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Manchester United suffer blow in signing €20m World Cup star

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Manchester United's hope of signing Mats Hummels has suffered a blow after Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Kloop has suggested the defender will be continue at Signal Iduna Park next season.

Find Out What Leagues Had the Most Players in the World Cup

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Now that the World Cup is over, you may be wondering where you can watch the best players in the world for the next four years.

Here's our guide to the leagues that had the most number of players at the World Cup:

1. Premier League (England and Wales) — 105 World Cup players

US TV coverage: NBC Sports

Stars include Tim Howard (USA), Mesut Ozil (Germany), Andre Schurrle (Germany), Per Mertesacker (Germany),Sergio Aguero (Argentina), Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina), Robin Van Persie (Netherlands),Vincent Kompany (Belgium), Daniel Sturridge (England), Oscar (Brazil), Alexis Sanchez (Chile), Steven Gerrard (England), Oliver Giroud (France), Ramires (Brazil), Willian (Brazil), Patrice Evra (France), Joel Campbell (Costa Rica) and Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica).

Arsenal plan mega £39.3m offer for German midfield duo

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Arsenal are planning to prepare a raid on Germany players as they are targeting a double swoop for Sami Khedira and Lars Bender.

The Gunners completed the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, who was their first signing of the summer transfer window.

Besler Linked with SC Freiburg in Germany

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We'd heard that the Bundesliga was one of the three locations that Sporting KC captain, Matt Besler, was looking at, along with staying in KC and a move to the Premier League. Today, German magazine, Kicker has put the name of a German club to the interest in Besler.

SC Freiburg, who finished 14th in the 2013-2014 Bundesliga season is apparently one of the teams interested in Besler's services.

From Germany: Liverpool and Arsenal target to consider future after World Cup

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Liverpool and Arsenal have been handed the much needed boost in signing Schalke star Klaas-Jan Huntelaar after the striker admitted that he will speak to the German club over his future after the World Cup.

Roy: Louis van Gaal desperately wants Robben at Manchester United

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Former Holland international Bryan Roy has revealed incoming Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is desperate to sign Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben this summer.

The 62-year-old will take the reigns at Old Trafford after stepping down his post as the Holland manager after the completion of the 2014 FIFA World Cup with his national side.

Talented Bayern star heads Arsene Wenger’s wish list for Arsenal

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Arsenal will monitor Mario Mandzukic during the 2014 FIFA World Cup as they are willing to sign the Bayern Munich striker in the summer transfer window.

The Gunners manager Arsene Wenger will be Brazil as a French football pundit for the summer tournamnet.

Real Take Lead in Signing Manchester United’s Two Summer Targets

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Real Madrid are set to beat Manchester United in signing their two summer targets Toni Kroos and Mattia De Sciglio.

According to the Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, the newly crowned UEFA Champions League winners have set their sights on signing Kroos and De Sciglio in the summer transfer window.

DONE DEAL: Breakout Chelsea defender to join Bundesliga club this summer

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According to German daily 'Bild', Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas is to join Bundesliga outfit Cologne on a season long loan next season, with the 21-year-old Czech to become the second Blues centre-back to exit the club this summer.

Former Premier League Forward Slams Liverpool for Emre Can Signing

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Former Premier League Forward Slams Liverpool for Emre Can Signing - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Premier League forward Jan Aage Fjortoft has slammed Liverpool for signing Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen this summer.

The Merseyside club have agreed a deal in principle with the Bundesliga outfit to land the midfielder and the transfer will go through once the documentation is completed.

Louis van Gaal Wants Bayern’s Thomas Muller at Manchester United

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Manchester United have made signing Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller a priority this summer.

According to the German newspaper Bild, incoming United manager Louis van Gaal has informed the club's chief executive Ed Woodward that he wants the German international at Old Trafford next season.

Louis van Gaal Wants Bayern’s Thomas Muller at Manchester United

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Manchester United have made signing Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller a priority this summer.

According to the German newspaper Bild, incoming United manager Louis van Gaal has informed the club's chief executive Ed Woodward that he wants the German international at Old Trafford next season.

Liverpool Agree £10million Deal With Bayer Leverkusen For Midfielder Emre Can

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Liverpool have agreed a deal in principle with Bayer Leverkusen to sign highly-rated midfielder Emre Can.

Emre Can began his youth career at Eintracht Frankfurt before joining Bayern Munich where he stayed with the top German job for four years. He later transferred to Bayer Leverkusen, where he has been since 2013.

Club Chief Confirms Formal Liverpool Offer for €12m-Rated Midfielder

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Liverpool are edging closer towards their second summer signing after Bayer Leverkusen chief executive Michael Schade revealed the Reds have made a formal offer for their midfielder Emre Can.

Club Chief Confirms Formal Liverpool Offer for €12m-Rated Midfielder

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Club Chief Confirms Formal Liverpool Offer for €12m-Rated Midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are edging closer towards their second summer signing after Bayer Leverkusen chief executive Michael Schade revealed the Reds have made a formal offer for their midfielder Emre Can.

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Robert Lewandowski Scores His First Goal In Bayern Munich Colours Against MSV Duisburg (Video & GIF)

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By Chris Wright

Bayern Munich were held to a measly1-1 draw by third-tier side MSV Duisburg last night but the pre-season friendly was notable for one reason, with Robert Lewandowski scoring his very first goal in Bayern colours to open the scoring on the hour mark...

They'll be many, many, many more of those to come in the not-so-distant future, we suspect.

World Cup winning captain retires from international football

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Germany's captain, Philipp Lahm, who led them through a fantastic World Cup winning tournament, has retired from the national side at the age of 30, goingout on an all-time high. Lahm played in 20 World Cup finals matches in his career and retires with the greatest prize in the world of football in his hands.

Read Philipp Lahm’s Letter To Fans After Retiring From German National Team

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Germany defenderPhilipp Lahm announced his retirement from international soccer today, ending his international career on a high note with a World Cup medal after defeating Argentina on Sunday in Brazil.

Lahm, who is versatile as a right back or defensive midfielder, will continue to play with his club Bayern Munich.

Mario Gotze: Genius, Winner & National Hero

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Mario Gotze: Genius, Winner & National Hero - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Having been dropped to the bench for previous poor performances, Mario Gotze was the last roll of the dice for German coach Joachim Low when he threw the Bayern Munich attacker on late against Argentina. Lady Luck would happen to blow on Loew's hand as he rolled the dice, as Mario would prove the match winner for his country and a snake eyes for Argentina.

Mario Gotze: Genius, Winner & National Hero

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Mario Gotze: Genius, Winner & National Hero - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Having been dropped to the bench for previous poor performances, Mario Gotze was the last roll of the dice for German coach Joachim Low when he threw the Bayern Munich attacker on late against Argentina. Lady Luck would happen to blow on Loew's hand as he rolled the dice, as Mario would prove the match winner for his country and a snake eyes for Argentina.

Snapshot: Robert Lewandowski Officially Unveiled By Bayern Munich, Will Wear Hallowed No.9 Jersey

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By Chris Wright

As of this afternoon, Robert Lewandowski is officially Bayern Munich's new No.9 having joined on a free transfer following the dwindling of his contract at Borussia Dortmund...

#Lewandowski will be hunting for goals for #FCBayern in the no.

Thoughts on a world cup final

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If we do get a Germany v Netherlands final I'll be pleased.

Some time ago I was researching the history of the sweeper and watched a lot of games from the sport's past. One player I was particularly interested in was Franz Beckenbauer, so I made a point of digging out quite a few games he played in.

Bundesliga 2014/15 Fixtures Released

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The 2014/15 Bundesliga fixture list has been released and it will kick off on August 22 with a meeting between two German champions: reigning champion Bayern Munich and 2009 champion VfL Wolfsburg.

The first weekend also pits last season's runner-up Borussia Dortmund against Champions League qualifier Bayer Leverkusen, while Schalke travel to play Hannover.

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Real Madrid Sign Toni Kroos From Bayern Munich

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For months it looked like Bayern Munich and Germany star Toni Kroos was heading to Manchester United, but a change in manager their gave Real Madrid the opportunity to grab Kroos for the bargain price of €25 million.

Kroos was in his last year of his contract at Bayern, and was not going to sign an extension, allowing the European Champions to get him for a song.

Switzerland’s Multicultural Squad

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Switzerland will be taking part in its tenth World Cup, and its third in a row. Coached by a vastly experienced Ottmar Hitzfield, the German has won countless Bundesliga titles and is one of few coaches to have won the Champions League with two different teams. His ties to Switzerland extend back to his playing days when he suited up for various Swiss sides, including FC Basel.

Sami The Seagull: Ex-Liverpool Legend Hyypia Closes In On Brighton Hot-Seat

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By Alan Duffy

Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia is close to taking over the hot-seat at Brighton & Hove Albion in a rather surprising yet logical move for the 40-year-old Finn.

Hyppia, who spent 10 years at Liverpool, where he won the Champions League, the UEFA Cup and a couple of FA Cups amongst other trophies, had initially enjoyed a successful spell as manager of Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.

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Croaitian Attacker Mario Mandzukic Heading to Atletico Madrid from Bayern Munich

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Croatian Striker Mario Mandzukic will be joining Atletico Madrid from Bayern Munich according to Matthias Sammer the Sporting Director of the Bavarian giants. Although nothing has yet been officially announced, Sammer confirmed Mandzukic's departure when announcing the arrival of Bayern's new striker, Robert Lewandowski, in a press conference saying, "Nothing is signed yet.

Report: Gyau set for move to Borussia Dortmund II

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By DAN KARELL

Former U.S. youth international Joseph Gyau looks like he'll be leaving Hoffenheim this summer, but only because he's found a new home with a German powerhouse.

According to reports out of Germany, Gyau featured Sunday for Borussia Dortmund II the Bundesliga club's reserve and Under-23 team that plays in the German third division in their first friendly match ahead of the upcoming season.

Ilkay Gut-dogan! Germany’s Injured Midfielder Piles On Pound During Injury Lay-Off

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By Alan Duffy

One of the most gifted of the players to miss out on Brazil this summer due to injury, German midfielder Ilkay Gundogen looks to have used food, and lots of it, to ease the pain of seeing the World Cup finals pass him by. The Borussia Dortmund star has been photographed with a fan and on the training pitch and in both snaps the 23-year-old looks a right chubby state.

Transfers & Rumours

Man Utd Target Toni Kroos Set For Bargain €25m Move To Real Madrid

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By Alan Duffy

Spanish newspaper Marca has reportedthat Bayern Muncih and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has agreed a move to Real Madrid for the rather reasonable sum of€25million.

The 24-year-old has played a pivotal role in Germany's march into the last eight of the World Cup and has also established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world in his time in Munich.

Emre Can, And Does, Become Liverpool’s Third Summer Signing After Completing £10m Move From Bayer Leverkusen

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By Chris Wright

Emre Can, and he bloody well will!

Liverpool have confirmed that Emre Can has completed a move to Anfield, with theGermany U21 midfielder signing a "long-term deal" with the club.

Can: "It was an easy decision for me to sign for #LFC after a good chat with the manager.

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Chelsea winger Hazard ‘agrees’ Bundesliga summer switch

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Borussia Monchengladbach have claimed Chelsea winger Thorgan Hazard will join them on loan for the 2014/15 season, with the 21-year-old agreeing his third spell away from Stamford Bridge.

Hazard, the younger brother of Eden, has spent the last two campaignsin his native Belgium withZulte Waregem, winning a number of awards for his performances, including the Belgian Golden Shoe in January previously won by the likes of Vincent Kompany, Axel Witsel and Steven Defour for best player in the Belgian Pro League.

Chelsea show keen interest in Ecuador midfielder

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Ecuadorian midfielder Carlos Gruezo, who currently plies his trade for Bundesliga outfit VFB Stuttgart has reportedly emerged as a surprise transfer target for Chelsea according to German national daily Bild.

Americans Abroad

Report: Boyd agrees personal terms with Red Bull Leipzig

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By DAN KARELL

Terrence Boyd could be returning to play in Germany next season.

According to a report in German publication BILD, the U.S. Men's National Team forward has agreed terms with RB Leipzig, who achieved promotion to 2. Bundesliga for the upcoming season. The report states that a transfer fee of €1.

Chandler signs three-year deal with Eintracht Frankfurt

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Timmy Chandler will be back in the Bundesliga next season.

Eintracht Frankfurt announced on Tuesday that they have signed Chandler to a three-year deal that runs through June 30, 2017.The 24-year-old Chandler had spent the last four years with FC Nurnberg, but was keen on a move after the club suffered relegation from Germany's top division this past season.

The Rest

German World Cup-Winning Captain Philipp Lahm Retires From International Football With 113 Caps (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

He may be only 30-years-old, but Germany's World Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm has decided to call time on quite a fantastic international career and focus on his club football with Bayern Munich. The full-back finishes with 113 caps, a haul only Lother Matthaus (150), Miroslav Klose (137) and Lukas Podolski (116) can better.

No Liverpool Contact Over Huntelaar, Insist Schalke

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Schalke general manager Horst Heldt insists the club have received no contact from Liverpool over a possible move for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
The Netherlands international has recently been linked with a switch to Anfield as they line up potential replacements for Luis Suarez, with Liverpool currently holding talks with Barcelona over the sale of the striker.

Thorgan Hazard Loaned To Bundesliga

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Today say Chelsea confirming the fourth loan move of the summer so far. This one has seen the younger brother of Eden, Thorgan Hazard make another move away from the club. After spending the last 2 seasons on loan at Belgian club Zulte Waregem he is taking a step up and joining Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach.

Aufstieg.

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Word out of Germany is that a few teams are sniffing around Philadelphia Union central midfielder/centerback Amobi Okugo. He has previously spent time training in Germany in 2011 and 2012 with SC Freiburg, who fell from fifth in 2012-13 to 14th in 2013-14. At the moment it's nothing official, but Okugo is in his fifth year in Philadelphia and is in the midst of one of the most difficult seasons

So…Former Werder Bremen Goalkeeper Tim Wiese Is A Bloody Huge Bodybuilder Now! (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

Well well. Someone's been sayin' their prayers and takin' their vitamins!

As spotted by the good folks over at Eurosport Germany, it looks like ex-Werder Bremen and Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese has been filling the time since Hoffenheim released him in January focusing solely on turning himself into a wall of tattooed meat.