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Will Sokratis suit the Arsenal transfer philosophy?

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I have been trying to think of a Plato pun but will have to settle for the one in the title. Anyway, Gooners, the Arsenal transfer rumour linking us with the Greece international defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos could soon turn out to hit a snag, after the Gunners were drawn against his current club in the [.

Arsenal’s €15m target could seal his transfer today

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Arsenal's €15m target could seal his transfer today - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Roma are all set to lose their star defender Mehdi Benatia this summer to Bayern Munich. According to widespread reports in Italy, Roma have agreed a deal to sell Benatia to Bayern for a package deal of around€30m.

Arsenal set to announce latest transfer, player undergoes medical

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Arsenal set to announce latest transfer, player undergoes medical - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Title challengers always find a way to win, other teams rest on excuses.

Arsenal are genuine challenger for the Premier League title this season and their mettle was put to test on the opening day of the season.

Arsenal set sight on Juventus target to replace Vermaelen

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Arsenal set sight on Juventus target to replace Vermaelen - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Two trophies in the last two matches. Arsenal fans can hardly complain. Now the real war is about to begin. Arsenal have finally broken their trophy drought hoodoo can they now win the Premier League?

Americans Abroad

Fact of life: Things die.

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Some things that were going on before are no longer going on. Let us discuss a couple such things now. Fabio Cannavaro is no longer a candidate for the Philly Union head coach job, and so he will not be at the Crystal Palace friendly. It is that simple, really. Sometimes, stuff breaks. Olympiakos is no longer chasing Sacha Kljestan.

Monday, Monday, Monday!

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So yeah, Mondays can be tough because no one seems to want to answer their phone. But... Terrence Boyd is on his way for a medical at Red Bull Leipzig (still trying to learn the length of his contract), Borussia Dortmund II has signed Joseph Gyau away from Hoffenheim (ditto) and I can now confirm that Greek champs Olymiacos are chasing Sacha Kljestan.

World Cup 2014

Concacaf 1-UEFA 1

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Yesterday two matches between Concacaf and UEFA teams ended with a victory for each of their representatives.For a long time it seemed that Mexico would be able to upset the Dutch, leading 1-0 until almost the end of the match. It was not an impressive Dutch side, which is not looking unbeatable any longer.

Can I just say something?

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Costa Rica, dude. I mean, what?! All props to the Ticos, I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them come of age and find a new level. And to see them crack the Grecian formula with 10 men was amazing. We all know how troublesome that team can be in a tournament.And ummm, Oranje best pull their socks up this week.

Daily Cup Check: Day 18

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Controversy and tension. Isn't that what you want out of the second round? Well, you got it today and more!

Sunday's Matches Netherlands 2 Mexico 1

The absolute agony that was the 30 minutes thinking that Mexico could make the quarterfinals outside their own country, and have a decent shout to be the first CONCACAF team to make the semis in the modern era, was so worth it after watching them spit it up in the last five minutes.

Costa Rica 1 Greece 1 (5-3 penalties)

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Costa Rica beat Greece in the second knockout game to end in a penalty shoot out, ensuring CONCACAF representation in the quarterfinals. The first half amounted to watching a mule drag a plow back and forth for 45 minutes. Costa Rica was afraid to commit too many men forward, so it was up to Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell to break directly whenever space presented itself.

WATCH Costa Rica Defeat Greece; Match Highlights [VIDEO] Ticos Advance On Penalties to Last 8 [VIDEO]

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The dream goes on for Costa Rica after defeating Greece on penalty kicks to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

After ending the game at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the match seemed destined for penalty kicks. A tense 30-minutes of extra time didn't result in a winner, so the match proceeded to penalty kicks where both teams knocked in their respective penalties with precision to show the Brazil and Chile players how to do it.

WATCH The Greeks Score A Late Equalizer Against Costa Rica to Send Game to Extra Time [VIDEO]

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Greece'sSokratis Papastathopoulos scored a late goal for the Greeks against Costa Rica to end the regulation time 1-1 and to send the World Cup Round of 16 game into extra time.

In a tense 90 minutes, Costa Rica took the lead in the 52nd minute with a goal by Bryan Ruiz. And it appeared that Costa Rica may have held on to the 1-0 victory untilSokratis knocked in a late goal to break the hearts of the Ticos players and fans, and to keep the Greece hopes alive.

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

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Greece and Costa Rica have a fantastic opportunity to make it into the top eight teams in the world with a victory today.

Where to watch -

Viewers from USA can tune in to these following for the 4 PM EST/1 PM PST kick off

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

Referee -

Benjamin WILLIAMS (Australia)

Starting line-ups -

Costa Rica starting XI: Navas, Gonzalez, Umana, Borges, Duarte, Bolanos, Campbell, Ruiz (c), Diaz, Gamboa, Tejeda

Greece starting XI: Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Karagounis (c), Salpingidis, Torosidis, Lazaros, Sokratis, Cholevas, Samaris

SEE MORE—Everything you need to know about the World Cup.

Costa Rica vs Greece Preview and Predicted Lineups

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Greece and Costa Rica have a combined total of just seven victories in the history of the World Cup, with the Central American side qualifying for the first time in 1990 and the Europeans in 1994. Not many expected either one of them to reach the quarter finals but after today's match in the Arena Pernambuco, Recife, that's exactly what the outcome will be.

Brazil 2014: Round of 16, Day Two Preview

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At what point did you decide the only thing missing was carrots? (o.canada.com)

The World Cup marches on. Day two of the round of 16 will determine who gets beat by Holland in the next round another quarterfinal pairing. Austin Fido has the preview...

The first day of the second round brought two extraordinarily entertaining games, but ultimately no great surprise.

The sixteen best in the world

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It has been an exciting group stage of the 2014 World Cup, full of drama, entertainment and passion. We have sixteen nations left. For the first time ever three of these are from the Concacaf after USA qualified in their dullest match of the tournament, where it did seem they relied on Portuguese and German largesse.

Keeping up with the Cup: Groups C and D

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England and Italy are out, Uruguay is through, but Suarez is done. And we all get the joy of watching Greece grind out another 90 minutes in the knockout rounds.

Historic Win Propels Greece Into Knockout Stages For First Time

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The final whistle blew and you could hear the collective groan the world over, Greece had qualified for the knock out rounds of the World Cup. It was not pretty (it never is when Greece is involved) but it was a performance that is typical of this team when their backs are against the wall, resolute defending, counter attacking and a bit of luck.

Greece vs Ivory Coast 2014 Goals World Cup 2014 Samaras penalty Controversial Video

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Daily Cup Check: Day 13

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It would be great to talk about the games and only their results today, wouldn't it? But I guess we can't do that. Let's dive in, and we'll have a good shower afterwards.

Tuesday's Matches England 0 Costa Rica 0

Well, that was as forgettable as can be? Did anything happen?

Samaras Scores Last Minute Penalty to Send Greece to Round Of 16

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Georgios Samaras scored a late penalty in stoppage time to send Greece through to the Round of 16, while Ivory Coast will feel demoralized after being so close to advancing.

Controversy surrounded this nerve-wrecking game in Group C as Greece snuck through to the second round of the World Cup finals after facing a more-fancied Ivory Coast side.

Yet another Ivorian debacle

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It seemed that Ivory Coast had it all in their hands to follow Colombia to the last-16 of the World Cup. Colombia did their part, defeating any possible Japanese threat 4-1, so everything was up to the Ivorians against a Greek side that had not scored a goal, and had played the kind of football that is easy to forget.

WATCH Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast Match Highlights [VIDEO]; Greeks Advance to Round of 16

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What an ending to the match between Greece and Ivory Coast!

Greece defeated Ivory Coast in the last few minutes of the match to advance to the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The winning goal came in controversial circumstances after Greece won a soft penalty when Georgios Samaras was allegedly fouled in the penalty area.

Greece vs Ivory Coast: Starting Lineups And World Cup Open Thread

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With second place in the Group still up for grabs for both the teams, this might be a highly entertaining game.

Where to watch -

The match kicks off at 4 PM EST/1 PM PST, and this is viewers in USA can catch this game -

English language:ESPN2 andWatchESPN
Spanish language:UniMás, Galavision andUnivision online
Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes orESPN Deportes+

Referee -

Carlos Vera (Ecuador)

Starting line-ups -

Greece:Karnezis, Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Kone, Karagounis, Salpingidis, Torosidis, Lazaros, Sokratis, Cholevas.

Greece vs Ivory Coast Preview and Predicted Lineups

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Ivory Coast and Greece arrive in Fortaleza with both sides having an opportunity to advance into the knockout stages (4pm ET/1pm PT kickoff). Ivory Coast comes into the match after losing a close affair with Colombia 2-1 and defeating Japan in comeback fashion by the same scoreline. Greece has had a disappointing campaign so far.

Three-For-One

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It was a very busy day in NSC-ville, so the games from yesterday are working on the buddy system. England all but goes out (I called this), Colombia marches on and Japan consents to Greece tucking us all in bed for the night.NSC Men of the Matches: Juan Cuadrado (COL), Luis Suárez (URU) & Orestis Karnezis (GRE) - Greg Seltzer

World Cup

Costa Rica vs Greece 2014 Penalty Shootout 5-3 Duarte Red Card Ruiz Papastathopoulos Goals Video World Cup

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Costa Rica 1(5)-(3)1 Greece: Keylor Navas the Costa Rican hero in amazing display of defiance against Greeks

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Costa Rica 1(5)-(3)1 Greece: Keylor Navas the Costa Rican heroin amazing display of defiance against Greeks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The unlikely match-up in Recife of Greece and Costa Rica, both underdogs to qualify for the Round of 16, took 120 minutes of play and 8penalties to settle.

Who has been Greece’s stand-out player at the World Cup?

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Who has been Greece's stand-out player at the World Cup? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The World Cup is a global event, with the event being televised across nearly 200 nations, 6 continents and reaching billions of people. Those numbers are staggering, considering that only 32 countries make it to the main event.

Costa Rica v Greece preview: World Cup underdogs battle for place in Quarter-Finals

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Costa Ricav Greece preview: World Cupunderdogs battle for place in Quarter-Finals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Greece and Costa Rica were both outside bets to make it through to the Round of 16, leaving Italy, England and Ivory Coast in their collective wake. Nowone of them will be going into the Quarter Finals to face Holland or Mexico next Saturday in Salvador.

Incredible!

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Honestly never would have expected it. But I guess with this World Cup, you really can't know what to expect...

Making it to the next round of the World Cup is huge for any country, let alone Greece. Would have given anything to be in Omonia during the celebrations.

Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast: Injury time Samaras penalty edges Greeks into last 16

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Greece 2-1 Ivory Coast: Injury time Samaras penalty edges Greeks into last 16 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A stunning late penalty from former Celtic strikerGeorgios Samaras gave Greece a 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast in Fortaleza, with theEuropean side sneaking through to the last 16, finishing second above their beaten opponents in Group C.

Greece v Ivory Coast Preview: First knockout round berth awaits Africans?

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Greece v Ivory Coast Preview: First knockout round berth awaits Africans? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ivory Coast are looking to secure their passage into the second round of a World Cup for the first time in the country's history.

Greece stand in their way having picked up only one point from their opening two games, without scoring a single goal.

Costa Rica

The 200% World Cup: Costa Rica vs Greece – Live?

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Hello, I'm cooking dinner, so updates may be even less sporadic than usual.

Poll: Winners? Netherlands vs Mexico. Costa Rica vs Greece

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First up, the Dutch with those fine upstanding gentlemen Robben, De Jong, Snejder and a chap with a happy child within against some valiant losers :-D

Could this be a game as exciting and engrossing as yesterdays first game? Does anyone think Mexico can take Holland to pens or even beat them?

Poll: Winners? Netherlands vs Mexico. Costa Rica vs Greece

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First up, the Dutch with those fine upstanding gentlemen Robben, De Jong, Snejder and a chap with a happy child within against some valiant losers :-D

Could this be a game as exciting and engrossing as yesterdays first game? Does anyone think Mexico can take Holland to pens or even beat them?

Poll: Winners? Netherlands vs Mexico. Costa Rica vs Greece

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First up, the Dutch with those fine upstanding gentlemen Robben, De Jong, Snejder and a chap with a happy child within against some valiant losers :-D

Could this be a game as exciting and engrossing as yesterdays first game? Does anyone think Mexico can take Holland to pens or even beat them?

The Rest

The Bizarre And Curious Case Of Fulham Striker Kostas Mitroglou

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With Fulham starting life in the Championship slowly, following their relegation from the English Premier League, it is hard to see the finger pointing and recriminations at the London club slowing down anytime soon.

At the heart of the inquisition you will find the name of Greece striker Kostas Mitroglou, who signed from Olympiacos in January for a fee of £12 million and became Fulham's most expensive ever player.

Curitiba

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Today's background music. Kassbian, Klub Foot. Every time you hear Ahahaha, that's me taking another step.



So, first thing I did upon arrival in Curitiba was to check the distance from the stadium back to the bus station I am told it was 4km and takes one hour. I have 45 minutes, to get back.

The 200% World Cup: World Cup Breakfast – The Bite Heard Around The World

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Italy join the likes of Spain and England on their way home from the 2014 World Cup finals today. This, of course, should be the story of the final round of matches from Group D of this most extraordinary of tournaments this morning, but yet again this morning's newspaper headlines have been written by one Luis Suarez, who, for the third time in his career, has been caught red-handed biting another player on a football pitch.