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Stefan De Vrij set to be Louis Van Gaal’s first Man Utd signing

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Feyenoord defender Stefan De Vrij is reportedly dragging his heels on a move to Lazio because he believes an offer from Manchester United is in the...

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Man Utd and Everton target Bruno Martins Indi joins Porto

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Porto have completed the signing of Feyenoord defender Bruno Martins Indi. The 22-year-old has signed a four-year contract after the two clubs agreed...

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World Cup

World Soccer Talk’s Best Starting XI Of The 2014 World Cup

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In arguably the greatest World Cup ever, the five week adventure that is the grand global tournament in Brazil has now concluded.

Now in a fitting conclusion that saw a resilient and mentally strong German side win their fourth world championship (and first as a unified national side), we've put together a final team of the tournament that represents the best starting XI.

Tactical Review: Brazil 0-3 Netherlands

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It has been an honour to work with these guys. This is definitely a highlight in my life! #3rd #wc2014 #dutchlions pic.twitter.com/djPlAeASrz ...

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Louis Van Gaal calls on Man Utd to be like his Netherlands squad

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Netherlands boss Louis Van Gaal says he wants his Manchester United to emulate the Dutch World Cup squad next season. Van Gaal bows out of his...

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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.

WATCH Brazil 0-3 Netherlands Match Highlights [VIDEO]: Brazil Crash Out in Third Place Final

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It just keeps on getting worse for Brazil.

After being thrashed 7-1 by Germany earlier this week, Brazil went into the Third Place Final hoping for a victory to wipe away the pain of being obliterated by the Germans. However, the performance was just as weak, as Brazil crashed out of the tournament, losing 3-0 to the Netherlands.

Netherlands vs Brazil 2014 World Cup Highlights Goals Van Persie penalty Wijnaldum 3-0 Video

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Top five conclusions: Brazil 0-3 Netherlands

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1. Just when Brazil thought things couldn't get any worse, they had to sign-off their home World Cup within another hiding. 2. David Luiz was...

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Brazil vs Netherlands, Third Place World Cup Game: Starting Lineups, TV Listings And Open Thread

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As we reach the near end of what has been an exhilarating month, Brazil and Netherlands face each other today in the Third Place Final, with pride as the only prize to play for.

Where to watch -

The third-place match kicks off at 4 PM EST/1 PM PST, and this is where viewers in USA can tune in for the game -

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

Referee -

Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)

Starting lineups -

Brazil: César – Maicon, Silva, Luiz, Maxwell – Gustavo, Paulinho – Ramires, Oscar, Willian – Jô.

Third Place World Cup Game Between Netherlands-Brazil is Completely Meaningless

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I hate to burst the bubble of Brazil fans and South Americans looking forward to watching Saturday's Third Place Final between Netherlands and Brazil, but most of the world couldn't care about the game.

The game is a glorified friendly, and it always has been and always will.

In future years, few people will remember who finished third in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Preview: Brazil vs Netherlands

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Brazil will take on Netherlands in the third place playoff in a bid to console their heartbroken fans. Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari had to publicly...

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World Cup TV: Germany vs Argentina and Brazil vs Netherlands

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Germany and Argentina meet in the final of the 2014 World Cup on Sunday and Brazil plays Netherlands for third on the soccer TV schedule. Read More

Throwback Video- Brazil 1 Netherlands 2 2010 World Cup Highlights & Wesley Sneijder Goals

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Semifinals - Complete

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Germany: 7 - Brazil: 1
Wow. I'm still not sure I saw what I saw. Germany ripped Brazil to shreds with 4 goals in 6 minutes. At times the goals looked like a German player playing a video game against a weak CPU team controlling the Brazilians. Complete domination.

Argentina: 0 (4) - Netherlands: 0 (2)
Two contrasting games.

Did Louis Van Gaal Properly Plan For A Deep World Cup Run?

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Start with a bang, end with a sigh. In the penalty shootout defeat to Argentina in the semi-final the Netherlands can be proud they managed to contain the opposition defensively without so many fouls this time but were again found wanting when the ball crossed the halfway line.

Given their group, the indifferent form of key players (bar Arjen Robben), the relative youth of the squad, and arched eyebrows cast at the posturing of Louis Van Gaal, it's difficult to look back and pinpoint exactly what the expectations were when the tournament began.

Tactical Review: Netherlands 0-0 Argentina (2-4 on penalties)

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Louis Van Gaal's approach Van Gaal had a tailor-made Lionel Messi plan just like any manager that has faced Argentina at these finals before him....

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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.

WATCH Argentina 0-0 Netherlands (4-2 Penalties): Match Highlights; Argentina Advance to World Cup Final

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The second semifinal of the 2014 World Cup was an opposite of the first. Where the first match had precision, space, and inventiveness the second was tight, tentative, and largely predictable. The first forty five minutes of the first semi final saw five goals in the net, the second semifinal had zero goals in 90 minutes.

Top five conclusions: Netherlands 0-0 Argentina (2-4 on penalties)

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1. Germany must be rubbing their hands with glee. They clocked off at half-time last night, had an extra day's rest than their opponents, then...

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Netherlands vs Argentina 2014 Highlights World Cup Penalties Video 2-4 Semifinal

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Video: Ex-Liverpool man Javier Mascherano knocked unconscious during #NED vs #ARG

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Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano is controversially still on the field in the World Cup semi-final against the Netherlands, despite appearing...

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Netherlands vs Argentina: Starting Lineups, TV Times And World Cup Open Thread

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Following last night's catastrophic display by Brazil, Argentina are the only South American representative remaining in the tournament. They will want to maintain that status after today's game against the Netherlands.

Where to watch -

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

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

Referee -

Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

Starting lineups -

Holland starting XI: Cillessen, Kuyt, Blind, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, De Jong, Wijnaldum, Sneijder, Robben, Van Persie

Argentina starting XI: Romero, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Garay, Rojo, Enzo Pérez, Biglia, Mascherano, Lavezzi, Messi, Higuaín

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After watching their European counterparts Germany demolish hosts Brazil 7-1 last night, Netherlands would want to replicate that suffering on Argentina and set up an all European final on Saturday.

Front Covers of Newspapers From Argentina and Netherlands Ahead of World Cup Semifinal [PHOTOS]

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Yesterday Germany got their revenge for 2002 World Cup Final loss to Brazil in spades. Today we get a rematch of the 1978 Final between Holland and Argentina. Their newspapers today reveal two nations focused on different emotions; the Dutch are joyful but nervous while the Argentines are reveling in schadenfreude at their neighbor's nadir almost to the point of ignoring today's match.

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.

Argentina vs. Netherlands Predicted Lineups and Team News

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The Netherlands and Argentina are two nations that will feel as though they've never quite fulfilled their potential on the international stage. They're teams that have boasted some of the greatest players to have ever played the game and yet they have only won two World Cups between them.

Nonetheless they do have an illustrious history when it comes to the World Cup and have played out some contests that have been rife with iconic moments.

Argentina vs Netherland Preview: World Cup Semifinal

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If last night was the most shockingly one-sided result in this World Cup, then tonight's semi-final should prove to be a much more tight and evenly matched affair.

It would be astonishing to see such a one-sided game as we witnessed in Belo Horizonte yesterday, but Argentina must be wary of that sensational Dutch performance against Spain in the opening days of the tournament in order to avoid a repeat of the Brazilian capitulation to the efficiency and ruthlessness of the Germans.

World Cup semifinals: Argentina vs. The Netherlands: A Look Ahead

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

With Brazil's shocking crash and burn in the semifinal round, it looks all the more like this may be Argentina's World Cup. The factoid has been repeated plenty of times: No European team has ever won a World Cup in South America.

Louis van Gaal’s Football Philosophy Embraced By Dutch Players Ahead of Argentina Semifinal

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Idealism laced with a liberal dose of reality seems to be what Louis van Gaal has injected into the veins of his Dutch players in this World Cup.

There are still the traces of 'Dutchness' in the crisp movement of the ball, the patience, the positioning and efficiency but this is laced with the practical knowledge that ideals and emotion don't always win games or trophies.

World Cup 2014

Daily Cup Check: Day 29

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Look on the bright side, buddy: they made you famous. (huffingtonpost.co.uk)

Sam Fels is away, but Austin Fido sat through another 90 minutes of Brazilian distress and here is what he thought about it...

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Turns out Brazil hadn't quite hit bottom when Germany delivered the thrashing no one really saw coming in the semifinal (You saw them shipping SEVEN goals?

The worst Brazil ever and the great Dutch

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Too many people will be saying this for years to come: this is the worst Brazil side in history. I really thought that it could not get any lower than the 1-7 loss. While they may "only" have lost 0-3, the lack of commitment, belief, ideas, not to say a complete lack of basic defensive skills, were appalling to watch.

The disappointer's final

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Netherlands and Brazil will be facing none another in the unnecessary fight for third place in this year's world cup. For both sides this is a huge disappointment considering their expectations before the tournament, but they can really blame nobody else. Brazil is there after crashing wildly on the expectations and their lack of preparation and focus.

Brazil 2014: Third Place Playoff – Brazil vs. Netherlands – preview

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C'mon now, it can't happen twice...can it? (m.firstpost.com)

If the game has to be played, then it has to be previewed. Austin Fido is here with a look at the match nobody ever wants to play...

Why is there a third-place playoff? It's been around pretty much for every World Cup, except 1950 when the format made it unnecessary (there wasn't a final either) and the very first one.

Day 24 of the World Cup: Copenhagen, Denmark

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Denmark did not qualify to the World Cup, but this has not dented world cup fever in this small Scandinavian country. In fact, it is nice to see the world cup with fans without a dog in the fight, who nevertheless understand the passion and enjoy to discuss the game.On top of all this, it was a lovely sunny day in Copenhagen; one of those days where the streets are full of music, beer drinking,

Daily Cup Check: Day 26

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Wake up...actually, no. As you were. (washingtonpost.com)

Whereas yesterday will be remembered forever, today's semifinal was one we would like to forget we ever bothered with just about as soon as it was over. Argentina were once again a mess in attack, and the Dutch didn't even bother until the 85th minute and only then because the Argentines forgot Robben doesn't touch the ball with his right foot.

Brazil 2014: Semifinal 2 – Argentina vs. Netherlands – preview

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Wait, I thought Uruguay was out? (huffingtonpost.com)

Surprisingly, FIFA hasn't stopped the tournament and declared Germany the World champions. So there'll be a few more games. Austin Fido previews Argentina vs. Netherlands, the second semifinal...

The tournament rules demand someone step forward to play Germany at the weekend, so we're going to have to see things through despite the temptation (too strong to resist in some cases) to cast the Germans as the most perfect incarnation of football since.

Argentina

World Cup Roundup: Beaten Van Gaal claims he ‘taught’ Argentina keeper penalty moves

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World Cup Roundup: Beaten Van Gaal claims he 'taught' Argentina keeper penalty moves - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

  • Louis van Gaal: 'I taught Argentina keeper how to stoppenalties'
  • Soccerlens Third Place Play-Off Prediction

Dutch coach fuming after being undone by former pupil in World Cup semi-final

Louis van Gaal, beaten World Cup semi-finalist, has claimed that Argentina heroSergio Romero has him to thank for his penalty-saving antics, with the 27-year-old keeping out two spot-kicks in the dramatic shootout win that sent the South Americans to the final.

The 200% World Cup: Netherlands vs Argentina, Live!

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Good evening, sports fans! I guess the first quiestion that I have to ask is this: have you recovered from last night? I certainly haven't, and will return to the subject once last time in order to briefly mention that we will most likely remember where we were yesterday evening for the rest of our lives.

2014 World Cup: Van Gaal thrives as Oranje charge

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The Rest

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.