-Year Deal

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By Chris Wright

Just a quickie to let y'all know that Bayern Munich have signed theheavilyin-demand Mehdi Benatia from Roma on a five-year deal...

DONE DEAL: #FCBayern and @OfficialASRoma have agreed the transfer of MEHDI BENATIA (27)!

Transfer Balls: Mehdi Benatia Wants Bayern Munich, Talks To Man Utd And Hopes To Play For Chelsea

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By Anorak

Roma defender Mehdi Benatia has been the subject of feverish speculation of late, with the British press linking him with a move to Manchester Untied, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Sofar we have learned that United have bid £24million in a bid to, er, gazump Chelsea's £30million bidfor a player who would prefer to play for Man City.

Official: Nicklas Bendtner Finally Finds Gainful Employment, Joins Wolfsburg On Three-Year Deal

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By Chris Wright

Huzzah, huzzah, the drought is over! Just seven months since he madehis last competitive domestic appearance, Nicklas Bendtner has finally found himself new employers officially joining Bundesliga side Wolfsburg on a three-year deal...

Offiziell: Der VfL verpflichtet Nicklas Bendtner!


Borussia Monchengladbach’s Christoph Kramer Pulls Off Slinky ‘Long Range Nutmeg’ During Training (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramerentertains himself during a training session by pulling off a long-range nutmeg trickshot using teammate Filip Daems...

Silky stuff, and kudos to Daems for not dashing Kramer'sdreams by closing up his legs there's a reason why that guy is club captain!

Pep Guardiola Takes ‘Hands-On Coaching’ A Little Too Literally For Thomas Muller’s Liking! (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Bayern Munich bossPep Guardiola is definitely a hands-on kind of coach, though just occasionally the tactile zeal with which he cajoleshis players is liable to spill over into the "something approaching bodily harm" category just ask Cesc Fabregas.

Football Vine: Wolfsburg’s Junior Malanda Misses Almighty Sitter vs Bayern Munich

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By Chris Wright

Junior Malanda, hand your head in shame...


Retro Football: Oliver Kahn’s Epic, Operatic Farewell Substitution For Bayern Munich, 2008 (Video)

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By Chris Wright

A bombastic, pugnacious and divisive figure throughout his long, distinguished goalkeeping career, it was only fitting that Oliver Kahn's farewell substitution following his final appearance for Bayern Munich in 2008 took ten whole minutesto complete and included hugs, flags, a parade lap, a speech and a strategically-deployedopera singer to croon through "Time To Say Goodbye" while Kahn made his way (eventually)down the tunnel.

KABOOM! Arminia Bielefeld’s Fabian Klos Scores Thunderhumpin’ Volley vs Sandhausen (Video & GIF)

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By Chris Wright

Arminia Bielefeld hammered fellow2. Bundesliga side SVSandhausen4-1 in the first round of the DFB Pokal (the German equivalent of the FA Cup) with striker Fabian Klos scoring the goal of the game to put Bielefeld 2-0 up on the hour mark.

With a deep corner swung out to the edge of the box, Klos was forced to backtrack several steps before connecting with an absolute monster of a volley.

Football Vine: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Celebrates Super Cup Goal With Spider Man Mask Celebration

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By Chris Wright

The quality's a bit shonky, but here's Dortmund striker Pierre-EmerickAubameyang celebrating his goal in the German Super Cup this afternoon by donning his mask to become SPIDERMEYANG...

This isn't the first time Aubameyang has celebrated scoring by whipping his Spidey mask from the sweaty recesses of his shorts and pulled it over his face, with the striker making a regular habit of it back in his Saint-Etienne days.

Bayern Munich

Xabi Alonso On The Verge Of £5million Switch To Bayern Munich, Say Reports

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It appears Xabi Alonso isn't finished making news today.

Fresh from the announcement that he has retired from international competition, Alonso is reportedly on the verge of a £5 million move to Bayern Munich, according to storiesemanating from Germany and Spain. Should the deal take place, speculation is the 32-year-old will sign a two-year contract with the Bundesliga champions.

PHOTO: €30m Manchester United defender target wearing Bayern Munich shirt

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AS Roma defender Benatia has snubbed a chance to join Manchester United and Chelsea and has completed his switch to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

The Moroccan international was linked with a €30m move to the Premier League as both the Red Devils and the West London club were reportedly interested in signing the 27-year-old central defender.

AS Roma And Bayern Munich Agree £24 Million Fee For Mehdi Benatia, Say Reports

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The transfer saga of AS Roma defender Mehdi Benatia has finally come to a conclusion as reports in Italy and Germany have stated the Serie A side and Bayern Munich have agreed a£21million fee plus£3.2m in add-ons for the player. The Morocco international will fly to Germany to have a medical on Wednesday.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Tim Howard may be taking a break from the U.S. Men's National Team, but he will still have plenty of big games to keep him busy over the next year with Everton.

The first of those tough tests awaits today against high-flying Arsenal. The Gunners come in off a last-minute victory in their opener, and they face a Toffees side that will be desperate to avoid starting the season off by dropping points in two straight matches.

Bayern Munich Forgotten Man Holger Badstuber Back In Bundesliga Action After 629 Day Lay-Off

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By Alan Duffy

Absent from Bayern Munich's domestic and European successes and having to watchGermany's World Cup win on TV, forgotten man Holger Badstuber has missed out on some major footballing moments in the last couple of years.

However, despite two cruciate ligament injuries, the 25-year-old is finally back in action, making his Bundesliga return for the Munich giants against Wolfsburg on Friday night, 629 days after his last game in the German top-tier in December 2012.

From Matthäus to Lewandowski: Bayern Munich’s top 10 domestic transfer steals

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With Bayern Munich set to face Wolfsburg in the seasonal opener, the Bundesligais back for the 2014-15 season. And with it has arrived the latest installment of the increasingly tense relations between title-winners Munich and their most-talented rival, Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern Munich 2014/15 Season Preview: Pep Focuses on Champions League Title

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The two-time reigning Bundesliga champions are heading into their upcoming campaign as the heavy favorites to retain the trophy and have a three-peat, which is something the Miami Heat couldn't do. The real narrative of Die Roten's season will be if Pep Guardiola can lead them back to being the rulers of Europe.

AS Roma Officials Open Talks With Manchester United Regarding Mehdi Benatia, Say Reports

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Reports of Mehdi Benatia joining Bayern Munich from AS Roma appear to have been premature, as the defender's transfer saga continues with more twists.

The Morocco international was rumored to make the switch to Manchester United on Saturday, then speculation in Italy was he would renew his contract with Roma this week, and yesterday it was reported that his agent Moussa Sissoko had reached a deal on personal terms with Bayern Munich; subject to the clubs reaching agreement for Benatia.

Bayern Munich Agrees Deal to Sign United Target Mehdi Benatia, Says Report

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In a transfer saga that has taken multiple turns thus far this summer, it appears as if we are closer to knowing the future of AS Roma defender Mehdi Benatia with French newspaper L'Equipe suggesting an agreement had been reached between the player and Bavarian giants Bayern Munich.

In a saga that has seen both Manchester United and Manchester City weigh up respective moves for the Moroccan international with neither putting in a formal offer, it looked as if Benatia would remain in Italy's capital city with Roma offering him a new contract.

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund Play Mind Tricks Over Marco Reus

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As Marco Reus is attempting to recapture his world-class form after being injured for three months, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are engaging in a war of words over his future.

The Bavarian-based club signed Mario Gotze from their biggest rival last year and this offseason signed Robert Lewandoski.

Bayern Munich Use Magician To Unveil Their New Team Bus At Ridiculously Glitzy Event (Video)

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By Chris Wright

We've no Earthly idea why, but it seems that the unveiling of a new team bus is big news round Bayern Munich's gaff, with the Bundesliga giants staging a frankly ludicrously glitzy event outside the Allianz Arena to unveil their swanky new wheels.

They even got a magician in, for crying out loud!

Bayern’s Javi Martinez Ruled Out Until Next Year

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Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez has been ruled out until 2015 after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage during Wednesday's German Supercup defeat to Borussia Dortmund. The Spain international was carried off on a stretcher half an hour into the match at Signal Iduna Park after staying down following an aerial challenge and tests have revealed the 25-year-old's injury is a serious one.

Is It Crisis Time In Munich As Bayern Lose Again?

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When Bayern Munich lost to the MLS All-Stars early this month, supporters shrugged it off as just a preseason friendly. But after today's 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup, will some of Pep Guardiola's critics be sounding the alarm?

The challenge for Guardiola this season is that most of his side were the backbone of the German national side that won the World Cup this season.

Mid-Day Ticker: BVB tops Bayern in SuperCup; Ribery retires from international game; and more

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The 2013-14 Bundesliga campaign saw Bayern Munich cruise through the Bundesliga campaign, topping rivals Borussia Dortmund by 29 points. However, when the two teams clashed Wednesday in the DFL-SuperCup, it was Dortmund that proved to be the dominant side.

Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund, Germany DFL-Supercup: Open Thread

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The 2014 DFL-Supercup kicks off today at Noon ET on GolTV (for viewers in the United States) featuring Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund.

The annual cup competition features the winner of the Bundesliga (Bayern) against the winner of the DFB-Pokal (Dortmund).

Dortmund are the reigning champions, having beaten Bayern 4–2 in 2013.

La Liga

TV Coverage Of La Liga And Bundesliga Opening Weekends

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beINSports is rolling out the red carpet for the opening weekend of Spain's La Liga. Eight matches will be broadcast live on both beINSports channels:

Saturday, August 23rd:

1:00pm ET Málaga v Athletic Bilbao
3:00pm ET Sevilla v Valencia
5:00pm ET Almería v Español

Sunday, August 24th:

1:00pm ET Éibar v Real Sociedad
3:00pm ET Barcelona v Elche
5:00pm ET Levante v Villarreal

Monday, August 25th:

2:00pm ET Real Madrid v Córdoba
4:00pm ET Rayo Vallecano v Atlético Madrid

The two remaining matches will be shown on a delayed basis later in the week:

Granada v Deportivo La Coruña

beINSport-1/Wednesday @ 12:00pm ET
beINSport-ñ/Friday @ 11:00am ET

Celta de Vigo v Getafe

beINSport-ñ/Wednesday @ 11:00am ET
beINSport-1/Friday @ 12:00pm ET

Of course, the weekend really starts on Friday August 22, with the 2ndleg of the Spanish SuperCup, where Atletico Madrid host Real Madrid (1st leg: 1-1).

Barcelona Considers Spending Spree to Snatch Marco Reus And Juan Cuadrado Before Transfer Embargo, Say Reports

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Fresh from the news that its appeal against a two-window transfer ban was rejected by FIFA, Barcelona is considering signing Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund and Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina, according to reports emanating from the Catalan press.

The transfer ban is set to take effect at the beginning of September 2014 and end at the start of January 2016.

UEFA Announces Its 3-Man Shortlist For The Best Player In Europe

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Arjen Robben and Manuel Neuer have been named to UEFA's shortlist for the 2013/14 Best Player in Europe Award.

The voting was done by a collection of journalists from each of UEFA's 54-member associations. The nominees were whittled down to these three candidates from another shortlist which consisted of ten European players.

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Bundesliga 2014/15: Are Wolfsburg ready to retake their place at German football’s top table?

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After eight games of last season, Wolfsburg sat 14th in the Bundesliga having lost five of their opening matches. They'd just gone down embarrassingly, 2-0 at home to Eintracht Braunschweig, a first win of just five for a Braunschweig side that eventually finished bottom of the table.

Kevin De Bruyne Shows Support For 2014 Special Olympics With Controversial Instagram Post (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

This is the doctored picture that Wolfsburg winger Kevin De Bruyne posted to his Instagram account yesterday, along with the caption: "Would you still be myfan if I looked like this?"

The image subsequently caused a bit of confusion and/or consternation among his followers, someof whom assumed that the ex-Chelsea man was merely poking fun at the disabled by photo-shopping his face to look like he had Down's Syndrome.

The Rest

Il Bayern soffre ma vince all’esordio. 2 a 1 al Wolfsburg firmato Muller-Robben

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Vittoria c'è stata ma con tanta sofferenza. Il Bayern Monaco di Pep Guardiola conquista i 3 punti nell'esordio in Bundesliga, grazie al 2 a 1 rifilato al Wolfsburg ma soffre più del previsto per piegare, con le reti di Muller e Robben, gli avversari, guidati da un Olic in grande forma e autore di un [.

Soccer TV: Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid and Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg

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The 2014 Supercopa de Espana concludes with Atletico Madrid hosting Real Madrid in the second-leg on Friday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

FOX Sports Sublicenses Select UEFA Champions League Playoff Games to ESPN

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In soccer TV and Internet rights news, FOX Sports has sublicensed select UEFA Champions League matches to ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com for the matches scheduled next week.

The playoff games will be split between FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com, FOX regional sports networks, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOX Sports Go.