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Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Weekend

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A surfeit of superb games are on offer this weekend, as clubs across Europe begin to get stuck in totheir respective domestic leagues.

Some are desperate to atone for a stuttering start, others keen to continue a prosperous beginning to their seasons. And withthe league table beginning to take shape in some nations, there are opportunities to make some big statements early on in the campaign.

Soccer TV: Hamburg vs Bayern Munich and Manchester City vs Chelsea

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Bayern Munich return to Bundesliga action against struggling Hamburg and Manchester United host Chelsea on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Read More

Bayern Munich vs Man City & Chelsea vs Schalke, UEFA Champions League TV Times and Open Thread

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There are eight more UEFA Champions League matches kicking off today with two German sides taking on two Premier League teams — featuring Bayern Munich against Manchester City, and Chelsea versus Schalke.

Will Germany or England be victors by the end of today?

In the meantime, there are several other matches kicking off.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Examining The Top 11 Contenders For The Title

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Europe's club competition is back on our screens this week, as 32 teams go in search of UEFA Champions League glory.

So on the cusp of the showpiece, lets take a closer look at some of the main contenders for the European Cup, their likely starting XI's and the men most likely to make the difference.

Champions League Returns This Week

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The best club tournament in the world returns this week, as Real Madrid will begin defence of their Champions League trophy on Tuesday.

The competition kicks off with an array of enticing fixtures, including Arsenal's trip to Borussia Dortmund, the first of three showdowns between the Premier League and Bundesliga, as Manchester City also play Bayern Munich and Chelsea meet Schalke.

Soccer TV: Arsenal vs Manchester City and Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid

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Arsenal and Manchester City meet in the Premier League on NBCSN and Real Madrid play Atletico on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Read More

This Weekend’s Soccer on TV

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By CARL SETTERLUND

After a week off for the international break, club soccer is back with a vengeance this weekend, providing us with a handful of can't-miss fixtures in the English Premier League and La Liga.

First up, though, there are a few interesting matches elsewhere in Europe to keep an eye one as Bayer Leverkusen look to stay atop the Bundesliga table when they play Werder Bremen on Friday afternoon.

Manchester United Have The Most Homegrown Players In The Premier League, Says Report

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Despite criticism that the club was abandoning their policy of promoting youth following a summer spending spree of £150 million on new arrivals, Manchester United still have the most homegrown players in the Premier League, according to a new report by Prime Time Sport.

United have seven players classified as homegrown, this coming after the departures of Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley on deadline day.

Brazilian wants to play for Chelsea again, unsure about long-term future

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Brazilian wants to play for Chelsea again, unsure about long-term future - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have overhauled their transfer strategy in the past fewseasons. The Blues sold some of their unwanted-yet-high-profile players (Juan Mata, Kevin de Bruyne, David Luiz, Romelu Lukaku) and had reinvested the money effectively (Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas, Mohamed Salah, Kurt Zouma et al) without compromising on the quality.

Winners of the 2014 Summer Transfer Window

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1. Chelsea

Players In

Diego Costa-£32million

Cesc Fabregas-£30million

Filipe Luis-£15.8million

Loic Remy-£10.5million

Mario Pasalic-£3million

Didier Drogba-Free Transfer

Players Out

David Luiz-£50million

Romelu Lukaku-£28million

Demba Ba-£4.

Everton lose to Spurs and Aston Villa win again in the Premier League

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Everton lose to Chelsea and Aston Villa continue an undefeated run through week three of the 2014-15 Premier League season. Read More

Tough Weekend For Some European Heavyweights

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In a weekend full of surprises Real Madrid and Manchester City both lost and Bayern Munich were held, while Chelsea scored six and Ibra got a hat trick.

Spain
Real Sociedad ended a torrid week on an almighty high as they came from 2-0 down to stun Real Madrid. Having lost to Liga new boys Eibar and exited the UEFA Europa League, another chastening defeat was on the cards, but the Basque club completed a stunning turnaround to win 4-2.

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.

La Liga

Soccer TV: Freiburg vs Hertha BSC and Elche vs Eibar

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Freiburg host Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga on GolTV and Elche play Eibar in La Liga on Friday's soccer TV schedule. Read More

Getafe Block Pedro Leon Leaving After Claiming No Offers Came In For Him, Player Posts €1m Bid From Hannover 96 On Twitter (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

Getafe have got themselves into a bit of a state over in La Liga, with the club hit with a transfer embargoand unable to pay their existing players' wages after being stung for violating FFP regulations.

Pedro Leon is one of those players, with the former Real Madrid prodigy desperate to leave Getafe as quickly as the 27-year-old wingercurrently can't be included in any matchday squads as his salary breaks the club's imposed wage limits.

Soccer TV: Bayer Leverkusen vs Werder Bremen

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Bayer Leverkusen host Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Friday's soccer TV schedule as the European club seasons resume. Read More

Tim Wiese

Ready To Rumble: German Politician Challenges WWE Prospect Tim Wiese To Wrestling Bout

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By Chris Wright

Yes, we only have one photo of Tim Wiese, big whoop wanna fight about it?

He may have received an "official enquiry"from the WWE since transforming himself from Hoffenheim's goalkeeper into a 18-stone wad of luncheon meat, but it appears that Tim Wiese will have to go through a man calling himself "The Baron" before he has any chance of reaching the professional wrestling big time.

Muscle-Bound Ex-Germany Keeper Tim Wiese Mulling ‘Official Enquiry’ From WWE

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By Chris Wright

It's hardly a well-trodden career path, but it seems that just eight months after leaving Hoffenheim and pretty much calling time on his footballing career, former Germany 'keeper Tim Wiese may be about to sign on with the WWE as a professional wrestler.

Wiese, who has been busy bulking himself up into an 18-stone colossus since putting his goalkeeping career on the back-burner, has told Bild that, while no football clubs will touch him with a barge pole, a certain Vince McMahon has been tapping him up of late.

Americans Abroad

New coach for Julian Green at Hamburg

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Hamburg hires a new coach less than a day after parting ways with Mirko Slomka. The club is bottom of the Bundesliga. Read More

Julian Green at Hamburg SV

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Our guide to Hamburg SV, where USMNT forward Julian Green will spend the 2014-15 Bundesliga season on loan from Bayern Munich. Read More

Funnies

Arsenal Fans Make Giant Foamy Mess In Dortmund Market Square By Tipping Bubble Bath In Fountain (Photo & Video)

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By Chris Wright

With the Gooner squad in town (beep beep) to watch their side take on Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League tonight, the Arsenal fans have set up base camp inZum Alten Markt and promptly set about turning the square into a giant foam party by pouring several litres of bubble bath into the central fountain.

Jose Mourinho Trolls Pep Guardiola About His Lack Of Follicular Fortitude With Zingy ‘Hair Loss’ One Liner

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By Chris Wright

"Bald much? LOLOLOLOL"

Whether he actually said it or not is up for debate, but Spanish paper El Confidencial(via Bild) are attributing azinger of a quote to Jose Mourinho, who has apparentlykept his ongoing feud witharch-nemesis Pep Guardiola simmering away nicely with a typically Mourinho-esque troll-heavy one-liner about the Bayern Munich coach's lack of follicular fecundity.

Football Songs: ‘Shinji’s Coming Home’ By Los Dortmundas Is A Sure-Fire Hit! (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Can't wait to hear this one being belted out by 70,000 Dortmund fans when Shinji Kagawa finally makes it back out onto the pitch at the Westfalenstadion...

No need to be so glum, guys you've written yourselves a sure-fire hit there!

Bayern Munich

‘He Lied To Me, He Lied To His Teammates’ – Roma President Derides ‘Poisonous’ Mehdi Benatia As Postpartum Sniping Continues

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By Chris Wright

After joining Bayern Munich on a five-year deal a couple ofweeks ago, both Mehdi Benatia and his former employers, Roma, have been at each other's throats with sly remarks flying back and forth between the two parties.

It all kicked off again on Monday when Benatia claimed in an interview withGerman magazine Kicker that he was disappointed atRoma for selling him after he told the club he wanted to stay.

AS Roma President Calls Mehdi Benatia ‘Poison’ And Speaks Out Against His ‘Lies’

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AS Roma president James Pallotta has released a statement hitting out at Mehdi Benatia and accused his former defender of lying.

Benatia told the German publicationKickerthat he had intended to stay with Roma this summer, but it was the Italian club's idea to sell the player in order to raise funds.

Bayern Munich Donate 255 Allianz Arena Seats To Macedonian School To Help Upgrade Their Football Pitch (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

Cracking little Sunday morning feelgood story here, with the news that Bayern Munich have answered a cry for help from a Macedonian school in their continuing attempts to provide adequate football facilities for their pupils.

Writing on behalf of the school in Dollogozha, Bayern's worldwide fanclub politely requested that the Bavarian club donate 100 of the removed seats that were replaced during this summer's modernisation of the South Stand at the Allianz Arena.

Green joins Hamburg on season-long loan

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By DAN KARELL

Julian Green's chances of playing major minutes in the Bundesliga this season have just increased.

On the final day of the transfer window, the U.S. Men's National Teamwinger has completed a season-long loan from Bayern Munich to fellow Bundesliga club Hamburg SV, and will wear the number, 37.

Snapshot: Xabi Alonso Dressed In Lederhosen, Still Ridiculously Handsome Brute…

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By Chris Wright

Here's Xabi Alonso and Mehdi Benatia looking positively overjoyed at the prospect of arriving at Bayern Munich just in time for the club's annual pre-Oktoberfest Paulaner photo shoot/lederhosen spectacular!

Good timing, chaps!

Lederhosen stehen ihnen gut.

Julian Green Leaving Bayern Munich For One Year Loan To Hamburger SV

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Julian Green from the United State's Men's National Team and Bayern Munich will be leaving Bayern to join Hamburger SV for a one-year loan deal, as confirmed by his father's twitter as well as Sven Töllner of Sky Sports earlier today.

Green joined Bayern Munich in 2013 after signing a four-year deal that will see him with the Bundesliga giants until 2017.

Julian Green Leaving Bayern Munich For One Year Loan To Hamburger SV

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Julian Green from the United State's Men's National Team and Bayern Munich will be leaving Bayern to join Hamburger SV for a one-year loan deal, as confirmed by his father's twitter as well as Sven Töllner of Sky Sports earlier today.

Green joined Bayern Munich in 2013 after signing a four-year deal that will see him with the Bundesliga giants until 2017.

Transfers & Rumours

Deadline Day: Arsenal Plan Daring ‘Take It Or Leave It’ £40m Raid For Marco Reus

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By Chris Wright

According to the Daily Express, Arsenal are waiting until cover of darkness to stage a daring midnightraid on Borussia Dortmund for their much-vaunted forward Maro Reus.

Reus reportedly has a clause in his contract that would see him able to leave Dortmund for just £25million next summer and, with that in mind, it's being mooted that the Gunners are hoping to tempt the Bundesliga club into selling early by slapping a take-it-or-leave-it £40million wodge on the table just before the window closes.

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.

2014-2015

Die Allianz Frauen Bundesliga [Sponsored Video]

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Die Allianz Frauen Bundesliga [Sponsored Video]

Die Männer sind ja in ihrer Bundesliga schon wieder seit ein paar Tagen voll im Geschäft und präsentieren uns endlich genau das wieder, was wir in den letzten Wochen sehr stark vermisst haben, nämlich Kampf, Leidenschaft, Emotionen...also kurz gesagt, einfach nur Fussball!

Die Allianz Frauen Bundesliga [Sponsored Video]

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Die Allianz Frauen Bundesliga [Sponsored Video]

Die Männer sind ja in ihrer Bundesliga schon wieder seit ein paar Tagen voll im Geschäft und präsentieren uns endlich genau das wieder, was wir in den letzten Wochen sehr stark vermisst haben, nämlich Kampf, Leidenschaft, Emotionen...also kurz gesagt, einfach nur Fussball!

The Rest

Campeonato Alemão - Primeira Divisão - 2014/2015

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Pos. Team GP Pts W D L GF GA +/-
1 Bayer Leverkusen 3 7 2 1 0 9 5 4
2 Bayern München 3 7 2 1 0 5 2 3
3 Hannover 96 3 7 2 1 0 4 1 3
4 Borussia Dortmund 3 6 2 0 1 6 5 1
5 Mönchengladbach 3 5 1 2 0 5 2 3
6 Paderborn 3 5 1 2 0 5 2 3
7 Mainz 3 5 1 2 0 5 3 2
8 Hoffenheim 3 5 1 2 0 4 2 2
9 1.

Shit Football Kits: 1860 Munich Celebrate Oktoberfest With Incredible New ‘Lederhosen’ Strip

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By Chris Wright

With Oktoberfest just around the corner, 2. Bundesliga side 1860 Munich have launched a celebratory new home kit on their unsuspecting public complete with lederhosen-effect shorts...

For those keen on massacring your eyeballs further, 1860 are planning to debut their horrific(ly amazing) new strip againstIngolstadtto coincide with the beginning of Oktoberfest on the weekend of 20th September.

Soccer Sunday: Your Running Commentary

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By IVES GALARCEP

Julian Green's loan stint with Bundesliga side Hamburg kicks off today, as we find out just what his new club has planned for him.

Green and Hamburg take on Hannover 96 in one of the matches that will attract the most interest from Americans eager to see if Green is ready to earn regular minutes with Hamburg.

Schalke 04 Transform Veltins Arena Tunnel Into Replica Mine Shaft (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

With the club always keen to maintain links to their proud mining heritage, Schalke 04 have transformed the tunnel at their Veltins-Arena stadium into a replica coal mine.

The result is impressivelyatmospheric...

Ein Blick in den "neuen" #Schalke'r Spielertunnel.

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!