Nigel de Jong

Manchester United

Assessing The Louis Van Gaal Selection Predicament

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The new Premier League season is only two weeks old and Manchester United under Louis van Gaal are already playing catch-up. The pre-season tour feels like a very long time ago now.

The Red Devils have placed a significant number of eggs into an Ángel di María-sized basket and the spending may not end there with utility Daley Blind and defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong heavily linked to the Old Trafford club.

Manchester United plan €82m spending spree after transfer blow

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Sky Sports have reported that Angel Di Maria set to touch down in England ahead of his record breaking £63.9m move to Manchester United. The report claims that the Argentine is set to have his medical today at lunchtime to finally complete his move to the Red Devils.

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Manchester United have been busy this week in the transfer market.

The Red Devils have completed the signing of Marcos Rojo from Sporting club and appear to be closing in on 2014 UEFA Champions League winner Ángel Di María.

Manager Louis van Gaal is still believed to be interested in another defender and a holding midfielder.

Manchester United closing in on Dutch duo

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Manchester United closing in on Dutch duo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have been busy this week in the transfer market.

The Red Devils have completed the signing of Marcos Rojo from Sporting club and appear to be closing in on 2014 UEFA Champions League winner Ángel Di María.

Manchester United desperate to sign €10m World Cup star as backup for €60m target

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According to reports in Italian media outlet Sports Mediaset, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is desperate to sign AC Milan midfielder Nigel De Jong as a backup for prime target Arturo Vidal from Juventus.

Five Arturo Vidal alternatives for Manchester United

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Five Arturo Vidal alternatives for Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Vidal: Staying put at Juventus

The Arturo Vidal transfer saga looks to finally have taken it's final turn. While the player's words at an airport interview were certainly interpreted wrongly in the media, Juve CEO Marotta's words certainly don't leave room for doubt about Juve's intentions to keep the Chilean.

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.

United to offer former City man a return to Manchester?

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Manchester United could be set for a surprise move for former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, after reports from Italy suggest the Reds are determined to open talks with AC Milan over a possible transfer for a fee of around £6m.

De Jong is the latest Dutchman to be linked with a move to Old Trafford since Louis Van Gaal was appointed as David Moyes's successor, with Italian sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport claiming United's interest in the 29-year-old has increased steadily since the start of the World Cup and a bid might follow suit.

Can new Manchester United man finally break the curse?

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Can new Manchester United man finally break the curse? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Louis van Gaalgoes to the World Cup as the manager of what isoften referred to as the best countryneverto win the World Cup...

The Netherlands, often known (albeit incorrectly) in the international soccer world as Holland, go into the World Cup ranked as 3rd best in their group by FIFA, but with a strong squad that defies that ranking.

January Transfer Window: Manchester United should consider Cagliari’s Nainggolan

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With the January transfer window fast approaching, the general consensus seems to remain that if Manchester United wish to continue their good run of form in the Barclays Premier League, some reinforcements will be needed.

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One area of need that has been talked about a lot seems to be that of the lack of an enforcer in midfield.

Juan Mata, Jonjo Shelvey, and Sergio Aguero Feature in this Week’s Twitter Top 10

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This week's Twitter Top 10 features sunshine, rain, and freezing temperatures. Some of the best players across Europe are preparing for the grueling winter period ahead, and with that, great photos and tweets from everywhere will soon start to pour in. Enjoy some of best photos from this past week as we take you from the US to Italy to England over to France, into Spain and back to England again.

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Van Gaal and United keen on former City man

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Former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong could be set for a return to the Premier League, with reports on both the English and Italian media suggesting Louis Van Gaal has been so impressed with the 29-year-old's performances at the World Cup that he's looking to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford this summer.

Top five mysteriously in-favour Premier League players

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Hot on the heels of yesterday's mysteriously out-of-favour Premier League players, here are five players who are being regularly picked for reasons best known to their managers. 1. Gervinho Where do you start? Arsenal splashed out £10.8million on Gervinho and have seen very little return. Arsene Wenger persists with the enigmatic Ivorian, presumably on the [.

Man City made to sweat by QPR again, 3-1

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The scoreline is flattering. This was a QPR side that made its ambition clear enough with its number of signings. It was Man City doing all the early pressing forcing corners and set pieces, one of which Yaya Toure scored from after Carlos Tevez's shot caromed off Bobby Zamora and fell to the big man.

Man City made to sweat by QPR again, 3-1

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The scoreline is flattering. This was a QPR side that made its ambition clear enough with its number of signings. It was Man City doing all the early pressing forcing corners and set pieces, one of which Yaya Toure scored from after Carlos Tevez's shot caromed off Bobby Zamora and fell to the big man.

World Cup

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.

Netherlands Name 23-Man Squad For World Cup 2014

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Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal has named his 23-man squad for World Cup 2014.

Holland faces a difficult group at World Cup 2014, where they'll play Spain, Chile and Australia. But the Dutch have a strong squad filled with European experience despiteRafael van der Vaart pulling out of contention this week due to an injury.

The World Cup’s Dirty Dozen: 12 Bad Boys Who May Well See Red In Brazil [INFOGRAPHIC]

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With the World Cup now just a few short months away, here at World Soccer Talk we're desperate to get our hands on any info, stats, and trivia we can to make the weeks pass just that little bit faster.

This week, Betfair published an infographic taking a look at the World Cup Dirty Dozen – 12 players likely to be shown red during the tournament.

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AFR Voice - Episode 4

AFR Voice is counting the cost of the beautiful game this episode as we dissect a new study revealing that the cost of watching English football has risen by 12%. We ask why European leagues are so much cheaper, and most important of all – reveal which club is selling the most expensive pies at half time.

Champions League

Soccer English: the Kick Kick of Cristiano Ronaldo?

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If you just look at this picture, it appears Cristiano Ronaldo is doing a Nigel De Jong impression. No big deal. But, alas, it was kind of a big deal. Ronaldo has scored off heels. He has scored off wicked dipping free kicks. He's even come super close to scoring off bicycle kicks several times.

Ajax toppled by Americans: Johan Cruyff, Where You At?

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Showtime!

MIC Cup Semi-final
vs Ajax

L'estartit Another prime time showdown against one of the top youth academies in world football.

The Netherlands have produced countless world class players with Ajax being the conveyer belt. Johan Cruyff, Edwin van der Sar, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Kluivert, Marco Van Basten, Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, and Nigel de Jong to name a few.

Football Team Lineup for Milan v Anderlecht at San Siro on September 18, 2012, 7:45 pm

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Playing at San Siro Champions League Home Team Milan Keeper Christian Abbiati Midfield Massimo Ambrosini; Kevin-Prince Boateng; Riccardo Montolivo; Forwards Stephan El Shaarawy; Giampaolo Pazzini; Defense Nigel de Jong; Ignazio Abate; Daniele Bonera; Francesco Acerbi; Luca Antonini; Subs Away Team Anderlecht Keeper Silvio [.

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AC Milan vs Inter 2014 Highlights 1-0 Nigel de Jong Goal Video

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AC Milan vs Inter 2014 Highlights 1-0 Nigel de Jong Goal Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter AC Milan vs Inter 2014 (Milan-Inter VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Milan vs Inter 1-0 (De Jong) San Siro, Milan- 4 May, 2014- 4/5/14 Milan edge local rivals Inter at the [.

Liverpool show interest in former Man City powerhouse

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According to reports from Italy, Liverpool are reportedly looking at bringing AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong to Anfield this month.

Brendan Rodgers is in the market for a defensive midfielder this January, with the Brazilian Lucas ruled out for up to two months with knee ligament damage.

Milan Eyeing January Move For Nuri Sahin

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AC Milan have begun outlining their transfer targets for the January transfer window and are keen on a move for out-of-favour Liverpool midfielder Nuri Sahin.
Owner Silvio Berlusconi, vice-president Adriano Galliani and coach Massimiliano Allegri have held meetings regarding targets since the turn of the new year, and view covering the loss of Nigel de Jong to a ruptured Achilles as one of their main priorities.

Back to basics for Allegri at Milan

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By Ogo Sylla

It has been a tough summer for Serie A fans. The mercato has seen many stars and promising young players leave the Peninsula such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Fabio Borini, and Marco Verratti just to name a few. In fairness however, it is AC Milan who have experienced the most tumultuous of mercato and thus results on the pitch may be a difficult thing for Massimiliano Allegri to come by.

Pazzini the next Inzaghi? – Wild speculations abound after lucky win at Bologna

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After a horrid summer on the transfer market, after a dismal opening day defeat, the result in Bologna came somewhat as a relief. It was not a routine win, by any accounts. It was tough and it took more than a slice of fortune. But, it was still job done and it gave everyone at [...]

Lucas Leiva

Liverpool FC Transfer Update

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According to the latest reports Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre, has travelled to Ukraine to try and finalise a deal for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.

The Reds are desperate to force the move after their first target Mohamed Salah hijacked by Chelsea.

Meanwhile midfielder Lucas Leiva has added fuel to fire on rumours suggesting Rodgers is into strengthen his squad by signing AC Milan's Nigel De Jong

‘He is a good player and produced many good performances at Manchester City,' Lucas said.

Is The Number 10 Role A Dying Breed in Soccer?

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Ah yes. The double holding midfield pair. How I love to watch them. The joy of viewing a perfectly weighted backwards pass, the ambition and invention of a lateral pass, and the beauty of a tactical foul. You can't help but admire their fire-fighting skills.

Think of the names. Lucas Leiva.

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VIDEO: Community Shield 2011 – United vs City

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United: David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidić (c), Patrice Evra, Nani, Michael Carrick, Anderson, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck.
United substitutes: Anders Lindegaard, Phil Jones, Rafael, Jonny Evans, Park Ji-Sung, Tom Cleverley and Dimitar Berbatov.

City: Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Vincent Kompany (c), Joleon Lescott, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nigel de Jong, James Milner, Yaya Touré, David Silva, Mario Balotelli and Edin Džeko.

Twitter Top 10: Week of November 22, 2012

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1. Vincent Kompany The Manchester City man took a second to reflect on Manchester City's exit from the UEFA Champions League after a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid.

The opportunity to claim our place at the top of European football will come again. No sad faces, just the hunger to improve.

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Van Persie: Manchester is red

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Robin van Persie has gone public to dispel the City myth and has claimed that Manchester is 80/20 red to blue.

"I have to say, I spoke to Nigel De Jong a couple of years ago when he was playing for City and he said ‘in Manchester, you only have City fans'," Robin explained. "I said ‘Okay that sounds a bit weird but whatever' and he claimed United fans are from all over the world, and from different cities.

Romania Players Party With Van Persie, Afellay & Huntelaar Hours After Being Thrashed By Holland, Cause Very Minor Outrage

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By Chris Wright

Ain't no party like a Mutu (r) party

There's a bit of a stir over in the Romanian tabloid circles this morning after it was reported that members of the Romanian squadfrolickedwith members of the Dutch squad at a fancy club in Bucharest a few hours after the national team had been panned 4-1 by Holland.

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DTotD: Argentine striker kung-fu kicks goalkeeper in the chest after getting sent off

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Argentine striker Gaston Cellerino was sent off near the end of a Chilean Primera Division match between his Union La Calera side and Wanderers afterreceivinghis second yellow card. As he trudged off the pitch, opposing goalkeeper Mauricio Viana got a bit too close and Cellerino brushed him away, prompting Viana to drop the ground like he was hurt.

Argentina’s Next Karate Kid

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Okay, Nigel De Jong's officially off the hook now.

The guy above is Argentine striker Gaston Cellerino of Union La Calera in Chile. The video speaks for itself, as will his studs when the review panel and lawsuits have done enough damage on his life. He's not going to see the grass of a professional pitch for an incredibly long time.

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TRANSFER RUMOURS: De Jong and Cuadrado

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Nigel De Jong 29 Years Old

De Jong is one of those players whose age seems a little surprising given the fact he's been around for so long, still not in his thirties, there is plenty left in the tank. Perhaps one of the more underrated players in his position, he has been a consistent performer across Europe for his clubs as well as one of the more important players in the Dutch national side.

Netherlands Defeat Mexico 2-1 in Round of 16

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Mexico was two minutes away from advancing to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1986 but the final five minutes saw a thunderbolt from Wesley Sneijder and a controversial penalty from Klaas Jan Hunterlaar that were enough to see Holland into the quarter-final instead. The Dutch will take on the winner of Costa Rica vs.

Atalanta Fans Accused of Throwing Knife at Milan’s Kevin Constant and Nigel De Jong

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Atalanta could face a stiff penalty after a fan allegedly threw a knife and banana's at AC Milan's Kevin Constant and Nigel De Jong in their 2-1 win yesterday!

Retro Snapshot: Nigel De Jong Posts Fantastic Photo That Dates Clarence Seedorf Quite Badly…

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By Chris Wright

Nigel de Jong posted this fantastic, grainy image to his Instagram account yesterday which sees the Milan terrier aged around 11 at the time posing with his hero, Clarence Seedorf, many moons ago (around 1995-ish) while both were playing in opposite ends of the Ajax system.

El Shaarawy reveals that being Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s teammate similar to caring for a Mogwai

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Now that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has left Milan to score all of PSG's goals, Stephan El Shaarawy has spoken about the delicate care he requires from his teammates. Much like a Mogwai that can't be fed after midnight or get wet, a Zlatan requires certains things in order to keep him from turning into a gremlin.