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A questionable penalty awarded to The Netherlands in the early going was converted by Robin van Persie and the Dutch would not look back as they finish World Cup 2014 in 3rd place with a 0-3 win over Brazil.

Arjen Robben's blazing speed was once again the fulcrum that created trouble for opponents. Thiago Silva brought him down in what replays show was just outside the box. It was a clear goal scoring chance but the referee pointed to the spot and issued Silva just a yellow card, getting the call all wrong. RVP converted the chance as he usually does and less than 15 minutes later, a poor clearance by David Luiz landed in the path of Daley Blind who blasted it home. The final goal of Louis van Gaal's career as manager of the Dutch national team came in the closing minutes and was scored by Georginio Wjnaldum.
Jul 12 - 5:53 PM

Netherlands XI: Cillessen, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, Van Persie (c), Sneijder, Robben, Kuyt, Clasie, Wijnaldum

The Dutch trot out a strong XI that features one particular exception, 23-year-old midfielder Jordy Clasie who plays for Feyenoord. Premier Leaguers Ron Vlaar and Robin van Persie retain their starting roles.
Jul 12 - 2:57 PM

Ntherlands XI: Cillessen, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, De Jong, Van Persie (c), Sneijder, Robben, Kuyt, Wijnaldum

Robin van Persie is fit enough to start today despite a stomach that cropped up on him yesterday. It looks as if former Liverpool man Dirk Kuyt is playing farther forward after playing in defense last time out.
Jul 9 - 3:20 PM

Despite having just signed a one-year extension, Patrice Evra has been linked with a move to Juventus in Serie A.

The arrival of Luke Shaw at Old Trafford for a huge transfer fee means that Patrice Evra is unlikely to be the sure fire starter he has been throughout his tenure at United. This has apparently encouraged Juventus to make an offer for the French international who apparently wants to continue on as a regular starter on a Champions League team. The rumor mill has United chasing Swiss standout Ricardo Rodriguez as a replacement (quite why a player in his prime coming off a great World Cup would sign up to be a reserve behind Luke Shaw is beyond me but that's what the rumors are saying).
Jul 9 - 9:13 AM

Robin van Persie has been deemed doubtful for the Netherlands' semi-final clash versus Argentina on Wednesday.

van Persie has gone down with a stomach problem and did not train today. He did take part in 11 v 9 drills, so the problem doesn't seem too threatening. All signs point towards the Netherlands captain playing tomorrow but keep an eye before you use him in World Cup fantasy leagues. In terms of his status for the Premier League season, there is absolutely nothing to worry about here and RvP should be 100% by then.
Source: BBC
Jul 8 - 1:58 PM

Netherlands Starting XI vs Costa Rica: Cillessen, Vlaar, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, Van Persie (c), Sneijder, Robben, Kuyt, Wijnaldum, Depay.

The Netherlands have played around with they lineup a bit, inserting Memphis Depay as a starter. They will rely on their captain, Robin van Persie, to lead them to the semi-finals for the second World Cup in a row. The winner of this match faces Argentina in the semis.
Source: FIFA
Jul 5 - 3:00 PM

Mexico took a 0-1 lead into the 87th minute but were stunned by the Netherlands who scored twice to break the hearts of El Tri in a 2-1 loss.

And the drama continues. Mexico were the better side in the first half and the Dutch were lucky to get to halftime with the match still 0-0. Giovani dos Santos finally delivered a much deserved goal early in the second half and the Mexican fans and players were euphoric. The Dutch would begin taking the game over however and despite another world class performance from keeper Guillermo Ochoa, it looked inevitable that the Oranje would finally break through...and they did, twice. Mexico have been eliminated in the Round of 16 in every World Cup dating back to 1986 when they hosted the event.
Jun 29 - 2:16 PM

The Netherlands grab a spot in the quarterfinals after turning a 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 win with two goals after the 86th minute, stunning Mexico.

Mexico were in control for the majority of the first half and scored a much deserved goal early into the 2nd half, but they gradually appeared to tire as the Dutch continued to threaten. They finally broke through in the 87th when a corner kick was flicked on to Wesley Sneijder who fired home on the half-volley to equalize. They didn't settle for extra time, as they continued to press and the always dangerous Arjen Robben was fouled in the area to earn a penalty kick in the final moments. Klass-Jan Huntelaar, who replaced van Persie in the final quarter hour, blasted it low and into the corner and that won them the game. They now wait to face the winner of Costa Rica v Greece.
Jun 29 - 2:07 PM

Mexico XI: Ochoa, Rodriguez, Salcido, Marquez, Herrera, Layun, Dos Santos, Moreno, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar

Javier Hernandez once again will be called upon to serve in his "super sub" role as he will begin the match on the bench. One change as defender Carlos Salcido replaces midfielder Jose Vazquez. Former Totteham product Giovani dos Santos unsurprisingly remains a starter. The storyline in this one has to be how the Dutch have been the highest scoring country during group stage facing Mexican keeper Guillermo Ochoa who has been phenomenal by leading a defense that coughed up just one goal in their group.
Jun 29 - 11:04 AM

Netherlands XI: Cillessen, Verhaegh, Kuyt, Vlaar, De Vrij, Blind, De Jong, Wijnaldum, Sneijder. Van Persie, Robben

Paul Verhaegh makes his first appearance in this World Cup as he cracks the Starting XI, replacing Daryl Janmaat in defense. Dirk Kuyt retains his spot while Jeremain Lens will serve as a bench option along with last week's hero, Norwich City's Leroy Fer.
Jun 29 - 10:52 AM

It has been confirmed that Luka Shaw is headed to Manchester United on a fee worth £27m.

This is highest ever fee received by Southampton for a player. Shaw is a great fit at Manchester United, where Louis van Gaal will take over after the World Cup. van Gaal has played a lot of 3-5-2 and 5-3-2 at the World Cup and if he brings that same style to Manchester, Shaw would be a fantastic asset on the left wing. He is an immediate starter regardless of formation and will be a big part in Manchester looking to rebound from a poor season. Feel safe using him in fantasy.
Jun 27 - 10:06 AM

Manchester United have signed Atletico Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera to a four year deal for a transfer fee of £29 million.

The Spaniard has allegedly been courted by United going back to last summer when David Moyes was steering the ship. They now have their man as Herrera had to buy out the remainder of his contract in order to complete the deal. It remains to be seen how quickly he can crack the regular XI but the hope for United is that he will be nailed on in their midfield in due time. The pocketbooks are open at Old Trafford as another £30 million has been spent to acquire the services of Luke Shaw.
Jun 26 - 4:22 PM

Luke Shaw will reportedly undergo a medical at Manchester United ahead of a possible move to the club.

If the reports are true, it means that United and Southampton have probably agreed on a fee for the England left-back. Shaw was exciting at Southampton last season and impressed enough to make England's World Cup squad this summer. He is one of the big Southampton names that have been showered with rumors for possible moves away from the club. Rickie Lambert already moved to Liverpool and Adam Lallana is reportedly being pursued by a number of Premier League teams. Shaw would be an immediate starter at Manchester and could have huge upside if Louis van Gaal chooses to play a 5-3-2 like he does with the Netherlands.
Source: Squawka
Jun 26 - 2:30 PM

Portugal XI: Beto; Amorim, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Pereira; Veloso, Carvalho, Moutinho; Nani, Ronaldo, Eder

Pepe returns from his suspension and Eder deservedly gets a start up top for Portugal, who need to win convincingly in order to have a shot at advancing. Luis Nani remains in the XI as expected, coming off of his first goal for club or country this calendar year.
Jun 26 - 11:26 AM

Antonio Valencia was sent off in Ecuador's 0-0 draw against France for a nasty challenge with his studs up.

Valencia has had an awful World Cup and finished it off with a red card. He's now received a red card in two of Ecuador's last four matches. The game ended 0-0 despite a lot of chances going both ways. Both goalkeepers were excellent and both teams' strikers missed a plethora of chances. France finish the group in first place with seven points and will face Nigeria in the round of 16. Ecuador finish third with four points and are eliminated.
Source: FIFA
Jun 25 - 5:55 PM


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