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Dutch Legend: ‘Louis van Gaal to Tottenham a Done Deal’

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Dutch Legend: 'Louis van Gaal to Tottenham a Done Deal' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit has claimed that plans to replace Tim Sherwood with Louis van Gaal at Tottenham next season are very much on the cards, and could even be 'a done deal'.

Gullit revealed the news whilespeaking to BBC Radio 5 Live,

Ex-Chelsea boss Gullit told BBC 5 live: "I know for sure he was at Van Gaal's house, the [Spurs] chairman.

Manchester United: Robin van Persie ‘very happy’ at Old Trafford

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Manchester United: Robin van Persie 'very happy' at Old Trafford - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has moved to put an end to the speculation regarding his future by insisting that he is happy at the club, and would even consider extending his stay at Old Trafford beyond his current contract.

Arsenal eyeing up Feyenoord’s ‘Dutch Xavi’

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Arsenal eyeing up Feyenoord's 'Dutch Xavi' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are reportedly showing an interest inFeyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie, with the Gunners set to battle Serie A giants AC Milan for the player's signature.

Clasie, 22, is very highly rated in his home country, and has been compared to Barcelona star Xavi due to his playmaking ability and his wonderful passing range.

Ex-Gunner: Robin van Persie NOT ‘really happy’ at Manchester United

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Ex-Gunner: Robin van Persie NOT 'really happy' at Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Arsenal defenderGiovanni van Bronckhorst has claimed that Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is not happy with how things are going at Old Trafford .

The former Holland international opines that van Persie is struggling to enjoy himself at Old Trafford, because of Manchester United's poor form in the league.

The Transfer Lens: Robin van Persie to Juventus?

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The Transfer Lens: Robin van Persie to Juventus? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The struggles of reigning Premier League champions Manchester United have been well documented, with David Moyes' struggles to recapture the form of previous seasons a fascinating sub-plot to one of the most exciting seasons for many years.

Manchester United turn attention to £8m-rated live wire

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Manchester United turn attention to £8m-rated live wire - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to transfer fire-starters, 'Tuttomercatoweb.com', Manchester United are planning a summer swoop for PSV right-back Santiago Arias.

Arias, who earned his first call-up to the Colombian national team last year, is known for his electric bursts of pace, and strong attacking play.

Manchester United: Van Persie let off the hook despite criticising teammates

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Manchester United: Van Persie let off the hook despite criticising teammates - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have decided against punishing striker Robin van Persie for his comments made in the aftermath of their poor 2-0 defeat away to Olympiakos last week, where he described the struggling champions as 'lousy'.

The shadow of van Gaal continues to haunt Tim Sherwood at Tottenham.

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The shadow of van Gaal continues to haunt Tim Sherwood at Tottenham. - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After a disappointing and dispiriting defeat to Norwich City at the weekend, Spurs' manager Tim Sherwood will not be comforted by the returning rumours linking Holland national coach Louis van Gaal with the manger's seat at White Hart Lane.

PHOTO: Mesut Ozil meets fellow penalty sufferer, Dennis Bergkamp

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PHOTO: Mesut Ozil meets fellow penalty sufferer, Dennis Bergkamp - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mesut Ozil may be having a tough time of it of late, but he still has plenty of time to get back on the horse, something former Gunners striker Dennis Bergkamp, an Arsenal stalwart of over 10 years, would strongly endorse.

Euro 2016 Draw: The Big Preview

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Euro 2016 Draw: The Big Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Welcome to Soccerlens' preview and upcoming coverage of Sunday's Euro 2016 draw, which will take place at 11:00 GMT in Nice, France.

With qualification for this summer's World Cup in Brazil all sorted, we can turn our attentions to the upcoming European Championships in France, with a whole host of international heavyweights awaiting this Sunday's gala event, which will determine the fate of the 55 teams spread through six seeded pots.

PHOTO: Marco van Ginkel back in Chelsea training

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PHOTO: Marco van Ginkel back in Chelsea training - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Good news for the Chelsea fans. Young midfielder Marco van Ginkel has recovered from his ACL injury and has returned to training.

The 21-year-old midfielder suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the Capital One Cup match against Swindon in September.

Man City vs Chelsea: Between Strikers, Legend and Transformation

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Man City vs Chelsea: Between Strikers, Legend and Transformation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Living in central London has many perks, with the overwhelming rat race quietly offset by a number of extra-curricular outlets.

One of which is always having between 3-5 Premier League 'choices' every weekend, with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and Fulham all rolling out the show, as they have done since the beginning of our collective obsession.

The Transfer Lens: Live Deadline Day

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The Transfer Lens: Live Deadline Day - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Hello and welcome to 'The Transfer Lens: Live Deadline Day'

Today, Soccerlens.com will be blogging live from the centre of London, endeavouring to bring you the very latest news, gossip and information in the final chaotic hours of the January transfer window.

PHOTO: Luuk de Jong in the Newcastle shirt

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PHOTO: Luuk de Jong in the Newcastle shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle have completed the loan signing of Dutch striker Luuk de Jong fromBorussia Monchengladbach.

The 23-year-old Holland international completed his medical at St James Park this afternoon, and joins the Magpies for the remainder of the season.

The Transfer Lens – Cabaye to Arsenal? Niguez to Man Utd?

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The Transfer Lens Cabaye to Arsenal? Niguez to Man Utd? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Still no movements thus far from the Premier League big guns this month, with the January transfer window still but a beckoning siren for the likes of David Moyes and Arsene Wenger to either staunchly ignore, or tentatively engage.

Manchester United Eye Move for €17m Dutch midfielder in January

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Manchester United Eye Move for €17m Dutch midfielder in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are considering a January move for Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder, according to reports from The Guardian.

Sneijder is a long term target of Manchester United and as per the report; David Moyes is seriously considering a move for the Dutch playmaker.

World Cup Draw: England vs Suarez and Balotelli, Australia’s group of death and much more

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World Cup Draw: England vs Suarez and Balotelli, Australia's group of death and much more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The World Cup draw was completed today, with the groups decided for next summer's spectacle in Brazil.

There are a number of standout groups, with mouth-watering clashes galore, grudge matches and what is sure to be some scintillating action.

Latest FIFA World Ranking – Five Winners And Losers

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Latest FIFA World Ranking Five Winners And Losers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The release of today's updated FIFA World Rankings following the end of normal World Cup qualifying saw England miss out on a spot as one of the seeds for the draw.

With that to come in December after the playoffs for the remaining spots have been decided, Soccerlens looks at other winners and losers:

Switzerland

Ottmar Hitzfled masterminded Borussia Dortmund's period of dominance, now he coaches Switzerland.

World Cup qualification roundup: England and Spain through

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World Cup qualification roundup: England and Spain through - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A 2-0 win over Poland booked England's place at the World Cup finals as the European qualifiers came to an end..

Late goals in either half from Wayne Rooney and skipper Steven Gerrard sent Roy Hodgson's team to Brazil.

Photo: Marco van Ginkel smiling again after successful operation

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Photo: Marco van Ginkel smiling again after successful operation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea youngster Marco van Ginkel has undergone a successful operation on Thursday in Barcelona. The 20-year-old, who joined in the summer from Vitesse Arnhem, will be out of action for six months after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament on his left knee.

10 of the greatest loan signings

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10 of the greatest loan signings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Loan signings are rife in football these days, with Pepe Reina the latest high profile player set to move in that fashion, joining Napoli from Liverpool.

Here are ten of the best loan signings in recent memory:

HENRIK LARSSON Helsingborg IF to Manchester United (2007)

The Sweden and Celtic legend was 35 when he made the shock move to Old Trafford back in 2007.

Spain

’2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil’ game set for April release

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'2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil' game set for April release - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With 121 days still to go before the start of the World Cup, EA Sports have announced the impending arrival of the official '2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil' video game, with fans able to get their teeth into the action as soon as April.

Place your Bets! Analysing the 2014 World Cup Betting Favourites

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Place your Bets! Analysing the 2014 World Cup Betting Favourites - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The summer is fast approaching, and in true World Cup fashion, football fans everywhere have begun to browse catalogues of the latest wide-screen TVs, sound out their favourite watering holes, and pray that the old barbecue will survive in the back garden this winter.

Budweiser Captures the Unique Emotion of the World Cup Draw

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Budweiser Captures the Unique Emotion of the World Cup Draw - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After months of eager anticipation, the World Cup draw was finally broadcast around the world, slowly filling football fans everywhere with contrasting feelings of hope and dread.

With the mainstream eye firmly fixed on the draw in Sao Paulo, Budweiser took the show to ground level; filming the immediate reactions of those who matter the most the people.

3 To See: Inter v Juventus, Ajax v Zwolle, Villarreal v Real Madrid

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The weekend's Three to See, your guide to the weekend's three must-see fixtures around world football:

Internazionale vs Juventus (Serie A)

Saturday 14th September 2013 – Kickoff 17:00 BST

Serie A is alive with the sound of goals.

SPAIN WINS 3 - 2 HOLLAND FOR SEMI FINALS | EURO U-19

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2013 Under-21 European Championship – Best XI

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The UEFAEuropean Under-21 Championships have been graced in the past by the likes of Mesut Ozil, Juan Mata, Andrea Pirlo and Luis Figo and judging from some of the action this last fortnight, some of the crop of 2013 will be added to that illustrious list in the years to come.

A year before the 2014 World Cup: Argentina are favourites

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A year before the 2014 World Cup: Argentina are favourites - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On Wednesday, it will officially be one year before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil gets under way. Despite a number of highly impressive sides around at the moment it is Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, who look favourites to lift the World Cup trophy on 13th July 2014.

Top 5 European Under-21 players to watch (including Manchester United and Liverpool future stars)

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Top 5 European Under-21 players to watch (including Manchester United and Liverpool future stars) - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Under-21 European Championship gets under way today with England playing their first match against Italy tomorrow evening. It's an exciting event which will showcase some of the best young talent Europe has to offer.

Robin Van Persie

Van Persie out for 6 weeks?

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In David Moyes' press conference yesterday he confirmed that Robin van Persie had returned to Holland to work on his thigh injury.

Last night on Twitter, someone edited a journalists tweet to say that Van Persie could be out until March, and this rumour quickly spread. Some of the papers this morning are now suggesting, similarly, that he could be out for six weeks.

Van Persie – Holland’s top goalscorer

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Robin van Persie has tonight equalled Patrick Kluivert's record for Holland has joins him as the country's top scorer with 40 goals.

Van Persie put Holland 1-0 up against Hungary after quarter of an hour and then made it 4-0 just before half-time.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is the only other player in the top 10 who hasn't retired and he is 6 goals behind Van Persie.

Netherlands

Dutch Fields by Hans van der Meer In honor of Holland’s 8-1...

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Dutch Fields byHans van der Meer

In honor of Holland's 8-1 thrashing of Hungary yesterday, I present these photographs from Hans van der Meer's fantastic work "Dutch Fields". That collection, while often paling in notoriety to the scope he accomplished with his later work "European Fields", is more representative of what van der Meer knows and a more honest retelling of the game at its most basic state.

AZ Alkmaar vs PSV Dutch Cup Final Preview

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Jozy Altidore of AZ Alkmaar (Google Creative Commons)

The storyline going into the final of the Dutch Cup on Thursday in Rotterdam mirrors the one going into Saturday's FA Cup Final.

PSV Eindhoven are sitting pretty in second place in the Eredivisie table and all they have to do to confirm their spot in Europe next season is win the cup on Thursday or earn a point in their final league match on Sunday.

Brazil

UEFA Rewind: Germany, Switzerland, Belgium book places in Brazil; Holland thrash Hungary; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium can all pack their bags. They're going to Brazil.

The trio of nations each recorded victories on Friday that secured their automatic qualification to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, joining Italy and the Netherlands as entrants from Europe in the summer tournament.

3 To See – Libya vs Togo, Confederations Cup, Under-21s semi-finals

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Three to See, your preview guide to the weekend's three big games brought to you by Just Football:

Libya v Togo

CAF World Cup Qualifier 14th June 2013 Kickoff 17:00 GMT

Amid serious security concerns Libya host Togo in a CAF Group I World Cup qualifier on Friday evening.

Feyenoord

Arsenal move for PSV Eindhoven pair Georginio Wijnaldum and Zakaria Bakkali

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Arsenal are plotting a double raid on Dutch side PSV Eindhoven for Georginio Wijnaldum and Zakaria Bakkali. Reports in Holland suggest the Gunners are interested in bringing both youngsters to the Emirates. Voetbal International claims that Peter Clarke, who scouts players in whom the club has already established serious interest, watched PSV's opening league match [.

Das Abschiedsgeschenk für Rooie Marck

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Der Name Rooie Marck ist seit einigen Tagen sehr vielen Fussballfans ein Begriff. Der Niederländer, der leider vor einigen Tagen verstorben ist, war ein großer Fan von Feyenoord Rotterdam und als er von seinen Ärzten erfuhr, dass er nur noch wenige Tage zu leben hatte, bat er seine Freunde, ihm einen letzten Wunsch zu erfüllen.

English Premier League

Tottenham still scouting Christian Eriksen

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Tottenham still scouting Christian Eriksen - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ajax attacking-midfielder Christian Eriksen has remained a transfer target for Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur throughout this summer.

The 21-year old's contract with the Dutch Eredivisie champions expires at the end of this season, and it doesn't look like he will be extending his stay with Ajax.

Who Are Ya? Wilfried Bony (Swansea City)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Wilfried Bony Age: 24 Position: Striker Signed from: Vitesse Arnhem Fee: £12m Did you know? Bony is nicknamed Daddy Cool, for obvious reasons. What's the deal? The Swans have smashed their club record transfer fee to boost their goalscoring options for next season.

Who Are Ya? Jozy Altidore (Sunderland)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Jozy Altidore Age: 23 Position: Striker Signed from: AZ Alkmaar Fee: Undisclosed (rumoured £6million) Did you know? Altidore's £5.7million move from New York Red Bulls to Villarreal in 2008 remains the most expensive MLS sale. What's the deal?