Thursday 10 July 2014

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Goal takes a look at how Oupa Manyisa's gruelling season will affect his performance next season and if he will be able to cope with the R29-million price-tag placed on him by Bucs

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Some of the biggest names in football have donned the iconic jersey over the years, and now the Dutch coach will be looking to find the next star capable of handling the pressure

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The 24-year-old has been the hero for Joachim Low's side during the World Cup and has the chance to win his second Golden Boot if he scores in the final against Argentina on Sunday

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The Dutchman will start life at Old Trafford next week and will have just days to further mull over transfer targets and squad composition before flying to the United States

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COMMENT: Netherlands lost their World Cup semi-final against Argentina on penalties in Sao Paulo on Wednesday - but they overachieved in Brazil

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COMMENT: The Barcelona midfielder was in fantastic form as Argentina held off Netherlands and reached the World Cup final after a tense penalty shoot-out

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After a gruelling, cagey 120 minutes of football Alejandro Sabella's men booked their spot in the World Cup final against Germany with Sergio Romero providing the heroics in goal

Wednesday 09 July 2014

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COMMENT: The Oranje have surprised many by reaching the World Cup semi-finals, with Louis van Gaal's decision to trust talented youngsters helping to confound critics

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Joachim Low's men were swift and merciless as they swept aside Brazil in their World Cup semi-final for a much-deserved place in the showpiece on Sunday

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The Selecao were split apart embarrassingly by Joachim Low's men, on home turf no less, as a Neymar-less XI lost 7-1 in their World Cup semi-final

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After the Selecao suffered a chastening capitulation in their semi-final with Germany, Goal takes a look back at teams that have seen similar embarrassment on the World Cup stage

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COMMENT: The Brazil boss must take responsibility for what is probably the most embarrassing defeat in the nation's entire history, eclipsing even the Maracanazo

Tuesday 08 July 2014

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Belo Horizonte played host to the Selecao's biggest World Cup defeat as Joachim Low's side put the hosts to the sword in emphatic fashion

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Full-back's departure was a blow but the Newcastle star's experience, defensive qualities, aerial ability and winning mentality mark him out as a worthy successor

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COMMENT: Once admired for a style which wowed the world, Brazil's current side is no vintage - even though they could go on to win the World Cup once again

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COMMENT: The 25-year-old defender has turned his form around after being dropped by Joachim Low last September and is now an indispensable member of their team

Monday 07 July 2014