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Gettin' A Rep

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Yeah, Bobby Wood is sorta becoming the late strike king. And, ya know, just a very productive forward. On Friday night, the Union Berlin ace leveled matters at Kaiserslautern with four minutes to play, earning a 2-2 share. The US international now has eight league goals, good for a fourth place tie on the scoring chart.

Jordan-esque

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Werder Bremen trialist Jordan Morris marked his friendly debut by deftly setting up Claudio Pizarro's lone goal against Inter Baku on Friday afternoon. Check it out.- Greg Seltzer

A Junior Flag

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A rumor going around this week is that Orlando City are close to sealing a loan move for Borussia Dortmund youth player Junior Flores. Sorry to say, but as nice as that sounds, I've been informed by those who would know that such a thing has never been discussed by these parties. Now, that's not to say that Orlando won't soon be luring a US youth international with a catchy name back from Europe

Transfer News and Gossip

Photo: Tottenham defender signs for Werder Bremen

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Herzlich willkommen bei #Werder,Milos #Vejlkovic!Der U20-Weltmeister hat bei den Grün-Weißen bis 2019 unterschrieben pic.twitter.com/fLtKyJM4SL...

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Liverpool target Joel Matip offered new Schalke contract

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Liverpool transfer target Joel Matip has been offered a double-your-money deal to stay at current club Schalke, according to the German broadcaster...

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Liverpool preparing to sign former Man Utd striker Javier Hernandez

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Liverpool are plotting a deal to bring ex-Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez to Anfield in the summer transfer window, according to The...

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp holds meeting with Granit Xhaka’s agent

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken to the agent of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka as he starts planning for next season,...

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Photos: Chelsea’s Papy Djilobodji signs for Werder Bremen, trains with new team-mates

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Papy #Djilobodji wechselt auf Leihbasis bis zum Sommer zu #Werder:https://t.co/9ndIclqh7Y! Herzlich willkommen, Papy pic.twitter.com/e2uPsNRVYS...

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Werder Bremen confirm negotiations to sign Chelsea man

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German side Werder Bremen have confirmed they are in talks to sign Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji. The centre-back arrived from French outfit...

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Adidas pushing for Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi to Man Utd

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Manchester United's kit suppliers Adidas are pushing for Lionel Messi to move to Old Trafford and they want Pep Guardiola to join as...

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Liverpool agree deal to sign defender Joel Matip

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Liverpool have struck a deal in principle to sign Schalke centre-back Joel Matip, according to the Daily Mirror. The 24-year-old Cameroon...

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang again rejects Arsenal transfer talk

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Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has once again ruled out a transfer to Arsenal. The Gabon international, aged 26, spoke out after...

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Liverpool warned off Neven Subotic

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Liverpool have been warned off Neven Subotic by Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel. The 27-year-old is a firm favourite of Reds boss Jurgen...

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Arsenal swoop for Granit Xhaka and Adrien Rabiot

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Arsenal are preparing a £52m double swoop to bolster their midfield, according to the Daily Star Sunday. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly...

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Man Utd and Chelsea target Robert Lewandowski considers transfer

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Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City have all been alerted to a possible £70m deal to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski,...

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Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji linked with Stuttgart transfer

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Chelsea flop Papy Djilobodji is a transfer target for Stuttgart, according to French newspaper L'Equipe. The 27-year-old was a surprise signing...

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Liverpool linked with Mario Gotze

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Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze is a transfer target for Liverpool, according to German tabloid Bild. Gotze played for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp at...

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France

Dele Alli – Premier League Young Player of the Year? #JF60 Best Youngsters in Europe Review, week 13

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There's only one place to start with our #JF60 60 Best Young Footballers to Watch in 2015/16 Series review this week and that's with the cheeky chappy in incredible form for Spurs right...

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Michy Batshuayi: Europe’s hottest young striker right now? The #JF60 Review, week 12

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After Wallace, Williams, Romagnoli and Co in week 11 we're checking back in on our chosen 60 best young players in Europe for 2015/16. If you've missed out so far, the #JF60 is our annual feature in...

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US’s March tournament will feature four of the top five women’s teams in the world

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Three-time defending Olympic women's soccer champion United States will play host to England, France and Germany in a March tournament among four of the world's top teams ahead of August's Rio Olympics.

The Americans, who beat fourth-ranked Japan in last year's Women's World Cup final at Vancouver, will be tested by second-ranked Germany, third-ranked France and number five England for the SheBelieves Cup from March 3-9.

US’s March tournament will feature four of the top five women’s teams in the world

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Three-time defending Olympic women's soccer champion United States will play host to England, France and Germany in a March tournament among four of the world's top teams ahead of August's Rio Olympics.

The Americans, who beat fourth-ranked Japan in last year's Women's World Cup final at Vancouver, will be tested by second-ranked Germany, third-ranked France and number five England for the SheBelieves Cup from March 3-9.

USWNT to play Germany, England, France in SheBelieves Cup

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The Women's World Cup may have been played in 2015, but the U.S. Women's National Team has decided to play the world's best a year later any way.

On Tuesday, U.S. Soccer announced that the federation will host the SheBelieves Cup in March, a four-team tournament consisting of the USWNT,England, France and Germany.

Maars Rover?

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To follow up on last week's Björn Maars Johnsen post, that MLS interest is in competition with enduring suitors from all the places I outed in the fall (2.Bundesliga, the Netherlands, Greece, Russia), plus some in France and Turkey. I'm getting closer to pinpointing a few club names, but once the Bulgarian FA announced the fate of Litex Lovech, his move could happen quickly.

Bayern Munich

Video: Top 10 Greatest Bundesliga Keepers

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Germany have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to goalkeepers at the moment. Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer is one of the best keepers in...

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Boateng sidelined for three months, hopes to be ready for Euro 2016

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Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng expressed hope Monday that he would recover from a torn groin muscle injury in time to figure for Germany at Euro 2016. Boateng limped out of Bayern's 2-1 victory at Hamburg on Friday and a scan in Munich revealed the full extent of the problem with the player facing three months on the sidelines.

Boateng sidelined for three months, hopes to be ready for Euro 2016

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Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng expressed hope Monday that he would recover from a torn groin muscle injury in time to figure for Germany at Euro 2016. Boateng limped out of Bayern's 2-1 victory at Hamburg on Friday and a scan in Munich revealed the full extent of the problem with the player facing three months on the sidelines.

Man Utd deny Pep Guardiola meeting

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Manchester United have denied reports that they held a meeting with Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, according to the BBC. France Football magazine...

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Arsenal’s Mister Assister Mesut Özil Named Germany’s 2015 Player Of The Year

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Currently wowing the Premier League (and silencing the critics) with his silky skills, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil has been rewarded for his national team performances by picking up Germany's Player of the Year award for 2015.

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The award is voted for by fans of the national team, with Özil picking up 51,000 votes (45.

Arsenal

Arsenal star slams calls to change his approach

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From what a lot of so-called football experts have been saying about this Arsenal star, even this season when he has arguably been better than he was for Real Madrid and Werder Bremen and in the form of his life, you could be forgiven for thinking that Mesut Ozil was struggling to live up to [...]

Granit Xhaka says Francis Coquelin will vacate the Arsenal no.34 shirt for him

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Borussia Monchengladbach's midfielder anchorman Granit Xhaka has joked that Francis Coquelin has told him will give up his number 34 shirt in...

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Mesut Ozil continues making history on way to Balon D’Or?

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Arsenal's superb midfielder Mesut Ozil was looked at with amusement last year when he said that his aim was to win the Ballon D'or one day, especially as he had had a lacksadaisical season with the Gunners and was hardly considered to even be our best player. But when the new campaign began he hit [.

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German FA backs Gianni Infantino’s FIFA bid

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The German FA (DFB) confirmed on Wednesday they will back UEFA's general secretary Gianni Infantino in his bid to become the president of world football's governing body FIFA next month.

"Gianni Infantino is the candidate for Europe and is the best candidate as far as Rainer Koch and the leadership of the association is concerned," said DFB co-president Reinhard Rauball, who shares the role with Koch, in Frankfurt.

German FA backs Gianni Infantino’s FIFA bid

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The German FA (DFB) confirmed on Wednesday they will back UEFA's general secretary Gianni Infantino in his bid to become the president of world football's governing body FIFA next month.

"Gianni Infantino is the candidate for Europe and is the best candidate as far as Rainer Koch and the leadership of the association is concerned," said DFB co-president Reinhard Rauball, who shares the role with Koch, in Frankfurt.

Videos

Morris says "Nein"

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There's no telling of the reason at this time, but if Jordan Morris decided to stay home because the path to games is easier, then I'm not a fan of the decision. And while we're on the topic, let's just be clear about something else: it is not the USMNT staff's job to "support" MLS. It is their job to win and develop international players.

Video: Pep Guardiola apologises to Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal and Man City’s Manuel Pellegrini

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Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has apologised to Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal and Manchester City counterpart Manuel Pellegrini for any...

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The Rest

Fifa World Rankings February 2016

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Fifa's World Rankings for February 2016 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

The Fifa World Rankings are now published on Thursday and not Wednesday as before.

There is no change in the top 18 teams. Belgium are still top, followed by losing Copa America and 2014 World Cup finalists Argentina, Spain and 2014 world champions Germany.

“Der Ball ist rund, und Tore lauern ueberall…”

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In den naechsten drei Wochen werden wir Eduardo Galeanos Buch "El futbol a sol y sombra" in der deutschen neuaufgelegten Fassung von 2014, "Der Ball ist rund, und Tore lauern ueberall"lesen.In kurzen Vignetten erzaehlt der Autor virtuos und bildreich die Geschichte des Fussballs: Charakterisierungen beruehmter Spieler, Spiele, Fouls und Tore, Anekdoten des europaeischen und suedamerikanischen.

Jermaine Jones' Suspension Complicating Potential Germany Transfer

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Jermaine Jones received a six-game ban for assaulting referee Mark Geiger in the MLS Playoffs at the end of 2015. According to the player, that suspension is preventing him from returning to Germany.

Jermaine Jones spoke to the media today ahead of the United States' winter camp and for the first time we might have actually gained something informative about his contract status with MLS and the New England Revolution.

Tweet: Liverpool’s Europa League opponents Augsburg poke fun at Jurgen Klopp

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Our @EuropaLeague clash with @LFC is less than a month away! We're making sure we're ready for #Klopp & Co... #FCA...

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“Balltretende Amazonen” – Anfaenge und Geschichte des Frauenfussballs und ein spezieller Blick auf die Sportfotografie

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Diese Woche widmen wir uns den Anfaengen und der Geschichte des Frauenfussballs und lesen hierzu Gail "In a Leage of their Own" Hierbei wollen wir unter anderem folgenden Fragen nachgehen: Was waren die Gruende und Rechtfertigungen, die die FA fuer das Verbot von Frauenfussball im Jahre 1921 angab? Wie veraendert das Wissen um dieses Verbot.