Yoann Gourcuff

The 6 Game-Changing Summer Soccer Transfers

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=131608"> The European domestic leagues may have already begun but the post-World Cup malaise—a hangover for the winning Spanish—is finally over. With the close of the transfer window and thus the end of the associated player movement, players, managers, fans, and everyone in between must accept their fates for the next four crucial months. For some, prospects are especially brighter than others, adeptly wheeling and dealing in a financial climate during which few have dared to venture. And for an even smaller number of clubs, fortunes will look up for years to come with moves like the six listed below. <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/05/the-transfer-season-begins-villa-to-barca-aguero-to-chelsea"> 1. David Villa to Barcelona for 40 million euros Announced <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/05/the-transfer-season-begins-villa-to-barca-aguero-to-chelsea">prior to the World Cup</a>, its impact was overshadowed by the impending summer showcase.

THE NETHERLANDS

The Oranje Vs. The Golden Generation

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/zee-germans-are-zee-best-but-so-is-david-villa"> As the World Cup draws to a close today, we’ve seen a tournament defined by strikers: the disappearance of Rooney, Messi and Drogba. The emergence of Germany’s Thomas Müller & Miroslav Klose’s run at history. Diego Forlán’s <a href="http://footytu.be/v13ru">one-man show</a> and <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/david-villa">David Villa’s</a> consistent excellence.

VIDEOS

Zee Germans Are Zee Best, But So Is David Villa

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/zee-germans-are-zee-best-but-so-is-david-villa"> Win or lose, the Germans have made their mark. By <a href="http://www.footytube.com/video/germany-v-england-50914">steamrolling over England</a> and obliterating Argentina, they haven’t just beaten top sides, but rather demoralized them for years to come, causing both nations to question the overall direction of their footballing associations.

Wesley Sneijder

Dream-Killers & Giant-Slayers: Uruguay Vs. Netherlands

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<a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/2010/07/dream-killers-and-giant-slayers-uruguay-vs-netherlands"> Yeah, the Netherlands beat Brazil. But should that have been all that surprising? Considering the world-class attackers wearing <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands_national_football_team">the Oranje</a> (Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Robin Van Persie), not at all.

Spotlight

The Transfer Season Begins: Villa to Barca, Aguero to Chelsea?

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<a href="http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=779543&sec=transfers&cc=5901"> In the midst of a tight title race, Barcelona seems to be eager for greater separation from Madrid come next season. If <a href="http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=779543&sec=transfers&cc=5901">preliminary reports</a> out of Spain are to be believed, then the biggest transfer of the summer is complete and David Villa will soon don the blaugrana.


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