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Pulisic comes up big for Dortmund in Bundesliga opener

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There's a new season, same story feel to what Christian Pulisic did in Borussia Dortmund's opening day 3-0 win at Wolfsburg. Pulisic opened the scoring in the 22nd with Marc Bartra doubling the lead four minutes later. Pulisic assisted on Pierre Aubameyang's goal in the 60th.

"I am really satisfied," Dortmund coach Peter Bosz said.

Saturday European Rewind: Stoke shocks Arsenal, Dortmund cruises past Wolfsburg, and more

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In the late fixture of the day in England, Stoke City used a goal from newly acquired Jese to defeat Arsenal 1-0. The PSG loanee finished off Saido Berahino's assist after 47 minutes to the bottom right corner.

It was his first goal for the club since signing. Arsenal created six shots on goal, but Jack Butland kept all six out in the home clean sheet for the Potters.

European Weekend Preview: Tottenham hosts Chelsea, Bundesliga begins, and more

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As three of Europe's top league begin this weekend, the top match comes from Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur welcomes London rivals Chelsea to Wembley, looking to make add more misery to the Blues start of the season. Mauricio Pochettino's side used a pair of second-half goals on the opening weekend at Newcastle in a 2-0 victory.

Footy On The Telly – August 18-25

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This week, The Union are ...(sigh)... well.... "Trusting The Process." Also, College Soccer, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Copa Sudamerica, and lots of league fixtures

Scottish superstar could leave Leipzig this summer

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Scotland international Oliver Burke could leave Bundesliga club RB Leipzig this summer, reports the Daily Record.

Burke was signed by Leipzig from Nottingham Forest in 2016 in a move that surprised many. Although the 20-year-old played a few games since his 13 million move from Forest, he failed to hold down a regular place in the club’s starting XI.

5 USMNT players to watch in Europe

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 14, 2017) US Soccer Players – The long, hot summer of preseason friendlies and nonsensical curtain-raiser Super Cup matches has finally given way to the start of the domestic season across most of Europe's five major domestic leagues. With France and England already underway, with Germany, Italy and Spain soon to follow, it's time to take stock of Americans playing abroad and which ones to keep an eye on over the next nine months.

The Premier League returns, Brooks injured

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The USMNT players in Europe and Mexico starts with the Premier League. the 2017-18 season began with Danny Williams subbing on in the 57th minute for Huddersfield Town in their 3-0 shutout of Crystal Palace. An own-goal put Huddersfield up in the 23rd minute at Selhurst Park. Steve Mounie scored in the 26th and 78th minutes.

Schalke in talks to sign Chelsea defender, confirms club official

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Bundesliga outfit FC Schalke 04 are officially negotiating a deal to sign Chelsea left back Abdul ‘Baba’ Rahman, said club sporting director Christian Heidel.

The Ghana international spent last season on loan at Schalke where he made 20 appearances for the club in the first half of the season before injuring his knee at the Africa Cup of Nations in January and subsequently ending his 2016/17 campaign then and there.

Champions League 2017/18 Play-offs: Liverpool's tough outing, Celtic handed easy draw

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The Champions League 2017/18 playoff draw takes place at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon today and the likes of Celtic and Liverpool wait to find out who they face in the final qualification hurdle. The play-offs will decide the last ten places in the group stage.

The draw for the play-off fixtures begin at 11 am BST and here at Sportslens, we bring you the fixtures and the list of participants taking part in the draw.

Pochettino eyeing attacking duo; Spurs set to step up their interest in Bundesliga forward

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Tottenham are looking to add to their attack this summer and the Londoners are interested in Genoa’s Giovanni Simeone according to Daily Mirror.

The 22-year-old Argentine has done well in Serie A so far and Mirror believes that he is a target for Spurs, Palace, Torino and Fiorentina.

Giovanni is the son of the Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.

10 Most Expensive Transfers And The Titles They Won In Their First Season

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Neymar’s record-breaking £198 million move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain has sent shockwaves through the world of football.

Questions over the size of the fee and what it means for the long-term future of the game have been asked, while many people have also debated whether it’s a good move for Neymar’s career.

Champions League 2017/18: Date, Time, Teams and Procedure of the play-off draw

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Dutch giants Ajax crashed out of the Champions League qualifiers after drawing 2-2 at home to Nice last night.

The first leg ended 1-1 in France and the Ligue 1 outfit have made it through to the Champions League play-off on away goals. Vincent Marcel scored the late equaliser for Nice, ten minutes from time.

Newcastle agree deal to sign combative midfielder, Player set to finalise his move this week

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Premier League outfit Newcastle are close to announcing the transfer of Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino this week.

According to Telegraph, Newcastle and Dortmund have agreed on a fee for Merino and the player is set to travel to England to finalise his move.

Rafa Benitez was keen on signing the highly talented central midfielder this summer and the Spanish manager will be delighted to have secured his services.

Spurs closing in on Bundesliga defender, 22-yr-old German could be an asset for Pochettino

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Tottenham are looking to sign the highly rated German defender Jeremy Toljan this summer.

According to Record, the Premier League giants are closing in on a deal for the 22-year-old Hoffenheim player.

Toljan is a key member of Germany’s U21 squad and he helped his country win the U21 Euros last month.

West Ham close to agreeing fee for top class poacher, star likely to debut in this game

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West Ham United are closing in on a deal to sign the Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez.

According to Sky Sports, the Hammers are expected to confirm the deal within the next few days.

BREAKING: @WestHamUtd expected to sign @CH14_ from @bayer04fussball “in a matter of days” – Sky sources.

NOW is the time to bet on Arsenal to win the League next season

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Arsenal fans have every right to be excited about the coming season after seeing the arrival of the goal machine, Alexandre Lacazette, and the best left back in the Bundesliga, Sead Kolasinac. We are expected to see at least one more top class arrival before the window shuts, and it looks like Arsene Wenger is [.

Bayern Munich

Video ref gets thumbs up on Bundesliga debut

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Berlin (AFP) – The historic debut of the video assistant referee in Germany’s top flight got a thumbs up from the relieved match referee after it spotted a penalty in Bayern Munich’s opening win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern were 2-0 up at home in Friday’s first game of the new Bundesliga season when the VAR, which is being trialled for the first time in the German league this season, made its first intervention.

Video ref gets thumbs up on Bundesliga debut

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Berlin (AFP) – The historic debut of the video assistant referee in Germany’s top flight got a thumbs up from the relieved match referee after it spotted a penalty in Bayern Munich’s opening win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern were 2-0 up at home in Friday’s first game of the new Bundesliga season when the VAR, which is being trialled for the first time in the German league this season, made its first intervention.

Video referee landmark as Bayern claim opening win

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Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski converted a second-half penalty, awarded by a video assistant referee intervention, as champions Bayern Munich opened the 2017/18 Bundesliga season with a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Friday.

The video assistant referee is being trialled in the Bundesliga this season and came into play for the first time to spot that Lewandowski was fouled in the area in the second-half.

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The remaining European Leagues get started this weekend with La Liga, Serie A, and the Bundesliga all seeing their first action of the new season, which leads to another Saturday of dawn til dusk soccer on your TV.

Bayern Munich's title defense kicks off Friday night against Bayer Leverkusen on FS1, which also broadcasts an MLS tilt between Portland Timbers and New York Red Bulls that night.

Impact Stub: Bayern Munich’s New Sporting Director Has Banned Carlo Ancelotti From Smoking On The Job

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Bayern Munich recently appointed Hasan Salihamidzic as their new sporting director and the former Champions League-winning midfielder's first order of business was a decidedly risky one.

In an effort to promote a more wholesome, healthy image, Salihamidzic approached head coach Carlo Ancelotti and asked him to stop smoking on club premises, be that sneaking out for a ciggie during training sessions or enjoying a crafty bifter round the back of the bins at the Allianz Arena on matchdays.

Bayern Munich: Franck Ribery Cheekily Unties Referee’s Boot Laces Before Whipping Home 20-Yard Freekick (Video)

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Bayern Munich got their DFB Pokal campaign off to a flying start on Saturday afternoon with a 5-0 rollicking of third-tier Chemnitzer FC.

Franck Ribery scored the fourth goal of the onslaught by tucking away a smart 20-yard free-kick, but not before having a cheeky fiddle with the referee's boot laces.

FOX Sports’ Bundesliga TV schedule revealed for first month of new season

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FOX Sports will launch its television coverage of the 2017/18 season on FS1 on Friday, August 18 with a live broadcast of Bayern Munich against Bayer Leverkusen. The new season will be FOX’s third consecutive season of its five-year TV rights deal with Germany’s top-flight league.

Compared to the 2016/17 season on FOX Sports, the schedule from FOX Sports is very similar so far.

How to watch the 2017-18 Bundesliga season

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It's the Bundesliga, the league that every American likes to pretend they once watched on PBS a long time ago. If Soccer Made in Germany had those ratings, even the language barrier wouldn't have prevented the Bundesliga from being the most popular European league in the States. It's not, something that is a challenge for the current version.

Neuer replaces Lahm as Bayern’s captain

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Berlin (AFP) – Germany goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer will replace Philipp Lahm as Bayern Munich’s skipper for next season, the Bundesliga champions’ chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed.

“Our number one is the number one (choice) - Manuel Neuer,” Rummenigge told Munich daily newspaper TZ.

Americans Abroad

Christian Pulisic scores in Dortmund's Bundesliga opener

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It didn't take Christian Pulisic long to find the back of the net in Borussia Dortmund's Bundesliga opener.

The 18-year-old scored his first goal and his club's first goal of the season on Saturday, as he hit a confident shot off a Mario Gotze pass from the right side of the box off the left post and into the net.

Weston McKennie starts for Schalke in DFB-Pokal opener

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One of the young Americans waiting to make his mark on the first team in Germany earned his first chance of the new season to impress on Monday.

Weston McKennie, who was promoted to the Schalke first team at the end of last season, made his first start for the Bundesliga club on Monday in the DFB-Pokal opener against BFC Dynamo from Berlin, a team from the Regionalliga Nordost in the fourth tier of German soccer.

Report: Werder Bremen set to sell USMNT forward Aron Johannsson

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A U.S. Men's National Team forward may be set to depart his team in the coming weeks.

USMNT striker Aron Johannsson is reportedly ready to leave his Bundesliga club Werder Bremen in search of more playing time, reports ESPN FC. Johannsson, who has been struggling to find time on the field after his return from injury, could be out in the next few days or weeks.

Pulisic scores for Borussia Dortmund in the Supercup

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The USMNT players in Europe and Mexico opens with Christian Pulisic picking up where he left off with Borussia Dortmund, scoring in the 2017 Supercup loss to Bayern Munich on penalties. Pulisic opened the scoring in the 12th minute with Bayern equalizing in the 18th. Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned the lead in the 71st with Bayern equalizing in the 88th from an own-goal.

RB Leipzig

Schalke 04 Celebrate First Bundesliga Game Of Season By Offering Every Fan (Over 16) Free Beer On The House

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Schalke 04 are planning to celebrate the start of the new season by buying what they're calling the biggest round of drinks in Bundesliga history!

Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the club's association with the local C. & A. Veltins brewery, Schalke are planning to ply every single fan (over the age of 16) that attends this Saturday's opening match againstRB Leipzig with a free beer.

RB Leipzig Director Ralf Rangnick Issues Semi-Apology After Saying Iffy Things About Liverpool Target Naby Keita And His ‘Village’

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One of the more tedious transfer yarns of the summer has taken a turn for the sour, after RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick let some very dubious comments about Liverpool target Naby Keita slip yesterday.

Discussing Leipzig's reluctance to part with Keita, Rangnick claimed that the club were not only fending off pressure from Liverpool, but also from "a whole village in Guinea" who are, at least in Rangnick's mind, attempting to coerce Keita into chasing the money.

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Bundesliga games in Spanish-language moving from GolTV to Univision Deportes

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As the new Bundesliga kicks off this weekend, soccer fans in the United States will see a change regarding the Spanish-language coverage of the German top-flight league.

While FOX Deportes will continue to show games as they have done in the past, GolTV will no longer be broadcasting Bundesliga games.

Bundesliga games in Spanish-language moving from GolTV to Univision Deportes

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As the new Bundesliga kicks off this weekend, soccer fans in the United States will see a change regarding the Spanish-language coverage of the German top-flight league.

While FOX Deportes will continue to show games as they have done in the past, GolTV will no longer be broadcasting Bundesliga games.

The Rest

Hamburg: Nicolai Muller Ruled Out For Seven Months After Rupturing Knee Ligament While Celebrating Goal (Photo & Video)

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Hamburg opened their Bundesliga campaign with a 1-0 win over Augsburg, with winger Nicolai Muller grabbing the only goal of the game.

Alas, the eighth-minute goal also saw Muller's involvement in the match come to an abrupt end when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the act of celebrating it.

2017/18 SBI Bundesliga Season Preview

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As we near the beginning of another Bundesliga campaign, the main question is simple: can anybody stand in the way of Bayern Munich and their quest for a sixth consecutive league title?

Carlo Ancelotti's men have kept a lot of the same faces, while bringing in a slew of young talent as well.

Leeds close to another summer signing, Attacker spotted in town ahead of transfer

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Bundesliga forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga is closing in on a transfer to Leeds United this summer.

According to German outlet Die Welt, the player was in England during the weekend. The Hamburg forward watched Leeds United battle it out against Preston North End at Elland Road.

The forward was spotted at a hotel in Leeds later as well.

Around The Forest: Christian Pulisic scores goal to open the Bundesliga

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VAR makes it debut, David Accam staying in Chicago? Chelsea lose to Arsenal in Community Shield and more!

Portland:

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Soccer TV: Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich

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Fox is betting big on the DFL-Supercup for some reason, showing Saturday's game on network television. You'd think this was a shot at whoever has the right's to Sunday's Community Shield game, but that's also a Fox property. It's relegated to FS1, begging the question as to why Fox thinks Borussia Dortmund playing Bayern Munich might be a bigger weekend soccer TV attraction than Arsenal vs Chelsea.

Borussia Dortmund join race for Manchester City youth star

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Bayern jet off with Bundesliga title “already in the bag”

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich landed in China on Monday for their pre-season tour with the German giants already tipped to win a sixth straight Bundesliga title - five weeks before the new season starts.

Bayern touched down in Shanghai to start their tour of China and Singapore with the new German league season to start on Friday August 18.