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Xherdan Shaqiri admits Liverpool move is an option

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Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri has spoken of the possibility of moving to Liverpool this summer, according to reports in the Italian media. The...

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Jurgen Klopp: ‘I’ll eat a broomstick if Mats Hummels joins Man Utd’

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Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has indicated that he is confident rumours of Mats Hummels joining Manchester United are just paper talk by...

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Man Utd target Toni Kroos signs for Real Madrid

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Real Madrid have completed the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos. The 24-year-old was pursued by Manchester United for much of last...

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Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri hints that he wants to quit Bayern Munich

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I live in present... Not in future....;-) Xherdan Shaqiri (@XS_11official) July 15, 2014 Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri has...

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Tottenham linked with Borussia Monchenglabach striker Max Kruse

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Tottenham are plotting a surprise move for Germany international Max Kruse, according to reports in the Italian media. The 26-year-old, capped six...

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Arsenal withdraw from World Cup winner transfer race

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Arsenal withdraw from World Cup winner transfer race - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsene Wenger has pulled the plug on his interests in securing the signature of Germany midfielder, Sami Khedira. The London side are still looking to strengthen their side ahead of the impending Premier League season but have failed to agree terms with the 27-year-old.

Fifa World Rankings July 2014

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Fifa's World Rankings for July 2014 were published today at FIFA HQ in Zurich, Switzerland. The Fifa World Rankings are now published on Thursday and not Wednesday as before.

These are the first rankings after the World Cup in Brazil and new world champions replace Euro 2012 and World Cup 2010 winners Spain at the top of the pile.

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Manchester United set to land €20m world class player this week

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Manchester United set to land €20m world class player this week - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Louis van Gaal said in his first press conference that he will take a closer look on the players he have at disposal and then would delve into the transfer market if necessary. That is however not applicable when it comes to defence and it is one of the major areas that United badly need reinforcement, and that too immediately.

DONE DEAL: Manchester United and Chelsea target signs for Madrid

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DONE DEAL: Manchester United and Chelsea target signs for Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid have signed Bayern Munich's World Cup winner Toni Kroos on a six-year contract.

Bayern Munich confirmed the deal from their official Twitter account

DONE DEAL: Toni Kroos will make an immediate switch to Real Madrid after the clubs reached an agreement.

PHOTO: World Cup winner Andre Schurrle takes ‘endless’ selfie during parade

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PHOTO: World Cup winner Andre Schurrle takes 'endless' selfie during parade - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle took part in Germany's open-top World Cup parade today, with Joachim Low's triumphant squad returning to the capital to be greeted by thousands of screaming fans.

PHOTO: World Cup winner Andre Schurrle takes ‘endless’ selfie during parade

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PHOTO: World Cup winner Andre Schurrle takes 'endless' selfie during parade - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle took part in Germany's open-top World Cup parade today, with Joachim Low's triumphant squad returning to the capital to be greeted by thousands of screaming fans.

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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.

Eyes On Rio – The Final

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The Soccer Yanks have teamed up withAcross the Pond(@atpradio) to form Eyes On Rio; a collaborative effort to analyze, preview and showcase the return of the greatest sporting spectacle The 2014 World Cup.This is it, the last Eyes On Rio, putting a bow on Brazil.

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Tuesday Kickoff: German squad given heroes welcome; Ribery returns to training; and more

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By DAN KARELL

The World Cup champions arrived home this morning to a heroes welcome in Berlin.

Hundreds of thousands of Germans lined the streets to witness the squad hoisting the World Cup trophy aloft, as Germany celebrates their fourth World Cup title. After landing at Berlin's Tegel airport, the squad and support staff boarded a double-decker bus to ride through the streets of Berlin towards the Brandenberg Gate.

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INFOGRAPHIC: World Cup Goals 2014 – The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Brazil’s 171 goals (Videos)

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INFOGRAPHIC: World Cup Goals 2014 The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Brazil's 171 goals (Videos) - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brazil 2014 equaled the record for the highestnumber of goals scored in a World Cup finals competition and has been hailed by some as the best World Cup of all time.

World Cup winning captain retires from international football

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World Cup winning captain retires from international football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Germany's captain, Philipp Lahm, who led them through a fantastic World Cup winning tournament, has retired from the national side at the age of 30, goingout on an all-time high. Lahm played in 20 World Cup finals matches in his career and retires with the greatest prize in the world of football in his hands.

All good things - The AFR Voice World Cup Final Special All good...

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All good things - The AFR Voice World Cup Final Special

All good things must come to an end, even heart-stopping endlessly entertaining World Cups. It's time for the pod to sign-off for the summer too. We've recorded over 45 shows this season and few will be sweeter than this – the chance to reflect on a tense, emotionally draining but ultimately fulfilling World Cup final.

Video: Lukas Podolski shouts ‘Arsenal’ when Sami Khedira is asked where he will play next season

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Germany's World Cup victory reception was briefly interrupted by screams of "Arsenal". Gunners star Lukas Podolski was the man...

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Video: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and possible new team-mate Sami Khedira dancing

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If you're wondering if the joy of winning a World Cup wears off after a couple of days, it doesn't. This is what happens to...

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World Champions Germany Return Home And Kick Back At Berlin Bash (Photos)

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By Alan Duffy

In front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, World Champions Germany celebrated their victory with their fans in quite a spectacular event. And don't they deserve it. Since (and including) the 2002 World Cup, Germanyhave finished2nd, 3rd, 3rdand1st in the World Cup.

Miroslav Klose Considering Retirement From International Football

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Miroslav Klose Considering Retirement From International Football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has unfortunately drawn to a close and Germany have been crowned champions.

Looking back at Die Mannschaft's run at glory, the Germans set a couple of records.

Miroslav Klose Considering Retirement From International Football

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Miroslav Klose Considering Retirement From International Football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has unfortunately drawn to a close and Germany have been crowned champions.

Looking back at Die Mannschaft's run at glory, the Germans set a couple of records.

Mario Gotze: Genius, Winner & National Hero

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Mario Gotze: Genius, Winner & National Hero - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Having been dropped to the bench for previous poor performances, Mario Gotze was the last roll of the dice for German coach Joachim Low when he threw the Bayern Munich attacker on late against Argentina. Lady Luck would happen to blow on Loew's hand as he rolled the dice, as Mario would prove the match winner for his country and a snake eyes for Argentina.

Mario Gotze: Genius, Winner & National Hero

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Mario Gotze: Genius, Winner & National Hero - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Having been dropped to the bench for previous poor performances, Mario Gotze was the last roll of the dice for German coach Joachim Low when he threw the Bayern Munich attacker on late against Argentina. Lady Luck would happen to blow on Loew's hand as he rolled the dice, as Mario would prove the match winner for his country and a snake eyes for Argentina.

Why Germany Won the World Cup And Why They May Not Be Perfect

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Ten years. That's how long the German team, their head coach, and the entire backroom staff have worked – worked hard and determined, that is – to reach the ultimate goal: World Champions.

We have seen it before. In the late 1990s France began to dominate the European and World scenes. Then Spain took over.

Arsenal can expect to see a more confident Ozil this season

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Why winning the World Cup is important for Özil and Arsenal by KJ Germany have just won the World Cup in dramatic fashion and Özil was the 3rd best player on the pitch for me (after Boateng and Schweinsteiger). Him winning the World Cup is a great feat and it will be important for him [...]

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.

Germany’s World Cup Win Is A Testament To Country’s Youth Development And League

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In the end, Germany sailed through the final and deservedly picked up their fourth World Cup title after an unbelievable extra time goal by Mario Gotze. After the 7-1 demolition of Brazil last week (truly heartbreaking for us!), surely the purists would have expected no less?

The Die Welt newspaper celebrated Monday with a three-word headline in the national colors of black, red and gold that read simply: "It is true," while Der Spiegel magazine's website listed Germany's titles: "1954.

Winners and Losers: World Cup Final

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Germany 1 – Argentina 0 Winners:
  • Both keepers and backlines:Few of the mistakes were made by the two backlines and when they did occur the keepers were there to clean them up... or the Argentinean forwards were there to screw it up. Germany allowed /Argentina put 0 shots on goal.

Visualized: Germany 1-0 Argentina aet

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


It's an obvious statement, but a tight, defensive contest will almost always be decided by the better finisher.

Each side took 10 shots. Germany hit the target with half of theirs, which is their average for the tournament.

PHOTO: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil takes funny selfie with World Cup trophy

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PHOTO: Arsenal's Mesut Ozil takes funny selfie with World Cup trophy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Germany won their fourth World Cup last night, with Mario Gotze's extra-time goal securing a 1-0 win over Argentina in the Maracana. Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil played all but one minute of the 120 played in Rio, and the 25-year-old could not hide his delight at getting his hands on the famous trophy.

PHOTO: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil takes funny selfie with World Cup trophy

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PHOTO: Arsenal's Mesut Ozil takes funny selfie with World Cup trophy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Germany won their fourth World Cup last night, with Mario Gotze's extra-time goal securing a 1-0 win over Argentina in the Maracana. Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil played all but one minute of the 120 played in Rio, and the 25-year-old could not hide his delight at getting his hands on the famous trophy.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Hamid, Howard University and no more World Cup :(

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Looking back at the end of the World Cup and D.C. United's last game, updates on the Loudoun NASL franchise and D.C. United alums, and boobs!

Well, a month full of soccer sees Germany beat Lionel Messi and Argentina 1-0 in extra time behind a Mario Gotze goal. The fine folks at the SB Nation mothership have got you coveredfrom all angles, whether it is Argentina's subs, Gotze's goal, how Germany got there and a look to Russia, and a celebrity flashing of sorts.

FIFA Mix Up ‘Biggest Name’ With ‘Best Player’, Give Lionel Messi 2014 World Cup Golden Ball

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By Alan Duffy

Even poor old Lionel Messi looked a little sheepish when collecting the Golden Ball award last night after Argentina's final defeat against Germany.

Out of a pool of nominated players including Germany's Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos and Philipp Lahm, Argentina's Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Angel Di Maria as well as Neymar, Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez, FIFA's technical team (along with members of the media) somehow decided that the Albiceleste captain had been the most consistently good player of the tournament.

PHOTO: Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle with the World Cup trophy

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PHOTO: Chelsea's Andre Schurrle with the World Cup trophy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup Final in the Maracana last night, with Bayern Munich man Mario Gotze scoring a late volley, set up by the tireless Andre Schurrle on the left flank, and the Chelsea winger couldn't resist posting a picture of himself and the glistening trophy on Twitter!

PHOTO: Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle with the World Cup trophy

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PHOTO: Chelsea's Andre Schurrle with the World Cup trophy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup Final in the Maracana last night, with Bayern Munich man Mario Gotze scoring a late volley, set up by the tireless Andre Schurrle on the left flank, and the Chelsea winger couldn't resist posting a picture of himself and the glistening trophy on Twitter!

FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 | CONGRATULATIONS GERMANY

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This just Yedl-in...

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I have been informed that the AS Roma chase for DeAndre Yedlin is now over. I will have some details on the why and a fresh picture of the scene around him a little later. For now, I will simply pass on that Roma did manage to agree a fee with MLS/Seattle and then the move fell apart, and that Napoli are indeed involved (which also means they are planning or trying to move a non-EU player out).

Bes Buy?

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You have all been so patient and I appreciate it. To thank you, here is a decently comprehensive but also slightly "blurred out" photograph of the Matt Besler scene at this moment.In all, there are 10 European clubs at various levels of monitoring/interest/offer talks for the Sporting KC defender. Only one of those clubs currently hanging around is in the Bundesliga, and probably will not pony up

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Bes Buy - Fast & Furious-er-ish

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By now, you probably saw or heard about this... 2 player announcements today #gameday #multitasking — Robb Heineman (@RobbHeineman) July 16, 2014 Do not get jumpy yet, however, because I am told neither of these is about Matt Besler (and if everyone I have talked to is on point, neither is about Graham Zusi).