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Video: Karim Benzema makes it Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich

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Real Madrid have struck on the break to take an early lead in tonight's Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich. The...

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Preview: Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich

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Real Madrid would have hoped to face any opponent other than the defending champions in this semi-final. Not only are Bayern Munich arguably the best...

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Top Secret Adidas 2014 World Cup Boots and Kits

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Top Secret Adidas 2014 World Cup Boots and Kits - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The new Adidas collection press preview came to London this week, with Soccerlens granted exclusive access to some of the hottest upcoming lines from the brand, including a sneak peek at some of the most eagerly anticipated World Cup boots for this summer's showpiece event.

Top five conclusions: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Real Madrid

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1. Xabi Alonso is a risk-taking genius In this away game, Alonso spent most of his time working defensively and he was impressive. As a single pivot, he tried his best to protect his back four but he couldn't always use legal ways to stop Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus's runs. No single holding midfielder [.

Tactical Review: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Real Madrid

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Borussia Dortmund had home support and welcomed Robert Lewandowski, their best player, back from suspension, while Real Madrid had to work without Cristiano Ronaldo, the best player in the world, due to an injury. The main positive for Real boss Carlo Ancelotti was that it had been a comfortable 3-0 win his side recorded in [.

Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid

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Real Madrid are looking to finish the job against Borussia Dortmund on the Germans' own turf. Los Blancos are armed with an insatiable forward trio that know no restraint in their quest to deliver the long- awaited Decima, Real's tenth European title. They know that they face a side that is full of technically adept [.

Top five conclusions: Real Madrid 3-0 Borussia Dortmund

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1. Pepe and Sergio Ramos are, as ever, a Real Madrid time bomb Real Madrid had a comfortable win in which they led from the opening minutes, but Sergio Ramos and Pepe were their weak link. The pair committed too many fouls, mostly by clumsy contact with the Borussia Dortmund players. Pepe committed an unnecessary [.

Tactical Review: Real Madrid 3-0 Borussia Dortmund

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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti would have been relishing this game; he got to unleash his pacy stars against a Borussia Dortmund side that believes it can win using its own style against any opponent. Borussia manager Jurgen Klopp had to use his depleted troops to try and impose his team's strengths.

Arsenal

Has Podolski earned him self an Arsenal reprieve?

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The smiles said it all! Arsenal were feeling good about life again. There were all sorts of reasons for that, but it was not looking likely a few weeks ago. Having Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil back on the pitch was clearly a big boost for the Gunners, but it should not detract from the [...]

Why Arsenal Must Keep Faith With Lukas Podolski

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Why Arsenal Must Keep Faith With Lukas Podolski - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Lukas Podolski is the an intriguing piece in the Arsenal puzzle as they fight towards Champions League football next season.

He is concurrently the Gunner's most potent offensive threat and biggest defensive liability.

Scouting Julian Draxler – Arsenal’s next transfer signing?

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Scouting Julian Draxler Arsenal's next transfer signing? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

NAME: Julian Draxler

AGE: 20

POSITION: Attacking left midfielder

CLUB: Schalke

NATIONALITY: Germany

MARKET VALUE: £26,500,000 (source: Transfermarkt)

WANTED BY: Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Chelsea

Signed by current club Schalke at the age of eight, Julian Draxler is fast becoming Europe's hottest prospects.

PSG, Monaco and Bayern battle for Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny

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Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny is reported to be a transfer target for Paris Saint Germain, Monaco and Bayern Munich. The trio of clubs are all...

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Arsenal set to miss out on Matthias Ginter and Josip Drmic

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Two of Arsenal's summer transfer targets are reportedly on the verge of signing for Borussia Dortmund instead. Matthias Ginter and Josip Drmic both of whom have been reported as having completed moves to the Gunners in recent weeks are set to reject moves to the Emirates to stay in the Bundesliga, claims German [.

Americans Abroad

Oi Vey - Part Soixante-Deux

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Yeah, so apparently the reason John Anthony Brooks was dropped from the selection this past weekend (for a 2-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen) is because he got a large and apparently super-sensitive tattoo on his back, which caused him to miss training. Hmm. Setting aside that this was surely not wise timing for such personal expression, I cannot help but wonder what has happened to tattoos.

To answer your questions...

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Yes, Jozy Altidore is back in the traveling squad for the to trip to Manchester City tonight. Does he make the 18? We shall see. You already know what I think they should do, but Gus Poyet even got some stick for it in England when he entirely left the US striker out of the cup final loss to Citeh. Yeah, that was weird.

Let's get this weekend started right. Ish.

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Though Ingolstadt would eventually leak the 2-1 decider to Paderborn after he left the game, Alfredo Morales did follow up a weak clearance to give them the early opener. It was his first goal of the season,thus his account opener for the club.- Greg Seltzer

JGTV

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You may have heard that the shoulder knock Julian Green took late in the US friendly draw with Mexico will keep him out for a time. I can tell you he is having his exam right now, so hopefully I will have the details up at MLSS before long. By the way... if Jozy Altidore starts tonight at Spurs, then I will do an NSC LIVE for all those stuck at work during the game.

Manchester United

Marco Reus wants to join Man Utd, says former team-mate Mario Gotze

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Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus wants to join Manchester United, according to former team-mate Mario Gotze. The pair were two of the stars of the...

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Man Utd target Ilkay Gundogan signs new Borussia Dortmund contract

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Manchester United's hopes of signing Germany international Ilkay Gundogan appear to have disappeared after he signed a new deal with Borussia...

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Toni Kroos has not received Man Utd contract offer, says agent

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Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos' agent has rejected reports that he has been offered £260,000-a-week to join Manchester United. Reports in The...

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Manchester United miss out on yet another midfield target

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Manchester United miss out on yet another midfield target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have missed out on Borussia Dortmund midfielderIlkay Gundogan, who has committed his future to the German club, by signing a new contract that will keep him at the club till 2016.

Manchester United given hope in the chase for €40m midfielder

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Manchester United given hope in the chase for €40m midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This month, two national newspapers of UK, The Guardian and The Mirror, both covered the transfer situation of Manchester United target Toni Kroos.

Kroos is one of the top midfielders in the world at the moment and certainly one of the key players for the reigning European Champions.

Jurgen Klopp linked with Spurs and Man Utd jobs

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Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is being linked with at least two of Louis Van Gaal's prospective employers today. Van Gaal is the hot...

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Man Utd linked with fresh interest in Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus

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Manchester United are reignited their interest in Marco Reus, according to reports. The Borussia Dortmund star, in sensational form during the...

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Tactical Review: Bayern Munich 3-1 Manchester United

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Bayern Munich needed an early goal to force Manchester United out of their comfort zone in last night's game. United just needed to focus on defending well then feed on the Bavarian giants' mistakes. Pep Guardiola started with only Dante and Jerome Boateng as true defenders; David Alaba had the licence to frequently overlap and [.

Tactical Review: Bayern Munich 3-1 Manchester United

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Bayern Munich needed an early goal to force Manchester United out of their comfort zone in last night's game. United just needed to focus on defending well then feed on the Bavarian giants' mistakes. Pep Guardiola started with only Dante and Jerome Boateng as true defenders; David Alaba had the licence to frequently overlap and [.

Man Utd vice-chairman Ed Woodward ‘stays in Munich’ for Toni Kroos talks

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Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reportedly extended his stay in Munich beyond last night's Champions League quarter final defeat as he tries to thrash out a deal for Toni Kroos. The United supremo has stayed overnight as he seeks answers from the midfielder about whether he is interested in a move to Old [.

Man Utd vice-chairman Ed Woodward ‘stays in Munich’ for Toni Kroos talks

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Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reportedly extended his stay in Munich beyond last night's Champions League quarter final defeat as he tries to thrash out a deal for Toni Kroos. The United supremo has stayed overnight as he seeks answers from the midfielder about whether he is interested in a move to Old [.

Video: Arjen Robben goal makes it Bayern 3-1 Man Utd

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The tie appears to have gone beyond Manchester United after Arjen Robben's deflected effort gave Bayern Munich a 3-1 lead. A touch of Nemanja Vidic's boot took the ball away from United keeper David De Gea and into the corner of the net.

Video: Thomas Muller turns the ball in (Bayern 2-1 Man Utd)

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Thomas Muller nipped in ahead of Nemanja Vidic to put Bayern Munich ahead for the first time in tonight's Champions League quarter-final second leg.

Video: Thomas Muller turns the ball in (Bayern 2-1 Man Utd)

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Thomas Muller nipped in ahead of Nemanja Vidic to put Bayern Munich ahead for the first time in tonight's Champions League quarter-final second leg.

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes confirming Wayne Rooney will play against Bayern Munich

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Wayne Rooney will lineup against Bayern Munich tonight, Manchester United manager David Moyes confirmed in his press conference yesterday evening. The England international had been a doubt for the game with a toe injury, but he will be fit enough to play once he has had a pain-killing injection. Moyes said: "Yes, he was able [.

Toni Kroos’ agent doesn’t believe he will join Man Utd this summer

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Manchester United's summer transfer plans have been dealt a severe blow after Toni Kroos' agent said he didn't believe he would leave Bayern Munich this season. The champions have been linked with the Germany international month. And it appeared he was keen on the move, with United boss David Moyes even watching a Bayern game [.

Preview: Bayern Munich vs Manchester United

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Bayern Munich couldn't secure the big victory many tipped them to get at Old Trafford. In fact, they had to resort to a direct style that was close to their approach under Pep Guardiola's predecessor Jupp Heynckes in order to get an equaliser. But Guardiola will expect to win the tie with his preferred patient [.

Extra boost for Man Utd: Bayern Munich’s 53-game unbeaten run comes to an end

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If their 0-4 win at Newcastle wasn't enough of a boost for Manchester United ahead of this week's Champions League quarter-final second leg, Bayern Munich have lost for the first time since October 2012. The Bundesliga and European champions' 53-match unbeaten run came to an end with a 1-0 at Augsburg.

Liverpool

Video: Borussia Dortmund fans sing Liverpool anthem You’ll Never Walk Alone as Hillsborough tribute

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Around the world of football, clubs have been finding their own ways to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. At Borussia Dortmund,...

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Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia sacked by Bayer Leverkusen

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Ex-Liverpool centre-back Sami Hyypia has been sacked from his job as Bayer Leverkusen manager. The 40-year-old has paid the price for a run of just one win in 12 games. The former Finland international's final game in charge was Friday's 2-1 defeat to Hamburg. Despite their woeful recent form, Bayer are still fifth in the [.

Is Jurgen Klopp a Liverpool fan?

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If he's not, he has a lot in common with them. The Borussia Dortmund demonstrated his hatred for The Sun after last night's defeat to Real Madrid. Liverpool fans also hold the tabloid in the lowest possible regard following its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster. We're not sure what they did to Klopp, but he's [.

The Rest

Chelsea linked with £13m move for Hamburg’s ‘new Ozil’ Hakan Calhanoglu

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Chelsea are hoping to beat Atletico Madrid to the signing of Hamburg playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu, who has been dubbed the new Mesut Ozil. The...

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Germany's last-gasp goal denies Smyth, Ireland historic result

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