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Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski targeted by Wolfsburg

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski could be on his way out of the club after Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg stepped up their efforts to land the player,...

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Schalke’s Max Meyer not interested in move to Arsenal or Chelsea

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Schalke youngster Max Meyer has cooled talk of a move to Chelsea or Arsenal after being strongly linked with the Premier League duo this summer. The...

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Arsenal back in for Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira

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Sami Khedira's proposed transfer to Arsenal is reportedly back on with the Gunners looking to snap him up at a cut-price £12m price from Real Madrid....

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Arsenal hold talks to sign Marco Reus from Dortmund

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Arsenal have held talks to sign in-demand Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus, according to reports in Spain. The German has been the topic of fevered...

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Bayern Munich’s Franz Beckenbauer praises Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd target Sami Khedira

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Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United look set to miss out in the race to sign Real Madrid's Sami Khedira after Bayern Munich continued their...

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Arsenal ready to offload Lukas Podolski

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Arsenal are ready to offload German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski before the transfer window shuts, with boss Arsene Wenger preferring to keep Joel...

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Man Utd and Chelsea target Mehdi Benatia set for Bayern Munich move

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Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia is close to joining German champions Bayern Munich, according to reports. The Morocco international is thought to be a...

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Thomas Muller confirms he turned down Man Utd this summer

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Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller has confirmed that he rejected the chance to sign for Manchester United this summer. The World Cup winner, aged 24,...

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Man Utd tipped to land Marco Reus next year, says Franz Beckenbauer

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Bayern Munich have continued their attempts to unsettle Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus after Franz Beckenbauer said he believes the player will...

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Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal given boost in chase for Dortmund’s Marco Reus

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Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have been given a boost in the race for Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus, as Atletico Madrid declare...

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Arsenal hope to sell Lukas Podolski before transfer window shuts

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Arsenal are ready to offload German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski before the transfer window shuts, according to reports. Gunners boss Arsene...

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Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd face losing out in race for Dortmund’s Marco Reus

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Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United face losing out in the race for Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus as Atletico Madrid agree a fee,...

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Arsenal face a battle for Kostas Manolas from Man Utd and Bayern

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Arsenal face a battle to land Olympiacos star Kostas Manolas after both Manchester United and Bayern Munich entered the race for the defender,...

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Atletico Madrid hold talks over signing Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle

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Atletico Madrid have opened talks with Chelsea over a potential deal for German World Cup winner Andre Schurrle as they look to bolster their squad...

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Harry Redknapp says QPR are interested in ex-Spurs star Rafael Van der Vaart

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QPR boss Harry Redknapp has hinted he is interested in signing his former Tottenham Hotspur player Rafael Van der Vaart. The Dutch playmaker is...

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Liverpool and Man Utd receive blow as Xherdan Shaqiri set for Bayern stay

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Liverpool and Manchester United target Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed he is likely to stay at Bayern Munich this summer despite being strongly tipped...

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Hamburg dismiss QPR approach for ex-Spurs star Rafael Van der Vart

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Hamburg have told QPR they have no chance of landing ex-Tottenham Hotspur star Rafael Van der Vaart. The former Spurs playmaker has been linked his...

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Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool receive boost in chase for Dortmund’s Marco Reus

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Arsenal have received a boost in their chase for Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus. The 25-year-old has been linked with a raft of clubs this...

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Arsenal ‘to sign one from Benedikt Howedes, Luiz Gustavo and William Carvalho’

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Arsenal hope to sign one more player before the transfer window closes, with Benedikt Howedes, Luiz Gustavo and William Carvalho on their wish-list,...

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Arsenal enter race for Dortmund’s Mats Hummels

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Manchester United face competition from Arsenal for highly rated German defender Mats Hummels, even though his club Borussia Dortmund made him...

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Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira told by Jose Mourinho to join Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho has told Real Madrid star Sami Khedira to snub Arsenal and run down the final year of his contract before joining Chelsea, according to...

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Borussia Dortmund make Man Utd and Arsenal target Mats Hummels their new captain

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Manchester United and Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their hopes to sign Germany World Cup winner Mats Hummels after he was named as Borussia...

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Man Utd to make final offer for Mats Hummels

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Manchester United will make one final bid of £30m for highly rated German defender Mats Hummels, according to reports. The Old Trafford outfit have...

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Man United pull out of race to sign Mats Hummels from Dortmund

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has pulled out of the running to sign highly rated German defender Mats Hummels, according to reports. The new...

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Borussia Dortmund will ‘try to keep’ Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd target Marco Reus

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Borussia Dortmund's hierarchy will do their best to keep "poster-boy" Marco Reus at the club this summer. The Germany...

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Arsenal in pole position to land Marco Reus from Dortmund

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Arsenal have moved into pole position to sign exciting German star Marco Reus from Dortmund, according to reports. Manchester United and Liverpool...

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Europe

From Matthäus to Lewandowski: Bayern Munich’s top 10 domestic transfer steals

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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.

3 to see: Barcelona and Dortmund return while two Premier League heavyweights clash

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Two more of Europe's biggest competitions return to action this weekend, with intriguing fixtures in the Bundesliga and La Liga making up the bulk of Just Football's Three to See.

Bundesliga 2014/15: Are Wolfsburg ready to retake their place at German football’s top table?

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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.

Five reasons why Arsenal could win Premier League title this Season

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Five reasons why Arsenal could win Premier League title this Season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

I have never really been able to take a man of fifty two that still wears an earring seriously, but Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas' recent prediction that Arsenal will win the title this season is certainly not one that should be sniffed at.

General Football News

Report: Juan Agudelo could be heading to 2.Bundesliga side, TSV 1860 München

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Report: Juan Agudelo could be heading to 2.Bundesliga side, TSV 1860 München - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Free agent American strikers Juan Agudelo could be heading to 2.Bundesliga side, TSV 1860 München, if rumors are true. Photo provided by SoccerByIves.net.

The 21-year-old U.

Arsenal star calls time on international career

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Arsenal star calls time on international career - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has announced his retirement from international football. The Germany defender, who will be 30, this September, played 104 times for his country and finished his international career on a high by winning the World Cup in Brazil.

Americans Abroad

The Recovery Ward

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Do not be stunned or overly dismayed if news of American accomplishments in club ball overseas is slow to flow this season. As you can see, at the moment, various injuries (and the resulting recovery periods) have us one keeper away from a rather workable European-based USMNT program line-up with scary attack subs.

Tardy Clip

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Nothing clever about the post title, no double meaning - that is exactly, dryly what this is. We finally found a video of the Alfredo Morales goal from last weekend is all. Kinda worth the wait for spectacle, too. And since we do not utilize the tommy gun capability of Twitter and do not post 3.Liga goals here, I will pass on the news that Joseph Gyau has scored twice in the opening half hour for

The Rest

Trust, No Juan

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I would love to be able to bring you some Juan Agudelo news of note, but today it is only a ripple of the flag. Multiple sources have told me that he is not headed toward 1860 Munich, as this report from earlier in the week claims. - Greg Seltzer

TV Coverage Of La Liga And Bundesliga Opening Weekends

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beINSports is rolling out the red carpet for the opening weekend of Spain's La Liga. Eight matches will be broadcast live on both beINSports channels:

Saturday, August 23rd:

1:00pm ET Málaga v Athletic Bilbao
3:00pm ET Sevilla v Valencia
5:00pm ET Almería v Español

Sunday, August 24th:

1:00pm ET Éibar v Real Sociedad
3:00pm ET Barcelona v Elche
5:00pm ET Levante v Villarreal

Monday, August 25th:

2:00pm ET Real Madrid v Córdoba
4:00pm ET Rayo Vallecano v Atlético Madrid

The two remaining matches will be shown on a delayed basis later in the week:

Granada v Deportivo La Coruña

beINSport-1/Wednesday @ 12:00pm ET
beINSport-ñ/Friday @ 11:00am ET

Celta de Vigo v Getafe

beINSport-ñ/Wednesday @ 11:00am ET
beINSport-1/Friday @ 12:00pm ET

Of course, the weekend really starts on Friday August 22, with the 2ndleg of the Spanish SuperCup, where Atletico Madrid host Real Madrid (1st leg: 1-1).

Klose’s retirement: Is this the end of the “6 yard box striker”?

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Klose's retirement: Is this the end of the "6 yard box striker"? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It only takes a glance at the sixteen goals scored by Klose in World Cups to understand what kind of forward he is.

All goals were finished from inside the area. Almost every single one was executed perfectly from within 12 yards, and almost half were headers.

Fifa World Rankings August 2014

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Fifa's World Rankings for August 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 second rankings after the World Cup in Brazil and new world champions Germany remain at the top followed by Argentina, the Netherlands, Colombia, Belgium, Uruguay, Spain, Brazil, Switzerland, and France.

Video: Highlights of Liverpool 4-0 Borussia Dortmund

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Liverpool signed off pre-season in style with a 4-0 win against Borussia Dortmund at Anfield yesterday. Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring, before...

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Chelsea Flop Closing In On Fiorentina Move

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Chelsea Flop Closing In On Fiorentina Move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Marko Marin's time at Chelsea has been torrid, to say the least. Signed by Roberto Di Matteo in the summer of 2012, the German has made only 6 league appearances for the Blues thus far. After spending his first season on the fringes at Stamford Bridge, he was loaned out Spanish side Sevilla.