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Joel Campbell on his way to fight for his place at Arsenal

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How do we utilise Campbell this season? by KJ Joel Campbell has just tweeted that he's on his way back to England. It is too early to expect him to be ready for the game against the New York Red Bulls but I expect him to join up with the team next Thursday (as will [...]

Arsenal Debate – Keep Joel Campbell or send him on loan?

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Is Joel Campbell ready? Arsenal has given a huge huge hint that Joel Campbell could be in the Arsenal squad next year competing with Giroud for playing time. This can be seen from Arsenal including the striker's picture and name in the squad list on the official Arsenal website. However, many Gooners will question if [.

Would Arsenal really grab an easy £15 million profit on Joel Campbell?

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Arsenal fans were all saying "Joel Who?" when Arsene Wenger spent a million pounds on signing the unknown Costa Rican Joel Campbell three years ago, but now he has been thrust into the spotlight with some brilliant performances at the World Cup. Campbell has never even played a competitive game for Arsenal as his three [.

World Cup 2014

Top ten best things of the World Cup

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I guess after getting annoyed and writing a negative post on the bad things of the World Cup yesterday, I should write one of the best things of the World Cup, in my personal view. 10. Seeing friends and family during this World Cup: For me this World Cup was an excuse to travel and enjoy with friends and family, and I did so shamelessly.

World Soccer Talk’s Best Starting XI Of The 2014 World Cup

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In arguably the greatest World Cup ever, the five week adventure that is the grand global tournament in Brazil has now concluded.

Now in a fitting conclusion that saw a resilient and mentally strong German side win their fourth world championship (and first as a unified national side), we've put together a final team of the tournament that represents the best starting XI.

Bayern Munich Agree €10million Fee For Costa Rica Goalkeeper Keylor Navas

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Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas is heading to Bayern Munich for a reported €10million fee as confirmed by Levante Vice-President Thomas Perez.

Navas became much sought-after following an impressive performance for Costa Rica during the 2014 World Cup. Los Ticos were eventually defeated by the Netherlands on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals.

Brazil 2014: Semifinal 1 – Brazil vs. Germany – preview

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David, is that you? (sbs.com.au)

Brazil versus Germany in a World Cup semifinal! Feel like you've seen this before? You haven't not at this stage of the tournament. Austin Fido previews the first time these teams have met in the second-to-last game of the World Cup...

If this feels like a familiar set of semifinalists Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Netherlands it's because it is: there has never been a World Cup without at least one of these four teams in the semifinals.

Best Starting XI From World Cup Quarterfinals

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Four tightly contested quarterfinals have passed us by with diligent displays and standout sensations rewarded in this Best XI of the second knockout round.

Here is the team:

Goalkeeper

GK- Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)

In case most thought that Tim Howard was the undisputed best goalkeeper of the tournament, the soon to be ex-Levante netminder proved once again that his credentials for that honor are even better than the American stalwart.

Travels in Brazil: World Cup Matchday Experience in Salvador, Brazil

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SALVADOR, BRAZIL – The day had finally arrived. This was the whole point of booking a plane ticket less than a month ago and deciding to come down to Brazil at the last minute (besides, of course, the experience of traveling to a new place). This was the day I would finally be stepping foot inside the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador to watch a World Cup quarterfinal match – Costa Rica vs.

Krul Was Fantastic – Why Does He Have To Defend Himself?

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It seems the English press are trying to make our own Tim Krul feel badly about his heroics in the penalty shoot-out against Costa Rica, which will godown in the annals of the World Cup as a super successful move by coach Louis van Gaal. Tim saves brilliantly from Umana to put the Dutch through [..

Daily Cup Check: Day 22

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The Argentine answer to Sloth Kong (theguardian.com)

We have our final four, and much like Thom Yorke demanded there are no surprises. How did we get here? Glad you asked, David Byrne. Any other frontmen we can include? Let's find out...

Saturday's Games

Argentina 1 Belgium 0

In the previews before the tournament, I said it felt like this was a tournament too early for the Belgians.

Sunday round-up as heroic Costa Rica go home

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Some brief Sunday morning thoughts about yesterday's World Cup action and more.

First off, Costa Rica deserve huge credit for their display last night and for the tournament they've had overall. Topping a group with England, Uruguay and Italy really was a fantastic achievement and to reach the quarter-finals was amazing.

The Fantas-Tico warriors are out

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Nobody expected Costa Rica to get this close to a semifinal. It took penalty kicks for the Dutch to defeat the Ticos, who held on to 0-0 with hard fight and commitment. No teams have fought their hearts out like the Ticos. If teams like Spain, England or even Argentina fought just a fraction of what the Ticos do, they would be title contenders.

SBI World Cup Man of the Match: Tim Krul

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By TYLER GRAY

Despite The Netherlands constant barrage on Costa Rica's goal for the better part of 120 minutes, the Dutch found themselves in a penalty shootout.

Goalkeeper Tim Krul was the third and final sub of the match and he proved he was worth head coach Louis Van Gaal's gamble with an unforgettable performance.

WATCH Netherlands-Costa Rica Match Highlights [VIDEO]; Dutch Secure Semi-Final Place [VIDEO]

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Netherlands qualified for the World Cup semi-final after defeating Costa Rica on penalty kicks.

During the match, Wesley Sneijder hit the woodwork twice, but the Dutch were unable to score against a Costa Rica side who continued to play a high line and catch Netherlands in countless offside traps.

Netherlands vs Costa Rica Starting Lineups, TV Times and World Cup Open Thread

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In the final World Cup quarterfinal, it's a David against Goliath match with Costa Rica battling against the mighty Netherlands. Don't underestimate Costa Rica, who have already shown that they can overcome teams such as Italy, Uruguay and Greece.

Where to watch -

The 4 PM EST/12 PM PST kick-off can be watched at -

• English language:ESPN andWatchESPN
• Spanish language:Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

Ravshan IRMATOV (Uzbekistan)

Starting lineups -

Holland: Cillessen, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Kuijt, Sneijder, Wijnaldum, Blind, Depay, Robben, Van Persie.

World Cup 2014: Round of 16 TV/streaming information and open thread - Argentina vs. Belgium & Netherlands vs. Costa Rica

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The World Cup quarterfinals continue today. You're probably wiped out from Independence Day revelry, and D.C. United doesn't play until 7 tonight. Take it easy today and let the soccer wash over you. Argentina needs to prove they aren't a one-man gang, while Belgium needs to show they can score before the final minutes.

Netherlands vs Costa Rica Predicted Lineups and Expert Analysis

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There were not many pundits that expected the Netherlands to go this far in the 2014 World Cup. Pitted alongside the holders Spain and a vibrant Chile team, there was a sense that Louis van Gaal's progressive Dutch side would fall just short in the group stage, but this campaign would make for the core of young players that make up this squad.

Brazil 2014: Quarterfinals – Argentina vs Belgium & Costa Rica vs Netherlands – preview

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Surprising number of Toluca fans in Belgium (channel3000.com)

Austin Fido looks at what the second day of World Cup quarterfinals might have in store...

No surprises in the opening pair of quarterfinals: Brazil and Germany were favorites to make the semifinals; without appearing convincingly better than their opponents, both are through.

Netherlands vs Costa Rica Preview: Oranje Clash With Fairy Tale Story

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The Round of 16 is over, the optimism and joyous attacking play of the group stage have given way to the need for ruthless precision and unyielding determination. Though we saw teams depart the tournament in the group stage those are exits we could often see coming, make our peace and begin to figure out where it went wrong.

Costa Rica Concerned About Arjen Robben’s Diving

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Following another decisive display of theatrics in the Netherlands 2-1 comeback victory over Mexico in the Round of 16, Arjen Robben has once again become a lightning rod.

Robben whose diving and petulance was one of the leading topics of the 2010 World Cup and also of multiple UEFA Champions League campaignsis now being targeted by Costa Rica's Head CoachJorge Luis Pinto:

"I would like to ask Fifa and the referees to watch Robben.

Can the Netherlands Return to the Final? Can They Win it All?

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It is somewhat incredible to think that the Netherlands World Cup run has become something of a surprise. After all, they were in the final of the 2010 World Cup and only narrowly lost in extra time.

Their 2012 Euro campaign was beyond disappointing after they lost all three of their group stage matches, but they blazed through the qualifying rounds to become the first European team to qualify.

Brazil 2014: The Delicious Game – Costa Rica Edition

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It is time. Time to get Delicious. (ceastudyabroadblog.com)

USMNT is gone, but the World Cup is not, and you still have to eat. Fortunately, Alex White has choked back the tears long enough to bring you the scoop on the most delicious of the eight remaining teams in the tournament.

UEFA 2-Concacaf 1

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Another UEFA-Concacaf tie when Belgium played USA. USA were not convincing, but played with heart and spirit, and that always wins friends. I do think they need to take more risks; go more forward, instead of relying so much on defense. That said, great defense, and not least a fantastic Tim Howard! The first round of this tournament has been all about the strikers, but these knock-out stages

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Analysis: Key Tactical takeaways the smaller teams taught us at the World Cup

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Analysis: Key Tactical takeaways the smaller teams taught us at the World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Once the dust has settled on Germany's World Cup triumph, and we have a chance to look back at one of the best spectacles in World football, we can truly realise what we witnessed this past World Cup.

Analysis: Key Tactical takeaways the smaller teams taught us at the World Cup

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Analysis: Key Tactical takeaways the smaller teams taught us at the World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Once the dust has settled on Germany's World Cup triumph, and we have a chance to look back at one of the best spectacles in World football, we can truly realise what we witnessed this past World Cup.

World Cup Team of the Tournament: Who is in the best XI of Brazil 2014?

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World Cup Team of the Tournament: Who is in the best XI of Brazil 2014? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the wake of the fantastically entertaining World Cup finals in Brazil, the BBC have released a team picked by their pundits as the Team of the Tournament. Former England trio; Alan Shearer, Chris Waddle and Rio Ferdinand put their heads together with on-location Brazil correspondent, Tim Vickery, to select the best XI from the stunning competition.

Paid Their Dues - The Apocalypse Is Nigh

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David Myrie plays in a World Cup Semifinal match, Faryd Mondragon retires, and the Denim Vest World Tour makes it's latest stop in the Netherlands.

David Myrie, who was the Union's Corben Bone before Corben Bone was the Union's Corben Bone, somehow wound up playing in Costa Rica's World Cup Semifinal match against the Netherlands.

Visualized: Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica aet

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As always, match data from Stats Zone, except average position locations from ESPN FC.


Two managers and teams cancel each other out tactically, then one manager springs a psychological surprise in the penalty shoot-out.

Van Gaal knew his side had to be patient, keeping possession in defense and on the flanks, passing, poking, and prodding.

Netherlands vs Costa Rica 2014 World Cup Highlights Penalties Video 4-3 Tim Krul Video

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Netherlands (4) 0-0 (3) Costa Rica: Wonder-sub Tim Krul ‘saves’ the day to set up an Oranje Semi Final

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Netherlands (4) 0-0 (3) Costa Rica: Wonder-sub Tim Krul 'saves' the day to set up an Oranje Semi Final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Louis Van Gaal's Dutch teamwere held goalless all the way through 120 minutes of play against a feisty Costa Rica side that have donetheir nation very proud in Brazil.

bwin blogger’s league: Dutch Delight

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In the final game of the Quarter Final stages, Holland take on the surprise package of the tournament in Costa Rica. Whilst there are no easy games at these stages in major tournaments, Holland must be quietly relieved that they've got, at least on paper the easiest route to the semi-final. Mind you, I've thought this about every side that Costa Rica have come up against.

Predictions and Previews For World Cup Quarterfinals

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The World Cup is well and truly into the business end of the competition. As the dust settles on the round of 16 there's been no shortage of drama, controversy and talking points.

The best South American side playing in yellow is not Brazil; Arjen Robben will be closely scrutinized after admitting his penchant for taking a tumble.

Netherlands v Costa Rica: Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction

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Netherlands v Costa Rica: Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Netherlands will take on Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador on Saturday for a place in the World Cup semi-final, with the clash seen as a match betweenthe third favourites and the biggest surprise package of the tournament.

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L’Olanda la spunta ai rigori contro la Costa Rica. Van Gaal mette Krul e il nuovo Dudek ne para due

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Una gara stregata per l'Olanda di Van Gaal, chiusa però con il sorriso più grande, quello dell'ingresso in semifinale, nella quale gli Orange sfideranno l'Argentina di Lionel Messi. I Tulipani festeggiano l'accesso tra le migliori quattro, rompono la maledizione dei supplementari (erano sempre usciti sconfitti, ndr) e trovano la terza semifinale dal 1998 mentre si [.

Tocca all’Argentina di Messi, alle 18 contro il Belgio. In serata Costa Rica-Olanda

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Brasilia, la capitale di questo mondiale ospiter alle 18 di oggi il quarto di finale tra Argentina e Belgio, due squadre che statisticamente sono molto simili e per questo dovrebbero dar vita ad una gara bella e combattuta. Queste sono due delle quattro squadre che in questo mondiale non hanno mai perso, sono anche le [.

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Seguir en vivo Holanda vs Costa Rica cuartos de final Brasil 2014

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Seguir en vivo Holanda vs Costa Rica gamecast de FIFA

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El sábado 5 de julio a las 3 de la tarde hora del centro de México en el Estadio Fonte Nova, Salvador de Bahía en partido de cuartos de final, la Selección de Costa Rica enfrentará a los Holandeses.

Antecedentes Holanda vs Costa Rica cuartos de final Brasil 2014

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El sábado 5 de julio a las 3 de la tarde hora del centro de México en el Estadio Fonte Nova, Salvador de Bahía en partido de cuartos de final, la Selección de Costa Rica enfrentará a los Holandeses.

Los de Costa Rica llegaron a esta fase derrotando en penales a los Griegos mientras que Holanda derrotó a México por 2 a 1 con un polémico e inexistente penal.

The Rest

Tightening up

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I mentioned it in passing below, but by my reckoning Costa Rica caught their opponents offside 41 times this World Cup. There was a spell when basically Holland were caught every time they tried to attack. This, to me, really speaks for the value of hard work in defending. It has been noted in the newspapers that individually, the Costa Rica defence aren't superstars.

SBI Saturday Rewind: Neymar airlifted home as Zuñiga apologizes; CONCACAF’s Costa Rica out; and more

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

In case there was any doubt about the seriousness of Neymar's condition, the pictures released Saturday said it all. Heading home from Brazil's training camp to continue his recovery, Neymar was airlifted via helicopter with live television cameras and photographers there to see the superstar wave from a stretcher on board.