Rafael van der Vaart

Philadelphia Union

Union readying for KC, Junior Lone Star traveling to Puerto Rico, USWNT faces NZ, more

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Union face KC in search of first win of 2015. Junior Lone Star off to Puerto Rico for four games. USWNT face NZ. More news.

CBA updates, Union sign Ayuk and Lee, second kit unveiled, much more

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Owners reportedly offering limited free agency. Union sign trialist Eric Ayuk Mbu and draft pick Raymond Lee. New Union away kit unveiled. More news.

kansas city

RVDV Deal Unlikely, de Jong Injured, Espinoza Sits, and More

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Catching up on some news from the past day or so that I've brought up on Twitter, but I'll mention further here.

RVDV Deal Unlikely

Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl was present at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night for Sporting KC's game against New York City FC. Around half time, Wahl provided an update on the rumored move by KC to acquire Rafael van der Vaart, who has been told he won't be offered a new contract at Hamburg.

Sporting are Offering van der Vaart How Much?

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Germany media has really picked up on the Rafael van der Vaart to Sporting KC rumors. After Robb Heineman and Mike Illig were at Saturday's Bundesliga match between Frankfurt and van der Vaart's Hamburg, the rumors really picked up with German site Bild jumping all over it.

Now the German tabloid is reporting the price tag that Kansas City is offering the Dutch international.

dutch international

Conflicting Stories on van der Vaart

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Over the past two days, a pair of conflicting stories have come out regarding Sporting KC and their potential new designated player, Rafael van der Vaart. The Dutch international has been linked with a summer move to Kansas City once his contract expires with German club Hamburg.

Yesterday, KC Star beat writer, Sam McDowell provided an update on the situation saying that Peter Vermes and SKC were still in contact with van der Vaart, but that the two had no movement in regards to a new contract.

Newcastle Reported After Top Dutch Playmaker

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There is a report in CaughtOffside that Newcastle are interested in 30 year-old Dutch International play-maker Rafael van der Vaart, but there's noway Newcastle will be bringing in a 30 year-old well as long as Newcastle are owned by Mike Ashley. Rafael van der Vaart - turns 31 next week With Newcastle having failed [.

Tottenham Hotspur

Sporting KC should not pursue ex-Real Madrid and Tottenham attacker Rafael van der Vaart

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Despite having a mixed record with designated player signings from abroad, Sporting KC is reportedly ready to splash significant cash on Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart.

While the signing would bring in a player that has played at the highest levels – Ajax, Hamburg, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur – it may prove the club has more money than brains or scouting.

Sporting KC should not pursue ex-Real Madrid and Tottenham attacker Rafael van der Vaart

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Despite having a mixed record with designated player signings from abroad, Sporting KC is reportedly ready to splash significant cash on Dutch international Rafael van der Vaart.

While the signing would bring in a player that has played at the highest levels – Ajax, Hamburg, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur – it may prove the club has more money than brains or scouting.

Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen Fills Gaping Void Left by Rafael van der Vaart

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Tottenham Hotspur pulled off an inspirational win this weekend, coming from two goals down to send Southampton home scratching their heads. The win keeps them in fourth, which is quite an achievement when one considers the club's goal difference. But don't let the table fool you; Spurs are in turmoil and not just with regards to management.

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boss: ‘I expect great things from Christian Eriksen’

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Andre Villas Boas says it is time to move on from Gareth Bale and start expecting to see brilliance from Christian Eriksen instead. The Tottenham manager made it clear that he sees Eriksen as someone who can develop into a player who is equally important to the club as the recently departed Welshman.

Video: Benoit Assou Ekotto says he’s never heard of new Tottenham signing Paulinho

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Spurs left-back Benoit Assou Ekotto is well known for having absolutely no interest in football except for the 90 minutes he's playing. He has emphasised that point even further by revealing that he has never heard of his new £17m team-mate, Brazil international Paulinho. The boy from Brazil shouldn't feel too hard done by though: [.

Champions League

Where Are They Now: Previous Winners of Soccer’s Golden Boy Trophy

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Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling is Europe's latest recipient of the "Golden Boy" award. The award has been given since 2003 to the continent's finest player under 21-years-old.

Sterling inserted himself as a regular presence in both the Liverpool squad and the England team, earning a spot on the team that manager Roy Hodgson took to Brazil in 2014.

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.

World Cup

MUST WATCH VIDEO OF VAN GAAL: Quotes & Key Points

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Below is a video of Louis van Gaal conducting a presentation on management, vision and the preparation he and his staff underwent to prepare for the World Cup. Provided are some talking points and...

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Holland’s Van Der Vaart ruled out of World Cup

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Holland's Van Der Vaart ruled out of World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Rafael Van Der Vaart has been ruled out of the World Cup. The 31-year-old midfielder suffered a calf injury at Holland's training camp in Portugal on Tuesday.

Manager Louis Van Gaal will name his final 23 man squad on Saturday and will have to make do without his most experienced player.

Portugal vs Netherlands: Preview and Projected Lineups

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As the European leagues slowly return after a summer break, so will big matchups among national teams from the Old Continent. And a much-anticipated battle will be between FIFA's fifth and seventh place teams. Portugal and the Netherlands will clash today at 3:25 pm ET in Faro at the Estádio Do Algarve.

Wednesday Gossip

Offbeat: Rafael van der Vaart’s Former Wife Admits ”Psychological Torture”, Dani Alves The Tourist & Kagawa’s Birthday

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Welcome to Offbeat Wednesday, your weekly gossip special! This week, read about Dani Alves' date at Parc Guell, Sylvie van der Vaart's 'psychological torture' and Shinji Kagawa's hilarious birthday!

Rafael van der Vaart's ex-wife, Sylvie Meis, has spoken up about how her husband's new relationship with her former best friend, Sabia Boulahrouz, has 'terrorized' her.

Offbeat: Ronaldo and Irina Enjoy Bernabeu Date, Rooneys’ Christmas, Drama In Van der Vaart Divorce, Alonso Welcomes Third Child

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This week in Offbeat Wednesday (your weekly gossip special!), Ronaldo and Irina hit up the Bernabeu, The Rooney boys pose with Father Christmas, Sylvie van der Vaart admits to infidelity, Xabi Alonso welcomes a new child and Sara Carbonero's baby bump takes over the social network!

Sepp Blatter's best friend, Cristiano Ronaldo, was spotted at the Bernabeu VIP stands over this weekend with girlfriend, Irina Shayk.

Gossip: Bartender Rips On Ashley Cole, Sara Carbonero On Pregnant Life, Ronaldo Baby Rumours, Sylvie van der Vaart

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In this week's installment of Fab Footy Gossip, Chelsea's Ashley Cole gets told off by an American bartender for under-tipping, Sara Carbonero embraces her pregnancy, Sylvie van der Vaart enjoys the summer, Ronaldo fuels rumours that his girlfriend is pregnant and Milan Pique makes another adorable appearance.

Offbeat : Leo Messi Caught With Vegas Stripper, Van der Vaart Moves In With Ex-Wife’s Friend & Neymar Mania

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This week, Rafael van der Vaart moves in with his ex-wife's former best friend (for obvious reasons), Messi is caught red handed with a Vegas stripper (!), Iker Casillas and Sara's baby gender is confirmed and Neymar is swarmed by a group of girls at the Barcelona airport.

Love him or hate him, boys, there's no denying that you'd love to spend a day in his shoes.

OFFBEAT: The Drama Of Sylvie & Rafael Van der Vaart, The Rooneys At Beyonce & Irina Shayk’s Gift From Ronaldo

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Welcome to Los Chicas Chismes, your weekly footie gossip special! This week, The Rooneys attend a Beyoncé concert, Real Madrid's 86-year-old legend, Alfredo di Stefano, marries his 36-year-old secretary, Sylvie and Rafael van der Vaart's relationship drama hits insane proportions and Irina Shayk gets her model booker a gift from Cristiano Ronaldo!

Bundesliga

Bundesliga Round Up: Week 22 – ÇalhanoÄŸlu’s Wondergoal

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"It was the best goal of my career" said Hakan Çalhanoğlu after his 40 yard free kick made a fool of Borussia Dortmund's goalkeeper, Roman Weidenfeller and sealed a 3-0 win that even a week ago would have seemed fanciful.

Çalhanoğlu is only 20 years old so he has many years to try to score a better goal.

Top 5 Bundesliga Goals From Matchday 9

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This week's Top 5 Bundesliga goals feature the likes of Bayern Munich, Hamburg, and more. Bayern Munich had to fight back from a goal down to secure all three points and two of their goals made it into the top five. Newly promoted Hertha Berlin make the list with an excellent header flicked on by Adrian Ramos.

Top 5 Goals of Bundesliga Matchday 8: Former Tottenham Star Scores Fantastic Volley

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The Bundesliga is in full flow and the league is really starting to shape up after 8 weeks of action. Usual suspects Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are at the top of the table in first and second respectively, with Leverkusen level on points with Dortmund and in third simply because of goal differential.

Rafael van der Vaart Scores Incredible Scissor Kick Goal For Hamburg [VIDEO]

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Rafael van der Vaart scored an incredible scissor kick goal today for Hamburger SV against Nurnberg in the Bundesliga.

The former Tottenham Hotspur attacking midfielder scored the goal in Hamburg's 5-0 away win.

Here's the goal from a couple of different angles:

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10 Players to Watch in the 2013-14 Bundesliga Season

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The 2013-14 Bundesliga season has already kicked off, and there are 10 months of intrigue ahead of us.

Here are 10 players to watch in the 2013/14 Bundesliga season:

1. Thiago Alcantara

Having been signed by Bayern Munich for £21.6million, Thiago Alcantara will have to prove that he belongs among the greats.

Hamburg Away Shirt for 2013-14 Season [PHOTOS]

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Hamburg have unveiled their away shirt for the 2013-14 season.

Designed by adidas, the beautifully designed navy blue shirt with sky blue trim is a clean looking design that features the classic iconic Hamburger SV club crest. While I'd prefer to see Rafael van der Vaart wearing a Premier League club jersey, the Dutch attacking midfielder seems at home in his Hamburg away shirt.

Top Two Performers for Hamburg SV This Season

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Rafael van der Vaart of Hamburg-Photo via bundesliga.com

Despite a season that has left Hamburg SV smack dab in the middle of the pack in Bundesliga, 9th out of 18 teams, there have been a couple of very bright spots for the team and their supporters to look forward when their team takes the field.

Hamburg Shocks Dortmund While Bayern Wins Again

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Borussia Dortmund suffered a shock 4-1 defeat at home to Hamburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday with South Korea's Son Heung Min claiming two goals as both teams finished with ten men.

Robert Lewandowski put Dortmund ahead in the first half only to be sent off a quarter of an hour later as Hamburg roared back with two goals each from Son and Latvia's Artjoms Rudnevs.

Hamburger SV

Rafael van der Vaart hat Angst vor den eigenen Fans

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Wir Spieler hatten Angst vor unseren Fans.

Rafael van der Vaart, Mittelfeldspieler des Hamburger SV, hat nach der "Aussprache" zwischen Fans und Mannschaft, bei der es zu Rangeleien, Angriffen und Beschädigungen einiger Autos der Spieler gekommen ist, Angst vor den eigenen Fans.

van der Vaart ist nur ehrlich

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Ich habe Theater gemacht, aber nicht geschauspielert, weil ich gemerkt habe, dass der Schiri nur Gelb zücken wollte. Ich wollte ihn davon überzeugen und aufmerksam machen, dass das ein rotwürdiges Foul an Per gewesen ist.

Rafael van der Vaart, Mittelfeldspieler des Hamburger SV, über sein theatralisches Hinfallen beim Gerangel nach dem rotwürdigen Foul von Dortmunds Robert Lewandowski.

Gareth Bale

Palace - Spurs Preview: 8-Point Wishlist For Spurs This Season

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What ho, and welcome to 2013/14. With our season now literally minutes away this seems as appropriate a juncture as any to push away the second helping of kippers, retire to the favoured reading chair, stuff a pipe and consider the (by no means exhaustive) AANP Towers Eight-Points Wishlist for the new season.

Spurs 1-0 Sunderland: Dash It All

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A rummy thing, football. Up diddly up, down diddly down, whoops poop twiddly dee, to quote one particularly sagacious soul – after which Man Utd win the whole dashed thing and our lot get edged out by that other lot. And that, it appears, is how football works. But when 38 games end with us essentially taking pride of place at the head of a 16-strong cohort of no-man's-land stragglers, I am rather inclined to think ‘Dash it all, what's the point?

West Brom 0-1 Spurs: Man-Love For Holtby

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Has the good ship Hotspur ever enjoyed such a serene voyage? From the moment that angry lad spat and walked this eased into an absolute stroll – one-way traffic throughout the second half, and even though the lead was but one goal there was none of the usual frenzied panic that accompanies the final five minutes.

Germany

Fabmino

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That's what they're calling the otherwise yet-unnamed goal that Fabian Johnson helped to create with Firmino to put Hoffenheim ahead of Hamburg in the fifth minute. Rafael Van der Vaart equalized just before halftime but Hoffenheim has added two more since to make it 3-1. Clip to come ... - Jacob Klinger

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Edin Dzeko shine in UEFA World Cup Qualifying

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Officially halfway through our UEFA qualification run, the 2014 World Cup stage is beginning to take shape with its eventual participants all edging closer to securing their Brazilian berths.

However, for nations both big and small, such a feat is nigh impossible without a touch of star quality, a lot of which is on show during international weekends such as the one just passed.

The Rest

Freedom Kicks for 26 March 2015: USMNT, D.C. United, and Rafael van der Vaart

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Your morning dose of links is a little late, but it's packed with all the vitamins and minerals you need.

Freedom Kicks, unlike the USMNT, finally come together in the last 15 minutes. Let's soccer, shall we?

DC United vow to ditch "passive" tendencies ahead of visit from defending MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy | MLSsoccer.

CBA Rollercoaster (and van der Vaart)

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One thing this offseason that I've avoided much talk about at least on here is the negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement. The main reason I have has mainly had to do with the fact that it really isn't my area of expertise. I've never been part of a union, nor have I ever been part of labor negotiations so I don't feel comfortable being the one to talk about it much.

Wir stehen auf!

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Wir stehen auf!

Wir stehen auf für eine Welt ohne Rassismus! Laut gegen Nazis, Interkutureller Rat, Make A Noise und Bundesliga-Stiftung präsentieren den Aktionsspot für die Internationale Wochen gegen Rassismus. Es heißt jetzt wieder ein Zeichen setzen und das geht besten, wenn alle an einem Strang ziehen.

Offbeat : Ex-Wife Of Hamburg’s Van der Vaart Says Infertility After Her Cancer Treatments Led To Separation

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Hamburg striker's Rafael van der Vaart's divorce from his ex-wife, Sylvie has now been made official with the Dutch TV presenter regaining her maiden name and calling herself Sylvie Meis.

As part of the settlement, Van der Vaart, 30 paid her five million euros, plus alimony and joint custody of their son Damian (7 years old).