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Brazil could not recover from the blowout loss to Germany in the semi-finals as they were defeated by The Netherlands 0-3, ending their World Cup run in embarrassing fashion.

Part of the outcome today belongs to a few blown calls by the referee, but in the end, Brazil were beaten fairly by a Dutch side that showed their dominance on both sides of the ball. Oscar put in a decent shift and the hosts were not without their chances, but the key pass to give an attacker a clear shot on target was not to be had. Meanwhile, the defense showed a lack of cohesion that was evident in their semi-final drubbing. They finish the tournament by being outscored 10-1 and their streak of avoiding back-to-back losses at home of any variety, a record older than the actual Girl From Ipanema, comes to a bitter end.
Sat, Jul 12, 2014 06:02:00 PM

Didier Deschamps is not prepared to risk Anthony Martial in Monday nights’ penultimate European Championship warm-up match against Cameroon after the Manchester United attacker complained of muscular discomfort.

The French coach cited a long Premier League season confirming the 20-year-old "has pain in his thigh," caused by "muscular fatigue." There is no suggestion that Martial could miss out at Euro 2016 and his withdrawal from the squad is purely as a precaution having seen the likes of Raphael Varane and Jeremy Mathieu ruled out in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Mamadou Sakho is available once again after UEFA decided not to extend his 30-day anti-doping ban. However, after more than a month on the sidelines, Deschamps is unlikely to call upon the Liverpool defender who is lacking match fitness.
Source: ESPN.co.uk
May 29 - 6:01 PM

An injury to Real Madrid full-back Daniel Carvajal during the cup final win over Atletico Madrid could have opened the European Championship door for Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin.

Carvajal was forced off early in the second half of Saturdays' Champions League final in Milan and if further tests confirm the 24-year-old has suffered a calf strain [as suspected], then Bellerin will be heading to France. "It all depends on what the medical staff say about Carvajal's fitness," Del Bosque said at todays’ news conference. "Bellerin will stay with the squad until we know the extent of Carvajal's injury." Spain have until May 31 to confirm this summers’ European Championship squad, but Diego Costa and Santi Cazorla are already confirmed absentees due to their ongoing injury problems.
May 29 - 6:24 PM

Kelvin Davis has finished his playing career but may stay with Southampton in a different role.

Davis has been an example player at Southampton, staying professional and contributing to the solid locker room the team has. The club have noticed and are willing to find a role for him even though he is done playing at age 39. Davis is obviously no longer a fantasy option.
Source: Sky Sports
May 29 - 2:18 PM

Wanyama scored for Kenya in their friendly match against Tanzania.

Wanyama had a solid season for Southampton but he is not on penalty duty in the Premier League and his fantasy value remains extremely low. He is a better on-pitch performer than a fantasy contributor, and this doesn't seem likely to change going forward. Avoid him in standard leagues.
Source: SaintsFC
May 29 - 1:56 PM

Eden Hazard said he's very excited to play against his former boss Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho took over at Manchester United a few days ago and despite rumors that Hazard might be leaving Chelsea, the winger seems excited to stay at Chelsea. He is focused on the Euro Championships at the moment, but we will have more on his future as rumors develop. For now, he seems to be set to stay at Chelsea, and if he does, he will be a good fantasy target next season who should come a bit cheaper than usual after a poor season.
Source: Sky Sports
May 29 - 2:02 PM

Southampton have released midfielder Gaston Ramirez.

Ramirez played in 55 matches for Southampton but never really won a regular spot in the rotation. The 25-year old spent time on loan in the Championship, where he was a solid contributor, but he never found a spot with the Saints. Now released, he will have a shot at earning a job at another Premier League team, and he could be a starter on one of the lesser teams in the league. Keep an eye on him, as he can be a late round fantasy pick if he ends up in a good spot.
Source: Sky Sports
May 29 - 2:10 PM

Ronaldo scored the decisive penalty in a shootout to see Real Madrid to their eleventh European title.

Sergio Ramos opened the scoring in the first half only to see it equalized by Atletico in the 79th minute. Extra time was scoreless and the match went to penalties. Both sides made their first three and Real made their fourth. Juanfran put his shot off the post giving Ronaldo the chance to seal it. The Portugal international buried his kick and Real and Zidane were off to celebrate.
May 28 - 6:05 PM

Leicester City, looking to buy ahead of a potential N'golo Kanté departure, have inquired after former Potter N'zonzi.

Sevilla are unlikely to want to sell after winning their third straight Europa League and readying themselves for the Champions League next season. Kanté has said he's "happy" at the King Power Stadium but rumors have Arsenal and PSG chasing his signature.
May 29 - 9:40 AM

The Ireland national team is coming into full fitness at just the right time with James McCarthy and Ciaran Clark back.

The Everton standout midfielder has yet to train with the Irish squad after suffering a thigh injury at the end of the Premier League season. Meanwhile, Clark missed the team's friendly draw with the Netherlands on Friday due to an Achilles injury, but participated in light training on Saturday ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Belarus. While McCarthy is set to return to training on Monday, coach Martin O'Neill said he will likely not be involved in the friendly, but has done enough to be in the 23-man final squad for the European championships this summer.
Source: Sky Sports
May 28 - 2:29 PM

Mo Diame scored a beautiful goal from deep to put Hull City back into the Premier League.

The playoff final has been styled the richest match in football history this season. With the jump in TV revenue the financial reward of promotion is bugger than ever with Hull City securing the huge boost with their 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.
Source: Espnfc.com
May 28 - 2:30 PM

Yaya Toure is reportedly set to stay at Manchester City this summer to fight for a spot under incoming manager Pep Guardiola.

The Ivorian midfielder rejected two offers from the Chinese Super League sides Shanghai SIPG and Jiangsu Suning that would have made him the highest-paid footballer in the world with a contract of more than £300,000-a-week on top of a massive signing bonus. But if he rejects advances from Inter Milan and former coach Roberto Mancini, Toure faces a fight on his hands under Guardiola, who sold him from Barcelona. The legendary manager is set to make Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan his first signing with a £17.8 million move lined up.
May 28 - 2:40 PM





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