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Belgium

USA Keeper Tim Howard Sets New World Cup Save Record With Heroic Performance Against Belgium

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By Chris Wright

Thou shall not pass!

They may well have lost in the end, but USA 'keeper Tim Howard set an all-time save record by making 16 clear stops against Belgium the most ever recorded by a goalkeeper in a World Cup game.

In fact, Howard made more saves during the first 90 minutes of the Belgium game than he'd registered during the whole of the group stages.

Belgium 2-1 USA: Belgians dump Klinsmann’s Stars & Stripes out of the World Cup in extra-time

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Belgium 2-1 USA: Belgians dump Klinsmann's Stars & Stripes out of the World Cup in extra-time - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Going into this game, the Round of 16 had seen all 7 group winners make it throughto the quarter-finals and this game completed the octuplet. The USA fought the good fight again, taking the Belgians to extra-time before allowing a crackin their armor.

Belgium v USA: Les Diables Rouges may be without captain Kompany against USMNT

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Belgium v USA: Les Diables Rouges may be without captain Kompany against USMNT - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Belgium are just one of 4 nations to win every game so far this tournament, topping Group H with 3 victories, however none of which were completely convincing and all by just one goal.

Belgium and Russia Preview: Teams Meet in Potential Group H Decider

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Today, Belgium will face Russia in the Maracanã in what is likely to be a pivotal encounter. Victory in the day's early kickoff (Noon Eastern time/1pm local time) would see either side take control of a wide-open Group H. Both teams last played on Tuesday, Belgium were unconvincing in their defeat of Algeria while Russia rallied to take a point in a labored match with South Korea.

Belgium 2-1 Algeria: Super-subs Fellaini and Mertens inspire Belgian victory

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Belgium 2-1 Algeria: Super-subs Fellaini and Mertens inspire Belgian victory - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Belgium came from behind in their opening World Cup game against a stubborn Algeria in Belo Horizonte, getting their Group H ambitions off to the start they desired. It wasn't made easy by the Algerians, who defended strongly and held their lead for 45 minutes.

Belgium – 2014 World Cup squad

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Belgium are many people's dark horses for the World Cup, and with a vast array of Premier League talent they could make waves in Brazil. Playing at their first tournament in 12 years, Belgium were considered fifth favourites heading into the competition.

Second Teams: Belgium

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After the U.S., who should you root for in the World Cup? PSP is here to tell you. Today, we kick off a three-week series in which our contributors and guest writers convince try to sell you on their respective favorites. We start with Belgium.

WATCH Belgium’s Official Song For World Cup 2014 [VIDEO]

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Belgian music recording artist Stromae has released the official Belgium World Cup 2014 song, which is accompanied by a bizarre video featuring several Belgium soccer stars including Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Kevin de Bruyne and many others.

If you want to hear what the song sounds like, skip to minute 05:10.

Marouane Fellaini

GAME THREAD: World Cup Round of 16: Belgium vs. United States

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Winner plays Argentina. Belgians eat waffles differently than Americans.

WORLD CUP MATCH #56
VS
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador, BRA
July 1, 2014
4:00 PM ET
ESPN - Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman
Starting XI
Eden Hazard, Divock Origi, Dries Mertens Forward Graham Zusi, Clint Dempsey, Alejandro Bedoya
Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, Axel Witsel Midfield Jermaine Jones, Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron
Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany, Daniel Van Buyten, Toby Alderweireld Defense DaMarcus Beasley, Matt Besler, Omar Gonzalez, Fabian Johnson
Thibaut Courtois Goalkeeper Tim Howard
Sammy Bossut, Nicolas Lombaerts, Laurent Ciman, Simon Mignolet, Thomas Vermaelen, Mousa Dembele, Nacer Chadli, Romelu Lukaku, Adnan Januzaj Bench Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman, Brad Davis, Brad Guzan, Chris Wondolowski, Jozy Altidore, Timothy Chandler, Mix Diskerud, Aron Johannsson, John Brooks, DeAndre Yedlin, Julian Green
Game Officials
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi

Are you nervous yet?

Recaps & reaction to Union win, USA WC news, league results, more

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Recap roundup from Union's win on Saturday. USA news ahead of Tuesday's big game against Belgium. MLS and NWSL results . More news.

Manchester City

European Weekend Rewind: Man City win EPL title; Atletico fail to clinch La Liga crown; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

Like their last title victory, Manchester City's English Premier League title-clinching performance had to come on the final day of the league's long season.

But this time featured significantly less drama as the Citizens easily dispatched West Ham United 2-0 in a match that they needed just a draw from in order to win their second title in three seasons.

PHOTO: Manchester City ‘Selfie’ on Twitter after Premier League Title Victory

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PHOTO: Manchester City 'Selfie' on Twitter after Premier League Title Victory - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions this afternoon, with their 2-0 win over West Ham seeing them pip Liverpool to top spot, and see the title head to the blue of Manchester for the second time in the last three years.

Manchester City Win 2013/14 Premier League Title

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Manchester City are the 2013/14 Premier League champions.

City clinched the title today after a comfortable victory against West Ham United, even though Liverpool beat Newcastle United at Anfield. After today's matches, City ended up winning the title by two points, to claim its second Premier League trophy in 3 years.

Bad Kompany - AFR Voice Ep. 36 On this week’s show we’ll be...

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Bad Kompany - AFR Voice Ep. 36

On this week's show we'll be taking a look at what could be a season-defining win for Liverpool, after they came out on top of a 3-2 Anfield thriller against Man City. Can they really win fourteen games in a row and take the league title, should an unfit Vincent Kompany have played, and what will Fergie make of all this as he sits in the Old Trafford Directors' box?

Video: Philippe Coutinho makes it Liverpool 3-2 Man City

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Philippe Coutinho has taken advantage of a scuffed Vincent Kompany clearance to give Liverpool a 3-2 lead over Manchester City.

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Liverpool-Manchester City combined XI – Who makes the lineup?

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Liverpool-Manchester City combined XI Who makes the lineup? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City will face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, a match that will have a major sayon who wins the Premier League title.

A win would take Liverpool seven points clear of Manchester City, though they have played two games more, while a win for City will make them clear favourites for the title.

Two Red Cards Change Premier League Title Race

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The title race in England was blown open on Saturday as Manchester City overcame an early red card to captain Vincent Kompany to beat Hull City 1-0 while 9 man Chelsea lost 1-0 at Villa Park.

After two consecutive cup defeats Manchester City were under a lot of pressure when Kompany was sent off 10 minutes into the game against Hull for bringing down Nikica Jelavic who was through on goal.

UCL Rewind: Messi, Alves goals see Barca through; PSG cruises past Leverkusen

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By DAN ITEL

Barcelona got just what they needed and then some in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matchup Wednesday against Manchester City, gutting out a 2-1 result at Camp Nou for a 4-1 aggregate win.

Buffeted by their 2-0 win two weeks ago in the first leg on Man City's home ground thanks to goals by Lionel Messi and Dani Alves, Barcelona put in stellar defensive performance and got insurance goals from the same two once again in front of nearly 86,000 loyal supporters.

Video and GIF: Vincent Kompany makes it Barcelona 1-1 Manchester City

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Manchester City skipper and star performer Vincent Kompany has grabbed what looks like being a late consolation goal against Barcelona at Camp Nou. Down to 10-man as in the first leg, City at least managed to get on the scoresheet in the tie.

Snapshot: Man City Are The 2013/14 League Cup Champions!

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By Chris Wright

We'll have a full report up shortly, but for now we'd just like to congratulate Manchester City for securing the first silverware of the season beating Sunderland 3-1 at Wembley to win the 2013/14 League Cup...

We'd also personally like to thank Vincent Kompany for providing us with what must undoubtedly go down as the photo of the final.

Mark Hughes Will Be Able to Get The Best Out Of Stephen Ireland

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Stephen Ireland was once the best player on an expensively assembled Mark Hughes managed side. The year was 2009 and Manchester City had just been subject to a takeover from the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi. At the time, Stephen Ireland was the best player on the Blues team that included Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Robinho and Daniel Strurridge.

Manchester United midfielder is a ‘special player’: Kompany

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Manchester United midfielder is a 'special player': Kompany - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Marouane Fellaini didn't have a rocking start to his Manchester United career. The Belgium international was probably not the first choice midfielder for the club but having failed to land other targets in summer, managed David Moyes went for him on the transfer deadline day, paying a hefty transfer fee of £27.

Football GIF: Man City Captain Vincent Kompany Scores Stupendous Own-Goal Against Fulham

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By Alan Duffy

After scoring at the right end of the pitch for Manchester City, centre-half Vincent Kompany then produced this moment of well, sheer bad-luck induced flukery to chip Joe Hart in the City goal and level the scores at 2-2. The Citizens still went on to win the game 4-2 but what a bizarre OG from the Belgian superstar!

Man City skipper Vincent Kompany could miss Southampton game

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Manchester City could be without captain Vincent Kompany for tomorrow's game against Southampton as Manuel Pellegrini ponders whether to risk playing him for a second time in four days. The Belgian defender returned from his injury layoff for Wednesday evening's match at West Brom. While his comeback saw City secure their first away win of [.

Manchester City Defender Vincent Kompany Ruled Out Of Action For An Additional 3 Weeks

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As if the news couldn't get any worse for Manchester City, club captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of action for another 3 weeks on top of the 5 weeks he's already been out injured.

Belgium's medical team reports that he's not close to being back to full fitness, and needs another 3 weeks to recover from a thigh injury.

Vincent Kompany’s Absence Exposes Manchester City’s Defensive Vulnerabilities

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Manchester City were expected to be a real force this season after a change of manager and a busy summer in the transfer market. This season may only be 9 games old, and there's a lot of soccer left to be played, but so far City currently sit in seventh place, have been beaten three times and look defensively vulnerable.

Quandry for Pellegrini as City back line needs re-assessment

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Quandry for Pellegrini as City back line needs re-assessment - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As 90 minutes ticked over at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, both Chelsea and Manchester City seemed destined to share the spoils. But then suddenly and not for the first time this season the City defence was thrown into disarray with a moment of miscommunication and panic, allowing Fernando Torres to steal in and snatch the points for Jose Mourinho's side.

Newcastle vs Manchester City: Projected Citizens Capital One Cup Lineup Features Richards and Negredo

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Manchester City heads North on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup to take on Newcastle United on the back of both clubs having suffered disheartening 2-1 defeats over the weekend.

Newcastle failed to win yet another meeting with Sunderland as the Black Cats look to have clawed their way halfway out of the Premier League drop zone, while City continue to struggle in the League as well after a tough away loss to Chelsea.

Chelsea vs Man City: Blues Favourite To Win For These Four Reasons

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Chelsea vs Man City: Blues Favourite To Win For These Four Reasons - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This Sunday, Chelsea will face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge where Jose Mourinho will be looking to earn full three points at home. Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini enjoyed some great clashes in the La Liga with Real Madrid and Malaga respectively and this will be the first time both the managers will be meeting against each other in English soil.

English Premier League

Fitba Thatba’s 2013/14 Premier League Review Features Twix Abuse And Vincent Kompany Defiling A Horse (Video)

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By Chris Wright

The waiting is over. Fitba Thatba's 2013/14 Premier League review is here and it's suitably and reassuringly beserk -featuring, as it does, shocking scenes of anonymous Premier League Twix abuse and Vincent Kompany penetrating a horse in order to become a horse(or something like that anyway) all set to a churning, almost Black Velvet-esque blues rhythm.

Selfies and behind-the-scenes photos of Man City players celebrating winning the Premier League

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Champions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #2014 #MCFC pic.twitter.com/8TlkWPGnAP Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) May 11, 2014...

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Liverpool Take Control Of Title Race

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Liverpool took control of the Premier League title race with a thrilling 3-2 win over third-placed Manchester City at Anfield today.

In an emotional day at Anfield, Brendan Rodgers side once put pressure on the opposition early and the game was just six minutes old when Luis Suárez outmuscled Gaël Clichy and released Raheem Sterling, who passed the ball into an empty net after selling Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart and delightful dummy

City were wobbling and looked done for in the 26th minute when Martin krtel headed home from a Steven Gerrard's corner in front of the Kop.

Reviewing Premier League Refereeing Decisions: Gameweek 30

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A superb weekend of Premier League soccer had many talking points, with a huge number of contentious decisions. Here's what was called correctly or incorrectly by the referees and the reasons why.

Starting with the early kick off at the KC Stadium, Vincent Kompany was sent off after just 10 minutes for bringing down Nikica Jelavic, therefore denying a goal scoring opportunity.

Petr Cech

Monday Kickoff: Suarez wins POY award; Dani Alves suffers racist abuse; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Less than one year after being booed at the Professional Footballers' Association awards dinner following his ten-match FA ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic, Liverpool's Luis Suarez received a standing ovation to accept an individual honor.

PFA Team Of The Season 2014 Announced – Couple Of Iffy Picks But Liverpool And Chelsea Dominate

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By Chris Wright

While the main gongs are yet to be divvied out (more on that as and when) and the official announcements are yet to be made, but The Guardian's live feed of the PFA Awards event has confirmed that the 2014 PFA Team of the Year is as follows.

Videos

Joe Hart’s Reaction to George Boyd’s Dive!

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Joe Hart could easily have joined captain Vincent Kompany for an early bath following his reaction to George Boyd's blatant dive to try and win a penalty for Hull at the KC Stadium today.

And strangely enough George Boyd despite his dive got away scott free!

Vincent Kompany Red Card v Hull City (Vine)

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Vincent Kompany is pick pocketed by Nikala Jelavic and tries in vain to to right his wrong but fails and is sent-off for his troubles.

He will also miss out on their crucial Manchester Derby clash next week.

The Rest

Recaps and Reaction to US exit from WC, Union want Valdes back, more news

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Praise for Tim Howard as US knocked out of World Cup by Belgium. Union make "a very positive offer, an aggressive offer" to bring Carlos Valdes back. More news.

The Soccerlens Best XI: 2013′s Best Footballers

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The Soccerlens Best XI: 2013′s Best Footballers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Best XI's are tricky: No one is ever completely happy, and there are so many worthy candidates, it's a shame you can't pick an entire 23 man squad. But it's a fun exercise that lets you know exactly where the cream of the soccer world sit after the year is finished.

FIFA 14: High Potential Centre-Backs to Target for Your Career Mode features Tottenham and Chelsea Defenders

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An integral part of every formation as you will start at least two, the centre-back position is one of the most important in FIFA 14. If goalscoring isn't your forte or you don't have a world-class striker, preventing the opposition from scoring is the best way to get results.

Unfortunately, many of the top centre-backs in FIFA 14 are tied to major European clubs and are therefore quite difficult to purchase unless you can fork out the massive transfer fees the clubs will be requesting.