Germany fans told stay at stadium to avoid riots

Soccer can leave emotions running understandably high. Reports of riots in Brazil are likely wide of the mark, but the 7-1 World Cup semifinal thrashing at the hands of Germany has left the country shell-shocked.

As a result, German fans were asked to remain seated following the mauling, for fear of clashes with emotionally-charged Brazil fans.

 A photo from a reporter on the scene, depicting guards on stand-by in case of fan problems within the area.

It appears that the only things broken and hurt during the evening were Brazil’s hearts, but the possibility of fan unrest remained a very real and a very dangerous one.

Five Germany goals within 18 minutes of the first-half left Estadio Mineirao completely silenced, as Germany made safe passage into the World Cup final with an extra two goals in the next 45 minutes.

They will face the winner of the Argentina vs. the Netherlands semifinal later on today, with the final showpiece on Sunday. Meanwhile, the nation of Brazil remains stunned after a quite thrilling semifinal.

(H/T: NESN - Image from Instagram)


Swansea to fight off Russian interest in Michu

The transfer window may have shut in most of Europe but it remains open for one more day in Russia. Anzhi Makhachkala have been undergoing some personnel changes in the last few months. Samuel Eto’o, Willian, Lassana Diarra and Lacina Traore all left the club as part of a clear-out, but they are looking to recruit again. Swansea striker Michu, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, has been linked with a move to Anzhi but the Swans will resist such a bid.

We’ve also got the latest on Manchester United’s pursuit of Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos. Just click here for more.  


United linked with move for Tottenham winger Townsend

Today is transfer deadline day and we’re expecting plenty of deals to go ahead before the cut-off point of 2300 GMT (1800 ET).

Manchester United may have made the signing of the January transfer window but that doesn’t mean their business is concluded. David Moyes has targeted Tottenham winger Andros Townsend and Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos, whose contract talks have stalled. 

We’ve got a stack more rumors on Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea so click here for the latest and best gossip around on one of the most exciting days of the soccer calendar.


Manchester United set to enter Kroos control

Just a couple of days remain before the January transfer window slams shut, and the rumor merry-go-round is certainly in full swing.

One of the main protagonists of this transfer window has been David Moyes’ Manchester United, following their early-season struggles. They don’t look likely to stop spending after snaring Juan Mata from rivals Chelsea, and now they’re looking at another world class midfielder.

Pep Guardiola has admitted that Toni Kroos can leave Bayern Munich, opening the door to a move to Old Trafford.

Also in today’s round-up, there’s news of an alleged Arsenal bid for Julian Draxler from Schalke. Read about it and more on today’s Paper Chase.


Bayern cruises past Arsenal in first leg

Bayern Munich underscored its Champions League title aspirations with a comfortable 3-1 win at the Emirates, all but sealing Arsenal’s fate and earning Bayern its first ever win in London.

Toni Kroos opened the scoring in the 7th minute with what would stand up as the goal of the game. Check out Thomas Muller’s fine cross to set up Kroos, who one-times it beautifully past Wojciech Szczęsny. 


Muller scored one of his own in the 21st minute, making him the first ever German player with a goal and an assist in a UCL match in England. Lukas Podolski’s header briefly gave Arsenal hope in the second half, but then this happened:


Mark that one down as the oddest goal of the season!