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.
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.
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:
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a post from: Just Football
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bundesliga 2014/15: Are Wolfsburg ready to retake their place at German football's top table? is a post from: Just Football
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.
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.
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 [.