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Chelsea set to battle Spurs for Davinson Sanchez transfer

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Chelsea are readying a bid for Tottenham Hotspur target Davinson Sanchez, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. Spurs have been strongly linked...

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Spurs agree deal to sign Ajax’s Davinson Sanchez

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Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal for Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez, according to The Sun. The north Londoners have reportedly agreed a £35m...

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Spurs set to bid £35m for Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez

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Tottenham Hotspur are ready to launch a £35m bid for Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez, according to The Sun. The Colombia international, aged 21,...

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Dutch city turns orange as women toast Euro win

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Utrecht (Netherlands) (AFP) – Thousands of orange-clad fans flooded the central Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday to celebrate the Netherlands’ first women’s Euro title, a much-needed win to boost the football-mad country’s flagging fortunes.

The first “Lioness” supporters - many of them young women and girls - scurried past as the gates opened to secure a prime spot in a local park where their heroins appeared later on Monday evening.

Dutch win a fine topping on women’s football boom

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – The six-goal final of the women’s football Euro in the Netherlands put a fine topping on a tournament proving the sport is growing across the continent, with record attendance and TV rating figures.

A growth in the number of teams to 16 from a previous 12 raised overall attendance to more than 240,000 people at the 31 games, up from 217,000 four years ago - with all Dutch games sold out, UEFA said.

Dutch win a fine topping on women’s football boom

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – The six-goal final of the women’s football Euro in the Netherlands put a fine topping on a tournament proving the sport is growing across the continent, with record attendance and TV rating figures.

A growth in the number of teams to 16 from a previous 12 raised overall attendance to more than 240,000 people at the 31 games, up from 217,000 four years ago - with all Dutch games sold out, UEFA said.

Four-goal Dutch win women’s Euro for first time

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – A brace from Vivianne Miedema led hosts Netherlands to a 4-2 win over Denmark and their first women’s Euro title in Enschede on Sunday.

Miedema pulled the hosts level at 1-1 on ten minutes and added her second goal two minutes from the end to round off the scoring, with Lieke Martens and skipper Sherida Spitse also scoring for the champions.

Denmark plan ‘Rocky’ victory in women’s Euro final

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – When Denmark take on hosts Netherlands in Sunday’s women’s Euro final, it will be like Rocky Balboa fighting Apollo Creed for the second time, said Danish coach Nils Nielsen.

Bracing for their first-ever Euro final in history, the two teams clashed in the group stage when the hosts won 1-0 owing to a 20th-minute spot kick by skipper Sherida Spitse.

Denmark plan ‘Rocky’ victory in women’s Euro final

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – When Denmark take on hosts Netherlands in Sunday’s women’s Euro final, it will be like Rocky Balboa fighting Apollo Creed for the second time, said Danish coach Nils Nielsen.

Bracing for their first-ever Euro final in history, the two teams clashed in the group stage when the hosts won 1-0 owing to a 20th-minute spot kick by skipper Sherida Spitse.

Dutch Euro champion in amateur women jibe

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – Denmark women’s coach Nils Nielsen slammed former Dutch international Arnold Muhren for remarks about the women’s team on Saturday, on the eve of the Euro final between the two countries.

One of the key players on the Dutch team that won the 1988 Euro, Muhren told the Dutch daily De Telegraaf that “if the ladies played against a men’s amateur team, they would not win.

We are best team in Euro final, says Dutch striker Martens

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De Lutte (Netherlands) (AFP) – The women’s Euro semi-final rout of England sparked new confidence in the Netherlands team as it braces for Sunday’s final against Denmark, said striker Lieke Martens.

A crowd of more than 27,000 people watched the hosts sweep England 3-0 at Enschede on Thursday on the way to their first-ever Euro final.

We are best team in Euro final, says Dutch striker Martens

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De Lutte (Netherlands) (AFP) – The women’s Euro semi-final rout of England sparked new confidence in the Netherlands team as it braces for Sunday’s final against Denmark, said striker Lieke Martens.

A crowd of more than 27,000 people watched the hosts sweep England 3-0 at Enschede on Thursday on the way to their first-ever Euro final.

Netherlands sink England, face Denmark in final

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – Arsenal duo Vivianne Miedema and Danielle van de Donk and Millie Bright’s own goal handed hosts Netherlands a 3-0 win over England in the women’s Euro semi-final at Enschede on Thursday.

In Sunday’s final, the Netherlands will face Denmark, who beat Austria 3-0 on penalties after a goalless draw at Breda.

Netherlands sink England, face Denmark in final

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – Arsenal duo Vivianne Miedema and Danielle van de Donk and Millie Bright’s own goal handed hosts Netherlands a 3-0 win over England in the women’s Euro semi-final at Enschede on Thursday.

In Sunday’s final, the Netherlands will face Denmark, who beat Austria 3-0 on penalties after a goalless draw at Breda.

Netherlands sink England, face Denmark in Euro football final

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – Arsenal duo Vivianne Miedema and Danielle van de Donk and Millie Bright’s own goal handed hosts Netherlands a 3-0 win over England in the women’s Euro semi-final at Enschede on Thursday.

In Sunday’s final, the Netherlands will face Denmark, who beat Austria 3-0 on penalties after a goalless draw at Breda.

Dutch sink England, face Denmark in Euro final

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Enschede (Netherlands) (AFP) – Arsenal duo Vivianne Miedema and Danielle van de Donk and Millie Bright’s own goal handed hosts Netherlands a 3-0 win over England in the women’s Euro semi-final at Enschede on Thursday.

In Sunday’s final, the Netherlands will face Denmark, who beat Austria 3-0 on penalties after a goalless draw at Breda.

England’s Millie Bright eyes tough Dutch challenges

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Zeist (Netherlands) (AFP) – An equestrian rider as a child, Millie Bright opted for football before becoming the rock of England’s back four at the women’s Euro in the Netherlands.

Her hard tackling style has helped England to three clean sheets in four games so far with the Lionesses’ eyes on a historic success as they get ready for a semi-final against the hosts.

England’s Millie Bright eyes tough Dutch challenges

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Zeist (Netherlands) (AFP) – An equestrian rider as a child, Millie Bright opted for football before becoming the rock of England’s back four at the women’s Euro in the Netherlands.

Her hard tackling style has helped England to three clean sheets in four games so far with the Lionesses’ eyes on a historic success as they get ready for a semi-final against the hosts.

Denmark stun Germany, England beat France for first time in 43 years in Euro

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Tilburg (Netherlands) (AFP) – Germany’s hopes of a seventh successive European women’s title were shattered on Sunday when second-half headers by Nadia Nadim and Theresa Nielsen gave Denmark a shock 2-1 victory in the quarter-finals in Rotterdam.

In Thursday’s semi-finals, Denmark will face newcomers Austria who beat Spain 5-3 on penalties following a goalless draw in Tilburg.

Denmark stun Germany, England beat France for first time in 43 years in Euro

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Tilburg (Netherlands) (AFP) – Germany’s hopes of a seventh successive European women’s title were shattered on Sunday when second-half headers by Nadia Nadim and Theresa Nielsen gave Denmark a shock 2-1 victory in the quarter-finals in Rotterdam.

In Thursday’s semi-finals, Denmark will face newcomers Austria who beat Spain 5-3 on penalties following a goalless draw in Tilburg.

Denmark stun Germany, France crash out of women’s Euro

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Tilburg (Netherlands) (AFP) – Germany’s hopes of a seventh successive European women’s title were shattered on Sunday when second-half headers by Nadia Nadim and Theresa Nielsen gave Denmark a shock 2-1 victory in the quarter-finals in Rotterdam.

In Thursday’s semi-finals, Denmark will face newcomers Austria who beat Spain 5-3 on penalties following a goalless draw in Tilburg.

Denmark stun Germany to set-up Austria Euro semi-final clash

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Tilburg (Netherlands) (AFP) – Germany’s hopes of a seventh successive European women’s title were shattered on Sunday when second-half headers by Nadia Nadim and Theresa Nielsen gave Denmark a shock 2-1 victory in the quarter-finals in Rotterdam.

In Thursday’s semi-finals, Denmark will face newcomers Austria who beat Spain 5-3 on penalties following a goalless draw in Tilburg.

Denmark stun Germany to set-up Austria Euro semi-final clash

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Tilburg (Netherlands) (AFP) – Germany’s hopes of a seventh successive European women’s title were shattered on Sunday when second-half headers by Nadia Nadim and Theresa Nielsen gave Denmark a shock 2-1 victory in the quarter-finals in Rotterdam.

In Thursday’s semi-finals, Denmark will face newcomers Austria who beat Spain 5-3 on penalties following a goalless draw in Tilburg.

Denmark stun Germany in women’s Euro quarters

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Tilburg (Netherlands) (AFP) – Second-half headers by Nadia Nadim and Theresa Nielsen stunned holders Germany who bow out of the women’s Euro after a 2-1 loss to Denmark in Rotterdam on Sunday.

Germany, who have won the Euro six times in a row and eight times overall, dominated the eventful game postponed from Saturday because of heavy rain, but Denmark’s counter-attacking was eventually too much for them.

Denmark stun Germany in women’s Euro quarters

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Tilburg (Netherlands) (AFP) – Second-half headers by Nadia Nadim and Theresa Nielsen stunned holders Germany who bow out of the women’s Euro after a 2-1 loss to Denmark in Rotterdam on Sunday.

Germany, who have won the Euro six times in a row and eight times overall, dominated the eventful game postponed from Saturday because of heavy rain, but Denmark’s counter-attacking was eventually too much for them.

Spain won’t budge from possession game, says Losada

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Epe (Netherlands) (AFP) – Spain will stick to their possession-based game despite almost missing out on the women’s Euro knock-out stages after group losses to England and Scotland, midfielder Vicky Losada said.

Tipped as one of the favourites to win the women’s Euro, Spain were one goal away from elimination as a 1-0 defeat to minnows Scotland on Thursday, coupled with a 2-0 defeat to England, meant they squeaked through to the knock-out stages only on goal difference.

Denmark eye football fairytale against Germany

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Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – Denmark are hoping for a fairytale against holders Germany while hosts the Netherlands are bracing for a tough Swedish defence as the women’s Euro quarter-finals kick off on Saturday.

“Every Danish person knows Hans Christian Andersen, the great fairytale writer, and we want to write one tomorrow,” Denmark coach Nils Nielsen said on Friday ahead of the game in Rotterdam.

Women’s Euro Championship minnows Austria spark excitement at home

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Wageningen (Netherlands) (AFP) – Newcomers Austria have comfortably sailed into the women’s Euro quarter-finals past France, Iceland and Switzerland, turning women’s football into a top interest in their country which was fairly indifferent a month ago.

“That’s insane, incredible,” said midfielder Sarah Zadrazil, who scored Austria’s first in a 3-0 rout of Iceland on Wednesday which sealed the historic Group C win.

Women’s Euro Championship minnows Austria spark excitement at home

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Wageningen (Netherlands) (AFP) – Newcomers Austria have comfortably sailed into the women’s Euro quarter-finals past France, Iceland and Switzerland, turning women’s football into a top interest in their country which was fairly indifferent a month ago.

“That’s insane, incredible,” said midfielder Sarah Zadrazil, who scored Austria’s first in a 3-0 rout of Iceland on Wednesday which sealed the historic Group C win.

England, Spain through after women’s Euro thrillers

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Deventer (Netherlands) (AFP) – Toni Duggan and Nikita Parris gave England a 2-1 win over Portugal, sending the Lionesses to the women’s Euro quarter-finals alongside Spain who lost 1-0 to Scotland on Thursday.

Duggan opened the score in Tilburg on seven minutes following a howler by Portuguese keeper Patricia Morais, who sent her clearance to the England striker and then watched as Duggan chipped the ball over her into the net.

England, Spain through after women’s Euro thrillers

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Deventer (Netherlands) (AFP) – Toni Duggan and Nikita Parris gave England a 2-1 win over Portugal, sending the Lionesses to the women’s Euro quarter-finals alongside Spain who lost 1-0 to Scotland on Thursday.

Duggan opened the score in Tilburg on seven minutes following a howler by Portuguese keeper Patricia Morais, who sent her clearance to the England striker and then watched as Duggan chipped the ball over her into the net.

Home support fuels Dutch young gun Vivianne Miedema

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Zeist (Netherlands) (AFP) – After helping the Netherlands reach the women’s Euro quarter-finals, Vivianne Miedema barely stretched during training the next day, but a crowd of orange-clad onlookers greeted her loudly all the same.

The applause was much louder on Monday, when the 21-year-old striker was leaving the pitch 86 minutes into the Netherlands’ 2-1 victory over Belgium that earned the hosts a quarter-final clash against Sweden.

Home support fuels Dutch young gun Vivianne Miedema

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Zeist (Netherlands) (AFP) – After helping the Netherlands reach the women’s Euro quarter-finals, Vivianne Miedema barely stretched during training the next day, but a crowd of orange-clad onlookers greeted her loudly all the same.

The applause was much louder on Monday, when the 21-year-old striker was leaving the pitch 86 minutes into the Netherlands’ 2-1 victory over Belgium that earned the hosts a quarter-final clash against Sweden.

Germany, Sweden into women’s Euro quarter-finals

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Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – Holders Germany beat Russia 2-0 to set up a women’s Euro quarter-final clash with Denmark while Sweden also advanced to the knockout phase despite losing 3-2 to Italy on Tuesday.

In Utrecht, Babett Peter scored from the spot on 10 minutes and captain Dzsenifer Marozsan converted another penalty in the 56th minute to hand a dominant Germany victory.

Germany, Sweden into women’s Euro quarter-finals

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Doetinchem (Netherlands) (AFP) – Holders Germany beat Russia 2-0 to set up a women’s Euro quarter-final clash with Denmark while Sweden also advanced to the knockout phase despite losing 3-2 to Italy on Tuesday.

In Utrecht, Babett Peter scored from the spot on 10 minutes and captain Dzsenifer Marozsan converted another penalty in the 56th minute to hand a dominant Germany victory.

Penalty specialist Petersen gains revenge on Norway

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Heelsum (Netherlands) (AFP) – Four years ago Denmark goalkeeper Stina Lykke Petersen left the pitch devastated after the Euro 2013 semi-final loss to Norway in a penalty shoot-out, but she earned sweet revenge on Monday.

Petersen saved a spot-kick by Norway’s Caroline Graham Hansen to help Denmark win 1-0 in their final Group A game and reach the quarter-finals while consigning Norway to a premature exit.

Penalty specialist Petersen gains revenge on Norway

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Heelsum (Netherlands) (AFP) – Four years ago Denmark goalkeeper Stina Lykke Petersen left the pitch devastated after the Euro 2013 semi-final loss to Norway in a penalty shoot-out, but she earned sweet revenge on Monday.

Petersen saved a spot-kick by Norway’s Caroline Graham Hansen to help Denmark win 1-0 in their final Group A game and reach the quarter-finals while consigning Norway to a premature exit.

Netherlands, Denmark reach women’s Euro quarters

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Deventer (Netherlands) (AFP) – Hosts Netherlands beat neighbours Belgium 2-1 to advance to the women’s Euro quarter-finals alongside Denmark, who edged 2013 runners-up Norway 1-0 in Group A on Monday.

In Tilburg, Sherida Spitse converted a penalty - her second in two games - in the 27th minute to put the Netherlands ahead after Maud Coutereels had brought down Jackie Groenen in the box.

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D.C. United reportedly close to deal with Nigel de Jong

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Steve Goff of the Washington Post says the Black-and-Red are having "serious talks" with the former Netherlands international

Less than 24 hours after a humiliating defeat, D.C. United is being linked with Galatasaray midfielder Nigel de Jong. The Washington Post's Steve Goff is reporting that United is "deep in discussions" with the 32 year old, who has 81 caps for the Netherlands.

Report: Paul Arriola drawing interest from MLS, Netherlands, Portugal

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Paul Arriola's Gold Cup performance has drawn attention from teams scattered throughout the world.

According to Goal USA, the Club Tijuana winger has become a target of teams from the Netherlands, Portugal and MLS. The report says a half dozen teams in MLS have registered serious interest with one of them being Real Salt Lake.