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Chelsea given 24 hours to complete transfer

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Chelsea given 24 hours to complete transfer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Serie A giants AC Milan are looking to do few smart loan transfers in the closing stages of the summer transfer window. TheRossoneri are thought to be busy in negotiating a loan deal for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, while the seven times European Champions haven't given up on signing midfielder Marko van Ginkel either.

DEAL CLOSE: Mourinho to sell Chelsea defender

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DEAL CLOSE: Mourinho to sell Chelsea defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea defenderPatrick van Aanholt is all set to leave the club and join Sunderland in the summer, according to reports from BBC Newcastle.

This summer, Chelsea have already shipped out David Luiz and Ashley Cole, which Kurt Zouma and Filipe Luis are likely to take their places in central defence and left-back roles respectively.

Van Gaal asks Dutch midfielder to join Manchester United, player interested

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Van Gaal asks Dutch midfielder to join Manchester United, player interested - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United new manager Louis van Gaal has asked/requested/whatever Wesley Sneijder to join him at Old Trafford and the player is thought to be interested as well. According to Catalan newspaper Sport, the Dutchman is plotting a move to get himself out of Galatasaray and join Manchester United in the summer.

Manchester United ready to lodge shock €10m bid for Dutch midfielder

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Manchester United ready to lodge shock €10m bid for Dutch midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaalupon taking officially taking charge of the club gave his first press conference yesterday. The Dutchman stressed upon implanting his own philosophy, while has vowed to take the club back to the top.

‘I’m done here’ – Another defender set to leave Chelsea

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'I'm done here' Another defender set to leave Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

One of the oft-repeated allegations Chelsea face(sometimes from their own fans) from opposition fans/media is they do not have a proper system of nurturing young home grown players. They have signed lots of top young talentsin the past few years but hardly anyone has made it to the first team on a regular basis.

Brazil vs Netherlands: Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction

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Brazil vs Netherlands: Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brazil and the Netherlands are the unlucky losers who have to play out a match that you can't imagine any of the playing or coaching staff want to participate in, just to decide who officially finishes third at the 2014 World Cup.

Netherlands v Argentina: Preview, Possible lineups & Predictions

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Netherlands v Argentina: Preview, Possible lineups & Predictions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Netherlands and Argentina will meet at the Arena de São Paulo on Wednesday to determine the second finalist at the 2014 World Cup.

Argentina are the only team in the semi-finals who have won all five of their matches to get here.

DONE DEAL: Chelsea defender to join Dutch club on loan

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DONE DEAL: Chelsea defender to join Dutch club on loan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Another Chelsea youngster left the club to join Dutch clubVitesse Arnhem on loan for the rest of the season, the club has confirmed.

Chelsea share a strong relation with Vitesse,with the Dutch team's owner, Alexander Chigirinsky, is thought to begood friend ofRoman Abramovich.

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Premier League 2014/15: Four ways the World Cup will change the league completely

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In 2010, Spain passed their way to a World Cup victory – defeating the Netherlands 1-0 after extra time. For many in the footballing community, the result signalled the birth of a new tactical era, establishing possession as the primary currency of the sport.

Manchester United target set for medical today

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Manchester United target set for medical today - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have missed out on Feyenoord defender Stefan de Vrij after it was confirmed that the Dutchman is set to join Seria A outfit Lazio is a deal worth £6.7 million.

The 22 year-old was Louis Van Gaal's prime target this summer as the new manager looks to put right the defensive crisis at Old Trafford, after the departures of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra.

MUST WATCH VIDEO OF VAN GAAL: Quotes & Key Points

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Robin Van Persie Hands Captains Armband and Medal to Dutch General

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Following Holland's 3-0 thumping of host nations Brazil in their third place play-oof Robin Van Persie was seeing handing his captains arm-band and third place medal to a fan who has been nicknamed the Dutch general having travelled around the World since 1994 watching his beloved Country which didn't go unnoticed by the Dutch captain!

Brazil 0-3 Netherlands: Third placed Dutch Delight for new Manchester United manager

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Brazil 0-3 Netherlands: Third placed Dutch Delight for new Manchester United manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Today's third-place playoff saw moremisery for the hosts, as Louis Van Gaal's Netherlands side handed them a 3-0 loss on the back of their record breaking 7-1 drubbing againstGermany.

Visualized: Netherlands 0-0 Argentina aet

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Argentina 0-0 Netherlands (4-2 on penalties): Romero’s heroics sends South Americans into World Cup final

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Argentina 0-0 Netherlands (4-2 on penalties): Romero's heroics sends South Americans into World Cup final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sergio Romero's heroics in the penalty shootout ensured Argentina would edge past Louis Van Gaal's Netherlands to secure a place in the 2014 FIFA World Cup final against Germany.

Battle of the Victorious: Can Messi still make the difference without his main outlet?

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Battle of the Victorious: Can Messi still make the difference without his main outlet? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Argentina's game is based around Messi, much like Brazil's was around Neymar and we all know how that worked out for them yesterday with him injured. Argentinahaven't suffered the same curse of being without their main man, but they do have asimilarity in that they are without another key player, Angel Di Maria, much like Brazil were also without Thiago Silva.

Why Netherlands are a good bet to beat Argentina – despite Lionel Messi

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Why Netherlands are a good bet to beat Argentina despite Lionel Messi - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Netherlands v Argentina in the World Cup 2014 semifinal it could come down to Robben v Messi.

Netherlands and Argentina meet in the second semi-final for the right to meet a Germany team that crushed Brazil on Tuesday.

Analysis: Louis Van Gaal’s defensive tinkering at the World Cup

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Analysis: Louis Van Gaal's defensive tinkering at the World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As the World Cup moves into it's penultimate stages, four of the biggest traditional football powers clash in two mouth-watering semi-final fixtures. While these games will attract viewers from across the globe purely for how monumental the occasion is, many will be eager to see some of the top names in World football go head-to-head.

Visualized: Netherlands 0-0 Costa Rica aet

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Two managers and teams cancel each other out tactically, then one manager springs a psychological surprise in the penalty shoot-out.

Van Gaal knew his side had to be patient, keeping possession in defense and on the flanks, passing, poking, and prodding.

Netherlands (4) 0-0 (3) Costa Rica: Wonder-sub Tim Krul ‘saves’ the day to set up an Oranje Semi Final

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Netherlands (4) 0-0 (3) Costa Rica: Wonder-sub Tim Krul 'saves' the day to set up an Oranje Semi Final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Louis Van Gaal's Dutch teamwere held goalless all the way through 120 minutes of play against a feisty Costa Rica side that have donetheir nation very proud in Brazil.

bwin blogger’s league: Dutch Delight

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In the final game of the Quarter Final stages, Holland take on the surprise package of the tournament in Costa Rica. Whilst there are no easy games at these stages in major tournaments, Holland must be quietly relieved that they've got, at least on paper the easiest route to the semi-final. Mind you, I've thought this about every side that Costa Rica have come up against.

Netherlands v Costa Rica: Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction

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Netherlands v Costa Rica: Preview, Possible Lineups & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Netherlands will take on Costa Rica at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador on Saturday for a place in the World Cup semi-final, with the clash seen as a match betweenthe third favourites and the biggest surprise package of the tournament.

World Cup Roundup: Five quarter-final stars linked with stunning summer transfers

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World Cup Roundup: Five quarter-final stars linked with stunning summer transfers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

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Quarter-Final Five: Top summer transfer fire-startersfrom the last eight

As we enter the latter stages of the 2014 World Cup, it is becoming clear that a select group of outstanding performers are to headline this summer's transfer window, which opened officially on Tuesday, as well as continue to compete for football's most prestigious prize.

Van Gaal: I’ve proven Dutch media wrong

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Holland have had a fantastic World Cup so far with Louis van Gaal stealing the limelight with fantastic substitutions winning game after game.

Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben have been particularly impressive but it takes more than two players to progress to the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

World Cup Roundup: Dutch hero Arjen Robben yet another flawed genius

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World Cup Roundup: Dutch hero Arjen Robben yet another flawed genius - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

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Arjen Robben: The best player at the 2014 World Cup, but you aren't allowed to admit it

The sight of Dutch flyer Arjen Robben tearing at quaking defences in the South American heat has arguably been the most consistent highlight of the 2014 World Cup.

Analysis: How was Van Persie kept quiet and what did Van Gaal do in response?

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Analysis: How was Van Persie kept quiet and what did Van Gaal do in response? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When the Mexican national team do overcome the grief of having not made it into the last eight for what would have been thethird time in their history, they will realise what they have achieved and this will be helped in no small part by the fans/media appreciation back home.

Analysis: How De Jong’s injury nearly put Netherlands out of the World Cup

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Analysis: How De Jong's injury nearly put Netherlands out of the World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Netherlands took on Mexico in the round of 16 game, going in as clear favourites to emerge victorious and set-up what would potentially be an 'easy' win to take them into the semi-finals of the competition.

Netherlands 2-1 Mexico: Two in the last two minutes sees Dutch through to quarters

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Netherlands 2-1 Mexico: Two in the last two minutes sees Dutch through to quarters - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Netherlands managed to come back from a goal down with only two minutesremaining to beat Mexico and reach the quarter finals, withKlaas Jan Huntelaar's stoppage time penalty sending Louis van Gaal's side through.

The key battle that can decide the Netherlands – Mexico round of 16 World Cup game

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The key battle that can decide the Netherlands Mexico round of 16 World Cup game - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After impressing viewers with their level of football, and certainly surprising many experts who were of the belief that the Dutch would disappoint and fail, the Netherlands are looking ahead at their round of 16 game having topped their group and finished as top scorers in the group stage.

Netherlands v Mexico Preview: Robin van Persie back up top for devastating Dutch

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Netherlands v Mexico Preview: Robin van Persie back up top for devastating Dutch - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Netherlands will take on Mexico in the third Last 16 clash of the 2014 World Cup on Sunday, with the return of Robin van Persie for the Dutch the big talking point in the pre-match buildup.

Top 5: Group stage sides to light up the knockout rounds

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Top 5: Group stage sides to light up the knockout rounds - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As the FIFA World Cup reaches the start of theknockout stages, writer Tamojit analyses his top fivegroup stage sides before the start of the last 16 ties:

5. Costa Rica:It has been nothing short of a fairytale for Jorge Luis Pinto's side who were expected to be mere pushovers in the Group of Death.

Analysis: The individuals crucial to Netherlands’ successful system, and no it isn’t RVP!

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Analysis: The individuals crucial to Netherlands' successful system, and no it isn't RVP! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Plenty of experts and pundits predicted the Dutch national team to be the big side that disappoints at the World Cup by crashing out at the first hurdle. Three games and ten goals later, the script has been rewritten.

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PICTURE: Van Nistelrooy gets Holland job

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Guus Hiddink has replaced Louis van Gaal as Holland manager and has invited former Manchester United striker, Ruud van Nistelrooy, to be a part of his coaching staff.

Van Gaal had Patrick Kluivert on his staff when he was the boss. Whilst in charge, Robin van Persie replaced Kluivert as the all time top scorer for Holland.

What to expect when expecting

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Holland's performance at the World Cup so far has really excited the Manchester United fan-base. Louis van Gaal will leave Holland and take up the reigns at Old Trafford in less than a fortnight. So, what can we expect when Van Gaal arrives?

A Dutch Invasion
United have needed a serious summer of transfer activity for some time.

Porto to beat United to Van Gaal target?

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Manchester United's quest for a new centre-back could soon become more complicated as reports in the Dutch press suggest Porto are ready to open talks with Feyenoord for the signature of 22-year-old Bruno Martins Indi, who, alongside a number of other members of the Holland squad, was reportedly on Louis Van Gaal's radar.

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War der Elfmeter von Ron Vlaar jetzt drin oder nicht?

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War der Elfmeter von Ron Vlaar jetzt drin oder nicht?

Die derzeitige Weltmeisterschaft in Brasilien hat ja schon einige Fehlentscheidungen der Schiedsrichter erlebt. Was jetzt aber durch das Internet geistert, wäre fast der Höhepunkt der ganzen Fehlentscheidungen, aber glücklicherweise gibt es schon eine doppelte Auflösung, dass alles gut ist.

The Flying Dutchmen

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The Flying Dutchmen

Die Niederlande tut sich gerade schwer im Viertelfinale gegen Costa Rica. Es steht nach 70 Minuten immer noch 0:0 und langsam scheint es mir auch so, als würden die Holländer nervös werden. Ich hätte da auch nichts dagegen, dass Costa Rica in Halbfinale einzieht, denn zum einen mag ich die.

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The Revs sign former Dutch youth international forward

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The Revs sign former Dutch youth international forward - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Revs announce the signing of former Dutch youth international striker Geoffrey Castillion on Monday. Photo provided by www.voetbalnieuws.ni.

New England is going orange after Monday's newest signing oftheirlatest forward.

Nachwuchskommentator aus Holland

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Nachwuchskommentator aus Holland

Der Blogger von falscheneun.net findet schon komische Sachen im Netz und fragt sich selber, ob das jemand anders außer ihm auch noch lustig findet. An dieser Stelle muss ich jetzt bekennen, dass ich mich auch köstlich über den kleinen pausbäckigen Nachwuchskommentator aus Holland mit dem Namen REIN amüsieren kann.

Summarising Holland in the Group Stage: Part 1 – Holland vs. Spain

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FollowEddieon Twitter Part 1: Holland vs Spain: The importance of Holland's zonal man marking scheme Holland's 5-3-2/3-5-2 system against Spain worked a treat and to everyone's...

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